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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
  • NextTribe Out Loud presents “Screw Invisibility: Celebrating the Power and Creativity of Women Over 45”

    NextTribe Out Loud is a live event where accomplished writers, artists, musicians and activists explore how women age 45+ are reshaping our culture and expressing their rightful power. Come hear musician Sara Hickman, writer Spike Gillespie, TV personality Olga Campos Benz, musician and activist Courtney Santana, bestselling author and New Yorker humorist Annabelle Gurwitch and artist Judy Jensen talk about how they’re aging boldly and creatively. Each attendee receives a gift of jewelry from sponsor Kendra Scott.
    Thurs. Apr. 25, 5pm-8pm  
    Mercury Hall
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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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    Severe Weather Warning

    Theatre en Bloc presents Austin-based playwright Elizabeth Doss' newest stagework, in which four lifelong friends on a weekend getaway deal with "a night of chaos inside and severe weather outside." Directed by Jenny Lavery, featuring Kacy Samiee, Leslie McDonel, Giselle Marie Munoz, and Charlotte Gulezian.
    April 25-May 2. Wed.-Sun., 8pm. $15 and up.  
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    Big Medium: Unity of Opposites

    This show, curated by Coka Treviño, features artists Blasto and Ernesto Walker exploring nature and how humans decide to interact with it. "Inspired by alchemy, technology, and numbers, Blasto focuses on earth, the visible and tangible; Walker on the invisible, immaterial and divine."
    Through May 18
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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.
    Through May 3
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    Guzu Gallery: Realms Apart

    Hark ye, good citizen! Hark, we say, as Guzu Gallery presents the first fantasy-themed art show ever held in their intimate and graphically festooned venue! Behold with eyes of wonder as bold heroes and fell creatures from Westeros to Cimmeria – perhaps, even, from Bas-Lag, Maradaine, or the Vorrh? – travel to this innocuous little sector of the multiverse to take their rightful place on the noble walls of the gallery that's right there in the heart of Austin fandom!
    Through May 19
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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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    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 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 Central Library

    Susan Scafati's solo exhibition spans three floors and features work (photoprints, sculpture, hand-embellished documents) that expands on the artist's exploration of the ways in which individual identities and mythologies are constructed. And, ah, we love what that Calder Kamin does, and the library's also got a new showcase of her work, "What a Mess," featuring trash transformed into sculptures, animations, and installations, commenting on the mess humans have made for our natural neighbors throughout our existence.
    Through June 16  
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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: Noisy Lullaby

    This solo exhibit featuring new work by Philip Durst might resemble the quilts of your childhood, but the artist's vibrant use of multicolored candy wrappers and cardboard soda boxes aren't conducive to a good night's sleep. In fact, we tried Googling "collage + stunning" a few times, and it was Dursts all the way down, radiating patterns of playfulness and optimism.
    Through May 25
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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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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Tony Marsh and Natalie Frank

    This is the first Reynolds Gallery show for both of these artists, and we were all like, "Hey, Natalie Frank! With a Grimm exhibition just in time for Ballet Austin's Grimm Tales based on her fantastic works!" and we barely even made note of Mr. Marsh's part of this two-person display … until we saw some stunning images showing the gorgeous and fairly cthonic "Cauldrons and Crucibles" work the man does with ceramics small and large – and then we made damned good and sure our schedule was clear for an even longer visit to this excellent Downtown venue.
    Through June 8
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    Theatre

    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 thing were writ by Tim Minchin, right?
    Through May 12. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Drawings from the Permanent Collection

    This is the first time that the museum offers an exhibition focused solely on drawings from its permanent collection, with works by more than 40 artists who explore a wide variety of techniques.
    Through June 3
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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 Ballad of Klook & Vinette

    This contemporary new love story from Zach Theatre – it's a world-premiere musical, no less, infused with lyrical prose, jazz, blues, and soul – features two lost souls trying to find themselves in one another. Written by Ché Walker, Anoushka Lucas, and Omar Lyefook; directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Christian Magby.
    Through May 26. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $30-$78.  
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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).
    Through 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 Contemporary Austin: Hi, how are you, Gonzo?

    Abraham Cruzvillegas’ vibrant artistic practice begins with the concept of autoconstrucción, an idea rooted in transformation, exchange, and play. During the exhibition, a series of site-specific sculptures will be enlivened through music, performances, workshops, cooking, storytelling, artmaking, skateboarding, and more, in activations led by the artist’s collaborators from Mexico City and community partners from Austin. See website for details.
    Through July 14
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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

    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 wannabe superstars of Lip Stync. Friday brings la raza's edge with those Prima Doñas and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar. Saturday's got the Holy Shit show from – can I get a hallelujah? – Prayer Circle, and Pendulum's Class War, followed by that comic cataclysm called Riot Society and – 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
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    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 Trevor Wade's gender-confounding Clownfish 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, daaaaaaaamn, it's the triumphant return of Micheal (sic) Foulk and Vanessa Gonzalez as Handbomb!
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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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    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: The Originals

    You know Nate Otto just had a solo show here, right? Now that same Otto's curated up a group exhibition of work by 15 artists of whom he's a fan. And, daaaaaamn, he's got excellent taste: Tony Fitzpatrick, Gunner Fox, Yulia Kuznetsova, Casey Sass, Vero Boisel, Travis Millard, and Julie Murphy are among those included.
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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