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    Confessions of a Mexpatriate

    In Raul Garza's very funny and thought-provoking play, a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots ventures deep into the Mexican interior and, ah, learns a thing or two about himself and the world. Featuring Mical Trejo, as directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Note: When this excellent show debuted a few years ago, Robert Faires interviewed the playwright right here and – this just in!reviews the current show.
    Through Oct. 20. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-27 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    Books

    Michael Ondaatje: Selections from Warlight

    The Harry Ransom Center (and the Michener Center) present this evening with the internationally acclaimed author.
    Thu., Oct. 18, 6pm. Free.  
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    Comedy

    Neal Brennan

    The man who co-wrote almost all the sketches on Chappelle's Show with Dave himself? Yeah, that's Brennan – whose 3 Mics special for Netflix was a bigtime critical hit, and who is currently an on-air correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Yeah, all the smart people like this guy; and Austin's a pretty smart town … so it's probably a good idea to reserve your tickets in advance, if you can.
    Thu., Oct. 18, 7pm  
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    Dance

    Theorist Festival

    Dance, dance, and dance. And live music and films and more dance. And of course that's live music for dancing to, and films about dancing. And dance workshops and master classes, as well, because this is the latest edition of the annual Theorist Festival from that Amy Morrow and her restless cadre of kinetic savants – this time, 44 artists from across the U.S., México, Canada, India, and the Middle East – galvanizing the Zilker Hillside Theatre and other venues for four days and nights in the wake of ACL. See website for details, yes – and be prepared to move yourself around.
    Thu.-Sun., Oct. 18-21. Prices vary ($250 for an all-festival pass).  
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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 find out where some of these stand-ups come from via the My Block showcase this Thursday. Then, on Friday, the Battle of the Sketches beings anew – and don't miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. Saturday's got an A-Team of historical figures (Leonardo da Vinci! Harriet Tubman! Carl Sagan!) brought back to life and saving the day as Clone Squad, followed by some story-centered Sweet Lightning, and – see website for more.
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    Visual Arts

    Yard Dog: The Party's Just Getting Started

    Party's just getting started, yeah, and is that Bob Schneider music they're playing? Maybe. But maybe it's also some of this, excuse me, fucking righteousvisual work that the man's been up to recently. We fairly raved about his monochrome etchings, back in the day; this new full-color painting/collage thing Schneider's doing is at least as impressive – and more vibrant across the spectrum of light. Been to Yard Dog lately? Here's you a good excuse.
    Through Oct. 21
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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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