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  • 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
  • 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
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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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    Beach Blanket Cabaret

    Natalie George Productions presents this night of lounge acts featuring Hannah Rose, Veronica Williams, and a surprise guest – with Jason Phelps and Karen Jantsch as emcees and a fine array of edibles from Savage Culinary Adventures with Chef Chris Crowley. Bonus: Cocktails, too!
    Sun.-Mon., Aug. 19-20, 8pm. $12-28.  
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    Dance

    Bellydancing at the Cantina

    How about a little raqs sharqi action with your Tex-Mex, with full bar and table service before, during, and after the show?
    Sun., Aug. 19, 5-7pm. Free.
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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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    dat Black Mermaid Man Lady

    What is this? This is "a gathering place. An imagined living room – at the bottom of the ocean – a home, where all there is is Love." This is a new performance and installation from Sharon Bridgforth, featuring Sonja Perryman, Walter Kitundu, and Florinda Bryant, with songs in the tradition of Black spirituals, with oracle readings, with "everyday objects that shapeshift … as we call the ancestors forward, and celebrate." And Robert Faires has a review of the show right here.
    Through Aug. 25. Wed.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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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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    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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    Comedy

    Kathy Griffin

    You know this Grammy- and Emmy-winning comic is "is a towering figure on television, on tour, and in publishing," right? Then you'll be sure to be front and center for this stop on her current "Laugh Your Head Off" world tour.
    Sun., Aug. 19, 7:30pm. $39 and up.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Great American Trailer Park Musical

    When a “stripper on the run” comes between an agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector husband, mayhem ensues among the tightknit array of manufactured homes. This country-rock and blues musical about Eighties nostalgia, spray cheese, roadkill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, flan, and disco is directed by Sarah Gay for TexARTS, with Susan Finnigan as music director.
    Through Sept. 1. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm. $43 and up.  
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    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    The new Austin Actors' Studio presents this classic Tony-winning play by Texas native Jay Presson Allen, here directed by Milton R. Zoth. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1930s, it's a cautionary tale about a passionate, charismatic teacher and her students.
    Through Sept. 2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $20.  
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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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    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 the Moontower Showcase 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, it's the rhyme-rocking rumble of Vanilla Presley's Comedy Rap Battle, featuring Johnny Bananas.
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    Visual Arts

    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
Ongoing
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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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