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    The Breath Project Festival

    The Breath Project's Virtual Fall Festival features a selection of the eight-minute-and-46-second theatrical works, all created by BIPOC artists, that exist on TBP Archive. The artists who submitted pieces to this living time capsule have striven to capture something of this moment in history. Each performance of the Festival will feature different pieces from the Archive, as well as live commentary by TBP curators, and a Q&A with the artists, immediately following the performance. And representing Austin within this fierce and many-peopled anthology of works? Those unstoppable Rude Mechs. Note: While the Festival is free, every dollar that you donate to this event will be given directly to the contributing artists and volunteer curators.
    Oct. 24-25. Free.  
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      Theatre

      A Midsummer Night's Dream

      Austin Shakespeare presents this fae classic in four livestreamed performances, as directed by Ann Ciccolella, with costumes by Aaron Kubacak, video projections by Lowell Bartholomee, and lighting by Patrick Anthony – with Equity actors bringing life to the Bard's enduring comedy of fantastic fairies, crazy lovers, and rude mechanicals.
      Thu.-Sun., Oct. 22-25, 7:30pm. $5-10.  
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      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.  
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      Visual Arts

      Call for Entries: ICOSA: Transmissions

      Artists Terra Goolsby and Tammie Rubin would like to collaborate with performing artists for an upcoming experimental exhibition at the ICOSA Collective gallery. And if you're a performing artist and don't know about the visual and textural wonders that Goolsby and Rubin create – but also somehow trust my judgment – lemme tell you: You do want to collaborate with whatever they're up to, if you have the chance. This time, you'll be helping them explore answers to questions like, "What’s performance without the expectations of the traditional “live” shared experiences? How do we create intimacy and connection mediated through limited audiences, projected, and virtual transmissions? Is it possible to trigger an emotive response through distance? By removing the audience from the process of making, what will you explore as an artist?"
      Deadline: Nov. 9  
    • 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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      Arts & Culture

      Die Felicia

      Louisianna Purchase and her hell hounds are ready to make you scream.
      Sun., Oct. 25, 8pm. $10 suggested donation.  
      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
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      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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      Community

      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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      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

      Link & Pin: The #Vote Show

      In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election – remember that fucking debacle? – Chad Rea's artistic output "took a dramatic turn from witty typographic prints designed at a leisurely pace to activist paintings and sculptures created with desperate urgency." This new show – curated from more than 300 pieces the artist created during the pathetic, colicky, orange-faced baby's White House occupancy – is a diverse collection designed to surprise, inform, entertain, and ultimately get participants to act before November 3.
      Through Nov. 8
    • 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: Callie Speer of Holy Roller, Oct. 22-25; 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

      Polkapocalypse 2020

      Just a few more days left, now, but – d'you think the spookiness is still too far away? Fear not, citizen! The annual polkamonster's coming for us this very weekend, with Sunday's celebration featuring a music-fueled taste of Oktoberfest, Día de los Muertos, and Halloween the Texas Folklife and Elisabet Ney way – with Brave Combo, Piñata Protest, and more.
      Sun., Oct. 25, 2-5pm. Free.  
      Online
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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  
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      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

      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.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      The Fog (1980)

      A spooky showing in the woods with lots of fog.
      Sun., Oct. 25, 10:30pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Vault Stone Shop: Saints & Intermediaries

      All praise! Here is the full exhibition of what Vault Stone Shop featured in their front window this summer: A visual conversation about the role of spiritual intermediaries in our modern society, explored via homage to St. Elmo (the patron saint of sailors and abdominal pain, btw) by seven superlative Austin artists. Yes, you can (safely) view the show in-person via appointment and witness up-close the wholly engaging creations of Elizabeth Chapin, Emma Hadzi Antich, CP Harrison, Meena Matocha, Hayley Morrison, Saul Jerome San Juan, and Meghan Shogan.
      Oct. 24-Nov. 29
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      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.
      Closing reception (via Instagram): Sun., Oct. 25, 3-4pm  
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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.
      Sun., Oct. 25, 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.
      Sun., Oct. 25, 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
    • 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  
      A Cut Above Costumes, 150 Texas Ave., Round Rock
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      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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

      Sun., Oct. 25, 7:45pm
    • 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

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