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    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.
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    Austin ISD Community Resources

    In response to COVID-19, Austin ISD is offering community resources including free meals to students at numerous locations, free access to telehealth and waived medical copays through a partnership with Virtual Care for Kids, free Learning at Home online courses, and recommended educational resources for all grade levels. For more information, visit the website.
     
    Citywide
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    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light's Heaven~Earth~One: In-Home Screening

    The city's original outdoor aerialists, directed by Sally Jacques, created this stunning piece that used the Long Center as a stage, featuring dancers on the outdoor terrace of the ring and columns – with a zip line was installed across the audience, connecting the building and the ring. Now you can witness this performance onscreen, with a link for the entirety of it sent directly to your inbox.
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    Bonnie Whitmore & Friends

    Venmo: @bonniewhitmore; CashApp: $thebonniewhitmore; PayPal.me/bonniewhitmore
    Thursdays, 8:30pm  
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    Celebration of Austin-Oita Sister City Committee

    Oita, Japan, has been one of Austin's sister cities since 1990, and for this special 30th anniversary, the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee invites the greater Austin community to join in celebrating with 30 days of Facebook programming. Tune in every day in April at 7pm for online events featuring local artists and experts touching on traditional and modern Japanese culture. There's a full slate of programs, including a performance by Peelander Yellow, an overview of Oita art, demonstrations of bento boxes and sumo exercises, and so much more.
    Daily through April 30, 7pm. Free.  
    www.facebook.com/austinoita
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    Kids

    Girlstart STEM at Home

    Nonprofit Girlstart has been empowering girls in science, technology, engineering, and math for decades, and they've made some of their programming available for use at home. Kids can learn about plate tectonics, light refraction, and so much more via fun, hands-on activities with household items. They aim to add new activities daily for livestreaming via their social media channels, so keep an eye out for that.
     
    Online
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    grayDUCK Gallery Online: Point of Origin

    Sarah Sudhoff's experimental exhibition takes cues from the connections between sound and human emotion, here realized with suspended sculptures, sound installation, and debossed wall works that draw upon the artist's personal observations, cartography, and the mechanics of helicopters – especially those copters involved in the nearly 300 flights completed in just one month for Houston's Memorial Hermann Health System. Take a virtual tour here.
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    Out Youth Story Time With Kathryn Gonzales

    In order to help the community stay connected during this stressful time, Out Youth's Operations & Programs Director Kathryn Gonzales is hosting a nightly, virtual story time. LGBTQIA folks of all ages are invited to join via a mobile device, computer, or by calling in. Currently, Gonzales is reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
    Daily until Out Youth resumes in-person operations. 8pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Patrice Pike

    Venmo: @Patrice-Pike; PayPal.me/PatricePike
    Thursdays, 8pm  
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    Kids

    Pinballz Brings the Arcade to You

    If you and the family are missing the arcade, fear not: Pinballz can bring the arcade to you. Titles vary, but they've got full-size arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Galaga, and Donkey Kong as well as pinball machines, sanitized and delivered to you for weekly rentals or purchase, and they're offering a discount for multiple-week rentals.
     
    Various locations
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    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    It's not locally based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, and it features live acts and happenings from all over the globe – but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic (and ever-growing) mix.
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    Classical Music

    Virtual ASO: The Austin Symphony's REWIND

    Conductor Peter Bay and company have teamed with the classical cats at 89.5 KMFA to release this show of discussion of and music fromtwo 2006 concerts, one with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 and one with Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, featuring Joshua Bell.
    Until these damned coronas get the hell outta Dodge  
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    Virtual Ground Floor: The Ballad of Robert E. Lee

    GFT's Zoom reading of this new Cassandra Rose play is still up on YouTube, featuring the talents of Michelle CT Alexander, Michael Ferstenfeld, Danielle Grisko, Matrex Kilgore, Rocky Lane, and Chelsea Lee, as directed by the incomparable Lisa Scheps.
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    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

    The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
    Thursdays, 8pm; Saturdays, 3 & 7:30pm. $5.  
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    Virtual Three-Week Language Immersion Workshop

    Austinites interested in building proficiency in Spanish, French, and Italian can learn online in a virtual classroom. Reach your language learning goals from the comfort of your home with three-week immersion workshops in May. Learn through the context of food & restaurants, art & museums, leisure activities, and culturally relevant events – we may not be traveling this summer but you can scratch that "travel itch," practicing everyday language with increasing cultural understanding.
    Workshops are May 2-20; register now. $219, full course; $35, drop-ins; $90, three Saturdays.  
    Online
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    Yard Dog: Bob Schneider and Margie Criner

    The Chicago-based Criner makes small abstract sculptures that house miniature dioramas, viewable through a peephole. Austinite Schneider – whose name you must already know, right? We mean, c'mon – has created a group of mixed media works that combines painting with collage. And you can see this excellent show (the last installed before this coronavirus shit tossed us all into the at-home hoosegow) via a video tour online – and, bonus, check out the Dog's other glorious holdings while you're there.
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    Kids

    ATX Ballers Online Basketball Tutorials

    Local youth basketball organization ATX Ballers is providing free basketball video lessons that kiddos can do from home, even without a hoop! Expert coaches will upload a few engaging video lessons each week for the rest of the semester, complete with lesson goals to accomplish, for both beginners and experienced players.
    ATX Ballers Youth Sports YouTube channel
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    ATX Emergency Food Systems Exchange

    The city of Austin has set up a new community forum, dubbed the ATX Emergency Food Systems Exchange, to connect food assistance and volunteers with the people who need them. Do you need or have skills, materials, funds, space, et al.? Visit the site for more information and get connected.
     
    Online
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    Austin Animal Center Updates

    Austin Animal Center is closed to the public until at least April 13, meaning they will not be able to take in or adopt out any animals during this time. Due to incredible community outreach, they no longer need fosters at this time, but check back in case that changes. See AAC's Facebook page for details as well as tips for reuniting lost animals with their families while AAC is closed, and remember, donations are always welcome.
     
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Sports

    Ballet Austin Online Dance & Fitness Classes

    Since you can't go to the studio, Ballet Austin brings the studio to you! Choose from several levels of ballet or hip-hop, CardioFunk Dance Fitness, Arms & Abs, contemporary, tap, Pilates workouts, barre workouts, Pink Pilates, Active Aging, and more. Purchase classes individually or by the bundle, and complete the course on your own time.
    Online
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    Kids

    Bead It Kits

    Bead It has been providing Austinites with classes, jewelry supplies, and more since 2002. Now they're offering jewelry-making and meditation & crystal kits available to purchase online and work on at home. There's a beginner's box designed for ages 5 and up and several more options, and owner Ashley Schor is also available to create special orders based on your needs, because everyone can benefit from some meditation and a creative outlet right now. See the contact info on the website if one of the kits doesn't suit you.
    Online
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    Best Food Trucks

    Best Food Trucks is offering an order-ahead service to help practice social distancing, and bringing food trucks to underserved communities. You can find trucks near you by going to the online map.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Bowl for Kids

    This year, Bowl for Kids is going virtual. Get your team together and fundraise online all month, and get into the theme with a weekly Roaring Twenties costume contest. Teams raising the most funds win special prizes, too. Follow @BigMentoring on Facebook for more info leading up to the grand finale on April 25.
    Through April 25  
    Online
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    Breath & Body Yoga Online

    Austin's Breath & Body Yoga owner and director Desirae Pierce is available via phone or Skype to provide tips and guidance to Austinites looking to stay physically active and strengthen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breath & Body is also offering live remote Zoom classes daily that are available to the public.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    BSC COVID-19 Business Owner Weekly Support Group

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests. Feel free to drop in and out; you don't need to stay the whole hour. Virtual meetings are planned for every Thursday through September; get the login details via Eventbrite.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Buy Lunch for a Health Care Worker

    Donate online to purchase meals from local food trucks and restaurants like Chi'Lantro, Torchy's Tacos, and more that will be provided to health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers. Efforts to coordinate food and food donations throughout the region are brought by friends of Keep Austin Eatin', Trucklandia, and ATX Hospital Meals.
    Online
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    Seasonal Jobs

    Capital Metro Has 150 Job Openings

    Capital Metro has 100 openings for full-time bus operators and 50 for part-time bus cleaners. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. Get all the details online.
    Citywide
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    Cece Yentzen

    Venmo: @Celia-Yentzen; PayPal.me/CeliaYentzen
    Thursdays, 6pm  

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