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  • Laundry & Bourbon with Lonestar

    Laundry and Bourbon with Lonestar, two companion one act plays set in backyards of a small Texas town. Three ladies come together to talk about their life's ups and downs. Lonestar follows the life of three small town boys and the events that have shaped them. Both shows give us highs & lows with humor spread around, for good measure.
    Apr. 19-May 5  
    Navasota Theatre Alliance
  • Affordable Art Fair Austin

    Affordable Art Fair Austin will launch in May 2024, showcasing original contemporary artworks ranging between $100 to $10,000. Welcoming a whole host of local, national and international exhibitors, their spectacular first edition is set to be unmissable!
    May 16-19  
    Palmer Events Center
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    Theatre

    48-Hour Improv Marathon

    Yes, The Hideout Theatre's 48-Hour Improv Marathon is back after a four-year hiatus – and, as part of the Hideout's commitment to increasing diversity in improv, this year the core eight improvisers are all members of the BIPOC improv community. Those eight? Adrian Prado, Cass Gutierrez, J.R. Zambrano, Jess von Schramm, Lahari Dunn, Steph Vasquez Fonseca, Tyler Groce, and Stephanie Rae. They'll improvise nonstop for 48 hours, with a new format with fresh performers joining them (almost) every hour. Note: Each hour to attend – to watch these champions soar and then, as time takes its relentless toll, to witness them struggle valiantly against the need for sleep – will set you back $5. Or, highly recommended, you could buy an all-marathon pass for just $48 and catch their action whenever you choose.
    Straight through from Fri., May 19, 5pm, until Sun., May 21, 5pm. $5 per show ($48, full-fest pass).  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Laguna Gloria: Manta de Cielo

    The artist Celeste's new sculpture incorporates the area where it is installed, filtering natural light through dyed fabric and into the space, turning the interior a bright shade of pink.
    Artist's reception: Thu., May 18, 6pm
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    Classical Music

    Wildflowers: A Celebration of Women Composers

    The Soco Women's Chorus presents their spring concert.
    May 20-21. Sat., 6pm; Sun., 3pm. $25 ($15, students/seniors).
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    All Together Here: Monument Dedication & Memorial Events

    The city hosts a three-day event to dedicate a monument to honor the 36 men, women, and children reinterred at Oakwood Cemetery from the Historic Colored Grounds, whose remains were discovered by archaeologists in 2016 during cemetery chapel construction.
    May 19-21. Fri., 4-8pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., noon-4pm. Free.  
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    Classical Music

    ASO: Scheherazade

    The Austin Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Peter Bay, presents an enchanting performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Chen Gang and He Zhanhao's The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, featuring the mesmerizing sounds of the Chinese erhu, performed by Jiebing Chen.
    Fri.-Sat., May 19-20, 8pm. $19 and up.  
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    Sports

    Austin FC

    Our Major League Soccer team is always one to watch, but this match vs. Toronto FC was indicated as one of five can't-miss games for the season when the schedule was released.
    Sat., May 20, 7:30pm  
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    Austin Outlaws Football

    Austin's full-contact women's football team continues its 22nd season with an action-packed game against Arlington Impact.
    Sat., May 20, 7pm
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    Classical Music

    Austin Wind Ensemble: Lenny

    The Austin Civic Wind Ensemble presents a concert featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein.
    Sat., May 20, 5pm. Free.
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    Bat Day: Appreciating Our Nocturnal Friends

    Learn all about the buddies that gave Austin the name Bat City with stories, activities and crafts for younger children in the morning and bat presentations and activities for tweens, teens, and adults in the afternoon. The Austin Bat Refuge and Bat Conservation International will be there to share their expertise and love for bats.
    Sat., May 20, 10am-4pm. Free.  
  • Music

    Caelin (EP release) [inside]

    “Something that I really want people to know is that it’s ok to feel,” writes Austin-based singer-songwriter Caelin on her Bandcamp bio. Belting through heartbreak, the Bay Area native walks the talk in power ballad “look me in the eye,” the latest of three tracks previewing her debut EP save me from me. Though Saturday night christens the tender compilation of heart-on-sleeve confessionals, its pre-release singles already flex her vocal range, including a spotlight on her spellbinding falsetto, which floats gently above light strums in “nobody’s home.” An unannounced lineup of guest artists joins to celebrate the occasion.
    Sat., May 20, 10:30pm  
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    Theatre

    Mayday Benefit for ScriptWorks

    Friends of ScriptWorks and the newly-formed Latin@xé Artists ATX invite you to join them for a benefit reading of Esperanza, the new play by Rupert Reyes. There will be a raffle, a silent auction, and delicious food.
    Sat., May 20, 7pm. $15.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Nitrate Kisses (1992)

    Queer Cinema: Lost & Found: Experimental doc explores the erasure of queerness from the historical record. Screens with the short film "Superdyke Meets Madame X." Queer Cinema: Lost & Found programmer Elizabeth Purchell will lead a discussion on Saturday's screening.
    Sat., May 20, 7pm  
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    Theatre

    Sanctuary City

    Ground Floor Theatre presents Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok's powerful story of two young DREAMers who fight to stay in America, the only country they know as home. Directed by Andrea Nuñez, with performances by Arielle Levin, Michael Galvan, and Kristian Bexar.
    Through June 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25-45.  
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    Short Shakespeare in Zilker Park

    Austin Shakespeare brings Short Shakespeare to the Zilker Hillside Theater, featuring four plays (20-minute versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet) with five actors and two musicians, directed by Gwendolyn Kelso.
    Thu.-Sun., May 18-21, 8pm
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    Comedy

    Steve Martin & Martin Short

    Steve Martin and Martin Short’s show redefines comedy in unexpected and profound ways, as performed by two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century. Their humor is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two comedy masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience.
    Fri.-Sat., May 19-20, 8pm. $89.50 and up.  
  • Music

    Sue Foley (live recording)

    When Sue Foley moved back to Austin in 2018, she helped reignite the local blues scene behind her fiery LP The Ice Queen. Since then, she’s captured two Blues Music Awards (including this year’s Traditional Blues Female Artist) and, on the heels of last year’s blistering, low-down Pinky’s Blues, a double shot of Austin Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues. Foley’s next album will capture the Telecaster master as she’s best experienced: with two sets recorded live at the Continental Club.
    Sat., May 20, 10pm. $15.
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    VIVID Arts & Culture Exhibit

    This mixed-media art and music exhibition will showcase rising BIPOC and underrepresented creatives from Austin and surrounding areas, with a goal of elevating voices from marginalized communities.
    Sat., May 20, 11am-4pm. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Window Dressing XXVII: Sunlight and Bone

    Damian Noll uses a magnifying lens to draw with sunlight, solar-tattooing his designs onto bones acquired from local hunters, butchers, or road kills. For a limited time, you can see these beauties on display, 24/7, in ICOSA's front window at Canopy – but don't miss the artist reception!
    Through May 22. Artist reception: Fri., May 19, 7-9pm
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