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  • Arts

    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.  
  • Community

    Civic Events

    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
  • Community

    Events

    E-Commerce Insider Secrets Webinar

    COVID-19 has changed the way small businesses operate, and many are taking their business online. This seminar provides tips on how to understand online growth and market your small business effectively on various platforms. Moderated by Chris Aarons, founder and principal of Chris Aarons Strategy and Marketing, in conversation with Taste of Koko's Jane Ko, Raven Elyse TV's Toni Tanner Scott, and Cater to Mom's Marsha Stephanson.
    Fri., May 7, 11:30am. Free.  
    Virtual
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Esther's Follies

    You don't have to slog your way through Dirty Sixth anymore, citizen – you can catch the arch antics and musical mayhem of the Esther's crew on video as they unleash fresh new sketches and songs and more about the hottest topics of the day. And there's all sorts of behind-the-scenes extras now, too, and it's all available via their Patreon page. You need to laugh right about now, so this is a good idea, right? And sports are important, sure they are, but wouldn't you rather be a local comedy supporter than a local athletic supporter? [*pauses for response, hears only crickets*] Right – leaving it to these professionals, then.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Face/Off (1997)

    So. Good guy John Travolta literally switches faces with bad guy Nic Cage to thwart a terrorist plot, because sophisticated interrogation techniques hadn't yet been developed way back in 1997. Could something possibly go awry in the process? This film got four stars from the Chron when it came out. It was robbed.
    Thu., April 22, 8:30pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    HRC: Henry David Thoreau

    You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
  • Community

    Events

    Karaoke Empire With Ring My Bell

    Empire has had a karaoke night on the wish list for months, and they've figured out the safest way: sign up from your socially distanced table, and hit the stage with a clean mic for every singer. They'll also have a round or two of Karaoke Bingo and a few other surprises.
    Thu., April 15 & 29, 7-11pm. $15 at the door, Venmo or Paypal.  
  • Community

    Events

    Luck Summit: Planting the Seed

    Willie Nelson and Luck Presents' multi-day virtual summit seeks to destigmatize, educate, and promote cannabis culture in an informative and entertaining way. Hosted by Nathaniel Rateliff, advocates will discuss the plant from a political, ethics, economic, wellness, community, industry, and science point of view. It's the marquee event of the "High Holidays," a cannabis celebration that begins on 4/20 and ends on Willie's birthday, April 29, and benefits the Cannabis Voter Project.
    April 26-29  
    Virtual
  • Community

    Events

    Lunch & Learn

    Multitask in a fun, enriching way by learning about nature, science, and natural history during your lunch break with the city of Austin's Nature & Science Center.
    Select Tuesdays through May 18, noon. Free.  
    Virtual
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Natatorium

    How far would you go for The Good Life? Listen: 20-something couple Jules and Ash and their gamer neighbors Devon and Chris are trapped in an unending cycle of late rent, mounting debt, and day-old pizza. Across from their shitty apartment complex is Natatorium, a premier gated community full of gleaming mansions, sparkling pools, and possibilities ripe for the taking. You will help decide the fate of these would-be thieves as they reach for a shinier life – even if that means taking down a mega-rich corporate asshole or two along the way.: Intrigued? This new show is from improvised-music conductor Kenzie Slottow and director Kaci Beeler in collaboration with Density512 and American Berserk Theatre. So, OK, now we know the premise, and we can trust it'll be done well. Also, "Natatorium pushes the limits of virtual performance technology to combine a chamber ensemble of six musicians with a 10-person cast of improvising actors." And the cast and crew will perform live from Austin and six other U.S. cities, with each night a unique, unrepeatable experience. So this, we reckon, will be one of those online livestream things that are totally worth seeing, not just a theatrical stopgap but another of those odd good things to come out of the pandemic, tempting us to say "Hey – thanks, 'ronas!" even as we continue to kick the virus's ass. Note: This show features adult language and themes of violence.
    Fri., April 16, 8pm; Sun., April 18, 2pm. $10.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf reopens its famed Garden to the general public. There won’t be any performances going on yet, as occasionally delighted crowds in the Before Times, but there will be all those expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright gardenscapes and tree-towered paths: Perfect for a strolling, fresh-air respite from yet another screenful of pixels in your all-too-familiar abode.

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    Note: The usual safety measures will be in effect: A limit of 30 visitors in the garden at a time; a one-way marked path to follow; masks and social distancing strongly encouraged; etc. (You know the routine: You’re an old hand at this pandemic shit by now, right?) Also, know that the Umlauf’s private-event rentals will resume with limited capacity set by local and state guidelines – and its summer camp program will proceed with those restrictions in mind, too.

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    See the museum’s website for details and to schedule an appointment.

    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm

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