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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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    A Dastardly Death in Deadwood

    Yes, it's a murder mystery dinner, where you eat well and try to figure out who the killer is – right there in the town of Deadwood. And you can call me Al.
    Thu., Aug. 10, 7-9pm. $40.  
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    Hybrid Poetry Reading: Anthony Sutton and Charlie Clark

    BookWoman welcomes Anthony Sutton and Charlie Clark for this event to celebrate the publication of Sutton's debut poetry collection, Particles of a Stranger Light. Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.
    Thu., Aug. 10, 7:15pm. Free.  
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    Jenna and the Whale

    Written by Miami playwrights Vanessa Garcia and Jake Cline, Jenna and the Whale is about life, death, and who we are in a community as individuals. This world premiere presentation is directed by Lisa Scheps for Ground Floor Theatre in collaboration with Broadway United, and features performances by Kelsey Mazak, Matthew Vo, Keaton Patterson, Jennifer Jennings, Tonie Knight, and Brooke Ashley Eden. And, look: Here's Bob Abelman's review of the show.
    Through Aug. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun, 5pm. $24-45.  
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    Small Steps

    Shrewd Productions presents the first world premiere of local playwright Briandaniel Oglesby. This "hilarious and campy, but heartfelt" play deals with the very real themes of isolation and loneliness, and the bravery involved in searching for real connection in our disconnected world. Directed by Braxton Rae, starring Dane Parker, Jen Brown, Trey Deason, Shannon Grounds, and Andy Shaw.
    Through Aug. 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm
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    Window Dressing XXIX: Fra[mes]

    This display in the front window of ICOSA, the latest in their longtime series, is viewable 24/7. And here Taylor Holland (a former Austin Chronicle art director, no less!) works the intricate craft of frame-making in the context of contemporary art, filling antique frames with their own content using custom molds built from digital processes.
    Aug. 7-14. Artist reception: Fri., Aug. 11, 8-10pm
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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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    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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    Auditions: Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies on Sixth Street is holding auditions for male performers with comedy, musical, stage, and light dance experiences. Auditions will be held in early August, from 2:30-4pm, or upon appointment. Note: Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week, noon-3pm, and before shows on Thursdays and Fridays, 6-7pm. All performers must attend rehearsals to be in the shows. Pay starts at $600 weekly. See website for details!
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    Auditions: Sembrando Herencia

    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance is auditioning for roles in The Prince & The Pana, an original play featuring a multi-ethnic cast: adults, all ages, including lively seniors, for performances in December. Actors must reside in Austin or surrounding areas. See website to schedule a preliminary Zoom interview with Dr. Tekina-eiru Maynard.
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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: Abstract To Alien

    Here's a stunning array of images by Patrick O’Brien (AKA the 3-Eyed man), who captures stationary objects via a camera in motion, utilizing the lens as a brush and the subject as paint. Also on display: "Condo" by Ed Barr; "The Year of the Pandemic" by Mary Day Long.
    Through Sept. 23  
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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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    Contracommon: Within

    Here's an exhibition of works by Darryl Demps Jr., Brie Henderson, and Nathan Sing, three artists who use dreamy color palettes and whimsical compositions to invite you into their worlds.
    Through Sept. 4
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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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    God of Carnage

    Beyond August Productions presents this comedic play by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The production is directed by Robyn Conner, and stars Shannon Embry, Jill Klopp Turner, Chuck Winkler, and Peter Young.
    Through Aug. 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-30.  
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    Golden Mean Gallery: Factory Setting

    Says the artist Conner Yarbrough, "These paintings were created over three years when destruction was integral for regrowth and balance had to be discovered amidst chaos."
    Through Sept. 9
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    Head Over Heels

    This laugh-out-loud love story about the outrageous escapades of a royal family is set to the music of the iconic 1980s rock band the Go-Go’s and includes the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” Featuring the Go-Go’s very own Kathy Valentine as music director.
    Through Sept. 10. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Arts & Culture

    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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    Ivester Contemporary: Form and Function

    This summer group exhibition challenges the boundaries between fine art and craft, offering a range of functional objects made by fine artists – including furniture, eating utensils, clothing, and toys. Also, nonfunctional objects made by craftspeople – including paintings, photography and sculpture. With works by Jonas Criscoe, Ryan Thayer Davis, Jenn Hassin, Beili Liu, Dave McClinton, Steve Parker, Denise Prince, and more.
    Through Aug. 26
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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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    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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    Lydia Street Gallery: Vision Board

    "We don’t typically see an artist’s vision board, only the by-product of blood, sweat, and tears." Oh, we can see them now, though! At this excellent exhibition of boards by Erin Cunningham, Stephen Daly, Valerie Fowler, Melanie Hickerson, Mindy Johnston, Steven Bernard Jones, Kathy McCarty, Jacqueline May, Lawrence McFarland, Deanna Miesch, Jon Eric Narum, Jennifer Prichard, Benné Rockett , David Thornberry, Madelon Umlauf, and Deborah Vanko.
    Through Sept. 10
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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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    Matilda the Musical

    Zilker Theatre Productions presents the story of a girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda is a joyous romp for children and adults alike.
    Through Aug. 12. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15pm. Free.
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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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    Northern-Southern: Title

    In this new show at the excellent Downtown gallery, seven artists show artworks with the books (plays, poems, novels, comics, zines, and records) that inform and inspire them. With Emma Hadzi Antich, Jade Walker, Jason Stopa, Logan Larsen, Matthew Langland, Sarah Fagan, and Tim Thompson.
    Through Aug. 20. Thu.-Sun., 2-6pm
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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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    TexARTS: 9 to 5

    TexARTS' Professional Series presents this classic musical, based on the 1980s movie, featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick.
    Through Aug. 27. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $45-55.  
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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 Hideout

    The diverse lineup of hilarious, always surprising improv shows continues, with Pgraph and Maestro and the Big Bash and more, for the most unexpected delights of in-person entertainment.
    $10 and up.  
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    Unchained.Art: Tales In Ink

    Juliette Lepage Boisdron's first solo U.S. exhibition presents an aesthetic universe inhabited by expressive, majestic, and mystical women, caring insects, large observing eyes, exuberant plants, and plenty of animals.
    Through Aug. 19
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Realism

    Oh, this is realism, all right. It's the type of precise realism that underpins the most fantastic, evocative imagery – portions of our world in all its shadow-riddled glory – and it's seen here in a display of stunning new oil paintings by Tracey Harris, James Andrew Smith, Sara Scribner, and Shane Scribner.
    Through Sept. 3
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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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    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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