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for Fri., Aug. 10
  • Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

    For 25 years now AFF has fired up its spotlight and pointed it where the Hollywood sun doesn’t always shine – the writer. Over 150 films across 7 venues including Vox Lux – the fest's Opening Night selection with writer/director Brady Corbet in attendance. Use promo code CHRONFP for $10 off Film Passes!
    Oct. 25 – Nov. 1  
  • Austin Archives Bazaar

    Join the Archivists of Central TX and discover the incredible archival collections in Austin! Speakers include the creators of the Two & Fro podcast and PBS series Strange Town. Photobooth, archival film, oral history booth, beers, and more! See all activities and full speaker lineup online.
    Sun., Oct. 28, 2-6pm  
    Saengerrunde Hall
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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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    Comedy

    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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    Comedy

    Beth Stelling

    Damn, what hasn't this very funny woman done? Rocking the stand-up mic on Comedy Central, cracking up Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien, slaying at the festivals and winning competitions like they were going outta smile, writing for HBO and MTV and more, and – yeah, the Chicago native's Cap City show is definitely a must-see gig this weekend.
    Aug. 8-11. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $12-23.  
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    Visual Arts

    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

    Echo of a Refugee … Me?

    This world premiere stagework from Zell Miller III combines more than 160 interviews from the past seven years to create composite characters illuminating the issues of gentrification, police brutality, poor education systems, unaffordable housing, and the quality of life for people of color and people who can’t afford to live in Austin's city limits. Bonus: The spoken-word maestro will be accompanied by Thomas Wheeler on drums and Sir-Charles on bass. Email for reservations. And here's Robert Faires' review of the show.
    Through Aug. 11. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10-30.
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    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Crit Group 2018

    The Contemporary Austin and grayDUCK Gallery present new work by eight artists who participated in the museum's Crit Group – a program combining group critique with professional development. For viewers, this means an array of sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, collage, installation, and ceramics by Adrian Aguilera, Christa Blackwood, Christine Garvey, Ron Geibel, Jenn Hassin, Landon O'Brien, Dawn Okoro, and Rachel Wolfson Smith.
    Through Sept. 2
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    Visual Arts

    SprATX: Summer Bash

    Those mighty movers and shakers of the street art scene are throwing their third annual summertime shindig tonight, with all sorts of fun going on – live art, music from ChappieFunk, a new apparel line revealed, refreshing adult beverages flowing like a river of liquid fuckyeah, photobooth, silent auction, you get the idea. And, hey, citizen – it's not just a good ol' time, it's also free.
    Fri., Aug. 10, 6-10pm. Free.
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    Theatre

    There and Back

    He's brought us Confessions of a Mexpatriate, among other powerful works of theatre, and now look: Austin playwright Raul Garza's newest is about the current immigration crisis – illuminating the fraught history between the U.S. government and Mexicans seeking that “shining city upon a hill.” Starring Karina Dominguez as Gloria and Giselle Marie-Muñoz as the Virgen de Guadalupe. Aaaaaand: Mical Trejo! Directed by Patti Neff-Tiven for Ground Floor Theatre. And reviewed here by Robert Faires.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Pay what you wish.  
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    Comedy

    These Smokey Eyes Can't Lie

    Of course the Institution Theater – the fine venue of comedy improv that it is, yes, even postmove – is still truckin' along with occasional showcases and a full slate of classes. In fact, "what would happen if Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned one of her infamous White House press conferences into a one-woman show with intimate stories that show us how a sweet little girl from Arkansas can turn into Miss Fake Spews?" Find out now, as this popular spectacle returns, with Tom Booker in full drag as the mendacious Ms. Sanders: singing, dancing, passing along all the lies and obtuse braggadocio required when you're the press secretary for a puling infant lately elected leader of the free world. See website for more!
    Fri., Aug. 31, 8pm. $12 (or use the coupon code TellMeLies to get half-price tickets).  
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    Theatre

    Wit

    Austin Scottish Rite Theater teams up with the Final Acts Project to present Margaret Edson’s acclaimed dramedy, here directed by Susan Gayle Todd. Taking the role of both narrator and player in her own tragedy, the main character (played here by Kristin Fern Johnson) shifts from present to past as she navigates stage four ovarian cancer diagnosis and high-dosage experimental chemotherapy, revealing the journey with self-conviction, humility, and grace. And Robert Faires has reviewed this amazing show right here.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $15-25.  
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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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