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    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Director Dave Steakley and choreographer Abe Reybold bring John Cameron Mitchell's glamorous and rockin' musical classic – about "a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock & roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, trying to find a place to belong in America," of course – back to the Austin stage. And here's Robert Faires' review of the whole thing.
    Through March 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30pm. $30-165.  
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    Raw Paw Gallery: Notes From a Windowless Room

    "These paintings," says Nadia Waheed, "are an effort to form a bridge between my Pakistani heritage and my westernization, primarily by exploring the brown female nude." Several large works by Waheed adorn the delightful Raw Paw space over there in the Yard on St. Elmo, and – tell you what – if every creative "effort" were as well-wrought and lovely to behold as these paintings, the whole world would be a better place to have eyes in.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 15, 7pm-12mid
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    Atelier Dojo: Nicolás Uribe

    How do you capture the everyday miracles of reality with brushes and pigments? How can this human-filled world bloom like a garden of perceived truths on canvas? Tonight, the world-renowned Uribe offers a live painting demo and talk here at that local powerhouse of figurative artwork in the gallery-filled Canopy complex. Recommended!
    Fri., Feb. 22, 7-9:30pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Guzu Gallery: Princess Power!

    Note the emphasis: not Princess Power, but Princess Power. Which is to say, here's a show with more than 20 artists paying tribute to a diverse selection of pop-culture princess characters, via limited-edition prints and original artwork.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 22, 7-10pm
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    Hopscotch: Light and Sound

    Here's a collection of wonders taking over the popular Blue Genie space for a month and a half. It's a showcase of interactive light-based installations by local, national, and international artists, each work requiring participation with the guests to achieve optimum amazement. Note: After 7pm, this spectacle is for ages 18 and older only.
    Through March 31. Fri., 4-11pm; Sat., 1-11pm; Sun., 1-9pm. $15-23.  
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    Jasper Fforde: Early Riser

    Yes, this is the eerie and fantastic new thriller from the acclaimed author of the Thursday Next series. Yes, this event will likely be packed. Yes, you'll need a ticket to join the signing line.
    Fri., Feb. 22, 7pm
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    Stuart Wallace: Future Artifacts of Sprawl and Sting

    Yes, this might take a little while to get to, as Georgetown is kinda up there, isn't it? But never mind that, because the end of the world will also take a while to reach, yet that's where we're all eventually headed.

    And a local artist – Stuart Wallace – has gotten there first, is the idea here, and he's brought back an array of artifacts that are as eerie as they are graceful. I can't properly express the odd and sublime aesthetics of what the man's wrought, but I can tell you that the pieces often include abandoned wasps' nests and ball moss and photos and rope, expertly arranged, and they're often framed in wood that Wallace has carefully charred with a flame thrower.

    Real talk: There's already too much to see in Austin, already too much for a listings editor to cover; WTF would make me take the time to promote this show up at the Georgetown Public Library? Answer: The sheer, stunning beauty of this work.

    Go ahead, make a whole afternoon of it, check out Wallace's "Future Artifacts" and that "Floating Points" exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center while you're moseying around, maybe stop for an exquisite meal at Jack Gilmore's Salt Traders Coastal Cooking on the way there or back. But FFS don't miss this show.

     
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    The Feud

    In this new musical comedy from Texas Comedies and the ever-adventurous Crank Collective, it's Texas in the 1870s and an army officer is all that stands between an outlaw family and bloodthirsty vigilantes. Based on actual events in our state's tumultuous history, now on stage with singing, dancing, riding, fighting – and a live band. See a wronged woman seek her own brand of twisted justice! See old-timey citizens fighting over land and cattle! See this rip-snorting production directed by John Cecil!
    Through Feb. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-24.  
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    The Improvised Play Festival

    You might be aware, yes, that Austin is at the forefront of narrative, theatrical improvisation? It's true – hell, it's internationally recognized – which is why, once a year, the Hideout assembles a full weekend of improvised one-act plays. (The international recognition might even be partially because the Hideout assembles a full weekend of – ah, you see where we're going with this.) This year's schedule of wildly inventive entertainment is packed with the venue’s own repertoire of shows, other local shows, and special out-of-town guests from Vancouver, Atlanta, and Amsterdam. That's three nights packed with shows from the likes of La Vida de los Muertos, Fistful of Kicks, Parallelogramophonograph, Dark Side of the Room, Big Gay Musical, and many more. Pro tip: An All-Access Pass will get you the best bang (read: fun) for your bucks all weekend long.
    Feb. 21-23. Thu.-Fri., 8-11pm; Sat., 6-11pm. $5-45.  
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    The Rover

    Scandalous! Lewd! Morally depraved! The acclaimed Hidden Room company presents this rarely performed delight from 1677 through the lens of "a few very special teen films of 1983." (Think: Valley Girl.) So, if you’re looking for a mash-up of Restoration/New Romantic proto-feminist sexploitation, complete with swashbuckling sword fights, forbidden romance, masked revelers, and bitchen live music, then pop your ruffled collar and behold Aphra Behn’s transgressive romp as directed by Beth Burns and featuring a cast whose diverse talents will thrill your senses.
    Through March 3. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra shows: Wed.-Thu., Feb. 27-28, 8pm. $11-35.  
    York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh
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    The Three Musketeers

    St. Ed's presents Megan Monaghan Rivas' new adaptation of the classic coming-of-age story inspired by the novel by Alexandre Dumas. It's set in a 17th-century France where men and women are equal in their ability to serve the crown. This regional premiere features local MVPs Marc Pouhé and J. Ben Wolfe among a fine collegiate cast, directed by Michelle Polgar. And here's what the Chronicle's Trey Gutierrez thought of the show.
    Through Feb. 24. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-25.  
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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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