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for Sun., Nov. 1
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The Blanton Museum of Art: Expanding Abstraction

    In the early 20th century, Western artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time. Several decades later, abstraction's practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques: Dripping, pouring, staining, and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of non-traditional media such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists also ditched the flat, rectangular format to create sculptural texture and dimensionality. Now, can you guess whose corporate collection is particularly strong in such paintings of the 1960s and '70s? If you guessed "The Blanton Museum of Art," then you'll especially want to get an eyeful of this major new show, subtitled "Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas," organized by the venue's own Carter E. Foster.
    Through Jan. 10  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    The Drive-in Comedy Tour

    Live stand-up comedy with a 360-degree skyline view at Blue Starlite Downtown's rooftop theatre.
    Fri., July 9, 9pm  
  • Community

    Events

    The Escape Game Remote Adventures

    Play the Escape Game’s newest game, "Ruins: Forbidden Treasure," from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. An expert game guide will be there to help along the way, just like the typical escape room. Assemble a team of friends, family, or co-workers, and see if you can escape within an hour!
    May 5-Dec. 20. $25/person.  
    Online
  • Film

    Special Screenings

  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Trail of Treats

    Choose from a variety of activities including live music, a Happy Tails Entertainment petting zoo, trick-or-treating, and a mini hay maze, and get free admission to the AMaze’N Ranch Round-Up when you wear a family-friendly costume to the park.
    Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1  
    Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., San Antonio
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    Community

    Transforming Wellness Advanced Series

    Austin Body Collective's practitioners take an intersectional approach to health and wellness in this series of two-day workshops. Classes cover a range of topics, from centering BIPOC perspectives to sex work and kink.
    Sat.-Sun., Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Nov. 7-8, 10-11:30am. $129 per course.  
    Online
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Twilight on the Trail Gala

    The Trail Foundation largest fundraiser of the year will take place in three separate sessions on the Four Seasons lawn with socially distanced tables and guests will be required to wear masks while not seated. There's also another option for Austin supporters to have food and drinks delivered the same evening.
    Sun., Nov. 1, 3-4, 4:30-5:30, or 6-7pm. $500+.  
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Vault Stone Shop: Saints & Intermediaries

    All praise! Here is the full exhibition of what Vault Stone Shop featured in their front window this summer: A visual conversation about the role of spiritual intermediaries in our modern society, explored via homage to St. Elmo (the patron saint of sailors and abdominal pain, btw) by seven superlative Austin artists. Yes, you can (safely) view the show in-person via appointment and witness up-close the wholly engaging creations of Elizabeth Chapin, Emma Hadzi Antich, CP Harrison, Meena Matocha, Hayley Morrison, Saul Jerome San Juan, and Meghan Shogan.
    Through Nov. 29
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout

    So many shows, so many themes, such a freakin' panoply of improv talents at this Hideout that it makes the mind, how you say, boggle. Longtime house troupe Parallelogramophonograph sets the performance bar high AF, but damned if their everchanging roster of guests doesn't sometimes knock it right off. (The Hideout's got a full weekly schedule of entertainments for you online, of course, courtesy of relentless creativity even in the face of those stupid, stupid 'ronas.) Check that website, STAT.
  • Community

    Kids

    Virtual Music Lessons

    YMCA of Austin is partnering with Beyond the Grade to offer virtual music classes, so kids can learn from musicians in the community with custom lessons ranging from classical instruction to audio engineering and digital music programming.
    Ongoing  
    Online
  • Community

    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Virtual Viva la Vida Fest

    Mexic-Arte Museum is taking their annual festival & parade to the digital street, with performances, ofrendas, and a virtual exhibit available online, as well as activity guides, recipes, and merchandise including Viva la Vida embroidered face masks.
    Sat., Oct. 31-Mon., Nov. 2, 5-6:30pm  
  • Music

  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Jen Garrido

    Garrido’s work depicts nature-based forms and rhythms as well as color and shapes, weighing ambiguity with representation, working with balance to reconnect with playfulness and youthful exuberance.
    Through Nov. 1
  • Music

    Winston Cook

    Sun., Nov. 1, 2pm
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Zach Theatre: Songs Under The Stars

    These "socially distant outdoor concerts, performed on the People's Plaza outside of the Topfer at ZACH," where you sit in "pods" and cabanas under the beautiful Austin sky, are cabaret-like events, see? And Chanel, the star of London’s Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, closes out this series with a tribute to the female vocalists who shaped her (Nov. 5-8. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm).
    Thursdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 8. $70 for a two-person pod.  

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