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    A War of the Worlds

    In Jarret King's comic and thrilling reimagining of a multimedia classic, Orson Welles and his radio troupe, the Mercury Theatre, are a group of Black artists fighting to hold their place at the CBS radio studio. "In the hope of securing a critical corporate sponsorship, Welles orchestrates a last-ditch ratings stunt that causes national panic and secures their undeniable – if infamous – place in media history." Damn, acclaimed playwright, just how many genres and tropes are you disrupting simultaneously with this ambitious project? Penfold Theatre's world premiere production – directed by Marcus McQuirter and featuring actors Marc Pouhé, Jeffrey Da'Shade Johnson, Kenah Benefield, Yunina Barbour Payne, Dane Parker, Judd Farris, Zac Carr, and Sarah Byington – will answer that question as spectacularly as possible.
    June 2-18. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5pm. $16 and up.  
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    Ao5 Gallery: Steven Lavaggi

    The acclaimed artist showcases his otherworldly landscapes – where serenity meets surrealism – exclusively at this longtime gallery that's been newly transplanted to the Arboretum.
    Opening reception: Sat., May 28, 7-9pm
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    Camiba Gallery: Auspicious Premonition

    The maestro of labor-intensive, screen-printed, hand-braided, multilayered graphic brilliance – yes, we're talking about that Adreon Henry – returns to the Camiba gallery with a new show.
    Opening reception: Thu., May 26, 6-8:30pm
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    Contracommon Gallery: Hysteria

    This exhibition by Molly Sydnor is a collection of mixed media works that "interweave both the process of discovery and side effects of being a woman or being perceived that way."
    May 16-June 18. Fri.-Sun., noon-6pm
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    ICOSA: I Believe In Things I Cannot See

    An exhibition that features collaborative work from Tammie Rubin and Darcie Book? The answer is yes, and our recommendation is high for this show in which the artists investigate how to turn their collective space into an object – where awareness of body and movement become essential – with large, sculptural forms of paper creating a spatial dichotomy, providing the opportunity to travel between two distinct realms.
    Opening reception: Fri., May 27, 7-10pm
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    Texas Burlesque Festival

    Featuring the legendary Grand Beaver of Canadian Burlesque, Judith Stein, with local legends and festival founders Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. And SALEM from San Antonio, with more than 30 tassel twirlers and queens and kings of the tease from across Texas and the U.S. The audience is encouraged to hoot, holler, and spur these ecdysiasts on in tantalizing performances that range from classic glove-and-garter peels to crazy comedic takes on pop culture icons. Bonus: Mr. David Lampe, that local pop-culture icon himself, will be this night's ebullient host.
    Sat., June 4, 8pm. $30-50.  
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    The Gallery ATX: Places That I Carry

    Moontower Cider Company hosts this solo exhibition featuring the works of Catie Lewis.
    Opening reception: Sun., May 15, 4-7pm
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    AARC Winter Exhibits

    The Asian American Resource Center features three new exhibitions: "A Sari-Draped World" by Neena Buxani; "Tradition’s Rebirth in Modern Austin" by Kevin Luo; and "Sweet and Sour," curated by Jennifer Ling Datchuk, with works by Mandy Wang, Kym Owens, Kim Le, Shika Joshi, Yuli Chang, and Davyn Ladera.
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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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    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 Constructed Self

    Karen Navarro transforms traditional prints into three-dimensional objects by cutting and incorporating tactile elements – wood, paint, and resin. This series of portraits uses collage to represent the intersections of identity, self-representation, race, gender, and belonging within first, second, and third-generation American immigrants.
    Through June 4. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm  
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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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    Comedy

    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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    Comedy

    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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    grayDUCk Gallery: Circles and Cycles

    In this new body of work, the artist Jules Buck Jones presents imagery of extinct and extant animals via drawings, paintings, prints, cutouts, and videos, weaving together thoughts on evolution, extinction, and the immensity of the geologic timescale.
    Opening reception: Sat., May 14, 7-10pm  
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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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    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: Me and Mom

    Never-before-exhibited drawings and watercolors by Melanie Hickerson will be included in this show, alongside artwork from her mother, Geraldine Clark Hickerson.
    Through June 4. Reception: Sun., May 22, 2-4pm
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    Lydia Street Gallery: David Amdur Memorial Exhibition

    David Amdur was a staple of the Austin art community for much of his life, from his days at UT, to Amdur Gallery in downtown Austin, to the dream home that he designed and built. Drawing, painting, printmaking, music posters, wood furniture, stone sculpture: He was a master of so many forms. This newest exhibition at Lydia Street Gallery, "A Light In the Wood," celebrates the man's life and legacy.
    Through June 25
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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: Bait N' Tackle

    This is Loc Huynh's first solo with the gallery, featuring new paintings about his intimate relationship with the Texas outdoors.
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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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    Northern-Southern: Un-Verb

    And here Matthew Steinke, local master of audiotech deconstruction and disruptive methods of music appreciation (via robotics, sculpture, animation, instrument building, puppetry, and computer programming), reveals his newest project in Downtown's coolest gallery. Bonus: Tyeschea West's "Drawing Conclusions" show of new photographic and multimedia portraits opens in the gallery's back room on May 19.
    Reception & performance: Fri., May 13, 8-10pm. $20 for opening performance.  
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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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    Comedy

    Pecker Heads Comedy Show

    Come enjoy a night of the funniest, raunchy, and incredible comedy you can have in Texas. The Pecker Heads Comedy Show is a stand-up comedy show in a phenomenal room at Pecker Heads of Austin TX. This night features the best comedians in Austin and touring the US. So come laugh and have the most fun you can have on a Saturday night with comics bringing the hilarity.

    : $15 online | $20 at the door Show: 7:30pm Hosted by Leo Konopka

    : Seating is first come first serve. Drinks available inside. 18+ event. Come enjoy the jokes!

    : *refunds will not be accepted unless show is cancelled or postponed to another date. The Pecker Heads Comedy Show is weekly, and each show features a fresh line-up of hilarious comics and best talent in Austin.
    Sat., 7:00pm  
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    Sí Gallery: Be Kind, Rewind

    Twelve artists have been selected for a gratuitously eccentric exhibition of work – sculpture, photographs, abstracts, and more – inspired by 80s and 90s pop culture. Here's the dangerous dozen: Pablo Alfredo de la Peña, Ash Margaret, Geist Topping, Paul Acevedo Gomez, Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash, Alec Aita, Risa Culbertson, Terri Lloyd, Maidy Morhous, Sam Tippett, Jason Egitto, and Lenny Gerard.
    906 E. Fifth #202
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    Books

    Story Circle Network

    Nonprofit organization for women, offering monthly reading and writing circles and more, in North, Central, and South Austin.
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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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    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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    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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