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    Virtual Vortex: One Ounce Opera

    There's a movement to revitalize opera across the globe, but no one's been doing it quite like Julie Fiore and Austin's own One Ounce Opera. Here's a night of highlights from their archives, both released and unreleased.
    Fri., May 22, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      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.  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      DJ Chorizo Funk Livestreams

      The "Best of Austin" award-winning DJ's cumbia beats are so nice, you should rock your body to 'em to twice: Friday nights on Facebook Live, followed by a 10pm Instagram set on Saturday.
      Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays, 10pm  
      Online
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      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.  
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      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.  
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      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  
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      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, and more – and may be just the thing you need to make your spirits soar.
      Fri., June 5, 3pm. Free.  
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      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).
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      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light's Belonging, Part One: In-Home Screening

      The city's original outdoor aerialists, directed by Sally Jacques, performed this stunning piece that took place at the Seaholm District Plaza in downtown Austin in 2017 and 2018. Now you can witness the spectacle onscreen, with a link for the entirety of it sent directly to your inbox.
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      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. Note: The gallery is open for in-person viewing by appointment only.
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      Carver Museum: High Signs and Beacons

      This is a project of CarverMuseumATX, Six Square, the City of Austin Equity office, and the African American Heritage Facility, calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join in a mutual aid effort. It's an invitation to engage with the isolation, uncertainty, and essential chaos of these times – and your voice is essential. See website for details.
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      Comedy

      Comedy Wham: Isolation Comedy Showcase

      In which Valerie Lopez, who runs that fierce online resource of stand-up-focused podcasts and profiles, presents a weekly livestreamed lineup of local stand-ups, hosted by Colton Dowling."
      Fridays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      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
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      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.
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      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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      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
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      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.  
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      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.  
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      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.  
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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?
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      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.
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      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.
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      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  
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      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
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      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
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      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.
       

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