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    Neill-Cochran House: Art on the Lawn

    Hey, this is happening IRL! Seven artists will present their work on the grounds of this historic site. The museum itself will be closed, but free admission passes will be passed out for use once the NCH reopens on June third – so you can see the "If These Walls Could Talk" exhibition, which has been extended until July 26th. Note: The number of guests circulating on the grounds will be managed by museum staff to preserve social distancing of six feet.
    Sun., May 24, 11am-3pm. Free.  
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      Visual Arts

      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

      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.  
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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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      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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      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
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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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      Theatre

      Virtual Ground Floor: Click

      "It’s Saturday night and two gay guys are online trying to hook up, each for a somewhat different reason. Jason sees easy sex as a way to avoid intimacy. Michael sees it as a way to get to intimacy more quickly." Find out what happens next, in this broadcast of Allan Baker's award-winning drama starring Jesse O'Rear.
      Sun., May 24, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Theatre

      Virtual Vortex: Cinema Dada

      Quick – don't anybody set a giraffe on fire! But do check out this video collection of improvised music and sound juxtaposed against collages of mail-art from a year-long international mail-art call. Austin artists David Jewell, Melissa Vogt, Sandie Donzica, Justin LaVergne, Chad "The Eldritch Omelette King" Salvata, Rachel Fuhrer, and Sergio R. Samayoa contribute video art, theatrical staging, dance choreography, improvised poetry, spoken word, sound collage, and electronic music. Bonus: Week nine of Rudy Ramirez’s CoviDecameron Project. features a takeover by student from the Griffin School.
      Sun., May 24, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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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
    • 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 24, 11:15pm  
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      Special Screenings

      AFF at Home

      AFF at Home is Austin Film Festival’s way of promoting a sense of community, engagement, and creativity in a time of distance and restrictions. The latest session focuses on writing for animation, and you can catch up on previous content covering screenwriting topics like dialogue, character, comedy, and more via the website.
      Ongoing  
      Online via AFF
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      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
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      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.
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      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
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      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
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      Out of Town

      April Dressed in All Its Trim: An Online Exhibition

      The art project began before the current pandemic erupted, but feels even more appropriate now as a group of Texas-based artists contributed artwork that explores the hopefulness of spring.
      Through May 31  
      Online from Studio Comfort in Comfort, Texas
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      Kids

      Art Garage Online Art Lessons

      The Art Garage is offering online art classes for little ones, and they've got kits you can order to work on at home. Learn to make homemade play dough, explore art from around the world, and more. Follow them on Facebook for details.
      Online
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      Kids

      Art Garage Pottery and More To-Go

      Cure cabin fever with pottery and craft kits from Art Garage, offering delivery and pickup. They've got tons of crafting options to keep the whole family entertained, including mosaics, tie-dye kits, pottery, and tons more.
       
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      Events

      Art on the Lawn

      For this outdoor event, seven artists will present their work on the grounds of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. The museum will be closed; however, free admission passes will be given to attendees for use when it reopens on June 3 - the perfect opportunity to experience the "If These Walls Could Talk" exhibit, which has been extended until July 26. Artwork on display will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. The event is free and open to the public, but please register on the website.
      Sun., May 24, 11am-3pm  
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      Out of Town

      Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

      The museum presents 31 Days of Asia virtually spotlighting online a multitude of Asian art, cultural programming, and Asian-focused experiences.
      Through Sun., May 31  
      Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas
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      Kids

      ATX Ballers Online Basketball Tutorials

      Local youth basketball organization ATX Ballers is providing free basketball video lessons that kiddos can do from home, even without a hoop! Expert coaches will upload a few engaging video lessons each week for the rest of the semester, complete with lesson goals to accomplish, for both beginners and experienced players.
      ATX Ballers Youth Sports YouTube channel
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      Events

      Austin ISD Community Resources

      In response to COVID-19, Austin ISD is offering community resources including free meals to students at numerous locations, free access to telehealth and waived medical copays through a partnership with Virtual Care for Kids, free Learning at Home online courses, and recommended educational resources for all grade levels. For more information, visit the website.
       
      Citywide
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      Kids

      Austin PARD Coloring Pages

      Austin's Parks & Recreation Department has put out a set of downloadable coloring pages to honor several Austin favorites, from Auditorium Shores to Zilker Botanical Garden.
      May 19-31  
      Online
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      Events

      Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

      Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
      Online
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      Events

      Austin Scavenger Hunt

      Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
      Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
      Online and at home
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      Out of Town

      Auto Tours and Hiking Trails Open

      The whooping cranes have left their winter home in Texas, but the wildlife refuge still has lots to see and a new elevated boardwalk to see it from. Entrance fees to all national wildlife refuges (there are 19 in Texas) have temporarily been suspended, but all visitor services are closed.
      Wed.-Sun., 9am-4pm. Free.  
      Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
    • Music

      Úlla

      Venmo: @ullamusic, PayPal.me/rlbrotherton
      Sundays, 5:30pm  
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      Sports

      Ballet Austin Online Dance & Fitness Classes

      Since you can't go to the studio, Ballet Austin brings the studio to you! Choose from several levels of ballet or hip-hop, CardioFunk Dance Fitness, Arms & Abs, contemporary, tap, Pilates workouts, barre workouts, Pink Pilates, Active Aging, and more. Purchase classes individually or by the bundle, and complete the course on your own time.
      Online

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