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  • Julia C. Butridge Gallery Call for Exhibits for 2020

    The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is now accepting Exhibit Proposals for the 2020 Gallery Season. Located at the Dougherty Arts Center in the heart of the arts district, the JCB Gallery is well known for its diverse exhibitions of artists and their work. We encourage both emerging and established artists to apply! Deadline to submit is February 17, 2019.
    Sun. Feb 17
    Dougherty Arts Center
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    Classical Music

    Brooklyn Duo

    This husband-and-wife team, a YouTube sensation garnering millions of online views, weaves classical artistry into original arrangements of pop music.
    Sat., July 21, 7:30pm. $25-50.  
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      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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      Northern-Southern: Deliriums

      Now here's a compelling thing: That maker of musical machinery, Matthew "Octant" Steinke, has a new solo exhibition in this intimate gallery (curated by the John-Pauls' own Phillip Niemeyer). We mean, who wouldn't want to experience the odd marvel of "three acoustic robots singing to each other, round-robin style, mimicking a group therapy session," right? And, oh, look – that Brenner fellow reviews the show right here.
      Through July 30. Saturdays, 3:30-6pm
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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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      Comedy

      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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      MASS Exodus: Benefit Auction

      That longtime MASS Gallery of creative exploration is leaving its 507 Calles home and moving down the street a ways. And here's a celebration of the event, and (as car dealerships are fond of saying) a sell-a-bration that features a daylong silent auction of works from local art stars (for instance, Sterling Allen, Hollis Hammonds, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Jules Buck Jones) and deep-ass discounts on the array of goods in the MASS museum store. See 'em off, buy some things, there's more to come!
      Sat., July 21, 3-9pm
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      Recspec Gallery: The Indigo Show

      This excellent emporium of art, design, and style within the Flatbed Press complex, still going strong while anticipating the eventual move to new digs, presents a new exhibition – curated by jewelry savant Holly Bobisuthi – of work by an array of artists from Austin and around the country. Listen: "Indigo is a spectrum, a transformation, a transition, a contradiction, a green plant that makes blues. The color of both day and night. The pale blue of high noon sky over Texas and the almost-black blue of the deep Pacific Ocean."

      Recommended, yes.

      But then, how could we not recommend a show that comes with its own Spotify playlist … ?

      And especially after Melany Jean said this about the collection of works?
      Through Sept. 8
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      Theatre

      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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      Dance

      ACC Dance Classes

      The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
      Prices vary, scholarships available.  
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      Alabama Story

      This Kenneth Jones play is based on true events: In 1959, a famed author and illustrator creates a children's book about a black rabbit and a white rabbit getting married. Citizens and a senator demand the state librarian ban the book. The librarian refuses. Now see what consequences ensue, as directed by Kat Sparks for Southwest Theatre Productions.
      Through July 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-22.  
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      Auditions: Fun Home

      Ground Floor Theatre seeks actors for their production of Lisa Kron & Jeanne Tesori's musical version of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed autobiographical comic, to be directed by Lisa Scheps with musical direction by Adam Roberts. Email for details and appointment.
      Sat., July 28, 9am-noon
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      AVAA: Summer Show

      Here's the much-anticipated summertime exhibition from the Austin Visual Arts Association, featuring a diversity of local artists.
      Through Aug. 4
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      Camiba Art: Source Material

      Here's a two-person exhibition featuring William T. Carson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, two artists with a common interest in geology, natural materials, and the environment – yet their artistic techniques and approaches are distinct. Light, pattern, color, texture: All communicate our planet's basic elements in this visually fluent dialogue.
      Through Aug. 11
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      Comedy

      Chortle Portal

      Andrew Clarkston and Danny Goodwin host this UT-centric showcase of local stand-up talent.
      Sat., July 21, 7pm
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      Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

      This exhibition is enhanced with artifacts providing historical context for the paintings, rich with the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots. Also, Rodeo: The Exhibition. Boy howdy, it's the history of the Texas rodeo – vibrant, interactive, and fully documented in this fine new show.
      Through Jan. 2. $9-13.
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      Comedy

      ComedySportz

      Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
      Saturdays, 7:30pm. $12.  
      Zach North, 12129 Hwy 620 N
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      Books

      David Bowles: Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky

      Bowles presents his contemporary retelling of the origin myths of Mexico, crafted as a single concrete narrative, now in bookform from Cinco Puntos Press.
      Sat., July 21, 2pm
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      Digging Deep: From the Flatbed Flat Files

      This salon-style exhibition offers a wide array of prints – etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and painterly prints known as monotypes – printed by hand from copper plates, stone, and carved wood on Flatbed’s presses. After two decades in the current location, the inky powerhouse has organized this show with its upcoming move in mind, digging deep to present a selection of works priced perfectly for collecting, featuring contemporary and vintage prints by artists Julie Speed, Ann Conner, Frank X Tolbert 2, Teresa Gomez-Martorell, David Everett, Francisco Delgado, Sharon Kopriva, Joan Winter, Celia Muñoz, Ken Hale, and many more. Recommended.
      Through Aug. 25
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      Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

      You just know Zach Theatre's gonna do this fabulous sockdollager of a crowd-pleasing Broadway show up right, with Abe Reybold at the helm and Allen Robertson handling music direction. Hell, you could attend just to hear that hilarious "Gaston" song performed live, couldn't you?
      Through Sept. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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      Comedy

      Esther's: New Year, New Follies

      Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue where the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street is on view through the stagefront window! Reminisce on all the news-makers, celebrities, events, and mayhem that made 2018 so memorable with A Year in Review. Watch as the new Dems diversify the hill and take on Trump in Bohemian Crapsody, and more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to wow you with illusions your mind won't believe your eyes have seen!
      Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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      Flatbed Press: New Editions 2017-2018

      Etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, monotypes, and monoprints published over the last year, by Richard Amendariz, Taiko Chandler, Michael Ray Charles, Suzi Davidoff, Annalise Gratovich, Tom Huck, Gareth Maguire, Winston Mascarenhas, Bob Schneider, Howard Sherman, Jill WilkinsonDanny Williams, and Joan Winter.
      Through Aug. 25
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      Grease

      You know, right? High school in the Fifties. The Brylcreem'd antics of juvie gangs, an adolescent love story, all of it set to finger-snappin' music reminiscent of those times. And this TexArts version is directed by Kasey RT Graham.
      Through July 29. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $43-53.  
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      Heisenberg

      "Amidst the crowds of a London train station, a delightfully quirky woman sees a much older man and impulsively plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating game of love that is never what it seems." Harvey Guion and Liz Beckham are directed by Nat Miller in Simon Stephens' 2015 rom-com.
      Through July 22. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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      Helios Fused Glass Studio

      Learn while they burn at this professional studio – a nationally recognized teaching facility and retailer of fusible glass and supplies.
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      Jennifer Hill: Claywork

      Hill, whose excellent work in clay sculpting is now on display here (with that of fellow Austin ceramic artist Claire Bresette), demonstrates some unique handbuilding techniques.
      Sat., July 21, 11am-1pm. Free.
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      Comedy

      John Rabon

      Well, damned if it isn't old "Uncle Cranky" himself! The man, the legend, the creator and host of the longest-running insult show in the country (Spite Club), back to headline the Velv. Continuing clean and sober, though also still down and dirty, Rabon describes his comedy as "cheerfully sardonic, despite being urged to use more accessible terminology." Bonus: Carlton Wilcoxson.
      July 20-21. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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      Books

      Keith R. Rees: One Night in Bangkok

      The author presents his new book in which an ordinary man is thrust 60 years into the world of 2065 Bangkok – and into a life-and-death game of chess.
      Sat., July 21, 7pm
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      Link & Pin Gallery: I Found You

      Here's a new show in which Dana Brown, Larry Goode, Christopher Hynes, Amy Scofield, and Laura Sturtz have used found objects to create mixed-media works exploring humor, whimsy, dreams, and our connection to nature.
      Through July 29
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Xavier Schipani

      Here's a striking exhibition of murals, paintings on canvas, and a sculptural installation masquerading as a public bathroom – all by that acclaimed Schipani, voted Austin's Best Muralist in 2016. This new show is, we're told, "largely a reckoning with masculinity. What is manliness? What has it meant in the past, what does it mean now, and what are its shortcomings?" Could be our review provides a few answers.
      Through Sept. 1
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      Magic at the Capital: Keith West

      The nationally touring conjuror West (not unlike Styx, perhaps) specializes in grand illusions. Now he's in Austin for three shows in one day – with Oscar Munoz, Albert Lucio, and James Irwin – as produced by the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 60.
      Sat., July 21, 1:30, 4, and 7:30pm. $12-30.  
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      Mexic-Arte Museum: Young Latinx Artists 23

      Now in its 23rd year, the annual exhibition continues to shed a spotlight on talented Latinx artists across the U.S. This latest iteration, "Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges," curated by Rocha-Rochelli, is inspired by the significant social changes that have taken place along the U.S.–Mexico border over the last 20 years. And here's our review of the show.
      Through Aug. 24
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      Comedy

      Mike Lemme: Live, In an Austin Conference Room

      Guy's in town from NYC and doing a few gigs at showcases around town here, figured, what the hell, he's gonna rent a small conference room and do a show of his own. That's the gist of it, for real, except to note that this Lemme is well-regarded up there in the City That Never Sleeps, both as a stand-up comic and a playwright of funny, very human comedies. Reckon this is worth checking out.
      Sat., July 21, 7pm. $7.
      Soma Vida's Conference Room, 324 E. Cesar Chavez
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      Theatre

      Playhouse Creatures

      April De Angelis’ new play relates how, in 1663, King Charles II reopened England's theatre playhouses and, for the first time, women were able to take the stage. This is the story of those first actresses, the "playhouse creatures" whose ambitions, talent, and risk for artistic equality made their lives truly uncertain. Directed by Lindsay McKenna for City Theatre.
      Through Aug. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
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      Refugee is Not My Name

      This traveling art exhibition highlights photographic portraits, film, and stories of refugees from around the world who have resettled in Austin. Part of the Mayor's Book Club initiative? Indeed.
      Through Aug. 15. Free.
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      SouthPop: 14th Anniversary Exhibition

      Almost a decade and a half of SouthPop already? Yes, and now the venue that celebrates all the long strange years of live-music Austin that have gone before, now that bastion of funky cultural puissance on South Lamar brings an eclectic show of works from the permanent collection to their storied walls.
      Through Sept. 29. $5.
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      Comedy

      Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

      This is the workshop Hannah Kenah led for Rude Mechs while they were creating their Field Guide. Together, you'll write, you’ll share – and there'll be a mic and a stool. Sign up now for this one-day class that's low-pressure, high-fun, and makes the last Sunday in September worth waking up for.
      Workshop date: Sun., Sept. 30, 3pm. $20.  
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      Summer Stock Austin: The Music Man

      Yup, it's that Meredith Willson musical classic of long-con chicanery and how a librarian turns a chiseler's calculating heart to sweet honey in the crock. "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," and so on, as you surely know. Here directed and choreographed by Ginger Morris. Note: You'll have to get to the show by car, bike, scooter, or some other such conveyance, as this town of ours – gasp! – has no monorail.
      Through Aug. 11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2 & 7:30pm. $33 and up.  
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      Summer Youth Theatre: She Kills Monsters

      This is Qui Nguyen's play about a young badass’s journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons to connect with her late sister, here directed by Teresa Cruz for the Vortex.
      Through July 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35 (free for deaf or hard-of-hearing).
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      The Blanton: The Distance I Can Be From My Son

      In 2013, Lenka Clayton attempted to objectively measure the furthest distance she could be from her toddler son in three environments: a city park, the alley behind their Pittsburgh home, and in the aisles of a local supermarket. The trio of videos humorously underlines the challenging judgment calls that parents make about how much autonomy to give their children. (For more, see Marisa Charpentier's review right here.)
      Through Sept. 2  
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      The Contemporary Austin: Against a Civic Death

      Rodney McMillian's social critique of American histories, injustices, and structures of power explores the changing symbol of the White House and the concept of civic death.
      Through Aug. 26
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      Comedy

      Top Comedy Spot on Airport

      Yes, there's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights. And this Thursday features Friends For Now, a daring supergroup of improv, and then the sketch shenanigans of Pendulum. Friday brings Movie Riot and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar. Then there's Saturday, with the Dave Buckman-directed Roast of St. Nick and the love-stinks larking of Missed Connections ATX, followed by a gathering of that mysterio-hilarious Midnight Society. And Sunday's got a Stool Pigeon spieling up the laughs for you, and – see website for more.
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      Underground Comedy

      Right, FKA The New Movement, this vibrant basement venue, now called Fallout Theatre, is back under new management and dedicated to "bringing the best in alternative comedy with shows seven nights a week." For instance: Monday starts things off with that sprightly revue of optimism called Fuck This Week, there's Rob Gagnon's unpredictable Sandbox on Tuesdays, the all-female comedy showcase called Garage on Wednesdays, the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady every Friday night, and Arielle Isaac Norman's Off-Script Comedy (where hecklers are rewarded) on the third Saturday of each month. And, nota bene, next weekend's their first anniversary all-star celebration benefitting SAFE.
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      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: Diana Greenberg

      This is the Workman Gallery's fourth solo show with the local painter – whose current body of work is influenced by Japanese calligraphy and kimonos, antique book covers, and music.
      Through July 28
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      Wander

      Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
      All the time, any time
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      Women & Their Work: The Lure

      Margaux Crump debuts a body of work that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships, her sculptures, drawings, and photographs tracing the complex movements of power between entities. And the Chronicle's Melany Jean has an excellent review of the show right here.
      Artist talk: Sat., July 14, 11:30am. Exhibition through July 26
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      Yard Dog: Western Futurism

      Assemblage artist Jimmy Descant, who calls himself a Severe Reconstructivist, uses parts from the golden age of American manufacturing to embody his vision of the West – its people, environment, and social/political conditions.
      Through July 31
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      Theatre

      Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up

      There's an Elvis-celebratin' spectacle of live performance rocking the hillside stage for the 60th anniversary of this midsummer entertainment.
      Through Aug. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8:15pm. Free.
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      Offscreen

      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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