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    Comedy

    ColdTowne TV: Fridays & Saturdays Live

    The stage on Airport might be dark, citizen, but the stars of that laugh factory near Mrs. Johnson's Doughnuts are shining bright every Friday and Saturday night on ColdTowne TV! Tune in for this variety show format and drop a few bucks in the virtual tip jar to keep local comedy alive.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Asian Flights Fest: Friday Happy Hour

    The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce presents this livestreamed celebration of the diverse Asian community, with each event featuring a local musician, a talk on some form of alcohol, and how to pair that potent potable with an Asian cuisine. This week: The beverage is sake and the food is Japanese. Coming up next: beer and Vietnamese, May 29.
    Fri., May 22, 4-5pm. $17.  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    ASO: Musician Video Viewing Party

    Hope you've got some wine and cheese handy, citizen, because that'll make this party even sweeter, as conductor Peter Bay hosts a show featuring performances by his Austin Symphony Orchestra cohort.
    Fri., May 8, 6pm. Free.  
  • 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 – and may be just the thing you need to make your spirits soar.
    Fridays, 3pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Artist Features

    This new series from the community-strong magisters of Big Medium aims to amplify the voice of artists and keep art a regular part of daily life in these socially distanced times. Through a combination of short interviews, artwork images, and video, these features serve to inspire and create a deeper connection between artists and the public. New installments weekly, every Tuesday and Friday. Upcoming: Erin Cunningham (May 26), J Muzacz (May 29).
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Grageriart Online

    Austin's frosty-coiffed and glamolicious wondertwins of robo-friendly sh-sh-shopping, Lana Lesley and Peter Stopschinski, keep the postmodern retail luv a-coming with a brand new video, at least long enough to take a voice-modulated sip of coffee to, each Friday morning. Don't just say hello, citizen consumer, say buy-buy!
    Trending and free.  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Invoke in Pieces

    The mighty men of this eclectic quartet may be sheltering in place, but that's not keeping them from making music together on the interwebs. Listen to each member of Invoke play solo sets for each other, livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube.
    Fridays, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Left In Leaves

    This is a group show of artistic interventions across the city of Austin, freely left in outdoor public spaces throughout May. (Note: Email the gallery for a map to the sites.) Who's involved in this fine endeavor? Sterling Allen, Ted Carey, Adreon Denson Henry, Sarah Fagan, Rachel Freeman & Korey Weiss, Emily Lee, Sean Ripple, Amy Scofield, Meghan Shogan, Amanda Julia Steinback & Staci Maloney, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Suzanne Wyss. Documentation will be shared on the Northern-Southern website and social media; at the conclusion of the month, the maps will be collected in a print zine, in which each artist will be interviewed. Northern-Southern will mail it to you upon request. And, look: The Chronicle's Robert Faires shares his own experience of the project.
    Through May 31
  • Community

    Events

    Sofa Sessions Benefiting SIMS Foundation

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sofa Sessions brings local musicians to your living room to raise funds for nonprofit SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health care to musicians and has experienced a higher demand due to COVID-19. Follow SIMS on social media (@simsfoundation) for lineup announcements throughout the month. Donate online or by texting SIMS to 44321.
    Throughout May  
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Vault Stone Shop: Mask Collection

    For this new group show curated by GD Wright, a coalition of artists – Ender Martos, Alexis Mabry, Jade Walker, Bale Creek Allen, B. Shawn Cox, Brian David Johnson, so many others – has produced and donated more than 100 fabric masks to be given away each day during the show’s duration. Also, each artist has created a unique commemorative artwork referencing their thoughts and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic. These interpretations of a face mask will be on view in the gallery's window display for two weeks. Note: All the gallery’s proceeds from sales will be donated to purchase hand sanitizer for distribution throughout the homeless community in Austin.
    Through May 20
  • Arts

    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  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Quarantine Haircut

    We’ve all been there, staring down the barrel of a pair of clippers and wondering, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Tonight’s the night we find out, as Austin playwright Christine Hoang cuts her husband’s hair, live, on the Vortex's YouTube channel.
    Fri., May 8, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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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
  • Music

    Adrian Conner

    Venmo: @AdrianConnerSpazKitty; PayPal.me/AdrianConnerCreation
    Fridays, 7pm  
  • Music

    AJ Vallejo

    Fridays, 8pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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.
  • Community

    Kids

    Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

    For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
     
    At home
  • Community

    Out of Town

    April Dressed in All Its Trim: An Online Exhibition

    The art project began before the current pandemic erupted, but feels even more appropriate now as a group of Texas-based artists contributed artwork that explores the hopefulness of spring.
    Through May 31  
    Online from Studio Comfort in Comfort, Texas
  • Community

    Kids

    Art Garage Online Art Lessons

    The Art Garage is offering online art classes for little ones, and they've got kits you can order to work on at home. Learn to make homemade play dough, explore art from around the world, and more. Follow them on Facebook for details.
    Online
  • Music

    At Home With ACL Live presents Hayes Carll

    Venmo: @hayes-carll; PayPal.me/HCTipJar
    Fri., May 8, 8pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Kids

    ATX Kids Club Online

    ATX Kids Club is offering daily Zoom calls for kids to meet and discuss movies, pets, family, and more, and participate in activities like origami or charades. Email info@atxkidsclub.org to join, and follow their Facebook page for more details.
    Mon.-Fri., 2pm  
    Online via Zoom
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Austin Convention Enterprises, Inc. Regular Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Fri., May 8, 9am  
    Teleconference
  • Community

    Events

    Austin Fast Start Pitch Competition

    The Austin Fast Start pitch competition is a partnership between Austin Young Chamber and the city of Austin’s Economic Development Department with support from 3 Day Startup. Every quarter, they will hear from a new industry and award an unrestricted cash prize and other opportunities to identify and support local entrepreneurs as the future business leaders in our community. This quarter, it's the Internet of Things. Applications are due May 18, finalists will be notified by May 25, and the top four will compete on June 15.
    Deadline: Mon., May 18  
    Online
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Austin Fast Start: Small Business Pitch Competition Applications

    Innovators submit ideas for products that use internet connectivity to improve services and enable things like smart cities and more. Top four scored applications will be selected as finalists and virtually pitch their business on June 15.
    Through May 18  
    Online
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

    Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
    Online
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Back to the Future (1985)

    35th Anniversary
    Fri., May 8, 8:30pm  

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