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  • Dancestry ...anew

    Shay Ishii Dance Company presents the fifth anniversary of Dancestry! Dancestry is a celebration of artistic heritage and revival of historic dance. This year's production, Dancestry…anew, is a collection of reconstructions, restagings and reimaginings that elaborate on the masterworks of modern dance pioneers, Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Erick Hawkins with contemporar
    June 28-29, 2019  
    Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
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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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    Visual Arts

    Art Institute of Austin: Five Perspectives of Portraiture

    Showcasing five students’ outstanding work in photography, focusing on each student’s representation of: commercial or fine art portraits and their cultural significance.
    Sat.-Sun., Aug. 25-26, 5-9pm
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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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    Casta

    Salvage Vanguard Theatre presents this workshop production of the new Adrienne Dawes play inspired by a series of casta paintings depicting different racial mixtures and arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. Directed by Jenny Larson, starring KhattieQ, and featuring puppets by Julia Smith and music by Graham Reynolds.
    Aug. 24-25. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 4 & 7:30pm. $5-15.  
    Hicks House, 100 E. 27th
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    Cobalt Riesling Gallery: Friending Is Not Friendship

    Here's the inaugural show for this new gallery within the Flatbed complex, a group exhibition featuring original art from friends who met on social media or now mainly communicate through the digital world instead of IRL. Featured artists: Rohitash Rao, Elizabeth Decker, Anthony Hurd, Whitney Tureztzky, Martin Lewis, and Chad Rea.
    Through Sept. 6
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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, 7:30pm. $12.  
    Zach North, 12129 Hwy. 620 N
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    Crit Group 2018

    The Contemporary Austin and grayDUCK Gallery present this discussion among artists Adrian Aguilera, Christa Blackwood, Christine Garvey, Ron Geibel, Jenn Hassin, Landon O'Brien, Dawn Okoro, and Rachel Wolfson Smith, in conjunction with the current Crit Group exhibition – which show Tatiana Ryckman has reviewed right here.
    Sat., Aug. 25, 2pm
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    Theatre

    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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    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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    Dimension Gallery: Black Rainbow

    You know who does some beautiful, intriguing, and often simultaneously creepy work in ceramics? In, actually, ceramics and fur? RISD grad Terra Goolsby is who. "With a focus on the uncompromising, unbridled, and primordial nature of characters and settings," the gallery's description goes, "Goolsby's work harbors an aesthetic that is both dangerous and sensual." We concur, and recommend this show.
    Through Sept. 29
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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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    DORF: Return of the Litvak

    Behold, ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND. The Austin street artist takes over the gallery and grounds with an immersive installation featuring his iconic angry clouds. This two-day event features live T-shirt screenprinting both days, ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND painting right there in front of your urban eyes on Saturday, and the whole shebang's a fundraiser for – can I get a hallelujahBeto O'Rourke.
    Aug. 24-25. Fri., 7-10pm; Sat., 4-7pm. Free ($5 for T-shirt printing).  
    5701 Lewood
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    Dance

    Enchilada Western: Texas Deep Fried

    The Aztlan Dance Company presents the third installment of the Enchilada Western series that showcases Borderlands culture in all of its rich complexities, from the fast foot desperados and taunting pistoleras, to the epic shaman-seer and tawdry tonic vendor.
    Aug. 23-26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-18.  
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Jill Lear + Katie Maratta

    "What's your 20, good buddy?" as the CB radio crowd used to say. Because where you're at is always important, and of prime importance if it's where you're at most often in your life. Locale – a sense of place – dominates in parallel exhibitions showcasing artists Jill Lear and Katie Maratta, and we recommend being there to enjoy it.
    Through Sept. 29
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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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    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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    Classical Music

    India Fine Arts: Emerging Artists Concert

    The Blanton hosts a night of music by Vishaal R. Sapuram (chitravina), Sruthi Sarathy (violin), and Praveen Sparsh (mridangam)
    Sat., Aug. 25, 6:30pm. $15-25.  
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    Books

    Laurie Filipelli: Girl Paper Stone

    Gather at Malvern tonight to celebrate the debut of Filipelli’s new poetry collection, presented in conversation with author Jan Bozarth. Bonus: musical by flutist Marcela DeFaria Casaubon.
    Sat., Aug. 25, 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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    Comedy

    Mac Blake

    Here's a headliner to make you laugh all the gunk of Dirty Sixth right out your sensorium, citizen. Here's a recent Funniest Person in Austin winner with two full albums to his name, hosting showcases all over town, knocking out the crowds at festivals across the country, and, like that's not enough, Blake's got that Amber Bixby opening this weekend's gigs at the Velv.
    Aug. 24-25. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Theatre

    Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes!

    Hold on to your infinity stones, True Believer! This is a live, action-packed spectacle direct from the House of Marvel. Much acrobatic derring-do, pyrotechnics, and motorcycle stunts are involved in this show in which "Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki's hands." You might could appreciate this thing as a functioning adult, citizen; kids, OTOH, will definitely have their little minds blown.
    Aug. 23-26. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 11am, 3 & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 5pm. $25-90.  
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    Dance

    Noche de Folklor

    Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas presents this annual showcase of folk dances representing Mexico’s vast cultures and traditions.
    Sat., Aug. 25, 7:30pm. Free.
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    Theatre

    Schadenfreude: An Evening of One-Act Plays

    Cold Frame Collective offers this double feature where the struggle is real … but only for the characters onstage. You're probably familiar with Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare, yes? Well, these folks are staging it and Waiting by Ethan Coen.
    Through Sept. 1. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10.  
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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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    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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    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, and check out I Spy from Crimecats this Thursday. Then, on Friday, things get good and blue with Call Me Scum – and don't miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. Saturday's got the conspiracied-up Psychosphere ready for you, Mr. Jones, followed by some story-centered Sweet Lightning, 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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    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
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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