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    Sky Candy: Chasing Wonderland

    Sky Candy teams up with Austin’s own Pelvis Wrestley to create a wondrous, psychedelic experience, bringing together local talent and performers from around the world for an aerial, circus, and drag extravaganza.
    Sat., March 20, 8pm. $15.  
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      AFTERSHOCK / La Réplica Podcast

      ArtSpark Texas and Thinkery & Verse present a new podcast highlighting Latinx military service, premiering the first episode in a four-part series that unpacks the themes from the celebrated 2019 stage play, AFTERSHOCK/La Réplica.
      Series begins: Sat., March 20, 10am. Free.
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      atxGALS: Springfest

      This festival from atxGALS features visual art by local artists, live music performances – Christelle Bofale, Jordan Young, Keith Sanders, Sir Woman, Keelan Donovan, Nané, Drew Davis, and Tameca Jones – and panel sessions on local entrepreneurs, art, and community. Of course it’ll be socially distanced – ticket prices are per group/table – and of course it’ll be swanky with an open bar and catered noms, and everything happening at that beautiful Cathedral space. Ah, look – we told you a little about this creative crowd right here.
      Thu.-Sat., March 18-20. $130-390.  
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      Bark for the Arc

      The Arc of the Capital Area is once again joining forces with its dog therapy partner, Divine Canines, to host this virtual art auction featuring original pet-inspired art created by local artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Artwork sales will benefit the student artists, as well as virtual programs provided by The Arc of the Capital Area to Central Texans with disabilities. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Divine Canines to help them continue free dog therapy services. You can browse the artwork and merchandise and start bidding now.
      Thu., March 25, 7pm  
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      Collection Rert: Super Saturday Surprise

      This self-service buffet of art material from Science Bear Arcade is conveniently located in the driveway, with tables spaced out and full of spaced-out stuff for happy and safe rummaging. Suggestion: Grab some of it for your next creative project!
      Sat., March 20, 9am-5pm. Free.
      2608-B Rogers
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      Contracommon: Something Like Yesterday

      Aria Brownell and Sidney Westenskow investigate memory and the pockets of messy nostalgia that define one’s self, both artists working within bold forms of portraiture and self-portraiture.
      Through April 2
      12912 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. F-140
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      Live from the Beatbox: Livestream No. 005

      This series of monthly virtual performances by interdisciplinary tap-dance artist Michael J. Love shares in-process ideas, rhythm and movement sketches, and explorations of music, rhythm, melody, and embodied identity. In this latest installment, staged as part of Ground Floor Theatre's residence program, Love continues the narrative and theoretical arc of February's Livestream No. 004 and return to “rhythm-dreaming” of a future time, space, and place of uninhibited Black queer possibility.
      Sat., March 20, 4pm. $13.  
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      Performance Screening: VAC South Lawn

      Madeline Hollander's Score for Seven Solos revisits a project she first realized in 2017: A selection of retired AFD fire hoses extended across UTVAC's gallery floor, assuming a new function as a site-responsive choreographic score awaiting interpretation. Then, a group of student dancers responded to the repurposed objects through improvisational movements. Now, documentation of these performances can be viewed from the VAC's south lawn.
      Through March 27. Wed.-Sat., 5pm-12mid. Free.  
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      A05 Gallery

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

      Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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      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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      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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      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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      Big Medium: W I L D L I F E

      Inspired by stories of nature regenerating and reclaiming space during the Covid-19 pandemic, Manik Raj Nakra's W I L D L I F E show examines what happens when humanity removes itself from the natural world. The exhibition also introduces a new material for the artist: The ceremonial bindi, worn for centuries on the forehead in Indian culture for spiritual, traditional, and fashion reasons.
      Through May 1. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm, by appointment
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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 Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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      Camiba Art: Between

      Since the early days of her art practice, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell has been influenced by the American Precisionists of the 1920s and '30s – particularly their approach to spatial organization, dimensional & time flattening, and selective realism. And now? "I've been documenting what I identify as the primary signifier of the state of flux across the country," says Harrell. "An empty sign hanging askew above a bolted front door, a familiar shaped frame with exposed bulbs towering over the defunct gas station or the torn fabric of a shop sign exposing the supports intended to hold it taut. I find these structures visually and conceptually captivating." We reckon, the way the artist has rendered these images, you will, too. Book a visit right here.
      Through April 10
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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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      ColdTowne TV

      "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." And, this just in: In-person improv and sketch classes have returned! See website for details.
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      Davis Gallery: Altered Allusions

      When an image is stripped of its clarity, we are left with two things: an allusion to something familiar and the viewer's interpretation. These provocative new works by Nate Szarmach explore the space between image and interpretation, uncovering the ways that familiar religious imagery, cultural christianity, and personal history influence our spirituality. Our Robert Faires reviews the show right here.
      Through April 24
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      Esther's Follies

      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. But note: Esther's Follies will return to the live and in-person stage in their club on Dirty Sixth, beginning June 17!
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      grayDUCK Gallery: Slow Season

      Bucky Miller – artist, writer, recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship – has exhibited in solo shows at Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum and more, and his work's also been featured in publications like n+1, Der Greif, The Believer, and Glasstire. He says: "The photographs and other things in 'Slow Season' constitute a love note to friends about the very reasonable joys of slow and sporadic attentiveness. When lost in the fog, it helps to pause. Unhurried, there is room for puppet theater. Do not worry: It will be clear the puppets were an asset once things get moving again."
      Through March 28. Gallery hours by appointment
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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: Nothing Is

      The journey, the process, the times in between, the present moment in which we find ourselves: "Nothing Is" features photographs, video, and installation works by Leon Alesi and Amy Bench, deconstructing and reassembling artifacts, transitional objects, talismans, and icons as expressions of momentary (or eternal) tension. The gallery is open Fridays, noon-6pm, by appointment; Saturdays, noon-6pm (no appointment necessary). Bonus: the always-viewable Window Dressing show in the gallery's front window features works by Veronica Ceci, Michael Villarreal, and Rodell Warner.
      Through March 27
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      Inspired Minds Art Center: Digibilities

      This is out in Buda, yes – but it's Leslie Kell. The digital artist presents her works from the Other Side collection and her mesmerizing video art. Bonus: Art in a diversity of mediums by Lisa Zinna, Chalda Maloff, Caroline Walker, Paul McGuire, and Ronald Gross.
      Through April 17  
      Inspired Minds Art Center, 121 Main, Buda
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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 Gallery: Dogs In Borderlandia

      Through painting, drawing, video, and performance, Andrea Muñoz Martinez invites people to contemplate the beauty that exists in a land where people negotiate their place, where people thrive and struggle, and where people resist the idea of unjust borders: Borderlandia. Here's Robert Faires' review of the show.
      Through April 18. Thu.-Sat., 1-5pm
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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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      Neill-Cochran House: Hope for Spring

      To celebrate the beauty of the Texas State Flower, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is displaying a collection of local art inspired by the bluebonnet.
      Through April 11
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      OUTSIDE In

      This is a pop-up art show from Raasin in the Sun and Something Cool Studios, featuring an amazing lineup of muralists, street artists, and fine artists who bring the city’s outdoor vibe inside for an immersive experience in a unique temporary exhibition.
      Through April 30. Fri., 4-8pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-6pm
      914 Congress
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      Prizer Arts & Letters: The Weight

      New paintings from Austin's Andy St. Martin. "Like all my paintings, collage, and drawings," says the artist, "these new ones are a chain reaction of reactions, reflections, decisions (about them, paintings, and life and light, literally). They're my activity, evaluation, commitment incarnate, and contract with myself." Ah, "commitment incarnate," we love that. See what it means in this bright painterly context: Schedule a visit or check out the gallery's front room that's illuminated nightly, 6-10pm, through March 22. Need we say more?
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      Recspec Gallery: Holy Ghosts

      This collection of new work by illustrators and printmakers Aaron deGruyter and Tyler Winters Skaggs is a requiem for the Catholic-soaked Chihuahuan desert of the Mesilla Valley.
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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 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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      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, and – yes! – in-person improv classes have returned! Check that website, STAT.
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      Wally Workman Gallery: Joyce Howell

      The painter Joyce Howell’s palette is informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. She describes it as an ongoing conversation.
      Through March 27
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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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      West Chelsea Contemporary: Provocateurs

      This is the third exhibition from WCC since its reopening last fall. "Provocateurs" provides a unique chance for visitors to see, discover, and collect internationally recognized artists like Raphael Mazzucco, Andy Warhol, Mickalane Thomas, the Connor Brothers, RETNA, Jenny Holzer, and more – in the context of a diverse show where power lies in the interpretation and the art dares to look back.
      Through May 9. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm
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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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