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  • Arts

    Comedy

    ColdTowne TV: Fridays & Saturdays Live

    The stage on Airport might be dark, citizen, but the stars of that laugh factory near Mrs. Johnson's Doughnuts are shining bright every Friday and Saturday night on ColdTowne TV! Tune in for this variety show format and drop a few bucks in the virtual tip jar to keep local comedy alive.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    All Together ATX Festival

    Swing Left Austin presents this livestreamed extravaganza of comedy, music, and art, featuring music by Eimaral Sol and Mama Duke, with stand-up sets by Symply Courtney, Ky Krebs, and Clara Blackstone. Bonus and a half: New illustrations by Ami Plasse.
    Fri., May 15, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Asian Flights Fest: Friday Happy Hour

    The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce presents this livestreamed celebration of the diverse Asian community, with each event featuring a local musician, a talk on some form of alcohol, and how to pair that potent potable with an Asian cuisine. This week: The beverage is sake and the food is Japanese. Coming up next: beer and Vietnamese, May 29.
    Fri., May 22, 4-5pm. $17.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Austin Latinx New Play Festival

    Virtual staged readings of new Latinx plays invigorate your favorite screen, presented by Teatro Vivo in collaboration with ScriptWorks. Note: Each dramaturg will host an IG Live Chat with the playwright at each of the showtimes, and Zoom recordings of each show will be available on the Teatro website prior to the live event.
    Through May 16. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Austin Opera: Live From Indy Terrace

    This weekly series features livestreamed performances from local stars of the vocal stage – they've already showcased Elena Villalon, Mela Sarajane Dailey, Claudia Chapa, Will Liverman, Kyle Albertson, and more – and may be just the thing you need to make your spirits soar.
    Fri., July 3, 3pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Artist Features

    This new series from the community-strong magisters of Big Medium aims to amplify the voice of artists and keep art a regular part of daily life in these socially distanced times. Through a combination of short interviews, artwork images, and video, these features serve to inspire and create a deeper connection between artists and the public. New installments weekly, every Tuesday and Friday. Upcoming: Erin Cunningham (May 26), J Muzacz (May 29).
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore

    Austin's Gilbert & Sullivan society streams video of their 2014 grand summer production of this rousing classic and features a watch party with commentary from directors, original cast members, and GSA board members.
    Through May 29. Free.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Grageriart Online

    Austin's frosty-coiffed and glamolicious wondertwins of robo-friendly sh-sh-shopping, Lana Lesley and Peter Stopschinski, keep the postmodern retail luv a-coming with a brand new video, at least long enough to take a voice-modulated sip of coffee to, each Friday morning. Don't just say hello, citizen consumer, say buy-buy!
    Trending and free.  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Invoke in Pieces

    The mighty men of this eclectic quartet may be sheltering in place, but that's not keeping them from making music together on the interwebs. Listen to each member of Invoke play solo sets for each other, livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube.
    Fridays, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Community

    Sports

    May Is Bike Month

    Bike Austin, Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, is encouraging residents to take to the bike lane throughout May for Bike Month 2020. With thousands of Austinites working from home, social distancing, and spending less time in their vehicles, streets all over town are quieter and safer, so now the community has a unique opportunity to encourage neighbors to get outside and ride together, apart. Share photos of solo or family rides on social media using #BikeMonthATX and #IBikeTo____ (fill in your own reason for biking) and enjoy these healthy streets.
    May 11-31  
    Citywide
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Left In Leaves

    This is a group show of artistic interventions across the city of Austin, freely left in outdoor public spaces throughout May. (Note: Email the gallery for a map to the sites.) Who's involved in this fine endeavor? Sterling Allen, Ted Carey, Adreon Denson Henry, Sarah Fagan, Rachel Freeman & Korey Weiss, Emily Lee, Sean Ripple, Amy Scofield, Meghan Shogan, Amanda Julia Steinback & Staci Maloney, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Suzanne Wyss. Documentation will be shared on the Northern-Southern website and social media; at the conclusion of the month, the maps will be collected in a print zine, in which each artist will be interviewed. Northern-Southern will mail it to you upon request. And, look: The Chronicle's Robert Faires shares his own experience of the project.
    Through May 31
  • Community

    Events

    Sofa Sessions Benefiting SIMS Foundation

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sofa Sessions brings local musicians to your living room to raise funds for nonprofit SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health care to musicians and has experienced a higher demand due to COVID-19. Follow SIMS on social media (@simsfoundation) for lineup announcements throughout the month. Donate online or by texting SIMS to 44321.
    Throughout May  
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Vault Stone Shop: Mask Collection

    For this new group show curated by GD Wright, a coalition of artists – Ender Martos, Alexis Mabry, Jade Walker, Bale Creek Allen, B. Shawn Cox, Brian David Johnson, so many others – has produced and donated more than 100 fabric masks to be given away each day during the show’s duration. Also, each artist has created a unique commemorative artwork referencing their thoughts and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic. These interpretations of a face mask will be on view in the gallery's window display for two weeks. Note: All the gallery’s proceeds from sales will be donated to purchase hand sanitizer for distribution throughout the homeless community in Austin.
    Through May 20
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Virtual ASO: The Austin Symphony's REWIND

    Conductor Peter Bay and company have teamed with the classical cats at 89.5 KMFA to release this show of discussion of and music fromtwo 2006 concerts, one with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 and one with Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, featuring Joshua Bell.
    Until these damned coronas get the hell outta Dodge  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Risk

    This is a livestreamed reading of Robi Polgar’s new play Risk (or, What Nature Doesn’t Do to Us), darkly comic vengeance drama, in which an upwardly mobile mayor, his fallen lobbyist brother, their endtimes-proclaiming father, and a mysterious woman who has charmed them all navigate the global tragedy that is climate change while coming to terms with the unfolding discoveries of how their romantic histories intertwine. Performed by Michelle Polgar, Ev Lunning Jr, Ben Wolfe, and Jeff Mills.
    Fri., May 15, 8pm  
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  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    "High Signs & Beacons" Open Call

    The George Washington Carver Museum, Six Square, the African American Heritage Facility, and the city's Equity Office are calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join a public art project that will be displayed throughout the African American Cultural Heritage District. 8-12 creative teams (one visual artists; one writer/poet/scholar) will be chosen to develop a large outdoor sign with text-based artwork.
    Deadline: Fri., May 22  
    Online
  • Qmmunity

    Community

    "The Dating Show: Queerantine Edition" Open Call

    Looking to meet some cuties for dates or maybe more? **link in bio**: We're recruiting for an online Dating Show game hosted by Kelly Kline! 💞 The dating show will be pre-filmed with us in the coming weeks before we get to share it with The Q's audience. Come have some fun with us and find yourself a virtual quarantine boo ✨: All LGBTQ+ people between the ages of 18-35 interested in participating are invited to fill out our Submission Form. Link in bio!
    Ongoing  
    Online
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    "We'll Just Rock For Ourselves" Virtual Exhibit

    The Austin History Center's phenomenal 2018 exhibit on the late photographer Lisa Davis is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Davis' photos and videos capture the grrrls grrrls grrrls of Austin's lezzie rock scene in the Nineties. Revisit our review of the exhibit here, and don't forget to check out our interview with former Chronicle senior editor and "Gay Place" founder Kate X Messer, who was a key figure in curating her collection.
    Online
  • Music

    3ten ACL Live presents Stream Come True w/ Jonathan Terrell

    Benefiting HAAM. Tip the artist at Venmo: @JonathanTerrell or PayPal.me/JonathanTerrellATX
    Fri., May 15, 8pm  
  • Music

    Adrian Conner

    Venmo: @AdrianConnerSpazKitty; PayPal.me/AdrianConnerCreation
    Fridays, 7pm  
  • Summer Camp

    Theatre/Dance Camps

    Aerial Creation Camp

    Courses safely teach kids how to take to the air and dance using harnesses, silks, and more. Courses culminate with a show for parents and friends. They will be teaching small group classes to allow for social distancing and time to clean equipment between students. They will conduct temperature checks at the door, provide hand sanitizer stations around the studio, and encourage everyone to wear a face covering. Ages 8-14.
    June 3-14 & July 8-19. $250 per week.
    Blue Lapis Light, 10331 Old Manchaca Rd
  • Summer Camp

    Instructional Camps

    AFF Film Camp

    Austin Film Festival is excited to launch their Virtual Film Camp Classes for the Summer of 2020! Designed for the young filmmaker stuck at home, these classes will provide a fun and instructional creative outlet for your young storyteller. Whether a novice or advanced filmmaker, these classes are sure to take your camper’s filmmaking skills to the next level! Ages 9-18.
    June 1-July 31. $125-180.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    AFS Cinema Virtual Screenings

    The quality programming you've come to expect from AFS Cinema is available virtually, and online ticket purchases will help ensure it can reopen so you can visit again in person.
    Ongoing  
    Online
  • Community

    Civic Events

    AISD Family Conversation Circles

    AISD families are invited to voice their opinions on the district's 2020-25 Strategic Plan, as well as family support during COVID-19.
    Fri., May 15, 10-11am  
    Online; dial-in (see online for registration)
  • Music

    AJ Vallejo

    Fridays, 8pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
  • Community

    Kids

    Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

    For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
     
    At home
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alamo on Demand

    Make any Tuesday terror-iffic, any Wednesday weird, and the rest of the week fantastic with Alamo Drafthouse curated picks via Alamo on Demand. If a film is there, it's because an Alamo programmer loves it. It's kinda like going to your favorite video store when you could do that, mixed with going to your favorite theatre, when you could do that too. Staff picks, cult classics, Found Footage Fest and Master Pancake, Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday, Fantastic Fest faves, they're all there for rental or purchase.
    Ongoing  
    Online via Alamo Drafthouse
  • Qmmunity

    Community

    All Together ATX Comedy + Music Fundraiser Extravaganza

    Join Swing Left Austin for a livestream fundraiser supporting the All Together ATX fund for COVID-19 relief. Featuring performances by qmmunity members, rapper Mama Duke and comedian Ky Krebs, among others. Donate here.
    Fri., May 15, 8-9pm. $10 suggested donation.  
    Online

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