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    Blue Lapis Light: In Light

    This latest Downtown spectacle of beauty and power from the acclaimed company features aerialists performing off the side of IBC Bank, dancers on Chinese poles, and an ensemble of ground-based performers. This event is not the sort of infrastructural phantasmagoria an arts-lover wants to miss, we reckon – so, yes, you'd best reserve tickets while you can.
    Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $25-65.  
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      Just in time for the start of the school year, Joshua Harmon's ripped-from-the-headlines show, presented here under the direction of David Jarrott, takes a satirical look at the things some people will do to get their child into the right university. Starring Tim Blackwood, Beth Burroughs, Rebecca Robinson, Tucker Shepherd, Jennie Underwood, and the spectre of white liberal privilege.
      Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23-25.  
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      Altercation Comedy Festival

      The irrepressible JT Habersaat and his crew take over Kick Butt Coffee with this four-night fest of outrageous comedy, spiked by the likes of Eddie Pepitone, Jenny Zigrino, Joe Derosa, and more than 50 other national comics. Some have called Habersaat a madman. They're right. Some have said, "You don't want to miss this riotous event that'll be tearing Airport Boulevard a new comedy pothole every single night it's going on." They're right, too. Get your tickets while you can, citizen, and god bless.
      Wed.-Sat., Sept. 25-28, 6pm-12mid. $45 for an all-fest pass.  
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      Black Bodies, Black Art

      This showcase of performance – right there in the lovely Women & Their Work venue – is hosted by the effervescent Shannon Stott and includes dance by Ashé Arts Austin and Ballet Afrique, music by Honey Son + Olivia, drag performances by Sha’nyia Ellis Narcisse, and improv by Twins. Each work is an attempt by the artist to release as well as to control the narrative of what it means to produce "Black Art."
      Thu., Sept. 26, 7pm. Free.  
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      Instructions for a Seance

      Part DIY seance, part historical cabaret, this is one woman's attempt to contact and resurrect the escape artist Harry Houdini. Inspired by the Houdini archives at the Harry Ransom Center, this show by Katie Bender is "a funny, haunting, and haunted exploration of ambition, legacy, and familial responsibility."
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
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      Testify: The Same Coin

      The popular storytelling series celebrates its sixth anniversary this time, with two perspectives on the same story: true tales from both sides. They'll have three pairs of storytellers that will tell their side of a shared experience, from a daughter's trip abroad, to a pseudo-arranged marriage, to a friendship forged by a bit of magic and a guillotine.
      Thu., Sept. 26, 7:30pm. $5-6.  
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      :Humpty

      The Vortex is gonna rock your brain's cradle with this "twisted nursery rhyme pantomime" conjured up by that irrepressible Melissa Vogt, featuring an all-star cast grooving to an original score by Chad Salvata, and the whole fractured fairy-tale spectacle of it directed by Bonnie Cullum. Note that this darkling narrative from Ethos – it's funny and disgusting, charming and startling – is alive with adult aesthetics and not appropriate for children. And here is Trey Gutierrez's review of the show.
      Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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      A Flea in Her Ear

      David Ives' new adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s classic farce is directed by Robert Tolaro for the opening of St. Ed's newest season.
      Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-25.  
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      Ao5 Gallery: Rust Dust & Lust

      That Gabe Leonard fellow – that guy with all those girls, guns, and glory – returns to A05 with his cinematically staged paintings of sharpshooters, gangsters, gamblers, and musicians.
      Through Oct. 12. Free, but RSVP for the reception.  
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      Art for the People: Adventure, Fantasy, and Fun

      Here's an exhibition – adventurous, fantastic, and let's not forget fun – by 57 Texas-based artists, featuring a diversity of styles and mediums.
      Through Oct. 5
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      Beezlebubba’s Nu Age Art Show

      What is this? It's a group show with original Texas bizarro artists Andy Don Emmons, Chicken George Zupp, David Patrick Dennis, and James Lawrence Thornton, that's what it is.
      Through Oct. 31
      Tin Whistle Art Gallery, 5305 Bolm Rd
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      Big Medium: Sanctum

      This new exhibition, curated by Alyssa Taylor Wendt, brings together a collection of international artists to present work – video, installation, photography, painting, and sculpture – in conversation around the concept of genetic memory. Featuring Beili Liu, Cordula Ditz, Scott Vincent Campbell, Birthe Piontek, Jaime Zuverza, and including an excerpt from Wendt’s latest film, The Memory Inheritance.
      Through Oct. 5  
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      Blanton Museum of Art: This Is the Day

      This new show highlights new developments in Jeffrey Gibson’s genre-bridging practice, with 50 works made between 2014 and 2018 – including intricately beaded wall-hangings and punching bags, paintings, ceramics, garments, helmets, and a new video commissioned for this exhibition.
      Through Sept. 29  
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      Butridge Gallery: The IN Between

      Through intimate portraits and abstract landscapes, Vy Ngo depicts the experience of physically and emotionally living in two different cultures, her show here a reflection of the space in which many children of immigrants live within their identities, their communities, and in the context of the American Dream.
      Through Oct. 5. free.
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      Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure

      This is one of two exhibitions on master American artist Charles White that will be mounted at UT this fall, celebrating a major donation of White’s artworks by Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon, just as they participate in the centennial commemoration of the artist’s birth.
      Through Nov. 30  
      Christian-Green Gallery, 201 E. 21st
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      Co-Lab Projects: That's Not Going Anywhere

      David Culpepper, founding member of Ink Tank Collective, presents a new show of works – models, maquettes, other mordant manifestations – in this busy Springdale General outpost of Co-Lab Projects.
      Through Sept. 28  
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      Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds

      Yippee ki yay, space cadet, it's time to head 'em off at the Pass Nebula as the State History Museum presents an exhibition that spans more than 150 years of Western and science fiction history and features 100-plus artifacts (including props from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, and other skiffy media fare). And our arch-geek himself, the estimable Richard Whittaker, also a part-time Sith Lord, reviews the show for you here.
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      Cyrano de Bergerac

      In the midst of 17th-century Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac stands alone in his ugliness, intelligence, and aesthetic lifestyle … until he falls in love. The classic play by Edmund Rostand comes to life in a new, fast-paced translation, directed by Jennifer Rose Davis for the Archive Theater. And here's our review of the show.
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-$35.  
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      Davis Gallery: Big Pink Blanket of Love

      In partnership with the Peabody Fund and Dell Children’s Medical Center, Davis Gallery presents a unique group show in support of: the gallery's own Jan Heaton, one of Austin’s premier: watercolorists. More than 60 artists have contributed 4" x 4" squares of their own artwork in an overall pink palette that will be hand-stitched together to create a pink quilt, symbolizing the community’s compassion, strength, and friendship – in memory of Heaton's daughter, Kristin Peabody, taken by an aggressive cancer after ten years of battle.
      Through Oct. 12
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      Dracula

      This new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale is a sensual fantasy with a surprising twist: a bold heroine who dares to defy the ruler of the night. "Seductive, romantic, and empowering, this foray to the dark side is a juicy date-night," we're advised – and that seems, yup, just about right. Written and directed by Steven Dietz for Zach Theatre, with a kickass cast featuring Sarah Kimberly Becker as Mina Harker and Keith Contreras-McDonald as the titular bloodsucker.
      Through Nov. 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $30 and up.  
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      grayDUCK Gallery: Secure the Perimeter

      Some artists try to capture their city, their geographical region, and they succeed at it. Only the best will ever succeed as well as Austin's John Mulvany does in capturing his Eastside neighborhood. Listen: "Everything in life is present in the neighborhood," says the artist. "If you are inclined to walk around with your eyes and senses open, you notice things you might otherwise miss. A dead grackle in the road, the unkempt beauty of East Austin backyards, the violent magenta-pink veil of cherry blossom enveloping a vacant house, a cockroach carried away by ants. This exhibition is an invitation to look closer. The neighborhood, like the natural world, is in a constant state of creation, transformation and decay." And this is precisely what you'll see, in Mulvany's array of realist, atmosphere-haunted paintings on the familiar grayDUCK walls. (See Barbara Purcell's review of the show right here.)
      Through Oct. 20
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      Holmes and Watson

      "It’s been three years since Sherlock Holmes went over Reichenbach Falls and was declared dead. When Dr. John Watson receives a cryptic telegram stating that three asylum patients are each claiming to be the late Sherlock Holmes, Watson is compelled to investigate. Could Holmes really be alive after all this time?" Jeffrey Hatcher's fine tribute of a play is directed here by Don Toner for the start of Austin Playhouse's 20th(!) season, and our Robert Faires reviews it right here.
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $32-38.  
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      Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower

      "What kind of parent knits their daughter a wool swimsuit? Or gives her a briefcase for her 11th birthday? Or keeps her in the dark about where she came from?" British actor and comedian Maggie Gallant – a longtime FronteraFest favorite – shares her childhood embarrassments and adulthood discoveries as she unleashes a Pandora's Box of hope, lies, and un très magnifique French Papa, in this hilarious and heartwarming one-woman show, as directed by Ken Webster for HPT.
      Through Oct. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-28.  
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      Jump

      This is Charly Evon Simpson's whimsical new play about the connections we all share, in which "lights flicker, hearts heal, and a young woman finds solace on a bridge." It's Shrewd Productions' 16th world premiere (!). it features a cast of Chelsea Manasseri, Allegra Jade Fox, Trey Deason, and Kyron Hayesby, and it's directed by Shannon Grounds for that same fierce company. (And – our own Robert Faires reviews the show right here.)
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-25.  
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      Landmarks Video: Children of Unquiet

      The artist Mikhail KarikisChildren of Unquiet from 2014 gets the big screen treatment here, and you can watch: Videos are accessible to all and free to view.
      Through Sept. 30  
      ART Building, 2301 San Jacinto
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      Lingua Franca: Black Spirit Speaks In Common Tongues

      Join the Art Galleries at Black Studies for the reception at UT Austin's Idea Lab, celebrating this exhibition of Haitian Voudou flags, surrealist prints, and paintings, all revealing how traces of African spiritual cultural retention can be seen in artwork across the Black diaspora.
      Thu., Sept. 26, 5:30-7:30pm  
      Gordon-White Building, 210 W. 24th
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Roy McMakin and Rosy Keyser

      McMakin brings us recontextualized furniture and untold (actually, very carefully quantified) numbers of coats of paint, with his "Two Bowls, a Cabinet Door, Two Tables, and a Window (with a Blue Wall)," and Keyser's got a new showcase of her vivid "Works on Paper."
      Through Nov. 9
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      Plano

      Paper Chairs co-founder Dustin Wills returns to Austin to direct this new Will Arbery play that seems like, according to The New Yorker, “a David Lynch script performed as screwball comedy.”OK, and listen: "Three sisters are suffering from strange household plagues. The men in their lives keep disappearing or doubling; time keeps leapfrogging; and the slugs just won’t go away. Plano, Texas, seems to be not just a nearby city but also a malevolent existential state."Yeah, we like the sound of that. And those "three sisters" are played by Elizabeth Doss, Heather Hanna, and Hannah Kenah, so we're already lining up to get tickets. And Janelle Buchanan and Harold Fisch are in the show, too, FTW. And that newly returned-to-Austin Rubber Rep duo (that's Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, yes) are also part of a don't-you-miss-it theatrical event.Recommended? Well, here's an update: We saw the show since we originally wrote this blurb. Our response? First: FUUUUUUUCK. Second: You know how they – whoever they are – say "If you only see one show a year, then see this one," right? Well, that. But, regardless of how many shows you see, don't miss Plano.Bravo and brava, Paper Chairs, what a freaky-ass masterpiece of stagecraft.
      Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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      SouthPop: Shoot Like a GRRRL

      This exhibit showcases the work of Martha Grenon, one of Austin's premier music photographers, her images capturing the excitement of bands performing in Austin since the early Eighties.
      Through Sept. 28
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      The Contemporary Austin: The Sorcerer's Burden

      The complex relationship between contemporary art and anthropology shapes the subject of "The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn," an 11-artist exhibition representing a wide range of media – including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. And here's our own Robert Faires with a full review of the show.
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      The Greatest Maasai Photographer of the Year

      This is an exhibit and sale of stunning work by some of the world's best photographers, hosted by Turk Pipkin and the Nobility Project –with opening-night guests Marc Gott and Dr. Jake Wall of the Mara Elephant Project. All sales benefit education & conservation work in Kenya's Maasai Mara.
      Thu., Sept. 26, 6-8pm
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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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      The Umlauf: Michael Ray Charles

      Yeah, no, this is a monumental showing of work – including a series of paintings commissioned for the exhibition – by one of the best, most provocative artists working on this planet. The former Austinite (he taught at UT for 20 years) Michael Ray Charles "is known for art that investigates the legacy of historic racial stereotypes of African Americans. Since the 1990s, he's created complex, layered paintings that challenge stereotypes, power dynamics, and social and cultural hierarchies." Ah, words can't even – but our Arts Editor Robert Faires offers a fine preview right here.
      Through Jan. 3  
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      The Waverly Gallery

      Babs George stars in this Kenneth Lonergan tale of the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty woman's battle against Alzheimer's disease. The show, a powerful work that "captures the life force of a woman and the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis," is directed by Michael Cooper for the Alchemy Theatre. Look: Trey Gutierrez reviews the production right here.
      Through Oct. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $32-45.  
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      Visual Arts Center: Fall 2019

      The fall array of exhibitions at UT's Visual Arts Center features Nikita Gale's "EASY LISTENING," Kenneth Tam's "Details," Maria Antelman's "Mechanisms of Affection," Saakred's "Sin Nombre, Sin Cuerpo," and more.
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      Wally Workman Gallery: Cynosures

      Austin-based artist Sarah Ferguson has experimented with the trifecta of light, color, and perception for two decades, creating vibrant and immersive experiences for the viewer. See this show and witness spectral manifestation as never before.
      Through Sept. 29

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