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  • The Baron's Men Present A Midsummer Night's Dream by Wm. Shakespeare

    Join The Baron's Men for a night of frivolity, magic, and comedy as they present one of Shakespeare's most beloved (and most produced) works. The show opens October 1st and runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through October 23rd. Tickets and additional information available online. You don't want to miss this one!
    Oct. 1-Oct. 23  
    The Curtain Theatre
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    In the Ether

    What's your experience of living in this increasingly cybernetic world, citizen? UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Erica Gionfriddo's investigation of embodiment and virtual identity, a staged rehearsal of possible realities that uses live streaming, emergent technologies, and performance to explore elements of cyborg and queer theories. We reckon if anyone's going to make this work (and work engagingly), it'll be that ARCOS Dance co-founder Gionfriddo.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 3-6, 7:30pm. Pay what you can.  
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    Tapestry Dance Company: Looking Forward/Looking Back – New Perspectives

    This series is a video tribute to Tapestry’s history, legacy and future, in which alumni dancers returned to the company as choreographers and created new works for Tapestry’s current company – dance artists from Australia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Mexico, and Texas. It's "an exciting and thought-provoking tap dance series that premieres works of some of the company’s brightest stars: the tap headliners who started their professional career with Tapestry!" Note: Each episode will be livestreamed on Sunday evenings.
    Through Jan. 3. Sundays, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Austin Classical Guitar: Echo

    ACG presents Daniel Fears, Claire Puckett, and Montsho Jarreau Thoth, three young artists asking "Are we hearing each other, or just echoes?" in an interactive performance of movement and sound that explores how to interpret the world in isolation and in community.
    Sun., Dec. 6, 5pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    Local luminaries enliven the stage with holiday splendor and wintery exuberance in this Nutcracker digital film, featuring Ballet Austin’s 2019 stage production by Stephen Mills, now streaming on-demand and including a plethora of bonus material, cast and crew interviews, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Note: You can get access with a tax-deductible donation to Ballet Austin and view the kinetic wonderment until the new year dawns.
    Through Jan. 1  
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    Movie Double Bill: Impresario & Bon Appetit

    Conducted by Houston Grand Opera’s Eun Sun Kim and directed by E. Loren Meeker, The Impresario shares a double bill with Bon Appetit. First, Mozart’s brief opera gets an English-language retelling from playwright Jim Luigs, the man behind hysterical musical Das Barbecü. Then, renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton delights as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s one-woman opera that's based on an episode of Child’s TV program, The French Chef, in which she bakes a chocolate cake.
    Sun., Dec. 6, 7:30pm. $30 per car.  
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    Phonography Austin: Third Annual Report

    No, yeah, this isn't about visuals, actually: It's about sound. Most definitely sound. So, you want me to not announce this here? Fight me, citizen. Or just, you know, check it out: Phonography Austin is releasing its third annual report for free on Bandcamp and on the Commercial Suicide show (on Austin’s community radio station, KOOP 91.7 FM), showcasing the work of local field recordists to capture and recontextualize a diversity of acoustic environments. Austin-based artists A Secret Chief, Aux Aux, Brent Fariss, Vincent Fariss, Jérôme Fisch, Alex Keller, Sarah King, Teresa Nichta, Daniy Oberle, Josh Ronsen, and Zachary Smith contributed field recordings made in a variety of circumstances, all over the world, and that's what this report will reveal to you.
    Sun., Dec. 6, 8:30-10pm. Free.
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    Sherlock Holmes

    This online theatrical reading of the play by William Gillette & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presented by Austin Shakespeare and the local chapter of Sisters In Crime, features Helen Merino as the renowned consulting detective in a case that involves a dead English girl, her sister (still living), a European prince, and a collection of incriminating letters. All this, and Moriarity (Sam Mandelbaum), too! Bonus: A female Dr. Watson (Corinna Browning). Directed by Ann Ciccolella, with Helyn Rain Messenger, Rachel Wolff, Bennie Braswell, Ev Lunning, Derek Webster, Joe Kelley, Chuck Winkler, Ethan Santo, and Matthew Graham Wagner – and virtual backgrounds by that Lowell Bartholomee.
    Sun., Dec. 6, 5pm. $5-10.  
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    Teatro Vivo: Conjunto Blues

    Here's a one-man show that explores the social and historical conditions that led to the development of Conjunto music as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation, written and performed by Nicolás Valdez, streaming online via the Teatro Vivo website.
    Premiere: Fri., Dec. 4, 7pm. Available through Dec. 6. Free.  
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    Texas Early Music Project: Night Music

    Here's the debut of a new online miniseries, with: soprano singer Gitanjali Mathur, TEMP director Daniel Johnson, and guests. Night Music will offer six short programs of calm and respite, focused on lullabies and the diversity of lullaby styles in cultures around the world. This first episode explains how the series originated, then focuses on Hindi lullabies from Mathur’s childhood.
    Sun., Dec. 6, 8pm. $5-50.  
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    Venardos Circus

    Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with the Venardos Circus just up the road a piece, when the roving company of amazing acrobats and shimmering showpeople returns to live-audience performances in a Broadway-style, animal-free production at Buck’s Backyard in Buda.
    Through Dec. 6. $100-165 (each ticket good for four seats).  
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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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    AO5 Gallery: Disruption

    Hey, you! Globally aware art connoisseur! Don't miss this show of bold visuals from some of the most famous European street artists – like Banksy, Striker, Zero, and Cee Pil – now sharing wall space with works by Austin's own Jason Eatherly, Dave Lowell, and that Impossible Winterbourne.
    Through Dec. 31
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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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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Art from the Streets

    This 28th annual exhibition and sale goes, of course, virtual for our pandemically thwarted times, now featuring more than 700 pieces of original artwork made by people experiencing homelessness and at risk in Austin. Note: 95% of your purchase goes directly to the artist.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 5-6. Free.  
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    Atelier Dojo: Holiday Auction

    Austin's premiere realist artists' teaching collective is holding an online auction of figurative works – a fine array of paintings and drawings – as created by the dojo's faculty and advanced students. You want some original images of human faces and bodies on your walls, classing up where you've been sheltering at home, improving the view for guests when we can all visit each other again? Here's an excellent opportunity to get some!
    Through Dec. 12  
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    AtxGALS Holiday Pop-Up

    Shop for local art by some of Austin's best women artists and enjoy holiday drinks at this gorgeous 1930s-era refurbished church in East Austin.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 5-6, 11am-6pm. $15.  
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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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    Ballet Austin: Nutcracker Gift Barre

    This year – this relentlessly crazy-ass year – Ballet Austin brings their Nutcracker Gift Barre online to offer a great selection of holiday gifts, including nutcrackers, ornaments, tiaras, and T-shirts – with curbside pickup, delivery, or beyond-Austin shipping available. Note: 100% of proceeds will benefit Ballet Austin.
    Through Dec. 18  
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    Books, Books, Books in the ATX

    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 – in-person or online. (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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    Camiba Art: Perspectives on 2020

    If anyone can make sense out of this dumpster fire of a year, it's probably the artists of Camiba. Valerie Fowler, Edward Lane McCartney, Kate Bradshaw, Lee Albert Hill, Orna Feinstein, Adreon Henry, Zoe Schulman, and more – these bright talents will provide much food for thought and images to conjure with as we slide into what we can only hope isn't the out-of-the-frying-pan-and-into-the-fire situation of 2021.
    Through Dec. 26  
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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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    Cloud Tree Studio: Cusp

    This is a new solo show by Court Lurie, weaving together the artist's large contemporary abstract paintings, poetry, photography, drawings, and installation. New works are curated with older pieces, and poetry written decades ago intermingles with an interactive installation in a robust yet tender homage to the experience of liminality. (And as 2020 begins its palsied lurch into 2021, yeah, this is one hell of an experience of liminality.)
    Through Dec. 20  
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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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    Davis Gallery: Together Apart

    This is an extensive group exhibit focused on the experience of sharing holidays apart from loved ones, with artists addressing the importance of family, life and death, our connection to nature, and spirituality. Each of the artists has created new work (or chosen work from the past) that uniquely recognizes these concepts. And this is the Davis Gallery, so those artists include Chun Hui Pak, David Everett, Faustinus Deraet, David Leonard, Dana Younger, Fallon Bartos, and others, and we're giving it our highest recommendation.
    Through Jan. 16
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    Forklift Danceworks: Portraits at Downs Field

    It's the culminating piece of Forklift's year-long residency at Downs Field in East Austin: Portraits of the Downs Field community by photographer Cindy Elizabeth, installed at the field for everyone to see. The project explores the importance of Downs Field to the continual flourishing of baseball in Texas, through the past, present, and future.
    Through Jan. 4
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Crit Group Show

    The Contemporary Austin's 2020 Crit Group show features work by Annie Arnold, Rakhee Jain Desai, Lydia Garcia, Sean Ripple, Alexandra Robinson, Saul Jerome E. San Juan, Michael Stephen, and Cheyenne Weaver.
    Through Dec.13
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    House of Mesmerize: Enter the Multiverse

    This interactive, gallery-style experience inside Austin's Native Hostel "follows the journey of Mesmer, an artist and amateur tinkerer who discovers a secret: we and our universe are not alone. Mesmer opens up a portal and is swallowed into the Multiverse and its infinite cosmic curiosities." The created environment features 15 unique art installations, with multiple paths and possibilities, and you know there'll be safety protocols to follow, too, to thwart those pesky 'ronas. ⁠Note: We'll be looking into this and getting back to you with a full report.
    Through Dec. 20. Thu.-Sun., 11am-11pm. $25.  
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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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    Joe/Kamala Yard Art on Bellvue

    There, across 14 front yards on Bellvue Avenue: A sign of hope! Signs of hope, actually – the pro-Biden/Harris (or, as the artist puts it, Joe/Kamala) artworks of Austin's David Hefner. It's an excellent opportunity for a lift-up-your-spirits drive-by or walking tour: good stuff, visually, even beyond its message. Also a good excuse – go ahead, do it – to check out that Hefner's website, peruse some of the other works he's done.
    Mayyyybe through Inauguration Day?
    Bellvue Avenue, between 42nd & 45th, two blocks west of Lamar
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    Link & Pin: Destroy Something Beautiful

    Borrowing a metaphor from Fight Club (when Tyler Durden disfigures Angel Face, remember?), this show picks up where the artist’s labored perfection ends and his unbound "self-important vandalism" begins. Yeah? Listen: This is the work of Chad Rea, former advertising copywriter, whose creations are vivid and clever and nigh on unforgettable, whose succinct-as-fuck visual takes on our modern times will kick your eyes' ass in a pleasurable fashion.
    Through Dec. 13. Fri.-Sat., 1-5pm; Sun., 2-5pm
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Upwelling

    Meghann Riepenhoff makes her images with an antiquated photographic printing process – no camera, no lens – and thinks of her work as a collaboration with the ocean, the landscape, and precipitation, her dynamic cyanotypes taking on varying shades of blue to give the impression of water in motion, and much of her work is large enough to feel immersive, almost overwhelming.
    Through Jan. 16
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    Martha's Contemporary: Feral

    Payton McGowen's first solo exhibition with the gallery features nine new acrylic on canvas paintings that explore the idea of returning to nature.
    Through Dec. 20
    4115 Guadalupe
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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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    Prizer Arts & Letters: People the We

    This is a collaborative exhibition by Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen, conceived in the wake and continuing aftermath of the Black Lives Matter uprisings that were reignited in May 2020. "Over a series of masked and socially distanced exchanges, mostly in the natural spaces outside both their studios, Aguilera and Makonnen tried to give form to the overwhelming personal and collective emotions of rage, disappointment, exhaustion, and bruised hope that they experienced in the last six months. Cultivating their continuous curiosity about the relationship between symbols and collective identity, transnationality and diaspora perspectives, as well as history's inextricable hold on the present, Aguilera and Makonnen introduce new multimedia work in conversation with existing work to reflect on this (re)current moment in our country." Recommended: Make an appointment for viewing; check out the gallery's front window for a preview.
    Through Jan. 3
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    Sterling Allen: Photorealism

    Northern-Southern presents an outdoor exhibit of work by Sterling Allen, the entire show arrayed across the exterior grounds of an easily missed, unleased building on West Anderson Lane. Constructed both in his studio and on site, each artwork exists in conjunction with the surrounding environment, slipping between obvious and invisible. Subscribers will be emailed links to a map to the site and information about the works, and they can explore the enhanced grounds themselves.
    Through Dec. 19  
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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 Blanton Museum of Art: Expanding Abstraction

    In the early 20th century, Western artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time. Several decades later, abstraction's practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques: Dripping, pouring, staining, and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of non-traditional media such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists also ditched the flat, rectangular format to create sculptural texture and dimensionality. Now, can you guess whose corporate collection is particularly strong in such paintings of the 1960s and '70s? If you guessed "The Blanton Museum of Art," then you'll especially want to get an eyeful of this major new show, subtitled "Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas," organized by the venue's own Carter E. Foster.
    Through Jan. 10  
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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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    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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    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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    Yard Dog: Commit to Something Drastic

    That Welsh rabble-rouser, painter extraordinaire, and punk rock pioneer Jon Langford sinks his teeth into the world with new paintings and prints. See what grisly graphic brilliance he's bitten off – via the Yard Dog website or by making an appointment for an in-person visit.
    Through Dec. 30. Free.  

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