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    BoobTube!

    Austin's drag king troupe pays homage to all things TV. Come early for Papi's themed playlist, stay for the Boiz slaying the virtual stage.
    Tue., April 13, 7pm. $5 suggested donation.  
    Online
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      Theatre

      Tales of a Blerd Ballerina

      The Vortex Tapas Series 2021 begins with a new work-in-progress production of Valoneecia Tolbert’s Tales of a Blerd Ballerina. Presented both as live broadcasts each evening and with limited in-person seating opportunities at the VORTEX, this play centers the Blerd (black nerd) experience, embracing diverse communities and generating vital conversations around black identity, pulling concepts and style from the Afro-Diaspora and Jazz Aesthetic within stories of growing up as a Blerd child of the Eighties. Directed by Florinda Bryant.
      Through April 18  
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      Theatre

      The Cohen New Works Festival

      UT Austin presents the biennial Cohen New Works Festival, the largest collegiate festival of its kind, this year featuring 33 all-new works by undergraduate and graduate students. The virtual event will include live and pre-recorded performances, digital installations, and daily panel discussions with professional artists.
      Through April 16. Donations accepted.  
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      2021 Bowl for Kids

      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is bringing glitz and glamour to their annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise funds to put 80 kids into a caring match with an adult mentor, and you can participate from home by donating, forming or joining a fundraising team, and via online activities including a "Golden Age of Hollywood" costume contest.
      Through April 23  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      BearBack Bingo

      Lady Grackle Birdbreath and CupCake play host while you play to win prizes. Don't forget to bring yer mask.
      Tuesdays, 8-10pm. Free.  
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      Sports

      Bike Night at COTA

      Cyclists can clip in and navigate the Circuit at Bike Night powered by Ascension Seton. The weekly event lets riders cruise COTA’s famed stars and stripes in a stress-free environment without the worry of city traffic while offering fantastic sunset views of the COTA’s signature Observation Deck and Austin skyline. After the ride concludes, cyclists can replenish and recharge with an ice-cold drink, mouth-watering refreshments and great conversations and camaraderie with fellow riders.
      Tuesdays through Oct. 12, besides May 18 & 25  
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      Theatre

      Hold Me Well

      Shrewd Productions presents this virtual world premiere of Eva Suter’s sci-fi re-envisioning of Shakespeare's Othello, depicting "a desolate, Central Texas inhabited solely by women after a catastrophic war has eradicated the male population. With the threat of another war and a new romance quickly unfolding before them, five women bound by the tragedy must entrust their lives to one another in order to save themselves and humanity." (Well, damn – count us in on that action, tyvm.) Directed by Rudy Ramirez, starring Ellie McBride, Hayley Armstrong, Elizabeth Mason, Emily Rankin, and Taylor Flanagan. Note: Click here to view the original trailer for the show.
      Through April 30. $8.  
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      Visual Arts

      The Blanton Museum: Curated Conversations

      This series explores and connects with the Blanton staff, streaming live every Tuesday at 5pm. The first installment featured Ellsworth Kelly's Austin; another week had curators discussing artworks that reinterpret, interrogate, and expand the narrative of national flags. The Blanton's collections are vast, as is the knowledge of these professionals. Click on over, we suggest, to enjoy a bit of both.
      Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Free.  
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      Out of Town

      "Time No Longer" by Anri Sala

      The internationally renowned multimedia artist presents a new immersive sound and visual installation in the city’s former underground water reservoir.
      Fri., March 12-Sun., Dec. 12. $12/$8; free on Thursdays.  
      Buffalo Bayou Cistern, Houston
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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

      A Conversation on Prop B

      Texas Appleseed’s Chris Harris and former Dem congressional candidate Julie Oliver discuss the ballot measure that, if passed in the May 1 special election, would reinstate the local ban on public camping.
      Tue., April 13, 7-8pm  
      Online
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      A Neighbor in Need A/C Giveaway

      Do you know of a homeowner in your area whose heating and air system no longer works? Someone that needs a new system but can’t afford it? Tell Del's Heating & Air Conditioning their story, and Del’s will provide one winner with a new HVAC system.
      Through April 15; winner chosen April 30  
      www.delsacservice.com
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      Sports

      Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop

      It's never too late to learn ballet. This six-week course starts at the very beginning, and is geared toward adults but open to teens age 15 and up.
      Tuesdays at 2pm or Saturdays at noon, beginning April 13 & 17. $130.  
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      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.  
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      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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      Kids

      All-Ages Virtual Storytime

      Featuring stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other extension activities. Registration required.
      Tuesdays & Saturdays, 10:30am  
      Virtual
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      Community

      Ana Sisnett Week

      allgo, UT’s Queer and Trans People of Color Agency, and UT’s Gender and Sexuality Center celebrate the legacy of the GSC library's namesake, the late writer, artist, and community activist Ana Sisnett, with weeklong virtual programming. Check out here for complete schedule.
      Mon.-Fri., April 12-16. Free.  
      Online
    • Arts

      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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      Visual Arts

      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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      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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      Visual Arts

      Behind the Scenes: Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

      Visit mid-century Hollywood without leaving Austin through an up-close view of these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio assets. This first-ever public viewing of 12 historic Golden Age of Film backdrops provides a look into the nearly lost art of hand-painted Hollywood scenic art. Bonus: Re-creations of other backdrops in the collection, as painted by UT scenic art students training with Karen Maness. And, look: Robert Faires reports on the show right here.
      Extended through April 18. $5-12.
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      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: Pick 'Em Up Curbside!

      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. (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.
    • Music

      Brazilian Jazz Happy Hour w/ Paula Maya

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

      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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Charlatan (2020)

      The second drive-in screening of the Czech That Film Texas festival, this winner of multiple Czech Oscars was inspired by the true story of Jan Mikolasek, an herbalist who won fame and fortune by using nontraditional methods to cure illness.
      Tue., April 13, 7pm  
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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. Note: The exhibition will be online for a year.
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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
    • Community

      Kids

      Club Latinitas

      Enrollment is open and ongoing for this free bilingual afterschool club for all girls age 9-14, which includes fun, educational activities with technology and media.
      Through May 21, 4-6pm  
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      Events

      Coffee & Conversation

      Start the day with a lively drop-in virtual networking meeting with games and breakout sessions. Hosted by Central Texas Network in Action.
      Tuesdays, 8:30-9:15am. Free.  
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