Head to the gay bar, grab a drink with the therepubliq, and listen to the 20+ Dems running for president at this two-night debate watch party.: Night one debaters: Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, and Jay Inslee.: Night two debaters: Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, Joe Biden, Eric Swalwell, and Marianne Williamson.
Lucas Hnath's new and exceedingly dark comedy is directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre and stars Chase Brewer, Lana Dieterich, Sarah Chong Harmer, and Web Jerome. (And the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbereviewed the show right here.)
Through July 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $24-28 (pay what you can, Thursdays).
That extraordinary Italian restaurant in Mueller celebrates with an evening of small plates by local chefs Fiore Tedesco (L'Oca d'Oro), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley (Foreign & Domestic), Fermín Núñez (Suerte), and Mari Soto (Sweet Ritual). Note: The price includes an open bar with special birthday cocktails, and the whole night's a fundraiser for Good Work Austin, the socially responsible community of local businesses.
Step back in time to the 1950s as the already swanky Roosevelt is transformed into Austin’s most lavish casino, with craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker tables by Full House Casino Events. Buy-ins for the action start at $20, and the top five chip leaders at midnight will win big prizes. Note: All proceeds are donated to the Austin Children’s Shelter.
Essential Cinema: Bertolucci's Novecento: Set on a vast farm owned by the landlord Berlinghieri family and tilled by the peasant Dalcò family, Bertolucci's epic spans the period between the death of Verdi in 1900 and the death of Mussolini in 1945, following the lives and rivalries of two men (De Niro and Depardieu). Presented here in two parts due to its over-five-hour run time. (AFS screens the complete film Sat., June 29, 1:30pm.)
Ben Aqua curates a group exhibition of 17 QPOC Texans making art in photography, digital collage, illustration, performance, fashion design, new media, video, and painting to better visualize the artists' lived experience as brown queers in the Lonestar State.: Artists include: Adiean, Anthony Flores, Ben Aqua, Claudia G Aparicio Gamundi, Diego Mireles Durán, Henry N Rodriguez, House of KENZO, Isaiya Venegas, Josue Hart, Manuel Morales, Michael Anthony Garcia, Natalia Rocafuerte, Niko, p1nkstar, Jp Rivfe, Josh Garcia, S Rodriguez, Saakred, and Wayne Dean. Use #AllShadesConsidered on the gram!
Witness here an array of life-sized and larger works recently created by Meena Matocha, the artist having wielded charcoal, ashes, soil, acrylics, and wax to create paintings that "combine abstraction and figuration, exploring the space between grief and joy, the place where heaven and earth converge."
In her first solo show at Canopy's anchoring gallery, Rehab El Sadek conceptualizes a meditative journey through personal past and the ancient world, drawing inspiration from classic architecture, modern architectural theory, world literature, and historical texts. And the Chronicle's Robert Fairesreviews the show right here.
Thursdays, 7pm, Fri., April 12, 8pm, Sat., April 20, 8pm, Fri., April 26, 8pm, Sat., May 4, 8pm, Fri., May 10, 8pm, Fri., May 24, 8pm, Fri., June 7, 8pm, Fri., June 21, 8pm, Fri., July 5, 8pm and Fri., July 19, 8pm
Lauren Gunderson's excellent comedy features William Shakespeare's friends and fellow actors in The King's Men company doing whatever it takes to make sure that true versions of the Bard's plays survive – by compiling the First Folio, thwarting all the tailcoat-riding bastardized versions, faithfully recapturing the words that shaped their lives. Directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse. And, prithee, what did our reviewer think of the show?
Through June 30. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $36-42 (student discounts available).
BSOM University offers a six-course roster of classes centered around cultural contributions of minority groups in America and around the world, from poetry in the Middle East to counterculture America and the Vietnam War. The instructors include local artists, business owners, cultural archivists, and one UT staff affiliate.
June 5-Aug. 8. Mon.-Thu., 6:30 & 8pm. Free, but donations welcome.