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  • NextTribe Out Loud presents “Screw Invisibility: Celebrating the Power and Creativity of Women Over 45”

    NextTribe Out Loud is a live event where accomplished writers, artists, musicians and activists explore how women age 45+ are reshaping our culture and expressing their rightful power. Come hear musician Sara Hickman, writer Spike Gillespie, TV personality Olga Campos Benz, musician and activist Courtney Santana, bestselling author and New Yorker humorist Annabelle Gurwitch and artist Judy Jensen talk about how they’re aging boldly and creatively. Each attendee receives a gift of jewelry from sponsor Kendra Scott.
    Thurs. Apr. 25, 5pm-8pm  
    Mercury Hall
  • Jarrott Productions Presents: The Children

    The Children is a Tony Award nominated, apocalyptic blast that will have you on the edge of your seat. It's a gripping, darkly funny and unsettling play about legacy, survival and responsibility. This final production of Jarrott Productions' season will run as a limited three-week engagement on Thursdays through Sundays beginning April 25th through May 12th. Advance reservations for this production are strongly encouraged, as seats are already filling fast!
    Apr. 25-May 12  
    Trinity Street Theatre
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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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    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: Reflector

    This is something to see, all right, as the gallery walls are filled with work by artists tasked with capturing either their whole self or an aspect of self. And most of the artists have depicted themselves via abstractions and symbolic representations. Note that Randall Reid, Jan Heaton, John Sager, Chun Hui Pak, and Caprice Pierucci are only some of the artists represented in this group show, and we reckon you'll be right there with us, viewing the array of wonders on display.
    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

    Auditions: Austin City Ballet Nutcracker

    Professional, soloist, demi-soloist auditions. Here are a variety of opportunities for a variety of ages from 7-10, 11-12, and 13 and up. See website for details.
    Tue., Aug. 28, 11:30am-3:15pm. $20.
    10401 Anderson Mill #113
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    Dance

    Austin Swing Syndicate: Social Dancing

    You know that the Syndicate holds one of the longest running and best-attended weekly swing dances in the country, right? Make note! There's an absolute beginner lesson which starts at 8pm, then social dancing to live music or DJs from 9pm until midnight. All ages are welcome.
    Thursdays, 8pm. $7.
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    Big Medium: Hyper School

    This is a five-person exhibition, featuring artists Denise Burge (OH), Jessica Cannon (NY), Michael Henderson (TX), Jessica Simorte (TX), and Sean Sullivan (NY). The show, curated by Max Manning, highlights work by artists making strong contributions to the fields of painting and drawing and "sheds light on a shared aesthetic that crosses generational, geographical, and social boundaries."
    Through Aug. 18
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    Comedy

    Brendan Schaub

    You could go to Cap City this weekend just to loudly and relentlessly heckle the fuck out of Schaub, the former professional football player and MMA champion. Or, if you don't have a death wish, you could go so he can make you laugh the way he makes people laugh via his and Bryan Callen's The Fighter and the Kid podcast, the way he's lit up those storied stages at The Comedy Store, Hollywood Improv, and more.
    Aug. 2-4. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $20-50.  
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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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    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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    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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    Theatre

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Books

    Raising Balanced Kids In a Hyper-Connected World

    Psychologists Mike Brooks and Jon Lasser talk about parental concerns regarding screen time and offer practical advice from their new book, Tech Generation.
    Thu., Aug. 2, 7pm
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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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    Books

    Story Circle Network

    Nonprofit organization for women, offering monthly reading and writing circles and more, in North, Central, and South Austin.
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    Theatre

    Summer Stock Austin: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Right you are: This play's based on the popular 1988 movie that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine. (Note: They're not in this show.) This musical version, with all its complex hijinks and hilarity, is directed by Dustin Gooch, with choreography by Kristie Copeland.
    Through Aug. 11. Times vary; see website. $33 and up.  
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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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    Civic Events

    Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

    The Austin History Center's latest exhibit spotlights local efforts to create social change over the decades, including the Civil Rights and Women's Liberation movements. Residents are invited to upload personal photos of recent marches and rallies for inclusion.
    Through Oct. 28. Free.  
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    The Audience

    This is Federico Garcia Lorca’s El Público, as powerfully reimagined by Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, who infuses Lorca’s unfinished play with details from his life and his murder. This is a show about the military coup in Spain in 1936, in which Lorca was captured and murdered in his hometown of Granada. This is history – where, as too often obtains in the present, personal freedoms and self-expression can get you killed. Co-directed by that same Doss and Lisa Laratta for paper chairs. And this, this is the Chronicle's Robert Faires' reaction to the show.
    Through Aug. 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    The Blanton: Australian Ancestral Modern

    This new exhibition from the Kaplan & Levi Collection features contemporary painting and sculpture by Australian Aboriginal artists, curated by Pamela McClusky, curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum.
    Through Sept. 9
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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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    Visual Arts

    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Comedy

    Underground Comedy

    This newly revitalized basement venue is 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, check out Trevor Wade's gender-confounding Clownfish this Thursday, and don't miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady that happens every Friday night. the storytelling might of Saturday's Sweet Lightning will scratch your deepest narrative itch, and, on Sunday, daaaaaaaamn, it's the triumphant return of Micheal (sic) Foulk and Vanessa Gonzalez as Handbomb!
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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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    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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