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    ACMC: Chamber Connect

    The latest installment of this fine series from Austin Chamber Music Center features the McCain Duo – that's Artina and Martin McCain, piano and bass trombone – performing Gershwin’s Three Preludes, music by Austin’s own David Wilborn, and more. Bonus: The evening will include live commentary from the duo about life as musicians and their upcoming projects.
    Sat., May 23, 8pm. Free.  
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      Comedy

      ColdTowne TV: Fridays & Saturdays Live

      The stage on Airport might be dark, citizen, but the stars of that laugh factory near Mrs. Johnson's Doughnuts are shining bright every Friday and Saturday night on ColdTowne TV! Tune in for this variety show format and drop a few bucks in the virtual tip jar to keep local comedy alive.
      Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Visual Arts

      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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      Austin Creative Alliance: Online Artshow Fundraiser

      The ACA has teamed with SKM Art Advising to present this virtual exhibition of works for sale to benefit the Artists Emergency Fund, featuring new pieces by Stella Alesi, Naomi Schlinke, Rebecca Bennett, and more.
      Ongoing, until sold out  
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      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light's Belonging, Part One: In-Home Screening

      The city's original outdoor aerialists, directed by Sally Jacques, performed this stunning piece that took place at the Seaholm District Plaza in downtown Austin in 2017 and 2018. Now you can witness the spectacle onscreen, with a link for the entirety of it sent directly to your inbox.
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      Camiba Art: Studio Scene 4

      It's Camiba's fourth annual exhibition of art gathered directly from studios visited on global tours (with a focus on Latin America). Experience new cultural voices through a wide variety of mediums, expressed by more than 25 artists representing four countries and nine geographic locations. Curator Troy Campa will post a video walk-through once the exhibition's up and ready, but the gallery is also open for in-person viewing by appointment only.
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      Carver Museum: High Signs and Beacons

      This is a project of CarverMuseumATX, Six Square, the City of Austin Equity office, and the African American Heritage Facility, calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join in a mutual aid effort. It's an invitation to engage with the isolation, uncertainty, and essential chaos of these times – and your voice is essential. See website for details.
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      Comedy

      Esther's Follies

      You don't have to slog your way through Dirty Sixth anymore, citizen – you can catch the arch antics and musical mayhem of the Esther's crew on video as they unleash fresh new sketches and songs and more about the hottest topics of the day. And there's all sorts of behind-the-scenes extras now, too, and it's all available via their Patreon page. You need to laugh right about now, so this is a good idea, right? And sports are important, sure they are, but wouldn't you rather be a local comedy supporter than a local athletic supporter? [*pauses for response, hears only crickets*] Right – leaving it to these professionals, then.
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      Theatre

      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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      Visual Arts

      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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      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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      Theatre

      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 (and ever-growing) mix.
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      Classical Music

      Virtual ASO: The Austin Symphony's REWIND

      Conductor Peter Bay and company have teamed with the classical cats at 89.5 KMFA to release this show of discussion of and music fromtwo 2006 concerts, one with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 and one with Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, featuring Joshua Bell.
      Until these damned coronas get the hell outta Dodge  
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      Comedy

      Virtual Hideout: Maestro

      This is an all-improvised battle royale, featuring the most ornery cusses in the scene doing their damnedest to emerge victorious from a mindwarping multiplayer fray. Imagine: A screen crowded with Zoomers, competing in short improv games and wild-ass gambits to be crowned the one and only Maestro for the week. Sound good? Yeah – we like it, too.
      Saturdays, 10pm. $5.  
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      Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

      The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
      Thursdays, 8pm; Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5.  
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      Virtual Hyde Park: Slowgirl

      Here's a video broadcast of HPT's award-winning production of Greg Pierce's two-person play about a niece and uncle's awkward reunion in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, starring Molly Karrasch and Ken Webster, as directed by that same Webster in 2013. The Chronicle's Jillian Owens was impressed when she saw it; we suspect you'll be equally delighted.
      Sat., May 23, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Wally Workman Gallery: Poster Show

      Now here's some gorgeous and affordable visuals for anybody's favorite wall: A new series of 20-by-16-inch posters celebrating the creations of Workman-repped artists – Malcolm Bucknall! Ashley Benton! Helmut Barnett! Ian Shults! Those amazing Scribners! And many more! – with funds going to support those artists. Give it a look-see on the website.
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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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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: Classes Online

      While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
      $3-7 per class.  
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      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light: Dance Classes, Video Classes

      Weekly modern dance classes with Jun Shen, video-creation classes with Nicole Whiteside, and more from this acclaimed company of aerialists.
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      Books

      BOOKS, DELIVERED!

      Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores. Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members. And that Bezos fellow is already making enough goddam money, n’est-ce pas?
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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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      grayDUCK Gallery Online: Point of Origin

      Sarah Sudhoff's experimental exhibition takes cues from the connections between sound and human emotion, here realized with suspended sculptures, sound installation, and debossed wall works that draw upon the artist's personal observations, cartography, and the mechanics of helicopters – especially those copters involved in the nearly 300 flights completed in just one month for Houston's Memorial Hermann Health System. Take a virtual tour here.
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      HRC: Henry David Thoreau

      You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
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      Dance

      Kathy Dunn Hamrick: Parade

      Watching even a well-done dancework online is sometimes a disappointing experience, because of frustrating camera perspectives or insufficient lighting or any number of things. But this longform work from KDHDC, this 2017 performance of Hamrick's Parade, it's like it was made for video presentation. Such shows are always better when you're right there in the space with the dancers, sure; but when the view puts you as close to right there as this one does, as if you're slightly above the audience's third row and looking directly onto the stage, and the choreographer's composition is remarkably engaging and the dancers' skills are able to match that power, and it's all lighted by Stephen Pruitt ... well, we're not just listing this to take up space, friend: It's recommended. Bonus: Check out the live band silhouetted by the background scrim – that's some beautifully percussive Drew Silverman action going on right there.
      Free on YouTube.  
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery Online

      Rarefied and clever, oblique and brilliant, sometimes blatant as a slap of vivid beauty upside your skull, often just what your rods and cones are craving by way of stimulation. Natalie Frank? The Haas Brothers? Tony Marsh? Yes, and more.
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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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      Classical Music

      Montopolis: Livestreamed Concert

      This lands in our Classical Music section, but it's really more of a cinematic music experience, with Justin Sherburn and his talented Montopolis cohort performing excerpts from their Big Bend and Living Coast concerts, accompanying the same stunning imagery and dynamic narrators that audiences have come to expect from their popular performances. Presented by the Long Center, with sponsorship from UT and Planet Texas 2050.
      Sat., May 23, 8pm. Free.  
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      Theatre

      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 Vortex: Baba Yaga's House, Ep. 2

      In "Appreciating the Unexpected," the second episode in the Vortex's Baba Yaga series, the well-storied witch reveals how surprises can lead to all sorts of things – new friends, adventures, murder hornets.
      Sat., May 23, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Visual Arts

      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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      Visual Arts

      Women & Their Work Online: 42 Years

      Did they say "42 years of contemporary art by women in our online archive," citizen? Yes, they did – and we recommend feasting your binge-weary eyes on what this excellent downtown gallery has to reward your clicks with.
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      Yard Dog: Fort Guerin

      West Virginia artist Fort Guerin was raised in Mesa, Arizona, and it's the West, in particular the mythos of the Old West, that fires his imagination and provides the subjects for his paintings.: Note: Yard Dog Art Gallery, like everything else, is closed for the time being – but the show goes on, online!

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