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  • Romeo y Juliet

    A bilingual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most cherished works, Romeo y Juliet recounts the tale of two star-crossed lovers, daughters from the feuding houses of Capulet and Montague, reimagined in Alta, California in the 1840’s prior to the annexation of California to the United States.
    Apr. 10-21  
    UT Theatre and Dance
  • Gabriele Galimberti - The Ameriguns & Toy Stories: Artist Talk & Reception

    Internationally acclaimed Gabriele Galimberti’s first US exhibition of “Ameriguns” & “Toy Stories” comes to Austin! The people in these images are from all walks of life, with no particular political party, race, culture, or gender in favor. Ameriguns and Toy Stories deliver striking images exploring the timely issues of gun culture and the impact of modern inequalities on children.
    Fri. Apr. 12, 6pm-9pm  
    Lydia Street Gallery
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    Art & Parks Tour

    This sweet opportunity comes to us from the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Pease Park Conservancy, and Ride Bikes Austin – so we know it's a damned good thing indeed. Take the self-guided Art & Parks Tour to explore the best of what Downtown Austin art and parks have to offer through this selection of curated murals, artworks, and green spaces. You can sign up anytime, so click that URL and get ready to learn the most vibrantly visual parts of your city soon – live and in person.
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    Art for the People: Springing Into Colour

    The movers and shakers of AFTP have transformed this lively gallery with at least 90 new pieces created by more than 33 Austin artists – including 13 who are showing their work here for the first time – to bring a bright flood of spring into our city.
    Through June 2
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    Austin Pastel Fest

    The Austin Pastel Society's 2023 festival of works is presented by Artworks Gallery.
    Through June 17
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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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    Butridge Gallery: Children of the Earth + The Other Side

    The "Children of Earth" paintings by Camille Lema are about human connections and being grounded to the planet that's our home. Meena Matai's "The Other Side" is an exploration of the personal stories of her family and millions of others who were affected by the India-Pakistan partition of 1947. Together, these two exhibitions shine with power and beauty.
    Through May 20. Free.  
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    Comedy

    Cap City Comedy Club

    That's right: Cap City Comedy Club, the longtime cornerstone of Austin's comedy scene for nearly four decades is 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 the venue. Click for details!
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    Davis Gallery: The Poetry of Spring

    This is a new exhibition of works by Cookie Ashton, who uses wet pigments, inks, charcoals, and pastels in exploring dreamlike territories of abstraction.
    Through June 10
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    East Austin Comedy Club

    Founded by comedians Raza Jafri and Andre Ricks, this club that operates out of Tiger Den on the Eastside is the city's only BIPOC-owned comedy venue.
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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 of 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. Hey! The place is our cover story, as reported by Valerie Lopez! 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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    Filigree Theatre: Gold & Silver Gala

    Join the Filigree Theatre on the terrace at the Tudor Cottage in Pease Park, where the theme of this year's gala is “gold and silver by the sea” and the cottage is transformed into a glittering nautical fête for your exploration as you enjoy a silent auction and a buffet selection of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and champagne, accompanied with live acoustic guitar by Evan Taucher.
    Thu., May 11, 7-10pm. $125 and up.  
    Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury
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    Food, Shelter, Water: Projects by Four Texas Photographers

    This new show features the work of four Texas-based photographers – Verónica G. Cárdenas, Stephanie Duprie Routh, Cindy Elizabeth, Jamie Robertson – who address themes related to our most basic human needs. From Egypt, Latin America, Texas, and Austin, the images presented bring new light to the ways we interact with our social and physical environments.
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    grayDUCK Gallery: The Chase

    This new exhibition from artists Brittany Ham and Justin Korver builds on their earlier co-authored works, the newest pieces in the show placing the characters of women, dogs, men, and stags in collaboratively drawn landscape settings. Eleven new woven tapestries and a new relief sculpture join the original narrative depicted in "The Hunt."
    Through May 28  
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    Harry Ransom Center: Drawing the Motion Picture

    Explore the beauty and complexity of moviemaking through sketches, storyboards, and designs that illuminate the creation of motion pictures from the silent era to the present day in this new exhibition, featuring production art from iconic movies like Rebel Without a Cause, Raging Bull, Apollo 13, and Lawrence of Arabia, many connected with innovative directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Mike Nichols, Michael Powell, Nicholas Ray, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, King Vidor, and more.
    Through July 16
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    ICOSA Gallery: Dream States

    The work of five animation artists – Sumito Sakakibara, Shunsaku Hayashi, Moïa Jobin-Paré, Ala Nunu, and Sofia El Khyari – provides a fascinating journey for exploring the pursuits of human connection and our relationships to technology and infrastructure, the natural world, and personal desires.
    Closing night's outdoor screening: Sat., May 13, 7pm
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    Indecent

    Paula Vogel's thrilling drama follows the journey of a small theatre company as they tell us the story of Sholem Asch's controversial play, The God of Vengeance, from its origins in Poland 1907. The play achieved great success in Europe and the Yiddish theatre scene of downtown New York City. But when an English-translation was attempted on Broadway, it was too scandalous for the general public, and the entire cast was arrested and charged with obscenity. An all-star cast is directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse, with musical direction by Lyn Koenning, and we've got Bob Abelman's full review right here.
    Through May 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $21 and up (pick your price, Thursdays).  
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    Ivester Contemporary: read somewhere and Bloom

    In the main gallery: New paintings and prints by Rachel Livedalen. Also: Anya Molyviatis' first solo exhibition with the gallery is an ongoing series of three-dimensional textiles that are handwoven on AVL dobby looms, using dramatic color gradients, physical depth, and structure to create a multisensory experience.
    Through May 27
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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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    Lance Letscher: Sail to the Moon

    Stephen L. Clark Gallery presents this new exhibition of works by Lance Letscher, the locally based artist internationally known for his vibrant, colorful collages of wood, metal, paper, and old books.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Use your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program any time you feel like it. BONUS: There's also a free, docent-led tour starting at Marc Quinn's "Spiral of the Galaxy" (1501 Red River) on Sun., Jan. 8, 11am.
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    Last Day of the Eureka Room!

    Austin's most absurd and fun attraction will have its last day on September 24th, so visit while you still can! It's the Eureka Room, a participatory experience where visitors engage with curious and playful programming within a unique 100-square-foot room filled with light and sound.
    See website for reservations. $25.  
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    Link & Pin: Size Is Everything

    What if art was all one size? Not too big and not too small. With modern art, abstract pieces, traditional works, and whimsical art all in the same room? We hope you will come and see! Featured member artists for "Size Is Everything" include: Kay Hughes, Sherry Fields, Janet Sopp-Sims, Eddie Sutherland, Rhea Pettit, Supriya Kharod, Kathleen Stafford, Martha Paisley Ruth, Betty Jameson, Eileen Pestorius, Beryl Kerwick, Sonja Besondy, Genevieve Holland, and Sonja Kever.
    Closing reception: Sat., May 27, 3-5pm
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Snails In Comparison

    The Lora Reynolds gallery inaugurates its brand new space(!) with this whimsical and wonderful show by those irrepressible Haas Brothers. Observe as fraternal twins Niki and Simon Haas unveil a group of sculptures of big, bizarre snails: their first endeavors in combining a material new to their practice (blown glass, which constitutes the gastropod's soft bodies) with another medium they've known longer than any other: the snails' shells are hand-carved marble.
    Through May 27
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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: Expresiones de México, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People

    This new show features an impressive collection of artworks created via techniques and skills passed down through generations, especially highlighting work by master printmaker Sergio Sánchez Santamaría.
    Through Aug. 20
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    MHOA: Design for All Partnership

    Michael Hsu Office of Architecture has announced its second annual Design for All Partnership, a seed program supporting community-driven partners through design. The architecture and interior design firm is seeking another nonprofit partner that’s based in Austin or Houston. The partnership award will provide $20,000 in pro bono design and consultation services.: MHOA has just released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for interested nonprofit organizations and is now accepting submissions through May 19.
    Accepting submissions through May 19  
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    Museum of Illusions

    Enter the fascinating world of illusions in this new venue that boasts a stunning array of intriguing visual, sensory, and educational experiences among new, unexplored optical wonderments.
    11010 Domain #100
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: The Garden, the Body

    Featuring ink portraits and new large-scale works on canvas, this show by Austin-born artist Caroline Wright traces her experience postpartum – twice! – during the pandemic.
    Through May 27
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    South Austin Comedy Club

    South Austin’s first dedicated comedy venue is spearheaded by local comics Martin Henn, Andre Ricks, and Raza Jafri, and brings top-notch acts to South Austin every Wednesday through Saturday. Note: The upcoming comics – including nationally touring acts, local sweethearts, and everyone in between – will be listed on Instagram each night.
    Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm
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    The Blanton: Day Jobs

    This first major exhibition to examine the overlooked impact of day jobs on the visual arts is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike.
    Through July 23
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    The Blanton: Las Hermanas Iglesias

    Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias present related textiles, collages, and sculpture that explore caregiving as part of a complex network of social issues, melding melds cultural references to the Dominican Republic and Norway (their parents’: home countries) with personal experiences – most recently their navigations of fertility, pregnancy, loss, and birth.
    Through July 9. Free on Thursdays.  
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    The Contemporary Austin: Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el Relámpago

    The Contemporary Austin presents an exhibition tracing the evolution of Eamon Ore-Giron's dynamic paintings over more than twenty years of creative practice, revealing how the artist mines the complex nature of Latinx identity, the history of the Americas, and the many legacies of abstraction in art. ALSO: The newest exhibition space here is called HOST and features work by María Fernanda Camarena and Gabriel Rosas Alemán (aka the Mexico City-based artist duo known as Celeste).
    Through Aug. 20. Free (Aug. 9-13).
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    The Creek and the Cave

    This snazzy spot for local and national stand-up acts has shows almost every night of the week.
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    The Last Cyclist

    City Theatre presents Naomi Patz’s reimagined production of a banned World War II comedy cabaret. Bear witness to this new historical record of atrocities, this fascinating work of Jewish defiance, this vividly staged proof that, in the darkest of times, art sustains life – and hope.
    Through May 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15 and up.  
    1507 Wilshire
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    The Mighty Uncanny Incredible Amazing Art Show

    Behold, fearless front-facer, as Guzu Gallery presents all-new pop culture art featuring characters ripped from the pages of your favorite comics! Each artist will pay tribute to their favorite comic book heroes, antiheroes, villains, and everything in between. Artists represented include Kyle Armstrong, Breazy, Mia Burwitz, Kevin T. Chin, Daddy Otis, Forces of Dorkness, Matt Frank, Half-Human, Stacey Miller, Tessa Morrison, Vo Nguyen, Chet Phillips, and more.
    Through June 5
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    The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

    A cross between Agatha Christie and Charles Ludlam - seasoned with a dash of Noises Off - this play, produced by City Theatre Austin, brings the laughs as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher," but not before the audience has been treated to a rollicking good time.
    Through May 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.  
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    Unchained Art: Nature's Whispers

    This new gallery presents "Nature’s Whispers: In Dialogue with Poetic Abstraction," a solo exhibition showcasing the intuitive, deeply layered abstract paintings of Swiss artist Erica Wittenwiler.
    Through June 17
    1601 E. Cesar Chavez #101
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    UT's Art Galleries at Black Studies: Old Wounds, Dark Dreams

    African-American artists Carrie Mae Weems, Cauleen Smith, Rodney McMillian, and Charles Gaines use video to meditate on anti-Black racism and the wounds it inflicts on the American psyche while participating in the tradition of appropriation – where artists quote other artists’ motifs, methods, and works to contribute new meanings to the old, which allows them to comment on, critique, or amplify the original.
    Through May 19  
    Christian-Green Gallery, 201 E. 21st
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Seeking Solace

    Mary Case’s paintings interpret organic forms with subtlety and spontaneity, rendering her vision of the natural world as ultimate architect – from the chaotic lines of brambles in the forest to the undulating forms of rivers and wetlands, encouraging micro- and macro- observations that awe and heal.
    Through May 28
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    Women & Their Work: Then and Now

    Lindy Chambers observes and animates the often overlooked aspects of rural Texas life, her subjects ranging from recognizable iconography (mobile homes, stray dogs, lambs, piles of trash), to graphic abstractions, to the amorphously biological and otherworldly.
    Through May 11. Free.  
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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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