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    Testify: Not Here

    Testify's storytellers share true tales of forbidden gardens, choosing to assimilate, an assumption of identity, and reaching the wrong destination. Featuring Symply Courtney, Ladislao Loera, Ellen Sweets, and Laura Galán Wells. Bonus: live music by D.L. Nailling.
    Thu., June 25, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Visual Arts

      A05 Gallery: Todd Talks

      Ao5's director Todd Gresley interviews a new artist each week in this livestreamed video series from the popular south Austin gallery.
      Thursdays, 2pm  
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      Food Events

      Andiamo Ristorante: Fourth of July

      This popular Italian eatery's got a Picnic Box for your Independence Day celebrating, featuring a prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, spinach, and tomato panini, with: sides of pickled pepper and mushrooms,: watermelon, and an arugula-and-feta cheese salad. You want to pay a little extra and get some wine pairings? They've got you covered, with Terre Gaia Prosecco, Li Veli Negroamaro Rose, and J. Hofstatter Pinot Nero Riserva. Call to place your orders now, and you can pick 'em up on Fri., July 3, 5-9pm.
      $25 per person.
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      Visual Arts

      Big Medium: Coffee Chats

      In addition to their regular artist features, the Big Medium folks offer virtual coffeetime convo, too – with leaders in the creative community sharing their personal and professional experiences to inspire others pursuing careers in art. Up next: grayDUCK gallerist Jill Schroeder (Thu., July 2, 11am-noon); City of Austin cultural funding manager Alberto Mejia (Thu., July 9, 11am-noon).
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      Visual Arts

      Butridge Gallery: Grimm Re-Articulated

      Yes, you have to make a reservation. Yes, it's totally worth it – because the Julia C. Butridge gallery in the Dougherty Arts Center reopens (in a limited manner, with social distancing and masks) with a show of work by three artists – Nora McMillen Burke, Jon Nelson, and Marianne Levy – and it's all worth feasting your peepers on. But we daresay it's Levy's "Grimm Re-Articulated," with its array of reimagined and stunningly sculpted fairytale characters and situations, that'll warp your dreams for months to come.
      Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Through July 25. Free.  
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      Visual Arts

      Camiba Art: Signs

      Currently open by reservation only, yes, but you should have no reservations about seeing this stunning exhibition by Dallas native Lee Albert Hill. You want an eyeful of big, bright abstractions via acrylics on canvas over board, handwrought yet almost machinelike in their meticulous design and execution? You probably do, especially in this case. Because it's like … um … like if someone hired Mike Hinge and Bill Sienkewicz to show how well tangrams could be used to illustrate subatomic events from CERN's bubble chamber – and then threw a fistful of chaos shards at the collaboration's results. The accompanying image here is one miniaturized example; imagine seeing a roomful of such intricacies at full size. Hell, imagine scheduling a private viewing of this show with gallerist Troy Campa: That's some solid pandemic diversion right there, tell you what.
      Through July 11  
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      Visual Arts

      Flatbed Press: Over My Head

      That Austin epicenter of the printing arts presents a new exhibition of woodcuts by Ben Muñoz, featuring his series called The Endless Endeavor. These stunning woodcuts are 100-by-52-inches, the massive pieces communicating both in scale and content the idea of life being larger and much more than ourselves. Flatbed and Muñoz "are eager for the artist and individuals to talk about the content of his work one-on-one;" reserve your meeting with the artist for July 24 or July 25; other appointments for multigenerational groups of four or fewer can be scheduled here.
      Through July 29. Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Free.  
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      Classical Music

      Grimm: Listening Party

      Here's a virtual listening party to celebrate the official album release of Graham Reynolds' original score for Ballet Austin's Grimm Tales, featuring the performances of the two lesser known tales. The affable maestro himself will be in the live chat for a Q&A to answer any and all questions. (Go ahead, ask him something about mustard.) Bonus: All proceeds from the sale of this album through the end of July will be donated to the Black Lives Matter foundation.
      Thu., June 25, 8pm. Free.  
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      Visual Arts

      ICOSA: Coping Mechanisms

      In advance of the upcoming Swec & Criscoe exhibition, ICOSA presents a series of front-window installations that are viewable 24 hours a day. "An imperfect show in imperfect times that recognizes our shortcomings and missteps, our pain, loneliness, and uncertainty, that aims to move forward carefully and intentionally. This work was made during the pandemic, but before the world exploded once again in response to the horrific murder of George Floyd, thrusting the world into a greater awareness of systemic racism and police brutality, and renewing energy and momentum in the fight for justice." Note: A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artworks will be donated to Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District.
      Through July 2
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      Visual Arts

      Jessica Fontenot: Make a Watercolor Painting

      In this online workshop, the artist guides you through creating a watercolor illustration of a place you love, sharing her approach to drawing architecture and place, featuring watercolor techniques she uses in her work – such as the recent illustration for Austin's Red Beans and Ricely Yours. Note: The price includes all the supplies you'll need, which you can pick up curbside (or have 'em delivered) from The Cathedral ATX.
      Workshop: Sat., June 27, 2pm. $55-65.  
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      Kids

      Latinitas Future Chica Conference Registration Open

      Registration is now open for this conference designed for girls age 9-18 who want to explore 21st century technologies and their own innovative ideas. They'll learn through hands-on demos and activities and engage with local professionals to inspire career exploration across technology, creative, design, and business industries. Register now, as spots are limited and filling up fast!
      July 18, 10am-3pm; register ASAP. $15.  
      Online
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      Visual Arts

      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Time and Again

      Carl Hammoud’s exhibition of paintings was open for only a few short weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown; now the gallery's open again (limited capacity, masks required, appointments recommended) and you can still catch the show before it closes this weekend.
      Through July 3. Wed.-Sat., 11am-6pm
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      Food Events

      Loro: Picnic Package for Two

      Pardon us, but we think this Loro menu addition qualifies, especially in these all-too-interesting times, as an event unto itself. Because we know the culinary excellence those chefs are capable of, and because this limited pick-it-up-and-go lunch package includes charred corn and cabbage salad, Thai fried chicken (with a Wild Turkey/black pepper cream sauce), housemade pickles, coconut-scented rice, and smoked chocolate crème brulee with which to finish your feast on a deeply sweet note. See what we mean? Note: This deal's available only on Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30am-3pm, and pre-orders are highly recommended.
      $37.95.
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      Visual Arts

      MACC Galleries: Reopened!

      The Community Gallery and the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in the Mexican-American Cultural Center reopen "with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place," and inviting reservations to see "Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon, The Path of the Heart," which documents 13 years of struggle, persistence, and resilience between 2003-2016, and "Poética Textil/ Textile Poems," in which contemporary artists reveal their restlessness, inquiry, and research into the creation of fabric art via printing, weaving, and assemblage.
      Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Books

      NoConBarCon in the Cloud

      Don't even have to think about those 'ronas when you meet up online, right? Join Rebecca Schwarz and her affable writerly crowd via Zoom, to raise a glass of your favorite quaff and talk geek. "Lots of science fiction and fantasy genre writers here, but pen monkeys of all stripes are welcome!"
      Thu., June 25, 7pm. Free.  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Pandemic Pride

      Unbounded Agency, Thee Gay Agenda, and KD Kinetic join forces to explore the "rebellious roots of pride" all month long. That means puppet shows, sex ed, and more queer entertainment with a focus on intersectionality. Follow the action on Instagram at @pandemic.pride.
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      Food Events

      Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Austin

      This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. "On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind," goes their announcement on Facebook. "There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better." Or, if you'd like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to redbeansaustin@gmail.com.
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      Visual Arts

      Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Black Tulips and Dead Flowers

      This new show by acclaimed photographer Kate Breakey is focused on specimens of the plant kingdom and reveals itself like a series of windows into arcane botanical memories.
      Through Sept. 12, by appointment only
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      Food Events

      The Cupcake Bar: Fourth of July

      Well, of course this place has a special Cupcake Box ($24) ready for the big patriotic huzzah this weekend: It includes three vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing, and three chocolate/strawberry milkshake cupcakes with buttercream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top – and it comes with a sparkler. But, listen, you're a parent of a small child and you wanna blow your kiddo's mind? Get one of their Candy Charcuterie Boards ($35), featuring sparklers, a confetti pack, Cracker Jacks, Pop Rocks, sunflowers seeds, yogurt pretzels, saltwater taffy, various gummies, and more. Take that, King George! Let freedom ring!
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      Visual Arts

      Umlauf Sculpture Garden: Reopened

      The Umlauf reopens its famed Garden to the general public. There won’t be any performances going on yet, as occasionally delighted crowds in the Before Times, but there will be all those expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright gardenscapes and tree-towered paths: Perfect for a strolling, fresh-air respite from yet another screenful of pixels in your all-too-familiar abode.: Note: The usual safety measures will be in effect: A limit of 30 visitors in the garden at a time; a one-way marked path to follow; masks and social distancing strongly encouraged; etc. (You know the routine: You’re an old hand at this pandemic shit by now, right?) Also, know that the Umlauf’s private-event rentals will resume with limited capacity set by local and state guidelines – and its summer camp program will proceed with those restrictions in mind, too.: See the museum’s website for details and to schedule an appointment.
      Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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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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      Comedy

      Virtual Hideout: Improv Social Hour

      It's social – demented and virtual, but social. Join the Hideout crowd every weekday at 6pm for a Zoomed hour of improv games and antics where you'll learn a thing or two about comedy improvisation (their talented instructors will help you along) and your day will certainly be brightened. Yes, and maybe bring a friend with you? Even if that friend's a dog? "I'm a varmint and all varmints are welcome!"
      Mon.-Fri., 6pm. $10.  
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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.
      Thu., 8pm; Sat., 7:30pm. $5.  
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      Theatre

      Virtual Vortex: Throwback Virtual Reading Sessions, Ep. 2

      Here's the latest livestreamed reading in the Vortex's Throwback series, curated by Benajah Baskin, in which a team of young theatre pros and celebrity guests work the script of a tv classic. This week: The Flintstones.
      Thu., June 25, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: Reopened!

      Make an appointment, friend, and you can see these beauties in person. And if there's anything (aside from certain substances still criminalized by a failed system of law) that can elevate the senses and lighten the load, it's this bright collection of new works by Austin's Patrick Puckett. The artist's "large, bold canvases explore the human figure inspired by the artist’s life in the American South and often include symbolic references of both real and imagined nostalgia." And, we add, the downright Fauvist, polychrome exuberance of these paintings will likewise inspire your art-hungry eyes.
      Through July 3
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      Visual Arts

      Yard Dog: Blacklight Paintings

      Yard Dog's robust site has a new show of bold visuals by Steve "Dream Syndicate" Wynn – painted to shift under blacklight – and the latest complex monochrome wonderments of Jon Langford's Song Paintings series.
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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
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      Civic Events

      10- 1 Community Centers: Family Violence

      City Council District 10 candidate Pooja Sethi shares her vision of how district-based 10-1 community centers can help domestic violence and abuse survivors. Survive2Thrive Foundation CEO Courtney Santana joins.
      Thu., June 25, 8-9pm  
      Online
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      Kids

      A Spacious Place

      A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Events

      Adulting 101: Housing & Real Estate

      A panel discussion featuring some of the best agents and industry experts to help you understand the implications of today's real estate environment and how housing professionals are adapting to increased safety precautions.
      Thu., June 25, 5:30-7:30pm. Free.  
      Online

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