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  • The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus

    The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus is a delightful show set in a small town sheriff's office. The characters in the show weave a little romance in along with a mystery to solve. It is a heartwarming family friendly show that will put you in the Christmas Spirit. You don't want to miss this show!
    Dec. 2-12  
    Navasota Theatre Alliance
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    Austin Opera: Puccini's Tosca

    OK, how you gonna stage a complete opera, live, in person, when the last dregs of a pandemic are still complicating this modern life? Eureka: Do it at the Circuit of the Americas, the city's Formula 1 racetrack! Austin Opera’s much-anticipated return to live performance is an innovative outdoor staging of Puccini’s Tosca in just that venue, featuring the orchestra and chorus conducted by Timothy Myers, with David Lefkowich directing the whole massive undertaking. Note: Making their Austin Opera debuts in Tosca are a trio of important international artists: A recent Opera News cover star, soprano Latonia Moore is Tosca, the fiery diva caught in the crossfire of love; tenor Adam Smith makes his role debut as the heroic Cavaradossi; and baritone Aleksey Bogdanov is the evil Scarpia.
    Thu., April 29, 7:30pm; Sat., May 1, 7:30pm. $39-219.  
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      Comedy

      Todd Glass

      Live, in the heart of Downtown Austin, it's Todd Glass, the nationally touring comedian known for his hilariously unpredictable live performances, sarcastic material, and mastery of crowd work.
      April 29-May 1. Thu., 8pm; -Fri., Sat., 8 & 10pm
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      Austin Classical Guitar: GIVE

      Here's a concert – guided by the belief that music can be a powerful catalyst for acceptance, hope, and joy – that showcases commissions from local artists, creative projects from students and community members, and songs from ACG’s Music & Healing program.
      Thu., April 29, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Black Pearl Books: Independent Bookstore Day

      Black Makers Market hosts an outdoor market with a DJ and vendors, in-store local author book signings, poetry reading workshops, specials from neighboring retailers and restaurants, giveaways, and more.
      Thu., April 29, noon-5pm  
      Black Pearl Books, 4803 Burnet Rd.
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      Hold Me Well

      Shrewd Productions presents this virtual world premiere of Eva Suter’s sci-fi re-envisioning of Shakespeare's Othello, depicting "a desolate, Central Texas inhabited solely by women after a catastrophic war has eradicated the male population. With the threat of another war and a new romance quickly unfolding before them, five women bound by the tragedy must entrust their lives to one another in order to save themselves and humanity." (Well, damn – count us in on that action, tyvm.) Directed by Rudy Ramirez, starring Ellie McBride, Hayley Armstrong, Elizabeth Mason, Emily Rankin, and Taylor Flanagan. Note: Click here to view the original trailer for the show.
      Through April 30. $8.  
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      Lawrence Wright on Instagram Live

      Austin Monthly’s David Leffler and Pulitzer-winning author Lawrence Wright discuss Wright's The End of October and the forthcoming The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid.
      Thu., April 29, 4pm
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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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      Street Corner Arts: The Spin

      The Street Corner production of Spenser Davis' new modern drama, performed live for several shows night after night, is now available in recorded form online.
      Through May 15. $3.  
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      TBF Book Club: Nepantla Familias

      The Texas Book Festival's April book club pick is Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican-American Literature On Families In Between Worlds edited by Sergio Troncoso. Bonus: Catch the discussion featuring authors Francisco Cantú, José Antonio Rodríguez, Diana López, and editor Troncoso on Crowdcast.
      Thu., April 29, 7pm  
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      The Tempest

      As those pesky 'ronas become increasingly easier to deal with, due to vaccines and masking and social distancing, The Baron's Men stage a bold return, bringing Shakespeare's phantasmagoric brilliance to the Curtain Theatre for three weekends of betrayal, love, and forgiveness. On an island. With a sorcerer. And – oh, you know, right? Now come see it, live, in full swagger and quake.
      Through May 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.  
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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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      Art for the People Gallery: Such Miracles Among Us

      Kate Fitzpatrick's work enlivens this gallery's first solo show of 2021, the artist's painted depictions of wildlife a colorful delight for the eyes.
      Through June 6  
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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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      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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      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: Since Last We Met

      What do you get when you rescue a discarded Leclerc table loom from the curb during a neighborhood walk? If you're acclaimed ceramic artist Jen Rose, you use the knowledge you gained about weaving in college and you integrate that weaving into your porcelain practice. What do you get if you visit Rose's latest show of works, now on display at this fine gallery? An eyeful of sculptural creations, threaded multiples, that are hung, draped, twisted, and manipulated toward a pattern-rich kinesis. This show, tell you what, it's sublime.
      Through May 15
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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." See website for details.
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      Collective Voices

      Caroline Walker, a multidisciplinary artist who incorporates an augmented reality component into much of her work, brings together the voices of community members distanced due to COVID-19 through outdoor art installations at several local venues.
      Through May 13  
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      Flatbed Press: Transcending Language

      This is a collection of works created by artists at Flatbed whose practice has focused entirely on non-objective abstraction, the exhibition curated out of the studio's deep archive of works from the 30 years they've operated as a collaborative print studio in Austin. "It might seem as if each artist has developed a new language that speaks perfectly to us without translation. As music can transcend words, so visual abstraction transcends audible language as well." Including works by Taiko Chandler (Denver, CO), Ann Conner (Wilmington, NC), John Robert Craft (Clarendon, TX,) Anna Craycroft (New York, NY), Anthony DiMichele (Friday Bay, WA), Winston Lee Mascarenhas (Dallas, TX), Denny McCoy (Wimberley, TX), Samson Mnisi (Johannesburg, South Africa), Greg Murr (Berlin, Germany), John OBuck (New York, NY), John Pavlicek (Houston, TX), Larry Scholder (Dallas, TX), Joe Segal (St. Augustine, FL), Bettie Ward (Santa Fe, NM), and Joan Winter (Dallas, TX).
      Through May 1. Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm  
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      grayDUCK Gallery: It’s Only BarrioPOP But I Like It

      Cande Aguilar (b. 1972, Brownsville, Texas) is a self-taught artist who reflects on border culture through his distinctive style, an amalgamation sprung by characters, colors, and street phenomena.
      Through May 23. Check it out on Saturdays, noon-6pm, or by appointment  
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      Heroic Dose

      Surely those Rude Mechs aren't planning on treating everyone to a hit of acid on Bicycle Day, right? Surely this latest multimedia, assorted-deliveries, unique community engagement project of theirs will only suggest or roughly replicate the effects of that psychedelic experience? Although who the fuck knows, these days? Especially since this is the award-winning, wholly entertaining, and paradigm-twisting Rudes we're talking about? Listen: "We will create an artistic circle of insight in which members will receive messages, signs, experiences, medicine, prayers, happenings and access to insights now and thru the near and far futures. These communications will begin but not be limited to the USPS, electronic mail, phone calls, gatherings, bonfires, scripture, visitations and visions. This ceremony does not promise us absolute truth. However, art can arise throughout our journeys and change can follow as that art is integrated into our daily lives in this urban jungle." Our professional recommendation: Get on it, voyager.
      It's already begun and it runs until, oh god, it could really be whatever. Pay what you can.  
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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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      Ivester Contemporary: it's kinda like that

      This exhibition of new work by Fort Worth-based artist Rachel Livedalen "weaves the joy, color, and design of 90s' Girl Power with images and text pulled directly from Art History textbooks, challenging the hierarchy of the Arts by translating techniques associated with femininity and craft into the traditionally respected medium of paint on canvas." It's bright, bold, and (we daresay) pretty damn badass.
      Through May 15
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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: Linear Variations

      Laura Sturtz explores both geometric and organic forms in her artwork, primarily via metals and wood, creating sculptures from fragments of material that she's made, altered, or found.
      Closing reception: Fri., May 28, 5:30-7:30pm
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Twenty-Eight Skies

      Witness these large new works on paper by Jason Middlebrook, in the artist's fifth show at the gallery. "Much of this work can be imagined as bearing witness to a mortal struggle between man and nature," say the gallery notes, "a struggle between frenetic geometric patterns and the humble flora we too often overlook and take for granted."
      Through June 19
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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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      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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      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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      SAGE Studio: Spring Work

      Here's a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Dallas-based abstract painter Charlie French alongside the vibrant pastel drawings of Austin's own Emily Dodson. The work is "a visual representation of the season as well as the collective rebirth many are feeling as the weather warms and things begin to lighten."
      Through May 31
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      St. Edwards University: In Medias Res

      Feast your eyes upon the university's Fine Art Gallery exhibition of new works by Art and Photography & Media Arts majors from St. Ed's graduating class of 2021.
      Through May 20  
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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: From the Collection of Jack Shear

      In 1999, the photographer and art collector Jack Shear co-organized an exhibition at New York’s Drawing Center: "Drawn from Artist’s Collections." This new show at the Blanton is curated by Shear "in an exploratory, free-flowing manner in which the forms, compositions and colors on the sheets respond to one another in a playful, non-traditional hang."
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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 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. Check that website, STAT.
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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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      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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