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      Dance

      Arcos Dance: Ether Junk

      In this "staged rehearsal of possible cyborg realities,” the kinetic savants of Arcos use dance to explore how emergent technologies de-center the body and offer audience-participants the chance to assert their humanity in an increasingly opaque technoworld. In-person viewers of each performance will be joined by audiences at other locations screening an interactive livestream of the piece and using their phones to shape the action remotely. Note: This is Arcos, so it's gonna be some kind of fierce and weird and wonderful.
      Aug. 30-Sept. 8. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Comedy

      Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

      Look, it's not all about the improv, OK? That is to say, yes, it's hella about improv, the whole looooong weekend is lousy with improv – with amazing troupes from all over the country attending and performing – but there's also a sweet array of sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and just the naturally occurring comedy that ensues as hundreds and hundreds of professionals and fans converge on the ATX for the seven days of this annual festival of staged shenanigans. Shows? Well, yes! But workshops and classes, too – and more afterparties than you can shake a shakable thing at. Ah, we've got more coverage for you right here, citizen, but right now check that website and reserve tickets while you can.
      Through Sept. 2  
      Various locations
    • Music

      Gore Noir Magazine presents a tribute to Gwar's Oderus Urungus w/ Stitched Up, Worm Suicide, Venustra, Sodomy Cop

      Local horror mag Gore Noir salutes the life and … art? … of late Gwar leader Oderus Urungus, one day after Dave Brockie would’ve turned 56. ATX headbangers fête the splatter metal icon: doom/death trio Stitched Up, gonzo punks Worm Suicide, horror metalheads Venustra, and authoritarian thrash punks Sodomy Cop. Hosted by local pinup/blogger Scarah and featuring burlesque, mud (blood) wrestling, and cake.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 9pm  
    • Music

      Austin Instrumental Music Fest w/ Serumn, Monbody, Ouiness, Body Tape, & more

      Language grounds the climb of music. Without the baggage of lyrics, songs increase altitude, with more legroom to boot. The fifth annual Austin Instrumental Music Fest promises not only height but weightlessness through spacious instrumental arrangements and spacey sound design. Heavy Stars’ looped vibraphone whispers, Brainwavve’s electronic meditations, and Ramparts’ featherlight math jazz-rock highlight two-dozen acts on three stages.
      Sat., Aug. 31  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Austin Restaurant Weeks: Final Weekend

      The Central Texas Food Bank announces the return of Austin Restaurant Weeks for 2019, with Tito’s Handmade Vodka as the main sponsor and an impressive array of venues offering prix fixe meals and drink specials and – oh, here comes the final weekend of an incredible two weeks’ worth of culinary goodness, with proceeds going to sustain that community-forward Food Bank while you happily feast at, for example, Barley Swine, Café No Sé, the Capital Grille, Caroline Restaurant, Central Standard, Citizen Eatery, Contigo, the Driskill Grill, Easy Tiger Downtown & the Linc, Goodall’s Kitchen, Gusto Italian Kitchen, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Il Brutto, Intero, Le Politique, L’Oca d’Oro, Olive & June, Oskar Blues Brewery, Parkside, the Peached Tortilla, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Sala & Betty, Salt & Time, Sway, and more. See website for specific menus and details!
      Through Sept. 2. Prix fixe: $20, lunch & brunch; $35-50, dinner.  
      See website for participating restaurants
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Fembot Fatality

      Bitchtopher headlines this V-Day dance party follow-up with support from Y2K, Ruby Knight, Hentaii, Honey Baby, Targét, Kid Pharma, brujaux, and Belladonna. Think rave, think bright lights, think hot stars. Liz Dexia hosts. 18 and up to dance dance dance. BYOB, babes.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 10pm-4am. $10.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      High Art Shit

      This latest Works Progress Austin event from Salvage Vanguard Theatre is curated by performer and creator Gricelda Silva and invites the community to seek commonality through disgusting shared experiences. “What is most intimate, most personal to us, is also most universal," says new mother Silva. "Yet we don’t talk about that because, what, it’s too taboo to say we piss in the shower, that we pick our noses and roll our boogers into tiny balls that we flick off into oblivion, that our finger has gone through the toilet paper square and we’ve instinctively smelled it? Well, I think we should talk about this shit!” And so, here comes a bevy of Austin luminaries to share the nastiness and enjoy shitty performances of poetry, puppets, movement, and song – with guest artists Jesus Valles, Caroline Reck, and Cami Alys.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 6pm. $5.  
      The Mosaic Theatre, 11530 Manchaca Rd
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      Food Events

      Hotel Ella: Fancy Tailgate Party

      Show your UT pride with pregame festivities before the Texas Longhorns take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Your hook-'em hosts at Hotel Ella are providing a full buffet by Goodall's, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, live music, shuttles to and from the stadium, and (for those who wanna stay and imbibe) all the hot gridiron action on big ol' tv screens. Note: This event is also family-friendly – and free for kids 12 and younger.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 4-7pm. $60.  
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      Arts & Culture

      Liz Behan: One Woman at Dusk

      Our queer’d country star returns to share her tall tales of country dyke living. Laura de la Fuente is Liz Behan, and we promise she’ll make ya laugh ’til it hurts so good.
      Saturdays Thru Sept. 21. Saturdays, 7-8pm. $10.  
    • Music

      Longhorn City Limits w/ Jack Ingram, Jane Ellen Bryant

      Free pregame concert from Jack Ingram and Jane Ellen Bryant.
      Sat., Aug. 31
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Nocturnal Emissions: Return to Thunderdome

      Go back to the apocalypse with drag battles for utopia. Cheeki Kahnt rules with last year’s victorious Drag warrior, Sha’Nyia Narcisse; plus, spesh guests Maddelynn Hatter of Dragula fame and Dallas’ wicked May May Graves. Dress in yer best Mad Max-inspired pieces for the costume contest, too.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 9pm. $15, GA; $30, VIP.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Office Space (1999)

      White-collar prisoners of the corporate office will recognize themselves in this very funny, Austin-lensed movie.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 11:20pm  
    • Music

      Rhythm on the Water presents Shinyribs, HeartByrne

      Reigning ATX Band of the Year: the Gourds meet the Dixie Cups.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 9pm  
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    • Arts

      Theatre

      Robert Mueller's Greatest Hits

      Robert Mueller (as played by Hyde Park Theatre's own Ken Webster), with help from a rotation of local all-star actors, presents highlights of the special counsel’s two-volume, 400-plus page report in this staged reading – including, of course, the Mueller team's assessment of Russian interference and the president’s efforts to obstruct the investigation into his campaign. Conceived and directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. (Also, we feel compelled to add, in the interests of full disclosure: FUCK TRUMP.)
      Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Pay what you can, impeach if possible.
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Splash Days

      One of the gayest weekends in Austin returns with three straight days – and trust us, that’s the only thing str8 about it – of wet, wild, and wicked fun. Proceeds go to Out Youth, Kind Clinic, and ASA’s Octopus Club, and weekend tix get you extra perks like 15% off your bill at Friday’s Big Gay Dinner, access to Sunday’s Hippie Hollow lake party, plus expedited entry into Rain and OCH all weekend with discounted drinks! See site for sched.
      Fri.-Sun., Aug. 30-Sept. 1. $25, day pass; $60, weekend pass.  
      Around town
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Mamalogues

      Color Arc Productions presents the world premiere of Lisa B. Thompson’s new satirical comedy about black, unmarried, middle-class mothers parenting in the age of anxiety, as they lean in, stress out, and guide their precocious children from diapers to college in a dangerous world. Directed by Rudy Ramirez, starring Yvonne Oaks, Valoneecia Tolbert, and MelodyAnn Fullylove.
      Through Sept. 7. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
    • Music

      The Meditations, The Contrabandits

      Reggae trio the Meditations waft in from Jamaica with legendarily divine vocal harmonies led by founding survivor Ansel Cridland.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 9pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      The More the Merrier (1943)

      Half Angel: The Essential Cinema of Jean Arthur: It's quintessential Arthur in this sparkling comedy that begins with a housing shortage in Washington, D.C.
      Sat., Aug. 31, 3pm  
    • Arts

      Books

      Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames: A Discussion of Hardboiled Fiction

      This here's one helluva company of sinister glory, all right, as darkling scribes Jeff Vorzimmer, Rick Ollerman, Josh Stallings, Tim Bryant, and Joe Lansdale convene in a room on BookPeople's third floor for some deep palaver about murder, mayhem, and maybe something else that starts with M. Why? To honor the 20th anniversary of Stark House Press and its release of The Best of Manhunt, that's why. You got a problem with that? You maybe wanna step outside for a minute, pal?
      Sat., Aug. 31, 2pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Transom

      This new play, devised by a trans/nonbinary ensemble – the lead writers are Libby Carr and Lane Stanley – tells the story of a "found family" living together in the same house, redefining the meaning and importance of community and overcoming personal grief and loss while fostering an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Directed by Lisa Scheps and Jess O'Rear for Ground Floor Theatre.
      Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Wed., Aug. 28, 8pm. $5-40.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Twin Liquors: Dollar Sale Weekend

      Yeah, no, this is totally a thing. The annual three-day sales spectacular features incredible savings on wine and spirits 750 ml and larger: Prices drop to the absolute lowest plus a dollar. And that includes collectible wines, rare whiskies, and other popular tipples. And the Twin Liquor Marketplace locations will be offering free breakfast tacos – thanks, Deep Eddy Vodka – but, no matter which store you go to, make sure you get there early, because, tell you what, every boozehound in town will be swarming, y'know what we mean? See website for details.
      Thu.-Sat., Aug. 29-31, 10am-9pm  
      All Twin Liquors locations
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