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  • Festival of Good

    Festival of Good is back! Join them in Whitter Park at the corner of Whitter and Charles Merle Drive in the Goodnight Ranch neighborhood for the 3rd Annual Festival of Good - a fun, block party-style event celebrating all the "good" things of Austin. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
    Sat. Aug. 24, 10am-2pm  
    Whitter Park
  • Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies, "Austin's #1 Comedy Troupe" follows the funny in Washington, Austin, and on the internet. Hailed as Austin’s answer to Saturday Night Live, Esther’s has been entertaining sold-out audiences for over 42 years. It is a modern-day vaudeville revue like nothing else on the national comedy scene mixing political comedy, musical numbers, and Vegas-style magic into five performances every week.
    Thurs. at 8pm, Fri/Sat at 8pm & 10pm  
    Esther's Follies
  • 8th Annual Austin Original Benefits Concert

    Wild Child will bring their blend of indie-pop and infectious melodies to this year's 8th Annual Austin Original Benefit Concert! It's all for a good cause with proceeds benefiting children's mental health at Austin Child Guidance Center.
    Sat. Aug. 24, 8:30pm  
    ACL Live at the Moody Theater
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    The Animation Show of Shows (2017)

    For 20 years, this program has been presenting new and innovative animated short films from around the world.
    Sun., Aug. 18, 3:35  
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Whatsinthemirror? Presents: Fireflies

      A play, set somewhere in the Jim Crow South, about civil rights and unrest. Returning to the director’s seat, Tarik Daniels brings: Donja R. Love’s work to the Austin stage.
      Aug. 14-18, Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sat.-Sun., 4pm. $15.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Ao5 Gallery: Rachel Dory

      This Austin-based artist known for her site-specific paintings of roadside America, documenting the locations she visits by stripping them down to essential elements, capturing both the permanence and transience of our country's iconic landscape. You know how really good painters of such scenes, how they can evoke a sense of loneliness and things-fading-into-the-past? Dory is one of those painters.
      Reception: Sat., Aug. 17, 7-9pm
    • Food

      Food Events

      Austin Restaurant Weeks Return!

      The Central Texas Food Bank announces the return of Austin Restaurant Weeks for 2019, with Tito’s Handmade Vodka as the main sponsor and an impressive array of venues offering prix fixe meals and drink specials and – good heavens, it’s an incredible two weeks’ worth of culinary goodness, and proceeds will go to sustain that community-forward Food Bank while you happily feast at, for example, Barley Swine, Café No Sé, the Capital Grille, Caroline Restaurant, Central Standard, Citizen Eatery, Contigo, the Driskill Grill, Easy Tiger Downtown & the Linc, Goodall’s Kitchen, Gusto Italian Kitchen, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Il Bruto, Intero, Le Politique, L’oca d’oro, Olive & June, Oskar Blues Brewery, Parkside, the Peached Tortilla, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Sala & Betty, Salt & Time, Sway, and more. See website for specific menus and details!
      Aug. 15-Sept. 2. Prix fixe: $20, lunch & brunch; $35-50, dinner.  
      See website for participating restaurants
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Best Comedy on Airport

      There's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights – look, we reviewed their show right here. And this Thursday features improv supergroup Friends for Now, and the sketch showcase of Pendulum Presents, with Friday bringing those popular Prima Doñas back for more, right before the laser-sharp ladies of Loverboy, the Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase, and Improvised Reality. Saturday features Liz Behan's highly anticipated One Woman At Dusk, followed by Way Down in the Hole and the complications that arise when there's a mysterious death on the dance floor of a gay bar, and – oh, see website for more!
    • Food

      Food Events

      Ciclo Benefit: La Flaca Urban Farm

      Enjoy Ciclo's award-winning happy hour or dinner menu, along with a special dish featuring La Flaca products, with 25% of all proceeds helping the farm recover from a recent crop loss that wiped out nearly seven months of work. Bonus: Live music by Jordan Burchill and free valet parking for all!
      Sun., Aug. 18, 5-7pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Ground Floor Gallery: Gender Portraits

      This exhibition of portraits by Drew Riley documents trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people through acrylic paintings of stunning realism paired with written accounts of the subjects’ experiences. The show is presented here in conjunction with the premiere of the new play Transom from Ground Floor Theatre, for which Riley is the graphic designer.
      Reception: Fri., Aug. 16, 8pm (reception follows the performance)
    • Arts

      Books

      Jody Ginn: East Texas Troubles

      In this story of a rural Texas community’s resurrection, author Ginn reveals a multifaceted history of the reform of the Texas Rangers and of an unexpected alliance between the legendary frontier lawmen and black residents of the Jim Crow South.
      Sun., Aug. 18, 2pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Recspec Gallery: The Nude Show

      That excellent Austin gallery, gone missing since the old Flatbed World HQ closed months ago? It's popping up at MOHA with a new show about "nude, as a color, as its cultural perception finally shifts away from the upsetting pinky Band-aid and crayon-box infamy." Curated by Holly Bobisuthi (who is, did you know, the most exciting jewelry maker in this city if not the entire goddam state) and featuring diverse work by artists from all over the country (and Spain), this is an exhibition sure to open wide in delight any previously jaded eyes. Bonus: The opening reception's got performances by musician Henna Chou and the Frank Wo/Men Collective's Alexa Capareda.
      Reception: Fri., Aug. 16, 5-9pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Rite Out Loud: Staged Reading Festival

      "Three talent-packed days of staged readings of new plays by five great playwrights." We'd usually rewrite an opening PR statement like that. You know: ditching most of the adjectives? But, no, from our experience of theatre in this town, that description is pretty spot-on – concerning the writers and directors and performers alike. A veritable company of glory is gathered to present this showcase of original works for you. Friday features Austin Traffic: The Musical pReview by Megan Ortiz (7pm) and Europa, about "two women, their children, and the after-effects of sexual violence," by Sarah Saltwick (8:30pm); Saturday brings Megan Tabaque’s Two Sweaty, about the "unexpected friendship between two women in an urban cycling studio" (3pm) and Travis Tate's Seneca, a time-shifting tale of a town of freed slaves and immigrants in the mid-1800s, that is where New York City's Central Park is now (8pm); and the series wraps on Sunday with Ruby, Raul Garza's "poetic journey through realms of art, science, and the natural world" (3pm) and Lulu in Rochester by Allison Gregory, about "silent film star Louise Brooks’ temporary emergence from obscurity in the Fifties" (8pm). See website for details.
      Aug. 16-18. Fri., 7 & 8:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 1 & 3pm. $5.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      SouthPop: Shoot Like a GRRRL

      This exhibit showcases the work of Martha Grenon, one of Austin's premier music photographers, her images capturing the excitement of bands performing in Austin since the early Eighties.
      Through Sept. 28
    • Food

      Food Events

      Star Bar: Hail Mary

      It’s been voted one of the top ten Bloody Marys in America, and now Star Bar’s Hail Mary is back on the third Sunday of each month. The heaping cocktail is a collab with new on-site food trailer Schaller’s Stube and features one of three main toppings – Classic Bratwurst, German Soft Pretzel, or “Horndog” – plus mini sausages, cheese, powdered donuts, chocolate donuts, peppers, pickles, tomatoes, and olives. You know what that is? That’s a meal in a glass, tell you what. This gig is usually sold out like whoa, though, so better make DM reservations via Star Bar’s Facebook or Instagram.
      Sun., Aug. 18, 11-2am. $30.  
    • Music

    • Film

      Special Screenings

      The Decameron (1971)

      World Cinema Classics: Pasolini's adaptation of nine stories from Bocaccio's Decameron is the first film in his "Trilogy of Life," which continues with The Canterbury Tales and concludes with The Arabian Nights. Even though The Decameron catches Pasolini at his most classical, the film still crackles with the filmmaker's signature naturalism, anticlericalism, and lustiness.
      Sun., Aug. 18, 4:15  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Transom

      This new play, devised by a trans/nonbinary ensemble – the lead writers are Libby Carr and Lane Stanley – tells the story of a "found family" living together in the same house, redefining the meaning and importance of community and overcoming personal grief and loss while fostering an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Directed by Lisa Scheps and Jess O'Rear for Ground Floor Theatre.
      Aug. 15-31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Wed., Aug. 28, 8pm. $5-40.  
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