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      Big Medium: Coffee Chats

      In addition to their regular artist features, the Big Medium folks offer virtual coffeetime convo, too – with leaders in the creative community sharing their personal and professional experiences to inspire others pursuing careers in art. This week: The Austin-based, assemblage maestro of Los Outsiders, Robert Jackson Harrington.
      Thu., May 7, 11am. Free.  
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      Lumber Society Online Workshop: Go Bags

      Grab your nature journal and a writing utensil and log on to learn all about go bags. Buzz Mill's Lumber Society will cover all the ins and outs of how to use tools and figure out what gear is most important for your next wilderness adventure.
      Thu., May 7, 8-9pm  
      Online
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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

      Vault Stone Shop: Mask Collection

      For this new group show curated by GD Wright, a coalition of artists – Ender Martos, Alexis Mabry, Jade Walker, Bale Creek Allen, B. Shawn Cox, Brian David Johnson, so many others – has produced and donated more than 100 fabric masks to be given away each day during the show’s duration. Also, each artist has created a unique commemorative artwork referencing their thoughts and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic. These interpretations of a face mask will be on view in the gallery's window display for two weeks. Note: All the gallery’s proceeds from sales will be donated to purchase hand sanitizer for distribution throughout the homeless community in Austin.
      Through May 20
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      Theatre

      Virtual Vortex: Creative Community Development

      This informative panel and chat features the Vortex's Olivia Jimenez, Carol Zou (Los Angeles, CA), and Yuko Okabe (Salem, MA).
      Thu., May 7, 8pm  
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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.”
      Thu., May 7, 8:30pm  
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      A05 Gallery: Todd Talks

      Ao5's director Todd Gresley interviews a new artist each week in this livestreamed video series from the popular south Austin gallery.
      Thursdays, 2pm  
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      Civic Events

      AISD Board of Trustees Strategic Plan Listening Session

      Austin ISD students, staff and community members are invited to participate in a virtual listening session focused on the district's 2020-25 Strategic Plan. Find instructions for submitting comment at the AISD Strategic Plan website.
      Thu., May 7, 6pm  
      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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      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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      Austin AMA Virtual Book Club

      It’s time to take a break from the news cycle, get comfy on the couch and read how Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg built resilience and found joy after a traumatic event. Austin AMA's virtual book club meets for round 2, focusing on chapters 1-5 of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. The intro was covered in the first meeting, and the third installment will be June 4 and cover chapters 6-10.
      Thu., May 7, 8-9am. Free.  
      Virtual via Zoom
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      Austin Fast Start Pitch Competition

      The Austin Fast Start pitch competition is a partnership between Austin Young Chamber and the city of Austin’s Economic Development Department with support from 3 Day Startup. Every quarter, they will hear from a new industry and award an unrestricted cash prize and other opportunities to identify and support local entrepreneurs as the future business leaders in our community. This quarter, it's the Internet of Things. Applications are due May 18, finalists will be notified by May 25, and the top four will compete on June 15.
      Deadline: Mon., May 18  
      Online
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      Civic Events

      Austin Fast Start: Small Business Pitch Competition Applications

      Innovators submit ideas for products that use internet connectivity to improve services and enable things like smart cities and more. Top four scored applications will be selected as finalists and virtually pitch their business on June 15.
      Through May 18  
      Online
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      Special Screenings

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      Best Food Trucks

      Best Food Trucks is offering an order-ahead service to help practice social distancing, and bringing food trucks to underserved communities. You can find trucks near you by going to the online map.
      Ongoing  
      Citywide
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      Bleach Infused Cocktails w/ Ten Ass City

      Venmo: @Ashley-Miller-58; PayPal: bignosebaby@gmail.com
      Thu., May 7, 5:30pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Bullock Texas State History Museum: This Light of Ours

      This show features images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, telling a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. These photos capture the day-to-day struggles of everyday citizens and their resolve in the face of violence and institutionalized discrimination – with more than a dozen additional images representing activism and protest in Austin's own history.
      Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 6
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      Butcher Bear & Guests

      April 14-May 31, 10:30pm  
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      Cece Yentzen

      Venmo: @Celia-Yentzen; PayPal.me/CeliaYentzen
      Thursdays, 6pm  
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      Kids

      Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

      Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, this year’s annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event will be celebrated across Texas via an interactive website full of family-friendly fun, games, and resources.: This year’s celebration is particularly meaningful, as it’s coming on the heels of a legislative session that put a spotlight on mental health issues in our schools. Launch is on May 2 at 9am, and it continues throughout the month.
      May 2-31. Free.  
      Online
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      Civic Events

      City Council Meeting

      See agenda for details.
      Thu., May 7, 10am  
      Online
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      Events

      Connecting Safely: How to Overcome Loneliness While Distancing

      Staying connected was a challenge for older adults, with 43% of those over 60 reporting feeling socially isolated, even before the coronavirus outbreak. Now physical distancing requirements are heightening that isolation. Join AGE of Central Texas and NAMI Central Texas to share resources, suggestions, and support to help older adults better cope with the continuing “Stay Home, Stay Safe” requirements at this webinar.
      Thu., May 7, 11am  
      Online
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      Out of Town

      David Lee & the Armadillo Roadshow Haus Concert

      Get on the invitation list now for this Grammy-nominated and award-winning songwriter in concert out in the country.
      Sat., May 30  
      Fischer Haus, Fischer
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      Special Screenings

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      Dimension Gallery: On the Plight of the Primrose

      In the early 1900s, the evening primrose was central to the debate over the cause of evolution and its inherent mutations. In the early days of March 2020, Austin-based sculptor Laura Latimer has collected rubble from local construction sites to provide the foundation for a fanciful, botanical habitat that contemplates how future mutants might survive in the fragmented ecosystems resulting from nonstop urban development.
      Through June 6. free.
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

      Rejoice, drive-in fans! Doc's is still showing films, with a new “Get out, go home” policy. Purchase everything online, even food and drinks, so you never have to leave your vehicle. They’ll direct you to a spot and you'll tune in on your car radio to hear the film. Concession orders will be placed on the roof of the car, so you don't have to worry about potential unsafe interactions. It's a safe, fun way to get out and see a movie on the big screen.
      Thu., May 7, 8:35pm  
    • Music

      Erin Ivey

      Tuesdays, 10am and Thursdays, 5:30pm  

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