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    Anna Deavere Smith's Notes from the Field

    As the country comes together to voice their dissent against countless injustices against black Americans, ZACH Theatre announces the online release of its 2019 critically acclaimed production Notes From The Field, a play by Anna Deavere Smith about racial inequity. The show, which stars stars Michelle Alexander, Zell Miller III, Carla Nickerson, and Kriston Woodreaux, is available for viewing free through June 14. Also, you're invited to participate in two facilitated Community Conversations hosted over Zoom: Thu., June 11, 6pm and Sun., June 14, 2:30pm.
    Free, but you have to reserve a ticket.  
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    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Signs

    Currently open by reservation only, yes, but you should have no reservations about seeing this stunning exhibition by Dallas native Lee Albert Hill. You want an eyeful of big, bright abstractions via acrylics on canvas over board, handwrought yet almost machinelike in their meticulous design and execution? You probably do, especially in this case. Because it's like … um … like if someone hired Mike Hinge and Bill Sienkewicz to show how well tangrams could be used to illustrate subatomic events from CERN's bubble chamber – and then threw a fistful of chaos shards at the collaboration's results. The accompanying image here is one miniaturized example; imagine seeing a roomful of such intricacies at full size. Hell, imagine scheduling a private viewing of this show with gallerist Troy Campa: That's some solid pandemic diversion right there, tell you what. (And your man Brenner rhapsodizes a bit further about it in this review.)
    Through July 11  
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    ICOSA: Coping Mechanisms

    In advance of the upcoming Swec & Criscoe exhibition, ICOSA presents a series of front-window installations that are viewable 24 hours a day. "An imperfect show in imperfect times that recognizes our shortcomings and missteps, our pain, loneliness, and uncertainty, that aims to move forward carefully and intentionally. This work was made during the pandemic, but before the world exploded once again in response to the horrific murder of George Floyd, thrusting the world into a greater awareness of systemic racism and police brutality, and renewing energy and momentum in the fight for justice." Note: A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artworks will be donated to Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District.
    Through July 2
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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.
    Wed., 8pm; Sat., 9:30pm. $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.
    Thu., 8pm; Sat., 7:30pm. $5.  
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    Virtual Vortex: Throwbacks Virtual Reading: Gilligan's Island & Batman

    Holy media nostalgia, Batman! This is a video broadcast of readings of classic TV scripts, curated by Benajah Baskin, rehearsed and recorded by a team of young theatre professionals.
    Sat., June 13, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Reopened!

    Make an appointment, friend, and you can see these beauties in person. And if there's anything (aside from certain substances still criminalized by a failed system of law) that can elevate the senses and lighten the load, it's this bright collection of new works by Austin's Patrick Puckett. The artist's "large, bold canvases explore the human figure inspired by the artist’s life in the American South and often include symbolic references of both real and imagined nostalgia." And, we add, the downright Fauvist, polychrome exuberance of these paintings will likewise inspire your art-hungry eyes.
    Through July 3
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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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    Austin Acts: Contest of Characters

    Austin's City Theatre invites you to submit a video or recorded acting performance in their Virtual Stage Talent Competition. There's no cost to enter and anyone can participate, no matter your experience. Note: The top finalists in this thespian battle will competing for prizes in an end-of-summer live theatre event. See the City Theatre website for submissions and contest guidelines.
    Deadline: June 20  
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    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light's Impermanence: In-Home Screening

    The city's original outdoor aerialists, directed by Sally Jacques, performed this stunning piece that took place at the J.J. Pickle Federal Building in 2009. Now you can witness the spectacle onscreen, with a link for the entirety of it sent directly to your inbox – and half the proceeds go to Six Square and the Austin Justice Coalition.
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    ChingonX Fire: Group Exhibit

    Inspired by the Mexican American Cultural Center's annual La Mujer celebration – and by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz – this online group exhibit is curated by April Garcia and features womxn-identifying and nongender-specific artists whose artwork is tied to activism, feminism, cultural. and gender identity storytelling, environmental protection, and socioeconomic parity. Note: The exhibition will be online for a year.
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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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    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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    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Point of Origin

    That's right! So make an appointment to check out this inventive array of creative work. (Note: Only five people allowed per appointment; no hugging, kissing, high-fiving, or even fist-bumping the gallerist.) But, look: Sarah Sudhoff's "Point of Origin" 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.
    Through July 12. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm
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    Books

    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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    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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    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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    Vault Stone Shop: St. Elmo Window Show

    That South Congress stronghold of the stonecutters' art presents its third in a series of front-window exhibitions, a perfect visual treat for your plague-time strolling. Listen: "Vault Stone Shop asked Saul Jerome San Juan to make art in response to: the namesake of the road (St. Elmo) that meets Congress Avenue where the gallery's located. Inspired by the evolution of St. Elmo’s verbal and visual depiction, San Juan invited other artists to collaborate … on the generative power of making images about the understanding and translation of narrative information."Ah, and those other artists? Richard Ashby, Thomas Cook, Jeffery Primeaux, Erika Huddleston, Valerie Chaussonnet, and B. Shawn Cox.Verdict: This is a welcome opportunity to reward your eyes the next time you're exercising shank's mare south of the river. Recommended!
    Through June 27
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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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    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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