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    The Austin Chronicle Virtual Hot Sauce Festival

    The 30th annual Hot Sauce Festival is going virtual this year! Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank to count yourself in on the spicy festivities. The live event will feature winner announcements, hot sauce judging highlights, surprises from Camila McConaughey and Eldorado Cafe, plus music from Go Fever, Como Las Movies, Mike Melinoe, and Nemegata. Your donation helps Central Texas families in need and comes with special perks from local sponsors like Joy Organics, Tiff's Treats, Grassroots Harvest, and dozens more. Tasting kits are sold out, but all-new Hot Sauce merch is still available. Get more info and make your donation at austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce.
    Sun., Aug. 30  
    Online
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Amendment: The Making of an American Myth

    Salvage Vanguard Theater presents a new solo work by Taji Senior that examines America’s failed vision of a more perfect union. See it livestreamed via Howlround, or – drive in to Rogge Ranch (3506 Rogge Lane) and see it performed live, from the comfort of your car.
    Drive-in at Rogge Ranch: Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-23, 8:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Food Events

    Anythings Baked Potato: First Anniversary Week

    Mmmm, yeah – it's been a solid (although, now, increasingly weird) year for this bastion of spud-based, flavor-forward goodness, and they're celebrating with a bounty of specials and music and, oh, you know: It's a weeklong anniversary party! There's an R&B Night with a live DJ and hookahs (Thu., Aug. 20, 7pm-12mid), and an All White Party – come dressed in your showiest snow-colored gladrags – with live music and prizes (Sat., Aug. 22, 3pm-12mid), and we reckon there's even more to come.
    1326 Rosewood
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    ASFD Face Masks Now Available

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Austin School of Fashion Design is selling face masks, and your contribution is very much appreciated. They're 100% cotton, handmade, reversible, washable, and reusable, and include a filter pocket. Special orders are accepted, and they'll ship everywhere. Get fun designs including Pride, Marvel, Spider-Man, sugar skulls, and more.
    Ongoing. $10 and up.  
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    Comedy

    Austin Sketch Fest

    The clever crew at Coldtowne and beyond have concocted a virtual version of this annual celebration of the scripted comedic arts. Robert Faires has told you, elsewhere in this section, about the Big Name Headliners scheduled to appear, and we're reminding you that there will be an array of local troupes in the mix, too, tripping the light hilarious for your online amusement this still-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic weekend.
    Fri.-Sat., Aug. 21-22  
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    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Tito's Prize Exhibition

    A compelling exhibition of new work by Betelhem Makonnen is this year's Tito's Prize show at Big Medium Gallery. (Note: To allow for social distancing, appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes, with a maximum of 10 guests at a time. Schedule an appointment with at least 24 hours advance notice. Masks are required at all times.)
    Through Sept. 5. Thu.-Sat., noon-5pm
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    Visual Arts

    Cloud Tree Studios: Being

    Here's the final weekend for Cloud Tree's safety-optimized show of new figurative works by longtime local, Peruvian-born sculptor Alejandra Almuelle, featuring a series that "explores the state of being as a process of becoming." Our own appreciation of sculpture in general is in the process of becoming overwhelmed by the powerful beauty of what Almuelle can do with clay and pigment, and this timely exhibition is another stunning example of why. So make a reservation, put on your best mask, and be sure you don't miss this soul-fortifying opportunity.
    Through Aug. 22. Free.
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    Visual Arts

    Dimension Gallery: Reflection Time

    The good folks of Dimension Gallery – you know, right across Springdale from that naturally social-distanced and so-calming-to-visit Sculpture Park – have begun new artist-led partnerships with Austin's social justice advocates, and they're heralding that collaboration with a series of window displays by local artists. First up is Reflection Time by Ender Martos, a colorful installation designed to spark dialog around inclusion, collectivism, and our present time of reflection. Note: 50% of all sales from this exhibition will go to support JUST and their programs for low-income female entrepreneurs.
    Through Aug. 28
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    Arts & Culture

    Fat Bottom Cabaret Presents: "Brown South"

    Nikki DaVaughn hosts this thoroughly queer and "curvrageous" evening of BIPOC-focused drag, burlesque, and more, featuring performances from a babe squad spanning coast-to-coast: Chola Magnolia, Lady Lola LeStrange, Jacqueline Boxx, and Miss Donna Denise.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 7-8:30pm. $5-20 (sliding scale).  
    Online
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    Community

    Frida Friday ATX Virtual Market

    Shop Frida Friday's market full of independent BIPOC and WoC artists and community creatives all weekend long. Special programming includes a DJ session with DJ Kick It Friday and a Sunday conversation with Womxn of Color Collective.
    Fri.-Sun., Aug. 21-23  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    GrayDUCK Gallery: Two New Shows!

    There's not just one but two new exhibitions at this esteemed Eastside gallery: 1) This year's Eyes Got It winner David Alcantar presents "Continually, the Unnameable Moves On,"illustrations and musings about negotiation, the show itself perforce renegotiated due to Our Present Circumstances. 2) M.E. Laursen has curated "Occupied," a group show exploring the experience of occupying a body, featuring work by Christina Coleman, André Fuqua, Alex Kang, Ling-Lin Ku, Jay Jones, Diego Mireles Duran, Weylin Neyra, Rachael Starbuck, Tino Ward, and Ariel Wood.
    Through Aug. 23, by appointment
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    Events

    Ice Ball 2020: A Big Night In

    Big Brothers Big Sisters' Ice Ball is virtual this year, and includes an online cocktail reception, an online auction, special guests, inspiring stories, presentation of the 2020 Ice 7 Award, and – most importantly – the opportunity to make a life-changing difference for kids in Central Texas.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 6:30-8pm  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum: Bruno Andrade Retrospective

    Mexic-Arte presents the first retrospective exhibit of Bruno Andrade, the distinguished Texan whose work is "inspired by nature, which he paints from memory and from his own interior vision."
    Through Sept. 1
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Call for Día de los Muertos Ofrendas

    Mexic-Arte Museum is seeking community altar artists for their Día de los Muertos celebration this fall. Artists must be able to complete installation between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15. Email curator George Vargas for an application.
    Application deadline: Aug. 26  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Milam & Greene: Straight Bourbon Whiskey Pickup Party

    Out there at the Milam & Green Distillery in Blanco, they're celebrating the company's first Distillery Edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey. (This fierce but smooth new spirit was pot-distilled in a 300-gallon copper still, non-chill filtered, and bottled at barrel proof. Note: Only 1,430 bottles were made.) Head on out there today and buy a bottle signed by the people who created it – and you'll get some free samples of Milam & Greene's new cocktail syrups along with it. Also, you can go all exploratory with this refreshing excursion via M&G's “Follow Your Spirit Blanco Tour,” an interactive self-guided tour of the town.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 11am-5pm
    208 Carlie Ln., Blanco
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    Trash Makeover Challenge

    Join Texas Campaign for the Environment for this 10th annual event, a contest for fashion designers, stylists, and models to create original high-fashion looks out of recycled and recovered materials. Enjoy a unique fashion show, participate in the People’s Choice awards, and learn more about TCE's work to fight pollution in Texas. There's also an online auction with unique items from some of Austin's favorite vendors, restaurants, and performers, going all week leading up to the event.
    Show: Sat., Aug. 29, 7pm; auction begins Aug. 21  
  • Arts

    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.
    Sat., 7:30pm; Wed., 5pm. $5-15.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Alice in Wonderland

    Here's a familiar but wholly revitalized play for young audiences, performed last summer by the talented ensemble of the Vortex's Summer Youth Theatre. Note: This special broadcast benefits both the Vortex and playwright Ingrid Oslund’s new Juniper Tree Ensemble company!
    Aug. 21-23. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., noon. 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
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    Out of Town

    60th Anniversary Summer Celebration

    All summer long, Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating six decades of discovery. There are several tours and attractions, including the new Twisted Trails adventure course and a chance to pan for treasures just like gold miners.
    Through Aug. 23. $10-30.  
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    Special Screenings

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    Out of Town

    A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

    Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop for Adults

    Designed for those who have never had a ballet class, this workshop teaches ballet from the very beginning. It's never too late: adults and teens age 15 and up welcome. At the end of the session, you will have learned some of the fundamental positions, vocabulary, and basic principles of ballet. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Sundays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2:30-3:30pm or Mondays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 12:30-1:30pm. $130 for six weeks.  
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Hip-Hop for Adults

    It's never too late to learn something new, and hip-hop dance is tons of fun for all ages. This workshop is designed to introduce adults (and teens age 16 and up) to hip-hop culture and dance, build a solid foundation to execute popular dance moves, improve energy, lift mood, and lower stress. Sign up now; registration will close when full. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 8:30-9:30pm. $125 for six weeks.  
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance for Adults

    A tap workshop designed for adults to learn tap dance from the very beginning: fulfill a dream and learn something new! It's appropriate for any age, and a perfect dance style to learn as an adult, and is a great workout. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 7:15-8:15pm. $85.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Air-real-ists Live

    An evening of live performance by Four Elements students, staff, and special guests.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 8pm, 10pm  
  • Community

    Kids

    AISD Meal Service

    Through Sept. 4, any child under the age of 19 may receive one breakfast and one lunch meal daily from Austin ISD, Monday-Thursday, with Fridays as the weekend meal distribution day. No application or identification is needed; children can simply show up at any participating site to receive a healthy meal. AISD has lots more information online about resources for those in need of food, and if you'd like to help, donate to Austin Ed Fund.
    Through Sept. 4  
    Various locations
  • 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.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alamo on Demand

    Make any Tuesday terror-iffic, any Wednesday weird, and the rest of the week fantastic with Alamo Drafthouse curated picks via Alamo on Demand. If a film is there, it's because an Alamo programmer loves it. It's kinda like going to your favorite video store when you could do that, mixed with going to your favorite theatre, when you could do that too. Staff picks, cult classics, Found Footage Fest and Master Pancake, Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday, Fantastic Fest faves, they're all there for rental or purchase.
    Ongoing  
    Online via ondemand.drafthouse.com
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    Visual Arts

    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13

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