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  • Learning To Human

    Sims Holland fell apart before she came together in this hilarious, heart-felt rollercoaster solo show. Through the chaotic trials of life as an addict to the all thumbs attempt at building a sober life after, this raucous true story show is speckled with poetry, dotted with dance numbers and doused in honesty. Doors @ 7:30 18+
    May 16-25  
    Hyde Park Theatre
  • 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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    Jellicle Night: An Immersive Screening of Cats

    If you’re going to watch Cats, you might as well watch it in the most extra way possible, offered at MoHA for Valentine’s Day in celebration of “all things feline, fearless, faithful and true.” This immersive, costumes-encouraged 4D screening is paired with local short film “Catula Theme Song” by Jeanne Stern and offers a themed feline feast from Lynny’s including deconstructed chicken pot pie with curried gravy, fish-shaped puff pastry, and fresh coconut-honey macaroons. Plus a photo booth, props, milk bar drinks, and more. Meeeeow! – Kat McNevins
    Wed., Feb. 14
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      Classical Music

      Guillermo’s Classical Music Trivia Night

      KMFA lets its weekend host Guillermo Delgado out on a weekday to challenge the classically inclined. The trivia theme is … [checks calendar] … love! Also, who knew the KMFA crew had a cupid squad? We didn’t, but they’ll be there. The organizers claim you don’t need any knowledge of symphonies, etudes and whatnot to have fun, but you’re probably not going to walk away with the Beethoven Bust. Aside from bragging rights, the winners walk away with tickets to an upcoming Austin Opera production. – James Renovitch
      Wed., Feb. 14
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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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      Peter and the Starcatcher

      Adapted from bestselling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this Tony-winning play by Rick Elice digs deep into J.M. Barrie’s story of Neverland like never before. Learn the origins of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up as well as his friends and foes like Wendy, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. Directed by Ben Wolfe, this production features music by Wayne Barker and an ensemble cast of 16 actors in over 100 character roles. –James Scott
      Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Feb. 18
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      Roxy Castillo

      She’s had many titles – wrestling manager with Inspire Pro, Funniest Person in Austin finalist, Grease 2 expert – but this Valentine’s Day, Roxy Castillo takes the title of Cap City headliner. Spend a romantic night in the Red Room with Castillo as her hilarious asides bring hearts to your eyes. Openers include Aira Juliet, known for curating the rip-roaring variety show Black and Queer AF, and comic Justin Hicks, who delivers piping-hot humor with a chill vibe. – James Scott
      Wed., Feb. 14  
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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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      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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      Visual Arts

      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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      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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      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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      Theatre

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      Comedy

      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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      Visual Arts

      Thin Spaces: Seeking Nature’s Ethereal Conduits

      This three-person show of visual art at the venerable Dougherty Arts Center suggests ways in which “the natural world can serve as a conduit to a deeper understanding of the ethereal,” divulging liminal places where material and spirit intertwine. Local and simultaneously beyond locale, the layered oil abstractions of Rebecca Bennett, the stunningly manipulated photography of Leslie Kell, and Elena Lipkowski’s digital collages embellished with hand-stitched embroidery shift the gallery’s walls toward wonder and may open your doors of perception into a realm that’s downright seelie. Bonus: Meet the artists there tonight, 7-9pm. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Feb. 3-March 9
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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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      Wally Workman Gallery: Tiempo Sostenido

      This is a solo exhibition – an extraordinary solo exhibition, we daresay – by Spanish artist Juan Luís Jardí, who uses a mix of magic realism with influences of Pop Art and surrealism to illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we're faced with as humans.
      Feb. 3-25

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