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  • 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  
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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Lucky Chaos: Ground Work: Call for Artists

      Join a community of diverse artists in this bimonthly works-in-progress event from Lucky Chaos. Performance art, script readings, films, sketches, scene workshopping, and anything else that won't damage the stage, or hurt you or others. (Note: Actors are always needed for script readings.) Sign up for a slot for you or your group; artists of color are especially welcome. Not performing? Come watch, support, give feedback, or just be in a space of creativity and risk taking. See website for sign-ups and details.
      Sun., July 22, 7:30pm. $10.  
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      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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      Comedy

      Top Comedy Spot on Airport

      OK, there's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights. And this Thursday features Friends for Now, a veritable supergroup of improv talent. 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 Ascendant from the Pendulum, and the Prima Doñas' cunning coup called LatiNacional, in which the White house "gets a brown makeover" – 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: 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 Norman's Off-Script Comedy (where hecklers are rewarded) on the third Saturday of each month, and – see website for more!
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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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      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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