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    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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      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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      The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody

      Wait, live theatre? And it's outside? And it's a murder mystery? And it's based in the, uh, let's call it the Dunder-Mifflinverse? Yes! The Paramount presents Bob and Tobly McSmith's immersive theatrical diversion in which characters from "The Office" will journey with you along five walkable locations Downtown as they "use their keen detective skills to find clues, catch red herrings, plant evidence, and lock up the Scranton Strangler."
      Through April 25. Wed.-Sun., multiple times daily. $39.50.  
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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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      ¡VAMONOS! A Caminos Talk Show

      Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's Caminos program has created ¡VAMONOS!, an arts and variety show by teens for teens. Tune in via Facebook Live or Instagram TV.
      Every other Friday, 6pm  
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: Preludes/Beginnings

      Filmed at the historic Scottish Rite Theater and set to Frédéric Chopin’s 24 Preludes for solo piano, Stephen Mills' fantastic new dancework centers around the tradition of a "ghost light" left on stage at night to keep the ghosts from haunting, the filmed performance imagining ghosts coming out to dance through the night, returning to the rafters before dawn.
      Available for viewing through April 25. Free.  
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      Free Document Shredding

      Got a stack of sensitive documents to purge, but want it done securely? Frost Bank invites residents to drive through to have documents shredded, with service provided by Shred-It. They'll also have treats!
      Thu., May 6, 11am-2pm  
      North Austin Financial Center, 111 E. Anderson
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      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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      Natatorium

      How far would you go for The Good Life? Listen: 20-something couple Jules and Ash and their gamer neighbors Devon and Chris are trapped in an unending cycle of late rent, mounting debt, and day-old pizza. Across from their shitty apartment complex is Natatorium, a premier gated community full of gleaming mansions, sparkling pools, and possibilities ripe for the taking. You will help decide the fate of these would-be thieves as they reach for a shinier life – even if that means taking down a mega-rich corporate asshole or two along the way.: Intrigued? This new show is from improvised-music conductor Kenzie Slottow and director Kaci Beeler in collaboration with Density512 and American Berserk Theatre. So, OK, now we know the premise, and we can trust it'll be done well. Also, "Natatorium pushes the limits of virtual performance technology to combine a chamber ensemble of six musicians with a 10-person cast of improvising actors." And the cast and crew will perform live from Austin and six other U.S. cities, with each night a unique, unrepeatable experience. So this, we reckon, will be one of those online livestream things that are totally worth seeing, not just a theatrical stopgap but another of those odd good things to come out of the pandemic, tempting us to say "Hey – thanks, 'ronas!" even as we continue to kick the virus's ass. Note: This show features adult language and themes of violence.
      Fri., April 16, 8pm; Sun., April 18, 2pm. $10.  
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      Pleasure Healing

      allgo invites QTBIPOC communities to connect about tapping into pleasure to heal. Fat Bottom Cabaret’s Nikki DaVaughn, racial justice and mental health practitioner Jesús Ortega, and drag star Foxxy Blue Snacks explore ways of finding, creating, and longing for pleasure, followed by a virtual dance party with DJ Chorizo Funk.
      Fri., April 16, 6:30-8:30pm. Free (donations welcome).  
      Online
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      The Spin

      Street Corner Arts presents a livestreamed production of this new dark comedy produced specifically for the virtual medium. Listen: "When the Public Works Director of a major city confesses to a horrible crime, a team of spin doctors are brought in at the last possible second to pull off a tough assignment: prepare the Mayor’s top aide for a crucial news interview mid-pandemic, distance City Hall from the controversy, and point the public’s attention elsewhere. And do it entirely over video-conferencing." Spenser Davis wrote and directs this modern thriller that's expertly embodied by Zac Carr, Michael Galvan, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, Natalie Garcia, Jason Graf, Kelsey Mazak, Mike Ooi, Shariba Rivers, and Andrea Skola Summers – with realtime screen management by Morgan Brochu. And, look: Here's a trailer for the show!
      Through April 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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