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  • 40th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German fest, gearing up its big 40th year in the Polka Capital of Texas. Enjoy five stages of Oompah at its Best!, artisans, family lederhosen and dirndl contest, 42 tournament contest, waltz contest, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, the popular Chicken Dance(s), and more!
    Oct. 1-3  
    Fredericksburg
  • 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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    Classical Music

    Beerthoven Goggles

    Wait, what? Yes, Daniel Swayze and his Beerthoven cabal are plunging into the world of virtual reality! That is, they've made 360-degree films of more than an hour of music from two Beerthoven programs – Sacred and Profane, featuring a brass quintet performance, and those goldenthroated Tinsel Singers sharing favorite songs for the holidays, and both shows captured on the steps of the historic Neill-Cochran House – and now they're presenting this seasonal extravaganza to you with a VR headset (Pico G2 4K) delivered direct to your home for complete immersion. Bonus: Scenes from the Austin Trail of Lights. See website for details.
    Through Jan. 10. $30.  
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    Visual Arts

    Engendered Species

    This new project from renowned photographer Rino Pizzi (in collaboration with an impressive slate of local artists) consists of a series of photographic portraits of heterosexual couples as they impersonate each other – their body posture, facial expressions, clothing, and the way they express their relation to each other, thus addressing issues of gender identity and relations as they emerge in a personal setting.
    Through Jan. 15. Free.  
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    Kids

    Girlstart Starry Nights at Home

    See a virtual star show and participate in hands-on STEM activities for the entire family, centered on the theme of Inuit lore.
    Thu., Jan. 7. Free.  
    Online
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    Books

    Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: The Freezer Door

    The author, in conversation with Austin's own Alyssa Harad, presents her "complex meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that relentlessly enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity while claiming to celebrate diversity."
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Events

    Omni Online: Four Track Challenge With Spitfire Audio

    For Omni Sound Project's free Four Track Challenge, they'll send you prompts to help you create a composition for media. Practice your composition skills and add your own touches to the song, then join your fellow participants to share your creations at Hear and Tell, where Homay Schmitz of Spitfire Audio will offer feedback and guidance.
    Prompts sent Thu., Jan. 7; event is Tue., Jan. 12, noon. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Visual Arts

    Rita’s Quilt: Bringing Women Together

    When Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch discovered an unfinished quilt at an estate sale in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, she knew she had to finish it in honor of the original artist who had passed on. She also knew that she could not do it alone. Now see the glorious results and hear the story of what happened when 150 artists from across the country worked together to finish #RitasQuilt – featuring a beautifully embroidered map, fifty stars, and fifty states’ birds and flowers. Downey will speak about the project in-person and online. See website for details, and to sign up for the embroidery workshops.
    Thu., Jan. 7, 5-7pm. $5-15.  
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    Arts & Culture

    UnBEARable: HighBEARnation

    These winter nights do be long, and there's no better company to spend 'em with than the Dames of the Den – aka yer hostesses with the mostesses Bulimianne Rhapsody, Chique Fil-Atio, and Mascara Rivers. Performances by Luna Knight, Basüra Mykels Hughes, and Sham Payne.
    Thu., Jan. 7, 8-9pm. $10 suggested donation.  
    Online
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    Kids

    Virtual Family Program: Shining Stars

    Gather the family in the comfort of your home to enjoy a virtual storytime with a reading of Cynthia Rylant’s The Stars Will Still Shine, then create a shining star art project together.
    Thu., Jan. 7, 10am. Free.  
    The Bullock Museum Online
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Pilates

    New to Pilates and/or the Pilates Reformer equipment? This workshop is a perfect place to start.
    Wednesdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17, 6:30pm. $150 for 6 weeks.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    AFS & Sundance Film Festival

    AFS Cinema is Austin's exclusive satellite venue for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. See fest selections at their drive-in screenings ($25 per car, $15 per additional passenger) and RSVP to enjoy free Beyond Film panel discussions with a Texas focus.
    Jan. 28-Feb. 2  
    Panels: online via Zoom; screenings: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
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    Events

    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
  • 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.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    Austin Acts! Virtual Stage Talent Competition

    The eight actors here, competing since last July, are vying for the grand prize in this online event from Austin's City Theatre, which features the performances that got them to the finals via embodiment of works by Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, Paula Vogel, Neil Simon, Terrence McNally, Tennessee Williams, Anna Deveare Smith, and more.
    Through Jan. 10. Donations accepted.  
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    Special Screenings

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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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  • Arts

    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Beyond the Clouds

    The acclaimed aerial dance troupe's 2020 performance (chosen by Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires for inclusion among his Top Ten shows of the year) is now available in a digital version online – free of charge.
    Donations accepted.  
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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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    Events

    BSC Reopening Business Safely Global Forum

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 16. Free.  
    Online
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    Events

    BSC's Rebuilding Business Nationwide Online Forum

    With Business Success Center's weekly forum, create strategic alliances and learn from other business owners in order to relaunch and rebuild carefully and successfully.
    Thursdays, noon-1pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Kids

    Camacho Activity Center Virtual Programs

    Visit the Camacho Activity Center virtually for bike tutorials, a Blunn Creek Nature Preserve hiking guide, and activity guides for homemade ice cream, nature bingo, leaf art, and more.
     
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: ReRoot

    This, Orna Feinstein’s fourth solo show with the acclaimed gallery, is a meticulously curated exhibit that presents new works from the artist's concrete-based Dendro Beton sculptural series alongside never-before-seen works from her Branch and Rooted series of monoprints on paper.
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    Visual Arts

    ChingonX Fire: Group Exhibit

    Inspired by the Mexican American Cultural Center's annual La Mujer celebration – and by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz – this online group exhibit is curated by April Garcia and features womxn-identifying and nongender-specific artists whose artwork is tied to activism, feminism, cultural. and gender identity storytelling, environmental protection, and socioeconomic parity.
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    Civic Events

    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
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    Comedy

    ColdTowne TV

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." See website for details.

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