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    ICOSA: Terra Firmament, Part 2

    Even in Hollywood, sometimes sequels are better than the originals. Here's an example of that truth right here in the ATX, with the continuation of Matt Rebholz and Jana Swec's exhibition from September 2021, the artists vividly manifesting their personal histories into emotionally charged landscapes steeped in narrative and individual mythology.
    Opening reception: Fri., Aug. 19, 7-10pm
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    Ballet Austin: Taming of the Shrew

    Shakespeare’s comedic tale of marital mismatch is given new life and modern energy in Ballet Austin’s lighthearted recreation, Stephen Mills' dynamic choreography offering a masterful embodiment of the Bard's tale of the trials of courtship, marriage, and common courtesy – reminding us that true love is seldom achieved at first sight.
    Sept. 16-18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $28-99.  
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    Blue Lapis Light: Belonging

    Ah, here's a kinetic spectacle that you'll never forget. This is Blue Lapis Light's site-specific dance that features aerialists dancing on the parking garage windows above True Food Kitchen and on the Seaholm Power Plant stacks, along with ground-based dancers performing on the Plaza. Digital media accompanies the performance, evoking the beauty of our planet and how our actions affect the environment.
    Sept. 14-24. Wed.-Sun., 8:15pm. $25-60.  
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    Camiba Gallery: Entangled

    Collected and respected for her experimental approach to painting, Charlotte Smith is well established as royalty in Texas contemporary abstract art; this is an exhibition of her most recent paintings.
    Opening reception: Thu., Aug. 25, 6-8:30pm
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    Canvas: Glitch

    Sandra Boskamp's contemporary figurative paintings combine representational forms with surrealistic elements, calling out the masking of individuality behind modern filters.
    Opening reception: Sat., Aug. 27, 6-9pm
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    Comedy

    East Austin Comedy Club

    Founded by comedians Raza Jafri and Andre Ricks, this club operates out of Tiger Den on the Eastside is the city's only BIPOC-owned comedy venue.
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    Edit Annie

    The Vortex Repertory Company launches their 35th season with this world premiere by Mary Glen Fredrick, a "dark, comedic, psychological, queer, rom-com, social media thriller" that explores what it means to be authentic when everything we do is edited for public consumption. Directed by Will Detlefsen.
    Sept. 9-24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-37.  
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    Modern Rocks Gallery: Fifty Years in Exile

    This new exhibition reveals a collection of rare, previously unseen, and vintage photographs from The Rolling Stones’ 1972 session with legendary photographer Norman Seeff. Photos from the late-night shoot were ultimately used to produce the set of postcards included with the original pressing of the band’s masterpiece, Exile on Main St.
    Opening reception: Fri., Aug. 19, 7-10pm. Free.
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    Sage Studio: Body Work

    Here's an exploration of all things anatomical and automotive, with two-dimensional art reflecting on human bodies and three-dimensional sculptures created around the theme of auto bodies. The show features pieces from 12 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities – artists from Austin, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and California.
    Through Sept. 17
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    AARC 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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    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: Yo Trabajo Con La Tierra/I Work With The Earth

    This multimedia, multivalent, multifantastic exhibition features five women artists – Melissa Aguirre, Alexa Capareda, Paloma Mayorga, Virginia Lee Montgomery (VLM), and Alejandra Regalado – who explore movement and place in relation to landscape, geological bodies, and other nonhuman intelligences. Using their own bodies as medium, the artists share ecofeminist sensibilities through video, installation, sculpture, photography, and performance works.
    Exhibition: Aug. 20-Sept. 24. Artist discussion: Sat., Aug. 20, 11am-noon.  
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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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    Cap City Comedy Club: Ready for Laughs

    That's right: Cap City Comedy Club, the cornerstone of Austin's comedy scene for nearly four decades, has returned – at a new venue in the Domain. And here's Valerie Lopez with a closer look at what's in store for the scene via this reborn venue.
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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 Sept. 17
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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 – Violet Crown Clubhouse, anyone? – so see that website for details.
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Eve

    This is a new exhibition by documentarian photographer Cindy Elizabeth, featuring an outdoor installation that is immersed within the museum’s native landscape. There are large-scale photographs inside the building, too, interwoven amongst Elisabet Ney's own neoclassical sculptures.
    Through Oct. 30. Free.
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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., 7pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9pm. $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. And, srsly, who would ever disagree with the sentiment of Monday night's Fuck This Week show? Check the website for details.
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    HPB&G: Wildlife and Honky Tonks

    The walls of this popular neighborhood restaurant showcases works from three series by Juliet Whitsett.
    Through Sept. 17
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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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    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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    Neill-Cochran House: The Hope Suite

    Mark Smith’s The Hope Suite is a series of forty-four collages inspired by the theme of global unity. Each 24-by-18-inch work on paper consists of a background monoprint or a digital photoprint, overlaid with collage, calligraphy, and mixed media. Note: The originals are part of the permanent collection of the Obama Presidential Center Museum in Chicago; the works on display here are limited-edition prints of those originals.
    Through Dec. 16. Free.  
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    Comedy

    The Creek and the Cave

    This snazzy spot for local and national stand-up acts has shows almost every night of the week. But you knew that already, right? Let's Get Quizzical, Out in Tech, the Pendejo Time podacast, Your Mom's Favorite Comedian – ah, the onslaught of levity is nigh on relentless. See website for details.[Note: We totally meant to say "yo." Like, "See website for details, yo."][So we're good now, right? Business all sussed? Excellent.][Note: My sister was bit by a moose.]
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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: Pets, a sort of lolwhut follow-up to Cats, and Hoot Night, which riffs on skiffy tropes like there's no tomorrow. See the website for details.
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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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    Women & Their Work: The Future Is Behind Us

    Rachel Wolfson Smith focuses our attention on the essential and grounding effect of beauty in nature, portraying constructed, intricate, and imagined landscapes, creating "an antidote to the imbalance many of us experience as we lurch from impulse to impulse in our tech-laden, consumer-driven, modern existence." Yes – an antidote to that, and a paean to the possibilities of graphite wielded by a brilliant hand and mind.
    Through Sept. 29
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located in that company of artistic glory called Canopy and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment

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