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    Neill-Cochran House: Art on the Lawn

    Hey, this is happening IRL! Seven artists will present their work on the grounds of this historic site. The museum itself will be closed, but free admission passes will be passed out for use once the NCH reopens on June third – so you can see the "If These Walls Could Talk" exhibition, which has been extended until July 26th. Note: The number of guests circulating on the grounds will be managed by museum staff to preserve social distancing of six feet.
    Sun., May 24, 11am-3pm. Free.  
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      Austin Creative Alliance: Online Artshow Fundraiser

      The ACA has teamed with SKM Art Advising to present this virtual exhibition of works for sale to benefit the Artists Emergency Fund, featuring new pieces by Stella Alesi, Naomi Schlinke, Rebecca Bennett, and more.
      Ongoing, until sold out  
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      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light's Belonging, Part One: In-Home Screening

      The city's original outdoor aerialists, directed by Sally Jacques, performed this stunning piece that took place at the Seaholm District Plaza in downtown Austin in 2017 and 2018. Now you can witness the spectacle onscreen, with a link for the entirety of it sent directly to your inbox.
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      Visual Arts

      Camiba Art: Studio Scene 4

      It's Camiba's fourth annual exhibition of art gathered directly from studios visited on global tours (with a focus on Latin America). Experience new cultural voices through a wide variety of mediums, expressed by more than 25 artists representing four countries and nine geographic locations. Curator Troy Campa will post a video walk-through once the exhibition's up and ready, but the gallery is also open for in-person viewing by appointment only.
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      Visual Arts

      Carver Museum: High Signs and Beacons

      This is a project of CarverMuseumATX, Six Square, the City of Austin Equity office, and the African American Heritage Facility, calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join in a mutual aid effort. It's an invitation to engage with the isolation, uncertainty, and essential chaos of these times – and your voice is essential. See website for details.
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      Comedy

      ColdTowne TV: Prayer Circle Comedy

      It's confessional comedy for the true believer, featuring testimonials and healing words from their church family to yours, bringing you a half hour of fresh sketch and improv characters guaranteed to convert even the staunchest nonbeliever. Srsly, friend, you're just … not … that … staunch. Hallelujah!
      Sundays, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      DipDipDip Pop-Up

      GQ Magazine may have named them one of 2020's best new restaurants, and our own Jessi Cape has fairly raved about the eatery's brilliance, but that damned coronavirus put a stop to – well, hold on now. Look: Tatsu Aikawa's most celebrated venue flips a finger to pathogens everywhere and re-opens with a to-go menu featuring new dipping sandwiches (crafted with meats that are charred on a binchōtan grill, slow-cooked and thinly sliced) with a choice of dip, plus artisanal ice cream (Cookies 'n Matcha and Yuzu Mascarpone, for instance), and we're like, "OMG, yesssss!"
      Wed.-Sun., 11am-9pm
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      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.
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      Events

      Feed It Forward

      Feed It Forward and take out hunger! Order delivery, pickup, groceries, beer, wine, or cocktails from participating restaurants and add the $5 Feed It Forward menu item before checkout. Support the local food community and provide 20 meals to the Central Texas Food Bank with each Feed It Forward item. Plus, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching donations up to $10,000. Check out the list of participating locations online before you make your next takeout order; there's a wide variety all over town.
      Various locations
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      Fuel Our Heroes Austin

      UT-Austin student-led initiative Fuel Our Heroes Austin is raising funds and taking donations of PPE, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper for health care heroes at Dell Medical School. So far they've raised almost $17,000; donate online now to help reach the goal of $100,000 and to get vital supplies to those at the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.
      May 15-June 12  
      Online
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      Theatre

      Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore

      Austin's Gilbert & Sullivan society streams video of their 2014 grand summer production of this rousing classic and features a watch party with commentary from directors, original cast members, and GSA board members.
      Through May 29. Watch party: Mon., May 25. Free.  
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      Sports

      May Is Bike Month

      Bike Austin, Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, is encouraging residents to take to the bike lane throughout May for Bike Month 2020. With thousands of Austinites working from home, social distancing, and spending less time in their vehicles, streets all over town are quieter and safer, so now the community has a unique opportunity to encourage neighbors to get outside and ride together, apart. Share photos of solo or family rides on social media using #BikeMonthATX and #IBikeTo____ (fill in your own reason for biking) and enjoy these healthy streets.
      May 11-31  
      Citywide
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      Visual Arts

      Northern-Southern: Left In Leaves

      This is a group show of artistic interventions across the city of Austin, freely left in outdoor public spaces throughout May. (Note: Email the gallery for a map to the sites.) Who's involved in this fine endeavor? Sterling Allen, Ted Carey, Adreon Denson Henry, Sarah Fagan, Rachel Freeman & Korey Weiss, Emily Lee, Sean Ripple, Amy Scofield, Meghan Shogan, Amanda Julia Steinback & Staci Maloney, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Suzanne Wyss. Documentation will be shared on the Northern-Southern website and social media; at the conclusion of the month, the maps will be collected in a print zine, in which each artist will be interviewed. Northern-Southern will mail it to you upon request. And, look: The Chronicle's Robert Faires shares his own experience of the project.
      Through May 31
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      Events

      Sofa Sessions Benefiting SIMS Foundation

      In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sofa Sessions brings local musicians to your living room to raise funds for nonprofit SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health care to musicians and has experienced a higher demand due to COVID-19. Follow SIMS on social media (@simsfoundation) for lineup announcements throughout the month. Donate online or by texting SIMS to 44321.
      Throughout May  
      Online
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      Visual Arts

      testsite: How a House Works

      How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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      Visual Arts

      The Contemporary from Home

      The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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      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.
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      Classical Music

      Virtual ASO: The Austin Symphony's REWIND

      Conductor Peter Bay and company have teamed with the classical cats at 89.5 KMFA to release this show of discussion of and music fromtwo 2006 concerts, one with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 and one with Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, featuring Joshua Bell.
      Until these damned coronas get the hell outta Dodge  
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      Theatre

      Virtual Ground Floor: Click

      "It’s Saturday night and two gay guys are online trying to hook up, each for a somewhat different reason. Jason sees easy sex as a way to avoid intimacy. Michael sees it as a way to get to intimacy more quickly." Find out what happens next, in this broadcast of Allan Baker's award-winning drama starring Jesse O'Rear.
      Sun., May 24, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Comedy

      Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

      The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
      Thursdays, 8pm; Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5.  
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      Theatre

      Virtual Vortex: Cinema Dada

      Quick – don't anybody set a giraffe on fire! But do check out this video collection of improvised music and sound juxtaposed against collages of mail-art from a year-long international mail-art call. Austin artists David Jewell, Melissa Vogt, Sandie Donzica, Justin LaVergne, Chad "The Eldritch Omelette King" Salvata, Rachel Fuhrer, and Sergio R. Samayoa contribute video art, theatrical staging, dance choreography, improvised poetry, spoken word, sound collage, and electronic music. Bonus: Week nine of Rudy Ramirez’s CoviDecameron Project. features a takeover by student from the Griffin School.
      Sun., May 24, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: Poster Show

      Now here's some gorgeous and affordable visuals for anybody's favorite wall: A new series of 20-by-16-inch posters celebrating the creations of Workman-repped artists – Malcolm Bucknall! Ashley Benton! Helmut Barnett! Ian Shults! Those amazing Scribners! And many more! – with funds going to support those artists. Give it a look-see on the website.
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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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Selection of Short Films

      A collection of short films that were scheduled to screen at South by Southwest will be shown, including Ingrid Haas’ “Still Wylde,” Chelsea Devantez’s “Basic,” Kate Cox's “Vert,” Carlyn Hudson's “Waffle,” and Dean C. Marcial's “Reminiscences of the Green Revolution.”
      Sun., May 24, 11:15pm  
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      Events

      Adopt a Pet From Austin Animal Center

      AAC is closed to the public until at least May 29, but they are still adopting animals from foster homes. Make a profile and choose a new furry friend from the website to begin the process. See AAC's Facebook page for details on that as well as tips for reuniting lost animals with their families while AAC is closed, and remember, donations are always welcome.
       
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      AFF at Home

      AFF at Home is Austin Film Festival’s way of promoting a sense of community, engagement, and creativity in a time of distance and restrictions. The latest session focuses on fiction and nonfiction adaptations, and you can catch up on previous content covering screenwriting topics like dialogue, character, comedy, and more via the website.
      Ongoing  
      Online via AFF
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      Special Screenings

      AFS Cinema Virtual Screenings

      The quality programming you've come to expect from AFS Cinema is available virtually, and online ticket purchases will help ensure it can reopen so you can visit again in person.
      Ongoing  
      Online
    • Community

      Kids

      AISD Wifi Bus Program

      Austin ISD and Capital Metro have partnered to provide wifi to neighborhoods all over town that may lack internet access, and hours are expanded through May 22. Check out the map online to find the nearest bus.
       
      Citywide
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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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      Kids

      Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

      For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
       
      At home

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