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  • Dancestry ...anew

    Shay Ishii Dance Company presents the fifth anniversary of Dancestry! Dancestry is a celebration of artistic heritage and revival of historic dance. This year's production, Dancestry…anew, is a collection of reconstructions, restagings and reimaginings that elaborate on the masterworks of modern dance pioneers, Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Erick Hawkins with contemporar
    June 28-29, 2019  
    Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
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    ¡Estar Guars!

    The Latino Comedy Project, fully embracing the power of the dark(er) side, presents this intergalactic send-up to end all send-ups, staging a 1) hilarious and 2) totally Mexified version of all that Jedi shit that George Lucas and friends have been visiting on this planet for more than three decades now. See Han Cholo, La Princesa Leia Organa-Cortez, Tio Juan Kenobi, Yola, R2Me2, Darth Vendido, ICE Troopers, and more in a comedy fiesta set "not long ago, in a barrio just around the way …" It's a show of "high adventure, swashbuckling duels, and adorable furry brown creatures speaking in exotic alien tongues – like Spanglish!" (: Note: This show is performed mostly in English with some Spanglish and is rated PG-13.) Written & directed by Sith Lord Adrian Villegas. See our recent feature for more.
    Through May 11. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5 & 7pm. $25.  
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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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      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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      Free Comic Book Day

      You probably already know about this annual event. Maybe you even realize that it's coming up on Saturday, right? So consider this a reminder, then, citizen, a reminder to get your ass to your local favorite comic shop (we're partial to Austin Books & Comics and Dragon's Lair, ourselves) for a mess o' freebies. Some of which may be promotional claptrap, sure; but much of which will definitely be decent issues well worth reading; and all of it offered in an atmosphere of fannish celebration studded with special sales and fun. Unless you're, like, a Skrull or something. Bad Skrulls, bad!
      Sat., May 4, all day long
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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. Oh, hey, look: We've reviewed the show right here.
      Through May 8
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      Zach's Happiest Ever After Party

      Enjoy the best of Austin nightlife at this fancy disco-fied fundraiser, including a notoriously fun dance partyyou'll be partying on the storied Topfer stage, no less – with a themed photo booth, signature ZACH entertainers and drag artists, and an open bar all night long.
      Sat., May 4, 9pm. $100.  
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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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      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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      Asher Elbein: Ghost Days

      The local author – that's the man with the enormous raptor on his wrist in the accompanying image here – releases his newest book in conversation with Dan Solomon. Bonus: Live music by K. Stellar Dutcher.
      Sat., May 4, 7pm
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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 Bat Cave: Book Release Party

      The students of Austin Bat Cave wrote a book – For the Record – and now it's been published and this is the party for it. The young authors will read from their works and there'll be a presentation from Naomi Shihab Nye, automatic poetry from Austin's own Typewriter Rodeo, and – are you ready for the Stuffed Animal Petting Zoo?
      Sat., May 4, 2-4pm  
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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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      Avery Moore

      We're reminded that someone once referred to this comic's humor as "whimsical," but was that before or after her gigs at Moontower and FunFunFun Fest? In any case, here's half of that comedy duo The McCuewans, rocking the Cheese Palace mic after Clayton Blackstone opens.
      May 3-4. Fri., 9 & 11pm; Sat., 9pm. $10.  
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      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, followed by Critics' Pick. Then comes the last CT Friday gig for Y'all We Asian, with the laser-sharp ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase and Improvised Reality finishing the night. Saturday's got that crazily cryptozooic Bigfoot: The Musical!, followed by the randy husband-and-wife duo called CHLANE, then another comedy upheaval of Riot Society, and – oh, see website for more!
      Through May 26
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      Bikes Across Borders: Art Auction

      Cyclists and friends, wheel on down. Or, hell, grab a scooter, if you have to – but be ready to score something arty and velocipedic at this exhibition-and-silent auction at Treasure City while listening to the Yes Ma'am Brass Band and sipping on a brewski or two. "Bring cash, bid high, and bid often!"
      Sat., May 4, 7-10pm  
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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 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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      Co-Lab Projects: M*A*S*H

      This show at Co-Lab's current space in Springdale General features the collaborative work of Alexis Mabry and Steef Crombach, here exploring the “do it yourself” practice of traditional women’s crafts and techniques, warping the existing perceptions of soft sculpture, found fabric, and the timeworn gambits of quilt and tapestry.
      Through May 25  
      1023 Springdale Ste 1B
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      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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      Gallery Shoal Creek: Springtime Color

      They've gone virtual since Flatbed closed, but now here's GSC popping up IRL in a jewelry store to present a show of works by no less than Sydney Yeager and René Alvarado. So, yes, excellent artwork amid all those posh sparklies – and afternoon tea provided by the Steeping Room at 2pm.
      Sat., May 4, 1-6pm
      Korman Fine Jewelry, 5011 Burnet Rd. #100
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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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      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.
      Through May 19
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      Link & Pin Gallery: McCallum Fine Arts Academy

      This is the spring show of work by students in McCallum's outstanding Visual Arts program. "Outstanding," did we say? Yes, well, we heard it from McCallum alumna Tillie Walden – and if there's a person who knows good art, it's that Walden.
      Through May 12  
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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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      Lying to the Sea Witch

      The Paradox Players present the Texas premiere of Kita Heartwood's 11-song operetta about taking chances and understanding that your daily choices determine the person you become. This show, directed by Barbara Abbate, features a stage full of dancing and singing pirates and music by the People’s Orchestra of Austin.
      Through May 12. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-20.  
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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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      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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      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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      Monsoon Dance: Open House

      Stop by the studio today to learn more about their summer programs for kids and adults.
      Sat., May 4, 10am-1pm. Free.
      13376 N. Research #505
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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: The Beauty of Now

      Fused glass and vibrant two-dimensional art is the focus of this show, with artists Cynthia Simpson, Pamela Sanchez, and Michael Skiffington.
      Through June 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.
      Through May 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $14-16.  
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      Pump Project at Cloud Tree: Women of WEST Go East

      Pump Project has set up at Brian David Johnson's excellent venue for this sort of two-day WEST preview curated by Laura Lynn Johnson – featuring work by Nora McMillen Burke, Valerie Fowler, Katy McCarthy, Rachel Lavin, Hallie Rae Ward, and more.
      Reception: Fri., May 3, 6-9pm  
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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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      Smile More

      Hey-o, it's an all-female stand-up comedy show, featuring Holli Cuomo, Irielle Wesley, Marie Forster, Vickie Culbertson, Denise O'Young. Hosted by Valerie Nies, it's a distinctive night of distaff chuckles.
      Sat., May 4, 8pm. $10.  
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      Summer and Bird

      Wait, you mean someone commissioned author Katherine Catmull to adapt her excellent fantasy novel for the stage? Yes, Austin Playhouse did that – and now the company's Theatre for Youth program presents the world premiere of this modern wonderment, suitable for the whole family, as directed by Lara Toner Haddock. And – look, birdlings! – here's our review of the show.
      May 4-12. Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Fri., May 3, 7:30pm. $7-28 (free, ages 4-18).  
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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 in to 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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      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.
      Through May 5. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., noon; Sun., 2pm. 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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      That Time of the Month: Mother's Day Show

      Each month, Meghan Ross showcases talented acts from humans who happen to be women, including an interview with a Strong Female Lead(er) in Austin and giveaways from women-owned business sponsors. This one-week-early Mother's Day Special features performances by Kim Lowery, My Secret Friend, and Amber Bixby, and an interview with Wendy Davis. Bonus: free treats, plus giveaways from Modern Feminine Self Care and Harper and Soul Provisions.
      Sat., May 4, 10pm. $10-12.  
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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 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.
      Artist Talk: Fri., July 10, noon
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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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      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 Girls' School of Austin: Faux Real

      This annual self-portrait show is inspired, this year, by the portraiture work and classical style of contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley, with works from all students K-8.
      Sat.-Sun., May 4-5, 1-4pm
      2007 McCall
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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, and check out the Sloppy Seconds of improv duos this Thursday. Then, on Friday, some Fox News comedians will Riff the Republican Agenda – and don't miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. Saturday's got the conspiracied-up Psychosphere ready for you, Mr. Jones, 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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      Wally Workman Gallery: Diana Greenberg

      In Greenberg's fifth show at this excellent gallery, many of her abstract works are shaped by botanical forms, with color breaking through solemn grays to create a feeling of light and hope, joy and serenity.
      Through May 26
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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.
      Through May 18. Fri.-Sat., 10pm. $15.  
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      Wildflower Awareness Week Celebration

      Be aware of them and also be aware of people painting them, as members of Plein Air Austin assemble at the Ney grounds for "Art in Hyde Park," painting, drawing, and sketching all morning long. There will be a group critique of the work at 1pm, followed by an afternoon demo of plein air painting for visitors. Then, at 4pm, join the artists for a reception and exhibition in the museum itself.
      Sat., May 4, 8am-5pm. Free.  
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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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      Yard Dog: The Ballad of Western Expressionism

      The renowned musician and painter Tom Russell's work reflects his life as a world traveler and the years spent immersing himself in the culture of the American Southwest. Now the man's newly transplanted to Austin and here's a show of his vibrant works.
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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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