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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar: New May Market

    The creators of the Blue Genie Art Bazaar present a new spring arts event called May Market, a free, family-friendly experience showcasing the work of regional artisans and craftspeople under one roof with centralized checkout. "This is the ideal place to shop for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and more." That's what the press release says, anyway, trying to entice us in; thing is, that's even a bit too humble: We know what sort of market the Blue Genie gathers, and it's sure to be a lively splendorama of well-made goods coveted by anyone with a taste for the original, off-beat, and brilliantly homegrown.
    Through May 30. Fri.-Sun., 10am-8pm
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    Visual Arts

    Cloud Tree Studios: Connection – Series I

    Okay, you want a deeply wonderful, life-enriching experience in this town right now? Go here. See this show. See this exhibition of Prentiss Douthit's oil-on-linen portraits of random strangers, portraits that are paired with the pictured ones' answers to questions posed by the artist. Note: Bring your earbuds, so you can hear the recordings of those questions and answers while you drink in the well-rendered draughts of humanity Douthit has so carefully provided.
    Reception: Sat., May 15, 4-10pm
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    Arts & Culture

    Drawing a Blank Brunch

    Prove your artistic skills (or lack thereof) as Chique and Louisianna challenge teams to draw what they're calling "interesting" things for points and prizes. Plus, drag performances sprinkled throughout!
    Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm. No cover.  
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    Events

    Eastside Pop Up Handcrafted & Vintage Market

    Meet at the birdcage for an afternoon of shopping, socializing, and brunching, with lovely libations by the Grackle and tasty bites by Lick It Up Austin.
    Sun., May 23, noon-5pm. Free; all-ages.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Hopdoddy x Chi'Lantro = Kimchi Burger

    "With admiration for each other’s culinary craft, Hopdoddy’s head chef Matt Schweitzer and Chi’Lantro founder Jae Kim have joined forces to deliver the familiar in an unfamiliar way: a Korean barbecue-inspired burger bursting with flavor and thoughtful ingenuity." Right, so that'll be the 'Doddy's signature Piedmontese beef patty topped with Chi’Lantro’s Korean barbecue-marinated Angus beef and caramelized kimchi, atop a layer of saucy slaw on those fresh-baked burger buns. (Note: Yes, citizen, we're already drooling, too.) And these meaty wonderments will be available at all Hopdoddy locations, starting on May 19. And know that the popular burger chain's got more collabs coming up, so prepare yourself for a tastier 2021 and we'll let you know what's up next ASAP.
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    Sports

    NASCAR at COTA

    Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the inaugural NASCAR weekend at Circuit of the Americas, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series, plus the IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series. Camping available.
    Fri.-Sun., May 21-23  
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    Visual Arts

    Prizer Arts & Letters: A Cartography of Solitude

    Stephen Pruitt, a mensch in so many creative industries – whether behind the scenes, designing the lights and sets of the better theatrical experiences in this town, or on the stage itself, performing explications of science as if he were some fearless combo of Laurie Anderson and Andy Kaufman – this Pruitt's revealing a show of stark and atmospheric photography at the Prizer gallery on East Cesar Chavez. Listen: "For years, I’ve taken long adventures with just my camera and journal for company, and in those travels, I’ve experienced some stunning places that seem to revel in their remoteness, in their quiet, in their inhospitality, unless you’re willing to accept their terms – no easy meals, no water, no roads – and stay only as long as you can be self-sufficient. This installation is both an exploration of those places – places that emphasize how small and ephemeral we are, how big the world is – and the many different ways that we experience solitude internally.” Suggestion: Avail yourself of this opportunity, citizen. Bonus: The photographs will be illuminated every night (8-11pm) and can be seen from viewing platforms outside the gallery.
    May 14-June 12
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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.
    Through May 31  
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    Theatre

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    Austin Playhouse's own Lara Toner Haddock has gone and adapted Agatha Christie's first published novel? Yes – and this debut opus features none other than the sharply mustachio'd Hercule Poirot. Featuring a sockdolager cast – Ben Wolfe (as Poirot himself), Scott Shipman, Toby Minor, Lara Toner, Sarah Chong Harmer, Sarah Fleming Walker, Ben Bazaěn, Robert Deike, Joseph Garlock, Babs George, Claire Grasso, Huck Huckaby, Marc Pouhé, Ken Webster, and Cyndi Williams – directed by that same Haddock, this murder mystery may be just what you need to transition out of the pandemic and into a semblance of former normalcy. Note: "Employing a hybrid method of theatrical filming, actors will be captured using both cinematic and traditional live performance approaches. To enhance the experience, early purchasers will electronically receive exclusive clues designed for the virtual whodunnit." Available for online viewing with live Q&As after each performance, and – regardez-vous! – here's a video trailer for the show.
    May 21-June 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. $15-18.  
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    Visual Arts

    West Chelsea Contemporary: Icons & Vandals

    It's the swanky venue's "most monumental" show yet, featuring works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ai WeiWei, Roy Lichtenstein, and a slew of other creative provocateurs who have subverted the contemporary art world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Note: Beginning May 28, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness will add a curation of emerging artists to be featured alongside the current exhibition. Bonus: On Juneteenth, there'll be a limited run of new works by Def Jam Records' own Cey Adams.
    May 15-July 11
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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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    AFS Cinema Seeks Donations

    The AFS Cinema is preparing to reopen this summer, and they're asking for the community’s support to open their doors again. Donate today to help light up their two big screens with the classic, independent, and global films that bring the world of cinema to Austin.
    Ongoing  
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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.
  • Music

    Anna Larson Band

    Sun., May 23, 4pm
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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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    Visual Arts

    Art for the People Gallery: Such Miracles Among Us

    Kate Fitzpatrick's work enlivens this gallery's first solo show of 2021, the artist's painted depictions of wildlife a colorful delight for the eyes.
    Through June 6  
  • 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
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    Úlla

    Venmo: @ullamusic, PayPal.me/rlbrotherton
    Sundays, 5:30pm  
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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.  
  • Community

    Events

    Barton Creek Farmers Market

    A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
    Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
    4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Bear Beer Bust

    Iron Bear's beer bust brings all the boys to the bar. Specials on select pints and pitchers.
    Sundays, noon-9pm  
  • 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

  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Boy Meets Boy (2021)

    Queer Spectrum Series: A screening and filmmaker Q&A presented by aGLIFF. The film follows Harry and Johannes, who meet on the dance floor at a Berlin club and end up spending the day together wandering the city just hours before Harry is scheduled to fly back to London.
    May 20-26  
    Online: bit.ly/agliff-bmb21-fbe
  • Community

    Events

    Buda in Bloom

    Celebrate spring with plant vendors, a live DJ, tea tastings, and more.
    Sun., May 23, noon-4pm. Free.  
    Main & Ash streets, Buda
  • 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
  • Arts

    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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