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  • 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
  • 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
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Sundance Film Fest 2021: Richard Linklater & Channing Godfrey Peoples

    To open their programming as a satellite screen for Sundance Film Festival, Austin Film Society presents a conversation between the two notable writer/directors. Peoples' debut feature, Miss Juneteenth, premiered at Sundance 2020.
    Thu., Jan. 28, 4pm. Free, but RSVP.  
    Online: www.austinfilm.org
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      Classical Music

      KMFA Fundraiser: Divas & Drinks

      This unique virtual tasting event kicks off KMFA's "Live from the Draylen Mason" weekend and features three Austin divas, exquisite bourbons, and handcrafted artisan chocolates. The divas Liz Cass, Julia Taylor, and David Utterback will host, distiller Marsha Milam of Milam & Greene Whiskey and chocolatier Krystal Craig of Intero will discuss the bourbon and chocolate pairings, and "your taste buds will revel in delight while the divas sing." Note: We've enjoyed these pleasures, in other contexts, over the years, and we'll vouch: Your taste buds and your ears? Oh, they'll revel most happily!
      Thu., Jan. 28, 6pm. $65.  
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      Visual Arts

      Lydia Street Gallery: Attachment

      Deanna Miesch's new gallery on the Eastside debuts with an exhibition of drawings and sculptural works by Austin's Stephen Daly.
      Reception: Fri. Feb. 26, 6-10pm
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      Sports

      Austin FC Verde Van

      Austin FC's mobile merch van has several stops scheduled this week. You'll want to get your merch ready for the soon-to-begin season, so preorder jerseys, caps, and more and choose a location near you to meet the Verde Van for pickup.
      Through Jan. 31  
      Citywide
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      Books

      Authors and Presidential Inaugurations

      Many authors have participated in or influenced American presidential inauguration ceremonies, and so here's a discussion about two items from the Harry Ransom Center’s collections that will help deepen your understanding of why poetry readings and speeches at such events matter. the HRC's Megan Barnard and UT's Jeremi Suri will discuss Miller Williams' poem "Of History and Hope," read at the 1997 inauguration of Bill Clinton, and a draft of a mostly unused speech John Steinbeck wrote for Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration.
      Thu., Jan. 28, 4:30pm. Free.  
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      Events

      B Movies and Bad History: Outbreaks

      With the threat of a pandemic no longer a possibility but a reality, join experts from the fields of film and public health for a look back at some of the best (and worst) examples of outbreaks on screen. From the laughable to the plausible, you'll see these flicks in a whole new light.
      Thu., Jan. 28, 7pm. $5; members, free.  
      The Bullock Museum Online
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      Visual Arts

      Cloud Tree Studio: We Talk to Colors

      Rachel Koper is the curator of this group show of paintings. "I just wanted to fill the space with color and paintings," she tells us. "It's a salon-style hanging of pieces with gestural realism and some abstracts, just this colorful mix of oil and acrylic artworks." Sure, and since the group of artists includes Chris Chappell, John Cobb, Heyd Fontenot(!), Yamin Li, Andrea Munoz Martinez, John Mulvany, Johari Palacio, Charles Randolph, and Koper herself – well, we're excited to see this stuff. Check the website to make your appointment soon.
      Through Feb.23
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      Visual Arts

      Davis Gallery: As the World Stood Still

      This is a retrospective of the creative journey that painter Kevin Greer started alone inside his studio during the lockdown that continued through this past month. You want to see some vivid, multicolored abstractions like strategically shattered shards of somebody's lysergic and fire-marked dreams? Then, says Brenner, you should see this.
      Through March 6
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      Events

      Donate Blood, Get a Free Thundercloud Sub

      Donate blood or platelets with We Are Blood to get a voucher for a free small ThunderCloud sub, redeemable through February. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
      Through Jan. 31  
      We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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      Electric Lady Bird

      The Austin Public Library's streaming service, Electric Lady Bird, is now accepting submissions of local music. Upload 1-3 tracks to be considered, and jurors from the Austin music community will select the best albums. Selected musicians will be awarded $200, and the library will receive non-exclusive rights to stream the album/EP for a three-year term.
      Jan. 22-31  
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      Visual Arts

      grayDUCK Gallery: A Study of Fences

      Renee Lai's new work focuses on the picket fence, a structure she associates with the traditional suburban American home, and explores what gets included and what gets excluded in the vision of American society.
      Through Feb. 7  
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      Events

      Hi, How Are You Day

      Jan. 22 would've been Daniel Johnston's 60th birthday, and this event honors the dearly departed musician and raises funds for nonprofit Hi, How Are You Project's mental health initiatives. This year's HHAYD extends beyond his birthday and takes the form of a "Happy Habit-a-Thon," wherein a digital bingo card leads participants through activities designed to reinforce healthy habits, guide conversation, and reduce the stigma around mental illness. In addition, landmarks (like Johnston's beloved Hi, How Are You mural on the Drag) and sponsor American Campus Communities' West Campus properties will be illuminated in green, the hue of mental health awareness.
      Jan. 22-31. Free; donations encouraged.  
    • Music

      Hotel Free TV presents Girls Like Us w/ p1nkstar, Lorelei K, Belladonna, Quentin Arispe, & more

      Clubs are closed, but dance magic transcends YouTube. Austin pop princess p1nkstar and performance artist Y2K team with director Hannah Varnell for a live music video experience celebrating the trans and queer artists who ground Texas nightlife. Lorelei K, Belladonna, and Quentin Arispe star, while Katherine Vaughn, Charlie AB, TC Superstar’s LB Flett, and more make special appearances in a 16-clip feature shot in 24 hours. Although free to stream, a GoFundMe linked through Hotel Vegas’ livestream site hopes to raise $5,000 to cover the concert/art installation/community builder’s custom-built sets and lights installations, and pay the LGBTQIA stars, producers, crew, dancers, choreographers, and stylists underrepresented in the industry even without a global pandemic.
      Thu., Jan. 28, 8pm  
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      Visual Arts

      ICOSA: Meet Me at the Water

      Inside the front window of ICOSA, Kate Csillagi and Brooke Gassiot create scapes using video, mixed media, and shadow play. Note: The exhibition is viewable through the glass only to ensure everyone can safely peer inside at any hour of the day. "Please wear your mask and come check it out."
      Through Feb. 14
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      Visual Arts

      Link & Pin: Sanando: Healing

      This community altarpiece and show by Kill Joy, whose work is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols, is presented in conjunction with Print Austin.
      Through Feb. 14
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      Books

      Lisa B. Thompson: Three Plays

      The celebrated playwright, Austin's own Lisa B. Thompson, presents a new collection that features her stageworks Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues. She'll be in conversation with memoirist Kiese Laymon for this BookPeople presentation.
      Thu., Jan. 28, 7pm. Free.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Northern-Southern: Baton

      This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
      Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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      Arts & Culture

      p1nkstar's Girls Like Us Premiere

      Thanks to the interstellar directorial vision of p1nkstar and futuristic sets and light installations created by Y2K, this is a live music video experience unlike any other you've seen before. Girls Like Us celebrates the work of trans artists in Texas, featuring performances by Lorelei K, Belladonna, and Quentin Arispe, plus special appearances by national talent like LDC Soundsystem's Rayna Russom.
      Thu., Jan. 28, 8pm. Free.  
      Online
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      Visual Arts

      PrintAustin 2021

      Artists, curators, galleries, and museums come together to present more than 30 print-focused exhibitions, artist and curator talks, workshops, and demonstrations taking place during PrintAustin's monthlong festival. With both safe in-person and online events, the 2021 program will appeal to all levels of printmakers, collectors, and dilettantes. See our coverage here for more.
      Through Feb. 15
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      Racial Equity Series

      "The Path to Racial Equity: Practical Steps Toward a More Equal Society" is a six-week conversation series with community experts examining the issues and offering steps Austinites can take to be part of the solution. The sessions will be followed up with insights from thought leaders on Tuesdays via Facebook Live.
      Thursdays through Feb. 18, 5:30pm  
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      Sports

      Texas Sweats for Pets

      For a great way to jump-start your fitness goals and contribute to those in need, look no further. Your donation includes access to three days of virtual workouts with adoptable animals from Austin Pets Alive! to keep you motivated. There's also a raffle and a contest that could get your pet featured in the "Fittest Dogs" issue of Austin Fit Magazine. Event proceeds are split between APA! and It's Time Texas, a nonprofit empowering Texans to lead healthier lives.
      Wed.-Fri., Jan. 27-29  
      Virtual
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      Visual Arts

      The Ney Is Talking About: Suffrage Now?

      This illuminating talk, an accompaniment to the "Suffrage Now" exhibition at the Elisabet Ney Museum, will take place via Zoom (and will be recorded for further viewing). Moderator Emmy Laursen welcomes photographers Sinden Collier, Mariana Lemos Duarte, Kathleen Greco, and Jeanine Michna-Bales to the discussion.
      Thu., Jan. 28, 7pm. Free.  
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      Civic Events

      "The Path to Racial Equity" Series

      A coalition of 17 Central Texas orgs hosts this six-part virtual series examining different issues surrounding racial inequity in Austin. The series – which runs every Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm, between Jan. 14-Feb. 18 – aims to offer practical steps we can all take in our communities toward racial equity and opportunity. See website for schedule and guest lineup.
      Jan. 14-Feb. 18. Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Free (registration required).  
      Online
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      147 Devices for Integrated Principles

      Big Medium presents a new collaboration between Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Kirk Lynn, and Peter Stopschinski. "Rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles is informed by the artists’ experiences during Hurricane Harvey." The result: A sensational new work of installation that features photography, video, sculpture, and an interactive closing Zoom event. Entry by appointment only.
      Through Feb. 27  
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      AFS & Sundance Film Festival

      AFS Cinema is Austin's exclusive satellite venue for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. See fest selections at their drive-in screenings ($25 per car, $15 per additional passenger) and RSVP to enjoy free Beyond Film panel discussions with a Texas focus.
      Jan. 28-Feb. 2  
      Panels: online via Zoom; screenings: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
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      AHS Car Raffle

      You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
      Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
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      AHS Tailgate Competition

      Austin Humane Society's Puppy Bowl XIV Tailgate Competition is officially underway! Andrea's Eats, Jo's Coffee, Austin Daily Press, and Yard Bar each compete with a tasty treat – and they're donating a percentage of sales to AHS. Try them all, and vote for your fave in the Facebook poll. The winning bite will be announced during the Puppy Bowl on Feb. 6.
      Through Feb. 5  
      Various locations
    • 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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      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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