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    GayCL w/ Sateen, Vestite, No Nostalgia, p1nkstar, Y2K

    Brooklyn’s glam diva duo Sateen serves femme power and peak lesbian vibes as the headliner at Saturday’s ninth GayCL Festival. The always-queer alternative to the annual Zilker fest returns with a beautifully tailored, disco-loving, dance floor-ready lineup completed by drag queen goth-pop from Vestite, flashy 4/4 vibes from Lauren Sanders’ No Nostalgia, and DJ sets from p1nkstar and Y2K.
    Sat., Oct. 12, 9pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Austin Séance

      Join Albert Lucio, Jake Cordero, and the lovely luminaries of Minx + Muse for cocktails and a shared exploration of the mysteries that may await us just beyond the veil. Each session will include a brief lecture on the history of American spiritualism and its leading practitioners, a guided meditation, and, of course, a séance sitting. Bonus: Those cocktails are included in the price of admission.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 6:30 & 9:30pm. $40.  
      Minx + Muse, 605 W. 37th
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      AARC: Fall Into Art

      The Asian American Resource Center presents four exhibitions that reflect on community, cultural heritage, and nature in various mediums: "Colours of Life: An Indian Perspective" by Shruti Mehta; "Pink Lotus" by Marcella Kourkova; and the group shows "Everything that Matters" and "Abstractions of AVAFest."
      Through Dec. 14  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Austin Dance Festival: Call to Artists

      This is a modern dance festival – happening in April of 2020 – that will present professional showcases, artist interviews, master classes, a youth concert, pop-up dances, and a dance-on-film screening. Artists working in modern dance, postmodern dance, and contemporary dance are invited to apply for the professional showcases. Pre-professional youth companies are invited to apply for the Youth Edition Concert. Also accepting submissions to “Dance on Film.” Dance on over to the website for details.
      $35 and up.
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Austin Pottery Festival

      View demonstrations by local ceramic artists throughout the day and participate in interactive clay projects. Take a tour of the Dougherty’s clay studio and find out what community clay is all about.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 10am-3pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Austin Veterans Arts Festival

      This local festival, created to help raise awareness of military veterans' suicide and the power of healing through art therapy, is run by a team of veterans and includes art exhibitions, musical performances, theatre productions, comedy shows, a writer’s conference, a health and wellness conference, and more, in a variety of venues. The opening day celebration features performances by Moana Tela, Valor Alan, Zach Person, veteran members of the Armstrong Community Music School, and Poland's Rebel Babel Ensemble. See website for more.
      Opening day celebration: Sat., Oct. 12, 1-5pm  
    • Music

      Big Bill, Don Babylon, Venus Twins, Nick Adamo

      Twopiece audio assault by twin brothers, Brooklyn’s Venus Twins embody a Lightning Bolt-esque approach to noise rock. Matt Derting riffs on bass while Jake beats the skins with technical precision. Richmond-by-way-of-Philly trio Don Babylon plies 2018 slop-rock opus Foul, and Big Bill and Nick Adamo bookend the lineup with local support.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 10pm  
    • Community

      Events

      BikeStart: Learn to Ride

      All ages welcome to come learn how to ride a bike with experienced and certified teachers. Balance bikes and helmets will be provided; pre-register by email.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 10am-noon. Free.
    • Music

      Billy Ray Cyrus, Johnny McGuire, Gabe Garcia

      Billy Ray Cyrus changed country music twice. First came divisive 1992 mega-hit “Achy Breaky Heart,” then this year there’s his quick support and remix of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which was booted from the country charts yet topped the Hot 100 for a record-breaking 19 weeks. Country or not, it’s pure platinum.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 7pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      City of Lost Souls (1983)

      Lates: Featuring trans punk singer Jayne County in her only starring movie role, City of Lost Souls revolves around a group of outsider performers who have moved to Berlin in search of social acceptance and artistic freedom.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 9:30  
    • Community

      Events

      CraftHER Market

      A biannual pop-up space curated to amplify the talent and artistry of self-identifying women craft artisans and makers. This fall, the market expands across two full days for the first time ever to exhibit a diverse lineup of over 160 different makers.
      Sat.-Sun., Oct. 12-13, 11am-5pm. Free.  
    • Music

      Frank Reyes, Alexandra

      The Dominican Republic’s “prince of bachata” since 1991.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 8pm  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      GayCL 2019

      It’s a babelicious night of queer music with v special guests – all the way from the boroughs of New York City – Sateen, a queer nu-disco duo that’ll make you sweat glitter. Warm up with haunting goth drag tunes from Vestite and hawt disco beats from Lauren Sanders’ No Nostalgia. Wrap it all up it in the prettiest bow you can find, cuz glam duo p1nkstar and Y2K are serving DJ sets in between and allll night long.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 9pm. $10.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Ghost Quartet

      Penfold Theatre brings a bounty of ghostly elegance to your Halloweening season, as Liz Fisher directs Dave Malloy's happily haunted musical about love, death, and whisky. Listen in as four friends drink and spin yarns about two fairy-tale sisters, a tree house astronomer and a lazy evil bear, a subway tragedy, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk, the disparate narrative threads interweaving into a centuries-long tale of encounters with the otherworldly. (Note: The final two performances will be at the Driskill Hotel, with pre-show entertainment beginning at 7:30pm. Oct. 31: Ghost stories told by paranormal expert Nathan Jerkins. Nov. 1: Round Rock Ballet Folklórico share traditional Día de los Muertos dances and discuss the importance of the holiday.)
      Through Nov. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-31 ($45, for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 shows).
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Gruene Music & Wine Festival

      This Americana-themed event benefiting United Way of Comal County features live music, vintner events, and Texas wine and craft beer samplings.
      Thu.-Sun., Oct. 10-13  
      Gruene
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Hang

      This new play by debbie tucker green is the inaugural production for Horizon Line Theatre. Directed by Chuck Ney, it's a provocative and darkly humorous show that focuses on the aftermath of one woman’s violent attack and how it has destroyed her life and her family, and it stars Nadine Mozon, Barbara Chisholm, and (yes, Chronicle Arts Editor) Robert Faires.
      Through Oct. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Wed., Oct. 16, 8pm. $20-25.  
    • Music

      Hot Slap

      The French answer to rockabilly legacy the Stray Cats.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 7:30pm  
    • Community

      Events

      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+.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Jesus Christ Superstar

      Broadway In Austin brings us the 50th anniversary tour of this award-winning Andrew-Lloyd-Weber-and-Tim-Rice phenomenon that highlights the extraordinary events in the final weeks of the life of a certain mythic Nazarene. Note: Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
      Oct. 8-13. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Opening Reception: Ayla Erdener Q&A: Queers of Austin

      Celebrate the show’s opening with refreshments, bevvies, and words from the artist herself as she celebrates the queers who’ve shaped her life.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 5-7pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Personal Digital Archiving Workshop

      Celebrate Texas Archives Month with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and discover how to organize and maintain your own personal digital archive. TSLAC's digitization and electronic archiving experts will offer up pro tips on the issues, challenges, and types of resources available for properly preserving and conveniently maintaining photos and files.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 10am-noon. Free.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Pump Project: The Sky Is Blue and We're Still Tender

      This new exhibition at Cloud Tree Gallery is an arrangement of works by artists offering forms of connection between, through, and within each other. Featuring art by Sev Coursen, Sarah Kennedy, Ted Carey, Kirsten Lofgren, Betelhem Makonnen, and more.
      Through Oct. 26  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo

      The 15th annual Staple! Independent Media Expo features more than 200 artists and creators, with vendors showcasing independently made comics, zines, art, crafts, and games – from locals and folks from all over the country. Amid the decked-out tables and booths, there's two full days of indie creativity and geekish delights, including a live art show benefit, educational panels, and family-friendly activities. Oh, look – here's a profile of Staple! founder Chris Nicholas!
      Oct. 12-13. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm. $10-15.  
    • Music

      Tex Smith (album release), the Bad Lovers, Cactus Lee

      Tex Smith looks like the austere cowboy his name suggests, yet his gentle tenor and sharply earnest lyrics atop easy country rhythms reveal a deeply empathetic songwriter. Ten years since his eponymous debut, he now delivers LPs five and six simultaneously: the folk-tuned Fair-Weather Friends and uptempo ramble Kinfolk. Bad Lovers and Cactus Lee bookend in support.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 8pm
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Texas Mesquite Arts Festival

      The world’s finest mesquite wood artisans head to Fredericksburg to showcase their handcrafted mesquite products. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to unique craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scroll work and lots more.
      Fri.-Sun., Oct. 11-13  
      Fredericksburg
    • Arts

      Books

      Texas Teen Book Festival

      The campus of Southwestern University is where the legendary literary action happens in 2019, with this annual celebration of Young Adult books, authors, and readers of all ages, the whole day of readings and signings and fun supercharged by keynote speakers Akilah Hughes and Erika L. Sánchez.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 9am-5pm
    • Arts

      Comedy

      The Black Vault

      Don't mistake this for comedy, exactly. The Black Vault is a fully improvised show that spins horror tales in the style of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer best known for his "Cthulhu Mythos." The show explores many of Lovecraft’s themes – ancient unspeakable terror, impossible twisted dreamscapes, unseen forces from beyond the stars that infect our minds, and the real horrors that humanity inflicts upon itself – but, note: This new production tells tales of creeping alien horrors via the experiences of those not typically represented in Lovecraft’s work. In other words: Boo-yah, Howard Phillips, you old dead racist! Ia! Ia!
      Fri.-Sat., Oct. 11-26, 8pm. Extra show: Sun., Oct. 13, 8pm. $15.  
    • Arts

      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.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Vortex: Fire & Brimstone Awards

      Join with the Vortex family and friends – those relentless makers of theatre, ritual, and spectacle – at this annual celebration of their most recent season's productions, with Fire Awards to honor artists and technicians for their achievements … and Brimstone Awards to roast notable gaffes about which they can (finally) laugh.
      Sat., Oct. 12, 10pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Kids

      Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet

      In this all-indigenous production – written by Maria Rocha: and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and directed by Rudy Ramirez for Teatro Vivo – 13-year-old María is sent to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana, who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people.
      Through Oct. 12. Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am & 2pm. $5-20.  

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