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    Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

    This powerful music/dance/drama featuring Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, and traditional spirituals sung by the Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir, also features performances by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, a string quartet, and an array of local actors and dancers. And – the Chronicle's Robert Faires reports on the show here.
    Fri.-Sat., Feb. 7-8, 7:30pm. $28-40.  
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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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      Arden of Faversham

      Hidden Room Theatre presents the lamentable and true tale of Master Arden, his wicked wife, her insatiable lover, and the bumbling ruffians the illicit pair hire to kill him. No one's sure if Shakespeare (or Kyd? or Marlowe?) had a hand in writing the script back in the day, but we know that the show is here directed by Beth Burns and embodied by a fine and vigorous cast.
      Through March 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $18-37.  
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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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      Classical Music

      One Ounce Opera: Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera

      The goldenthroated movers and shakers of One Ounce Opera present the fifth year of this annual series, showcasing four new micro-operas in one night – and, for the first time, all four works performed on the showcase include a woman as either the composer or librettist. All of this year's works share a common theme – death – but the program is far from morbid. "Oh, there's ample humor in each piece," says OOO's Julie Fiore, "and it's enough to keep you rolling for a good while." Find out what happens with a company of powerful voices in the darkness and the light, in the premieres of The Séance, The Stranger, Non Motus, and Misfortune.
      Through Feb. 16. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $20.  
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      The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig

      John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history with the groundbreaking rock musical in a big, brash, and bold rock spectacle. Bonus: Amber Martin.
      Fri., Feb. 7, 7:30pm. $10-40.  
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      (Un)Documents

      In his first original solo show, award-winning actor and poet Jesus I. Valles journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find his place as a son, a lover, a teacher, and a brother in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship. Directed by Rudy Ramirez.
      Through Feb. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $11-21.  
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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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      Ao5 Gallery: The Impossible Winterbourne

      That steampunk guy who makes odd and lovely sculptures in the shape of robot heads and so on? The talented man who sometimes affixes those creations to obscure parts of our urban infrastructure, where they wait to surprise and intrigue a curious eye? That's Winterbourne. And now the fellow's got a show of his creatures at Ao5 Gallery and is also therein hawking his AlphaBots, a fully illustrated robot alphabet book that's perfect for gifting to 1) Buzz Moran or 2) your favorite much-younger-than-Buzz person.
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      Classical Music

      ASO: Picture Perfect

      Austin Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and violinist Jessica Mathaes takes center stage for Vivaldi’s "Autumn" and "Winter" from The Four Seasons, followed by Mathis der Maler by Hindemith. Then, it's Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition while visual artist Stephanie Busing presents pictures, inspired both the Hindemith and Mussorgsky pieces, on the big screen above the Peter Bay-conducted orchestra.
      Fri., Feb. 7, 8pm. $21 and up.  
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      Atelier 1205: A Lory & an Eaglet

      This new exhibition is Julia Hart’s personal attempt to make sense of a world that makes very little sense to the artist and is inspired by what we cannot immediately see – those dreamlike spaces that exist just beyond vision, now rendered via a diversity of media.
      Through March 6
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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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      Bonnie & Clyde: A Musical Comedy

      Texas Comedies presents this "mostly true" musical send-up of the deadly duo and the man obsessed with hunting them down, based on arresting deputy Ted Hinton's memoir and media stories of the 1930s.
      Through Feb. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
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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 Short Fringe

      The 27th annual theatrical smorgasbord of local productions (comedy! drama! dance! improv! performance art! multimedia! diverse shenanigans!) continues with its slate of five 25-minute-long Short Fringe shows each night at Hyde Park Theatre (through Feb. 15), with the usually sold-out Best of the Week show each Saturday night. Coming up: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.A Child’s Guide to Schopenhauer by Marla Porter; Battle by Cry Havoc Action Choreography; Choice by Addy Lugo, Gloria C. Adams, and Teresa Johnson; Me-usical: The Musical by Ragan Fox; and Purdy Mischief's Playtime by Lindsey Greer Sikes; Fri., Jan. 24, 8pm.At Death We Know Everything by The United Güey(s); Dueling Playwrights: Battle of the Bathroom by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; Miss Winnie by Marla Porter; Mom’s First Job (And What Not To Talk About At The Dinner Table) by Rhonda Roe; and Persnickety by Alex Garza; Tue., Jan. 28, 8pm.Airbnb by Heather Thiel; An Evening, and Possible Morning, with Carl Sagan by Pete Parsons; Bad Neighbors by Ava Love Hanna; Fidelity by Raymond V. Whelan; and The Heart and How It Heals by Helyn Rain Messenger; Wed., Jan. 29, 8pm.All Aglow by Christine Darling; Thing with Feathers by Kylah Torre; A Character Challenge by Lee Eddy; This Show Will Go On by Brian Bonnet, Thaddeus Grant Fenton, and Olivia Wise; and What a World by Laura Freeman and Kris Frederiksen; Thu., Jan. 30, 8pm.+caraway+ by Cris Edwards; Still Life by Matt Sandbank; Ma & Pa Gothic Save Texas! by Tom Booker & Janet Maykus; Side B by Daniel Berkowitz; and Thumb War by Kathryn Sterling; Fri., Jan. 31, 8pm.1.5 Korean by Pamela Paek and Arthur Stanley Chong; Enlightened by Tristan Young Mercado; Our Good Friend by Sabeen Noorani and Trinity Joan Adams; What Water is There for Us to Clean Ourselves by James E. Burnside; and Words Fail Me by Hank Schwemmer; Tue., Feb. 4, 8pm.Bad Thoughts by Aransas Haley; I'm Still Leaving by Molly Fonseca and Anikka Lekven; Please Do Not Touch the Art by Sally Seitz; H.P. Lovecraft's Sweet Ermengarde, or The Heart Of A Country Girl by Percy Simple; and Unconditional Therapy by Sandy Maranto; Wed., Feb. 5, 8pm.How To Belong by Maggie Gallant; Paramount Story Wranglers by 3rd Graders; Sunday Slugg'rz by Max Langert; When You … by Chuy Zarate; and Whippet Good by Jo DePrang;Thu., Feb. 6, 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).
      $18 per night.  
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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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      Books

      Kate Murphy: You're Not Listening

      In which New York Times reporter Murphy draws attention to the worldwide epidemic of not listening, exposing the profound impact that it is having on us all and showing what we can do about it.
      Fri., Feb. 7, 7pm
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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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      Man of Destiny

      Who was Napoleon before he became an emperor? Find out in this comedy by George Bernard Shaw, presented out at Pioneer Farms by an Archive Theater cast under the direction of Garrison Martt and Jennifer Rose Davis.
      Through Feb. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25-35.  
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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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      Mexic-Arte: Cosmologia Closing Reception

      Here's a festive evening for the closing of Mexic-Arte's "Mix 'n' Mash: Cosmologia" exhibition, featuring – in addition to the fine array of art – drinks by Ranch Rider Spirits Co., a churro bar, music by DJ Sadah Luna, and more. Bonus: Create your own Valentine's card!
      Fri., Feb. 7, 6-9pm. $10.  
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      Modern Rocks Gallery Online

      What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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      Comedy

      Ms. Pat

      Ms. Pat hasn’t lived the life of your typical comedian. But Ms. Pat will make you laugh more than a typical comedian, too, we'll bet.
      Feb. 5-8. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $12-23.  
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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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      Once Over Coffee Bar: Planting Hope

      In which Thais Perkins, former head honcho of TreeFolks, presents an exhibition of paintings inspired by the organization's work to combat climate change through reforestation, with 20% of the proceeds donated to support future plantings in Central Texas.
      Fri., Feb. 7, 5-7pm
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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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      Comedy

      Reena Calm

      We're told that this "East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite" is one of the most respected and requested comedians in the Midwest. Here in the ATX, she'll be bringing the Downtown crowd all the laughs she's visited upon, oh, like a skadillion festival stages – after Andre Ricks opens the show.
      Feb. 7-8. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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      Dance

      Shay Ishii Dance Company: A Moment

      This program of classic modern dance explores the acclaimed company's artistic connection to modern dance pioneer Erick Hawkins, featuring works of first-, second-, and third-generation choreographers who've studied and embodied the Hawkins technique, philosophy, and choreography.
      Feb. 7-8. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm. $17 and up.  
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      Theatre

      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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      Vault Stone Shop: I Picked You a Flower

      This is a group exhibition of paintings, a mural, photographs, and sculptural works that explore the thin line between the romantic and sinister, featuring art by Alison Sagebiel, Carlos Carballo, Emmy Laursen, Jaime Reynolds, Josh Row, Navasota Sering, Rohitash Rao, and Scott David Gordon.
      Through March 14
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      WEST 2020: Call For Artists

      This is an open call for artists, business partners, and advertisers for Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST), a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. Suggestion: Click over to the website and get involved, you art-loving citizen!
      Through Feb. 26
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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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