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    The Weird Homes Tour Returns!

    The Weird Homes Tour founded by Chelle and David J. Neff, having successfully expanded to other cities in this great, weird country of ours – and having hooked up with those arcane magisters of Atlas Obscura – now returns to its Austin birthplace to offer a series of high-quality videos that you can watch whenever you want for a week (May 8-15). View one house a day, or, hell, binge all seven of the kooky, enchanting, funky, and one-of-a-kind homes at once. Then, on Sat., May 15, join in for a livestreamed panel with many of the homeowners, where you can ask all those questions that've been nagging at the sleeves of your skull. (Note: You think it's weird that a skull would have sleeves? Then you totally need to see these houses.) Bonus: 10% of ticket sales are donated to LifeWorks.
    May 8-15. $25-45.  
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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  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Nuevo Mundo

    Now here's a show that's well worth seeing: The new exhibition from Gladys Poorte, displaying paintings and drawings of a new world populated with unknown peoples, animals, and plants. A world rife with untold treasures and dangers. A place, as wrought so colorfully by Poorte, that it might've been the homeworld for that legendary Codex Seraphinianus.
    Through June 12
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    Theatre

    Heroic Dose

    Surely those Rude Mechs aren't planning on treating everyone to a hit of acid on Bicycle Day, right? Surely this latest multimedia, assorted-deliveries, unique community engagement project of theirs will only suggest or roughly replicate the effects of that psychedelic experience? Although who the fuck knows, these days? Especially since this is the award-winning, wholly entertaining, and paradigm-twisting Rudes we're talking about? Listen: "We will create an artistic circle of insight in which members will receive messages, signs, experiences, medicine, prayers, happenings and access to insights now and thru the near and far futures. These communications will begin but not be limited to the USPS, electronic mail, phone calls, gatherings, bonfires, scripture, visitations and visions. This ceremony does not promise us absolute truth. However, art can arise throughout our journeys and change can follow as that art is integrated into our daily lives in this urban jungle." Our professional recommendation: Get on it, voyager.
    It's already begun and it runs until, oh god, it could really be whatever. Pay what you can.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ICOSA's Window Dressing XI: Unruly Waters Insult the Shore

    This latest of ICOSA's everchanging front-window displays of creative expression is a tableau that "explores ideas of blurred boundaries and futility of containment by depicting the grotesque as the embodiment of conflict between art and nature." As rendered by Austin's own Big Chicken & Baby Bird, it's sure to be a vivid if fleeting addition to the many visuals at Canopy.
    May 10-17. Reception: Fri., May 14, 7-9pm
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    Events

    Lunch & Learn

    Multitask in a fun, enriching way by learning about nature, science, and natural history during your lunch break with the city of Austin's Nature & Science Center.
    Select Tuesdays through May 18, noon. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Kids

    Musical Storytelling

    Join the Austin Public Library and Austin Camerata for a virtual performance of stories read aloud accompanied by a live string quartet. Kids will meet the musicians, learn about the instruments, and enjoy two stories followed by a Q&A. Ages 5 and under, 10:30am; ages 5-9, 11am.
    Tue., May 11, 10:30am. Free, but RSVP.  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Recspec Gallery: Quarantine Drawings

    New drawings created during pandemic quarantine by that maestro of color and balance, Adrian Landon Brooks.
    Debuting on Instagram: Sat., May 8, noon  
  • Community

    Sports

    Round Rock Express

    Minor League Baseball is back, and they open the season playing against Oklahoma City Dodgers May 6-11, then the Sugar Land Skeeters May 13-18. Check the schedule for all the fun promo details including giveaway days, dog-friendly games, kids' day, and more, and enjoy postgame fireworks on opening day and Fridays.
    Thu.-Sat. & Mon., 7:05; Sun., 1:05, Tue., 6:05  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Street Corner Arts: The Spin

    The Street Corner production of Spenser Davis' new modern drama, performed live for several shows night after night, is now available in recorded form online.
    Through May 15. $3.  
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    Classical Music

    TEMP: Tales from the Decameron

    For its final video concert of the season, the Texas Early Music Project presents stories from an extremely timely source: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, a book of tales told by a group of young adults escaping the Black Death during the 1348 epidemic by sheltering in a villa just outside Florence. KMFA’s Sara Schneider provides a bit of historical background to The Decameron and the music of the period, then the action begins and we catch up with the intrepid group of plague-fleeing characters, accompanied with music composed by Gherardello da Firenze, Lorenzo da Firenze, Francesco Landini, and more.Still not convinced that this is a sonic wonderment perfectly suited to herald our exit from history's latest pandemic? Still thinking that this concert is something other than early-music glory so divinely embodied that it'll thrill anything you have that even resembles a soul? Doubt no more.Point one: The librettist is Wellesley College's Dr. Larry Rosenwald. Point two: These tales are narrated by Austin's own Marc Pouhé. Final point to, as they say, seal the deal: This preview trailer.Conclusion: Danny Johnson, you're a mensch.
    May 8-13. $5-50.  
  • Arts

    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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    Events

    Virtual Kitten Shower

    It's kitten season! Austin Humane Society's annual event is fur-tual this year, featuring adorable kittens and cats available for adoption, virtual activities, a kitten supply drive, and paw-some happy hours. Donate online and check out one of the events::
    • Kitten Trivia: Thu., May 6, 6pm:
    • Kitten Yoga: Sat., May 8, 10am; Tue., May 11, 5:30pm:
    • Kitten Bingo: Sat., May 8, 11am:
    • Whiskey & Whiskers: Thu., May 13, 8pm
    May 6-13  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Spring and All

    "Patrick Puckett's paintings are known for their bold colors and strong leisurely figures, executed with confident interaction between paint application, shape, color and texture." Like, the feeling you get when you've had your second vaccine, and you've suffered through that One Day of Bleh, and now, even though there's still a pandemic going on, you feel so much safer and ready to take on the world again, just as things are starting to reopen and spring is launching into its brightest phase of green beauty before summer comes a-blazing down our paths again? That feeling? This show – Puckett's work in general – captures that feeling. Welcome yourself back to Austin, we suggest, at the Workman Gallery sometime this month.
    Through May 29
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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
  • 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."
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase

    During Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join Austin Asian American Film Festival for a showcase that aims to highlight artists of different communities and neighborhoods in the United States, Canada, and Oceania.
    May 1-31  
    Online: www.aaafilmfest.org
  • Arts

    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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    Special Screenings

    Austin Black Freedom Communities

    Artist Funmi Ogunro is raising funds for her documentary film about Austin's Black freedom communities. Get details about the project and donate online.
    May 4-12  
    Online: www.gf.me/u/yfpi4b
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    Civic Events

    Austin Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Lottery Registration

    Applicants can register for a random lottery drawing for limited in-person camps. In-person camp costs $120 per week with $20 due upon acceptance of lottery spot.
    April 19-May 16  
    Online
  • Community

    Sports

    Axe-Throwing League Open House

    Urban Axes welcomes potential league participants for a free open house prior to league play starting May 23.
    Tue., May 11, 7-9pm; Sun. & Tue., May 16 & 18, noon-2pm. Free, but RSVP.  
  • Arts

    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.  
  • 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.  
  • Arts

    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  
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  • 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

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