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    Nightlife & Parties

    Sarah Shook & the Disamers With Garrett T. Capps

    This ain't your uncle's country band. Shook – a self-described vegan, bisexual, atheist, and mom – draws her sound influence from Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith, and Hank Williams. And now, she's bringing her newest album on tour to town.
    Thu., Jan. 24, 7pm-12mid. $12.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      The Contemporary Austin: Paper Dance

      The Contemporary Austin's schedule of winter events organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance" includes monthly dance performances by Antoni. Note: Performances are approximately an hour long and contain nudity.
      Jan. 23-26. Wed., 1 & 7pm; Thu., 7pm; Fri.-Sat., 1pm
    • Community

      Events

      Austin Remembers MLK

      This interactive app-based exhibit offers photos from MLK's civil rights meetings with LBJ and audio speeches from the Austin Area Heritage Council’s MLK Oratory competition, plus special Six Square mini-docs of Austin’s African-American community. Discover for yourself at three different locations: the MLK statue at UT's East Mall, the south steps of the Capitol, and the George Washington Carver Museum.
      Jan. 21-Feb. 28. Free.
    • Food

      Food Events

      Banger’s Barrel Bonanza

      It’s the third year for this annual celebration at one of Austin’s favorite eat-and-drinkeries. Enjoy the best of barrel-aged beer – Firestone Walker’s Dark & Stormy, Pinthouse Pizza’s Jaguar Shark, Blue Owl’s Balcones Beastie, and the Bruery’s Tart of Darkness, to name just four of the many offered – and check out Banger’s newest tap wall additions while enjoying great brews, food, and live music.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 6-9pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      BedPost Confessions: Choose Your Own Adventure

      Stories told at BedPost Confessions explore themes of sexuality, gender identity, dating, marriage, masturbation, break-ups, health, and more. Whether the performers are funny, informative, fictional, thoughtful, embarrassing, raunchy, heart-warming, political, or completely personal, the audience receives their stories with love and returns the favor by sharing their own. This week: Arielle Sokoll-Ward, Ivy Le, Kelly M. Marshall, and Kate Mullan, with your hosts, Miranda Wylie and Sadie Smythe.
      Thu.-Fri., Jan. 23-25, 7:30pm. $25 ($20, in advance).  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

      The bright anchor of PrintAustin's inkstained vehicle of wonders is this exhibition of printmaking from 35 artists from around the world, juried by Anna Katherine Brodbeck of the Dallas Museum of Art. There's so much here that's so good, but, listen, there's also a new large work called Oversight by Art Werger – and that alone should be enough to draw you to Big Medium before the show ends.
      Through Feb. 16
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Butridge Gallery: Despite It All

      This is a solo show by the celebrated graphic designer Dave McClinton. Can faces, bodies, and historical references be used to tell stories? You bet your bold narrative hooks they can, citizen.
      Through Feb. 9  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Chris Cubas

      Smack in the middle of the week, and there's Cubas onstage at Cap City? If you know a damned lucky opportunity for maximum comedy, citizen, you'll grab some tickets while they're still available, because this man and his friends will knock you off your ass with funny.
      Tue.-Thu., Jan. 22-24, 8pm. $7-19.  
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      Visual Arts

      Davis Gallery: Past and Present

      It's no secret that Randall Reid's meticulous works – painstakingly constructed from shards of our commercial and natural past, perfectly displayed among the ruins of our present – are some of the rare objects on this planet that bring a deep joy to our eyes' sense of beauty and amplify any yearnings in the forlorn wasteland of our heart. So what can we tell you about the man's career retrospective at Davis Gallery right now? What can we tell you about four decades' worth of Reidian excellence on display, except that we recommend it highly? Let's hope that'll do – because you shouldn't miss this show.
      Through Feb. 23
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Elisabet Ney Museum: Women of Flatbed

      This part of Print Austin features work by leading female figures from the past and future of Austin's own Flatbed Press, including Alice Leora Briggs, Suzi Davidoff, Sandra C. Fernández, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Sandria Hu, Sharon Kopriva, Mary McCleary, Melissa Miller, Celia Munoz, Liliana Porter, Linda Ridgway, Julie Speed, Sydney Yeager, and more. And, oh look, our Robert Faires gives you a fine preview right here.
      Artist talk: Sat., Jan. 26, 2-3pm  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      First Anniversary All-Star Celebration!

      This basement venue is dedicated to "bringing the best in alternative comedy with shows seven nights a week," and this weekend is their first anniversary all-star celebration benefitting SAFE. If you don't know how good these guys are, what the hell is wrong with you, citizen? If you do how good they are, you'll be thrilled to experience this best-of-the-best weekend, featuring house troupes and acts from all the comedy theatres in town, with stand-up showcases and hilarious sketches and, Jesus, this is some kind of comedy explosion going on here right now. (Get it? "Fallout"? "Explosion"? "Jesus"? "Going on"?) Highly recommended!
      Thu.-Sat., Jan. 24-26. $10 per show.  
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      Visual Arts

      Flatbed Goes South: Moving Show and Sale

      Ah, Flatbed will be moving south in April of this year! Help them lighten the moving load by finding a framed or unframed print to add to your collection. The art will be hung in salon style, covering those already nostalgia-tinged walls, with more than 200 works – and most of 'em available at a discount. Illegitimi, we say, illegitimi non carborundum!
      Through Feb. 28
    • Arts

      Theatre

      FronteraFest: Short Fringe

      One of Austin’s longest-running festivals, a legendary vehicle for theatre artists, actors, musicians, poets, and performers of all types, FronteraFest returns for its 26th year of showcasing some of the wildest – occasionally brilliant, frequently delightful, and almost always original – entertainment you're likely to see. It's a collaboration between that professional thespian powerhouse called Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks and anyone who's got what it takes to put their act on a stage. The Short Fringe showcases performances of 25 minutes or less, and runs the entirety of the festival. Here's the main thing to know about the Short Fringe, in case you're not familiar with the whole FronteraFest deal, yo: The weeknight shows are a mixed bag but usually crowded with folks there to see friends do their stuff onstage; each Saturday "Best-of-the-Week" show is sure to be worth your time, but it sells out fast, so plan accordingly; the final week, the "Best-of-the-Fest" week, if you care about new theatre in Austin or just like to be wowed by some fierce stagework, you should get your tickets now, because this will be the primo live-performance shit in town and don't blame your Chronicle pals for not hipping you to it ahead of time, capisce? Okay, then.
      Through Feb 16. Tue.-Sat., 8pm  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Fuego

      Fuego turns up the magic-making with a new year new theme: Future Ancestors – a party, spotlight, and community space for our QPOC communities. Featuring resident DJs Chorizo Funk and p1nkstar, with resident artist Mireydi.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 10pm-1am. $8.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      grayDUCK Gallery: Amze Emmons and Yoonmi Nam

      The wonders of PrintAustin are heralded in the excellent grayDUCK space, with Emmons presenting his records of informal temporary structures and ingenious vernacular designs, with Nam offering images of man-made environments and objects and cut flower arrangements, with a two-person show that complements and contrasts across the common ground of expert printmaking.
      Through Feb. 24
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Guerrilla Queer Bar: New Year, New Queers!

      Get back into the happy hour groove with yer fave barflies at GQB! They're taking over and queering up the joint with quties both old and new – and remember, nothing's sexier than bringing some socks, shampoo, or gummy vitamins to donate to SAFE.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 6-10pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Heartland

      This play was written by Gabriel Jason Dean as a direct response to the true story of the U.S. government’s textbook propaganda contributing to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This play draws a line from the Cold War to the war on terror and is a story of healing, grace, and connection. This play stars Lowell Bartholomee, Kareem Badr, and Kacey Samiee – directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex. And here's the scoop on the playwright and the play's origins. For the love of all that might be holy, don't miss it.
      Through Feb. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Hedwig and the Angry Inch

      Director Dave Steakley and choreographer Abe Reybold bring John Cameron Mitchell's glamorous and rockin' musical classic – about "a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock & roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, trying to find a place to belong in America," of course – back to the Austin stage.
      Through March 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30pm. $30-165.  
    • Music

      Laura Gibson, Dana Falconberry

      Laura Gibson’s vocals arrest, delicate and lightly trembling. The Oregonian then unwinds emotions patiently and with precision, last year’s fifth LP Goners confronting grief as she explored more experimental arrangements while trading her folk guitar for piano and Wurlitzer. The result is ethereal and haunting, a calming devastation in the loss and lingering persistence of life. Former Austin nightingale Dana Falconberry returns to open.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 8:30pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Listening Closely

      Where do we come from? Where are we going? Is there a bigger something out there that will always be out of reach? (And what might it mean to try to connect with it?) The artists in this show listen closely to their materials, history, the land, and the stars – and often end up hearing things they did not expect. Bonus: New works by Jong Oh in the Project Room.
      Through March 23
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Minding the Gap (2018)

      Encore 2018 Film Series: Sundance-lauded Hulu skateboarder doc surpassing Thrasher equation was one of 2018's best films.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 1:20  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Paradise

      This bluegrass comedy brings its "irreverent, heart-warming, toe-tapping show" to Austin before heading across the country. Imagine a sort of Music Man in a Southern coal mining town, as a charismatic preacher, saucy stripper, and greedy Hollywood production company show up to create their own version of the American Dream. Directed by Michael Myers for Austin Playhouse.
      Through Feb. 3. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $38-42.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      PrintAustin

      There’s one sure way for art to make a lasting impression: When the marks comprising a work are made transferable and forced into contact with another surface. Then, suddenly, look – born from an industrial matrix still wet with ink, it’s a print! It’s the product of a woodcut, an engraving, an etching. It manifests as a mezzotint, an aquatint, an image of drypoint. Hell, maybe it’s one of those screenprints that concert promoters use for pimping their bands, a bold AF poster created with the same sort of process that, when displayed in a Very Serious Museum, is called serigraphy.

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      There are so many different kinds of prints, we confess, that it’s better to direct you to Wikipedia for detailed background. But we wouldn’t be surprised if an eye-popping majority of those kinds – to say nothing of the abundance of subjects depicted, the profusion of styles engaged – were available for viewing during the sixth annual PrintAustin celebration.

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      This year’s iteration of PrintAustin runs from January 15 to February 15 and features a wide diversity of events throughout the city – including exhibitions, artist talks, demos, workshops, and more. We’ll be highlighting several of those in your Chronicle's visual arts listings as the fest continues, of course, so keep your eyes peeled this-a-way.

      Through Feb. 15  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      SouthPop: Carnaval Brasileiro Show

      This year's carnival is coming up fast, but first get you a happy eyeful of graphics at SouthPop as the exhibition of all the posters from Austin’s Carnival Brasileiro returns. Also, the annual SouthPop Calendar is hot off the presses and ready for you to take home. Gonna be a fun night this Sunday, with music from Austin’s Samba School, a costume contest, and the usual whistle-wetters.
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      The Contemporary Austin: Paper Dance

      This is both a dynamic retrospective spanning 30 years of photographs and sculptures by Janine Antoni and a solo dance performance by the artist developed collaboratively with pioneering dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin. Antoni performs 15 times throughout the exhibition for an intimate audience, exploring the materiality of brown paper and responding to her own artwork within the gallery. (Click here for schedule.) On view during museum hours, the artist and art handlers will pack, unpack, and reinstall the work, before and after performances.
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      The Nymble Digitz Ministry

      Kick off yer weekend with some savage beats from Jennifer Phamstar, Popn'Lock, Omak, and DJ Nymble Digitz. Lights, visuals, and one helluva dance party.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 10pm  
    • Music

      Thursday plays War All the Time

      Post-emo heroes Thursday broke out around the millennium with second and third LPs Full Collapse (2001) and War All the Time (2003). Disbanding in 2011 and regrouping five years later, the Jersey sextet now reignites greatest hits “Understanding in a Car Crash,” “Cross Out the Eyes,” and “For the Workforce, Drowning.” From the Cure to Springsteen, Thursday accolades ebb and flow, but live, they’re volcanic.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 8pm
    • Food

      Food Events

      Twin Liquors' Burns Night: Single Malt Whisky Tasting

      Ah, what an excellent night to hang out with ambassadors from the Edrington and the Ambassador and sample an array of their single-malt delicacies dram by dram! Just a wee bit o' boozin' to help the immortal poetry go down, y'think? Note that there are Burns Night celebrations going on at other Twin Liquors locations, too, but we're featuring this one because, well, sure an' we can walk there from the Chronicle offices.
      Thu., Jan. 24, 6:30-8pm. $25 ($40 for two).  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: Seeing Through Darkness

      The Austin-based artist Eliza Thomas works with ink on kozo paper, exploring the beauty of decay. This results in a visual dynamic of strength and unexpected calm that dominates Thomas’ large-scale works.
      Through Jan. 26
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Women & Their Work: If I Could, I Would Cover Everything With My Drawings

      Hedwige Jacobs invites viewers into an almost meditative state of observation with her drawn surfaces, video installation, and cut patterns, in which "figures move about, hover on the edge of the impossible, and reconfigure themselves in endless variations drawn from everyday interactions."
      Through Feb. 28

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