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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
  • Community

    Events

    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.  
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Capturing Lee Miller (2020)

    This new documentary follows Lee Miller, who went from stunning fashion model to World War II photographer.
    Through Jan. 22. $10.  
    Online: www.mfah.org/films/virtual-cinema
  • Community

    Civic Events

    City Utility Payment Centers Temporary Closures

    In response to Stage 5 COVID-19 restrictions, the walk-in utility payment centers located at 8716 Research Blvd. #115 and 1901 W. William Cannon will temporarily close. Customers who pay their utility bill at these locations are urged to pay online, at authorized pay stations/drop boxes, or by mail.
    Effective: Mon., Dec. 28  
    Multiple locations
  • Community

    Kids

    Connect2Texas

    The Bullock Museum has an excellent selection of educational programming that can be incorporated into distance learning or experienced just for fun. There are recordings and worksheets on a range of topics as wide as Texas: blues music, extreme mammals, cattle drives, and more. Plus, check out the very cool interactive tools like the Texas history timeline and "Campfire Stories," an interactive version of Amarillo artist Robert T. Ritter's mosaic that leads you to discover the people who wrote the stories of Texas.
     
    Online
  • Community

    Sports

    Free Women's Self-Defense Class

    Anyone who identifies as a woman and is interested in learning some hands-on self-defense techniques is welcome to join.
    First Wednesday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm. Free.
  • 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  
  • 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.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
  • Community

    Kids

    Lonestar Soccer Club Junior Academy

    Registration is now open for the Lonestar Junior Academy, which is designed for players who excel at the recreational level and require a more challenging, developmentally appropriate environment in order to maximize their potential.
    Academy begins Feb. 8. $295.  
    Various locations
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Baton

    You know, right, that Northern-Southern's had a lot going on in this pandemic? In addition to the various artworks lying in wait throughout the city of Austin via "Left In Leaves" and "Where Is Here" … in addition to virtually hosting the weekly brilliances of first Laura Lit and now Drew Livermanthe actual N-S gallery space has been turned into an ever-evolving installation called Baton by a series of artists working in turn. Listen: "An artist is given a key to the space, a baton. With it they may take their turn installing artwork in the gallery. An artist finishes their turn when they pass the key. The next artist will then have the run of the space. They will confront the work of the previous artists as the leave-behinds of a prior civilization: to honor, remove, build around, relocate, or cover up." Phillip Niemeyer and Rachel Freeman started things off in July, then passed the baton to Emily Lee. Stella Alesi took over in late August, followed by James Turner. Jimmy Luu and Tyeschea West added to the show in September. In October, it was Transmountain Design and Vy Ngo with the Baton. And then: Ryan Sandison Montgomery, Matthew Steinke, and Dawn Okoro. And now here's a whole new year, and gallerista Niemeyer says this tag-team situation will continue until we're all clear of the 'ronas, and so who knows what this wonderment has morphed into at this point. We say: Check it out!
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Oyster Season

    It was a brave soul who ate the first oyster, and now the bivalve mollusks are on the dinner table. This is the time to get the freshest oysters as fishermen come into the Rockport/Fulton Harbor around 4-5pm. The annual Fulton Oyster Festival has been canceled for this year, but there are still plenty of oysters available at local markets and restaurants.
    Through April 30  
    Rockport/Fulton
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Selena: The Series Screenwriter Panel

    UT-Austin's Latino Media Arts and Studies program presents a discussion with three of the Texas writing talents who brought Selena's story to life on Netflix.
    Thu., Jan. 28, 3:30pm  
    Online via Zoom; register at rtf.utexas.edu/events
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic (and ever-growing) mix.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Spoon River Project

    City Theatre presents a virtual theatre performance adapted from the critically acclaimed American poetry of Edgar Lee Masters, with 30 Austin actors bringing to life the politics, passion, love, betrayals, secrets, failures, and hopes of a small Illinois town. True stories about death and life combine to reveal a moving portrait of what - and who – creates a place called home. Staged and filmed at Mueller Park, directed by Andy Berkovsky, with filming and editing by J. Kevin Smith.
    Through Feb 28. Donations accepted.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Villains Wear Black Presents

    This locally produced show, inspired by the likes of MTV’s 120 Minutes and USA Network’s Night Flight, offers a variety of music videos, live performances, and interviews. Created by Austin musician and artist Rona Rougeheart, who co-hosts/co-produces with Curse Mackey, it's a mind-expanding exploration of art, film, music, animation, and fashion. See it online, on Austin Public channel 16, or search "Austin Public" on AppleTV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
    Wednesdays, 10pm  
    www.villainswearblack.online
  • Qmmunity

    Community

    Virtual Transgender Wellness Mindfulness Session

    For adults (18+) who identify under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella or are questioning.
    Wednesdays, 5:30-6pm. Free.  
    Online
  • Qmmunity

    Community

    Virtual Transgender Wellness Peer Support Groups

    For adults (18+) who identify under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella or are questioning.
    Tuesdays, 5:30-6:20pm & 7-7:50pm. Free.  
    Online

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