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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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    Solo Symphony: A Dance with Peter Bay

    OK, you know how Forklift Dance's Allison Orr takes urban infrastructural crews and sports teams and so on, and works their job-related movements into fantastic choreography, and then those actual workers and athletes perform the newly enhanced motions for the public? Remember the stunning Trash Project and Power Up! and so on? Well, inspired by the virtuosic movement of symphonic conducting, Orr has again worked that process with just one person: the Austin Symphony Orchestra's own Peter Bay. And, continuing the usual Forklift goodness, the show will be accompanied by live music: An original score by Graham Reynolds will be played by 13 musicians while Bay both conducts and embodies movements based abstractly on his conducting gestures.
    Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $24 and up.  
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Soul: Melanated Life In Print

    Here's another excellent part of that citywide PrintAustin initiative, with a show curated by Atlanta's Jamal Barber (Studio Noize Podcast) and featuring the art of African-American printmakers who use the medium to represent the black experience. With works by Jennifer Mack Watkins, Latoya Hobbs, Rashaun Rucker, Ann Johnson, Rabea Ballin, Jerushia Graham, Maurice Evans, Grace Kisa, Jasmine Williams, and curator Barber.
    Through Feb. 9
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    Comedy

    Mike MacRae

    This St. Louis native and local superstar's been called "the Steve Landesberg of his time" by some idiot drowning in an Old Fashioned at the end of the bar, but we know MacRae as an even funnier sharpster blending his array of obscure impressions into straight stand-up and, you know, making people laugh. Bonus: Erich Scholl opens.
    Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    PrintEXPO 2020

    This is PrintAustin’s annual print fair, featuring 64 booths of artists, galleries, editioning shops, and university reps. Purchase original artwork from regional and national talent and flip through bins n' bins of prints to add some of the snazziest new graphics to your art collection. Saturday features live steamroller printing; Sunday's got a slate of printmaking demos and family-friendly activities; the whole weekend has plenty of delights for the eye and mind alike, and a convivial atmosphere infused by them what pretty much breathe ink as a way of life.
    Feb. 1-2. Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., 11am-3pm. Free.
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    Books

    Roberto Ontiveros: The Fight for Space

    The author (and occasional Chronicle reporter) presents his debut collection that explores the modes of art and obsession with eleven stories that run from fabulist comedy to surrealist noir.
    Sat., Feb. 1, 5pm
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    Shen Yun

    In which the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops combine to create one spectacular performance.
    Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm; Sun., 1pm. $84 and up.  
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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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    A Night with Janis Joplin

    In this show, written and originally directed by Randy Johnson and starring Mary Bridget Davies, the legendary queen of rock & roll explodes onto the stage in a concert experience that celebrates the Texas musical marvel and shines a spotlight on the trailblazing female blues and soul vocalists who influenced her.
    Through March 8. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $30 and up.  
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    Alingon Mitra

    He's been all over the small screen, written for the Harvard Lampoon, and slayed 'em at the festivals, but you might know Mitra best from when he was one of only 100 comedians invited to perform on the remake of NBC's Last Comic Standing – and won the show's Comic Comeback contest.
    Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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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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    Austin Art & Frame: East Meets West

    Featuring the colorful paintings of Craig and Ping Irvin.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 1, 4-7pm
    Austin Art & Frame, 2805 Bee Cave Rd. #430
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    Classical Music

    Austin Symphonic Band: Classics Old and New

    Featuring works by William Byrd, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Dmitri Shostakovich, and J.S. Bach.
    Sat., Feb. 1, 4pm. $8-12.  
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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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    Co-Lab Projects: Circular Score

    This is a collaborative exhibition with video and performance works by CC Calloway, Maia Snow, Hannah Spector, and Anika Todd. The show centers upon a rotating stage, with each artist translating the stage through the lens of their own practice. The culmination of these explorations is a multichannel sound and video piece within Co-Lab Projects, with that stage at the center.
    Through Feb. 29
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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: In the Arc of Your Mallet

    This is the final installment of a two-part exhibition by Jade Walker, focusing on disease, healing, and the inherently close union we have with our own bodies. Inspired by the Rumi poem of the same title and including borrowed mallets from more than 40 members of the artist's community.
    Through Feb. 29
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    Flatbed Press: Stereotyped Ordinary

    Of course Flatbed, of all places and organizations in this inkstained city, is part of PrintAustin – don't be silly! In fact, don't be sad, citizen … which is what you will be – downright miserable, we reckon – if you miss this gorgeous installation and exhibition of prints by Sangmi Yoo, who uses digital printing and laser- and hand-cutting techniques on paper to create large works celebrating the architectural structures around us.
    Through Feb. 15
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    FronteraFest Long Fringe

    Here are the longer productions of this year's 27th annual FronteraFest (as opposed to the nightly smorgasbord of the Short Fringe), with performers and companies taking the stage at Ground Floor Theatre to offer a variety of new shows on a diversity of subjects. This is what's coming up:: Possibilities: Storytelling with Poetry, Improv, and Song (90 mins.) Jennifer Bloom shares poetry, songs, and stories to weave a tapestry of connection on her exploration of what it means to be human. In Our Prime Improv (Paul Normandin, Ryan Hill, and Gloria Rabil Bankler) embody characters from Bloom’s poetry and audience input. "Each show offers a new possibility … and a hug for your soul." Wed., Jan. 29, 8:45pm; Fri., Jan. 31, 7pm; Sat., Feb. 1, 5:30pm; Sun., Feb. 2, 3pm. $15.: Stand-Up Jesus (60 mins.) Making his first appearance in more than 2000 years, Jesus of Nazareth returns with razor-sharp satire for sinners. Let anyone who is without sin cast the first heckle! "It’s a second coming blessed with punchlines where god is the god of funny. Come battle the hypocrisy of false prophets and praise the truth that hurts!" Written and performed by Robert Dubac for Moment-to-Moment Productions. Wed., Jan. 29, 7pm; Sat., Feb. 1, 3:45pm; Sun., Feb. 2, 1:15 & 7:30pm. $20.: Straitjacket: Variations on a Theme of Horror (90 mins.) This is a monodrama – produced, written, directed, and performed by Charles P. Stites – in which a prisoner, tortured by a sadistic warden, is locked away in solitary confinement and sealed in a straitjacket for days at a time. In order to escape the horror of his reality, he astral projects out of his body to relive his past lives. It's "a riveting story of madness, escape, and the terror of eternity," adapted from The Star-Rover by Jack London. Thu., Jan. 30, 8:30pm; Sat., Feb. 1, noon & 9:15pm; Sun., Feb. 2, 5:15pm. $10.: Transhumance (45 mins.) In this "playful, heartfelt exploration of gender," NYC-based theatre artist Ania Upstill dives into the absurd in a surreal journey across the landscape of gender in search of a place to call home. Thu., Jan. 30, 7pm; Fri., Jan. 31, 9:15pm; Sat., Feb. 1, 2:15 & 7:45pm. $15.
    Jan. 22-Feb. 2. Prices vary.  
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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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    ICOSA: The Pleasure of Making

    Here's an exhibition featuring the works of hobbyists and crafters, organized and curated by ICOSA's Tammie Rubin.
    Through Feb. 15  
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    J Gallery: Let It Flow

    Group show of works by artists Greta Olivas, Marilyn Rodriguez, and Donna Starnes.
    Through March 8
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    Landmarks Video: Camel Collective

    The Camel Collective's Something Other Than What You Are is the latest to get the big-screen treatment in this ongoing series from your friends at UT's Landmarks program.
    Through Feb. 29. Daily, 7-10pm. Free.  
    UT's ART Building, 2301 San Jacinto
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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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    MASS Gallery: Monochromatic Dreams

    This show features the work of Chicago-based Yvette Mayorga, who creates multimedia installations and candy-colored confectionary, tackling issues of race, identity, and gender using visual tropes of celebration.
    Through Feb. 29
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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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    Old Bakery Gallery: Evolutions

    February's featured artists – who, we reckon, make this place a good place to visit before SXSW comes a-roaring into Austin again – are Valérie Chaussonnet, Rebecca Bennett, Lauryl Eddlemon, and Sylvia Crossland.
    Through March 4  
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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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    Recspec Gallery: Through the Dusk, a Light

    This show of new works by Annalise Gratovich includes woodcuts, etchings, and collage – with the matrices they’ve come from. And yes, citizen, it is part of PrintAustin; can't have a real conversation going on about ink in this town, we reckon, unless that Gratovich is somewhere in the mix.
    Closing reception: Sat., March 7, 6-9pm
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    Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

    Here's the 18th annual celebration of inked humans and all the storied industry and artistry that surrounds the phenomenon, with live tattooing by masters of all styles (traditional Japanese, photorealistic color, and everything between), tattoo contests, a kids' area, and unique vendors with the most graphic merch around. The live entertainment schedule features performances by Lizardman Sideshow, Altercation Punk Rock Comedy, Michelle Manx Belly Dance, the Jigglewatts, and the Divas of Illusion drag show. Special guests this year: cartoonist Bob Camp (the co-creator of Ren & Stimpy) and legendary low-brow artist Coop.
    Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Fri., noon-10pm; Sat., 11am-9pm; Sun., noon-7pm. $20-60.  
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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 Turn of the Screw

    Jeffrey Hatcher's stage adaptation of the Henry James novella (that tale of horror and repressed sexuality) is presented by Austin's Filigree Theatre for your wintertime appreciation and unease. Directed by Elizabeth V. Newman, and starring James Lindsley and Paulina Fricke-Fox. (But – what does the Chronicle's own Robert Faires think of the show? That's featured right here.)
    Through Feb. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $20-25.  
    Romy Suskin Photography, 2617 S. First
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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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