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    Camp Contemporary

    You can imagine how cool it would be to camp at Laguna Gloria, right? In the shadow of that gorgeous mansion, among those partly manicured and partly wild woods? Among those worldclass works of outdoor art lurking around the curve of every trail? Now imagine doing that while The Contemporary Austin provides an evening of tasty camp-inspired noms (from épicerie and Le Politique and more) and craft cocktails, hands-on art workshops, lantern-led sculpture tours, lakeside hammock-lounging, s'mores around the campfire, and live music by Walker Lukens, Mobley, SMiiLE, and Lolita Lynne. Now – do we have to say kumbaya, citizen, or are you already clicking for reservations?
    Sat., Oct. 20, 5-10pm. $200.  
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    Comedy Brunch

    Yes, comedy brunch. Which means tacos and pastries and mimosas while you laugh. And, yes, it's in one of the regular clubs that we always list. But, c'mon, this is brunch. And there's sketch comedy by Hot Pot Comedy and improvisations by Linzy Beltran, Pete Parsons, Carlos LaRotta, Mason Pitluk, Laura de la Fuente, and more. So it's … kind of special, dig? And – hey, pass that coffee this way, wouldja? Maybe I can just sort of accidentally spill it on my laptop and wipe out all these listings I've been working on, unsaved, for the last few hours ...
    Sat., Oct. 20, 11am. $20.  
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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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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Gender Portraits

    This exhibition features an array of excellent portraits by Drew Riley, exploring the complexity of gender by documenting the experiences and struggles of transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people.
    Artist talk: Thu., Oct. 18, 7pm. Closing reception: Sat, Oct. 20, 6-9pm
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    Salvador Dali's Naked Feast

    Now here's an outrageous party for you, citizen, a performance installation cocktail party – with live painting, live music, naked aerials, human canvas, bizarre photo ops, Dali’s original Casanova Cocktail, delicious food art, and more. Here's a night of entertainments performed while you graze on catered noms displayed on beautiful naked bodies. Yes, it's the Vortex's annual fundraiser, decked out with culinarily extravagance in the manner of that divine madman from Figueras. Now's your chance to dress up all surreal for this, ah, Gala event.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 7-11pm. $30-100.  
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    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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    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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    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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