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    Visual Arts Center: Small Refusals

    This is a three-woman exhibition featuring work by students from UT's 2021 Studio Art MFA graduating class: Magdalena Jarkowiec, Heather Canterbury, and Ania Mininkova. Uncanny experiences in Home Depot aisles, found diaries, and mythologies of the American landscape are revisited in sculpture, photography, and video works for a show that celebrates the everyday as a sea of unexamined alternatives to dominant narratives. Recommended: There's an Artist Talk via Zoom on Fri., May 7, 5pm.
    Through May 23. Wed.-Sat., noon-5pm
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    Austin Camerata: Fire & Fiddles

    This live performance includes works by Jessie Montgomery, the Danish String Quartet, Paul Wiancko, and Wynton Marsalis, an uprising of glorious sound outdoors at the Neill-Cochran House.
    May 7-8. Fri., 7 & 9pm; Sat., 4:30 & 6:30pm. $30.  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar: New May Market

    The creators of the Blue Genie Art Bazaar present a new spring arts event called May Market, a free, family-friendly experience showcasing the work of regional artisans and craftspeople under one roof with centralized checkout. "This is the ideal place to shop for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts for Father’s Day, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and more." That's what the press release says, anyway, trying to entice us in; thing is, that's even a bit too humble: We know what sort of market the Blue Genie gathers, and it's sure to be a lively splendorama of well-made goods coveted by anyone with a taste for the original, off-beat, and brilliantly homegrown.
    Through May 31. Fri.-Sun., 10am-8pm
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    Dance

    Diverse Space Dance Theatre: A Change of Heart

    Featuring choreography by Michael Jahoda (Amsterdam) Toni Bravo (Austin), live musicians, and dancers in-person and via video, this is Diverse Space Dance Theatre's season finale.
    May 6-8. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3 & 7pm
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    Out of Ink 2021: Perfect Glitch

    The annual theatrical event from ScriptWorks returns for a new year of creative exploration. Listen: "In a year filled with unintended technical glitches, ScriptWorks is making them purposeful. The malfunctions in this show are one of three elements used by ScriptWorks members to create their ten-minute masterpieces over 48 hours during the Weekend Fling last fall: 1) a phrase used at the beginning and end of the play, the meaning or understanding of which changes given the action that has transpired; 2) whispers of the ancestors; and 3) a technological glitch." This collection of works – written by Katherine Catmull, Elizabeth Cobbe, Kirk German, Meg Haley, Andra Laine Hunter, Christopher Krejci, Aneesa Needel, and Megan Thornton, and performed and directed by some of Austin's best stage talents – will be delivered via mail, phone call, text messages, audio content, video, web chat, and Zoom. Half of the plays will be presented synchronously; three of the plays will be delivered asynchronously; one piece has both asynchronous and synchronous content. Oh, there's a lot going on here! See the website for details.
    May 6-9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-25.  
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Sweet Black Angel

    The newest show at BCA is a collection of Gary Wong's complex layerings of images and text. The artist says: "As an Asian American, I feel outside. As an artist, I have no problem. As an Asian American artist, I have sometimes been made to feel that Asians are supposed to have a special mystique and design sense. I have never known what that is supposed to mean but I know I’m not a designer. I am an American with Chinese heritage. I am an artist whose eyes are trained in the language of paint and whose work meanders through the pantheon of American Abstract Painting and the problems inherent in the genre and the discovering one’s own voice in the process."
    Through May 9
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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 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: 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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    Co-Lab Projects: A Wished For and Welcome Guest

    This is Co-Lab's first exhibition in and around the newly realized culvert gallery at their Glissman property. "As a nod to our history," says the gallery's Sean Gaulager, "and in the sentiment of gathering our community once more, this reopening exhibition includes 21 artists who have shown with us in the past." Note: Arts Editor Robert Faires reviewed the show right here.
    Closing reception: Sat., May 29, 6-10pm
    5419 Glissman
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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." And, this just in: In-person improv and sketch classes have returned! 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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    Dallas vs. Austin Poetry Night

    The hottest spoken-word poets from Dallas and the ATX hit the stage for a night of thought-provoking vibes. Featuring the amazing Dallas Slam Team, National Poetry Slam champion Christopher Michael, and host Brandon Thornton. Sounds provided by DJ Urban Mello, and there'll be a limited open mic; text to RSVP.
    Fri., May 7, 8pm. $15-25.  
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    Davis Gallery: Nuevo Mundo

    Now here's a show that's well worth seeing: The new exhibition from Gladys Poorte, displaying paintings and drawings of a new world populated with unknown peoples, animals, and plants. A world rife with untold treasures and dangers. A place, as wrought so colorfully by Poorte, that it might've been the homeworld for that legendary Codex Seraphinianus.
    Through June 12
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    Goodluckhavefun: Feedback Loop

    This show of trippy, phantasmagorical paintings, of reactive abstract compositions, by Matthew Langland – elegantly displayed in the west Austin residential gallery of Tim McCool and Kira Prentice – closes with a reception this weekend.
    Closing reception: Sat., May 29, 7-9pm
    1207-B Enfield
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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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    Theatre

    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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    ICOSA Gallery: Vessel

    Here's a show of new works by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Brooke Gassiot, a gathering of diverse and inhabited forms, wherein the acclaimed creators examine "the containers of spiritual and mnemonic residue" via video installation, staged production stills, drawing, performance, and sculpture.
    Through May 8
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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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    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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    Northern-Southern: TOOO

    Here's another experiment in new exhibition-making from gallery owner Phillip Niemeyer and his friends. This show does not close – it decays and renews. Listen: TO opened in February, a show of directions; in March, about half the work in TO had decayed; TOO added five new pieces, renewing the show; now, only one piece from TO remains: an audio remembrance by Alyssa Taylor Wendt. But TOOO renews the entire show like an agave phoenix, with 12 new pieces, including work by the founders of Partial Shade (who were conducting outdoor salons on the Co-Lab land in 2018) and Giampiero Selvaggio (one of the founders of Red Bud Park and the network of connecting bike trails around East Austin). There's provenance and pedigree and intentional lack of permanence, colliding here to unnerving effect.
    Ongoing
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Infinite Essence

    Responding to images of police killings of Black people, the Pittsburgh-based queer Nigerian-Swedish-American multimedia artist Mikael Owunna has worked to articulate an alternative vision of the Black body as the incarnation of the eternal cosmos. Using his engineering background, Owunna built a camera flash that transmits only ultraviolet light, and in each photoshoot he begins by hand painting his sitters’ nude bodies with fluorescent paints that glow under ultraviolet light. Yes, this looks amazing. Note: In addition to full entry appointments, there's nighttime front-window viewing every evening, 7-11pm.
    Through May 8. By appointment, Fri.-Sun., noon-5pm  
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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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    Comedy

    Stand-up at the Santa Cruz

    Did you know there's a stand-up showcase every Monday at this Eastside theatre, and every other Friday, too? Funny, how that is – but true.
    Mondays, 8pm; Fridays, 7:30pm. $10.
    1807 E. Seventh
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    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, and – yes! – in-person improv classes have returned! Check that website, STAT.
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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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    Wally Workman Gallery: Spring and All

    "Patrick Puckett's paintings are known for their bold colors and strong leisurely figures, executed with confident interaction between paint application, shape, color and texture." Like, the feeling you get when you've had your second vaccine, and you've suffered through that One Day of Bleh, and now, even though there's still a pandemic going on, you feel so much safer and ready to take on the world again, just as things are starting to reopen and spring is launching into its brightest phase of green beauty before summer comes a-blazing down our paths again? That feeling? This show – Puckett's work in general – captures that feeling. Welcome yourself back to Austin, we suggest, at the Workman Gallery sometime this month.
    Through May 29
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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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