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  • Horror Queers Podcast Live Recording: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 with Mark Patton!

    Bloody Disgusting's Horror Queers Podcast, which looks at horror films through a queer lens, will be having its first live recording as part of Fantastic Fest's LGBTQ+ sidebar! Hosts Trace Thurman and Joe Lipsett will be discussing the controversial 1985 sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge with the film's star Mark Patton. Listen to them discuss the making of the film and how it has gone from the red-headed stepchild of the Nightmare franchise to wearing the "gayest horror film ever made" moniker as a badge of honor. The event is free and open to the public, so you don't need a Fantastic Fest badge to be able to attend!
    Sun. Sept. 22, 2:30pm  
    The HighBall
  • Jarrott Productions Presents Admissions by Joshua Harmon

    This "ripped from the headlines" play makes its Southwest Regional Premiere and takes a satirical look at the things some people will do to get their child into "the right" university. In it, playwright Joshua Harmon holds up a mirror to white liberalism. Winner-2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
    Sept 19-Oct. 6  
    Trinity Street Theatre
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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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    David Sedaris

    "One of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today," they say, and tonight he's gonna address an adoring audience in the Bass Concert Hall – and you could be there, citizen, totally soaking up the man-of-letters' wit and wisdom.
    Thu., May 2, 8pm. $30-55.  
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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 "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 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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    Dance

    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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    Comedy

    Best Comedy on Airport

    There's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights – look, we reviewed their show right here. And this Thursday features improv supergroup Friends for Now and the sketch of Pendulum, then Friday brings the musical exuberance of Girls Girls Girls, right before the laser-sharp ladies of Loverboy, the Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase, and Improvised Reality. Saturday features Liz Behan's One Woman At Dusk, followed by Way Down In the Hole and the complications that arise when there's a mysterious death on the dance floor of a gay bar, and – oh, see website for more!
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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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    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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    Classical Music

    Classical Music for the World: Spring Festival

    The celebrated Italian cellist and scholar Francesco Mastromatteo has been leading this school for young musicians for the past 10 years, and this year's festival, with a theme of "Embracing Freedom," features a solo performance by the maestro and concerts by his distinguished students. See website for details.
    Through May 4. Free.  
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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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    Dimension Gallery: Unusual Kinships

    The artist Magdalena Jarkowiec knows about unusual kinships, all right. The kinship of fabric to structure, for instance, as evidenced in her oddly humanoid soft sculptures – the enormous one that's long been towering over Dimension Gallery's Paved Garden, for one; and the other figurative creations, somewhat smaller, that have enhanced live performances in this town. And now Jarkowiec's got her first solo show of such sculptures in Austin, featuring a bright array of human/object hybrid forms, dollhouselike installations, hanging portraits of lovers and friends … and all of it rich with her characteristic humor and invention. Recommended.
    Through May 18
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Misread Signs

    This exhibition of new work and performances by Yuliya Lanina explores the effects of trauma on the human psyche, the exhibition beginning with her signature paintings of collaged, malformed characters that later come to life in a three-channel, immersive animation. You know how some artists can burn pretty brightly? Lanina is gonna be, as usual, on fire. Recommended.
    Through June 2
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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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    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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    Imagine Art: Rebirth & New Blooms

    Here's a show that aims to "capture the essence of new growth, new beginnings, renewed spirit and heart," as curated by Lacey Richter.
    Through June 21
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    Theatre

    La Boheme

    Austin Opera presents Puccini’s sweeping story of young bohemians struggling to fulfill their dreams and find true love. So, kind of like Riverdale, we imagine, but with fancier clothes and much vigorous singing? We jest, but then so did the kids of Rent. This one will blow you away.
    Thu., May 2, 7:30pm; Sun., May 5, 2:30pm. $39 and up.  
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    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Such Lonely Country

    This is a solo exhibition of sculptural and new media works by Katy McCarthynot, longtime Austinites please note, Kathy McCarty – who has considered the histories of women, including Nina De Villard and Mary Todd Lincoln, in bringing the past and present into dialogue.
    Through May 19
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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 chthonic "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. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Dance

    Memoirs and Armours

    The Violet Crown Players and Diverse Space Youth Dance Theatre present the kinetic culmination of their explorations of memory, invigorating the Austin stage before taking the show to Europe this summer. "What is a memory? How much do memories affect our interactions with humans and with nature?" Featuring choreography by Michael Jahoda, Maria Naidu, Vera Ondrasikova, Toni Bravo, and the cast of dancers.
    Thu.-Sat., May 2-4, 8pm. $15-35.  
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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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    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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    Out of Ink: Artificially Intelligent

    Here is ScriptWorks' 21st annual ten-minute play showcase, this year serving up an array of mini-dramas about mentally enhanced robots, automatons, household appliances, and humans. The plays were written in 48 hours by Robin Anderson, Trey Deason, Max Langert, Tristan Young Mercado, Aneesa Needel, Jason Rainey, Nettie Reynolds, and Sarah Saltwick, and now you can see these revelatory tales of technology come to staged life via a fine troupe of actors under the direction of Ellie McBride, Linda Nenno, Rudy Ramirez, and Sharon Sparlin.
    Through May 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $14-16.  
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    Comedy

    Rachel Feinstein

    Hey, it's that nationally touring comedian and actress the Huffington Post called "the only comedian we've seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both."
    May 2-4. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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    Rising Artists Reading Series

    Southwest Theatre Productions offers new plays performed as staged readings, the better to gauge their pre-production impact on directors, producers, and an audience (that's you, pilgrim). Watch a different show for free each Thursday, imbibe some tasty beverages – gratis – and give 'em your feedback. In the queue: At the Broken Places by Paul Coleman (May 9); A Comfortable Life by Pamela Weiler Grayson (May 16).
    Through May 16. Thursdays, 8pm. Free.  
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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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    Summer Splash

    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! Discover the "cool" new looks for climate control in the Green New Deal Fashion Show. Meanwhile, your favorite: Democratic presidential candidates dive into the fray with: Bernie torching up a torrid love song, Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi squaring off against the patriarchy, and Joe Biden getting handsy. Oh, 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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    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. And here's our full review of the show.
    Through May 26. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $30-$78.  
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    The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever

    Just what it says on the tin, citizen. As presented by the talented border collie Vinny Valentino and his human Chris Perondi.
    Thu., May 2, 7pm
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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. And, listen, the Blanton now stays open until 8pm on Fridays – through July 26.
    Through July 13
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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). And, listen, the Blanton now stays open until 8pm on Fridays – through July 26.
    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. And, listen, the Blanton now stays open until 8pm on Fridays – through July 26.
    Through May 26  
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    Theatre

    The Children

    Well, doesn't this seem creepy AF? Yes, and it's Lucy Kirkwood's recently Tony-nominated play about what ensues among three nuclear physicists in a remote cottage on the British coast while the world outside deals with a major disaster at a nuclear power station. "A darkly funny and unsettling show about legacy, survival, and responsibility." Directed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia for Jarrott Productions.
    Through May 12. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-30.  
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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 our feature article for more.
    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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    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 is 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 – 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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    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, Tuesday's got a Monoscene for you, there's the all-female comedy showcase called Garage on Wednesdays, the good-versus-evil battle of Killing with Kindness this Thursday. Then, on Friday, don't miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. Saturday's got the improvised whodunnit of Murder!, followed by some story-centered Sweet Lightning, and – see website for more.
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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: Horizonland

    Rosa Nussbaum’s new exhibition is informed by her recent years in Texas. Unable to drive and finding herself as a passenger in a car, the artist reflects upon how public space in Texas is often imagined as a place for mobile private space, structuring her show as a kind of theme park – using sculpture, performance, video, and a slideshow to explore how the car becomes a lens that focuses and reshapes the world around her.
    Through June 6
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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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    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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