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    Austin Chamber Music Festival

    The ACMC celebrates its 25th annual Austin Chamber Music Festival outdoors and online this year, presenting performances on the Neill-Cochran House lawn on Thursday evenings through June 24. (Note: For those not currently participating in outdoor events, a livestream option is available to enjoy the concerts remotely in real time.) This year's festival includes the Schumann Chamber Players and Artina McCain; the Artisan Quartet, made up of Austin Symphony principal musicians; the genre-defying Invoke, flutist Ebonee Thomas of the Dallas Opera, cellist Ryan Murphy of the San Antonio Symphony, and violinist Charles Wetherbee of Carpe Diem String Quartet. The Festival finale features former Mother Falcon members Laura and Rita Andrade. "These concerts are SO meaningful to us," says ACMC's artistic director Michelle Schumann, "not just because we get to play again, but because we get to see our audience members again."
    Through June 24. Thursdays, 7:30pm. $30-50.  
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    Fusebox: Lil' Bash

    They weren’t able to stage their annual fundraiser as intended, so the Fusebox team has cooked up Lil' Bash, a "joyous celebration featuring the grooves of DJ Shani, a show-stopping appearance by the Queens of ExtragramsATX, live performances from acclaimed artist Michael J. Love and Austin's Bowie tribute band Super Creeps, and trippy visuals from Essentials Creative, all served up with a plethora of delectable food and drink." You know how these guys do: This backyard summer soiree on the Eastside will be a rollicking good time.
    Thu., June 3, 7:30-10:30pm. $250.  
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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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    Tapestry: Re:Connecting

    Tapestry Dance Company, under the direction of co-founder Acia Gray, premieres Re: Connecting, a new dance film exploring connection across space and time, through rhythm.
    June 3-6. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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    The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    Austin Playhouse's own Lara Toner Haddock has gone and adapted Agatha Christie's first published novel? Yes – and this debut opus features none other than the sharply mustachio'd Hercule Poirot. Featuring a sockdolager cast – Ben Wolfe (as Poirot himself), Scott Shipman, Toby Minor, Lara Toner, Sarah Chong Harmer, Sarah Fleming Walker, Ben Bazaěn, Robert Deike, Joseph Garlock, Babs George, Claire Grasso, Huck Huckaby, Marc Pouhé, Ken Webster, and Cyndi Williams – directed by that same Haddock, this murder mystery may be just what you need to transition out of the pandemic and into a semblance of former normalcy. Note: "Employing a hybrid method of theatrical filming, actors will be captured using both cinematic and traditional live performance approaches. To enhance the experience, early purchasers will electronically receive exclusive clues designed for the virtual whodunnit." Available for online viewing with live Q&As after each performance, and – regardez-vous! – here's a video trailer for the show.
    Through June 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. $15-18.  
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    The Umlauf's Annual Garden Party

    Yes, the annual event returns in the glamorous style to which we'd become accustomed before everything went pearshaped in 2020. It's an evening of feasting and mingling, with live music and multiple performancesRay Prim, the Irish Dance Center of Austin, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico, and more – and noms by Maudie's Tex-Mex, Moonshine, Juliet Italian Kitchen, Paperboy, Parkside/Backspace, PF Chang's Downtown, Fluff Meringues, and other bastions of bodacious imbibing. Wines from Twin Liquors? Yes. Tito's Vodka flowing like ... really good vodka? Yes. And all of it among the works of that lovely sculpture garden and the interlocking shadows of trees.
    Thu., June 3, 6-9pm. $200-300.  
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Icons & Vandals

    It's the swanky venue's "most monumental" show yet, featuring works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ai WeiWei, Roy Lichtenstein, and a slew of other creative provocateurs who have subverted the contemporary art world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Bonus: The closing reception features an artist talk with "The First lady of Graffiti," Lady Pink.
    Closing reception: Sun., July 11, 3-5pm
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    A Portrait of My Mother

    An artist remembers their mother, spinning a modern Mexican Cinderella tale as we follow the trials and tribulations of one woman's journey into motherhood – from her humble beginnings in the town of Laredo, Texas, to her journey to Chicago, and everything between. Written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, directed by David R. Jarrott. Note: Now available for viewing on Vimeo.
    Through July 31. $5.  
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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 & Music Nights at the Cathedral

    Head down to that Cathedral on East 16th and celebrate Austin's artists and musicians during this intimate Covid-conscious series while sipping margaritas and shopping and listening to live music – at one of their two shows every Thursday. (Also, check out the wide array of art classes they're offering, right here.)
    Thursdays, 6 & 9pm. $25.
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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: Austin Studio Tour

    No, it's not happening right now, citizen, but it's preparing to return this November. Big Medium's humongous socioartistic success of an annual event – the free, self-guided art adventure through dozens upon dozens of local studios and galleries, enhanced by live demos and performances – will now combine the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour to provide opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect and for the public to experience art safely both in person and virtually. Note: The tour boundaries have been extended to include all 10 districts of Austin for in-person participants, plus a 15-mile radius from the Capitol for virtual participants. And if you're an artist who wants to be part of this action: Applications are being accepted through July 19.
    Apply through July 19  
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    Big Medium: EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

    The body of work presented by the artist Jerónimo Reyes-Retana in this exhibition is conceived as the first iteration of an ongoing field research process throughout the community of Playa Bagdad (Tamaulipas, Mexico), located a few miles below the U.S.-Mexico border, on the shores of the Mexican Gulf – a community heavily affected by, as this show addresses, the nearby SpaceX launching facility.
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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, 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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    Chaddick Dance Theater: Side Effects of Uncertainty

    This past fall Chaddick Dance Theater created a site-specific work that was filmed at First Street Studio in April of 2021. The performance, now available for viewing, is Side Effects of Uncertaintya three-part dance series that roams through the emotions and psychological effects the company endured during the global pandemic. Featuring CDT dancers Kat Harber, Katie Mae Hebert, Cameron Oefinger, and Christine Wong, with choreography by Cheryl Chaddick, video by Maria Forsythe, and lighting by Sam Chesney. See website for details.
    Donations accepted.  
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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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    Classical Music

    Conspirare: (un)Hidden Music

    Here's a curated program of heart-opening music, featuring a solo performance by Conspirare’s own Craig Hella Johnson, giving you the lowdown on the acclaimed company's musical mission.
    Streaming through July 15. Donations accepted.  
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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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    Fallout Comedy

    What's the fallout from this pandemic? Who knows, right? But we know this is the Fallout near the end of the pandemic: An eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long – even that weekly Sure Thing showcase is back! Check the website for details.
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    Hallie Hart: Live Painting

    Right there in the gorgeous Hotel Van Zandt, it's a night of live music and cocktail specials – and live painting by this international artist.
    Thu., June 3, 5-7pm
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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: Balm

    Here's a solo exhibition of paintings by Houston-based artist Bradley Kerl, featuring work that often reflects the fleeting moments and meditative spaces of the artist’s quotidian life. Featuring work, we note, of gorgeous colors and patterns in the service of depicting this modern life. As reviewed here by the Chronicle's own Robert Faires.
    Through June 26
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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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    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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    Modern Rocks Gallery Online

    What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: A Cartography of Solitude

    Stephen Pruitt, a mensch in so many creative industries – whether behind the scenes, designing the lights and sets of the better theatrical experiences in this town, or on the stage itself, performing explications of science as if he were some fearless combo of Laurie Anderson and Andy Kaufman – this Pruitt's revealing a show of stark and atmospheric photography at the Prizer gallery on East Cesar Chavez. Listen: "For years, I’ve taken long adventures with just my camera and journal for company, and in those travels, I’ve experienced some stunning places that seem to revel in their remoteness, in their quiet, in their inhospitality, unless you’re willing to accept their terms – no easy meals, no water, no roads – and stay only as long as you can be self-sufficient. This installation is both an exploration of those places – places that emphasize how small and ephemeral we are, how big the world is – and the many different ways that we experience solitude internally.” Suggestion: Avail yourself of this opportunity, citizen. Bonus: The photographs will be illuminated every night (8-11pm) and can be seen from viewing platforms outside the gallery.
    Through June 19
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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: Sedrick Huckaby

    Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby explores psychology, community, and the human condition in his powerful portraits painted from life. The catalog notes say: "Through his virtuoso facility with oil paint, Huckaby utilizes texture, dimensionality, and intensely saturated colors to extraordinary expressive effect." Says the artist himself: "The African-American family and its heritage has been the content of my work for several years. In large-scale portraits of family and friends I try to aggrandize ordinary people by painting them on a monumental scale."
    Through Dec. 5  
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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 even some in-person shows, now! (Of course, this may change. Stupid 'ronas.) Check that website, STAT.
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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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    Yard Dog: Cowboy Blue

    West Virginia artist Fort Guerin was raised in Mesa, Arizona, and it's the west – in particular, the mythos of the Old West – that fires his imagination and provides the subjects for his paintings. Guerin's recent works, now set to enliven the walls at Canopy-based Yard Dog, are a vibrant array of larger and smaller paintings, some of which will be available only in the gallery and not online. Note: Online, they'll be releasing 10 new paintings each Saturday for four weeks.
    Through June 27

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