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    Theatre

    Once There Were Six Seasons

    Glass Half Full Theatre's award-winning production returns as a three-part interactive experience that invites audiences to travel the globe and explore humankind’s impact on climate change: Step onstage with the puppeteers to observe ecosystems from the Americas, Africa, India, Asia, and the Arctic and watch as the tiny humans and animals struggle against drought, flood, heat, and violent storms. This complex spectacle is directed by Caroline Reck and Gricelda Silva, features original choreography by Kelly Hasandras, and – listen, it's a true marvel of narrative and object manipulation and will delight you endlessly, even as its global implications send a little chill down your spine.
    Through May 4. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm; Mon., 7pm. $12-30.  
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    Theatre

    Severe Weather Warning

    Theatre en Bloc presents Austin-based playwright Elizabeth Doss' newest stagework, in which four lifelong friends on a weekend getaway deal with "a night of chaos inside and severe weather outside." Directed by Jenny Lavery, featuring Kacy Samiee, Leslie McDonel, Giselle Marie Munoz, and Charlotte Gulezian.
    April 25-May 2. Wed.-Sun., 8pm. $15 and up.  
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    Community

    2019 Hill Country Ride for AIDS

    Celebrating 20 years of riding to raise money to fight HIV, get folks tested, support those living with HIV/AIDS, and get us down to zero. Riders and supporters welcome.
    Sat., April 27, 6:30am-5:30pm  
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    Classical Music

    Austin Classical Guitar: Kupiński Guitar Duo

    The Kupiński Guitar Duo is, we're told, "simply one of the best classical guitar duos on the planet." Also, 100 guitarists will open this concert with the world premiere of a new composition by Michael Keplinger. Bonus: Treats from Edis Chocolates.
    Sat., April 27, 8pm. $10 and up.  
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    Food Events

    Austin Food & Wine Festival

    Oh, it's just the biggest deal in the annual lineup of food events, that's all. Featuring the best chefs and sommeliers and other culinary talent from Austin and Texas and beyond – Andrew Zimmern, FFS! And, OMG, Nancy Silverton! – so many industry professionals, and all of them dishing up the sort of groceries that you might encounter in your most delicious haute-cuisine dreams. Dinners, banquets, pourings and pairings, picnics and palaver, workshops and wonderment – this three-day cornucopia of much of what makes life worth living has got it all. See website for details, and the pages of your Austin Chronicle for continued coverage.
    Fri.-Sun., April 26-28. $250-625.  
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    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Unity of Opposites

    This show, curated by Coka Treviño, features artists Blasto and Ernesto Walker exploring nature and how humans decide to interact with it. "Inspired by alchemy, technology, and numbers, Blasto focuses on earth, the visible and tangible; Walker on the invisible, immaterial and divine."
    Through May 18
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Bobcat Ball: Disco Fever

    Travel south for Texas State’s Lambda’s biannual fundraiser night of dancing and drag shows. With performances from Calor, Chaise Lounge, Cherry Haze, Clémentine O’Connerie, Dolsen, Johnny Boy, Love Jones, Luke Skywanker, Mars, River Rains, Sandy C Biscuit, Tasha Fierce Kennedy, Tequila Rose, Urethra Franklin, and the Zesty Italian.
    Sat., April 27, 9pm. $10, 18+; free, 21+.  
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    Theatre

    Boner Bizarre: Resurrect the Erection

    This here's an extreme erotic variety show featuring "filthy performance art, pole dancing, neo-burlesque, aerials, contortion, a bed of nails, glass walking, fire breathing, rope bondage, fetish play, comedy, drama, and all things perverse, grotesque, and socially unacceptable." By the pricking of my thumb – or, I suppose, vice versa – something wicked this way comes.
    Sat., April 27, 9pm. $15-20.  
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Boner Bizarre: Resurrect the Erection

    Take your variety to the XXX level with perverse, grotesque, and kink-inspired burlesque. Prep those peepers for pole dancing, neo-burlesque, aerials, contortion, a bed of nails, glass walking, fire breathing, rope bondage, fetish play, and so much more to make your insides tingle.
    Sat., April 27, 9pm-1am. $15-180.  
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    Visual Arts

    Butridge Gallery: Mayuko Ono Gray and Katy Schmader

    Gray’s graphite drawings combine traditional Japanese calligraphy with Western drawing practices and aesthetic; Schmader’s abstract collages explore the connection between tactile traces of a physical environment and the historic system of landscape semiotics.
    Through May 3
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    Dance

    Collexiónes: Aztlan Short Stories

    The Aztlan Dance Company presents a theatrical dance performance featuring storytelling that shares the expressions, reflections, and imaginations of Austin’s Latino/Xicano experience. Fusing contemporary dance with tradition, Collexiónes is a collection of works that imagines the future today.
    April 26-28. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $16-20.  
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    Visual Arts

    Denise Prince: Captivating Not Captive

    Serving suggestion: Visit the provocative artist's new public installation, Captivating Not Captive for an on-site performance, then walk around the corner to an informal reception at Lammes Candies – where she'll treat you to something sweet.
    Sat., April 27, 4pm
    5306 Middle Fiskville
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    Visual Arts

    Dimension Gallery Sculpture Garden: Grand Opening

    We've been enchanted by Dimension Gallery's Paved Garden for going on three years already, but now its array of large material wonders, from the simplest to the most complex, have moved across the street from the vibrant gallery on Springdale, to reside all sylvan and inviting upon the leaf-strewn grounds of a tree-shaded park. See new works and old in this fresh, expansive setting – featuring the creations of Colby Brinkman, David Wright, Rachel David, Colin Mcintyre, Suzanne Wyss, Cat Quintanilla, Tom Bandage, Andrew Light, Haley Woodward, Steve Parker, and more. Bonus: Live music, refreshments, sweet spring air.
    Sat., April 27, 4-7pm. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Dimension Gallery: Unusual Kinships

    The artist Magdalena Jarkowiec knows about unusual kinships, all right. The kinship of fabric to structure, for instance, as evidenced in her oddly humanoid soft sculptures – the enormous one that's long been towering over Dimension Gallery's Paved Garden, for one; and the other figurative creations, somewhat smaller, that have enhanced live performances in this town. And now Jarkowiec's got her first solo show of such sculptures in Austin, featuring a bright array of human/object hybrid forms, dollhouselike installations, hanging portraits of lovers and friends … and all of it rich with her characteristic humor and invention. Recommended.
    Through May 18
  • Community

    Events

    Dragon Boat Festival

    It's a 2,000-year-old festival (Austin's celebrated it for 21 years) that brings colorful, 40-foot-long boats to Lady Bird Lake to see which team rows the fastest.
    Sat.-Sun., April 27-28, 9am-4pm. Free.
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    Events

    Eeyore's Birthday

    This annual institution still features a costume contest, face-painting, music, maypoles, and more. All you free spirits get to the park and raise some money for local nonprofits while you romp.
    Sat., April 27, 11am. Free.
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    Classical Music

    Gorintō: A New Music Sensory Experience

    This is an intimate evening-length multisensory piece for five sound artists. The audience gathers in a circle centered in the space and is encouraged to lie down on a collection of pillows and rugs to experience a series of projections on a surface hung from the ceiling while the atmospheric music is played. "It's part soundscape, part classicist composition, part sound bath, and part ASMR dream," says the program's composer Drew Silverman, who's enlisted the talents of Adam Bedell, Jessica Eley, Claude McCan, and Fumihito Sugawara to help him bright this beauty into being. "Wait, there are only 35 listeners allowed in for each performance?" says your editor, "please save us a space!"
    Thu.-Sat., April 25-27, 7pm. $5-20.  
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    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Misread Signs

    This exhibition of new work and performances by Yuliya Lanina explores the effects of trauma on the human psyche, the exhibition beginning with her signature paintings of collaged, malformed characters that later come to life in a three-channel, immersive animation. You know how some artists can burn pretty brightly? Lanina is gonna be, as usual, on fire. Recommended.
    Reception: Fri., April 26, 7-10pm
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    Visual Arts

    Guzu Gallery: Realms Apart

    Hark ye, good citizen! Hark, we say, as Guzu Gallery presents the first fantasy-themed art show ever held in their intimate and graphically festooned venue! Behold with eyes of wonder as bold heroes and fell creatures from Westeros to Cimmeria – perhaps, even, from Bas-Lag, Maradaine, or the Vorrh? – travel to this innocuous little sector of the multiverse to take their rightful place on the noble walls of the gallery that's right there in the heart of Austin fandom!
    Through May 19
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    Community

    HackyHour

    A social event to help queers in tech work through work problems, network, and get motivated.
    Sat., April 27, 4-6pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ICOSA Gallery: Ultima Thule

    New works by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Kate Csillagi, who have joined forces for the first time to provide a journey into secret transitional spaces using drawing, sculpture, photography, and other collaborative ventures.
    Through May 11
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    Books

    Independent Bookstore Day

    Your book-lovin' pals at BookPeople invite all citizens to join in on fun activities, shop exclusive merchandise in-store, and participate in the ATX Bookstore Crawl. This indie literary celebration goes all day long! Also, longtime locals Lori Samocha and Lauri Johnston will be on hand (at 10:30am) to share their book W Is for Weird: An Austin Alphabet.
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    Classical Music

    La Follia: Herd of Harpsichords

    Yes, this popular event (it's the eight annual outing!) features a veritable herd of those plucky instruments, and tonight we can look forward to special guest Anton Nel leading J.S. Bach's complete Concertos for Two and Three Harpsichords with String Orchestra. Bonus: KMFA's Dianne Donovan will be there to give you the background on these delightful works.
    April 26-27. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3pm. $10-30.  
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    Comedy

    Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

    Good gods, y'all, there's a panoply of nationally renowned comedians swarming all over Downtown and beyond next weekend, setting fire to stages and slaying audiences in those styles that have so endeared them to stand-up aficionados everywhere. Jenny Slate! Nick Offerman! Nate Bargatze! Hari Kondabolu! Amanda Seales! And more and more and more. The Paramount on Congress is the epicenter for this eighth annual takeover of Austin, but, really, it's a citywide deal and you should check that Moontower website for an almost overwhelming flood of details. Note: The fest is almost sold out already, but the Satellite Badge that's still available will get you into the 50+ shows hosted in those satellite theatres or will "grant you access to the main acts in seats that have a suboptimal view."
    Wed.-Sat., April 24-27  
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    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Rebris

    This is a show of – hold on just a second here – post-consumer sculpture? That's right, and Northern-Southern has chosen two astonishing artists to fill the gallery with new work on that subject: Austin's own Virginia Fleck and Ted Carey.
    Through May 8
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    Theatre

    Not Every Mountain

    The Rude Mechs' acclaimed geodynamic masterwork returns to Austin! This newest iteration of the show that "invites you to watch the collective effort of making and unmaking a series of interlocking mountain ranges using string, cardboard, magnets, and an octahedral scissor lift" is 1) being held over from Fusebox Festival, and 2) fortified not only with (implied) amounts of feldspar and chert but also an onstage performance by Peter Stopschinski. Recommended!
    April 24-28. Wed.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2pm; Sun., 8pm. $5-35.  
  • Community

    Events

    Pinballz Lake Creek Grand Reopening

    Pinballz is celebrating the reopening of their Lake Creek location following its massive expansion to over 100,000 sq. ft. of family fun. New features include the first four-person VR arena in the world, LED laser tag, go karts, and more. Plus, hourly game card giveaways and competitions at the event.
    Sat., April 27, 11am-7pm. Free.
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    Events

    Preservation Austin's Homes Tour: The Art of Craftsman Style

    This year’s 27th annual event from Preservation Austin explores the Arts and Crafts movement’s impact in Austin in coordination with the Harry Ransom Center exhibition "The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America" on view now. Tickets include access to seven stunning Craftsman-style homes from this beloved architectural era, many of which have creative updates and additions that show their seamless adaptation to modern life today.
    Sat., April 27, 10am-4pm. $40.  
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    Classical Music

    Resonance: Fear of the Object

    Okay, it's not really classical music as such, but we'll be damned if we don't increase the bandwidth of huzzah for this not-your-usual-live-music-gig event. This latest edition of Resonance presents percussionist Chris Cogburn's audio-visual ensemble with Norwegian pioneering video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen. Also featuring micro-tonal tuba player Martin Taxt and cellist Judith Hamann, this site-specific event uses live video and sound to connect the architectural resonances and dissonances found within physical space, sonic environment, and light. "Physicality turned aesthetic without the beautiful."
    Sat., April 27, 8pm. $10.  
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    Events

    Sunset Valley ArtFest

    Local artists will be represented in various forms such as woodworking, oil paints, pottery, and jewelry. Live music on the main stage and the kids' stage, a kids' zone, local food vendors, and more.
    Sat., April 27, 9am. Free.

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