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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Texas Performing Arts presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its 2024 National Tour. The legendary dance company returns to Austin after more than a decade for two special and unique performances including new works and Ailey’s iconic ballet Revelations.
    Mar. 2-3  
    Bass Concert Hall
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    OUTsider Fest

    C’mon y’all freaks and geeks: Austin’s premier transmedia festival dedicated to bold creativity within the LGBTQ community is back again. Over four days, creators like Good Pollution, Fargo Nissim Tbakhi, Ajani Brannum, Xandra Ibarra, and many more will bake your noodle with performances pacing past all known artistic outposts. Special presentations pop up throughout the fest run, but ongoing all four days will be DARKROOM, a blindfold-required sonic experience, and Lezbian Popcorn Cart, a celebration of savory sapphic her/hirstory. Highly recommended: the Legacy Awards boosting Austin spacemakers Priscilla Hale, Chale Nafus, Sandra Martinez, and Susan Post at Cheer Up Charlies on Friday, Feb. 16. – James Scott
    Thu.-Sun., Feb. 15-18
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    Always a Boy

    Author of Never a Girl, Always a Boy and subsequent co-playwright of its stage adaptation Jo Ivester hopes the play written alongside her son Jeremy serves to “contribute to the growing awareness of what it means to be Trans.” After an industry presentation in NYC with Tony-Award winning A Strange Loop producer JJ Maley directing, this personal transition story comes home for its world premiere at Ground Floor featuring director Lisa Scheps and performers Laura Leo Kelly, Kaden Ono, Molly Fonseca, Nathan Jerkins, Max Green, Chelsea Corwin, Trace Turner, and Jeremy.– James Scott
    Thursdays-Sundays. Through March 1
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    Civic Events

    Accessible Parking Enforcement Training

    If you’ve ever seen one of those a-holes parked in a clearly marked accessible-parking space that’s not for them and thought, “I wish I could do something about this,” here’s your chance. This program from the city’s Transportation and Public Works Department, in partnership with APD, deputizes volunteers to issue citations and warnings to illegally parked vehicles and educate the community to help ensure accessible parking is available for those who need it. Attend a couple of hours of training over two days (one online, one in the field), and you’re all set! Just don’t let the power go to your head. – Kat McNevins
    Fri.-Sat., Feb. 16-17
    Virtual
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    Ballet Austin's TRIAD: Three Bold Dances

    Three mesmerizing dance works take the stage this Valentine's weekend: George Balanchine's neoclassical Concerto Barocco combines with Amy Seiwert's contemporary Renaissance and the world premiere of Stephen Mills' Bubblegum, all with live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
    Feb. 16-18. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15 and up.  
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    Black Canvas: Beyond Boundaries

    To create this photography exhibition featured at creative consultancy/gallery & studio space OFC Creatives, local artist and activist Jeremy A. Teel pulled from his wider “I, Too, Am Kink” series, which focuses on Black bodies within the BDSM/kink community to “consider the complexities of bondage, body positivity, and the liberation of the Black body amidst daily struggles and pleasures.” Last weekend, however, brought broken windows to the OFC gallery, who remarked it was no accident the only display damaged was the Black queer art. They plan to, in response, be “Blacker and Queerer,” so support them in that mission by catching this exhibition or attending their Friday, Feb. 16, discussion with ATX Queer Connection. – James Scott
    Fridays-Sundays. Through Feb. 25
    OFC Creatives, 101 Colorado St. #102
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    Boner Bizarre: Cronenboner

    Long live the new flesh, which coincidentally will be on display for this David Cronenberg-themed erotic variety show. More terrifyingly tantalizing than a new hole in your abdomen, these filthmongers promise acts featuring pole-dancing, aerials, contortion, fire-breathing, rope bondage, and – most perverted of all – comedy. Performers include Foxxy Lane LeFevre, Stormy September, Zoja Exotica & Shelbi Aiona, Holly Pocket, Flex Fatale, Kitty McSparkles & Jaymie, Jordan Culpepper, and many more. Keep in mind, their event copy states, “Boner Bizarre is not responsible for anyone losing all sense of reality.” –James Scott
    Fri., Feb. 16
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    Cash Bash

    Do you hear that lonesome whistle blowin’? Mayhaps it’s the spirit of Johnny Cash calling you to celebrate what woulda been the iconic musician’s 92nd birthday, just a smidge early. Walk the line over to the city’s No. 1 Cash bar for free live music from Deep Eddies and Truck Stop Jukebox starting at 7pm, and set aside some funds for a limited-edition T-shirt to proudly proclaim your allegiance to the Man in Black. – Kat McNevins
    Fri., Feb. 16
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    Gabe Lee; Brennen Leigh, Kelly Willis, & Melissa Carper (performances & record signings)

    This sharp showcase bookends an impressive run of free-to-the-public Waterloo performances leading up to the ticketed Ameripolitan Music Awards on Sunday. Likewise, Nashville native Gabe Lee put an exclamation point on his career’s ventures through country, folk, and rock with last year’s Drink the River. His fourth LP presents a message of unity with tracks like the addiction-addressing “Even Jesus Got the Blues.” The must-see Austin-affiliated trio of Brennen Leigh, Melissa Carper, and Kelly Willis add to the in-store show/signing with irresistible song-swapping between acoustic guitars and Carper’s upright bass, ahead of their own awards show appearances. Find the full list of awards-affiliated gigs at ameripolitan.org/schedule. – Rachel Rascoe
    Fri., Feb. 16, 5pm
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    Special Screenings

    Local Hero (1983)

    Texas cash and bravado meets Scottish pluck in one of the greatest British movies of the 1980s. A Houston oil tycoon (Burt Lancaster) believes that he can buy out a little fishing village, and dispatches “Mac” McIntyre (Peter Riegert) to convince the locals to hand over their heritage. Starring Jenny Seagrove, a pre-Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, and another sci-fi great, Denis Lawson (aka Wedge from Star Wars), it’s a heartfelt love letter to the power of belonging somewhere. Plus, you’ll be humming that theme by Mark Knopfler all the way home. – Richard Whittaker
    Fri., Feb. 16, 7pm  
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    Love Bites

    Valentine’s Day may be past, but love is still in the air – as is the sound of bat wings. Austin’s most ghoulish and nationally acclaimed Halloween attraction, the House of Torment, cracks open the crypt for three nights of vampiric terror in this specially themed event designed to chill the blood and get your heart pumping. Feel like impressing that special someone? The date night package comes with photos, two drinks at the secret Neon Coffin bar, and an eyeball rose bouquet. – Richard Whittaker
    Fri.-Sat., Feb 16-18
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    Arts & Culture

    Madly Involved

    Curated by Texan Mueni Loko Rudd, this exhibition highlights art from Black creators like Audrey Lyall, Moses Leonardo, Sacugar, and Big Linda. Opening night is this Friday, but the show runs through April 14.
    Thursdays-Sundays. Through April 14
    Future Front, 1900 E. 12th
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    Matteo Lane: The Al Dente Tour

    Queer stand-up comic among Variety's Top Ten Comics to Watch and "pasta aficionado" Matteo Lane brings his Al Dente Tour to Austin.
    Fri., Feb. 16, 8pm. $50-200.  
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    Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

    You’re a busy guy; you don’t have time to read all of War and Peace. But you’re also ashamed that you’ve not dug into the hottest Russian novel of 1869! Hark: A solution awaits at the Zach Theatre production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy’s musical adaptation of a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s great tome. Described by the theatre as an “innovative electro-pop opera,” this two-hour-and-thirty-minute love triangle will be available as pay-what-you-will until Feb. 4. Heads-up to queers: Thursday, Feb. 1, is PRIDE night!– James Scott
    Jan. 30-March 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25.  
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    O. Henry Stories

    “The Bard is just the beginning,” promise the irrepressible thespians of Austin Shakespeare; and now here they are, making good on their word with a play that showcases classic short works by Austin’s own William Sydney Porter – you know: O. Henry – to bring audiences at the Long Center’s Rollins Theatre an early-20th-century good time with “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Pimienta Pancakes,” “The Ransom of Red Chief,” and more. Bonus: Music and dance enhance the talented talespinning, and there are talkbacks with the director and cast after every show.: – Wayne Alan Brenner
    Thursdays-Sundays. Through Feb. 25
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    Peter and the Starcatcher

    Adapted from bestselling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this Tony-winning play by Rick Elice digs deep into J.M. Barrie’s story of Neverland like never before. Learn the origins of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up as well as his friends and foes like Wendy, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. Directed by Ben Wolfe, this production features music by Wayne Barker and an ensemble cast of 16 actors in over 100 character roles. –James Scott
    Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Feb. 18
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    Porcelain (album release), Cherubs, alexalone

    As ATX adjusts to its size and national status – international cred secured long ago by SXSW – its cultural history suddenly churns into visions of tomorrow. Cherubs remain a living, seething, bouncing bridge between pioneering local post-punks of the Eighties (Scratch Acid and Butthole Surfers) and their contemporary spawn. Last year’s Brutal Panda reissues for Icing and Heroin Man completed a Cherubs through line to the melodic noiseniks’ resurgence starting in 2015 on 2 Ynfynyty and Immaculada High four years later. Thursday, the trio headlines with support by the Grasshopper Lies Heavy and Suckling. Friday, they warm up pandemic-born post-punks Porcelain, who christen an eponymous debut LP, with alexalone opening.: – Raoul Hernandez
    Fri., Feb. 16, 10pm. $20 cover (21+).
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    The Blanton: The Floating World

    The opportunity to witness, in person, the creative expression of different times and diverse cultures is one of the perks of city-dwellers everywhere – and exemplified by the collections and traveling exhibitions hosted by UT’s acclaimed Blanton Museum of Art. The Blanton’s newest show displays masterpieces from Edo-period Japan, on loan from the Worcester Art Museum through June 30. These “pictures of the floating world” depict the lifestyle, pleasures, and interests of the urban population – samurais, geishas, kabuki actors, boat parties, palaces, and lush landscapes. As then, so now: Much of who we are is what we do with our lives. – Wayne Alan Brenner
    Feb. 11-June 30
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