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  • 40th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German fest, gearing up its big 40th year in the Polka Capital of Texas. Enjoy five stages of Oompah at its Best!, artisans, family lederhosen and dirndl contest, 42 tournament contest, waltz contest, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, the popular Chicken Dance(s), and more!
    Oct. 1-3  
    Fredericksburg
  • Online Lecture: "Using Photography for Social Change" with LaToya Ruby Frazier

    Don't miss photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier's online lecture with the San Antonio Museum of Art. Motivated by social justice, Frazier's practice documents personal and communal histories to address subjects including industrial pollution, healthcare inequalities, and racism.
    Tues. Sept. 28, 6pm-7pm  
    San Antonio Museum of Art
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    Theatre

    A Tale of Two Citizens: A People’s Struggle with Housing in the Capital City

    Gathering Ground Theatre and BASTA’s Tenants Speak Up! Theatre stream their original radio-play collaboration in conjunction with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
    Sun., Nov. 15, 2pm. Free.  
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    Austin Empty Bowl Project

    The need is greater than ever, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Visit the online store for Sam Hurt's special COVID T-shirt or big beautiful tote bag, the AEBP cookbook, Nancy Elder quilt raffle tickets, online concert tickets, and the online silent auction link. The silent auction includes everything from bowls for you and your dog to restaurant gift certificates. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. For every $25 donated, an empty bowl will be added to food boxes distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
    Through Nov. 22. By donation and online auction.  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Austin Studio Tour: Pandemic Edition

    We're calling it the pandemic edition, but Big Medium and associates just call it the Austin Studio Tour. It's that progressive arts organization's response to these damned 'ronas, is what it is. They're taking the annual West Austin and East Austin Studio Tours and combining them, then presenting them mostly via the internets – wherein the expanded website includes artist profiles, images of artworks, virtual studio visits, demonstrations, artist talks, and a handy map of outdoor installations and public art. Hundreds of artists in this town, in full digital force. Note: The Tour begins with a launch party on Fri., Nov. 13; it's a preview of the website (and an opportunity to acquire artwork before it opens generally on Nov. 14).
    Through Nov. 22. Free.  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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    Classical Music

    Chorus Austin: Stronger, United

    Ryan Heller presents a virtual concert of new and previously recorded pieces from Chorus Austin's Chamber Ensemble, featuring selections (a mix of spirituals, pop, folk songs, and more) by Alberto Grau, Rosephanye Powell, Carlos Cordero, and Dr. Roland Carter.
    Through Nov. 21. Free.  
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Dance

    Jennifer Sherburn: Elsewhere

    Jennifer Sherburn, the award-winning director of modern dance series 11:11, presents a voyeuristic dance experience, a self-guided tour of living installations that "transmute the concepts of stage, audience, and performance to acknowledge the barriers keeping us apart — while permitting a glimpse at what may be happening inside their confines." This featured part of the Austin Studio Tour features dancers Jairus Carr, Ciceley Fullylove, Lisa Anne Kobdish, Hailley Lauren, Taryn Lavery, Alex Miller, Clay Moore, Amy Myers, Sarah Annie Navarrete, and Marcie Bruscato Poss, in compelling kinesis all around the Rogge House Ranch. Note: Bring a mask and prepare for proper distancing.
    Through Nov. 22. Thu.-Sun., 6:30, 7:15, and 8pm. $20.  
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    Visual Arts

    Le Dollhouse

    Here's a fine visit. Austin's Denise Prince is installing a child-sized dollhouse room for you to sit in and pretend, a space "in which to indulge the pleasure of wishes, to acknowledge their tangible power and then to leave, returning to a world in which much is asked of us that, as adults, we're prepared to stand and face." The room will be classically charming inside, but with inflatable horrors clinging to the outside – right there at Moontower Cider Company.
    Through Nov. 21. Fri.-Sat., 3-9pm. Free.  
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    Food Events

    Little Ola's Flavors of Fall

    Little Ola's Biscuits, a take-away biscuit shop featuring Olamaie's famous flaky biscuits, has this series that's set to run until Thanksgiving, a series in which Austin's premier pastry chefs collaborate with Little Ola’s pastry chef Jules Stoddart to create innovative desserts incorporating the acclaimed eatery’s biscuit dough recipe. The final, fantastic collab's with Derrick Flynn of Suerte.
    Nov. 19-22
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    Mission Possible Thanksgiving

    Lend a hand to those experiencing homelessness this year by donating to Mission Possible's Great Thanksgiving Banquet fund. Donations of $6 cover the cost of one meal, and $10 can provide a sleeping bag. The banquet is held on Sun., Nov. 22.
    Donate by Sat., Nov. 21. Select "I want to support Thanksgiving Banquet" on the donation page.  
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Food Events

    Taste of Texas Auction: Extended to the 27th!

    This distinctive fundraiser is the first of its kind for the Texas Food & Wine Alliance and they're going all out with a plethora of sumptuous packages tailored for wine lovers, cocktail fans, and foodies. For instance? Oh, gift cards for some of Austin's favorite watering holes. Barbecue packages from the likes of Franklin BBQ and la Barbecue and Leroy & Lewis and Micklethwait. A summertime retreat for 8-10 people at Dripping Springs' breathtaking Cactus Moon Lodge. And, as they say, much, much more! So, even if you have no minions or henchmen to do your bidding, citizen, you can do your own bidding right here.
    Through Nov. 27. Going once, going twice ...  
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    Books

    Texas Book Festival

    We told you about the Texas Teen Book Festival last week; now we're championing the 25th annual Texas Book Festival's adult programming. It's a virtual to-do this year, of course, with all manner of events, kicking off with the First Edition Literary Gala (Fri., Nov. 6, 7:30pm), featuring authors Julia Alvarez, Nick Hornby, and Natasha Trethewey, with emcee Michael Ian Black. From there, it's authors and celebrities all the way down, with the likes of Jodi Picoult, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Mychal Denzel Smith, Cory Doctorow, Ottessa Moshfegh, James Wade, Amanda Eyre Ward, Jonathan Lethem, and many more, dazzling your favorite screen with various magnitudes of literary éclat.
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    Food Events

    Texas Book Festival: Lit Crawl

    Of course the rapidly approaching Texas Book Festival's Lit Crawl will be virtual this year, citizen, but with popular returns like the Literary Death Match and Austin Bat Cave's Story Department … with special events from Six Square and series sponsor Texas Monthly … with virtual readings and meet-ups with authors Kathy Valentine, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, and more – bonus: Desert Door Sotol and Rambler Sparkling Water making sure this crawl is definitely lit in an imbibable fashion – well, we reckon your usual screen of connectivity can be a lively, happy place again, for at least a few hours at a time.
    Nov. 7-15. Donations accepted.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13
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    Visual Arts

    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Civic Events

    ATXelerator 2021 Application

    The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually.
    Deadline: Dec. 7. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195.  
    Online
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    Austin Creative Reuse

    ACR is such a neat place, filled to the brim with donations of reusable items, but you don't even have to be there to take advantage of their Earth-friendly stock. Shop online for gifts, holiday wrapping, craft supplies and notions, and even fun mystery packs.
    Ongoing  
    Online or in-store at 2005 Wheless
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    Sports

    Austin FC

    Austin FC is getting in gear for their inaugural season in 2021, and there's exciting news coming out regularly. Sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook to get all the updates on the stadium, the draft, their brand-spankin'-new uniform, the 4ATX Foundation, and more.
    Ongoing  
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    Austin Flea

    The Austin Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin's most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, bath and body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles, and so much more.
    Third Sundays, 10am-4pm. Free.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Austin Jewish Film Festival

    AJFF was scheduled to end Nov. 13, but it's been extended an extra week, so you still have time to catch the films, some of them for free!
    Through Nov. 20  
    Online via www.austinjff.org
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    Special Screenings

    Austin Polish Film Festival

    This year, APFF has taken most of the screenings to the virtual realm, offering two months of Polish features and documentaries online, as well three films co-presented with Austin Jewish Film Festival and a few screenings at Galaxy Highland.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Online via www.austinpolishfilm.com
  • Music

    Úlla

    Venmo: @ullamusic, PayPal.me/rlbrotherton
    Sundays, 5:30pm  
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Be a Santa to a Senior

    Fulfilling a senior's Christmas wish couldn't be easier. Simply visit Home Instead Senior Care's virtual tree, choose a recipient, and purchase their wish list item from Amazon. It'll be safely delivered and will make someone's day. You can also visit one of Home Instead's three Austin-area locations to participate.
    Through Dec. 15  
    Virtual
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    Out of Town

    Big Band Bash

    Johnny Nicholas is joined by his friends and guests over four evenings of special music for a good cause.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 12-15. $75-100.  
    Hill Top Cafe, Fredericksburg

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