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    A techno-thriller that begins when a young woman is raped at a fraternity and ends in a future where corporations promise a new body with the swipe of a screen, this new Jacqueline Goldfinger play follows a hacktivist who turns industrial espionage into high art. Directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex, it's "a cyberpunk drama for the #metoo era."
    Through Feb. 8. Thu.-Sun., 8pm  
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    12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Part 5: This Time, It’s Personal

    Yes, Rob Nash's hilarious, complex, and queer saga continues, with the man himself performing a reading of the newest installment, giving life to a diversity of characters so delightfully fucked up that your own crazy days and nights will seem humdrum in comparison. It's free and – yes – recommended.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 3pm
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    ACMC: Reicha and the Inner Circle

    Michelle Schumann and the Austin Chamber Music Center present this excellent concert featuring compositions by Anton Reicha, Ludwig van Beethoven, and that still-very-much-alive-and-swoonworthy Austinite Graham Reynolds.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7:30pm. $26.  
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    FronteraFest Short Fringe

    The 27th annual theatrical smorgasbord of local productions (comedy! drama! dance! improv! performance art! multimedia! diverse shenanigans!) opens this decade with its slate of five 25-minute-long Short Fringe shows each night at Hyde Park Theatre (Jan. 14-Feb. 15), with the usually sold-out Best of the Week show each Saturday night. Coming up:Dueling Playwrights: Battle in the Grocery Aisle by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; Posse Power by Jomo and The Possum Posse; Please Help Me! Confessions Of A Self-Improvement Junkie by Tom Booker; St. Stephen's Pier by Heath Allyn; and The #2 Sacrifice by Sandy Maranto; Thu., Jan. 16, 8pm.99 Facts About an Immigrant by Leng Wong; A Series of Open Letters to My Teenage Son by Max Langert; Honey, I'm Home! by Jolyne Garza; I Sleep/ I Live/ I Wake by Ryley Valenti; and Three Tragedies in 25 minutes or Less by Shakespeare (with modifications by Beth Burroughs); Fri., Jan. 17, 8pm.14 Si! by PoetKen Jones; Catawampus by Cliff Miller; I Am Not The Person You Have Made Me Out to Be by Marianne Serene; Liftoff by Ben Polega; and Maid/Man by Rich Rubin; Tue., Jan. 21, 8pm.A Bird, a Dog, and a Wave by Kayur Patel; A Dance Piece by Dmo Acheka, Danielle Bogle, Maira Montes, and Philip Weaver; Dueling Playwrights: On Porn by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; I Knew Him Well by Trace Turner; Lightning Girl by Rita Anderson; and The Misplays by Aaron Rubin, Adrian Gwarzalez, Derek Cornelius, and Spencer Bloom; Wed., Jan. 22, 8pm.Science Fails: The Human Side of Science by Nichole Bennett; Flashmandments by CB Goodman; Flawed by Sandy Maranto; How To Say You’re Afraid of Commitment in 140 Characters Or Less by Valerie Nies; and Who Sits Next to Wilma by Janna Garza; Thu., Jan. 23, 8pm.Note: FronteraFest is a unique collaboration between two of Austin’s most venerable arts organizations – that aforementioned Hyde Park Theatre (an award-winning professional company in central Austin) and ScriptWorks (a playwright development and service organization with members in Texas and across the nation).
    Through Feb. 15. $18 per night.  
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    Rude Mechs: Resolution Party

    That irrepressible group of theatre makers and cultural provocateurs, those wizards of worldly wonderment and Wittgensteinian wisdom, those, those, those champions of everything stageworthy … they, as Rude and Mechanical as ever, want you to celebrate your own (potentially flagging, but still shore-up-able) resolve with them for this new decade. At this party. With vegan BBQ, and hypnosis sessions, and a group meditation (with sparklers!), before the evening ignites with dance fever and DJs RunPMS and Greggy-Gee rock your bods with tunes sure to reverberate for the next ten years. Huzzah! Note: BYOB.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7pm-12mid. Free, but RSVP.  
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    The Umlauf's Burlesque Ball

    The Umlauf Sculpture Garden + Museum is presenting this elegant fundraising soirée, and they're doing it at Sky Candy – wherein our city's finest aerial performers will wow the swell-dressed crowds while the craftiest cocktails are sipped and bubbly magnums are drained and what might be the swankiest auction in town tempts one and all with stunning treasures. It's good to know that the funds raised on this night will go toward the Umlauf’s nonprofit programs (like Guided Touch Tours for the blind and visually impaired) and arts programs for Title One schools and community centers, but it's also good to know that the auction items will include a two-night getaway at the Four Seasons in Mexico City, a European cruise, a trip to attend the Grammy awards, local spa packages, a double array of rare bourbons, and – yeah, this will be one dazzling array of finery and style.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7-10pm. $500 ($1000, VIP).  
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    Tiny Beautiful Things

    This luminous drama, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos, is about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers. One hell of a fine cast – Barbara Chisholm, Crystal Bird Caviel, John Christopher, and Lowell Bartholomee – is directed by Rosalind Faires for Austin Playhouse.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $34-38.  
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    All's Well That Ends Well

    Past is Prologue Productions, the company that brought us Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth last Halloween at the Driskill Hotel, returns with an ensemble cast of local actors to blend live theatre with dance film for a unique approach to this Shakespeare comedy. Jennifer Sturley directs.
    Through Jan. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3 & 8pm. $15 and up.  
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    Here is Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning comedy about the lives of three old friends, the meaning of art and life, and how far we go to protect those we care about. Featuring Scott Poppaw, Marc Balester, and J. Kevin Smith, as directed by Andy Berkovsky for City Theatre. And here's our review of the show.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-30.
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: What's Wrong With This Picture?

    In which the relentlessly inventive Allen presents new works sure to reupholster your mind's most comfortable furniture.
    Through Feb. 29
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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

    Join PrintAustin in celebrating its seventh annual juried international exhibition, a survey of traditional techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking, presented in collaboration with Big Medium and juried by Claudia Zapata. This show, pretty much the epicenter of what the impressive PrintAustin project supercharges gallery walls with each January, features works by David Avery, Kelly Belter, Lisette Chavez, Briar Craig, Tania Cruz, Angela Faz, J. Leigh Garcia, Dirk Hagner, Veronica Hallock, Anna Hoberman, Daryl Howard, Raluca Iancu, Brian Johnson, and more, more, more. And we raved about just one of the works right here.
    Through Feb. 15
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    Comedy

    Brandie Posey

    She's taking the country by storm! She's opened for all your favorite big names! The L.A.-based Posey's comedic style has been described as a “Riot Grrl on acid” – thanks, Velv, but citation needed – and Austin's own Elizabeth Spears opens for her in what's sure to be a weekend of wild womanly something-that-starts-with-a-W.
    Jan. 17-18. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Co-Lab Projects: Topology of a Cloud

    Jerónimo Reyes-Retana's newest work is an interactive 24-track sound installation that's responsive to the process of data transmission among local internet servers. The installation utilizes an array of digital modules of data-collection that react to the activity of local Wi-Fi networks, materializing data traveling in the form of electric charges, radio waves, and light pulses imperceptible to human senses.
    Through Jan. 25
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    Cordovan Art School & Pottery Parlor: Grand Opening

    Sat., Jan. 18, 9am-1pm  
    8108 Mesa Ste. B-102
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    Davis Gallery: Spectrum

    The king returns, as we like to say, as Roi James presents this new solo show of recent paintings that encompass several different bodies of work, including variations of his abstract oils, his Construct series, and his Floral array of wonders.
    Through Feb. 22
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    Dimension Gallery: Example Geometry

    Tom Bandage, inspired by the machinist’s craft and the volumetric simplicity of Bauhaus, attempts to capture the shape of thought through geometric contortions of material, removing traditional construction materials such as concrete, metal, and acrylic from their urban contexts and applying them to abstract conceptions of form and space.
    Through Jan. 18
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    Elisabet Ney: Drawing Salon

    That loveliest gem of the Hyde Park neighborhood, the Ney Museum, offers weekly drawing salons every Saturday morning in January. Sketch the artist's own magnificent sculptures as your models or capture the textures of plaster, marble, limestone, wood, and more. Each session is hosted by museum educators and all of the necessary materials are provided. No RSVP is required – just drop on by!
    Saturdays, 10am-12pm. Through Jan. 25. Free.  
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Space Is a Reality

    By means of sculpture and installation, Spanish artist Ana Esteve Llorens explores the reality of space as a sensory experience, using natural and manufactured materials, craft techniques, and industrial processes to engage with different methods of production and a local and international community of makers.
    Through Feb. 23  
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Drawing Tense

    The Brazilian artist Lucas Simões "thinks of his new works as drawings, even though they carry no graphite and have some dimensionality. He draws with an industrial laser, cutting angular or curved shapes into blackened steel plates, essentially turning them into elaborate paperclips that pinch, pull, and compress his trademark stacks of tracing paper." It's like … a little metal shibari for sheets of pulp? Ingenious, to be sure, and visually intriguing.
    Through Feb. 1
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    Northern-Southern: Steps on Steppes

    New works from James Turner and Naomi Schlinke begin a fresh decade at this fierce Eastside showroom. Both artists flex their skills in a process that is equal parts collage and mark-making, improvisation and deliberation.
    Closing reception: Sat., Feb. 15, 3-6pm
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    PrintAustin

    The annual program of exhibitions displaying the work of printmakers – professionals and amateurs creating all manner of art via pigment pressed onto paper and other materials – using woodcuts, etchings, mezzotints, lithography, serigraphy, aquatints, newfangled digital methods, and so on in glorious profusion – the annual program celebrating all this is now under way. With Big Medium in Canopy featuring "The Contemporary Print," and Link & Pin Gallery offering "Melanated Life in Print," and Wally Workman Gallery resplendent with the narrative lithography of Kathryn Polk, and other venues around the city giving the inky discipline its promotional due – and with the almost overwhelming PrintEXPO culmination at Blue Genie coming up (Feb. 1 & 2) … well, here's yet another bundle of good reasons to get out and explore your artful city, Austinite.
    Through Feb. 15
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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 Niceties

    Eleanor Burgess’ incendiary new drama is an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege, and social justice. Starring Jacqui Calloway and Francesca Christian, directed by Jeremy Rashad Brown for Jarrott Productions. Well, okay, but what does the Chronicle's Robert Faires think of the show? Find out here.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23 and up.  
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    The Return of Chaps & Broads

    It's a night of chaps and broads reading chap(book)s and broad(side)s – featuring Julie Poole, Stephanie Goehring, Leticia Urieta, Katy Chrisler, Alfredo Aguilar, and C. Prudence Arceneaux.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7pm
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    Comedy

    Tim Dillon

    This funny man's been rocking sold-out crowds in NYC for a while now, even before Rolling Stone named him one of the "Ten Comics You Need To Know." And who are we to argue with the likes of Rolling Stone, right? Wenner would have us canceled, probably. So, yes: Recommended!
    Jan. 16-18. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $12-23.  
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    Classical Music

    Toska: Vocal and Chamber Music of Rachmaninoff

    "The Russian word toska," as V. Nabakov would've told you over afternoon tea served among his collections of butterflies, "expresses sadness and melancholy." Now hear all the shades of toska in Rachmaninoff's timeless music as performed by pianist Jim James with soprano Julia Watkins-Davis and cellist Barbara George in the latest classical offering of the Elements concert series.
    Sat.-Sun., Jan. 18-19, 7:30pm. $10-20.  
    Studio A, 5811 Berkman #140
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    Trade with Klan

    Inspired by true events, this Donald E. Baker play from Southwest Theatre Productions reflects on the collapse of the Indiana Klan, the largest Ku Klux Klan organization in the nation in 1925. "Daniel Lenhart returns to his hometown after seminary college to find the Klan rooted in his community and his brother putting a Trade With Klan sign in the window of the family business." And here's our review of the show.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $18-25.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Kathryn Polk

    Each of the artist's narrative lithographs contains dozens of her unique symbols – flames, needle and thread, logs, prickly pear pads, helicopter seeds, tattoos, and spilled milk – expressing a visual language for the Southern female experience, a voice of beauty and strength that reminds us of how far we've come and how far we have yet to go.
    Through Feb. 2
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    Women & Their Work: Soaked

    In meticulous paintings and watercolors of leaves, of rain, of mud, of other objects in the natural world, Mihee Nahm seeks to capture the ephemeral in all its transience.
    Through Feb. 27
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    Yard Dog: Mike Egan

    The arts community's favorite Dog, having ditched Congress Avenue with the rest of last decade's memories, re-opens in Canopy (right behind Bale Creek Allen Gallery), inaugurating its fresh digs with a knock-out show of new skull and skeleton paintings by former funeral director Mike Egan.

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