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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Austin Museum Day

    The 23rd annual Museum Day looks a little different, but it's just as educational and entertaining as always. Some venues are open to the public, but those that aren't are providing online content to enjoy from home, like craft projects, virtual tours, gallery talks, and more. Get details from the FB event page or AustinMuseumDay.org, and don't miss this opportunity to experience all the art, culture, and education our dozens of local museums and galleries have to offer.
    Sun., Sept. 20  
    Citywide, online and on-site
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    Visual Arts

    Cloud Tree: Lorna Roberts

    Lorna Roberts (1942-2001) was an artist and medicine woman who created large vibrant works of art using oil on canvas in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the 1980s, mapping patterns of spiritual consciousness ad exploring themes of mythology and transcendence. Her daughter, Austin resident Aris Roberts-Kelly, has carefully kept these large dynamic paintings for decades, and this is the first exhibition for Roberts since her death.
    Through Sept. 20, by appointment only
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    Arts & Culture

    Gender Unbound Virtual Showcase

    Throughout September, Austin's arts fest celebrating trans and intersex artists will feature an interactive 3D exhibition, plus weekly livestreams of musicians, poets, storytellers, and interviews with exhibited artists. Catch Q contributor Lilli Hime's interview with Gender Unbound executive director Drew Riley & showcase artists here.
    Sept. 1-26. Free.  
    Online
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    Comedy

    Kristina Wong for Public Office

    Texas Performing Arts presents performance artist, comedian, and IRL elected official Kristina Wong taking her raucous campaign online to arouse civic engagement, counter-hijack democracy, and answer the question: "How is it that artists and politicians have switched jobs?"
    Sept. 18-20. Fri., 7pm; Sun., 5pm. $15.  
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    Visual Arts

    La Peña: Art In Times of Pandemic & Resistance

    This timely exhibition is divided into three parts: an online exhibition at La Peña’s website; an on-site exhibition at La Peña gallery; a series of video interviews that will be available for the duration of the exhibit.
    Through Sept. 30. Free.
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    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum

    Day of the Dead In observance of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, Mexic-Arte Museum presents the 37th annual Day of the Dead Exhibition, paying tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead, featuring community altars and a special showing of artwork from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection. ELA 25: Intersection: Shock & Relief This annual show, formally known as Young Latinx Artists, celebrates the last 25 years of exhibitions, featuring the work of emerging Latinx artists as curated by Dr. George Vargas and revealing two new murals on the museum’s exterior Fifth Street wall.
    Sept. 18-Nov. 22
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    Arts & Culture

    OUTsider Festival 2021 Submissions

    The queerios at OUTsider are seeking art for next year's fest that will likely be a hybrid happening: All categories fall within online/out-of-the-theatre experiences (see details here). Start making mischief now and get yer submissions in by October 1. This year's theme is "Future in FluX."
    Deadline: October 1  
    Online
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    Pecan Fest Wired

    This year's virtual version doesn't replace the traditional Pecan Street Festival that Austin has loved for decades. Instead, it brings more opportunity for international exchange and celebrates Austin's sister cities worldwide. There's still the same family-friendly content, tons of art, and a packed schedule of live music to enjoy, plus master classes and a curated selection of local vendors to shop online.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 19-20  
    Online
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    Pecan Fest Wired day two w/ MC² & the S.O.U.L., Oscar Ornelas, Croy & the Boys, Sofia Mock, & more

    One visual yours truly will miss from 2020: cruising (crawling?) down I-35 and seeing Dirty Sixth (Street) jam-packed with artisanal booths, artisanal booth consumers, artisans, and music artists on multiple stages. In other words, witnessing the art sit-in that remains Austin’s annual Pecan Street Festival. If Downtown parking and crowds even then weren’t your (SXSW canvas shopping) bag, the annual local ritual pivots to Pecan Fest Wired. Split into conceptual sections online – musician art, multidisciplinary master classes, sister city art exchange, visual art/animation, and children’s engagement – the ambitious programming offers an abundance of free options. Featured artwork includes paintings from Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone, Mike Melinoe, Oliver Rajamani, Bobby Whitlock, and even ... Daniel Johnston(!), while free seminars with local luminaries come highlighted by Texas Tornados drum dynamo Ernie Durawa and star producer Stuart Sullivan. Music livestreams stack Lonesome Heroes (1pm), Jazz Daddies (3), Big Cedar Fever (5), and Bubble Puppy (7) on Saturday, and Sofia Mock (1), Croy & the Boys (3), Oscar Ornelas (5), and MC² & the S.O.U.L. (7) for Sunday. Shop safe!
    Sun., Sept. 20  
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    Visual Arts

    SAGE Studio: Home Makers

    SAGE Studio, dedicated to connecting contemporary artists with disabilities to Texas’ broader arts community, presents its first virtual exhibition featuring work from 18 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the world. The art for this show was created at home during quarantine, when so many artists had to quickly shift their practices, alongside home-themed pieces that were made prior to the pandemic. Note: Works are available for viewing (and buying) online.
    Through Oct. 31
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    Texas Tribune Festival

    For 10 years The Texas Tribune Festival has invited people from all over the state and country to talk about all things policy, politics, and current events. This year, the entirely virtual conference will feature a month of programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. With speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ted Cruz, and Willie Nelson, you won’t want to miss it!
    Sept. 1-30. $49-199.  
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    Food Events

    Thank You, Texas – A Local Love: Chef's Dinner

    Tonight, Rosedale Kitchen and Bar's chef Janelle Reynolds will be be joined by chef Ceasar Ortiz of Reunion 19 and Wu Chow's chef Edgar Cuspinera for a three-course collaboration dinner featuring local produce from Johnson’s Backyard Garden and local beef from Rosewood Ranches. And craft cocktails, with even more local ingredients, have been conceived and will be poured by Sharon Yeung of the Roosevelt Room. Seating will be on the spacious patio, accompanied by live acoustic music, and a portion of the night's proceeds will go to A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Southern Smoke Foundation.
    Sun., Sept. 20, 6:30pm. $65 ($30 extra for cocktail pairings).  
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    Dance

    Virtual Free Day of Dance: Come Dance on Ballet Austin Live!

    Ballet Austin's annual Free Day of Dance meets the coronavirus pandemic with its feet still a-flying: "While we are not able to meet together in the studio," says the company's glad announcement, "we look forward to sharing this day with you – our favorite dance enthusiasts – virtually." Here, citizen, is your opportunity to sample a variety of BA dance classes all afternoon long.
    Sun., Sept. 20, 12:45-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Carol Dawson

    Any birder with a "life list" – they'll want to see this show. Anybody who likes 1) birds or 2) brilliantly wielded watercolors or, especially, 3) both – they'll want to see this show, too. If you don't see it in person, OK, you're sheltering in place and decreasing the potential spread of this damned coronavirus, so thank you. But if you don't at least see it online, then I … I don't know what to tell you anymore, citizen. Because Dawson's work is, in its accuracy and composition, responding to the 18th and 19th century traditions of natural science illustration, it's as astonishingly beautiful as the creatures she depicts.
    Through Oct. 4
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    Visual Arts

    Women & Their Work: Mask Auction

    First, let's note that they're calling this fundraising show "Cover Art," which, ha-ha, we love that. And then we'll go on to exclaim, holy shit! Have you seen the lineup of artists who've made these masks? Dawn Okoro. Laura Lit. Alyssa Taylor Wendt. John Mulvany. Beili Liu. Virginia Fleck. Denise Prince. Briar Bonifacio. Yuliya Lanina. And – ah, there's at least 60 more after that. Listen: "Although not all of the masks are wearable, they are all works of art. Whether you hang it on your wall or put it on your face, you will have a unique work that shows your support. Every dollar we raise through the Cover Art mask auction will go directly to our building fund." Note: The bidding's already begun, citizen, and it'll continue online for another week and a half.
    Through Sept. 28  
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    Visual Arts

    Yard Dog: Bill Miller

    Here's the renowned artist's latest work, assembled from salvaged linoleum flooring that he's collected over the years: Pastoral landscapes, pop portraits, sad and disturbing allegories, and pretty bungalows tucked into the woods. Note: There are eight new pieces online now, and Miller's working on more to be added in a couple of weeks.
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Into America's Wild" (2020)

    Laser IMAX 2d: From Oregon's stunning coast to the ancient canyons of the Southwest, from the wilds of Alaska to the Appalachian Trail, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails of America's great outdoors, and discover the human connection we all share with the secret wonders of nature.
    Sun., Sept. 20, 2pm  
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    Special Screenings

    "Turtle Odyssey"

    Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
    Sun., Sept. 20, 12pm  
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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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    Out of Town

    A New History of Old Texas

    Brandon Steele begins his third season of the popular history podcast with the story of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey in the wilderness of Texas.
    New episodes air Mondays and Thursdays  
    Online
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    Kids

    A Spacious Place

    A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Out of Town

    A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

    Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop for Adults

    Designed for those who have never had a ballet class, this workshop teaches ballet from the very beginning. It's never too late: adults and teens age 15 and up welcome. At the end of the session, you will have learned some of the fundamental positions, vocabulary, and basic principles of ballet. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Sundays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2:30-3:30pm or Mondays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 12:30-1:30pm. $130 for six weeks.  
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Hip-Hop for Adults

    It's never too late to learn something new, and hip-hop dance is tons of fun for all ages. This workshop is designed to introduce adults (and teens age 16 and up) to hip-hop culture and dance, build a solid foundation to execute popular dance moves, improve energy, lift mood, and lower stress. Sign up now; registration will close when full. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 8:30-9:30pm. $125 for six weeks.  
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Pilates Group Reformer Workshop

    Pilates is one of the best workouts around, and if you're new to it and/or the Pilates Reformer equipment, this workshop is a perfect place to start. Everyone is a beginner in this workshop.
    Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 6:15-7pm. $150 for six weeks.  
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    Civic Events

    Advisory Councils Seek New Members

    For anyone passionate about pedestrian and bicyclist issues, you might consider becoming part of the groups that advise City Council on these matters. Applications are being accepted for both the Bicycle Advisory Council and Pedestrian Advisory Council. They typically meet monthly, and applicants are encouraged to attend the next virtual meeting of the council they'd like to join (PAC: Sept. 14; BAC: Sept. 15). Apply here for the BAC and here for the PAC.
    Deadline: Sept. 25  
    Apply online
  • 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 via www.austinfilm.org
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    Kids

    AISD Launches New Support Web Pages

    Austin ISD has launched new web pages full of resources, FAQs, and instructions to support Community Learning Spaces and caregivers as students begin learning remotely for the first four weeks of school. Community Learning Spaces are facilitated by community organizations, groups of parents, faith-based organizations, or public entities that provide in-person support to students during times of remote off-campus instruction, and you can find one online if needed.
    Beginning Sept. 8  
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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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