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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
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    Comedy

    BuzzKill at the Buzz Mill

    Looking for a regular Wednesday night stand-up showcase? Carlton Wilcoxson and Angelina Martin are the new hosts of Buzzkill at the Buzz Mill, and they're fixing to show you a laughing good time.
    Wednesdays, 9pm. Free.
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    Visual Arts

    Christian-Green Gallery: 40 Years in Harlem

    UT's Warfield Center for African and African American Studies presents a retrospective of the photography of acclaimed photographer and MacArthur fellow Dawoud Bey, curated by Julia Detchon.
    Reception: Wed. Sept. 5, 5pm
    201 E. 21st
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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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    Visual Arts

    Neill-Cochran House: Art at Flower Hill

    Austin artist Valerie Fowler has created a body of work that includes paintings, drawings, and mixed media inspired by the light, air, and landscape that is Flower Hill, the 1877 Austin home to three generations of the Smoot family. Sounds … good? If you know Fowler's work, you know that this sounds, actually, great – and will look even better.
    Through Sept. 15
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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

    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 In Public Places: Launchpad

    Have you always wanted to create a work of public art for Austin but weren't sure how to get started? LaunchPAD is a new program that pairs emerging through mid-career public artists with those already established in the field to work together on artwork for the City of Austin. Through the partnership, you'll work on everything from materials research and fabrication to public outreach, while providing a service doing what you love. Also, $15,000 for your work on the project. See website for details.
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    Visual Arts

    Art on 5th: Aim Carefully

    It's the fifth show here for the California-based Gabe Leonard and his cinematically staged paintings of sharpshooters, gangsters, gamblers, and musicians.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Butridge Gallery: Three Kinds of Order

    Three kinds of order, three excellent artists exploring those kinds: Alexandra Robinson, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, and Naomi Schlinke.
    Through Sept. 22
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    Visual Arts

    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

    Doug Mellard

    Right, and once that much-ballyhooed OOB is over and done with for another year, whatcha gonna do until a fresh weekend rolls around? You're gonna see this guy Mellard, if you're smart, as his topic-jumping, possibly ADD-enhanced style of rapid-fire humor will remind you that, in these internetted times, information tends to arrive as a near-simultaneous array rather than a sequence. Note: He'll make you laugh, too.
    Tue.-Wed., Sept. 4-5, 8pm. $7-17.  
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    Great Gold Bird, Great Dark Yawn

    This is a site-specific theatre piece/alternate reality game, inspired by classic adventure video games, wherein you travel to mystery locations in Austin to find objects – letters, photographs, and home movies – as you search for a missing friend. Intrigued? Looking for a creative diversion? See website for details about this adventure created by Katie Green and Shawn Jones for Twin Alchemy.
    Through Sept. 30. $15-25 ($10, students).
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Kaci Beeler: Perfect Servings for One

    St. Edward's University continues its five-year series with this latest exhibition of alumni work, featuring the hyperreal food portraits (and more) of that artistic force of nature (painter, writer, director, actor, dancer, improviser) called Beeler.
    Through Sept. 13
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    Dance

    Landfallen – the lost and found

    Jason Phelps & Co creates multidisciplinary performances that address social issues, using text, movement, film/video, and music about the ever-changing cultural landscape in Austin and beyond. Featuring performers Margery Segal, Jeremy Rashad Brown, Dany Casey, and that Phelps himself. And here's Robert Faires' review of the show.
    Through Sept. 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Pay what you can.  
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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.  
  • Community

    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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    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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    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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    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
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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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