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  • The Love of China Recital

    Experience the different flavors of the many regions of China through the dress, colors, music, and movements with a recital performed by the students of The Love of China School of Dance. Tickets are $12 for general seating, and $30 for vip seating.
    Sun. March 31, 6:30pm
    Westlake Community Performing Arts Center
  • The New Story Festival

    The New Story Festival is a new annual gathering for community, creativity, and the common good, in Austin! Join artists, activists, teachers, and spiritual leaders to experience a new story of connection instead of separation, of commitment to the common good, of vibrant and collaborative imagination. Join bestselling authors Nadia Bolz-Weber, Charles Eisenstein, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Brian McLaren, and Kaitlin Curtice, as well as musicians Riders Against The Storm, Carrie Rodriguez, and Over The Rhine, and other speakers, mystics, artists, and people committed to creating a healthier and happier world.
    March 29-31, 2019  
    Huston-Tillotson University
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    Antigonick

    This contemporary version of the classic Greek drama is translated and strangely reimagined by award-winning poet Anne Carson, asking "What can one woman do in the face of unjust laws? What is she willing to sacrifice?" Diana Lynn Small, directing the show for Salvage Vanguard, stretches the boundaries of story in poetry and theater. Bonus: original music by Henna Chou.
    March 21-April 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $10-20.  
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    Butridge Gallery: Mayuko Ono Gray and Katy Schmader

    Gray’s graphite drawings combine traditional Japanese calligraphy with Western drawing practices and aesthetic; Schmader’s abstract collages explore the connection between tactile traces of a physical environment and the historic system of landscape semiotics.
    Reception: Wed., March 27, 7-9pm
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    Crime and Punishment

    Performed in 90 minutes with only three actors, this award-winning adaptation of Dostoevsky's masterpiece "compresses all the tension and pathos of the novel into a powerful evening of theatre." Ryan Crowder, Ben Wolfe, and Chelsea Manasseri are directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd for Penfold Theatre.
    March 22-April 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-30.  
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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.
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    ACAC Gallery: Rights of Passage

    The Austin Creative Art Center presents this exhibition from Rejina Thomas – a show of paintings, architectural embellishments, and monumental glasswork – that moves from Cubistic Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, "using geometric form and color to convey meaning and expression, reflecting the personal by removing the glamor to deconstruct racial history."
    Through May 31
    1605 W. Sixth
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    Angela Shelf Medearis: Our People

    During 2018, Medearis – known to millions as The Kitchen Diva – donated several books, manuscripts, photographs, awards, and research papers to the Carver Museum. Now, they’ve been curated and presented as this new exhibition.
    Through June 23
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    Art for the People: Robots in Rowboats

    The colorful artwork of Lauren Briére escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, adventures in rowboats, and more – with robots.
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    Atelier 1205: Paper Fields

    This show unites the work of Austin art educators Kiley Grantges and Jennifer Schroeder. Grantges elevates drinking straws and office copy paper into bas-relief arrays; Schroeder reconstitutes the exuberant mess resulting from her young students’ art explorations into paper mosaics.
    Artist Talk: Sun., March 31, 2pm
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    Atelier Dojo

    This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
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    Austin International Poetry Festival

    The irrepressible and relentlessly versiform event begins its 27th annual inundation of our rapidly embiggening river city. Poets from all over Texas; from all over the United States; hell, from all over the world: massing in the ATX, regaling one another and passersby and gathered crowds with their crafted harangues and lyrical elegies, hawking multiple copies of their latest broadsheets and chapbooks, drinking too much coffee and chai in so many cafes throughout this vibrant urban conflagration we call home. See website for more.
    Thu.-Sun., April 4-7
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    Austin Swing Syndicate: Social Dancing

    You know that the Syndicate holds one of the longest running and best-attended weekly swing dances in the country, right? Make note! There's an absolute beginner lesson which starts at 8pm, then social dancing to live music or DJs from 9pm until midnight. All ages are welcome.
    Thursdays, 8pm. $7.
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    Carver Museum: Constant Escape

    Founding members of the Austin-based Black Mountain ProjectAdrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin – debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and, video. Also on display at the Carver: Re-Membering is the Responsibility of the Living, an installation by Taja Lindley.
    Through July 27
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    Davis Gallery: A Shared Vision

    There are about as many "shared visions" as there are pairs of eyeballs in this miserable world, of course, but this show's title is intended to embody the greater meaning of the phrase and – the important part, here – it titles a collection of artwork by Denise M. Fulton and Sam Yeates. The vision of either of those local artists, and the skill each exerts in rendering that vision visible to the rest of us, is nigh on incredible. And now here are new paintings from both of them? You can pretty much disregard all the hype about Virtual Reality going on at SXSW right now, because these modern fabulists Fulton and Yeates are capturing – via oldschool tech like pigments and brushes, imagine that! – realities (and fantasies) sufficient to fuel any immersive dreams for years to come.
    Through April 13
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    Dimension Gallery: SWAARMS

    This new body of work by Suzanne Wyss at Dimension is a protean body, a visual representation of working together to create something beautiful and bigger than the self, driven by an array of thread-growth machines that evolve their own structures, adding to and transforming the site all the way until the exhibition ends. (Admit it: You've been wondering what the artist would do next, ever since you saw the dank honey she visited upon Facebook Austin.) Did you catch the opening reception at this intimate venue, where Wyss' mechanisms were just beginning their complex industry? Come back soon and witness the textile metamorphosis as it nears completion.
    Through April 7
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Women of Flatbed

    This part of Print Austin features work by leading female figures from the past and future of Austin's own Flatbed Press, including Alice Leora Briggs, Suzi Davidoff, Sandra C. Fernández, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Sandria Hu, Sharon Kopriva, Mary McCleary, Melissa Miller, Celia Munoz, Liliana Porter, Linda Ridgway, Julie Speed, Sydney Yeager, and more. And, oh look, our Robert Faires gives you a fine preview right here.
    Through April 28  
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    Esther's: New Year, New Follies

    Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue where the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street is on view through the stagefront window! Reminisce on all the news-makers, celebrities, events, and mayhem that made 2018 so memorable with A Year in Review. Watch as the new Dems diversify the Hill and take on Trump in Bohemian Crapsody, and more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to wow you with illusions your mind won't believe your eyes have seen!
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Fiddler on the Roof

    Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South PacificThe King and I, and Oslo bring a fresh vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece, now with with movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins.
    April 2-7. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  
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    Generative Art Project: Representational Abstraction

    This gallery, like an intimate slice of our most vivid future, presents work by Viktor Velikanov, James Pricer, and David Bennett: Three artists who transform physics, data, and algorithms via software into abstract generative videos and unique prints, the art visually merging the antithetical concepts of realism and abstraction without diluting the integrity of either.
    March 21-April 21
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    Harry Ransom Center: The Rise of Everyday Design

    Here's a new and detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and America, showing how it transformed the homes and lives of ordinary people and how it continues to influence modern design.
    Through July 14
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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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    La Peña Gallery: Mujeres De Luz

    You're invited to celebrate International Women's Day with this group exhibition by women artists, featuring work by Alondra Acosta, Ana Borne, Cecilia Colomé, Veronica Castillo, Juanita Cole Towery, Naxieli Gomez Traub, Theresa Ibañez, Scherezade García, Iliana Emilia García, Mary Jane Garza, Yleana Martínez, Leticia Mosqueda, Farah Rivera, Victoria Rivero, Teresa Scott, Julia Santos Solomon, Elvira Sarmiento, Emily Socolov, Rama Tiru, Jackie Welch, and Terry Ybañez.
    Reception: Fri., March 8, 6-8pm
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    Last: An Extinction Comedy

    Witness the world premiere of this new play that blends improvisation, comedy, and environmental activism as "a troupe of tired and really hungry comedians roams the crumbling remains of human civilization, performing sketches about extinction." Why is this actually a promising concept? Because it's a Vortex collab between the award-winning director Rudy Ramirez and that improv powerhouse Sarah Marie Curry, with Bonnie Cullumreturning to the stage after a 20-year hiatus! – among a cast of talented theatre stalwarts.
    March 29-April 27. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Matilda the Musical

    Take a journey through the world of this Tony-winning hit, based on Roald Dahl's story about an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. No, this spectacular show ain't just for kids – it's a legit tale of empowerment for all. Directed by Abe Reybold and Nat Miller for Zach Theatre, with musical direction by Allen Robertson, and, well, you know the music and lyrics for this things were writ by Tim Minchin, right?
    April 3-May 12. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: La Huella Magistral

    Two new exhibitions are presented in this Downtown powerhouse of cultural expression, amplifying the inky might of PrintAustin. There's "La Huella Magistral: Homage to Master Printmakers," with a set of 19 prints paying tribute to master printmakers who inspired the artists of Consejo Gráfico, and "Mix 'n' Mash: Migration," new works by more than 200 artists. Bonus: John Patrick Cobb's "Chapel Shrine" paintings.
    Through June 3
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    Neill-Cochran House: Joy and Delight

    Lu Ann Barrow's artistic career has spanned seven decades from her 1956 MFA at UT through the present day, her paintings depicting the joys and sorrows of communal life in the south.
    Through April 28
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    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Flowers

    In which acclaimed collagist Lance Letscher focuses his prodigious paper-manipulating skills on botanicals and the gallery's walls become a bright garden of delights.
    Through April 13
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    Story Circle Network

    Nonprofit organization for women, offering monthly reading and writing circles and more, in North, Central, and South Austin.
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    Texas State History Museum: Texas From Above

    Here's an original exhibition featuring aerial images captured by photographer Jay B. Sauceda during a six-day flying journey around the state. This show highlights the beauty of Texas borderlands and explores the process of capturing the images.
    Through June 16
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    The Blanton Museum: Zulu Time

    This new solo exhibition of two-dimensional and sculptural works by Brooklyn native Kambui Olujimi, now on view in the Blanton's Contemporary Project gallery, will revitalize your awareness of what's coordinated and universal.
    Through July 14
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    The Blanton: Copies, Fakes, and Reproductions

    This exhibition, a Holly Borham-curated collection focused on printmaking in the Renaissance, presents works that showcase the various intentions behind copies, ranging from legit collaborations between designers and printmakers to the unauthorized copies of Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts (these resulted in a landmark legal decision against image piracy).
    March 23-June 16  
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    The Blanton: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music

    This film by The Propeller Group, an artist collective based in Vietnam and California, combines actual footage and staged portrayals of Vietnamese funeral rituals that shift dramatically from documentary to poetic.
    Through May 26  
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    The People's Gallery: Exhibition 2019

    Here's the 15th annual exhibition at Austin City Hall, presenting a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing, and other media by 113 local artists. This year, the exhibition includes a special selection of photographs: The Bold Beauty Project of Texas, featuring images of Texas women with disabilities, taken by photographers from across the state.
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    Comedy

    Top Comedy Spot on Airport

    Yes, there's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights – look, we reviewed their show right here. And this Thursday features Friends For Now, a daring supergroup of improv, followed by the sketchificationing of Pendulum Presents. Friday brings the all-star improv of Art Car Empty Promises and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar. Saturday's got sets from Glam Fam and Y'all We Asian, followed by that comic cataclysm called Riot Society. See website for more!
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    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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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden: With Out, With In

    If you're standing at the crossroads of wood and sculpture, one of the talented giants you'll see landmarking that intersection will be James Surls. If you're at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum for this new show, you'll be amazed by more than 30 of that maestro's works – many of his iconic, surrealistic wooden creations as well as a few of his giant steel and bronze structures. Note: This is, surprisingly, Surls' first solo exhibition of sculptures in Austin.
    Through Aug. 18. The reception's free, but RSVP.  
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    Underground Comedy

    This 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 Stephanie Thoreson's Fishbowl 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. Also, Saturday's Sweet Lightning will strike your tender comedy center just right, and – check that website for more, yo!
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    Visual Arts Center: Fall 2018

    View the new exhibitions brightening this premier UT-based visual arts space here in the fall of 2018: "Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows," "Exploring the Arctic Ocean," "Like the Lonely Traveler: Video Works by María Magdalena Campos-Pons," "Another Green World," and "Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames."
    Free.  
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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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    Women & Their Work: Walk the Sky

    Bumin Kim's thread and string become the media to explore many of the same questions usually investigated with paint, examining the nature of line beyond the two-dimensional surface into three-dimensional space.
    Through April 18
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    Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language

    Drawn primarily from the Blanton’s extensive collection of Latin American art, this exhibition offers an innovative perspective on how artists of the region have explored the links between visual art and written language since the early decades of the twentieth century, with examples ranging from Alejandro Xul Solar and Joaquín Torres-García’s creation of alphabets and metaphysical signs, to the visual experiments of Brazilian concrete poets in the 1960s, and the political codification of language by conceptualists since the 1970s.
    Through May 26
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    Yard Dog: City and Sky

    The work of Chicago-based artist, illustrator, and muralist Nate Otto occupies its own lane somewhere in between the worlds of folk art, street art, lowbrow art, and contemporary fine art. And now a rich portion of it will occupy this popular South Congress gallery.
    Through April 14
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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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