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  • Free Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet

    Austin Shakespeare, in conjunction with the University of Texas at Austin, presents Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo and Juliet. This legendary love story will be told in a new way! Set in the 1930’s with inspiration from the period crime drama Peaky Blinders, this production will also include music (both live and recorded) from the mid 20th century as well as the 1930s. Tickets are free when you RSVP in advance.
    May 23-June 9  
    The Curtain Theatre
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    Normal Gossip

    Here's an evening of juicy, strange, funny, and utterly banal gossip about people you’ll never know and never meet, coming to the stage straight from the stream of the hit podcast. With host Kelsey McKinney, producer Alex Sujong Laughlin, and surprise guests, this show dives into the lives and decisions of complete strangers.
    Wed., July 19, 7:30pm. $40.75 and up.  
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    AARC Open Call for Artists

    The Asian American Resource Center Exhibits Program aims to foster and promote artists and curators whose work embodies the AARC's mission, vision, and values and to create spaces of belonging and healing for Asian American communities in Austin and beyond. An independent panel will review all submissions and the top applicants will be chosen for exhibitions at the AARC.
    Deadline: Fri., Aug. 4  
    Apply online
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    ACC Highland: Visceral and Vibrant

    Large-scale paintings, ceramics works, and mixed-media sculptures created by four Austin Community College studio art students: Deborah Gruber, Stacia Lake, Yen-Yu Lien, and Diana Sexton.
    Through July 28. Tue.-Thu., 11am-4pm
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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 Gallery: Vibrance of Summer

    One of the definitions of “vibrance” is “the state of being full of energy and life," and this gallery is definitely ablaze with vivid energy! “Vibrance of Summer” provides your sensation-hungry eyes a dynamic array of works created by more than 35 Austin artists.
    Through Aug. 11  
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    Artworks Gallery: Arye Shapiro

    New figurative paintings by Arye Shapiro, based on live models and his experiments with poses, props and light.
    Through Aug. 12
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    Dance

    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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    Comedy

    Buzz Kill Comedy

    Hosted by Carlton Wilcoxson and Angelina Martin, and featuring the best local and national comics every Wednesday.
    Wednesdays, 9pm. Free.
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    Cloud Tree: Summer Salon Series

    Cloud Tree is sharing their elegant Eastside space for this summer series, dividing the main exhibition gallery into 21 stations and offering them to the creative community, with limited curation and a focus on new and upcoming artists. Variety? Yes. Excellence? We're betting on it. Suggestion: Don't miss this one.
    Through July 31  
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    Davis Gallery: Introspection

    Charles Heppner’s work looks to the power of the contour, the universal interconnectedness of all things. His assemblage works marry hard angles, cloudlike fabrics, and the natural world, held frozen in a moment in time. His complex composite photographs Forest Hug and Arboreal Jewels express his spiritual connection to the beauty in nature.
    Through July 29
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    Ground Floor Theatre: Playwriting Intensive

    Ground Floor Theatre is accepting applications for their new writers group, GFT Writes. The group will meet biweekly over the course of 12 months, with each playwright developing one new play. Playwrights will receive an honorarium as well as a paid workshop and public reading of their play developed in the group. GFT Writes will start meeting in late August 2023, with workshops taking place the following August. Note: Playwrights must be based in the Austin area. See website for details.
    Applications accepted through July 22  
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    I See You See Me

    A collaborative photography show curated by Bianca and Riel Sturchio of 18 artists from Austin and its surrounding area. Focused on LGBTQ, chronically ill, disabled, and neurodivergent identities, ISYSM "embraces alternative approaches to photography through modes of making that honor the grit, the grime, the queer, the accidental, the immediacy, the power, and the magical potentialities of analog photography."
    Through Aug. 12
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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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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: House Salad

    This recently relocated bastion of elegance and superb curation presents a stunning exhibition of trompe-l'œil sculptures by Tamara Johnson — the artist's first solo project with the gallery.
    Through Sept. 2
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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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    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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    O. Henry Museum: Lone Star Limericks

    The O. Henry Museum presents an open call to writers to submit original limericks that pertain to Austin or Texas – your fave (or least favorite) person, city, animal, allergen, etc. – via the online form as a video, image, or text through July 22, to be judged by the public through July 31.
    Through July 22; winners notified Aug. 1. Free.  
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    RichesArt Gallery: Bodies of Work III

    For Leah Bury and Loria Mendoza's curatorial follow-up to their previous "Bodies of Work" exhibitions, they invited local creatives to showcase the human figure. Now witness this presentation of new images from more than 50 artists, including TVHeadATX, David Wehmeyer, Richard Samuel, and Manni Mora.
    Through Aug. 5. $11-25 (for the reception).
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    Comedy

    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 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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    Townlake YMCA: Theresa Bond

    The artist Theresa Bond captures the essence of small moments in her acrylic paintings, intaglio, and collagraph prints.
    Through July 30
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Joyce Howell

    Joyce Howell's palette is informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos, each color and mark applied to the canvas informing the next.
    Through July 29
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    Women & Their Work: The Bow Whispers to the Arrow

    Dan Jian’s drawings are meditations on the act of looking and made using mostly dust. Charcoal dust and burned ashes are mixed and fixed on translucent paper, allowing the medium to form inklike gravitational washe, then worked with scissors, blades, and glue to create introverted landscapes filled with imaginary narratives and symbols.
    Through Sept. 7

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