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  • The Love of China Recital

    Experience the different flavors of the many regions of China through the dress, colors, music, and movements with a recital performed by the students of The Love of China School of Dance. Tickets are $12 for general seating, and $30 for vip seating.
    Sun. March 31, 6:30pm
    Westlake Community Performing Arts Center
  • Hector Ward & The Big Time + Honey Made

    Hector Ward & The Big Time- 10:00 PM
    Stir up some Gritty Funk, Rock n Roll and New Orleans' Blues with a dash of Latin seasoning and you'll have what Hector Ward & The Big Time are serving up! Bam!
    Honey Made - 12:00 AM
    Funk & Soul from deep in the heart of Texas. Honey Made combines styles of funk, soul, R&B, jazz and many more to bring you a one of a kind party experience.
    The doors are at 9:30 with the show beginning at 10:00 PM; the cover is $10.00.
    Fri. March 29, 10pm-2am  
    One-2-One Bar
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    (un) Documents

    The Vortex presents the debut of this new play written and performed by Jesus I. Valles, bringing to staged life the writer's "journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find his place as a son, a lover, a teacher, and a brother in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship." Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Note: This show is a harbinger for the upcoming FUTURX festival of new and avant-garde Latinx performance.
    Fri.-Sun., Aug. 10-12, 8pm. $15-35.  
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    A Real Boy

    This satiric play by Stephen Kaplan tells the story of two marionettes with a human child who starts growing strings of his own. Can his kindergarten teacher save him? Directed by Chelsea Beth for Last Act Theatre Company.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
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    AARC: Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island

    The Asian American Resource Center presents an exhibition featuring works from artists Dan Pham, Lauren Chai, and Matthew Koshmrl.
    Through Sept. 23
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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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    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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    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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    Ice Painting and Sculpting

    The Contemporary Austin invites families to chill out and create drippy watercolor paintings using ice cubes, then relax in the shade with a live ice-sculpting demonstration. Note: Registration for the ice-painting workshop is limited, but everyone can enjoy the sculpting demonstration and explore Laguna Gloria free of charge.
    Sat., Aug. 11, 11am-3pm. Free.  
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    Comedy

    Kevin O'Brien

    This O’Brien fellow lives in Brooklyn. Doesn't mean he drinks better coffee than you do. He has appeared on Viceland, the A.V. Club, and NPR – but not because he lives in Brooklyn. Anyway, the funnyman's in town this weekend, at the Velv, with Norah Franklin opening. Pat Dean told us. Pat Dean knows what's up.
    Aug. 10-11. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Books

    Kevin Powers: A Shout in the Ruins

    And here's a novel with a story spanning over 100 years from the antebellum era to the 1980s, relaying the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation outside of Richmond, Va.
    Fri., Aug. 10, 7pm
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Summer Nights

    Chris Van Loan, Sr., has curated up a fine exhibition of abstract works by himself and Murdock, Ryan Runcie, Glenn Towery, Juanita Cole Towery, and Zen Van Loan.
    Through Aug. 26
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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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    Meet Her Hands: Cindy Popp

    In the latest iteration of this series from BossBabes and the Ney Museum, meet the conceptual artist who emphasizes exaggerated versions of femininity, with notes of pop culture and drag. Much of her work – Popp art, right? – has been influenced by fashion editorials, makeup artists on Instagram, B-movies, clowns, and comedy.
    Through Aug. 24. Free, but RSVP.  
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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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    Old Bakery Gallery: Serenity Meets City

    Tammy Brown explores the tree tops along Piney Creek; Cherry Taylor creates tapestries in a slow and gentle process; David Parsons photographs Austin and Central Texas. This three-person show is the most visible result.
    Through Sept. 5. Free.
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Homecoming

    Sculptor Raul De Lara’s recent works incorporate typical household objects to subvert their associated uses, deploying dark humor to reckon with the uncertainty of a place the artist considers home. You're invited to welcome them home, at Prizer, tonight.
    Fri., Aug. 10, 7-10pm
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    Theatre

    Real Women Have Curves

    Teatro Vivo presents this bilingual comedy by Josefina López, about a group of women who work at a sewing factory and reveal their dreams for the future and their relationships with their husbands, lovers, and children. The cast features Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Gina Marie Hinojosa, Eva McQuade, Ana Laura de Santiago, and Minerva Villa, directed by Claudia M. Chávez.
    Through Aug. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $20-25.  
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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: 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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    The Grapes of Wrath

    City Theatre is trampling out the vintage with Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s literary masterpiece, following the Joad family's troubled 1930s journey from the Oklahoma dust bowl to that promised land of Califor-nigh-ay. Directed by Andy Berkovsky.
    Through Sept. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Joyce Howell

    Howell's palette has always been informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. The artist describes it as an ongoing conversation and you can see a visual transcript, as it were, of that conversation invigorating the Workman walls in this new exhibition.
    Through Sept. 1
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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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    Visual Arts

    Women & Their Work: Surface

    Meg Aubrey’s candy-colored palette belies the loneliness, disquiet, and isolation she renders in her paintings of upscale suburban life.
    Through Sept. 6
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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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