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    Amendment: The Making of an American Myth

    Salvage Vanguard Theater presents a new solo work by Taji Senior that examines America’s failed vision of a more perfect union. See it livestreamed via Howlround, or – drive in to Rogge Ranch (3506 Rogge Lane) and see it performed live, from the comfort of your car.
    Drive-in at Rogge Ranch: Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-23, 8:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Austin Sketch Fest

    The clever crew at Coldtowne and beyond have concocted a virtual version of this annual celebration of the scripted comedic arts. Robert Faires has told you, elsewhere in this section, about the Big Name Headliners scheduled to appear, and we're reminding you that there will be an array of local troupes in the mix, too, tripping the light hilarious for your online amusement this still-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic weekend.
    Fri.-Sat., Aug. 21-22  
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    Big Medium: Tito's Prize Exhibition

    A compelling exhibition of new work by Betelhem Makonnen is this year's Tito's Prize show at Big Medium Gallery. (Note: To allow for social distancing, appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes, with a maximum of 10 guests at a time. Schedule an appointment with at least 24 hours advance notice. Masks are required at all times.)
    Through Sept. 5. Thu.-Sat., noon-5pm
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    Cloud Tree Studios: Being

    Here's the final weekend for Cloud Tree's safety-optimized show of new figurative works by longtime local, Peruvian-born sculptor Alejandra Almuelle, featuring a series that "explores the state of being as a process of becoming." Our own appreciation of sculpture in general is in the process of becoming overwhelmed by the powerful beauty of what Almuelle can do with clay and pigment, and this timely exhibition is another stunning example of why. So make a reservation, put on your best mask, and be sure you don't miss this soul-fortifying opportunity.
    Through Aug. 22. Free.
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    Dimension Gallery: Reflection Time

    The good folks of Dimension Gallery – you know, right across Springdale from that naturally social-distanced and so-calming-to-visit Sculpture Park – have begun new artist-led partnerships with Austin's social justice advocates, and they're heralding that collaboration with a series of window displays by local artists. First up is Reflection Time by Ender Martos, a colorful installation designed to spark dialog around inclusion, collectivism, and our present time of reflection. Note: 50% of all sales from this exhibition will go to support JUST and their programs for low-income female entrepreneurs.
    Through Aug. 28
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    GrayDUCK Gallery: Two New Shows!

    There's not just one but two new exhibitions at this esteemed Eastside gallery: 1) This year's Eyes Got It winner David Alcantar presents "Continually, the Unnameable Moves On,"illustrations and musings about negotiation, the show itself perforce renegotiated due to Our Present Circumstances. 2) M.E. Laursen has curated "Occupied," a group show exploring the experience of occupying a body, featuring work by Christina Coleman, André Fuqua, Alex Kang, Ling-Lin Ku, Jay Jones, Diego Mireles Duran, Weylin Neyra, Rachael Starbuck, Tino Ward, and Ariel Wood.
    Through Aug. 23, by appointment
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Bruno Andrade Retrospective

    Mexic-Arte presents the first retrospective exhibit of Bruno Andrade, the distinguished Texan whose work is "inspired by nature, which he paints from memory and from his own interior vision."
    Through Sept. 1
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Call for Día de los Muertos Ofrendas

    Mexic-Arte Museum is seeking community altar artists for their Día de los Muertos celebration this fall. Artists must be able to complete installation between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15. Email curator George Vargas for an application.
    Application deadline: Aug. 26  
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    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Alice in Wonderland

    Here's a familiar but wholly revitalized play for young audiences, performed last summer by the talented ensemble of the Vortex's Summer Youth Theatre. Note: This special broadcast benefits both the Vortex and playwright Ingrid Oslund’s new Juniper Tree Ensemble company!
    Aug. 21-23. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., noon. Donations accepted.  
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    A05 Gallery

    This popular gallery represents a wide array of artists, both local and international, with creations that span a dazzling plethora of mediums. Cynda Valle. Rachel Dory. John Morse. And – oh, give that website a quick look and you'll be making an appointment ASAP.
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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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    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13
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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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    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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    BOOKS: Pick 'Em Up Curbside!

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)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.
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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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    Camiba Art: Embracing

    Lorena Morales’ third solo exhibit with CAMIBAart Gallery arose out her experience living as an expat in Angola. These new works contemplate the relationship between color, lines, and shapes that appear and disappear, according to the changing light and depending on the position or angle of the viewer.
    Through Sept. 12. By appointment only
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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.
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    Comedy

    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." And, this just in: In-person improv and sketch classes have returned! See website for details.
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    Flatbed Press: Community Under Pressure

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the members of Flatbed: Community Press have been creating as safely as possible. Now those Press members and: Flatbed staff – including Katherine Brimberry, Belinda Casey, Alex Giffen, Caragh Givens, Nell Gottlieb, Mike Hart, Kyle Hawley, Alfonso Huerta, Judith Long, Matthew Magruder, Gabrielle Miceli, Peter Nickel, and Maryellen Quarles – display the visual wonders they've been bringing into the light of the world.
    Through Sept. 15
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    Georgetown Art Center: Ingrained

    Georgetown? Yeah, whatthehell, there's a pandemic on; so we're gonna list some things beyond Austin right now, capiche? And this is a show of five artists – Aimée M. Everett, Alicia Philley, Caroline Walker, Linda Wandt, and Thomas Cook – with differing styles and subjects who are united by their use of a common material: Wood.
    Through Aug. 23  
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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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    ICOSA: Navigational Instruments

    Erin Cunningham and Sarah Hirneisen search for solutions in an environment at risk, replicating and recontextualizing everyday objects – respirators, traffic cones, safety fencing, and carbon monoxide detectors – used to alert and protect the public from unseen danger. In addition to items used to indicate hidden dangers, mystical tools such as divining rods tell stories of where water or other resources can be found beyond the human eye, while natural elements burst through these human-made constructions, optimistically reaching toward a better future.
    Through Sept. 19. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Link & Pin: Christopher Hynes

    Christopher Hynes exhibits his color field paintings that are created with multiple layers of pigmented plaster to form a unique surface and depth that is transformed with the changing light of day. Note: The gallery is now open by appointment on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
    Through Sept. 27
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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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    Northern-Southern: No Outlet

    This is a group show of interventions and intentions at dead ends, sidewalk ends, cul-de-sacs, end-of-paths, and no-outlets, dispersed across Austin, with creations by Adreon Denson Henry, Amanda Julia Steinback, Amy Scofield, Emma Hadzi Antich, Laura Latimer, Leon Alesi, Mai Gutierrez, Ric Nelson, Sarah Fagan, Saul Jerome San Juan, Sean Ripple, Staci Maloney, and Tammy West.
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    Recspec Gallery: Talismans

    This virtual exhibition of work by Gigi Grinstad – whose beautiful oil and encaustic creations, you'll recall, brightened several Recspec shows in the Before Times – is available throughout August on the Recspec website. Grinstad's approach to talismans as art "conjures spells for a particular time or place, allowing the viewer to bring these symbols of strength into their own life via intuition and magnetism. These talismans are impermanent, shifting, and they grow and fade like the changing seasons." Note: They'll also lodge quite firmly in your memory, offering Grinstad-wrought anchors of beauty in these uncertain times.
    Through Aug. 31  
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    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Black Tulips and Dead Flowers

    This new show by acclaimed photographer Kate Breakey is focused on specimens of the plant kingdom and reveals itself like a series of windows into arcane botanical memories.
    Through Sept. 12, by appointment only
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    SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

    On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. On August 6, 2020, the Elisabet Ney Museum debuted this new show for which women photographers nationwide were invited to share photos that comment on the Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. The most eloquent images were chosen and are included in this online exhibition.
    Through Jan. 31. 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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    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 mix.
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf reopens its famed Garden to the general public. There won’t be any performances going on yet, as occasionally delighted crowds in the Before Times, but there will be all those expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright gardenscapes and tree-towered paths: Perfect for a strolling, fresh-air respite from yet another screenful of pixels in your all-too-familiar abode.: Note: The usual safety measures will be in effect: A limit of 30 visitors in the garden at a time; a one-way marked path to follow; masks and social distancing strongly encouraged; etc. (You know the routine: You’re an old hand at this pandemic shit by now, right?) Also, know that the Umlauf’s private-event rentals will resume with limited capacity set by local and state guidelines – and its summer camp program will proceed with those restrictions in mind, too.: See the museum’s website for details and to schedule an appointment.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Vault Stone Shop: Good Goods

    In which Chad Rea presents a social change souvenir shop that charitable consumers can peruse via the physical location's window or browse online. Choose from 28 single-edition art works by the activist artist, with a portion of the sales going to a nonprofit charity of your choice. Note: Donation amounts are assigned for each item and will be permanently printed on the signed artworks, so collectors can show off their good deeds.
    Through Sept. 17
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    Comedy

    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, and – yes! – in-person improv classes have returned! Check that website, STAT.
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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: 40th Anniversary Show

    Of course it's a group show, and if you're familiar with who and what the Workman's shown over these past four decades, then you know you're in for a brilliant feast of visuals. Works by all 50 of the gallery's artists will be on display. Angie Renfro. John Peralta. The Scribners. Malcolm Bucknall. Tracey Harris. Elizabeth Chapin. Ian Shults. Oh, we can't list them all! But you can see them all online at any time – or make an appointment to safely view 'em in person.
    Through Sept. 6
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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: Likes Charge

    The newest exhibition by that remarkable digital savant Melanie Clemmons transforms the gallery into a livestream temple dedicated to reimagining networked technology as a medium for spiritual rejuvenation and metaphysical manifestation. Why, your Austin Chronicle's Brenner reviewed the show right here.
    Through Oct. 8
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment

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