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    Austin Opera: Silent Night

    This opera, with music by Kevin Puts and a libretto by Mark Campbell, is based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, recounting a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history, with soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce.
    Sat., Jan. 26, 7:30pm; Thu., Jan. 31, 7:30pm; Sun., Feb. 3, 2:30pm. $39 and up.  
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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

    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  
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    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

    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.
    Through Feb. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    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.  
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    Landmarks Guided Tour

    Join the art aficionados of Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Meet your guide at Michael Ray Charles' (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations at the west entrance to the Gordon-White Building on Whitis Avenue. You'll explore campus and discuss the role of art and architecture in the built environment. Note: Tours are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly. Also note: Seriously, this is a perfect pre-brunch or post-brunch thing to do on a Sunday, isn't it? What a fine city!
    Sun., Feb. 3, 11am. Free.
    210 W. 24th
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    MASS Gallery: Interwoven

    This is an exhibition featuring six contemporary artists who work in textiles, from traditional forms of artwork like Navajo weaving, natural dyes, embroidery, and chain stitching, to the more contemporary approaches of site-specific installation and free-standing sculptures. Including work by Melissa Cody (Flagstaff, AZ), Orly Cogan (Hudson Valley, NY), Fort Lonesome (Austin, TX), Amada Miller (San Antonio, TX), Haleh Pedram (Richmond, VA), and Suzanne Wyss (Austin, TX).
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 25, 7-10pm
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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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    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.
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    Visual Arts

    Stuart Wallace: Future Artifacts of Sprawl and Sting

    Yes, this might take a little while to get to, because Georgetown is kinda up there, isn't it? But never mind that, because the end of the world will also take a while to reach, yet that's where we're all eventually headed.

    A local artist, Stuart Wallace, has gotten there first, is the idea here, and he's brought back an array of artifacts that are as eerie as they are graceful. I can't properly express the odd and sublime aesthetics of what the man's wrought, but I can tell you that the pieces often include abandoned wasps' nests and ball moss and photos and rope, expertly arranged, and they're often framed in wood that Wallace has charred with a flame thrower.

    Real talk: There's already too much to see in Austin, already too much for a listings editor to cover; WTF would make me take the time to promote this show up at the Georgetown Public Library? Answer: The sheer, stunning beauty of this work.

    Go ahead, make a whole afternoon of it, check out Wallace's "Future Artifacts" and that Atelier Dojo faculty exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center while you're moseying around, maybe stop for an exquisite meal at Jack Gilmore's Salt Traders Coastal Cooking on the way there or back. But FFS don't miss this show.

    Reception: Sun., Feb. 3, 3-5pm  
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