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for Fri., Sept. 8
  • UTNT (UT New Theatre) Festival

    UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Now celebrating its 17th season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country.
    Feb. 29-Mar. 3  
    UT Theatre and Dance
  • Gary James McQueen: Art | Technology | Fashion

    You are invited to join West Chelsea Contemporary for Gary James Mcqueen. McQueen — found at the intersection of fine art, innovative technology, and high fashion — constructs the unexpected, weaving gilded worlds of dark, fantastical beauty.
    Mar. 2-24  
    West Chelsea Contemporary
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    Make New Friends

    Austin's own Sea Legs dance company explores the phenomenon of making new friends. Through movement narratives, dancers tell stories of strength, humor, and the risk it takes to start a new connection.
    Fri.-Sat., Sept. 8-9, 8pm. $25.  
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    Pipeline

    The Alchemy Theatre presents Dominique Morisseau's urban drama about a teacher who finds herself caught between her devotion to her students and her desire to provide her only son with opportunities that seem out of reach. Directed by Simone Raquel Alexander.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $35-45.  
    Alchemy Theatre, 130 N. Pedernales #318
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    Ao5 Gallery: When the Sun Dips

    Carrie Graber, the hyperrealism oil painter from Palm Springs, brings new originals and limited editions to Ao5, presenting her breathtaking renditions of architectural wonders, swimming pools, sunlight, stylish figures, and more.
    Through Oct. 6
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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: ReVISION: Art In the Making

    This is an exhibition of meticulous graphite drawings by Les Satinover, who celebrates the nude male form in different poses with “tonality, restraint, delicacy of marks, and harmonious touches."
    Through Sept. 30
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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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    Austin Central Library: Mother/Land

    Yuliya Lanina’s exhibition delves into the Austin-based artist’s complex and personal relationship with the war in Ukraine. Through animation, sculpture, and installation, Lanina continues her introspective exploration of the emotional and physical impact of war and trauma. See our cover story on this powerful work right here.
    Through Nov. 5. Free.  
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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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    Canopy Projects: There Is Life Beyond

    In this experimental activation by Jamal Hussain, the artist continues his exploration with flora – by repurposing forgotten dismembered tree trunks and shining light (literally!) on the lost limbs.
    Through Sept. 16
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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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    Caught

    See the interior of Hyde Park Theatre transformed into an art gallery for a show by a dissident Chinese conceptual artist, a man who was imprisoned and tortured for an art piece in which he organized an imaginary protest. Or maybe that's what they're doing, as HPT presents this intricate, puzzling Christopher Chen drama – under the direction of Ken Webster, with performances by Norman Tran, Esther Park, Rebecca Robinson, and Robert Pierson. And, look: Here's Bob Abelman's review of the production.
    Through Sept. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-28 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    ColdTowne Theater

    ColdTowne's new brick-and-mortar place is totally open, and who knows what they'll shake this city with next? But one truth remains: ColdTowne is a designated den of gold, baby, sweet comedy gold.
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    Davis Gallery: Late Summer Dreams

    Here's a grand showcase of the Davis Gallery's family of artists, conjuring a sort of pool party for your eyes. Come swim the depths of diverse and original Austin-based art, with an astonishing array of work by Randall Reid, Caprice Pierucci, Jan Heaton, Ben Livingston, John Sager, Denise Fulton, Dana Younger, and many more. And here's Brenner review of this superlative show.
    Through Sept. 9
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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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    Flatbed Press: The Inky Photographers

    This is a new exhibition of polymer photogravures curated by Matthew Magruder. (Polymer photogravure is a process that involves etching photo images into a printing plate which, after inking, can transfer images to paper using a traditional etching press.) Featuring works by Howard Hilliard, Elena Lipkowski, Christos Pathiakis, Bonnie Maxey, Peter Nickel, Michelle C. Halsall, Karolina Phillips, Kevin Black, Andrew Kennedy, Susan Cohn, William Tolan, and more.
    Through Oct. 14
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    Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art

    From ceramic vessels to greenstone jewelry, 200 works of classical Maya art (250-900BC) depict the relationship between the royal courts of ancient Maya and their supernatural entities.
    Through Jan. 7. $8-15.
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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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    Harry Ransom Center: Art In Words

    Featuring collaborations between fine presses and artists, examples of typographic and concrete poetry, and experimentations in pop and surrealism, the exhibition puts prints by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha in conversation with works by Charles Henri Ford, Kristin Calhoun, David McGee, and others.
    Through Feb. 4. Free.
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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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    ICOSA: Borderless

    This is an exhibition of new work by Darcie Book and Vy Ngo, in which the artists invite you to experience an abstract landscape that considers the limitless possibilities of existence in a space without confines – beautifully rendered here with sculptural painting, installations, and natural materials.
    Through Sept. 16
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    Ivester Contemporary: I Am a Clay Hill

    This is a solo exhibition of new work by Kalee Appleton, featuring photographs captured during an artist residency in the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany during the summer of 2023.
    Through Oct. 14
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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

    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: The White Paintings

    Begun in 2018, the White Paintings are artist Veronica Ceci's ironic response to the male-dominated history of abstract art. Textural elements – towels, sheets, and mops – have been sourced directly from the artist’s labor as a professional cleaner. Mixing new materials with old, the artist juxtaposes the dream potential of cleanliness with its unavoidable and imminent failure as the dirt of time accumulates.
    Through Sept. 30
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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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    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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    Raven-Winged Hours: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the macabre, vividly comes to life in the Archive Theater’s new adaptation of his poetry and stories. Chris Fontanes, Jennifer Rose Davis, and Adriana Fontánez bring you into the author's world of gothic terror with your favorite poems and stories.
    Sept. 7-17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-40.  
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    Comedy

    Snail Haven's Comedy Pregame

    This is a weekly stand-up comedy showcase to help you pregame your Friday night on the town. (Snail Haven also features music shows, film screenings, and general hangs. Best bet: Follow @SnailHavenShows on Instagram and DM them for event details.)
    Fridays, 8pm. Free.  
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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 Comedy Mothership

    Joe Rogan's new venue is open and packing in the comedy-craving crowds at what used to be the Alamo Ritz, bringing in some of the biggest names (Rogan himself among them) and rising stars in the business, all presented with the kind of provocative pizzazz that makes Dirty Sixth (and especially this Mothership) a destination seven days a week.
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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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    The Norwegians

    Oh, uff da, this one's a real hoot! Do yourself a favor and head on out to see C. Denby Swanson's delightfully dark comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the really, really nice gangsters – Norwegian hit men – they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse, and starring Sarah Zeringue, Ben Wolfe, Sarah Fleming Walker, and Lowell Bartholomee.
    Through Oct. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., Sept. 24 & Oct. 15, 2pm; Oct. 1 & 8, 5pm. $18-36.  
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden: Apropos

    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. Bonus: "Apropos" is a juried group exhibition of contemporary art exploring an aspect or aspects of Umlauf’s work – featuring new pieces by Darcie Book, Janet Brooks, Nathan Burgess, Bella Cheng, Avery Connett, Matt Donner, Sarah Fagan, Leslie Kell, Ellen LeBlanc, Gary McElhaney, Jennifer Pate, and more.
    Through Nov. 26
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    Velveeta Room

    The legend of Ronnie Velveeta lives on at this storied 'stablishment of a stand-up stage, where some of the country's hottest comics come to make the floorboards quake with laughter every weekend on Dirty Sixth. Brandie Posey: Sat., May 20, 8 & 10pm. Jake Flores: Sat., May 27, 8 & 10pm.
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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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    Yard Dog: Birdland

    Citizen, do your eyes a favor and head over to Yard Dog in Canopy this weekend to see this fantastic exhibition of carved and painted woodblock portraits of birds by Canadian artist Lisa Brawn.
    Through Sept. 30

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