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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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    Virtual Hideout: Put Your Lips Together and Blow

    Listen, see – this is a crime-noir flavor of comedy improv comin' at ya, replete with fast-talkin' dames, wise-crackin' guys, and plots more convoluted than a Klein bottle's intestines. You think this caper's off the rails, you're probably right, and you'll be laughing your way to the nearest gin mill (probably your own self-isolated liquor cabinet, right?) as a special guest detective investigates the week's nefarious goings-on.
    Fri., Dec. 18, 7:30pm. $5-15.  
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      Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Promised Land

      Musician John Doe and visual artist Michael Mogavero have been friends for almost 50 years, witnessing and enjoying each other’s work as it progressed and evolved. Recently, Mogavero sent Doe a group of new images, some of which Doe paired with poems. During the process, titles were changed and unexpected stories were added within the images. This collaboration at Bale Creek Allen Gallery is a celebration of melding poetry with visual images and a testament to the artists' friendship, and our Robert Faires tells you more about it right here.
      Through Jan. 4
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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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      Chamacos Dance Company: Asteroide B-612

      Here's a movement interpretation of Le Petit Prince, the beloved fable by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, in which eight dancers will explore the world of adults through the eyes of that little prince and ask: What makes us lose our imagination and thirst for knowledge?
      Streaming online: Fri.-Sun., Dec. 18-20, 8pm. Free.  
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      Line upon line percussion: Upstream

      Texas Performing Arts presents this outdoor concert by the acclaimed percussion trio, featuring two new works composed for the them during the pandemic. Note: Capacity for this performance is limited, masks are required, and seating is in socially distanced pods of two seats per pod.
      Fri., Dec. 18, 7pm. $20.  
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      Metamorphosis Dance: The Nutcracker

      The Metamorphosis Dance company presents this annual and unique telling of the beloved holiday classic – coming to you virtually this year, via video of the ballet's performance at the Carver Museum.
      Through Dec. 24. $10-50.  
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      Northern-Southern: Baton

      This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
      Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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      Teatro Vivo: Cuento Navideño

      It's "Bah, Humbug!" in the barrio, as Teatro Vivo presents this festive family comedy that infuses Latino culture, Spanish language, and holiday traditions into one theatrical celebration. Written and directed by Rupert Reyes, streaming online as 2020 draws to a close.
      Through 20. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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      The Watchmaker's Song: A Drive-In Nutcracker Experience.

      This year, the audience will follow the Watchmaker and his loved ones through an entirely new narrative, as conceived by Ventana Ballet's new co-artistic director, Jerreme Rodriguez, in an effort to make the most of this nontraditional venue. "The new adaptation honors the elements of The Watchmaker’s Song that set it apart from traditional stagings of The Nutcracker Ballet," they tell us, and it's enlivened by Duke Ellington’s jazzy rendition of the original Tchaikovsky music.
      Through Dec. 19. Fri.-Sat., 6:30 & 8pm. $25 per person.  
      2400 E. Cesar Chavez
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      ZACH's Rockin' Holiday Concert: CANCELED

      Thanks, 'ronas, you stupid, confounding pathogens.: We're at Stage 5, people. Stay safe, stay home, and stream something.
      Through Jan. 3. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm
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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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      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 for the People: Where the Bots Begin

      Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
      Through Jan. 3
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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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      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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      Flatbed Press: 2020 Hindsight

      Here's a fine way to sum a year in the printerly life: Flatbed presents a new exhibition of works from each of the 14 artists who worked at the press this year – along with the “Every Head Is a World, Every World Is a Head” portfolio of prints by Michael Ray Charles that was published shortly before Flatbed relocated in 2019. Featuring art by Melissa Miller, Adrian Armstrong, Suzi Davidoff, Lance Letscher, David Everett, Darden Smith, and more.
      Through Jan. 9. Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm, and by appointment
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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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      Georgetown Art Center: Book Passage

      Yeah, sometimes we just can't help but pimp – er, we mean promote – this arty bastion that's so up north it makes us think twice as we glance at our long-suffering Isuzu. But, listen, this is a show of reclaimed books that have been altered in extraordinary ways by Janice Anderson and John Sager – via collage, via paint, via outright sculpting of the materials. Anderson is new to us, but we saw a few of Sager's bibliophilic alterations over a decade ago and we're still talking about their beauty even now. Recommended, and definitely worth the trip. (Bonus: Check out the excellent Lark & Owl bookstore while you're there, too.)
      Through Jan. 3
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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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      ICOSA: Transmissions

      Here's a new exhibition at that Canopy-situated space we love to visit. For "Transmissions," Terra Goolsby and Tammie Rubin have curated a pandemic-inspired show that answers, via a diversity of methods, questions like, "What's performance without the expectations of the traditional shared experiences? How to create intimacy and connection mediated through limited audiences, through projected and virtual transmissions?" And the respondents? Urethra Burns, Veronica Ceci, Antonio Cueto, Chloe Curiel, Michael Anthony García, Jay Roff-Garcia, Ryan Hollaway, Delilah Rose Knuckley, Yuliya Lanina, Brendan Lay, Andrea Muñoz Martinez, Pamela Martinez, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Teresa Moralez, Jessamyn Leigh Plotts, Alexandra Robinson, LaRissa Rogers, Ivy Roots, and St Celfer. And, listen: The performances are a mix of ICOSA by-appointment time at the venue, Zoom livestreaming and pre-recorded works, ICOSA window performances, and limited-contact open exhibition hours; see the website for times, links, reservations, and more. Recommended: Catch all of the action, or just catch some of it, but don't miss this vivid exploration of WTF-does-performance-mean-in-these-constrained-times?
      Through Jan. 3. Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat., noon-6pm
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      Ivester Contemporary: Absolute Relativism

      This is a solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Dave McClinton, representing a continuation of his Black Life series, an ongoing project that aims to illustrate the inner life-cycle of Black people in America. "McClinton’s single edition digital collages focus on the bodies and portraits of Black people embellished with textures of foundational elements, symbols related to trade and status, as well as text from historical documents derived directly from America’s long and lingering history of slavery and white supremacism." Also, this work? Bold, illuminating, confrontational, and aesthetically superlative. Bonus: Ivester's Project Space presents "Olas de Perturbación," new works by Michael Anthony Garcia.
      Through Jan. 9
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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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      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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      MACC Galleries: Reopened!

      The Community Gallery and the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in the Mexican-American Cultural Center reopen "with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place," and inviting reservations to see "Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon, The Path of the Heart," which documents 13 years of struggle, persistence, and resilience between 2003-2016, and "Poética Textil/ Textile Poems," in which contemporary artists reveal their restlessness, inquiry, and research into the creation of fabric art via printing, weaving, and assemblage.
      Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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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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      Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Lance Letscher

      An exhibition of new collage works by Austin's own Lance Letscher might be just the thing we need to ground us in these tumultuous times. Or, contrarily, to lift us above the unnerving political fray. That whole thing about art "comforting the afflicted," right? Many of us are trending rather afflicted of late, and the artist's painstaking paper creations will, we insist, mitigate that visually, through graphic reinvention of previous forms, offering a reassuring sense of patterns and meaning to our eyes.
      Through Dec. 26. Tue.-Sat., 11am-4pm
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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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      Wally Workman Gallery: As Above, So Below

      Here's a two-person show, with California-based Julia Lucey and Colorado's Julie Maren. Both artists take inspiration from nature, Maren working directly with natural materials like burr acorn shells and mica to create organically shaped wall installations, Lucey creating meticulous etching collages that depict local flora and fauna.
      Through Dec. 30
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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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      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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