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  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Austin Opera: Live From Indy Terrace

    This weekly series features livestreamed performances from local stars of the vocal stage – they've already showcased Elena Villalon, Mela Sarajane Dailey, Claudia Chapa, Will Liverman, Kyle Albertson, and more.
    Fridays, 3pm. Free.  
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    Kids

    ¡VAMONOS! A Caminos Talk Show

    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's Caminos program has created ¡VAMONOS!, an arts and variety show by teens for teens. Tune in via Facebook Live or Instagram TV.
    Every other Friday, 6pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Delicate Disorders

    Los Angeles-based Shelli Tollman's paintings, informed by her upbringing during the Apartheid era in South Africa, address the complex subject of diversity within the personal and political landscape. This exhibition of sinister fairytale works reflect Tollman's experience as an immigrant artist confronted with American culture.
    Through Oct. 18
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Bedpost Confessions: Going Down

    Been missing the juicy performances of Bedpost Confessions since the pandemic came to town? Here they come again, now livestreamed through your favorite screen, with stories centered around identity and race, finding your community, intimacy discomfort, and more. Auburn Olivia shares what it's like dating in Austin when you're Black and nonmonogamous; Andy Campbell delves into kinky, gay archives; aerialist performer Cuream Jackson explores that feeling when a one-night stand doesn’t get the hint that you want them to leave; and Nikki DaVaughn delivers her special blend of erotic humor in a hookup story called "It’s Going Down." All this – and prizes galore! – in one tantalizing show.
    Fri., Sept. 18, 7:30pm. $10.  
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    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Pressure

    Utilizing visual language as action, Austin artist Taylor Barnes allows her figures to challenge patterns of complacency and grab hold of power, allowing the Black female form to exist as a mindset that rejects mindless strength and claims self-preservation.
    Through Oct. 10. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm
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    Visual Arts

    Cloud Tree: Lorna Roberts

    Lorna Roberts (1942-2001) was an artist and medicine woman who created large vibrant works of art using oil on canvas in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the 1980s, mapping patterns of spiritual consciousness ad exploring themes of mythology and transcendence. Her daughter, Austin resident Aris Roberts-Kelly, has carefully kept these large dynamic paintings for decades, and this is the first exhibition for Roberts since her death.
    Through Sept. 20, by appointment only
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Full Circle

    This retrospective exhibition, "Full Circle: 40 Years of Making Art," reveals four decades of Caprice Pierucci's prolific career as a visual artist. Beginning in the 1980s with handmade paper impaled on wooden spikes, Pierucci's fascination with the colors of the cotton papers, jute, and pine she worked with launched her into a 40-year practice that's resulted in the sophisticated handcarved wooden forms for which she's become so well known.
    Through Oct. 17
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    Gender Unbound Virtual Showcase

    Throughout September, Austin's arts fest celebrating trans and intersex artists will feature an interactive 3D exhibition, plus weekly livestreams of musicians, poets, storytellers, and interviews with exhibited artists. Catch Q contributor Lilli Hime's interview with Gender Unbound executive director Drew Riley & showcase artists here.
    Sept. 1-26. Free.  
    Online
  • Arts

    Books

    KAP 20: An Evening with Hilton Als

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center out in Kyle, critic and essayist Hilton Als joins the center's team via Zoom to discuss the life, work, and legacy of that honored author. Email for reservation link!
    Fri., Sept. 18, 7pm
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Kristina Wong for Public Office

    Texas Performing Arts presents performance artist, comedian, and IRL elected official Kristina Wong taking her raucous campaign online to arouse civic engagement, counter-hijack democracy, and answer the question: "How is it that artists and politicians have switched jobs?"
    Sept. 18-20. Fri., 7pm; Sun., 5pm. $15.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    La Peña: Art In Times of Pandemic & Resistance

    This timely exhibition is divided into three parts: an online exhibition at La Peña’s website; an on-site exhibition at La Peña gallery; a series of video interviews that will be available for the duration of the exhibit.
    Through Sept. 30. Free.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Lora Reynolds Gallery: County Road

    This exhibition of new photographs by Bryan Schutmaat is the artist's first presentation at LRG. The Houston native, now Austinite, began making his newest group of black-and-white pictures in the spring of 2020 ("just as pandemic fatigue was beginning to set in") while driving deserted back roads between Austin and Leon County, where his family has a farm. The gallery notes say: "Schutmaat's new body of work calls to mind Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel, Station Eleven, set 20 years after a virus wipes out 99% of the human population." (Sure – or perhaps it calls to mind one of these post-apocalyptic tales?) But this is some fine camera-work on display, and we recommend it highly.
    Through Nov. 7
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    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum

    Day of the Dead In observance of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, Mexic-Arte Museum presents the 37th annual Day of the Dead Exhibition, paying tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead, featuring community altars and a special showing of artwork from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection. ELA 25: Intersection: Shock & Relief This annual show, formally known as Young Latinx Artists, celebrates the last 25 years of exhibitions, featuring the work of emerging Latinx artists as curated by Dr. George Vargas and revealing two new murals on the museum’s exterior Fifth Street wall.
    Sept. 18-Nov. 22
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    Arts & Culture

    OUTsider Festival 2021 Submissions

    The queerios at OUTsider are seeking art for next year's fest that will likely be a hybrid happening: All categories fall within online/out-of-the-theatre experiences (see details here). Start making mischief now and get yer submissions in by October 1. This year's theme is "Future in FluX."
    Deadline: October 1  
    Online
  • Community

    Civic Events

    PPE Distribution Event: Ruiz Branch Library

    Austin Public Health, CommUnityCare, and Central Health will be distributing hand sanitizer, masks, and educational materials.
    Fri., Sept. 4, 9-11am; Fri., Sept. 18, 9-11am. Free.  
  • Arts

    Books

    Ross Wilcox: Golden Gate Jumper Survivors Society

    Celebrate this new book release via Zoom – with the author and Josh Denslow (of Not Everyone Is Special) and their 7.13 Books publisher, Leland Cheuk.
    Fri., Sept. 18, 7pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    SAGE Studio: Home Makers

    SAGE Studio, dedicated to connecting contemporary artists with disabilities to Texas’ broader arts community, presents its first virtual exhibition featuring work from 18 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the world. The art for this show was created at home during quarantine, when so many artists had to quickly shift their practices, alongside home-themed pieces that were made prior to the pandemic. Note: Works are available for viewing (and buying) online.
    Through Oct. 31
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    Events

    Texas Tribune Festival

    For 10 years The Texas Tribune Festival has invited people from all over the state and country to talk about all things policy, politics, and current events. This year, the entirely virtual conference will feature a month of programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. With speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ted Cruz, and Willie Nelson, you won’t want to miss it!
    Sept. 1-30. $49-199.  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Put Your Lips Together and Blow

    Listen, see – this is a crime-noir flavor of comedy improv comin' at ya, replete with fast-talkin' dames, wise-crackin' guys, and plots more convoluted than a Klein bottle's intestines. You think this caper's off the rails, you're probably right, and you'll be laughing your way to the nearest gin mill (probably your own self-isolated liquor cabinet, right?) as a special guest detective investigates the week's nefarious goings-on.
    Fri., Sept. 18, 7:30pm. $5-15.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Carol Dawson

    Any birder with a "life list" – they'll want to see this show. Anybody who likes 1) birds or 2) brilliantly wielded watercolors or, especially, 3) both – they'll want to see this show, too. If you don't see it in person, OK, you're sheltering in place and decreasing the potential spread of this damned coronavirus, so thank you. But if you don't at least see it online, then I … I don't know what to tell you anymore, citizen. Because Dawson's work is, in its accuracy and composition, responding to the 18th and 19th century traditions of natural science illustration, it's as astonishingly beautiful as the creatures she depicts.
    Through Oct. 4
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Women & Their Work: Mask Auction

    First, let's note that they're calling this fundraising show "Cover Art," which, ha-ha, we love that. And then we'll go on to exclaim, holy shit! Have you seen the lineup of artists who've made these masks? Dawn Okoro. Laura Lit. Alyssa Taylor Wendt. John Mulvany. Beili Liu. Virginia Fleck. Denise Prince. Briar Bonifacio. Yuliya Lanina. And – ah, there's at least 60 more after that. Listen: "Although not all of the masks are wearable, they are all works of art. Whether you hang it on your wall or put it on your face, you will have a unique work that shows your support. Every dollar we raise through the Cover Art mask auction will go directly to our building fund." Note: The bidding's already begun, citizen, and it'll continue online for another week and a half.
    Through Sept. 28  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Yard Dog: Bill Miller

    Here's the renowned artist's latest work, assembled from salvaged linoleum flooring that he's collected over the years: Pastoral landscapes, pop portraits, sad and disturbing allegories, and pretty bungalows tucked into the woods. Note: There are eight new pieces online now, and Miller's working on more to be added in a couple of weeks.
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    Community

    Yoga for an Open Heart With Kelly Marshall

    Kelly M. Marshall leads a beginner-friendly, virtual yoga class with guided exercises to help reduce anxiety or depression.
    Through Oct. 16. Fridays, 7-8pm. Full series, $99; drop-in, $7-20.  
    Online
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Into America's Wild" (2020)

    Laser IMAX 2d: From Oregon's stunning coast to the ancient canyons of the Southwest, from the wilds of Alaska to the Appalachian Trail, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails of America's great outdoors, and discover the human connection we all share with the secret wonders of nature.
    Fri., Sept. 18, 2pm  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Turtle Odyssey"

    Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
    Fri., Sept. 18, 12pm  
  • Qmmunity

    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

    Out of Town

    A New History of Old Texas

    Brandon Steele begins his third season of the popular history podcast with the story of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey in the wilderness of Texas.
    New episodes air Mondays and Thursdays  
    Online
  • Community

    Kids

    A Spacious Place

    A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
    Ongoing  
    Online
  • Community

    Out of Town

    A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

    Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Ongoing  
    Online

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