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for Sat., July 4
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    Dance

    ACC Dance Classes

    The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
    Prices vary, scholarships available.  
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    Austin Popular Culture Museum: The Ballad of Jim Franklin

    The timeless artwork of Jim Franklin – superbly talented artist, Austin icon, and treasure – inaugurates the new space of the museum formerly known as SouthPop, now up there just off North Lamar.
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    Bale Creek Allen: Works from the Nineties

    The man behind the gallery puts himself inside the gallery, in its front rooms this time, with a collection of his compelling creations from the 1990s. Is this a good idea? Tell you what: Since only the best of any other artists he might show can match Allen's skill, ingenuity, and stunning sense of the-ordinary-turned-unique, this exhibition is a great idea.
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    Dougherty Arts Center

    The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, providing skilled artists to teach a variety of classes in ceramics, digital arts, drawing and painting, darkroom photography, and more.
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    Comedy

    Fall Into Comedy

    Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue where the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street is on view through the stagefront window! Esther’s Follies has been entertaining sold-out audiences with its unique blend of entertainment for more than 40 years, using the absurd in politics and pop culture as a foundation for outrageous sketches. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to wow you with illusions your mind won't believe your eyes have seen!
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-40.  
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    Helios Fused Glass Studio

    Learn while they burn at this professional studio – a nationally recognized teaching facility and retailer of fusible glass and supplies.
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Federal Triangle

    Here's a new series of images shot in and around Washington, D.C., with which photographer Mike Osborne might provoke a slightly paranoid twitch in your potentially surveilled soul. Bonus: Leon Polk Smith in the Project Room annex.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Dia de Los Muertos

    It's the Downtown museum's annual Día de Los Muertos and Community Altars exhibition, bringing the dead to Austin and Austin back to life with a panoply of artists' macabre yet celebratory creations.
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    Northern-Southern: House Plants

    Brad Tucker, for the first solo show in his hometown of Austin in more than a decade, presents a suite of shaped canvas that lives on the walls like sentient plants, less tamed than coaxed. These paintings are domestic-sized, expanding the spaces around them, nourishing the air of the room, bringing a colorful minimalism to this intimate gallery. "Modernist but winking, folky yet sophisticated, kind, exact, unique, and warm."
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    Recspec Gallery: Demons & Devils

    That's right, one of Austin's best little galleries is back – bigger and better than ever, now in a new space south of the river. And what a way to inaugurate this fresh venue – with a sort of sequel to last year's excellent "Witches" show, this one curated by Laurel Barickman and Katie Cowden and featuring a plethora of artists drawing their subjects from folklore and occultism's darker spaces and from deep inside the shadows of human nature. They're embracing – and displaying – all of it here, though: the light and the dark, the good and the bad, the holy and the evil in everyone. The devil, as we know, is in the details.
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    Yard Dog: The Ballad of Western Expressionism

    The renowned musician and painter Tom Russell's work reflects his life as a world traveler and the years spent immersing himself in the culture of the American Southwest. Now the man's newly transplanted to Austin and here's a show of his vibrant works.

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