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  • Boomtown: A Musical Comedy

    A musical comedy about the most dangerous town in Texas, Boomtown follows the true story of promoter Ace Borger’s “overnight city” in the Texas panhandle. All shows feature a live band!
    Sept. 16-25, 8pm  
    Dougherty Arts Center
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    Austin Design Week

    Every year, ADW invites designers, organizations, agencies, and companies to host free workshops, studio tours, panels, talks, installations, and interactive events centered around a theme that challenges us to consider the role of design in improving our communities and ourselves. And this year, of course, it's going (mostly) online – the easier for you to check out such timely presentations as "The Antiracism Activation Kit," "Designing a Field Hospital for COVID Patients," and "Embrace Your Colors: Code-Switching While Working Remotely During a Pandemic."
    Through Nov. 13. Free.  
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    Austin Empty Bowl Project

    The need is greater than ever, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Visit the online store for Sam Hurt's special COVID T-shirt or big beautiful tote bag, the AEBP cookbook, Nancy Elder quilt raffle tickets, online concert tickets, and the online silent auction link. The silent auction includes everything from bowls for you and your dog to restaurant gift certificates. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. For every $25 donated, an empty bowl will be added to food boxes distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
    Through Nov. 22. By donation and online auction.  
    Online
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    Classical Music

    Chorus Austin: Stronger, United

    Ryan Heller presents a virtual concert of new and previously recorded pieces from Chorus Austin's Chamber Ensemble, featuring selections (a mix of spirituals, pop, folk songs, and more) by Alberto Grau, Rosephanye Powell, Carlos Cordero, and Dr. Roland Carter.
    Through Nov. 21. Free.  
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    Arts & Culture

    Emo vs. Dad Rock!

    It's the battle of studded belts versus faded blue jeans as the Boiz pay tribute to drag king classics.
    Tue., Nov. 10, 7pm. $5 suggested donation.  
    Online
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    It's My Park Day – At a Distance

    Volunteer virtually – or safely, in person – to help Austin's parks. Austin Parks Foundation will unveil volunteer opportunities on Sat., Nov. 7, 10am, here.
    Online
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    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    Tap In Series With Sharon Bridgforth

    Artist Sharon Bridgforth, a foundational member of allgo, shares her journey in finding her artistic voice and living and working as a full-time artist for more than 20 years. Artists of all experience levels and genres welcome to join. See Facebook for Zoom info.
    Through Nov. 24. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    Texans Can Academies Thanksgiving Food Drive

    No one should be without a Thanksgiving meal this year. Using an Amazon wish list, those in the giving mood can easily purchase items for Texans Can Academies students and have them shipped directly to the school for distribution in Thanksgiving baskets for students to take home. Or, if you would like to schedule a delivery or pickup, please contact Nina Winstead at nwinstead@texanscan.org or 512/400-3313.
    Order on Amazon by Thu., Nov. 12; in-person donations accepted until Nov. 18  
    Online
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    Books

    Texas Book Festival

    We told you about the Texas Teen Book Festival last week; now we're championing the 25th annual Texas Book Festival's adult programming. It's a virtual to-do this year, of course, with all manner of events, kicking off with the First Edition Literary Gala (Fri., Nov. 6, 7:30pm), featuring authors Julia Alvarez, Nick Hornby, and Natasha Trethewey, with emcee Michael Ian Black. From there, it's authors and celebrities all the way down, with the likes of Jodi Picoult, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Mychal Denzel Smith, Cory Doctorow, Ottessa Moshfegh, James Wade, Amanda Eyre Ward, Jonathan Lethem, and many more, dazzling your favorite screen with various magnitudes of literary éclat.
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    Texas Book Festival: Lit Crawl

    Of course the rapidly approaching Texas Book Festival's Lit Crawl will be virtual this year, citizen, but with popular returns like the Literary Death Match and Austin Bat Cave's Story Department … with special events from Six Square and series sponsor Texas Monthly … with virtual readings and meet-ups with authors Kathy Valentine, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, and more – bonus: Desert Door Sotol and Rambler Sparkling Water making sure this crawl is definitely lit in an imbibable fashion – well, we reckon your usual screen of connectivity can be a lively, happy place again, for at least a few hours at a time.
    Nov. 7-15. Donations accepted.  
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    The Blanton Museum: Curated Conversations

    This series explores and connects with the Blanton staff, streaming live every Tuesday at 5pm. The Blanton's collections are vast, as is the knowledge of these professionals. Click on over, we suggest, to enjoy a bit of both.
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    WIFT Hunt ATX

    You probably know about some of the local filming locations for Dazed and Confused, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Grindhouse, Friday Night Lights, and Office Space, but Women in Film & Television Austin is challenging you to visit them all. They've put together a handy map so you can hunt them all down, and to enter their scavenger hunt contest, post a selfie using #WIFTHuntATX and tag WIFT, or send it via email. You can also visit locations that aren't on the map if you're in the know. There are tons of cool prizes from local vendors, and all participants get a discount at the Gas Station in Bastrop. Get to hunting today; there are so many locations to visit!
    Through Nov. 12  
    Various locations; submit entries online
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    Special Screenings

    Abominable (2019)

    Sponsored by Austin Asian American Film Festival. Tacodeli meals are available for preorder only, but concessions will be available at the screening.
    Preorder Tacodeli by Nov. 10; screening Fri., Nov. 13, 6:30pm  
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    AIA Austin: Design Talks with Lynn Osmond

    Here's a livestreamed talk by Lynn Osmond, president and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Center.
    Tue., Nov. 10, noon-1pm. $20.  
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    AISD Community Bond Oversight Committee Meeting

    The committee oversees all of AISD's bond projects.
    Tue., Nov. 10, 6-8pm  
    Online
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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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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Art for the People: Where the Bots Begin

    Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
    Through Jan. 3
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    At 7 w/ Frederico7 & guests

    Venmo: @frederico7; PayPal.me/frederico7
    Tuesdays, 7pm  
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    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.  
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    ATXelerator 2021 Application

    The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually.
    Deadline: Dec. 7. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195.  
    Online
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    Austin Design Week 2020

    Join the Austin creative community for the fifth annual Austin Design Week and get inspired by a variety of free workshops, talks, and presentations hosted by Austin creatives and showcasing the best in Austin design. Open to everyone.
    Mon.-Fri., Nov. 9-13. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Special Screenings

    Austin Jewish Film Festival

    Over 70 films are available to screen via the online platform through Friday. The closing night event on Thu., Nov. 12, is a drive-in screening at Dell Jewish Community Campus of the documentary Aulcie, about basketball legend Aulcie Perry.
    Through Fri., Nov. 13  
    Online via www.austinjff.org
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    Austin Justice Coalition General Body Meeting

    Learn about AJC's current work, how to get involved, and what's left for the last two months of 2020.
    Tue., Nov. 10, 6:30pm. Registration required.  
    Online
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    Special Screenings

    Austin Polish Film Festival

    This year, APFF has taken most of the screenings to the virtual realm, offering two months of Polish features and documentaries online, as well three films co-presented with Austin Jewish Film Festival and a few screenings at Galaxy Highland.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Online via www.austinpolishfilm.com
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Nightlife & Parties

    BearBack Bingo

    Lady Grackle and CupCake play host while you play to win prizes.
    Tuesdays, 9-11pm. Free.  
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    Books

    Books, Books, Books in the ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores – in-person or online. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    Brazilian Jazz Happy Hour w/ Paula Maya

    Venmo: @paulamaya; PayPal.me/paulamayamusic
    Tuesdays, 5:30pm  

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