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for Fri., May 31
  • TriviATX Pub Quiz with Danny Mac

    Austin's best homegrown trivia night at Austin's best brewery's taproom in Sunset Valley. Full bar, local tunes, great trivia. Free to play, prizes for the top 2 teams.
    Tuesdays @ 7pm  
    Nomadic Outpost
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    Jon Muq (performance & record signing)

    With South by Southwest in the rearview and Austin City Limits on the horizon, 2024’s been a landmark year for Jon Muq. This weekend, in between festival appearances, the Ugandan singer-songwriter – whose impossibly serendipitous origin story includes landing in Austin by mistake on the way to Houston, catching the attention of Dan Auerbach, and signing a record deal with the Black Keys singer’s Easy Eye Sound – premieres debut LP Flying Away with a Waterloo in-store signing. Infusing poppy R&B with Afrobeat influences, the album coasts on the cheeriness of the artist’s rocketing career with playful piano, animated acoustic strums, and Muq’s honeyed vocals. – Carys Anderson
    Fri., May 31, 5pm
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      Offscreen

      ATX TV Festival

      Everybody’s grateful to be on the other side of the WGA and SAG strikes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot still to chew over – summed up perfectly in the title of one upcoming ATX TV Festival panel, “How the Strikes Affected … Everything.” At this long-running homegrown fest, TV fans and industry folk alike will find plenty of illuminating conversations about the state of television today, plus starry retrospectives (Suits, Halt & Catch Fire), new and returning show spotlights (Interview With the Vampire, The Big Cigar, Orphan Black: Echoes), and a special tribute to the late, great Norman Lear featuring script readings from Maude and Good Times. – Kimberley Jones
      Thursdays-Sundays. Through June 2
      Multiple Downtown locations
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      Theatre

      Chronicles of a Black Deaf Blind Girl

      Hot on the heels of a production I called “rare and wonderful,” the all-ASL Deaf Austin Theatre stomps through stereotypes with their newest production. Playwright and star Ashlea Brittney Hayes pens the story of Ghari, a mid-30s deaf, blind, Black woman. She’s facing an utterly new world in the wake of a move, a new job, and a breakup. Join Ghari as she adjusts to massive changes and traverses the most dangerous scene of all – dating. If you can’t catch it live, snap up a ticket for the streaming broadcast June 1. – Cat McCarrey
      May 30-June 2  
      Sterling Stage, 6134 E. Hwy. 290
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      Curtis McMurtry (album release), Zack Wiggs, Sydney Wright

      Few songwriters in Austin prove as consistently provocative as Curtis McMurtry. Restless in style and adventurous in narrative, McMurtry’s work swivels through intricately composed Americana-pop, with jazz and classical flavors in exploration of complex characters wrapped in hedonism and redemption. Fourth LP The Pollen & the Rot delivers the first of a planned four-album cycle anchored in the seasons and aptly swirls a spring awakening of lust and yearning. Behind Diana Burgess’ cello and Paul Pinon’s percussion, McMurtry’s social critiques crackle with a lascivious and lurking electricity. Zack Wiggs and Sydney Wright provide bookending support for the release show. – Doug Freeman
      Fri., May 31, 8pm  
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      Exploded Drawing

      Austin’s preeminent experimental electronic gathering — always $5, all-ages, and presented in a warehouse-style atmosphere with visual projections — debuts in a new locale, the Cloud Tree Studios (3411 E. Fifth). Scene presenters Soundfounder and Butcher Bear fly in Nigeria-born, L.A.-based patch-cable purist Colloboh for his first Texas performance. His 2023 Leaving Records offering, Saana Sahel, mixes heady beat jazz and airy modular compositions that hold together and fall apart in ways that feel implicitly human. Texas talent hits with Flobama, Bird Peterson, Funkrula!, Collin Swayze, and Healing Systems. — Kevin Curtin
      Fri., May 31
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      Goatwhore, Ungrieved, Parasiticide

      Better get Ben Falgoust a helmet – or perhaps a pair of horns. Goatwhore’s rangy and ever-raging 6-foot-2 frontman meets low-ceiling biker bar the Lost Well (maybe literally). New Orleans-blackened death/thrash dealers gallop into a favorite den of wolves – Austin – still bearing the aggravated assault of their eighth album since 1997, pandemic homicide Angels Hung From the Arches of Heaven. Secret weapon Sammy Duet, band-founding guitarist, also counts Crescent City metal legacies Acid Bath and Crowbar amongst his metallic blasphemy. At Maryland Deathfest last week, more than one hesher bore a band tee proclaiming Satanic trysts. Horns up! – Raoul Hernandez
      Fri., May 31, 8pm. $17 advance, $20 door (21+).  
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      Visual Arts

      Just Add Water

      The instant noodle was, according to the Cup Noodles Museum, created in 1958 by Momofuku Ando. What started as “Chicken Ramen” has expanded into an entire industry of easy-to-make, easy-to-accessorize comfort food that gets its due at this art show dedicated to the noodle. Local Asian artists like jewelry designer Year 901, ceramicist Jesse Le, multimedia artist Lian Soy, and photographer/digital artist Casey Tang will not only present artwork inspired by instant noodles but will also release limited-edition noodle-inspired products for purchase. Attend early and you may nab a free goodie bag featuring treats from the night’s sponsors: Omsom, Immi Ramen, and Sun Noodles. – James Scott
      Fri., May 31, 7-10pm  
      9909 FM 969
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Queer Show

      Featuring all queer music from Natalie & Jeannie Project, Exploding Violets, BOO85, Temptrix, Jotomagico, Prom Threat, and the Side Saddles – all for the low price of a $10 suggested donation.
      Fri., May 31
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Shea Butter Babies Presents: Black Is Bold

      From the minds of Shea Butter Babies Productions comes a burlesque and variety show featuring all Black performers. More than an event, they say, this is "a collaborative movement rooted in the ethos of FUBU - For Us, By Us." Gothess Jasmine hosts.
      Fri., May 31  
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      Theatre

      Texas Burlesque Festival

      The annual celebration of the art of the ecdysiast – that’s stripping to you and me – gets the crowd warmed up with an opening show at Kick Butt Coffee before two nights of dropped, tossed, and discarded apparel at the Long Center. Proving its commitment to the history of the hurly-burly, the festival spotlights two true legends of the art of the tease: the Godfather of Neo-Boylesque, TIGGER!, and the inimitable Lovey Goldmine, an icon who worked with Scatman Crothers and Merv Griffin, on stages from Paris’ Crazy Horse Saloon to Las Vegas’ Cabaret Burlesque Palace. – Richard Whittaker
      May 30-June 2
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      The Queers, Noogy, Josh Langford, The Butts, Dropped Out

      Kick Butt Coffee, local martial arts master Thomas Gohring’s 21st-century house of hypercaffeinated underground rock & roll, plays host this weekend to a supreme pop-punk bill. Joe King, aka Joe Queer, has led umpty-ump lineups of the Queers since forming in his native Portsmouth, N.H., in 1981. Every branch on their family tree consistently delivers gems of raw-guitared melodic wonder existing in an alternate universe where the only bands that matter are the Beach Boys and Ramones. Kick Butt rounds out the festivities with four of Austin’s finest pop-punkers: Noogy, Josh Langford Music, the Butts, and Dropped Out. – Tim Stegall
      Fri., May 31, 8pm  
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      Yellow Bike Project 27th anniversary benefit w/ Magnifico, Buttercup, Croy & the Boys

      Nonprofit two-wheeled advocacy org Yellow Bike Project closes Bike Month with a fundraiser and celebration commemorating 27 years of its mission to share the joy and benefits of cycling with everyone. They’ve got a solid lineup of music from stellar Queen tribute Magnifico, plus Buttercup, known as “San Antonio’s premier life-affirming art rock band,” and local country legends Croy & the Boys. Proceeds will help the org fund its giveaway program, which last year distributed almost 1,200 bikes. First 50 early birds get a free day pass to Crux Climbing Gym. – Kat McNevins
      Fri., May 31, 9pm  
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      Above the Law

      Fri., May 31, 8pm
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      Alex Coke

      Fri., May 31, 5:30pm
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      Events

      Austin International Folk Dancers

      Join AIFD for an evening of dances from around the world with no experience or partner required.
      Fridays, 7-9:45pm. $5 (under 18, free).
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      Austin Meade

      Fri., May 31, 9pm  
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      Theatre

      Austin Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

      Theatre by any other name would be as sweet, but … there’s just something about the name “Shakespeare” that screams all the world’s a stage and we’re just living in it. And nothing screams Shakespeare more than Romeo and Juliet. Submerge yourself in a true Shakespearean experience with his famous star-crossed lovers. Tickets are free, but make sure to snap up a reservation before you head out. Feel the romance, the tension, the sorrow, in person. Besides, the Curtain Theatre’s outdoor setting is the perfect place to bask in the bard. Shakespeare and starlight?: A winning combo. – Cat McCarrey
      Thursdays-Sundays. Through June 9
      Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr.
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      Azizi Gibson

      Fri., May 31, 8pm  
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      Visual Arts

      “Carros y Cultura: Lowriding Legacies in Texas”

      Thanks to Seventies funk band War, the word “lowrider” often calls to mind the unforgettable sax riff of the band’s 1975 No. 1 single. But lowrider can mean a snazzy customized car with hydraulics or a person who works on such a vehicle, and the culture around these cars has strengthened Mexican American communities in the Southwest since the Forties. Learn more about them at this exhibit featuring an interactive touchscreen mural, cars and bikes on display, and stories about the people who make lowriding a community. A member reception takes place May 18. – Kat McNevins
      Through Sept. 2
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      Visual Arts

      “Luster Woo” by MuthaGoose

      The impeccably named MuthaGoose is the collective brainchild of artists Jill Garcia and Kim Phu. They are two of the baddest muthas around, debuting their collaborative creativity with the sly, wry, “Luster Woo” exhibit at the Butridge Gallery in the Dougherty Arts Center. Both are well-versed in playing around with mediums, crafting sculptures and paintings created from all manner of found or upcycled items. For “Luster Woo,” MuthaGoose present their nostalgic-but-modern takes on women’s issues. On Wednesday, Jill Garcia will be present for the artist reception, answering questions about the duo’s process. Check out these indelible visuals highlighting how the more things change, the more things stay the same. – Cat McCarrey
      Opening reception: May 29; through June 22
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      Visual Arts

      “Vessels – Handle With Care” by Diane Chiyon Hong

      Vessel: a container that holds things. Vessel: a person infused with a quality. What quality? Any. Feel free to interpret it yourself when basking in Diane Chiyon Hong’s exhibit “Vessels – Handle with Care.” Her architectural sketches, part function, part form, part object, part person, part humor but all thought-provoking, currently grace the halls of the Asian American Resource Center. It’s Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Month, so why not pay the AARC a visit. I mean, if not now, when? – Cat McCarrey
      Through July 5
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      Visual Arts

      “Wild and Precious” by Amanda McInerney & Lana Waldrep Appl

      “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver. So do the artists Amanda McInerney and Lana Waldrep Appl, taking inspiration from Oliver’s question to create works highlighting the small but important beauties in our lives. McInerney’s work presents bold, botanical elements through mediums from print to stitched mixed-media art, confident graphics speaking against the unknowns in the world. Appl is a perfect highlight with that, her object-based work (showing plants, toys, ceramics) begging us to consider what is useful and actually important in the small moments. – Cat McCarrey
      Opening reception: Fri., May 24; on view Fri. & Sat. through June 22
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      ÖOF TATATÁ

      Fri., May 31, 8pm  
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      Barfield the Tyrant

      Fri., May 31, 10pm. $12 cover (21+).
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      Events

      Bike Month

      I’ll admit it: I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein, or Superman. All I wanna do is bicycle! Bike Month ATX promises two-wheeler fun for the whole month of May. Break out the 10-speed, the recumbent, the cruiser, and join your fellow cyclists in the last nice weather days in Austin. There’s bike polo on May 5, or an all-level ride around Walnut Creek on the 19th. Help with meal delivery on the 22nd or pedal under a full moon on the 24th. Find pretty much every kind of bike fun under the sun (and moon!) at bikemonthatx.com, because those bicycle races? They’re coming your way. – James Scott
      Mondays-Sundays. Through May 31
      Multiple locations
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      Billy Glitter, The Macks, Juniper Berries

      Fri., May 31, 6pm. $10 cover (21+).
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