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  • Viva la Vida 2020

    As part of the Mexic-Arte Museums’s continued initiative to bring events right to your screen, they will be presenting Viva la Vida as a virtual festival, presented by Austin Convention Center. Utilizing a festival-landing page, the Mexic-Arte Museum presents a 3-day virtual event!
    Sat. Oct. 31 - Mon. Nov. 2, 5pm-6:30pm  
    Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Fright Night 2020: The Gold Connections Trilogy Virtual Book Release Party

    Join Chiron House Publishing for Fright Night 2020: A Virtual Zoom Event! Meet Indie Author and Visual Artist Otto Blaast for a virtual Book release Party of The Gold Connections Trilogy...arguably, the scariest story ever told.
    Sat. Oct. 31, 8pm  
    Chiron House Publishing
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    Visual Arts

    Art for the People: Where the Bots Begin

    Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
    Through Jan. 3
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    Austin Young Chamber FAVE Awards

    Over the last few months, Austin-area businesses have faced many challenges. The 2020 FAVE Awards (Favorite Austin Venture or Enterprise) will highlight and celebrate those who are committed to supporting customers, employees, and our community through resiliency, adaptability, and innovation. Your ticket includes access to a fun networking happy hour, a keynote from Kathy Terry of P. Terry's fame, and a gift bag.
    Thu., Oct. 29, 5:30-8pm. $25-35.  
    Virtual
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    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: SWNG Productions (Thu., Oct. 29, 11am-noon).
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    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Intersecting Stories

    Make an appointment to check out the new and classic works of local artist Adreon Henry, is what we're recommending right now. Camiba has curated up a fine exhibition of the man's heavily handworked, woven-vinyl, eroded-screenprint, polychrome creations to dazzle your mind and entice fantasies of having such things displayed on your own walls.
    Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 21
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    Theatre

    Conspiracy Play

    Less Than Three presents a choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience via Facebook, wherein "the audience, led by Problematic-Patriot, will listen to fringe theorists to figure out who is the liar among them." Interaction and decisions will directly affect the artistic experience and audience members may receive emails or direct messages giving them inside information that may prove vital. Note: Conspiracy Play was conceived in collaboration with artists from Austin, Houston, Dallas, Washington, New York, and Chicago, and built using video game theory, theatrical devising, and improvisational techniques.
    Through Nov. 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15.  
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    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Evidence of the Search

    The scientists say that the out-of-doors is a good place to avoid those 'ronas that may accrue in crowded, enclosed places, and the scientists know what they're talking about. But did you know that looking at beautiful paintings of the out-of-doors can ward off the weltschmerz that attends a lousy pandemic like what we're all dealing with right now? This reporter swears it's true! Luckily, Davis Gallery is featuring new paintings by Laurel Daniel, whose recent body of work "focuses on well-known surroundings: big skies, colorful Hill Country landscapes, and bountiful florals. The collection includes both smaller plein air paintings finished on location and larger pieces completed in the studio." And you can even book a masked, safely distanced viewing visit with the artist for the show's opening.
    Through Nov. 25
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Día de los Muertos With ESB-MACC

    The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's programming is mostly virtual this year, and it's time to begin preparations. To participate, you can register for a free sugar skull kit and watch instructional videos on creating them and other crafts, submit photos or videos of your ofrenda, enter the Catrina/calavera contest, visit the outdoor art installation, and more, all leading up to the digital program packed with performances and presentations.
    Sugar skull kit pickup: Oct. 26-30; digital program: Nov. 1-2  
    ESB-MACC and online
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    Early Voting for the Nov. 3 Election

    Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page.
    Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30  
    Citywide
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    Feeling Stuck & Self-Compassion

    allgo hosts a wellness chat about how to navigate feelings about productivity during the pandemic.
    Thu., Oct. 29, 6-7:30pm. Free (RSVP).  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Forklift Danceworks: Portraits at Downs Field

    It's the culminating piece of Forklift's year-long residency at Downs Field in East Austin: Portraits of the Downs Field community by photographer Cindy Elizabeth, installed at the field for everyone to see. The project explores the importance of Downs Field to the continual flourishing of baseball in Texas, through the past, present, and future.
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    GrayDUCK Gallery: Capirotada

    Capirotada is a delicious Mexican bread pudding concocted from a wide variety of nuts and fruits embedded within syrup-soaked bread. In a similar vein, this new show – curated by Los Outsiders – collects a group of artists revealing dialogues about self-reflection, meditation, and communing with nature through art. A fine array of works by Rachel Comminos, Julie DeVries, Soomin Jung, Paloma Mayorga, and Ryan Runcie bridge the ideas of the individual in search of solace in a natural world.
    Through Nov. 1
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    Food Events

    Hopfields: Free School Lunch Program

    You know, parents, that you want to eat at Hopfields anyway, right? Now you can get lunch there … and your kiddos (ages 12 and younger) can get their lunch gratis. It's a middle-of-the-school-day special that features, for the kiddos, choice of a main item with one or two sides and a juice box, plus (studious bonus, here!) school supplies like note pads, #2 pencils, crayons, color pencils, calculators, and glue sticks available on request. Let your spawn work and nom PB&J or grilled cheese or buttered noodles on the extended patio, while you tuck into something more grown-uply delicious. (Note: We personally recommend the avocado tartine or duck rueben for maximum yum.)
    Mon.-Fri., 11am-4pm, until Thanksgiving break
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    Intersex Awareness Day

    In honor of Intersex Awareness Day (Oct. 26), Gender Unbound spotlights intersex artists in a 3D interactive gallery. Tips go directly to artists and art purchases support GU and its rad programming.
    Through Nov. 2. Free (tips encouraged).  
    Online
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    Jo's Ugly Dog Contest

    Does your furry friend have an irresistible aesthetic or a costume wardrobe you're dying to show off? Submit their photo to enter the contest, and entry fees go to Austin Humane Society. Spectators are welcome to vote at Jo's Coffee in the week before judging in three categories including Best Hair, Best Costume, and Ugly Dog (although they are all the cutest, of course).
    Register by Oct. 25; voting open Oct. 25-31; judging Oct. 31, 1pm  
    Submit online; vote at Jo's Coffee, 242 W. Second
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    Visual Arts

    Joe/Kamala Yard Art on Bellvue

    There, across 14 front yards on Bellvue Avenue: A sign of hope! Signs of hope, actually – the pro-Biden/Harris (or, as the artist puts it, Joe/Kamala) artworks of Austin's David Hefner. It's an excellent opportunity for a lift-up-your-spirits drive-by or walking tour: good stuff, visually, even beyond its message. Also a good excuse – go ahead, do it – to check out that Hefner's website, peruse some of the other works he's done.
    Through Nov. 3, ostensibly; but mayyyybe through Inauguration Day
    Bellvue Avenue, between 42nd & 45th, two blocks west of Lamar
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    Arts & Culture

    Joterías: Espooky

    Tatiana Cholula gets spooky with Latinx QPOC performers from near and far. Performances by Papi Churro, Ruby Knight, and Banshee Rose, plus special guests Miss Taint, Basüra Mykels Hughest, Drago Nessa, and Fran George Levin.
    Thu., Oct. 29, 8-11pm. $10 suggested cover.  
    Online
  • Food

    Food Events

    Little Ola's Flavors of Fall: Pastry Chef Collab

    Little Ola's Biscuits, a take-away biscuit shop featuring Olamaie's famous flaky biscuits, has this series that's set to run until Thanksgiving, a series in which Austin's premier pastry chefs collaborate with Little Ola’s pastry chef Jules Stoddart to create innovative desserts incorporating the acclaimed eatery’s biscuit dough recipe. Coming up: Ariana Quant of Hai Hospitality, Nov. 5-8; Anna Mendoza of Comedor, Nov. 12-15; and Derrick Flynn of Suerte, Nov. 19-22.
    Through Nov. 22
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Nightmare on Willie Nelson Boolevard

    A special haunted backstage tour of ACL Live with music performances from beyond the grave, including SRV, Johnny Cash, and more, plus rock photo galleries, behind-the-scenes stories about the iconic venue and its performers, and some spooky surprises. Masks and social distancing are required, and there are multiple tour times to choose from between 8 and 11pm each night.
    Thu.-Sat., Oct. 29-31  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Nosferatu (1922)

    With Live Score: Live-scored by David DiDonato.
    Thu., Oct. 29, 7:45pm  
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    Visual Arts

    Recspec Gallery: Superstitions

    The unstoppable Recspec presents a new virtual group show, curated by Laurel Barickman and Katie Cowden, featuring works by Annalise Gratovich, Holly Bobisuthi, Cathy Rylander, Kevin Munoz, Kämy Dobï, Pake Stephens, and more, addressing a theme of, well, listen: "In a year where it feels like Lady Luck has left us, jinxes abound, and a black cat has crossed our collective path, we've turned to rituals and superstitions to change our fortunes. Phrases, charms, and talismans – or numbers and actions to avoid – are deeply ingrained in our minds and habits, and we're looking forward to seeing how this group of artists influences our fate." As are we, reader – and how about you?
    Through Nov. 7
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    Scare for a Cure

    Scare for a Cure is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a fun Halloween challenge. Participate by uploading photos of your spooky decor, and they'll make you a donation page that you can share with your fans, with the option of adding your location to the map. Everyone's welcome to visit the displays (virtually or IRL) and contribute to your faves.: Read more here.
    Through Nov. 9  
  • Community

    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Shock o' Lantern Carving Contest

    Shock the Vote ATX teamed up with Trick or Treat Studios, Fangoria, and Panic Film Fest to award prizes for the best pumpkin carving submissions. Tag a friend you’d like to be spending Halloween with, and get to carving! ⁠Follow @shockthevoteatx and post a photo of your pumpkin creation with the hashtag #ShocktheVoteATX to enter, and select submissions will be featured during Panic Fest’s Tricks and Treats virtual Halloween weekend.
    Through Oct. 31  
    Online
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    Shock the Vote ATX Online Auction

    Shock the Vote ATX is all about community engagement, with 80 cents of every dollar of profit going directly to featured local nonprofit orgs. And this auction is a chance to score some very cool items including an abundant selection of art by Tim Doyle, Devin Lawson, and others; autographed albums; a priceless Robert Plant signed and framed print – and so much more. You don't want to miss this one!
    Through Nov. 8, 8pm  
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    Food Events

    Texas Book Festival: Lit Crawl

    Of course the rapidly approaching Texas Book Festival's Lit Crawl will be virtual this year, citizen, but with popular returns like the Literary Death Match and Austin Bat Cave's Story Department … with special events from Six Square and series sponsor Texas Monthly … with virtual readings and meet-ups with authors Kathy Valentine, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, and more – bonus: Desert Door Sotol and Rambler Sparkling Water making sure this crawl is definitely lit in an imbibable fashion – well, we reckon your usual screen of connectivity can be a lively, happy place again, for at least a few hours at a time.
    Nov. 7-15. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Control Group: A Mission In Time

    Penfold Theatre enters the multimedia, cross-platform arena with this thriller by Monica Ballard, directed by Ryan Crowder, in which an accident in the future threatens to erase existence, and only you can stop it. Listen: "You've been contacted by Dr. DeSouza, the director of a mysterious government agency that's responsible for protecting the flow of time. Your experience begins when you receive a dossier in the mail from the Control Group containing clues you'll need to unravel the mystery. Then you'll receive a phone call from Dr. DeSouza at the same time every day for five days. Over these calls, you'll discuss the case; hear reports from field agents at various times in history; and make new discoveries to save the time stream. With your help, we can repair the damage that's been done. All of our futures depend on it."
    Through Nov. 20. $27.50.  
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    Arts & Culture

    Transhood

    ATX's qweeah film fest is giving its members a sneak peek of HBO's doc Transhood, plus a post-screening Q&A with director Sharon Liese.
    Thu., Oct. 29, 7pm. Members only.  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Women & Their Work: Red Dot Sale

    At the Red Dot Virtual Art Spree, you can purchase paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photography created by more than 60 of Texas' finest artists. Stella Alesi! Sandy Carson! Virginia Fleck! Calder Kamin! Claude Van Lingen! Denise Prince! (And, like we said, more!) Also, bid on an auction of unique experiences and creative getaways; join the curators online for lively conversations about collecting art; take virtual studio visits with Red Dot artists. This annual event will make your usual screen a more enjoyable experience - and proceeds will allow W&TW to introduce hundreds of underserved students in the Austin area to the joy and wonder of contemporary art.
    Through Nov. 2. $25-100.  
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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. 29, 2pm  
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    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. 29, 12pm, 4pm  
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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

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