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    Sean Patton

    Sean Patton has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan – and his Comedy Central show and album was released in 2013, and his Sean second album Scuttlebutt was released in 2019 on Helium Records.
    Jan. 27-29. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9pm. $20-30.  
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    The Wooster Group: The B-Side

    The show's full name is The B-Side: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons: A Record Album Interpretation, and it's an original performance based on an LP of work songs, spirituals, and toasts recorded in 1964 in Texas’ then-segregated prison farms. Presented by Eric Berryman, Jasper McGruder, and Philip Moore of NYC's nigh-on legendary Wooster Group, the production also provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album.
    Wed.-Sat., Jan. 26-29, 7:30pm. $10-40.  
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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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    Artworks Gallery: Reflections on the Streets of Austin

    Precision Camera and Tom Chambers have created this exhibit from a street photography workshop hosted by Artworks, the images here focusing on reflections throughout the city.
    Through Feb. 12
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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

    Learn your way to physical grace with a dance class at Ballet Austin. There are so many varieties to choose among – ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, Pilates, and more – and all taught by professional instructors. See website for details.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

    This gallery in the Canopy complex on Springdale has been the epicenter for PrintAustin from the get-go, and it remains a must-see foundational exhibition for each festival. Witness now a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking, as curated by John Hitchcock, a professor (and 20-year printmaking teacher) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Through Feb. 22
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    Blanton Museum of Art: MemWars

    Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Lubbock-raised Terry Allen, music, performance, writing, and visual artwork are truly all part of the same practice. As a visual artist, he often creates immersive sculptural installations with an aspect of performance, incorporated through projections and video. For this ninth installment in the Blanton’s Contemporary Project series, Allen reveals a three-channel video installation and a related group of drawings.
    Through July 10  
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    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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    Butridge Gallery: Anthroposcenery

    The Dougherty Art Center's central gallery displays new paintings by the (rather brilliant) artist Emma Hadzi Antich, her mountainous landscapes serving as oblique yet highly evocative mirrors, illustrating parallels between seemingly disparate aspects of nature, revealing how the wild in the human and the human in the wild can affect each other.
    Through Feb. 19  
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    Camiba Gallery: Neuroplastic

    Zoë Shulman’s 'Neuroplastic' is a series of visionary paintings, drawings, metal prints, and: animations by the Austin-based artist, wielding geometric abstraction to explore the intersections between psychotherapy, psychedelic medicine, and art therapy. Note one: Shulman created these while undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical ketamine treatments. Note two: These are amazing works of art – the sort of painstakingly wrought abstractions that rely as much on craft as on cognition – and they're well worth your stopping-by time.
    Through Feb. 26
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    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 – see website for details.
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    Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams

    The Contemporary Austin presents the first-ever museum survey of works by Daniel Johnston. "Step into the surreal universe of this visionary musician and artist, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil."
    Through March 20
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    Davis Gallery: Paperback Rodeo

    A new show by Austin's B. Shawn Cox is always reason to celebrate, we say, and this latest one at Davis Gallery is a perfect corroboration of that statement. This is what happens when the artist explores subtext with polka-dotted domesticated florals that hide deconstructed cowboys, lenticular eye-candy featuring blended dualities of Western icons, and folded paper quilts incorporating text to supra any subtext. Bonus: New works by Dana Younger will be on display, too? You Davis people are trying to spoil us, is that it?
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Suspension

    This is an immersive print installation by Liv Monique Johnson that invites the viewer to "explore an outcropping of wilderness where the weird may take place." It's an interactive work right there on the edge of the park, a space where screenprinted elements are combined with a variety of materials to create a lush setting of colorful foliage.
    Through Feb. 27  
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    Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies – Austin's not-so-secret weapon in the fight against ennui – the comedy gem that still dazzles this growing urban hub – returns to the weekly live and in-person stage of their club on Dirty Sixth, the whole troupe bringing back old favorites and debuting a new program of hilarity with topical, ripped-from-the-headlines sketches and musical numbers. And you do need a laugh or two, right about this time, don't you, citizen? (And how about a margarita to go with that?) We'd add that the mind-boggling illusions presented by magician Ray Anderson are a bonus in the night's clever spectacle ... but, the way that arch maestro conjures mystery and delight, "bonus" would be an insult.
    Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm. $30-40.  
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    Fallout Comedy

    This hotbed of local performance is carrying on even more than usual, with an eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long. Pro tip: The Sure Thing showcase on Friday night is, as ever, a don't-miss event. Check the website for details.
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    Flatbed Press: Temporalities

    Laura Crehuet Berman's new exhibition here brings together her recent monotypes and collages, in which the artist has created images that layer together time, space, form, and color.
    Through Feb. 26
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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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    ICOSA: Look

    The ICOSA Collective presents this exhibition of new works by Lana Waldrep-Appl and Jenn Wilson Shepherd – works that explore, through the context of painting, the deliberate act of looking.
    Through Feb. 19
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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: Slugfest

    In this PrintAustin-affiliated show, Link & Pin partners with Slugfest Printmaking Workshop to present the work of Slugfest artists Shailee Thakkar, Theresa Bond, Alan Tull, Jill Thrasher, Carol Hayman, Tom Druecker and Margaret Simpson. Also on display: the annual trade portfolio, "Extreme Weather."
    Through Jan. 29
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Tom Molloy & Noriko Ambe

    The main gallery displays "Eagle," an exhibition of new drawings and photographs by Tom Molloy – the artist’s seventh presentation at this elegant Downtown venue.
    Through Feb. 19
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

    Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade; and Las Flores – La Vida, a new show displaying flower-themed art from more than 200 local and regional artists.
    Through Feb. 27. $7.  
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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: A Commitment to What Is Before You

    This new show at Phillip Niemeyer's excellent Downtown gallery groups young French Canadian painter Alexandre Pépin, weaver Donya Stockton, and ceramicist Ryan McKerley. This work is "united by a joyful focus, an energetic quiet," as the PR says. As we say: "This stuff is gorgeous and crafty AF, and you'd be well-served to make an appointment to check it out."
    Through Feb. 19
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    Something Cool Studios: Veracity

    This show brings together work from Shanisia Person, exploring diverging aspects of gender, employing literal transparency to appose its place in the broader society with how it functions within the BDSM community; and Brent Pheto, populating his world with characters demonstrating the ubiquity of disempowerment through the raw emotions in everyday situations; and Cameron Gray, using materiality as a codex to unlock the ancestral spirit, selecting objects that often have violent connections to Blackness and repositioning their narrative.
    Through Feb. 13
    1717 E. Cesar Chavez
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    Strange, But Perfect

    In Carlo Lorenzo Garcia's new play, the year 2020 was a never-ending river of bad news in which marketing assistant Charlie from NYC decided to quarantine at his grandma's house in rural America. But, WTF, someone else was already there: a townie who's been acting as Charlie's grandma's caretaker? Weirdness, hilarity, and complex humanity ensue. Directed by A. Skola Summers for Street Corner Arts, featuring Natalie D. Garcia and the playwright himself.
    Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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    The Blanton: Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a key figure in the development of color-field painting, was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique. This exhibition celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
    Through Feb. 20
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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's famed Garden features expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright foliage and tree-towered paths. Plus: Superflora by Courtney Egan, video-based sculptural installations of botanical forms, and the annual, architecturally resonant constructions of Design Shine.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    UT Idea Lab: The Way Back Home

    On display: Four distinct bodies of work that Austin-based video and mixed-media artist Ariel René Jackson has produced over the past five years.
    Through March 22
    210 W. 24th
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    UT Visual Arts Center: Cycles & Loops

    This is the first solo exhibition in Texas of the works of Bill Morrison, one of the most accomplished contemporary filmmakers in the nation, a man whose focus lies between the documentary nature of found footage and the chaotic intervention of nitrate film with its inclination for entropy.
    Through March 12
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    UT Visual Arts Center: Spring 2022

    In addition to the Bill Morrison film retrospective "Cycles & Loops," the VAC also presents "A Ground to Stand, A Place to Call," with works from the first-year MFA cohort of Sarah Chess, Gabrielle Constantine, Alex Freyre, Rowan Howe, and Jennifer Teresa Villanueva; and Corentin Canesson's "Sleep Spaces / Les Espaces du Sommeil;" and "Connective Tissues," which focuses on publications.
    Through March 12
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    Wally Workman Gallery: PrintFest

    In conjunction with the upcoming city-wide printmaking festival, Wally Workman presents this two-person show with Korean artist Jihye Lim and Texas artist Laura Post. Post's sculptures combine printmaking techniques with cast handmade paper to expand the boundaries of the medium of print and redefine ideas of portraiture; Lim's mezzotints explore ideas of rest, depicting the figure physically becoming one with objects of leisure.
    Through Jan. 29
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    Women & Their Work: A Welcoming Place

    Ariel René Jackson's new show is a film-based exhibition that contemplates what it might look like to forecast the welcoming status of a place. The work on display weaves interviews, research, images, videos, animations, and sculpture to deliver a poetic visualization of shared knowledge about East Austin.
    Through March 3
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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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