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    American Indian Heritage Day

    Learn about cultural traditions, clothing, art creation, and more at hands-on activity stations all day. The public celebration with dancing and drumming performances begins at 6pm.
    Fri., Sept. 27, 9am-8pm. Free.  
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      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light: In Light

      This latest Downtown spectacle of beauty and power from the acclaimed company features aerialists performing off the side of IBC Bank, dancers on Chinese poles, and an ensemble of ground-based performers. This event is not the sort of infrastructural phantasmagoria an arts-lover wants to miss, we reckon – so, yes, you'd best reserve tickets while you can.
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $25-65.  
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      Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

      House of Torment

      Step into your worst nightmare at this fright farm in North Austin. Known for its high production values and immersive scare tactics, this is one up from watching horror movies all month. New this year are outdoor horror screenings for those who enjoy their spine tingling in fear.
      Oct. 3-6, 9-31; Nov. 1-2. $20+.  
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      A Giant Dog, The Joe Jacksons

      ATX rock spazzes just covered Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible in: its entirety.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 9pm  
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      Theatre

      Admissions

      Just in time for the start of the school year, Joshua Harmon's ripped-from-the-headlines show, presented here under the direction of David Jarrott, takes a satirical look at the things some people will do to get their child into the right university. Starring Tim Blackwood, Beth Burroughs, Rebecca Robinson, Tucker Shepherd, Jennie Underwood, and the spectre of white liberal privilege.
      Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23-25.  
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      Comedy

      Altercation Comedy Festival

      The irrepressible JT Habersaat and his crew take over Kick Butt Coffee with this four-night fest of outrageous comedy, spiked by the likes of Eddie Pepitone, Jenny Zigrino, Joe Derosa, and more than 50 other national comics. Some have called Habersaat a madman. They're right. Some have said, "You don't want to miss this riotous event that'll be tearing Airport Boulevard a new comedy pothole every single night it's going on." They're right, too. Get your tickets while you can, citizen, and god bless.
      Wed.-Sat., Sept. 25-28, 6pm-12mid. $45 for an all-fest pass.  
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      Visual Arts

      Camiba Art: The Story of the Deer in the Road

      Bring a bright tangle of the wild outside deep into your soul by viewing this new exhibition of paintings from florapsychedelic artist Valerie Fowler, the woman who bends pigments to brilliantly warped realist effect and conjures forests that speak parseltongue to all that's serpentine in human memory. Also, Fowler will be performing three separate "crankie" shows, wherein she scrolls through a 30-foot-long narrative drawing accompanied by live music written and performed by Brian Beattie and preceded by writer Robin Chotzinoff's response to the artwork. Note that you've got to RSVP for those crankie performances, as the joint will likely be packed, OK? See website for details.
      Crankie show: Thu., Sept. 26, 6pm  
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      Comedy

      Don't Tell Comedy

      This is part of a series of nationwide "secret" comedy shows that are presented in unlikely places with unannounced comedians – and now they’re coming to Austin with this benefit for Waterloo Greenway, but shhhhh, it’s a secret!
      Fri., Sept. 27, 9pm. $25.  
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      Civic Events

      Driver’s License Recovery Clinic

      UT law students, attorneys, and municipal court staff will help resolve outstanding cases for residents who've lost their licenses due to failure to pay state surcharges. Limited appointments will be confirmed via email. Spanish interpreters available.​
      Fri., Sept. 27, 3-7pm  
      1520 Rutherford, Bldg. 1 Auditorium
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      Visual Arts

      Exposure Gallery: Narratives In the Clouds

      Here's a stunning showcase of visual art, featuring new works from Tom Suhler's evolving production, that will serve to close down the Exposure gallery until a new space can be found. For this exhibition, "What started as an exploration of life in the clouds," says the artist, "has led to collections inspired by Plato's Symposium and by Marcos Vitruvius' proportions of the human body which inspired da Vinci." Also, all the photographs were created on-site without the use of Photoshop or other digital-manipulation software, and they're powerful gorgeous.
      Cocktail reception: Fri., Sept. 27, 7-11pm. Final viewing: Sat., Sept. 28, 1-6pm  
      777 Shady #8
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      Grupo Fantasma, Walk Talk, Heart & Soul Soundsystem [outside]

      Grammy-winning, Prince-endorsed, Austin-based Latin big band.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 9pm  
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      Theatre

      Instructions for a Seance

      Part DIY seance, part historical cabaret, this is one woman's attempt to contact and resurrect the escape artist Harry Houdini. Inspired by the Houdini archives at the Harry Ransom Center, this show by Katie Bender is "a funny, haunting, and haunted exploration of ambition, legacy, and familial responsibility."
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
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      Jay Som, Boy Scouts, Affectionately

      Jay Som’s Anak Ko does not disappoint. Skilled axe wielder Melina Mae Duterte executes grand guitar hooks and lush chord structures on the spiraled psych follow-up to 2017 sophomore platter Everybody Works. Oakland outfit Boy Scouts wring sun-kissed tenderness and country acoustics.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 10pm  
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      Meek Mill, Future, YG, Mustard, Megan Thee Stallion

      Left for dead after a petty rap beef, Meek Mill’s resurgence as a voice for the wrongly incarcerated thrusts him into the genre’s upper echelon. Crass crooner, Atlanta trap don Future continued his run of consistency on January’s The Wizrd, yet still dropped a summer EP. Houston “Hot Girl” Megan Thee Stallion joins opening acts YG and Mustard two weeks before her ACL Fest debut.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7pm  
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      Arts & Culture

      QueerTowne

      Mase Kerwick and Javier Ungo celebrate fall with better flavor than yer favorite PSL. Out Youth's Kathryn Gonzales will join em for a convo about her book and loads of queer comics – Angelina Martin, Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca, Eenie Meanie Beanie Babies, Adam Serwa, and Julia Mandel – will keep you ROFL-ing. Free sips beforehand from Circle Brewing!
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7pm  
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      Dance

      Sean Dorsey Dance: Boys in Trouble

      Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with this new evening of dances that unpack masculinity with unflinching honesty – from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives. Note: This performance contains adult language and some themes of violence.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7:30pm. $10-40.  
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      Special Screenings

      Sister Aimee With Q&A (2019)

      Best of the Fests: Starring a coterie of recognizable ATX talents, Sister Aimee is the true-ish story of the original celebrity hoax – the 1926 disappearance of the famous evangelist and faith healer Aimee Semple McPherson (Anna Margaret Hollyman). Sept. 27 Q&A with Zellner, Merriman, Wise, and producer David Hartstein, while Sept. 28's Q&A sees Blair and composer Graham Reynolds added to the mix.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7pm  
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      Events

      St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

      Austin’s longest running celebration of food and culture turns 87 this year. Church families have been busy for weeks preparing food for the sumptuous banquet of Mediterranean culinary specialties that will be for sale at the party, alongside beer and wine, kids' activities, and an Orthodox bazaar. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because folk dancing to live music is a must at this venerable event.
      Sat. Sept. 27-28. Fri., 6-11pm; Sat., noon-11pm. $5.
      St. Elias Orthodox Church. 408 E. 11th
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      Sun Valley Station, Danny Barnes (8:00)

      Bad Livers banjo demon teaches the same day at South Austin Music.
      Fri., Sept. 27  
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      Theatre

      The Duchess of Malfi

      Beth Burns and her Hidden Room cohortRyan Crowder, Liz Beckham, Brock England, Judd Farris, Valoneecia Tolbert, Robert Matney, and other fierce talents – return with John Webster’s true-crime masterpiece of power, corruption, fate, and forbidden love, doing this classic revenge tragedy up right with period playing practices, live music, 1614-style garments, and proper makeup techniques. Note: After its Austin run, Hidden Room will take the show to Shakespeare’s Globe Wanamaker Playhouse in London. And here's our full review of the show!
      Through Oct. 20. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $17-35.  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      The Groop, Hey Jellie, Muscle Drum

      San Francisco's Muscle Drum joins some local lovers for a musical Friday. Stay late for a Daniel Johnston tribute show.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7:30-10pm  
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      Tulsa Revue w/ John Fullbright, Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar, Jesse Aycock

      When John Fullbright moved from Okemah to Tulsa three years ago, he wasn’t sure if he’d stay. He relocated mostly for the airport, but stayed for the thriving music community.: “Tulsa’s really the first city I’ve lived in my entire life,” laughs the acclaimed, Grammy-nominated songwriter. “It’s very small and very affordable, but there’s a history. There’s a camaraderie and everyone is helping each other out. It’s caring and friendship.: “The charm of it to me is that literally we’re all using the same bass player and drummer, and that’s just because that’s what happens naturally,” Fullbright continues. “So it just made sense that we would take it on the road a little bit.”: Although Tulsa remains home to the Woody Guthrie Center and the Bob Dylan Archive, as well as the bluesy, jamming Tulsa sound pioneered by Leon Russell and J.J. Cale, Fullbright aims to help emphasize the thriving and eclectic music happening there today and still evolving. The Tulsa Revue gathers top talent from the Northeast Oklahoma hotbed for a package tour. Paul Benjaman lays down slinking, grinding guitar grooves, with Jesse Aycock from Hard Working Americans working wicked steel and Jacob Tovar leaning into hard-driven classic country behind his low, wavering croon.: Fullbright caps the showcase with hot roots and sharp ballads, convening the full group at close to highlight the typical Tulsa experience.: “We have an undeniable thing going on up here right now, but nobody knows about it,” offers Fullbright. “So there’s all this great talent and music, but unfortunately it doesn’t travel much, and it’s hard to make a living just in Oklahoma. So why not have a pipeline from Tulsa, and what better place to frequent than Austin?”
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7pm  
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      Special Screenings

      "An Uncomfortable Woman" Comedy Show Fundraiser

      Snacks, drinks, comedy, and photo booth fun in celebration of the first sneak peek of Meghan Ross' directorial debut, dark comedy short "An Uncomfortable Woman."
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7pm  
      The Riveter
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      Nightlife & Parties

      2019 Bear Tubing

      [Ticket SALES HAVE ENDED.] Oh hay, boiz! The Houston Bears invite you to get on a tube with 'em. Party includes bar nights, pool parties, and tubing along the Comal.
      Thu.-Sun., Sept. 26-29. $10-125.  
      Gruene Outpost River Lodge, 1273 River Ter, New Braunfels
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      Arts & Culture

      4th Annual A Night of Love

      Join Whatsinthemirror, Devon and Tia Boyd for the fourth annual event honoring Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with live art, spoken word, vendors, and more.
      Fri., Sept. 27, 7-9pm  
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      Theatre

      :Humpty

      The Vortex is gonna rock your brain's cradle with this "twisted nursery rhyme pantomime" conjured up by that irrepressible Melissa Vogt, featuring an all-star cast grooving to an original score by Chad Salvata, and the whole fractured fairy-tale spectacle of it directed by Bonnie Cullum. Note that this darkling narrative from Ethos – it's funny and disgusting, charming and startling – is alive with adult aesthetics and not appropriate for children. And here is Trey Gutierrez's review of the show.
      Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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