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for Sun., June 20
  • "...but you could've held my hand" by JuCoby Johnson

    Four ten-year-olds meet at a wedding. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other’s lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, we see these people only during important life moments such as prom, funerals, weddings, anniversaries and even divorces. …but you could’ve held my hand uses dance, music and poetry.
    Oct. 6-16, 2022  
    UT Theatre and Dance
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    Theatre

    Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

    Acclaimed playwright Reina Hardy returns to the Vortex with her first National New Play Network rolling world premiere, bringing her magic and humor to this coming-of-age adventure for everyone who’s ever looked up at the stars and dreamed. "This remarkable play engages young adults and audiences of all ages, bringing science and imagination into the theatre." Directed by Marcus McQuirter and Rudy Ramirez, and starring Jeremy Rashad Brown, Oktavea LaToi, Dane Parker, Christina Blake, and Eva McQuade.
    Through July 3. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $10 and up.  
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    Cloud Tree Studios: Black Art WKND

    Listen: Futur Noir introduces the world to a wave of new Black creators who will disrupt and reconstruct a new future in the art world, as previewed by a group of young creatives over the course of Juneteenth weekend, with an epicenter at this Eastside gallery. This is a multivenue event hosting two full days of original art, presented by Tobar Takeover and _OF COLOR, with musical performances, vendors, lectures, live painting, and more. Featuring works by Sam Barks, Dave McClinton, Sadé Lawson, Steve Hatchett, Rex Sterling Hamilton, Hailey Gearo, and more – and live music from Nahmido,⁠ ChiClopz⁠, Blakchyl, Yanna, and Eli Arbor. And did we mention ... brunch? See website for details.
    Sat.-Sun., June 19-20, noon-5pm. $15.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    ArtUs Co. Gallery: Kent Burress

    Kent Burress uses oils to capture the big skies and broad vistas of Texas in a style that often pushes the boundaries between representational and abstract art.
    Closing reception: Sat, July 24, 5:30-6:30pm
    10000 Research #118
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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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    Books

    Books, Books, Books in ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin’s own Malvern Books or Half Price Books or Black Pearl Books or BookPeople or BookWoman or Reverie Books 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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    Dance

    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

    "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." And they've got in-person shows popping up around town, too – Violet Crown Clubhouse, anyone? – so see that 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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    Dimension Gallery: IGBERIKO – CURBSIDE

    Olaniyi R. Akindiya (aka Akirash), installation artist par excellence, occupies this fierce bastion of sculpture with his vibrant works that recount "what 2020 looked like in my mind as I sat in the corner of my studio, listening to news around the world, reflecting on myself, my present, my past, putting my affairs in order and writing my biography."
    Through June 20. Sat.-Sun., 1-6pm
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    Theatre

    Fresh Takes on Gilbert & Sullivan

    Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents a new streaming series of scenes created by Austin theatre artists, offering a fresh take on classic selections from G&S operettas H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and Ruddigore.
    Through July 15. Free.  
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    Greater Tuna

    Yes, this show is presented live, onstage, just a little ways north of town! The Georgetown Palace Theatre presents the classic Lone Star-studded comedy about "the third smallest town in Texas," where "citizens parade across the stage in all their outrageous and irreverent glory, commenting on life, politics, and what makes them (and sometimes us) tick." Note: There is some adult language not appropriate for kids.
    Through June 27. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $32-34.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Sage Studio: Call Me Tony

    This is a solo show from Philadelphia-based Anthony Coleman, whose distinct style "combines the color and mood of cartoons from the '70s and '80s with his own personal style and keen eye for portraiture."
    Through July 25
    916 Springdale
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    Books

    San Antonio Review: Call for Submissions

    Submit your work for digital and print publication in the Austin-based international literary, arts and ideas journal, San Antonio Review. Fifth print issue forthcoming at the end of August. See site for details.
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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