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  • 21/22 Texas Theatre and Dance Season

    Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2021/2022 Season, featuring new works by emergent playwrights, an exploration of movement and meaning, a powerful play about the nuances of political resistance, an investigation of human emotion, connection and technology and a reflection on the magnitude and impact of an individual in the grand scheme of existence.
    2021-2022  
    UT Theatre and Dance
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    KMFA Fundraiser: Divas & Drinks

    This unique virtual tasting event kicks off KMFA's "Live from the Draylen Mason" weekend and features three Austin divas, exquisite bourbons, and handcrafted artisan chocolates. The divas Liz Cass, Julia Taylor, and David Utterback will host, distiller Marsha Milam of Milam & Greene Whiskey and chocolatier Krystal Craig of Intero will discuss the bourbon and chocolate pairings, and "your taste buds will revel in delight while the divas sing." Note: We've enjoyed these pleasures, in other contexts, over the years, and we'll vouch: Your taste buds and your ears? Oh, they'll revel most happily!
    Thu., Jan. 28, 6pm. $65.  
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Attachment

    Deanna Miesch's new gallery on the Eastside debuts with an exhibition of drawings and sculptural works by Austin's Stephen Daly.
    Reception: Fri. Feb. 26, 6-10pm
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    Books

    Authors and Presidential Inaugurations

    Many authors have participated in or influenced American presidential inauguration ceremonies, and so here's a discussion about two items from the Harry Ransom Center’s collections that will help deepen your understanding of why poetry readings and speeches at such events matter. the HRC's Megan Barnard and UT's Jeremi Suri will discuss Miller Williams' poem "Of History and Hope," read at the 1997 inauguration of Bill Clinton, and a draft of a mostly unused speech John Steinbeck wrote for Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration.
    Thu., Jan. 28, 4:30pm. Free.  
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    Cloud Tree Studio: We Talk to Colors

    Rachel Koper is the curator of this group show of paintings. "I just wanted to fill the space with color and paintings," she tells us. "It's a salon-style hanging of pieces with gestural realism and some abstracts, just this colorful mix of oil and acrylic artworks." Sure, and since the group of artists includes Chris Chappell, John Cobb, Heyd Fontenot(!), Yamin Li, Andrea Munoz Martinez, John Mulvany, Johari Palacio, Charles Randolph, and Koper herself – well, we're excited to see this stuff. Check the website to make your appointment soon.
    Through Feb.23
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    Davis Gallery: As the World Stood Still

    This is a retrospective of the creative journey that painter Kevin Greer started alone inside his studio during the lockdown that continued through this past month. You want to see some vivid, multicolored abstractions like strategically shattered shards of somebody's lysergic and fire-marked dreams? Then, says Brenner, you should see this.
    Through March 6
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    grayDUCK Gallery: A Study of Fences

    Renee Lai's new work focuses on the picket fence, a structure she associates with the traditional suburban American home, and explores what gets included and what gets excluded in the vision of American society.
    Through Feb. 7  
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    ICOSA: Meet Me at the Water

    Inside the front window of ICOSA, Kate Csillagi and Brooke Gassiot create scapes using video, mixed media, and shadow play. Note: The exhibition is viewable through the glass only to ensure everyone can safely peer inside at any hour of the day. "Please wear your mask and come check it out."
    Through Feb. 14
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    Link & Pin: Sanando: Healing

    This community altarpiece and show by Kill Joy, whose work is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols, is presented in conjunction with Print Austin.
    Through Feb. 14
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    Books

    Lisa B. Thompson: Three Plays

    The celebrated playwright, Austin's own Lisa B. Thompson, presents a new collection that features her stageworks Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues. She'll be in conversation with memoirist Kiese Laymon for this BookPeople presentation.
    Thu., Jan. 28, 7pm. Free.  
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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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    PrintAustin 2021

    Artists, curators, galleries, and museums come together to present more than 30 print-focused exhibitions, artist and curator talks, workshops, and demonstrations taking place during PrintAustin's monthlong festival. With both safe in-person and online events, the 2021 program will appeal to all levels of printmakers, collectors, and dilettantes. See our coverage here for more.
    Through Feb. 15
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    The Ney Is Talking About: Suffrage Now?

    This illuminating talk, an accompaniment to the "Suffrage Now" exhibition at the Elisabet Ney Museum, will take place via Zoom (and will be recorded for further viewing). Moderator Emmy Laursen welcomes photographers Sinden Collier, Mariana Lemos Duarte, Kathleen Greco, and Jeanine Michna-Bales to the discussion.
    Thu., Jan. 28, 7pm. Free.  
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    147 Devices for Integrated Principles

    Big Medium presents a new collaboration between Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Kirk Lynn, and Peter Stopschinski. "Rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles is informed by the artists’ experiences during Hurricane Harvey." The result: A sensational new work of installation that features photography, video, sculpture, and an interactive closing Zoom event. Entry by appointment only.
    Through Feb. 27  
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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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    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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    Dance

    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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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print: 5 X 5

    Big Medium and PrintAustin present this international exhibition juried by Delita Martin of Black Box Press Studio. The virtual showcase features the work of artists from the U.S., Australia, and Slovenia, providing a broad survey of printmaking happening across the globe. Including Chloe Alexander, John Klosterman IV, Oliver Pilic, Laura Post, and Cleo Wilkinson.
    Through Feb. 15
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    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Beyond the Clouds

    The acclaimed aerial dance troupe's 2020 performance (chosen by Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires for inclusion among his Top Ten shows of the year) is now available in a digital version online – free of charge.
    Donations accepted.  
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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: ReRoot

    This, Orna Feinstein’s fourth solo show with the acclaimed gallery, is a meticulously curated exhibit that presents new works from the artist's concrete-based Dendro Beton sculptural series alongside never-before-seen works from her Branch and Rooted series of monoprints on paper.
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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." See website for details.
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    Dimension Gallery: Polarity

    This latest installation by Colin McIntyre balances subtle extremes of light and sound, featuring a constructed setting that's a rhomboid chamber of red on red. Into this incarnadine vault the sculptor has engineered neon light and sound that plays through cymatic devices to oscillate fluids at the frequency of a specific tone. Note: This is an in-person event inside the gallery, for one to two people at a time, with a strict face mask and social distancing policy.
    Through Feb. 28
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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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    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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    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: Always Moving

    Chicago-based textile artist Siena Smith presents her first solo exhibition with this new Austin gallery. Smith uses "the mesh of a computer-interface digital loom and her own hands to weave mellifluous and mazelike artworks," and the results are beautiful and engaging.
    Through Feb. 20
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Mexico, the Border, and Beyond

    Mexic-Arte Museum presents an exhibition of selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. collection, an array of work that is considered one of the most important Latinx art collections in the United States.
    Through May 30
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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: margins come to center

    Community artist and civil rights lawyer Savannah Kumar displays the abstract blueprints of carceral control, her mixed-media and participatory pieces serving as reminders that systems built on confinement, separation, and surveillance reinvent themselves, often using the guise of reform to ensnare entire communities. Schedule an appointment to see the works, or get a good look through the front window: The gallery will be illuminated from 6-10pm each night to allow viewing the show from outside.
    Through Jan. 31. Free.  
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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 Austin: "I'm" and "Bible Eye"

    Austin-born and internationally acclaimed, Deborah Roberts critiques notions of beauty, the body, race, and identity in contemporary society through the lens of Black children. (Her first solo museum presentation in Texas, "I'm," is part of The Contemporary Austin's participation in the Feminist Art Coalition – a nationwide initiative of art institutions to generate awareness of feminist thought, experience, and action through exhibitions and events.) Norway's Torbjørn Rødland works with analog technology and readymade spaces to create photographs that render the everyday uncanny. His images blend the cool, seductive aestheticism of commercial and fashion photography with the layered complexity of a conceptual practice, resulting in ambivalent perspectives that both attract and repulse.
    Through Aug. 15  
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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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    The Spoon River Project

    City Theatre presents a virtual theatre performance adapted from the critically acclaimed American poetry of Edgar Lee Masters, with 30 Austin actors bringing to life the politics, passion, love, betrayals, secrets, failures, and hopes of a small Illinois town. True stories about death and life combine to reveal a moving portrait of what - and who – creates a place called home. Staged and filmed at Mueller Park, directed by Andy Berkovsky, with filming and editing by J. Kevin Smith.
    Through Feb 28. Donations accepted.  
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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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    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, 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: Printmakers: In Good Company

    It's like Print Austin started a bit early in this excellent gallery on West Sixth, as each of the five printmakers in the gallery’s stable of artists invited another printmaker they admire to show alongside them, resulting in an exhibition of work by (*does math*) 10 printmakers from across the country. Exciting? Yes, because – look, these are the artists: Ellen Heck, Susan Belau, Kathryn Polk, Andrew Polk, Revi Meicler, Emily Weiskopf, Elvia Perrin, Luisa Duarte, Julia Lucey, and Golbanou Moghaddas.
    Through Jan. 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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