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for Fri., July 20
  • Piknic Électronik Austin

    Join The Austin Chronicle for the stateside debut of globally celebrated Piknic Électronik. A unique two-day picnic in the park, the event features electronic live music, local food and drink, family-friendly activities and immersive, social experiences. Complete details are available online.
    Sat.-Sun., Oct. 27-28, 2-9:30pm  
    Auditorium Shores
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    Visual Arts

    Dimension Gallery: Infinity X Loop

    Damn it, Dimension Gallery, can't you just let yourself be pigeonholed? But, no – and we blame Colin McIntyre's Resonant Lung for encouraging this sort of thing – you've got to offer up an intriguing wonderment that's partly a visual arts event and partly an experimental musical gig, as Portland's Randall "Amulets" Taylor surgically modifies cassettes to craft self-contained repeating units with configurations for longer loops, literally running the tape out of the housing and through the gallery space. "The loops surround the viewer with the magnetic tape itself in a ceaseless circuit, creating a sonic tapestry that stretches and degrades toward infinity." Recommended.
    Through Aug. 14
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    It's … Hideoutrageous!

    There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows and classes here. Thursday brings you (gasp!) an early Parallelogramophonograph show and the Free Fringe of improv. Friday's got that Grandslam Comedy Hour featuring superstar improvisers The Knuckleball Now, followed by the Big Bash, a Threefer of troupes, and then the TheatreDome raging all shiny and chrome. Then, on Saturday night, after a Meat Cute, it's La Vida de los Muertos, rising again to show you the life of the dead. And, oh, don't miss the competitive improv donnybrook of that well-cooked Maestro! See website for more.
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    Almost Real Things: Issue 10 Release

    That bright little perfectbound zine of all things artful and fun in this city celebrates the release of its tenth number, "Material," with a big party and show at Canopy. "Some things are best left online (memes, anonymous shitposting)," say the ART honchos, "and other things are best touched, heard, seen, smelled, and tasted in the material world. That's why we make a physical magazine in the digital age." Hell, yes – and that's why we invite you to come celebrate with 'em!
    Fri., July 20, 8pm. Donations accepted, RSVP required.  
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    Atelier 1205: Figure, Flora, Fauna

    Here's an exhibition of new works by Austin ceramic artists Claire Bresette and Jennifer Hill. Here's an exhibition of enigmatic narrative tiles and equally intriguing standalone objects. Here's an exhibition at Atelier 1205 that's well worth your hungry eyes' time.
    Closing reception: Sun., Aug. 5, 3-5pm
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    Davis Gallery: Of Warp and Weft

    The elegant carved wood sculptures of Caprice Pierucci. The photographs of delicate cheesecloth drapings by Charles Heppner. Together they make for a compelling dialog of harmony, form, and composition – complicating the walls of this excellent gallery. (See our full review right here.) Recommendation: See the art, then grab some great food at the Soup Peddler location just a few blocks away.
    Through July 21
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    Jermaine Fowler

    Jermaine Fowler? Hell, yes. "He spins tales that feel both expertly structured and completely uncontrolled," says Paste magazine, "swapping out emotions and characters with terrifying ease: one second he’s a kindly old woman, the next he’s a furious bus driver, screaming at his passengers to give up their seat." Recommended.
    Fri.-Sat., July 20-21, 7:30 & 10pm. $18-23.  
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    Katie Williams: Tell the Machine Goodnight

    Set in a near-future San Francisco where virtual reality is commonplace, Williams' first novel for adults introduces us to a cast of men and women struggling to figure out the definition of happiness. The author presents Tell the Machine Goodnight and is interviewed by Austin Chronicle Editor Kimberley Jones here tonight. "With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story," says the Kirkus review, "this novel is itself a recipe for contentment."
    Fri., July 20, 7pm
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    Classical Music

    Schumann Chamber Players

    The award-winning trio of violinist Sandy Yamamoto, cellist Amy Levine-Tsang, and pianist Michelle Schumann return to the Austin Chamber Music Festival to celebrate Czech virtuosity and narrative with performances of enigmatic works by Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. And – hey, what's it been like so far, this year's ACMF? The Chronicle's Robi Polgar has some highlights right here.
    Fri., July 20, 7:30pm. $25-50.  
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    The Antipodes

    It's the newest work from Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker – the playwright of The Flick, The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation, and more – and, because Hyde Park Theatre's Ken Webster has, like, connections in the industry, this is only the second production of it in the country. This one's about professional fabulators in pursuit of the ultimate yarn, and the cast – oh my, the cast! – features Lowell Bartholomee, Tom Green, Anne Hulsman, Maria Latiolais, Saurabh Pradhan, Blake Robbins, Mical Trejo, Shanon Weaver, and Dave Yakubik, all directed by that same Webster. Note: Do yourself a big favor and see this one.
    Through Aug. 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-26 (Pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    Austin Public

    Committed to freedom of speech and expression, Austin Public is a nonexclusive and content-neutral media studio that offers low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities, and cablecasting services to all Austinites. It is managed by the Austin Film Society under contract from the city of Austin, and operates cable channels 10, 11, and 16, and live streams. New training classes are ongoing; see website for calendar.

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