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    That Time of the Month: Mother's Day Livestream

    In which Meghan Ross – that "Middle Eastern, middle child, middle-class woman" – showcases talented acts from humans who happen to be women or nonbinary, including an interview with a Strong Female Leader in Austin, and offering giveaways from women and nonbinary-owned local businesses. This month's featured guests are Carolyn Castiglia, Wendi Aarons, and Nakeenya Wilson, with music from LouLou Ghelichkhani and Natalie Wright & the It's Just Her Band.
    Sat., May 9, 8pm. Free.
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      Theatre

      As You Like It: A Zoom Play

      ImprovEd Shakespeare is taking William Shakespeare’s classic online. Director Andee Kinzy gathered her students virtually for weekly rehearsals, and now the players will be performing from their houses and controlling their entrances and exits as panelists on the webinar. No stranger to pushing the boundaries of performance, the company has experimented with site-specific, livestreamed theatre before: an impromptu production of Hamlet, from young theatre kids around the world. (See that one on Vimeo right here.)
      Sat.-Sun., May 9-10, 7pm. Free.  
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      Classical Music

      Austin Chamber Music Center: The Blue Bash

      This year's Bash takes place via your favorite screen, of course, with that Graham Reynolds performing and speaking about his incredibly diverse career in the music industry and his impact on young composers – with special emphasis on his involvement in ACMC's education programs. And, check this out: Reynolds will improvise a new piece based on motifs and themes from Rachmaninov’s Prelude in G-sharp Minor, after it's performed in its original form by Michelle Schumann.
      Sat., May 9, 8pm. Free.  
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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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      Comedy

      Virtual Hideout: Maestro

      This is an all-improvised battle royale, featuring the most ornery cusses in the scene doing their damnedest to emerge victorious from a mindwarping multiplayer fray. Imagine: A screen crowded with Zoomers, competing in short improv games and wild-ass gambits to be crowned the one and only Maestro for the week. Sound good? Yeah – we like it, too.
      Wed., 8pm; Sat., 10pm. $5.  
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      Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

      The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
      Thu. & Sat., 7:30pm. $5-15.  
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      "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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      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.
       
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      Anomaly Archives Adventure Club Monthly Meetups

      The Anomaly Archives is the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute, an org all about anomalous phenomena: the Fortean, mysterious, paranormal, UFOs, and "weird news headlines."
      Through Dec. 12. Second Saturdays, 3-5pm. Free.  
      Online via YouTube or Facebook Live
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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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      Visual Arts

      Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

      The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
      Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Kids

      Bead It Kits

      Bead It has been providing Austinites with classes, jewelry supplies, and more since 2002. Now they're offering jewelry-making and meditation & crystal kits available to purchase online and work on at home. There's a beginner's box designed for ages 5 and up and several more options, and owner Ashley Schor is also available to create special orders based on your needs, because everyone can benefit from some meditation and a creative outlet right now. See the contact info on the website if one of the kits doesn't suit you.
      Online
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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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      Breath & Body Yoga Online

      Austin's Breath & Body Yoga owner and director Desirae Pierce is available via phone or Skype to provide tips and guidance to Austinites looking to stay physically active and strengthen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breath & Body is also offering live remote Zoom classes daily that are available to the public.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Butcher Bear & Guests

      April 14-May 31, 10:30pm  
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      Buy Lunch for a Health Care Worker

      Donate online to purchase meals from local food trucks and restaurants like Chi'Lantro, Torchy's Tacos, and more that will be provided to health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers. Efforts to coordinate food and food donations throughout the region are brought by friends of Keep Austin Eatin', Trucklandia, and ATX Hospital Meals.
      Online
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      Central Texas Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed

      Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for their services and one of their major fundraising events has been canceled, leaving them in dire need of funding to bridge the gap. You can help by donating online; a $25 donation provides 100 meals for families in need. Get your friends and neighbors involved by hosting a virtual food drive or Facebook fundraiser. If everyone pitches in, the food bank can keep up with the demand caused by the pandemic and ensure no family in the community goes hungry.
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      Central Texas Pig Rescue Needs Donations

      CTPR is still accepting donations. They're aware that most of you are spending extra on your own families, but if you have an extra $16, you’ll cover the cost of one extra bag of feed. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make sure the pigs don't go hungry.
      Online
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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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