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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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    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.
    Reception: Fri., April 26, 7-10pm
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    Once There Were Six Seasons

    Glass Half Full Theatre's award-winning production returns as a three-part interactive experience that invites audiences to travel the globe and explore humankind’s impact on climate change: Step onstage with the puppeteers to observe ecosystems from the Americas, Africa, India, Asia, and the Arctic and watch as the tiny humans and animals struggle against drought, flood, heat, and violent storms. This complex spectacle is directed by Caroline Reck and Gricelda Silva, features original choreography by Kelly Hasandras, and – listen, it's a true marvel of narrative and object manipulation and will delight you endlessly, even as its global implications send a little chill down your spine. See our full review right here.
    Through May 4. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm; Mon., 7pm. $12-30.  
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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.
    Reception: Sat., April 27, 7-9pm
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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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    Northern-Southern: Rebris

    This is a show of – hold on just a second here – post-consumer sculpture? That's right, and Northern-Southern has chosen two excellent artists to fill the gallery with new work on that subject: Austin's own Virginia Fleck and Ted Carey.
    Through May 8
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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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    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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    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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    AVAA: Spring Show

    The talented members of the Austin Visual Arts Association display their newest creations.
    Through May 4
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    Camiba Art: William T. Carson

    The Santa Fe artist returns briefly to Austin, bringing with him an array of recent works to complicate the walls of Camiba's new venue. In addition to including coal, Carson's signature material, many of these new pieces include gypsum. We daresay: ROCK ON, BILLY BOY, ROCK ON.
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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 for the World: Spring Festival

    The celebrated Italian cellist and scholar Francesco Mastromatteo has been leading this school for young musicians for the past ten 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.
    April 28-May 4. Free.  
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    Comedy

    ComedySportz

    Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30pm. $12.  
    Zach North, 12129 Hwy. 620 N
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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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    Dougherty Arts Center

    The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, provided skilled artists to teach a variety of classes in ceramics, digital arts, drawing and painting, darkroom photography, and more.
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    Esther's: Spring Fling 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! Oh, the fight is still brewing for Democrats beyond the Mueller Report in a White House Bohemian Rhapsody. Kellyanne Conway goes head to head with her husband as the Lady Democrats – Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and the irrepressible AOC: – celebrate diversity in the new House of Reps, 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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    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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    ICOSA Gallery: Ultima Thule

    New works by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Kate Csillagi, who have joined forces for the first time to provide a journey into secret transitional spaces using drawing, sculpture, photography, and other collaborative ventures.
    Through May 11
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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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    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.
    Reception: Sat., April 27, 11am-2pm
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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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    MASS Gallery: Into the Dirt

    In which five artists from the Southwest – Katie Broyles, Jenelle Esparza, Haley Hill, Gabriela Muñoz, and Aziza Murray – look to the landscape as a collaborator in exploring themes of identity and utilize diverse media to connect to a sense of place.
    Through May 11
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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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    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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    Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

    That local combination of bright whimsy, deep scholarship, and compelling design, aimed at artlovers and weirdos everywhere, like some oversized Star Trek phaser set to DELIGHT, is again open for your pleasure. With a newly comprehensive guidebook soon to follow.
    Saturdays, 4-7pm. Donations accepted.
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Bold Beauty Texas

    Twenty women affected by disabilities and health challenges modeled for award-winning photographers and told their personal stories. These large-scale photos are part of a project that began in Miami in 2006, then moved to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia; now a team of volunteers and artists in Wimberley have brought this project to Texas.
    Through May 5
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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.
    Thu.-Sat., April 25-May 4, 8pm. $14-16.  
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    Comedy

    Rachel Feinstein

    Hey, it's that nationally touring comedian and actress about whom the Huffington Post said, "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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    Tales of Sleepless Nights

    This is a performative walking tour of Downtown Austin’s homeless grounds, conceived and performed by Gathering Ground Theatre, a theatre troupe made up of Austinites who have experience with homelessness.
    April 26-May 5. Fri., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm; Sat., April 27, 2pm; May 4, noon. Donations accepted.  
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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 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.
    April 25-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 website for details.
    Through July 14
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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 .38 Special's Character Showcase. Friday brightens the rainbow's edge with QueerTowne, then presents 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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    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 the Moontower Showcase 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, it's the rhyme-rocking rumble of Vanilla Presley's Comedy Rap Battle, featuring Johnny Bananas.
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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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    Who Framed Roger Replicant?

    Those commedia dell'arte capermongers of Austin's La Fenice, who you may recall brought us that hilarious Cthulhu Beach Party send-up, return with their latest entertainment. This one features "a body, an android, a judge, and a race for redemption." But … but that sounds serious. Have our favorite old-school clowns at long last ditched frivolity for more somber effect? Fear not! As related on their own Facebook post, "We have finished writing the scenario and it’s bleak AF. Now to figure out how to fill it with jokes." Excellent. So we'll just ask Leon about the tortoise one more time, Mr. Tyrell, and then we'll be right there with you, laughing along.
    April 26-May 18. Fri.-Sat., 10pm. $15.  
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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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