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for Tue., Oct. 20
  • 2020 Virtual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

    Austin Film Festival is continuing their 27-year tradition of supporting screenwriters, filmmakers, and storytellers with the 2020 Virtual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference. Experience all of AFF from the comfort of your couch. Virtual Badges and Film Passes are available now!
    Oct. 22-29  
    Austin Film Festival
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  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    BearBack Bingo

    Lady Grackle Birdbreath and CupCake play host while you play to win prizes. Don't forget to bring yer mask.
    Tuesdays, 8-10pm. Free.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Bike Night at COTA

    Come pedal your way through COTA's iconic twists, turns, and elevation changes as you ride the same track that challenges the world's greatest drivers and motorcycle riders. You'll get to bike in a socially distant, safe environment as you cruise COTA’s famous: stars and stripes without the worry of city traffic.
    Tuesdays in June, September, and October, 6pm. $5; RSVP by Monday prior to event.  
  • Arts

    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Beyond the Clouds

    This latest spectacle of gravity-defying dance from Sally Jacques and her acclaimed cadre of aerialists will take place outside on Blue Lapis Light's three-acre property, for only 50 people each night. Plenty of room for safe distancing, and masks are (of course) required. This is gonna be a wonderful mid-pandemic sight to behold in person, we reckon, but also note: A digital version of the performance will be available for viewing approximately one week following the live debut.
    Tue.-Sun., Oct. 20-25, 8:15pm. $25.  
  • Community

    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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    Events

    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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    Events

    Empowered Women Empower Women

    Women United, a donor network supporting the poverty-fighting work of United Way for Greater Austin, hosts a virtual event celebrating women’s empowerment. The panel includes On the Road Garage's Cathy Bonner, KVUE's Kristie Gonzales, Capital One Bank's Malini Rajput, and D1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison.
    Tue., Oct. 20, 10-11am. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Events

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Prizer Arts & Letters: Between Myth and Dream

    This new show features paintings and drawings completed since artist Mary Koniavitis migrated to the United States four years ago. The works merge mythology with memory and subconscious states of being, giving shape to, Koniavitis says, "forces that inhabit the realm of dreams and make visible universal myths, symbols, and archetypes that speak of our shared human experience and traverse time and place.” Make an appointment for an in-person viewing, or at least check out the Prizer front room – illuminated each night (8pm-12mid) – through the main window.
    Oct. 15-25. Free.  
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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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    Events

    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  
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    Events

    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  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Suerte: Tuesday Taquero Takeover

    It's no secret that Suerte is among our favorite restaurants ever, and maybe we even have a little shrine to chef Fermin Núñez in our cubicle because we stan so hard for his culinary skills, but here the interior Mexican powerhouse invites guest chefs in each week to collaborate up a unique taco for Tuesday night. Look who's coming up next: Berty Richter of TLV (Oct. 13), Arianna Quant of Hai Hospitality (Oct. 20), and Beto Robledo of Cuantos Tacos (Oct. 27). Not only that, but this month it's "Tacos for Votes," and half of all proceeds will go to the Jolt Initiative, and everybody is so gonna vote.
    Through Oct. 27
  • Community

    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    The Austin Chronicle's Costume Contest

    The Austin Chronicle is hosting its first-ever readers' Halloween Costume Contest, sponsored by Zip Lost Pines. Enter your most creatively spooky getups by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize winner will receive a weekend staycation from Springhill Suites by Marriott (San Antonio Northwest at the Rim) and be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes. Not dressing up this year? That’s okay! Send pics of your best Halloween home displays and tell us how you’re spooking up the neighborhood! Follow @AustinChronicle and @ChronEvents for more info.
    Through Tue., Oct. 27  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The Blanton Museum of Art: Expanding Abstraction

    In the early 20th century, Western artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time. Several decades later, abstraction's practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques: Dripping, pouring, staining, and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of non-traditional media such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists also ditched the flat, rectangular format to create sculptural texture and dimensionality. Now, can you guess whose corporate collection is particularly strong in such paintings of the 1960s and '70s? If you guessed "The Blanton Museum of Art," then you'll especially want to get an eyeful of this major new show, subtitled "Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas," organized by the venue's own Carter E. Foster.
    Through Jan. 10  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The Blanton Museum: Curated Conversations

    This series explores and connects with the Blanton staff, streaming live every Tuesday at 5pm. The first installment featured Ellsworth Kelly's Austin; another week had curators discussing artworks that reinterpret, interrogate, and expand the narrative of national flags. The Blanton's collections are vast, as is the knowledge of these professionals. Click on over, we suggest, to enjoy a bit of both.
    Tuesdays, 5-6pm
  • 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."
    Oct. 19-Nov. 20. $27.50.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    The Fog (1980)

    A spooky showing in the woods with lots of fog.
    Tue., Oct. 20, 7:45pm  
  • Arts

    Dance

    Tuesday Twilights: Murmur

    Out at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is like an oasis of sparsely built and orchestrated wilderness right there on the edge of our city, Dawn Hewitt is producing a series of sound and movement wonderments on Tuesday nights that will delight your socially distant senses as the sun sets its blaze below the far horizon and you're out there in the midst of all of it. This first show called Murmur features performances by Alexa Capareda (with Brent Baldwin), Lisa del Rosario-Hueske (with Adam Bedell), Taryn Lavery (with Michael Brown), and Erica Saucedo (with Bonnie Cox). Note: 1) The WFC cafe will be open for dinnertime noms, too, and 2) This series is part of an NEA-sponsored project between Collide Arts and the Center, which is yet another reason to thank your lucky stars (which you'll see in profusion overhead) for the NEA.
    Tue., Oct. 20, 5-7pm. $6-12.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Weird Homes Tour: The Sand Dollar House

    You know how David and Chelle Neff of the Weird Homes Tour have, like so many others, taken the pandemic bull by the horns and gone vividly virtual with their projects, right? Just in time, too, as one of the most fascinating Austin homes this reporter's ever seen in three years of enjoying that tour – the Sand Dollar House, designed by John Covert Watson – will be featured in the latest livestreamed installment ... right before the house goes back on the market. That's right: Someone's gonna buy the iconic wonder, and who knows if the new owners will ever let an adoring public invade the structure again. Like they say, "If you're gonna tour just one weird home this year ..." You know what I mean? Recommended!
    Tue., Oct. 20, 6pm. $10.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Western Gallery: Texas Women

    This virtual art gallery curates distinct perspectives of the American West – abstract to photorealistic, classic to contemporary – and now reveals its new show that features work by Felice House, Arielle Austin, Alice Leese, Debbie Carroll, Anna-Sophia Lagos, Elizabeth Dryden, Dana Falconberry, Vic Gilmore, Chanel Kreuzer, Katelyn Betsill, Sirena LaBurn, and more.
    Through Oct. 25  
  • Arts

    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.
    Oct. 17-Nov. 2. $25-100.  
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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
  • Community

    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    A Cut Above Costumes

    Make an appointment (virtual or in-person) and let A Cut Above's consultants help you build a unique look from 50,000+ costumes, whether you're attending a socially distanced event or just for some fun Halloween pictures.
    Ongoing  
  • 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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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance Workshop for Adults

    Tap is a great workout for the mind and body, and the perfect dance style to pick up as an adult. Ballet Austin's fun four-week workshop is the perfect way to get started so you can learn something new and fulfill a dream.
    Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2:45-3:45pm. $85 for four weeks.  
  • Arts

    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.
  • Community

    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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alamo on Demand

    Make any Tuesday terror-iffic, any Wednesday weird, and the rest of the week fantastic with Alamo Drafthouse curated picks via Alamo on Demand. If a film is there, it's because an Alamo programmer loves it. It's kinda like going to your favorite video store when you could do that, mixed with going to your favorite theatre, when you could do that too. Staff picks, cult classics, Found Footage Fest and Master Pancake, Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday, Fantastic Fest faves, they're all there for rental or purchase.
    Ongoing  
    Online via ondemand.drafthouse.com

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