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    Visual Arts

    Austin Creative Alliance: Online Artshow Fundraiser

    The ACA has teamed with SKM Art Advising to present this virtual exhibition of works for sale to benefit the Artists Emergency Fund, featuring new pieces by Stella Alesi, Naomi Schlinke, Rebecca Bennett, and more.
    Ongoing, until sold out  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Studio Scene 4

    It's Camiba's fourth annual exhibition of art gathered directly from studios visited on global tours (with a focus on Latin America). Experience new cultural voices through a wide variety of mediums, expressed by more than 25 artists representing four countries and nine geographic locations. Curator Troy Campa will post a video walk-through once the exhibition's up and ready, but the gallery is also open for in-person viewing by appointment only.
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    Comedy

    ColdTowne TV: Prayer Circle Comedy

    It's confessional comedy for the true believer, featuring testimonials and healing words from their church family to yours, bringing you a half hour of fresh sketch and improv characters guaranteed to convert even the staunchest nonbeliever. Srsly, friend, you're just … not … that … staunch. Hallelujah!
    Sundays, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    DipDipDip Pop-Up

    GQ Magazine may have named them one of 2020's best new restaurants, and our own Jessi Cape has fairly raved about the eatery's brilliance, but that damned coronavirus put a stop to – well, hold on now. Look: Tatsu Aikawa's most celebrated venue flips a finger to pathogens everywhere and re-opens with a to-go menu featuring new dipping sandwiches (crafted with meats that are charred on a binchōtan grill, slow-cooked and thinly sliced) with a choice of dip, plus artisanal ice cream (Cookies 'n Matcha and Yuzu Mascarpone, for instance), and we're like, "OMG, yesssss!"
    Wed.-Sun., 11am-9pm
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Esther's Follies

    You don't have to slog your way through Dirty Sixth anymore, citizen – you can catch the arch antics and musical mayhem of the Esther's crew on video as they unleash fresh new sketches and songs and more about the hottest topics of the day. And there's all sorts of behind-the-scenes extras now, too, and it's all available via their Patreon page. You need to laugh right about now, so this is a good idea, right? And sports are important, sure they are, but wouldn't you rather be a local comedy supporter than a local athletic supporter? [*pauses for response, hears only crickets*] Right – leaving it to these professionals, then.
  • Community

    Events

    Feed It Forward

    Feed It Forward and take out hunger! Order delivery, pickup, groceries, beer, wine, or cocktails from participating restaurants and add the $5 Feed It Forward menu item before checkout. Support the local food community and provide 20 meals to the Central Texas Food Bank with each Feed It Forward item. Plus, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching donations up to $10,000. Check out the list of participating locations online before you make your next takeout order; there's a wide variety all over town.
    Various locations
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    Events

    Fuel Our Heroes Austin

    UT-Austin student-led initiative Fuel Our Heroes Austin is raising funds and taking donations of PPE, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper for health care heroes at Dell Medical School. So far they've raised almost $17,000; donate online now to help reach the goal of $100,000 and to get vital supplies to those at the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.
    May 15-June 12  
    Online
  • 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.  
  • 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

    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic (and ever-growing) mix.
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Thee Lonely Gays Social

    From Thee Gay Agenda, Austin Black Pride, the Nola Bevy, and Greetings from Queer Mountain New Orleans comes a virtual speed-dating affair to find a QT, bae, or friend. Plus, there will be an intermission with performances by Miss San Antonio's Miss Girl6 and New Orleans' Joy Clark.
    Sun., May 17, 7-8:30pm  
    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

    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

    The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
    Thursdays, 8pm; Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Spirit

    This is a video broadcast of the culmination of Vortex's Elementals collection of ritual theatre, the ensemble-devised spectacle weaving together world music, singing, modern dance, and storytelling, directed by Bonnie Cullum. Bonus: Two new short plays from Rudy Ramirez's CoviDecameron series.
    Sun., May 17, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Poster Show

    Now here's some gorgeous and affordable visuals for anybody's favorite wall: A new series of 20-by-16-inch posters celebrating the creations of Workman-repped artists – Malcolm Bucknall! Ashley Benton! Helmut Barnett! Ian Shults! Those amazing Scribners! And many more! – with funds going to support those artists. Give it a look-see on the website.
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    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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    A Selection of Short Films

    A collection of short films that were scheduled to screen at South by Southwest will be shown, including Ingrid Haas’ “Still Wylde,” Chelsea Devantez’s “Basic,” Kate Cox's “Vert,” Carlyn Hudson's “Waffle,” and Dean C. Marcial's “Reminiscences of the Green Revolution.”
    Sun., May 17, 11:15pm  
  • Community

    Events

    Adopt a Pet From Austin Animal Center

    AAC is closed to the public until at least May 29, but they are still adopting animals from foster homes. Make a profile and choose a new furry friend from the website to begin the process. See AAC's Facebook page for details on that as well as tips for reuniting lost animals with their families while AAC is closed, and remember, donations are always welcome.
     
  • 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
  • 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

    allgo Virtual QPOC Community Chats

    Dr. Martha Ramos Duffer will facilitate a space for QPOC to share strategies on navigating emotions and intersecting oppressions exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.
    Sun., May 17, 1-3pm. Free.  
    Online

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