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  • 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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    Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life

    The Second Best Night of Your Life could be closely followed by the third and fourth best nights of your life if you catch every one of Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein’s three stand-up showcases at two Austin venues. His Roy Kent character may be famously terse, but if you’ve ever listened to Goldstein’s funny yet weirdly philosophical pod Films to Be Buried With, or sampled his work behind the camera as co-creator of Apple TV+ series Shrinking, you know there’s a lot of soulfulness there. A lot of four-letter words, too; show promoters caution this is for audiences aged 15 and up.– Kimberley Jones
    Fri., Feb. 2, 7pm. $79.50 and up.  
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      Classical Music

      Beerthoven: To Invoke History

      The beautifully bowed and fretted string quartet Invoke takes a look back in time through the lens of two new works written by living African-American composers: Jonathan Bingham's The Lessons of History and (the world premiere of) David Wilborn's Giddings Remembered.
      Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30pm. $10-30.  
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      Geoff Sobelle: Food

      This intimate dinner party performance of smell, taste, and touch offers a meditation on the ways and whys of eating. The audience gathers around a white linen-covered dining table, engaging with each other and their empty plates in a constantly transforming performance. Sounds, scents, and tactile elements shape a conversation about personal memories, consumption, and the evolution of food production over generations.
      Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 1:30 & 7:30pm. $10 and up.  
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      Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

      You’re a busy guy; you don’t have time to read all of War and Peace. But you’re also ashamed that you’ve not dug into the hottest Russian novel of 1869! Hark: A solution awaits at the Zach Theatre production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy’s musical adaptation of a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s great tome. Described by the theatre as an “innovative electro-pop opera,” this two-hour-and-thirty-minute love triangle will be available as pay-what-you-will until Feb. 4. Heads-up to queers: Thursday, Feb. 1, is PRIDE night!– James Scott
      Jan. 30-March 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25.  
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      The Feud: A Musical Comedy

      From Texas Comedies – the company that brought us Murders & Moontowers, Boomtown, Prohibition, and other staged follies – comes this latest spectacle inspired by the notorious Sutton-Taylor Feud, the longest-lasting and deadliest feud in 19th-century Texas.
      Thu.-Sat., Feb. 1-10, 8pm  
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      The Library

      Do you think gun violence is way out of control in these United States, citizen? Do you want a more effective response than “thoughts and prayers” from politicians? Different Stages knows how public art can help effect change, continuing their current season of theatre with Scott Z. Burns’ drama about the aftermath of a deadly shooting at a high school. Directed by Carl Gonzales and Lacey Cannon Gonzales, featuring performances by Lucky Cantu, Eva McQuade, Beau Paul, Gina Houston, Stan McDowell, Liz Waters, and Jason Park. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Through Feb. 11. Fri.-Sat. & Mon., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-35.  
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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: My Pretty Poison

      Large, bold, emotionally charged multimedia paintings by Scott Leopold.
      Through Feb. 17
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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 State Hospital: Insights

      This exhibition aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. All proceeds from the show will go to the Volunteer Services Council of Austin State Hospital, to help patients with mental illness.
      Fri., Feb. 2, 4-7pm. $50.  
      111 Congress
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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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      Big Medium: No Kings But Us

      "The collaborative back-and-forth between artists Robert Hodge and Tim Kerr is as compelling and intriguing for what is on display as for what is not. This exhibition presents the vivid yet amorphous residue of a contested, negotiated, and ultimately collaborative chronicle. It gathers swatches of 20th- and 21st-century history as recounted by artists from different generations and backgrounds, who share as many crossovers as they do variations."
      Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 12, 8-10pm
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      Bolm Arts: Interpretation of Dreams

      In which artists Nicole Josephine Kline, Thomas Cook, Josh House, Kel Brown, Shu Khebion, Xander Rudd, Stephanie Mervine, Michele Rahbar, Autumn Maedey, Mimi Frank, Lindsey Millikan, John Mereado, Fran Mendizabel Walsh, J.C. Amorrortu, and Zach R Bobkoff will explore themes of recurring dreams, symbolic representations of deeper meanings, nightmares that tap into inner fears, and fantasies of a desired life.
      Opening reception: Thu., Jan. 18, 6-11pm  
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      Cage Match Project: Attitudes of Humility

      In each of her installations, Maggie Jensen becomes involved in different systems or aesthetics of authority, whether the art institution, a natural history archive, or extractive resource infrastructures. She makes requests of a cultural archive or government agency to access data about particular objects, and the process informs artworks that reveal the paths and limits of the internal logics of these institutions.
      Through Feb. 4. 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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      Carver Museum: Two Births and the Afterlife

      You think it’s easy, being somebody’s mother? You think giving birth to another human being doesn’t put your own humanity and purpose under some fierce self-scrutiny? Milwaukee-based artist Aimée M. Everett, in her solo show at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, uses abstraction, minimalist line-making, saturated colors, and melodic compositions to explore “the profound transformations experienced during childbirth and the subsequent journey of self-discovery into motherhood.” Word – or, more appropriately, image – to your mother. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Opening reception: Thu., Jan. 11, 6-8pm
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      Comedy

      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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      Contracommon: Proof of Life

      This exhibition is presented in partnership with PrintAustin and features work from Texas artists Terry Chastain, Thomas Cook, Diego Diaz, Daniela Oliver, and Melissa Slaughter. The artists employ a diverse range of printmaking technique – including screen-printing, cyanotypes, relief prints, monoprints, and intaglio – to express deep relationships between human beings and the earth they inhabit.
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 6-9pm
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      Cool Day

      A two-person exhibition centered on early Aughts-style internet collage opened Jan. 13 and can be seen Fridays and Saturdays through early February. Mia Scarpa’s mixed-media paintings conjure the edge of 2000s chatrooms and 3D-rendered JPEGs, while Grace Horan’s playful sculptures reference childhood friendships and I Spy books. The gallery press release teases, “Their images and objects evoke an ethos of collecting that animates everything from official archives to family photo albums to online image boards. The result of such an experience is a schizophrenic reading of images that hardly make sense together – except in the fact that they do.”– Lina Fisher
      Fri. & Sat. through Feb. 10
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      Davis Gallery: RopeTrix

      This new body of work by the unstoppable image wrangler B Shawn Cox explores the utility of a cowboy’s lasso intertwined with fetishization of control. The show includes paintings on fabric, paper cuts, folded paper, leather, rope, and lenticular collages. Recommended and likely to make you shout "Yeeee-HAW!" in art-lovin' joy.
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 4-7pm
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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: Carrying Things from Home

      This is a solo exhibition of Annalise Gratovich's color woodcut series, “Carrying Things from Home," based on matryoshka dolls and the textile patterns from Ukrainian embroidery. Bonus: The artist's most recent collages and woodcuts are also on display in this show.
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 4-6pm
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      FronteraFest

      Austin’s longest-running and most beloved performance festival returns for its 29th year! This unique collaboration between Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks attracts actors, artists, poets, dancers, and performers of all types throughout Texas and beyond. (Over the past quarter-century, performers have traveled from as far as Chang Ung University in Seoul, South Korea, to perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.) FronteraFest includes two separate components: the Short Fringe (four different performances of 25 minutes each, every night) runs Jan. 16-Feb. 17 at Hyde Park Theatre; and Mi Casa es Su Teatro happens only on Sat., Feb. 10, primarily in private Austin homes. Look for the Short Fringe to thrill you with talented Fest regulars Zell Miller III, Hank Schwemmer, Jennine DOC Kreuger, Tristan Mercado, Janet Maykus and Tom Booker, Teresa Johnson and Gloria C. Adams, Collin Carrothers, Pamela Paek, and the Knuckleball Now.
      Through Feb. 17. Tue.-Sat., 8pm. $20 and up.  
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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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      ICOSA: The Contemporary Print

      PrintAustin’s annual juried exhibition features national and international artists at ICOSA, showcasing an independent survey of the traditions and innovations of contemporary printmaking – including lithography, relief, intaglio, silk screen, and monotype – juried this year by lithographer Mark Pascale of the Art Institute of Chicago.
      Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 19, 6-8pm
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      If The Sky Were Orange: Art In the Time of Climate Change

      This two-part exhibition explores the history and contemporary urgency of climate-related issues. Curated by journalist Jeff Goodell, who has written extensively on the topic, it's the first exhibition at the Blanton to explore one topic across several of the museum’s temporary gallery spaces. See our review of the show right here.
      Through Feb. 11. $8-15.
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      Ivester Contemporary: Like a Circle, Like the Moon

      Tsz Kam’s first solo exhibition with the gallery expresses their own hybrid self-identification by featuring mythological subjects, chimerical. monsters, and decorative motifs from around the world. "Kam’s exposure to the fluorescent, festive streets of Hong Kong and the aesthetics of the nightclub that employed their parents during Kam’s childhood, coupled with an eventual move to Texas, heavily influenced the work in this exhibition." Bonus: Beili Liu's installation, Inheritance, is also featured.
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 7-9pm
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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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      Link & Pin: Anthony Huang

      PrintAustin works with Link & Pin each year to create an invitational exhibition. This year, they're presenting works by Chinese artist Anthony Huang that reflect on urban dwellers' contemporary challenges, attributing their mental instability to the incessant exposure to new information. And this? Is ... new information, isn't it? Hmmmm.
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 5-7pm
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      Loverboy: Portraits on Vinyl by Rick Fleming

      Back in 2020, Rick Fleming helped then-presidential hopeful Joe Biden campaign for the top spot by selling tote bags adorned with the politician’s portrait. Now, the local artist turns his attention to more musical inspirations, from Prince and David Bowie to Björk and Taylor Swift. United by his signature full eyes and round nostrils, Fleming’s homages take a more abstract approach to his subjects’ likeness – though accompanying lyrics, like to Queen’s namesake 1976 classic, give each piece away. Visit Springdale’s SAGE Studio Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to see Fleming’s paintings on vinyl discs – or buy one yourself for $200 a pop. – Carys Anderson
      Through March 23. free.
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      Lydia Street Gallery: Sporadic Moments and Cartography Abstracted

      Ecuadorian-American artist Sandra C. Fernández uses pages from a 1800s book of crimes and misdemeanors as the foundation for works that explore her realities of exile, dislocation, relocation, and memory; Mindy Johnston's cartographic drawings colorfully represent her experience as a longtime Cap Metro rider.
      Jan. 13-Feb. 17. Artist reception: Sat., Jan. 27, 6-9pm
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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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      McLennon Pen Co. Gallery: Art as Object

      This is a group show curated by David Futscher, featuring Austin artists Jeffrey From, Lindsey Lascaux, and Peter McRury, and Kansas-based artist Slater Reid Sousley.
      Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 26, 6-9pm
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      Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin

      Opening this Friday, Feb. 2, is Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art & cultural center Mexic-Arte Museum’s annual mega exhibition/art sale. Mix ’n’ Mash will feature over 200 artists utilizing a 12-by-12-inch Gessobord to explore “the large and small of what makes Austin weird, interesting, timeless, and robust,” according to Mexic-Arte’s website. Each board goes for around $150 each, but buyers are encouraged to buy at least three to create an ATX triptych to impress all your gallery-going friends. – James Scott
      Mondays-Sundays. Through March 3
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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 Gallery: Endless

      This is the new solo exhibition by Austin’s own Donya Stockton – yes, the multitalented woman behind legendary club venues Beerland, Rio Rita, King Bee, and more. So, the show’s about music? No, because this Stockton is also a world-class weaver, and her latest works of handmade basketry (and its stunning deconstructions) incorporate driftwood, Oaxacan seed pods, and copper into her signature serpentine loops of cane and reed, bringing topology itself to its knees in Philip Niemeyer’s excellent Downtown gallery.  – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 5-8pm
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      Old Bakery Gallery: Fantastical Flora

      This multimedia exhibition is a comprehensive exploration of the beauty of botanical forms, expressed realistically and in the abstract, featuring the work of local artist Francine Funke.
      Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 1-4pm. Free.  
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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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      Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Kate Breakey

      This exhibition of new work by Kate Breakey showcases hand-colored photography of the natural world, particularly of Texan and Australian landscapes, animals, and insects.
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      Comedy

      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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      Treespell

      This excellent gallery on East Cesar Chavez presents a solo exhibition by Elizabeth Chapin, inspired by the myth of the Greek goddess Artemis, who turned the hunter Actaeon into a stag and shot him full of arrows for sneakily watching her as she bathed. In “Treespell,” the Mississippi-born painter explores natural and mythological worlds “to comment on the transformative power of the gaze and the interconnectedness of all living things, incorporating personal, historical, and imaginative elements to wield and subvert notions of viewership and voyeurism.” – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Through March 7
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      Unchained Art: Struggle & Release

      This solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Fernando Palomo invites you to immerse yourself in a transformative dialogue that navigates the tumultuous sea of human sentiment and experience.
      Opening reception: Thu., Jan. 25, 5-8pm
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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: Paul Rodriguez

      Yard Dog presents the vibrant works of Paul Rodriguez, a printmaker from San Miguel de Allende. "And some very cool new paintings by Harry Underwood."
      Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 19, 7-9pm

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