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  • 2020 Virtual Oktoberfest Fredericksburg Texas

    A year without Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg is hard to imagine, so they're doing a Virtual Oktoberfest for all of their fans out there. This year, the best and safest place to be is at home or wherever you are watching our broadcast. Some of it will include five bands; their Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance; Fan Postcards; dancing and more.
    Sat. Oct. 3, 4pm  
    Fredericksburg
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    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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Battle of the Sketches Finals

    The top sketches that have advanced in this comedy competition will go head to head to see who has the funniest film of 2020.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 8pm, 8:30pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Coffee Chats

    In addition to their regular artist features, the Big Medium folks offer virtual coffeetime convo, too – with leaders in the creative community sharing their personal and professional experiences to inspire others pursuing careers in art. Up next: Jaime Castillo (Thu., Oct. 1, 10-11am); John Mulvany (Thu., Oct. 8, 11am-noon); Manik Raj Nakra (Thu., Oct. 16, 11am-noon).
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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

    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
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    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: Smoke Signals and other Reliable Means of Communication

    This is an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and woodcut prints by Richard Armendariz, showcasing images with cultural, biographical, and historical references carved and burned into their surfaces. "The work's content, found in classic novels, poems, and song lyrics, elevates and reinforces the conceptual link between the nuanced meanings of words and imagery." Note: There will be a small-group reception with the artist on Sat., Oct. 3, noon-5pm (reserve a spot via the Flatbed website), and a Zoomed reception later that evening.
  • Community

    Kids

    Girlstart Starry Nights at Home

    Girlstart's Mini-Planetarium is a unique space to explore astronomy. Each month will feature a virtual star show and hands-on STEM activities for the entire family. Materials lists for the activities will be posted the Monday before each Starry Night; RSVP and access all the resources online.
    First Thursdays in Oct., Nov., and Jan. Free.  
    Online
  • Arts

    Books

    High Noon Talk: Race and The Houston Police Department, 1930-1990

    Join Dwight Watson for a talk on his book, Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930–1990: A Change Did Come.
    Thu., Oct. 1, noon-1pm. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Ivester Contemporary: Maiden Voyage

    This new venue in the Canopy complex isn't a pop-up shop showcasing somebody's craft-forward Etsy creations IRL – not that there's anything wrong with that – but a legit, this-is-what's-being-professionally-created-right-here-and-now art gallery. "Ivester Contemporary represents emerging and mid-career artists living and working in Austin and Central Texas. Our 1,600-square-foot site includes three exhibition spaces," one of which is for performances, time-based media, and installations. This inaugural exhibition features 18 (we daresay excellent) artists from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
    Through Oct. 17. By appointment only.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Keep Austin Weird’s 5.12K Run to Brunch

    Keep Austin Weird with scenic run courses throughout the city, unique restaurants, and local entertainment. Presented by Karbach Brewing Co. in partnership with Southern Smoke Foundation to help raise money and awareness for their Austin Relief Fund, helping people in the local food and beverage industry impacted by COVID-19.
    Sept. 20-Oct. 18. $45.  
    Virtual
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    Books

    Liliana Valenzuela: Codex of Love

    Fire up your Zoom link and celebrate this new book's release with the author and poets jo reyes-boitel and Edward Vidaurre.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 7pm. Free.  
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    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

    Martha's Contemporary: Still Here

    Say, here's the inaugural show at Martha's new Guadalupe location – a powerful group exhibition featuring paintings, sculptures, and textiles by Jenaro Goode, Payton McGowen, Adrian Armstrong, Christina Ballentyne, Siena Smith, Alfonzo Gonzales Jr, Erick Medel, Sam Keller, and Alex Nguyen.
    Through Nov. 2. Tue.-Thu., noon-7pm; Fri.-Sat., noon-9pm
    4115 Guadalupe
  • Food

    Food Events

    Mediterranean Aba Opens on October 1

    They've done so well in Chicago that Marc Jacobs and CJ Jacobson's Mediterranean-inflected Aba is opening its second location right here in the ATX. Not like we don't already have a decent array of such cuisine in town – because we do – but this place is understandably stoking expectations with signature dishes including crispy short rib hummus, muhammara, tamarind braised short rib, shawarma spiced skirt steak, and orange blossom crème brulee pie. Their weekend brunch brings Jerusalem bagel with smoked salmon spread and labneh, khachapuri with cremini mushroom, and bougatsa with blueberry compote. All that, and Liz Pearce designed the bar program. (Whoa, maybe this Aba can even match the taste and swank of Devil May Care? Is it, like, cage match time in Bosporus-adjacent foodtown, friends & neighbors? Reckon we might all be winners with this sort of thing going on.)
    Thu., Oct. 1, 4pm
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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.
    Through Nov. 22
  • Community

    Civic Events

    PPE Distribution Event

    Austin Public Health, CommUnityCare, and Central Health will be distributing hand sanitizer, masks, and educational materials.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 4-6pm. Free.  
    Northeast Metropolitan Park, 15500 Sun Light Near Way, Pflugerville
  • 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

    Shock the Vote ATX

    Shock the Vote is a new nonpartisan, community-building campaign aiming to energize the city of Austin. Funds raised through partner events support Austin Creative Alliance, Austin Justice Coalition, Between the Pages, Out Youth, the SAFE Alliance, and Texas Appleseed. This week's events include improv with Y'all We Asian (Oct. 1), sketches and music with Hot Pot Comedy (Oct. 2), and a clothing collection preview party with Flavors Creative Group (Oct. 8). Sign up for the newsletter to get updates and join in on one of the partner events to support the cause.
    Thu.-Fri., Oct. 1-2, Thu., Oct. 8  
    Online
  • Food

    Food Events

    Texas Farmers' Market: Instagram Farm Tours

    Take a live Instagram tour of five popular farms featured at the Texas Farmers' Market: Petals, Ink. Florals; Belle Vie Farm; Chickamaw Farm & Ranch; Bernhardt’s Farm; and Animal Farm Center. Note: Each free tour will be about 30 minutes long, including a public Q&A. Check the website for details!
    Through Oct.28. Free.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    The Fog (1980)

    A spooky showing in the woods with lots of fog.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 8:15pm  
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    Special Screenings

    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Masks!: Alamo Drafthouse says, "Not all heroes wear capes, but everyone should wear masks!" However, Hannibal Lecter's mask wardrobe has not been proven to protect against coronavirus, so go ahead and wear your regular one.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 7pm  
  • Food

    Food Events

    The Tigress: 10-Year Anniversary

    They can't really throw a party, as such, no. But Pam Pritchard and company can celebrate their decade of booze biz like gangbusters, and so the Tigress is ramping up the weekend's take-out action with a Tigress zine for purchase (which includes original recipes, an interview with Pam, cocktail tips, a Tigress-themed crossword puzzle, and other goodies), a special cocktail menu with old school throwbacks, cupcakes by Mama Cat's Bakery, and a curated playlist to rock your own party-along-at-home celebration.
    Oct. 1-4. Thu.-Sat., 4-9pm; Sun., noon-5pm
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Vortex: Odyssey

    This here's the main, aboveground, right-there-in-real-life manifestation of the Vortex fundraising show that we've been telling you about. Follow in the footsteps of that Greek hero Odysseus – follow in your actual car, packed with your closest friends, guided by the voice of Athena, through the Manor Road neighborhood – and witness the living tableaux of the ancient Odyssey, now updated to confront societal challenges of our modern times, as live performers take over an array of familiar urban spaces and transform them into theatrical phantasmagoria for your fuck-this-pandemic pleasure. Ah, those seductive Sirens … the Cyclops … the island of Calypso … the aquatic treacheries of Scylla and Charybdis! It's like one of those motorized safaris, right, except the animals are (more or less) people and the reality is mythic? It's like … going to Hades in a Toyota handbasket? Bon voyage, traveler, and watch out for those naiads.
    Oct. 1-10. Thu.-Sat., 6-9pm. $125 per car.  
  • 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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    What Is Democracy? (2019)

    Austin Public Library presents "Controversy & Conversation," a discussion moderated by Dr. Jeremi Suri of UT Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs and Department of History.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 7:30pm  
    Online via library.austintexas.gov
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    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.
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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.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 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.
    Thu., Oct. 1, 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
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