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for Fri., May 15
  • Viva la Vida Fest 2021 – Goes Virtual! Celebrating Day of the Dead, Presented by Austin Convention Center

    As part of the Mexic-Arte Museum’s continued initiative to bring Museum events right to your screen, we will be presenting Viva la Vida in two parts: in-person and virtually! Utilizing a festival-landing page, the Museum’s virtual and in-person programming make Viva la Vida such a special, vibrant celebration.
    Sat. Oct. 30  
    Mexic-Arte Museum
  • The Tasters

    With government leaders getting poisoned left and right, the Tasters have an important job — eating delicious, gourmet meals, and then waiting to see if they die. When one rebellious taster goes on hunger strike, the reverberation of her choice threatens to disrupt the order of their world and change the course of history.
    Nov. 3-14  
    UT Theatre
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    All Together ATX Festival

    Swing Left Austin presents this livestreamed extravaganza of comedy, music, and art, featuring music by Eimaral Sol and Mama Duke, with stand-up sets by Symply Courtney, Ky Krebs, and Clara Blackstone. Bonus and a half: New illustrations by Ami Plasse.
    Fri., May 15, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Austin Latinx New Play Festival

    Virtual staged readings of new Latinx plays invigorate your favorite screen, presented by Teatro Vivo in collaboration with ScriptWorks. Note: Each dramaturg will host an IG Live Chat with the playwright at each of the showtimes, and Zoom recordings of each show will be available on the Teatro website prior to the live event.
    Through May 16. Donations accepted.  
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    Big Medium: Artist Features

    This new series from the community-strong magisters of Big Medium aims to amplify the voice of artists and keep art a regular part of daily life in these socially distanced times. Through a combination of short interviews, artwork images, and video, these features serve to inspire and create a deeper connection between artists and the public. New installments weekly, every Tuesday and Friday. Upcoming: Erin Cunningham (May 26), J Muzacz (May 29).
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    Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore

    Austin's Gilbert & Sullivan society streams video of their 2014 grand summer production of this rousing classic and features a watch party with commentary from directors, original cast members, and GSA board members.
    Through May 29. Free.  
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    Grageriart Online

    Austin's frosty-coiffed and glamolicious wondertwins of robo-friendly sh-sh-shopping, Lana Lesley and Peter Stopschinski, keep the postmodern retail luv a-coming with a brand new video, at least long enough to take a voice-modulated sip of coffee to, each Friday morning. Don't just say hello, citizen consumer, say buy-buy!
    Trending and free.  
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    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    Northern-Southern: Left In Leaves

    This is a group show of artistic interventions across the city of Austin, freely left in outdoor public spaces throughout May. (Note: Email the gallery for a map to the sites.) Who's involved in this fine endeavor? Sterling Allen, Ted Carey, Adreon Denson Henry, Sarah Fagan, Rachel Freeman & Korey Weiss, Emily Lee, Sean Ripple, Amy Scofield, Meghan Shogan, Amanda Julia Steinback & Staci Maloney, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Suzanne Wyss. Documentation will be shared on the Northern-Southern website and social media; at the conclusion of the month, the maps will be collected in a print zine, in which each artist will be interviewed. Northern-Southern will mail it to you upon request. And, look: The Chronicle's Robert Faires shares his own experience of the project.
    Through May 31
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    Vault Stone Shop: Mask Collection

    For this new group show curated by GD Wright, a coalition of artists – Ender Martos, Alexis Mabry, Jade Walker, Bale Creek Allen, B. Shawn Cox, Brian David Johnson, so many others – has produced and donated more than 100 fabric masks to be given away each day during the show’s duration. Also, each artist has created a unique commemorative artwork referencing their thoughts and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic. These interpretations of a face mask will be on view in the gallery's window display for two weeks. Note: All the gallery’s proceeds from sales will be donated to purchase hand sanitizer for distribution throughout the homeless community in Austin.
    Through May 20
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    Virtual Vortex: Risk

    This is a livestreamed reading of Robi Polgar’s new play Risk (or, What Nature Doesn’t Do to Us), darkly comic vengeance drama, in which an upwardly mobile mayor, his fallen lobbyist brother, their endtimes-proclaiming father, and a mysterious woman who has charmed them all navigate the global tragedy that is climate change while coming to terms with the unfolding discoveries of how their romantic histories intertwine. Performed by Michelle Polgar, Ev Lunning Jr, Ben Wolfe, and Jeff Mills.
    Fri., May 15, 8pm  
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    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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    Bullock Texas State History Museum: This Light of Ours

    This show features images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, telling a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. These photos capture the day-to-day struggles of everyday citizens and their resolve in the face of violence and institutionalized discrimination – with more than a dozen additional images representing activism and protest in Austin's own history.
    Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 6
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    ColdTowne TV

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." See website for details.
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    Dimension Gallery: On the Plight of the Primrose

    In the early 1900s, the evening primrose was central to the debate over the cause of evolution and its inherent mutations. In the early days of March 2020, Austin-based sculptor Laura Latimer has collected rubble from local construction sites to provide the foundation for a fanciful, botanical habitat that contemplates how future mutants might survive in the fragmented ecosystems resulting from nonstop urban development.
    Through June 6. free.
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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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    Natalia Rocafuerte: Livestreaming with OBS

    New Media artist Rocafuerte introduces the free source software OBS and provides step-by-step instruction to using equipment for successful livestreaming. Learn how to add text to your video, chroma key effects, multicamera, plugging in audio gear, and more.
    Wed., May 20, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.  
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    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    Virtual Ground Floor: The Ballad of Robert E. Lee

    Ground Floor Theatre's Zoom reading of this new Cassandra Rose play is still up on YouTube, featuring the talents of Michelle CT Alexander, Michael Ferstenfeld, Danielle Grisko, Matrex Kilgore, Rocky Lane, and Chelsea Lee, as directed by the incomparable Lisa Scheps.
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    Virtual Hideout

    So many shows, so many themes, such a freakin' panoply of improv talents at this Hideout that it makes the mind, how you say, boggle. Longtime house troupe Parallelogramophonograph sets the performance bar high AF, but damned if their everchanging roster of guests doesn't sometimes knock it right off. (The Hideout's got a full weekly schedule of entertainments for you online, of course, courtesy of relentless creativity even in the face of those stupid, stupid 'ronas.) Check that website, STAT.
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Diana Greenberg

    Here's a virtual exhibition tour (with an artist talk), featuring the newest show at WWG. "Initially inspired by figures or structures within nature," says artist Greenberg," I am interested in the process by which the figure or other composition disappears through layers and is replaced by abstraction and color. My grid series reference a specific time and place, often a distillation of landscapes. By working with an attention to negative space, layered drawing, and a variety of medium I hope to evoke an overall sense of calm."
    Through May 31. Free.  

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