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  • Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

    17th Annual Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival! Over 300 artists from around the world, plus thousands of fans will converge at the Palmer Event Center for Texas' largest art and tattoo event on January 18-20, 2019
    Fri.-Sun. Jan. 18-20  
    Palmer Events Center
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    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.
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    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. Bonus: SightlinesJeanne Claire van Ryzin hosts a discussion among Brodbeck, Carlos Hernandez of Burning Bones Press, Dennis McNett of Wolfbat Studios, and PrintAustin’s own Cathy Savage at 6pm.
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-10pm
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    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 Can faces, bodies, and historical references be used to tell stories?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  
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    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.
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 7-9pm
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    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!
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 5-8pm
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    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  
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    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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    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.
    Thu.-Sun., Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 8pm. $15-35.  
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    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 ‘n’ 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.
    Wed.-Sat., Jan. 23-March 2, 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., Jan. 26-March 3, 2:30pm. $30-165.  
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    ICOSA: When Everything’s Been Said

    New works by Jonas Criscoe and Mark Johnson that explore the illusion of direction and the indeterminacy of visual language, charting the cacophonous nature of our contemporary environment while reflecting upon the incoherent facets of information that saturate our daily lives. Highly recommended graphic lingogasm in 3 … 2 … 1 …
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-10pm  
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Viscosity

    This early part of the glorious, sprawling PrintAustin initiative is an exhibition, organized by Flash Collective, featuring hand-pulled prints from 24 female artists of varying ethnic backgrounds from around the United States, Canada, and Finland. Note: "Viscosity" is a declaration against marginalization.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 9, 6-8pm
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    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.
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 6-8pm
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    Northern-Southern: Insides

    This is a complementary pair of domestic dream-rooms, with Jaime Zuverza and design duo Transmountain collaborating on calm and surreal furniture-art in the front gallery and Rachel Freeman creating an all-over installation of color blocks, reclaimed pipes, and precise Micron pen drawings to transform the adjoining room.
    Saturdays, 3-6:30pm
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    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.  
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    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 more than 42 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  
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    Dance

    Wildcat Dance: New Year Cabaret

    Traditional Chinese dances, pole art, break dancing, belly dancing, and acrobatics: This kinetic spectacular celebrates the Lunar New Year and features performers from Brass Ovaries, Salimpour Collective, and Love of China – with Matthew Aldini, Timstuh, Kiersten Valance, Oksana, Miss Stella Cum Nightly, and Mary Contrary showing that old Terpsichore a few new tricks. Bonus: DJ Ram-Z spins the tunes, Infinite Monkey Theorem pours the wine; Deep Eddy dispenses the vodka.
    Sat., Feb. 2, 8pm. $25-150.
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    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."
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 7-9pm
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    AARC: Let the Colors Speak

    Rashmi Thakur and Supriya Kharod, both born in India and both proud Austinites now, document their individual journeys through watercolor and acrylic paintings, depicting the colorful traditions, vibrant life, and diverse culture found in the two communities they love.
    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6-8pm. Through March 30  
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    Dance

    ACC Dance Classes

    The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
    Prices vary, scholarships available.  
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    Atelier Dojo

    This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
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    Kids

    Austin Girls' Choir Placement Auditions

    Austin Girls' Choir welcomes new singers ages 8-18. Placement auditions are for all levels. The choir sings a broad range of genres, mostly in 3- or 4-part harmony.
    Weekends through Feb. 24. $25.
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    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: L.A. Women

    This group show of six female artists from Los Angeles – Marnie Weber, Tanya Hayden, Alexia Lewis, Shelli Tollman, Tami Demaree, and Bettina Hubby – brings an array of works embracing such diverse themes as fantasy, myth, dreams, fairytales, race, and horror.
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-10pm
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    Ben Rodgers

    Saturdays, 12pm
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    Theatre

    Cirque Italia: Water Circus

    These professional (read: mind-boggling) acrobats bring an array of unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and more, from all over the world – performing over a custom-designed, 35,000-gallon "water stage" that travels from city to city.
    Jan. 24-Feb. 3. Thu.-Fri., Mon., 7:30pm; Sat., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30pm; Sun., 1:30 & 4:30pm. $10-40.  
    2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
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    Comedy

    ComedySportz

    Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
    Saturdays, 7:30pm. $12.  
    Zach North, 12129 Hwy 620 N
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    Visual Arts

    Dimension Gallery: Little Soldiers

    Here's Part 1 of a two-part exhibition by Jade Walker, investigating the human body in collision with disease. The concept of healing runs deep through the installation, with each stitch connecting back to the body and how we as humans fight to heal, grow, and evolve.
    Through Feb. 16  
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    Dougherty Arts Center

    The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, provided skilled artists to teach a variety of classes in ceramics, digital arts, drawing and painting, darkroom photography, and more.
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    Comedy

    Esther's: New Year, New Follies

    Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue where the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street is on view through the stagefront window! Reminisce on all the news-makers, celebrities, events, and mayhem that made 2018 so memorable with A Year in Review. Watch as the new Dems diversify the hill and take on Trump in Bohemian Crapsody, and more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to wow you with illusions your mind won't believe your eyes have seen!
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Food Events

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