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  • The 2021 New Works Festival

    The Cohen New Works Festival is a biennial, week-long showcase of new work created by students at The University of Texas at Austin. Presented virtually, this festival is not just an event, but a celebration of a continuously ongoing process – the creation of new work.
    Apr. 12-16, 2021  
    UT Theatre and Dance
  • UTNT (UT New Theatre): sad women being sad

    This lyrical play explores what it means to be sad and a woman in this world through the lens of the Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women. Examining trauma, mental health, violence and the internet's role in these things, sad women being sad asks the larger question of how and if we can separate the artist from their art. Be prepared for a comedy!
    Apr. 1 & Apr. 3, 2021  
    UT Theatre
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    Behind the Scenes: Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

    Visit mid-century Hollywood without leaving Austin through an up-close view of these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio assets. This first-ever public viewing of 12 historic Golden Age of Film backdrops provides a look into the nearly lost art of hand-painted Hollywood scenic art. Bonus: Re-creations of other backdrops in the collection, as painted by UT scenic art students training with Karen Maness. And, look: Robert Faires reports on the show right here.
    Extended through April 18. $5-12.
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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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    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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    Fate Incorporated

    This is a three- to six-week theatrical experience told through e-mail in a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure sort of format, brought to you by Austin's own Madison Sheridan and crew. Listen: The participant (that's you, citizen) has just been hired as a "relational fate associate" at a corporation founded by the goddess of fate to aid mortals from all different worlds and universes. Your job is to help answer these mortals' prayers and help them as much as possible. Say what? Say, see the website for details.
    Deadline for sign-up: March 14. Free.  
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    Northern-Southern: To

    Have we mentioned how we can't even with this Phillip Niemeyer and his Northern-Southern gallery? And that we mean that in a good way? Listen: While the artistic takeover called Baton continues in the N-S venue on East 12th, here comes another wide-ranging project set in and around the city itself, a group show of paths and directions considered as art experience – installed outdoors, in semi-wild public spaces across Austin and beyond. This show encompasses "audio tours, trails, portals, sculpture, digital media, instructions, new landmarks, wayfinding marks, sibyls, remote running sessions, and care stations." And the artists providing this panoply of discovery? Adreon Denson Henry, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Amanda Julia Steinback, Amy Scofield & Lisa Hallee, Emma Hadzi Antich, Laura Latimer, Chris Lyons, Ted Carey, Sean Ripple, Staci Maloney & Michelle Smolensky, Tammy West, and Zoe Berg. Recommended. Five stars. 10/10. Get out of the house and remap your territory!
    Through Feb. 28. Free.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Be the Soul

    Emerging from the chaos of the pandemic and the fight for social justice, this exquisite show of paintings by Anne Siems explores "a shift in consciousness to a softer and more playful way of being. The women depicted are strong yet vulnerable; they are both a hope and a reflection of our world. In this work and in her practice, Siems has found strength and patience to be the soul." We heartily concur.
    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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    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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    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: 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 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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    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. Note: The exhibition will be online for a year.
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    ColdTowne TV: Yeah, but Are You Happy?

    Austin comedians Katie Stone and Lane Ingram invite you to an ongoing podcast that explores the intersection between creativity and mental health.
    Wednesdays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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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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    Comedy

    Esther's Follies

    You don't have to slog your way through Dirty Sixth anymore, citizen – you can catch the arch antics and musical mayhem of the Esther's crew on video as they unleash fresh new sketches and songs and more about the hottest topics of the day. And there's all sorts of behind-the-scenes extras now, too, and it's all available via their Patreon page. You need to laugh right about now, so this is a good idea, right? And sports are important, sure they are, but wouldn't you rather be a local comedy supporter than a local athletic supporter? [*pauses for response, hears only crickets*] Right – leaving it to these professionals, then.
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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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    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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    MACC: 21/ Veintiuno

    The Mexican-American Cultural Center presents this new virtual exhibition by Ender Martos, featuring multiple digital photographs of the acclaimed artist’s work arranged in three thematic periods of 21 years that represent the artist’s past, present, and future.
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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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    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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    Texas Folklife: The Brush Is A Bow

    Howard Rains is a watercolor artist and a master fiddler. Now, the abandonment of touring and the quiet hours in his studio during this pandemic have begun to shift his portraits of fellow musicians and others into the realm of the surreal. Like how? Like this.
    Ongoing online  
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    The Blanton: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints

    Leo Steinberg's wide-ranging scholarship addresses such canonical artists as Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns. Here the Blanton presents selections from the scholar's vast collection – an impressive array of highlights from the European printmaking tradition.
    Through May 9
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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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    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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    Virtual Hideout: Improv Social Hour

    It's social – demented and virtual, but social. Join the Hideout crowd every weekday at 6pm for a Zoomed hour of improv games and antics where you'll learn a thing or two about comedy improvisation (their talented instructors will help you along) and your day will certainly be brightened. Yes, and maybe bring a friend with you? Cheers!
    Mon.-Fri., 6pm. $10.  
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    Virtual Hideout: Maestro

    This is an all-improvised battle royal, featuring the most ornery cusses in the scene doing their damnedest to emerge victorious from a mind-warping multiplayer fray. Imagine: a screen crowded with Zoomers, competing in short improv games and wildass gambits to be crowned the one and only Maestro for the week. Sound good? Yeah – we like it, too.
    Wednesdays, 8pm; Saturdays, 10pm. $5.  
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    Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

    The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
    Wednesdays, 5pm; Saturdays, 7:30pm. $5-15.  
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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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