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    Arts & Culture

    2BB$: Live Comedy Recording

    Colton Dowling and Aira Juliet record their comedy podcast, 2BrokeBitche$, live outside The Little Gay Shop, plus some live erotica table reads and drag performances thrown in, too. Tickets/reservations are required for seating, aka "campsites," aka sectioned-off spots from where you'll watch the show. And it's bring your own chairs, bebe.
    Fri., Oct. 16, 7-9pm; Fri., Oct. 23, 7-9pm. $20-40.  
    The Little Gay Shop, 828 Airport Blvd.
  • Arts

    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.  
  • 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.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jun Kaneko

    Ceramics master Kaneko is increasingly drawn to installations that promote civic interaction, having completed more than 60 public art commissions – including a 250-foot-long tile wall at Aquarium Station in Boston, a three-story wall at the University of Connecticut, and an 88-foot-tall Glass Tower at Omaha's Buffett Cancer Center. (Other large permanent installations can be seen in Osaka, Japan; Kansas City, MO; and at the International Finance Center in Shanghai, China.) Most recently, the artist's been working at the Cuernavaca Raku ceramics studio, experimenting with new glazes and the unpredictability of raku. And now here's a show of his fierce sculptural creations, right there at the BCA outpost in Canopy.
    Opening: Fri., Oct. 23, 6-10pm
  • 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.  
  • Arts

    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  
  • Arts

    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.
    Oct. 22-Nov. 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15.  
  • 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
  • Community

    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
  • Food

    Food Events

    Hopdoddy: 10 Years Old and Expanding to East Austin

    After 10 years in business around this city, the Hopdoddy craft burger and brew joint opens its first East Austin location at the new Plaza Saltillo, offering a variety of birthday-celebration specials in addition to the usual compelling array of burgers, hand-cut Chipperbec fries, handspun shakes, specialty cocktails, and local craft beer – all available to-go or dine-in (especially on that patio of theirs). And, on October 23, just two days after this new venue's open, Hopdoddy will partner with HAAM to host live music on that patio.
    1011 E. Fifth #180
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: Comity of Ghosts

    New work by Darcie Book and Shawn Camp? In the main ICOSA space? Thank you, is what we say as we prepare to visit this collection of "disparate objects and images," a show that "oscillates between visceral physicality and ethereal immateriality, tiptoeing back and forth between realms of the living and the dead."
    Through Oct. 31  
  • Qmmunity

    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
  • Community

    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

    Theatre

    La Ruta

    UT's Department of Theatre and Dance is livestreaming performances of this tale of a border town, a bus route, and the women of Ciudad Juárez who are disappearing. "Inspired by real testimonies from women affected by the ongoing femicides along the border, Isaac Gómez’s La Ruta weaves together beautiful storytelling and music in a celebration of the resilience of Mexican women in the wake of tremendous loss."
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 23-24, 7:30pm. $5.  
  • 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
  • Community

    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. 22-24 & 29-31  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    Poo Poo Platter: Weird Al's Birthday Bash

    P-p-p-polka face, p-p-polka face. It's an Alapalooza with the grrrls of PPP, plus some special guests, as they celebrate Mr. Yankovic's b-day.
    Fri., Oct. 23, 8pm. $10 suggested donation.  
    Online
  • Arts

    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
  • Community

    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  
  • Community

    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  
  • 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

    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.
    Fri., Oct. 23, 10:30pm  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Movie Night With BAE: Get in the socially distanced Halloween spirit cuz the QTs at the Q are hosting a drive-in screening. Come in a costume to win some swag. Free rapid HIV and STI testing on-site.
    Fri., Oct. 23, 6:30pm. Free.  
  • 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.
    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.
    Fri., Oct. 23, 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., Oct. 23, 12pm, 4pm  

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