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    Comedy

    Funniest Person in Austin

    Here it is again – the annual competition that brings all the ATX funny to one stage, at least sequentially, in order to determine who's gonna wear the cape and crown. Oh! Who's gonna be the winnah? Who's gonna be the champeen? First, there's about a month of prelims, where the chaff is separated from the wheat. Then, the semifinals, where the wheat is culled until only the best parts remain. And then, the finals, the ultimate night, where the grains with brains are nothing like corny and they represent, pretty much, the pinnacle of contemporary humor in this town. Make your reservations for that last night now, while you still can – but check out some of the early action, too: You'll be surprised how funny a bunch of eventual losers can be.
    Sundays-Tuesdays, through May 13, 8pm. $6 and up.  
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    Dance

    Giselle

    "She’s young, naïve, and distraught after learning her lover is pledged to another. As this fragile beauty dies of a broken heart, will she spare her soulmate a fate worse than death?" And what if a group of relentless and unhappy phantoms decide to seek revenge on the deceiving prick? Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, concludes its current season with this 19th-century classic, sure to haunt the majestic Long Center stage and give audiences a good case of the Wilis.
    May 10-12. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15 and up.  
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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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    Theatre

    Shakespeare in the Park: Merchant of Venice

    The Austin Shakespeare company, directed by Ann Ciccolella, brings all the romance, comedy, and dramatic clashes of this Shakespeare masterpiece to life on the hillside stage at Zilker Park. This iteration of the show is set in the Belle Époque of 1890s Italyso there will be plenty of gorgeous costumes – and, big bonus, the role of Shylock is performed by Marc Pouhé.
    May 9-26. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Free.
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