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  • From the Vault

    You are invited to join West Chelsea Contemporary for the new exhibit From The Vault. Running for only 23 days, From the Vault is an appointment-recommended exhibition by Collectors for Collectors. West Chelsea Contemporary offers an inside look into investment-worthy pieces from the private collections of Austin’s top collectors.
    June 1-23  
    West Chelsea Contemporary
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    This is, of course, Yasmina Reza's arch comedy that asks poignant questions about the meaning of art and friendship. Directed by Steven Pounders for Penfold Theatre, and featuring performances by Ryan Crowder, Nathan Jerkins, and Kareem Badr.
    Through Nov. 18. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5pm. $17-37.  
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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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    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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    Big Medium: Fuertes y Firmes

    The multidisciplinary artist José Villalobos grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in a traditional and religiously (Evangelical) conservative family. His work reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that conflict with and condemn being gay.: Villalobos manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture, demonstrating that dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity centers an interstitial space where materiality softens virility.Recommendation: See this vivid show of highly resonant work, the inaugural exhibition in the new Big Medium space – from the folks who bring our lucky city the annual Austin Studio Tour.
    Through Dec. 2
    4201 S. Congress #323
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    Butridge Gallery: Access

    Witness, for your delight, Neal Flynn’s exhibition of mostly new assemblage, collage, and site-specific intervention exploring ideas relating to nostalgia, loss, violence, ownership, and modern Western culture.
    Through Nov. 25  
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    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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    Chronicles of an Indigenous Offspring

    Inspired by James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son and Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, Zell Miller III uses hip-hop culture, jazz aesthetics movement, and spoken word to weave an authentic tapestry offering a picture of what it means to be a person of color in this Southern city. This new show is "a therapeutic exhale that documents growing up Black in Austin, Texas," and "a love letter to cultural landmarks that have been erased from the city's consciousness, Chronicles also exposes the city's dark past. Famed photographer Ivan Millers's black-and-white images create a striking visual environment, and Miller's longtime musical collaborator Thomas "Hitman" Wheeler on percussion creates a funky sonic landscape.
    Through Nov. 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $21-28 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    Deathtrap

    Jarrott Productions brings Broadway’s longest-running, Tony-award winning comedy thriller (penned by the remarkable Ira Levin) to Austin – just in time for spooky season – and featuring the talents of Kyle Irion, Devin Finn, Natalie D. Garcia, Janelle Buchanan, and David Kroll, under the direction of David R. Jarrott.
    Through Nov. 12. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-35.  
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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: Unfolding the Rainbow of Motherhood

    Kyle Hawley, founder and creative director of Letterpress PLAY, breaks the silence surrounding motherhood with her powerful exhibition, using the unique medium of monoprinting, to transform cloth utility accessories and garments that she designed for mothering into seven life-sized prints that are embedded with colors that recall the nostalgic colors of Kodachrome.
    Through Dec. 2. Free.
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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: Candy Land

    This is a whimsical collection of ceramic pieces by Tanya Zal, featuring works that have been baked, dressed up, decorated, frosted, and swirled into "an indulgent playful daydream."
    Through Jan. 7. Free.
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Seagulls Don’t Sound Like Pigeons

    Cande Aguilar’s art is inextricably linked with the culture, people, and imagery of his hometown of Brownsville, TX. A self-taught artist, Aguilar forged his unique style called “Barrio Pop” from the landscape of La Frontera.
    Through Nov. 19  
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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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    Harry Ransom Center: The Long Lives of Very Old Books

    Explore the stories behind books published by Europeans between the mid-15th and late 17th centuries, tracing them from printing houses into the hands of generations of collectors and bookbinders and, ultimately, modern research libraries like the Ransom Center.
    Through Dec. 30. Free.  
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    It's Only a Play

    This is, of course, Terrence McNally’s stage comedy is celebration of theatre at its best – and theatre people behaving their not-so-best. Directed by Jim Lindsay for City Theatre.
    Through Nov. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun. 3pm. $15 and up.  
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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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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: FREE FOOD (for thought)

    You recall that the Reynolds Gallery recently moved from Downtown to West Sixth, right? Yes – and now here's their fourth presentation of drawings and wall paintings (of single words or short phrases!) by Kay Rosen.
    Through Nov. 11
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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: 40 years of Dia de los Muertos

    This exhibit presents an impressive collection of relevant artworks created by artists with an intimate connection to the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Austin community.
    Through Jan. 7
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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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    PL in ATX: Polish Posters Show

    Here's an exhibition of posters by a Polish designer, Patrycja Longawa.
    Through Nov. 30
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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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    St. Edward's University: Alumni Show

    John Patrick Cobb returns to his alma mater to show paintings that he started while an undergrad, some of which have been completed just this year, featuring a wooden chapel, lined with 27 gold-leafed, egg tempera ikons; 40 plein-aire paintings; and more.
    Through Nov. 2. Free.
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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 Thin Place

    In The Thin Place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one is breached. With acuity and relentless curiosity, Lucas Hnath’s play transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own. And here's our full review of the show.
    Through Nov. 26. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $28 and up.  
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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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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Combinations

    Here's a show by the legendary Cey Adams, credited as the architect of Hip-Hop’s visual language through his work as the founding creative Director of Def Jam Recordings. Damn right it's important, which is why this is the gallery's first solo artist exhibition. Bonus: Featured alongside Adams’ body of work are images from legendary photographers Martha Cooper and Janette Beckman.
    Through Nov. 19
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    Women & Their Work: Eye Moon Cocoon

    Virginia L. Montgomery's new solo exhibition is a surrealist thought experiment about the philosophical praxis of atomic healing, featuring new video art, sound art, performance photographs, and sculptural objects that interweave psychoanalytic, mythological, and scientific textures. Bonus: luna moths!
    Through Nov. 30
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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: Complicated Characters

    This new show at Austin's finest bastion of folk art features mixed-media collaborations that combine Jim Sherraden's printmaking with Jon Langford's painting to brilliant, rockabilly effect.
    Through Nov. 30

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