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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    Austin Latinx New Play Festival

    Virtual staged readings of new Latinx plays invigorate your favorite screen, presented by Teatro Vivo in collaboration with ScriptWorks. Note: Each dramaturg will host an IG Live Chat with the playwright at each of the showtimes, and Zoom recordings of each show will be available on the Teatro website prior to the live event.
    Through May 16. Donations accepted.  
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    Visual Arts

    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 multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and curator Alyssa Taylor Wendt.
    Thu., May 14, 11am. Free.  
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    Books

    BookWoman: Virtual Poetry Readings

    Cindy Huyser hosts the open mic, and this month's featured poets are Nicole Brogdon and Juliana Maldonado.
    Thu., May 14, 7:15pm  
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    Events

    Eric Tessmer

    Blues guitarist Tessmer – the Chronicle named him the best guitarist in Austin for 2017-2018 – performs a solo set from his rehearsal space.
    Thu., May 14, 7pm. Free.  
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    Classical Music

    Graham Reynolds Teaches You How to Make Music

    Well, that title might be simplifying it a bit, but, for real: Courtesy of KMFA's Sound Ideas series, Austin's favorite composer is gonna show you how to create music through the technology available at home. The affable and longhaired maestro's as fluent in software as he is in piano and drums, and today he'll be dropping much useful knowledge in your hungry brainpan.
    Thu., May 14, 1pm. Free.  
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    Sports

    May Is Bike Month

    Bike Austin, Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, is encouraging residents to take to the bike lane throughout May for Bike Month 2020. With thousands of Austinites working from home, social distancing, and spending less time in their vehicles, streets all over town are quieter and safer, so now the community has a unique opportunity to encourage neighbors to get outside and ride together, apart. Share photos of solo or family rides on social media using #BikeMonthATX and #IBikeTo____ (fill in your own reason for biking) and enjoy these healthy streets.
    May 11-31  
    Citywide
  • Arts

    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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    Events

    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
  • Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Virtual ASO: The Austin Symphony's REWIND

    Conductor Peter Bay and company have teamed with the classical cats at 89.5 KMFA to release this show of discussion of and music fromtwo 2006 concerts, one with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 and one with Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, featuring Joshua Bell.
    Until these damned coronas get the hell outta Dodge  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    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., 8pm; Sat., 7:30pm. $5.  
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Virtual Lizzy Caroloke

    Log into the Zoom meeting, mute yourself until your turn, then sing yer a$$ off from your living room and out into the interwebs.
    Thu., May 14, 6pm; Thu., May 21, 6pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Arts & Culture

    "High Signs & Beacons" Open Call

    The George Washington Carver Museum, Six Square, the African American Heritage Facility, and the city's Equity Office are calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join a public art project that will be displayed throughout the African American Cultural Heritage District. 8-12 creative teams (one visual artists; one writer/poet/scholar) will be chosen to develop a large outdoor sign with text-based artwork.
    Deadline: Fri., May 22  
    Online
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    Community

    "The Dating Show: Queerantine Edition" Open Call

    Looking to meet some cuties for dates or maybe more? **link in bio**: We're recruiting for an online Dating Show game hosted by Kelly Kline! 💞 The dating show will be pre-filmed with us in the coming weeks before we get to share it with The Q's audience. Come have some fun with us and find yourself a virtual quarantine boo ✨: All LGBTQ+ people between the ages of 18-35 interested in participating are invited to fill out our Submission Form. Link in bio!
    Ongoing  
    Online
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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
  • Music

    3ten ACL Live presents Stream Come True w/ Israel Nash

    Benefiting HAAM. Tip the artist at Venmo: @israel-nash or PayPal.me/israelnash
    Thu., May 14, 8pm  
  • 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 14, 11:15pm  
  • 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
  • Community

    Civic Events

    AISD Board of Trustees Special Meeting

    The board will hear student transfer appeals. See agenda for Zoom and dial-in registration details.
    Thu., May 14, 5:30pm  
    Online
  • Community

    Civic Events

    AISD Family Conversation Circles

    AISD families are invited to voice their opinions on the district's 2020-25 Strategic Plan, as well as family support during COVID-19.
    Thu., May 14, 6-7pm  
    Online; dial-in (see online for registration)
  • Arts

    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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    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.
     
    At home
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alamo on Demand

    Make any Tuesday terror-iffic, any Wednesday weird, and the rest of the week fantastic with Alamo Drafthouse curated picks via Alamo on Demand. If a film is there, it's because an Alamo programmer loves it. It's kinda like going to your favorite video store when you could do that, mixed with going to your favorite theatre, when you could do that too. Staff picks, cult classics, Found Footage Fest and Master Pancake, Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday, Fantastic Fest faves, they're all there for rental or purchase.
    Ongoing  
    Online via Alamo Drafthouse
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alien (1979)

    Thu., May 14, 11pm  
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Kids

    Art Garage Pottery and More To-Go

    Cure cabin fever with pottery and craft kits from Art Garage, offering delivery and pickup. They've got tons of crafting options to keep the whole family entertained, including mosaics, tie-dye kits, pottery, and tons more.
     
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    Arts & Culture

    Art Heals Festival Submissions

    WhatsintheMirror is seeking work by anyone dedicated in using art to end HIV & mental health stigma – visual artists, theatre artists, singers, dancers, workshop and panel ideas, and more – for its inaugural multimedia social justice arts fest (tentatively Aug. 27-31). See online for instructions.
    Ongoing  
    Online
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    The museum presents 31 Days of Asia virtually spotlighting online a multitude of Asian art, cultural programming, and Asian-focused experiences.
    Through Sun., May 31  
    Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas

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