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    Sage Studio: Supergroup

    SAGE Studio presents a music-themed exhibition featuring the work of Rick Fleming, Jackson Sutton, and Jennifer Williams. Bonus: The opening reception's got beverages from Ranch Rider Spirits and an all-vinyl soundtrack provided by DJ GrossY'all.
    Opening reception: Fri., May 27, 6-9pm
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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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    Ao5 Gallery: Burner

    This new show features works from globally renowned street artists Banksy, Zero Gradient, Harry Bunce, KEF!, Dalek, Pure Evil, and other famous image-makers.
    Through June 10
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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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    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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    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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    Buzz Mill Comedy

    We told you, didn't we, that this newest Buzz Mill has a full slate of funny supercharging their sweet and welcoming lounge, night after night after night? Check their website, see what's on, and treat yourself to some mighty tasty noms while you're there.
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    Carver Museum: Peace to the Queen

    The photographer, humanitarian, and educator Jamel Shabazz presents a career retrospective spanning four decades of work, featuring candid portraits of women of color – as curated by Ja’nell Ajani. "At a moment when Black and Brown women are more visibly leading the charge around movements for racial and economic justice, this exhibition has materialized and aligned at a critical moment in American history and Shabazz’s career."
    Through Aug. 22
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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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    Creekside Studio: Printing the Matrix

    This show highlights examples of print methods that can be produced via Creekside Studio's etching press, including monotype, woodblock, linocut, etching, polymer gravure, and engravings – with work by Cordelia Blanchard, Marc Burckhardt, Veronica Ceci, Karen Kunc, Tracy Mayrello, Samson Mnisi, Jun Wan, Tina Weitz, and Koichi Yamamoto.
    Call for appointment.
    916 Springdale, Bldg 2, #103B
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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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    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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    MACC: Entropy

    Recent works by Venezuelan artist Mery Godigna Collet, revealing the artist’s ability to transform deep research into profoundly moving works of art.
    Through June 22
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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: Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas,1960s to 1980s

    This exhibition serves as a primer on the rich and understudied Chicano art movement in Austin, presenting a variety of mediums, themes, and artists, bringing together revolutionary artwork with abstract, conceptual, and commercial art, to show the breadth of creativity these artists achieved.
    Through June 19
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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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    Pastel Fest

    This is the Austin Pastel Society's spring members show, with more than 20 artists showing 41 pieces.
    Through June 11
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    The Blanton Museum: Invisibilia

    This is the first retrospective of Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz's work in the United States. The exhibition includes 40 exemplary works from his most evocative series created between the 1970s and today, wherein the artist has "turned photographic processes inside out to underscore the intrinsic fragility and transient nature of the image," revealing "how the act of opening the aperture to light instantaneously transforms the present into the past and life into memory."
    Through June 5
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    The Blanton: Fantastically French! Design and Architecture In 16th- to 18-Century Prints

    Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s extensive holdings of French prints, this exhibition invites you to look closely at exquisite details, marvel at fantastic forms, and take delight in ornate embellishments that celebrate the creativity of imagination across three centuries.
    Through Aug. 14
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    The Contemporary Austin: The Whisperers

    Tarek Atoui is a Paris-based artist and composer whose work explores the medium of sound through a highly collaborative process that generates networks of community involvement. The dynamic installations on view in this exhibition are both sound environments and spaces for activation through occasional live performances.
    Through Aug. 14
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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

    Live improvisation is back at the Hideout! Been about, what, two years now? But now the diverse lineup of sometimes hilarious, always surprising yes-and shows has returned, with Pgraph and Maestro and more for the most unexpected delights of in-person entertainment. For instance, this weekend: American Brass, which makes Succession look tame, and Hoot Night, which riffs on skiffy tropes like there's no tomorrow. See the website for details.
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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: Never Alone

    This is the first public exhibition of the work of Kendrick Mitchell and Christopher Williams, who are serving life sentences at the same maximum-security prison in southeast Texas.
    Through July 1. Tue.-Fri., noon-5pm
    210 W. 24th
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Icons & Vandals

    The artists featured in this new show at Austin's WCC – Banksy, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Takashi Murakami, and many others – have subverted the contemporary art world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Although, if they have? And their works are on display here? What, precisely, does "the contemporary art world" even mean? Does art subvert art? Ultimately, as Michelle Gurevich put it, "It doesn't matter what you create, if you have no fun." But then, we're not necessarily talking about the people who create; we're more precisely considering the people who consume and perhaps market what other people create, and who often enjoy a frisson of second-hand transgression among the piles of material wealth that help distract them, however briefly, from mortality's gaping maw.: I mean, amirite?
    Through June 5
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    Women & Their Work: Delimitations

    Through the use of Morse code, semaphore, and the flag form Alexandra Robinson appropriates symbols of American exceptionalism, which are informed by her upbringing and familiarity with military family life, and American ideals. The work in this exhibition is steeped in ideas of identity and signifiers that question place and how one exists in that place.
    Through June 2

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