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  • 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
  • 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
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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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    Art In Public Places: Launchpad

    Have you always wanted to create a work of public art for Austin but weren't sure how to get started? LaunchPAD is a new program that pairs emerging through mid-career public artists with those already established in the field to work together on artwork for the City of Austin. Through the partnership, you'll work on everything from materials research and fabrication to public outreach, while providing a service doing what you love. Also, $15,000 for your work on the project. See website for details.
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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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    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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    Darci Lynne

    Having won NBCs "America's Got Talent" at just 12 years old, singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne impresses audiences across the country with "her sweetheart disposition and undeniable, show-stopping talent beyond her years." Reckon that ol' Jeff Dunham had better watch his ass, ha-ha-ha.
    Sun., May 5, 3pm. $29.75-49.75.  
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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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    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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    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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    Lucky Chaos: Groundworks

    Featuring works in progress by company members and other artists – it could be you, so sign on up. Performance art, script readings, films, sketches, scene workshopping? Any of that! This month's featured performers are David Chang, Da'Shade Moonbeam, Da'Mon Sith, Jesus Valles, Irwin Tang, Pelita Dasalla Feldman, and Shannon Dale Stott.
    Sun., May 5, 7:30pm  
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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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    Skyspace: James Turrell Birthday Concert

    The ambient duo Motes Float Aloft present a live soundscape this evening, thus celebrating Turrell's birthday and enhancing your already sublime Skyspace experience of the artist's "The Color Inside."
    Sun., May 5, 7:30pm
    UT's Student Activity Center, 2201 Speedway
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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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    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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    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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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