The Vortex

2307 Manor Rd., Austin, 78722, 512/478-5282
This 75-seat Eastside theatre may have been built out of a dilapidated metal barn, but for over 20 years it’s been home to some of the city’s most cutting-edge and risk-taking theatre – often bending both mind and gender. Nude dinner with Salvador Dalí? Check. Aerialist space operas? Check. Musicals based on goddesses and elements of nature? Check. Check it out? Check. For all its envelope-pushing, the Vortex is as welcoming a theatre as you’ll find in town. Come for the show, stay for cocktails at the Butterfly Bar and sumptuous Italian dishes at the Patrizi’s food truck outside.
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The Afterparty

This world premiere of a new Reina Hardy drama, in which "a poet haunted by the death of her childhood crush, reveals the secrets of the universe using a bicycle light and puppets," is directed by Liz Fisher for Shrewd Productions. Through June 30. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.

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Midsummer Faerie Carnival

The witches' market will be transformed into a faerie festival with a children's parade, costume contest, interpretive dance performance, and a ritual with Hearthstone Grove. Bring an offering for the altar if you wish: Faeries like honey, flowers, apples, mirrors, and coins. Sun., June 24, 5-10pm. Free.

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