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    Due EAST

    You … don't know what this is? For real? Oh my. Welcome to Austin, new citizen! Pull up a chair while Ol' Uncle Brenner spiels you out the basics. This is the opening, preview party for the East Austin Studio Tour. And that East Austin Studio Tour is the biggest annual visual-arts thing this city does: A free and intimate look into private creative studios and workshops and production labs and galleries all across the sunrise side of the ATX. Fomented by Big Medium – they used to be "just" a trio of visual artists called Sodalitas, back in the day, but now they're one of the bigger engines driving this city's culture in general – and abetted by an army of volunteers and sponsors, the yearly EAST unfolds its diverse wonderments over two tour-it-yourself weekends that will introduce you to more displays of painting, sculpting, drawing, printing, glassblowing, metalsmithing, woodworking, et cetera ad glorium, than you might've suspected existed in this rapidly gentrifying urban hub. And this night's Due EAST shindig is the fundraising prelude to all that creative spectacle – and a great way to prepare yourself for the delights ahead. Get your copy of the EAST catalog and map before the tour begins and check out nearly 400 artists in the 2019 EAST Group Exhibition. Enjoy music by Joaqu.n, Easy Compadre, and NJUNE while experiencing immersive installations by Essentials Creative and nomming complimentary bites from some of our favorite food trucks and beverage purveyors. Note: Creative cocktail attire encouraged.
    Thu., Nov. 14, 7-10pm. $45.  
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    Theatre

    Isabella Rossellini: Link Link Circus

    The award-winning actress and filmmaker takes inspiration from the natural world in her new theatricalized lecture, a smart yet comedic look at the links between humans and animals. Illustrated with short comic films, home movies, and animation, Link Link Circus addresses the latest scientific discoveries about animal minds, intelligence, and emotions. Bonus: Rossellini is joined onstage by her trained dog, Pan, who will portray various animals. Um, how d'you say it, YASSSSSS!
    Tue.-Fri., Nov. 12-15, 7:30pm. $10-40.  
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    Classical Music

    Austin Opera: Rigoletto

    Austin Opera opens its new season with Verdi's gritty and exciting masterwork, the tragic story of the unscrupulous Duke of Mantua, his hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s stunning daughter Gilda. Starring Michael Chioldi as Rigoletto, Kang Wang as the Duke, and Madison Leonard in her Austin Opera debut as Gilda.
    Nov. 14-17. Thu., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $44 and up.  
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    Theatre

    It Is Magic

    In this new Mickle Maher show, at a community theatre audition for a new adaptation of The Three Little Pigs intended for adult audiences, "two sisters set out to search for an actor to play the role of the Wolf. As they struggle to cast the right actor, they're quickly confronted with the darkness inside the audition room – and themselves." A setup like that is compelling enough; knowing it's scripted by the man who brought us There Is a Happiness That Morning Is and The Strangerer and so many other hefty shards of hilarious and cutting brilliance that, well, hell – we like good theatre, what can we say? And this one's directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T and features Jill Blackwood, Kathy Catmull, John Christopher, Robert Pierson, and Rebecca Robinson. UPDATE: And now this production's been reviewed by our own Robert Faires.
    Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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    Books

    Jeffrey Rosen: Conversations with RBG

    The author of the celebrated portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in conversation with Daniel Oppenheimer at the library Downtown.
    Thu., Nov. 14, 7pm
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    Dance

    Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company: Moon

    One of Austin’s longest established modern dance companies opens its 20th season with the premiere of this original work, featuring choreography by Kathy Dunn Hamrick, performed to live music by line upon line percussion. This will be "a highly physical work with alternating phases of acceleration and deceleration, of filling and emptying, of pushing and pulling, and of light and dark."
    Nov. 14-16. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 4 & 7:30pm. $19-22.  
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    Dance

    Louder Than Words

    In which the restless cultural purveyors of Early Era Collective present an eight-person cast performing spoken word and dance collaborations that dissect phrases like "actions speak louder than words," "treat others the way you wish to be treated," and other idioms that thread through our linguistic identities.
    Thu.-Fri., Nov. 14-15, 8pm. $20.  
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    Comedy

    The Sklar Bothers

    These stand-up brothers played conjoined twins on that one episode of Grey's Anatomy, remember? And they host the History Channel's United Stats of America? Yes, and these monozygotic dudes are also funny AF, of course.
    Nov. 13-16. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $20-25.  
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