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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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    All Shades Considered: Group Exhibition

    Ben Aqua curates a group exhibition of 17 QPOC Texans making art in photography, digital collage, illustration, performance, fashion design, new media, video, and painting to better visualize the artists' lived experience as brown queers in the Lonestar State.:

    Artists include: Adiean, Anthony Flores, Ben Aqua, Claudia G Aparicio Gamundi, Diego Mireles Durán, Henry N Rodriguez, House of KENZO, Isaiya Venegas, Josue Hart, Manuel Morales, Michael Anthony Garcia, Natalia Rocafuerte, Niko, p1nkstar, Jp Rivfe, Josh Garcia, S Rodriguez, Saakred, and Wayne Dean. Use #AllShadesConsidered on the gram!

    Through July 7. Free.  
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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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    Ao5 Gallery: Balance

    Brandon Snow, the youngest artist represented by this longtime gallery, is a self-taught Austin-based printmaker who merges his original film photography with a large-format silkscreen process.
    Through July 7
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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, 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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    Big Medium: Memory Palace

    In her first solo show at Canopy's anchoring gallery, Rehab El Sadek conceptualizes a meditative journey through personal past and the ancient world, drawing inspiration from classic architecture, modern architectural theory, world literature, and historical texts.
    Through July 3
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    Theatre

    Black Do Crack

    Ground Floor Theatre presents Florinda Bryant’s exploration in language, song, and movement, of the mythology of the strong black woman. Directed by Matrex Kilgore. And here's our review of the show.
    June 20-30. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $20-35.  
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    Book of Will

    Lauren Gunderson's excellent comedy features William Shakespeare's friends and fellow actors in The King's Men company doing whatever it takes to make sure that true versions of the Bard's plays survive – by compiling the First Folio, thwarting all the tailcoat-riding bastardized versions, faithfully recapturing the words that shaped their lives. Directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse.
    Through June 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $36-42 (student discounts available).  
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    Butridge Gallery: Ensoul

    For Maura Schaffer, the dining table is more than an ordinary domestic object. It's a symbol of all that is good about humanity. Functioning as tools for sustenance, conversation and unification, the tables created for this exhibit are not only sculpted and painted by the artist, but each is "imbued with a soul."
    Reception: Thu., June 20, 7-9pm
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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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    Co-Lab Projects: Ebony Reprinted

    What does Dana Robinson use to create her monoprints? Images that circulated in printed advertisements, images from which she's removed traces of exploitative white-dominated capitalist visual language to allow the individuals pictured to regain their agency in the world. Images from vintage Ebony magazine ads, in this show.
    Through June 29
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    Davis Gallery: METROmorphosis

    This new show features works by Annie Darling and David Elliott, the paintings and sculpture on display here offering each artist's own vision – always colorful, sometimes dazzling – of our quickly expanding and changing city.
    Through July 13
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    Dimension Gallery: Niche Construction

    This new show of beautiful sculptural works by Laura Latimer is informed and inspired by the way an organism physically modifies an environment or moves to another habitat that better suits its needs. (Kind of like the way Dimension's outdoor Sculpture Park moved across the street, y'might say, and you could experience that before or after viewing this fine exhibition.)
    Through June 22
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    Generative Art Project: E9 Landscape in the Digital Space

    Visit this intimate future-forward gallery on East Sixth and gaze into E9’s generative landscapes and you'll venture into lands far beyond the horizon. The artist's glitch-baroque styling is influenced by the visual crafting of fine art and anime, the slick intimacy of commercial films, and the anything-goes reality of videogames. Your own internal styling, we reckon, will be improved by this experience.
    Through June 30
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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

    Immortal Longings

    That four-time Tony-winner Terrence McNally explores the rich history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant Russian ballet company, in this newest play of his. See what happens in the the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky – as directed by Peter Rothstein for Zach Theatre, featuring choreography by Kelli Foster Warder.
    June 13-July 14. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $30-93.  
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    Theatre

    Iolanthe

    Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's big summer production is this fanciful comedy that presents a topsy-turvy love story involving fairies and members of the House of Lords. Oh, it must be nice – it must be nice, to have Oberon on your side.
    June 13-23. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Sat., June 22, 2pm. $8-27.  
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    Comedy

    Martha Kelly

    This local comic's been lighting up your screens all over, especially on that "Baskets" show, and we reckon the smart crowd's gonna be packing the theatre for these shows. Suggestion: Get your tickets early.
    June 19-22. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $12-23.  
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    Theatre

    Shakespeare at Ramsey Park: Cymbeline

    Something for Nothing Theater presents this Shakespearean romance with just five actors playing all 32 characters, distilling theatre to its most basic elements: bodies moving in space, creating a story that comes to life in the spectators’ imaginations. Gonna be, we reckon, a whole lotta Shakesin' going on – directed by Deb Streusand right there in the great outdoors. Bring a blanket or chairs, pack a picnic, invite some friends, and join the fun.
    Through June 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Free.
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    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Ornithology

    Citizens, rejoice! Because this is a new show by Kate Breakey, including hand-colored images printed on silk and embroidered with thread, a variety of unique quail eggs, and much more: powerful in its beauty, nigh on devastating in its delicacy, and highly recommended.
    Through July 6
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    Books

    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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    Comedy

    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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    Books

    Susan Jane Gilman: Donna Has Left the Building

    "Donna Koczynski is an ex-punk rocker, a recovering alcoholic, and the mother of two teenagers whose suburban existence detonates when she comes home early from a sales conference in Las Vegas to the surprise of a lifetime." That's how this novel begins, and the author presents it here tonight.
    Thu., June 20, 7pm
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    Visual Arts

    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 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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    Theatre

    The Divine Narcissus

    This is paper chairs' new adaptation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s, El Narciso Divino, reimagined by Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, exploring an uncanny allegory that blends Greek myth and the Bible into a new world in which "canonical narratives are deconstructed and reimagined to create an immersive and wholly original theatrical experience." Witness a pageant put on by “Paganism” and “The Church," and a shepherdess (aka Human Nature) searching for her long-lost love.
    June 20-30. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. $15-30.  
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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 will be James Surls. If you're at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum for this new show, you'll be amazed by more than 30 of that maestro's works – many of his iconic, surrealistic wooden creations as well as a few of his giant steel and bronze structures. Note: This is, surprisingly, Surls' first solo exhibition of sculptures in Austin.
    Through Aug. 18
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    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, 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

    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: Monsteras

    This is the WWG's sixth solo show with local figurative painter Patrick Puckett, the artist's larger-than-life canvases deploying the color red to lend his singular figures an undeniable presence.
    Through June 23
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    Visual Arts

    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
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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