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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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    (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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    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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    Art on 5th: Paul Stankiewicz

    After 20 years in advertising design, animation, and video game development, this local artist is best known for his iconic Austin scenes and neon sign paintings; his latest series combines characters and text pulled from brightly colored food packaging.
    Through Sept. 9. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Atelier 1205: Augustness

    Patterns and textures, textures and patterns, and depth beyond the static image: This new show at Atelier 1205 features work by Austin artists Rebecca Bennett, Lucy MacQueen, and Travis Seeger.
    Closing reception: Fri., Aug. 31, 5-8pm
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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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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: The Onlookers

    Here's a show of new work – sculpture, drawings, and paintings – by that Austin-based Renaissance man Bob Schneider.
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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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    Comedy

    ComedySportz

    Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. $8-10.  
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    Dance

    Dance Africa Fest

    Dance Africa Fest presents a powerhouse lineup focusing on dance traditions of Guinea, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil and the United States. These high-energy, expert-led workshops introduce students to a unique blend of traditional and modern dance techniques, with many classes incorporating music performed by some of Austin’s best musicians.
    Aug. 11-12. Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 9am-5pm. $20-200.  
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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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    Esther's: Spooky Satire on Sixth

    Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! And it's spooky, all right, as Esther's rolls out The Trump Musical that's chock full of 45's worst nightmares, and the rock & roll spectacle of Beto Leads the Pack, about the Texas maverick taking on Lyin' Ted Cruz, and much more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to … walk right through a mirror? A haunted mirror from the Driskill Hotel? See it happen here tonight!
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Comedy

    Excused Absence Comedy Festival

    This is "the only comedy festival in the U.S. that's specifically geared towards youth, providing them an opportunity to learn about performing comedy and giving them a safe space to enjoy some of the best stand-up and sketch and improv from the Austin scene." Yoooooooouth! With showcases, workshops, and more – and they're splitting the action between the popular Fallout (Aug. 11) and ColdTowne (Aug. 12) venues. Note: The schedule's still forthcoming at press time, see website for details.
    Sat.-Sun., Aug. 11-12. $7 per show; $40 for a festival pass.  
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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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    Georgetown Art Center: Strata

    Here we go again, right? Recommending something beyond the city limits? We know, we know: There's already too much to cover properly and we should stick to Austin. But, damnit, this work by Anita Cooke, tell you what, it's so worth the drive to see it. Layers upon layers, textures upon textures, patterns and colors like these big and striking fabric-based pieces just grew, like some especially baroque form of coral. But you know the woman's spent hours and hours and hours, days on end, on each one. So, maybe make a day of it? See this show, check out the surrounding antique shops and all, get you a fine lunch or dinner in one of G-Town's decent eateries? Yes.
    Through Sept. 23
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    Harry Ransom Center: Archaeology and Romance

    Ed Ruscha, anyone? We'll bet yeswe're big fans ourselves – and now here's a diverse selection of the celebrated American artist’s books, photographs, drawings, and pprints. With archival production materials, preliminary sketches, and studio notebooks; with more than 150 objects providing visitors an unprecedented look into Ruscha's creative process. And the Chronicle's Melany Jean tells more about this show right here.
    Through Jan. 6
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    Helm Boots: A Secret Spot Around Here

    Luckily, this elegant bastion of the cordwainer's craft isn't all that secret and makes a fine showcase for these revelatory photos of Barton Springs by Nils Juul-Hansen.
    Reception: Thu., April 12, 6-8pm
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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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    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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    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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    Soma Vida: Counterculture

    Mixed-media artist Whitney Turetzky works with vintage portraiture photography to explore what it looks like when women break societal norms about femininity and women's roles in revolutionary movements.
    Reception: Sat., Aug. 11, 6-10pm
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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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    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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    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

    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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    Comedy

    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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    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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    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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