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    Testsite: How a House Works

    This collaboration between artist Andy Coolquitt and writer and editor Alix Browne is revealed via a performance that pays tribute to the house. It's a birthday party for the house – for the remodel of the house, specifically – the house that, in 1981-82, Laurence Miller hired Renfro and Steinbomer architects to design the changes and/or additions to. Suggestions: Come dressed as your favorite po-mo architect! Bring a period-inspired potluck dish! (King Ranch Chicken, anyone?) And then toasts will commence and there'll be docent-led tours of small groups donning booties to view the second-floor rooms and the yellow-tiled guest bathroom. So maybe don't miss the reception, we're saying.
    Reception: Sun., Feb. 23, 3-6pm
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      Dance

      A'lante Flamenco: Procession

      A’lante Flamenco gives you a chance to connect with your fellow humans, singing, chanting, and marching along with the dancers and musicians as they take you on a sensory experience that goes beyond flamenco, evoking Semana Santa in Sevilla, the Arabic culture of Granada, and the universal appeal of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. (Or, yes, you can also just sit back and take in the spectacle.) Bonus: Guest artists Julie Slim Nassif and Oliver Steck.
      Through Feb. 23. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $22.  
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      Theatre

      Alabaster

      This new play by Audrey Cephaly is a darkly comic drama about love, art, and the power of healing. Listen: "After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale." Directed by Rudy Ramirez for Shrewd Productions, starring Lizzie Beckham, Shannon Grounds, Jennifer Jennings, and (the legendary) Jennie Underwood. And see our review of the show right here.
      Through March 7. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
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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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      Visual Arts

      Fancy Fancy Studios: Audiobiography

      Swing by this Eastside venue for a post-apocalyptic cup of coffee (!?) and a self-guided tour through "a surreal house of memory, grief, and floating bubbles" as author and multimedia artist Jamaica Cole presents her first book, The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue, in audio and installation form. Local, lovely, and recommended.
      Feb. 21-23. Fri., 7-10pm; Sat., noon-10pm; Sun., noon-7pm
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      Visual Arts

      QuiltCon 2020

      The world's premier modern quilting event returns to Austin with nearly 600 quilts on display, including the works of Victoria Findlay Wolfe and the Amish of Lancaster County, PA. Demos, merchandise, and much quilty camaraderie all around!
      Feb. 20-23. Thu.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-4pm. $12.  
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      Theatre

      Single Black Female

      This is the premiere of Lisa B. Thompson's two-woman show of rapid-fire comic vignettes exploring the lives of thirtysomething middle-class African American women in urban America as they search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them among a parade of stereotypes. Directed by Matrex Kilgore for Ground Floor Theatre, starring Michelle Alexander and Valoneecia Tolbert in multiple roles. And here's our review of the show.
      Through Feb. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-40.  
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      Classical Music

      TEMP: She Loves and She Confesses

      Texas Early Music Project's 21st season continues with a bevy of beautiful and often bittersweet love songs from the 17th century in Italy (Strozzi, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Frescobaldi, and Rossi), France (airs de cour by Lambert, Guédron, Boësset, and Moulinié), and England (Purcell, Johnson, Dowland(!), and Lanier). The concert's soloists – accompanied by a small band of lutes, harp, and strings – are Jenifer Thyssen, Meredith Ruduski, Jenny Houghton, Cayla Cardiff, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, David Lopez, Brett Barnes, and special guest Ryland Angel.
      Sun., Feb. 23, 3pm. $25-30 ($5, students).  
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