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for Sun., Sept. 19
  • "Kimmy"

    Presented as an interactive radio play. "Kimmy" sees Kemi, a 12-year-old first-generation Nigerian girl, move from Washington, D.C. to Montgomery County, Maryland. Unfortunately, her efforts to fit in at her new school are halted by her father's taxicab and the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Dec. 3-4  
    Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
  • kin • song: ode to disability ancestors

    kin • song: ode to disability ancestors is a digital performance ritual, a cybernetic seance. Through monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song and dance, we will join creative forces to call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration and care.
    Dec. 2-4  
    Virtual Event
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    Austin Museum Day

    The 24th annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science – with a day's worth of special programming, including guided and self-guided exhibition tours, creative activities, and more, for visitors of all ages. There are more than 20 repositories of human achievement participating this year: The Austin Nature & Science Center, the Asian American Resource Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Brush Square museums, the Contemporary Austin, the Elisabet Ney Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum, Women & Their Work, and – oh! There are so many opportunities for cultural entertainment and edification around Austin this day! And, again, it's all free to attend. You live in this city, right? Here's a chance to get to know some of the truest treasures it holds. See website for details.
    Sun., Sept. 19. Free, free, free.  
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      Andrew Schulz

      We already used the Silver Surfer bit for Todd Barry's Friday show, didn't we? OK, but now here's Andrew Schulz, the native New Yorker who's known for his unapologetic takes and wild off-the-cuff interactions with the crowd, also in advance of Moontower. Yeah, and his stand-up clips on YouTube have amassed over 252 million views. That's right: amassed. Good thing there's four chances to see him here this weekend, hey?
      Sun.-Mon., Sept. 19-20, 7 & 9:30pm. $50-55.  
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      Corps Multiple: Seule(s) en Scène

      Three women, but not together. Three women in isolation, witnessed by you, here, as they perform live. This is the new production of multidisciplinary company Corps Multiple, directed by Austin-based French choreographer Sandie Donzica. This original work explores the theme of isolation of the body – the female body – and how isolation is perceived and how it differs from body to body, country to country, culture to culture.
      Sept. 16-19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $20.  
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      Rojo Perez

      Originally from Puerto Rico, Rojo Perez is a New York-based comedian who has been, among other things, a part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, SXSW, New York Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival, and Mexico's Akumal Comedy Festival.
      Sept. 18-19. Sat., 7 & 9pm; Sun., 8 & 10pm. $20.  
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      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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      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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      Art for the People Gallery: Thrive!

      Here's a showcase of work by more than 40 Austinites who’ve created art with an exuberance of color and energy over the past 15 pandemic months.
      Through Sept. 30
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      Artworks Gallery: Touch the Seen

      Provocative, monumental figurative paintings by Les Satinover, depicting the human form (mainly male figures) in vast, detailed landscapes that celebrate natural beauty.
      Through Sept. 25
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      Austin Bouldering Project: Nicholas Wheat

      "As a member of local climbing crew Team Arete, Wheat refuses to hang his art on any walls he hasn't climbed." Well, he's climbed these ABP walls, and now you can see what his photography looks like when displayed on 'em.
      Through Sept. 28
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      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.  
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      Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

      In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used photography to popularize the political slogan "Black Is Beautiful." This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career, reveals the story of this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance – and the Chronicle's Robert Faires has a review of the show right here.
      Through Sept. 19
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      Books, Books, Books in the ATX

      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 – in-person or online. (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.
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      Cloud Tree: Of the Land

      This exhibition explores clay in its varied states, from mud, to raw, to the fired state that turns clay into ceramics. This exhibition features work by Alejandra Almuelle, in which the acclaimed sculptor uses fresh clay to create an installation formed by hand – to contrast with a wall piece consisting of a series of discs harvested unaltered from local clay sediment. "These two installations with a series of cephalic vessels present the human presence, not as a protagonist of landscape, but as a commentary on the body as place and receptacle of memory, like the land itself."
      Closing reception: Fri., Oct. 1, 5-9pm
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      ColdTowne TV

      "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." See website for details.
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      Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams

      The Contemporary Austin presents the first-ever museum survey of works by Daniel Johnston. "Step into the surreal universe of this visionary musician and artist, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil." And there's also a show of works by more than 50 other Austin artists, in the Crit Group Reunion exhibition.
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      Fallout Comedy

      What's the fallout from this pandemic? Who knows, right? But we know this is the Fallout near the end of the pandemic: An eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long – even that weekly Sure Thing showcase is back! Check the website for details.
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      GrayDUCK Gallery: Time Being

      Welcome back to Jill Schroeder's powerhouse of an art gallery on the Eastside! Following a brief summer hiatus, the 'Duck returns to present a new exhibition by photographer Elizabeth Chiles: A body of photographs and photographic collages the artist made during the Covid pandemic. This show, she says, "can be seen as a walk, slow and meandering, through a series of repeated forms that came in and out of view on my walks and do the same in the exhibition."
      Through Oct. 3  
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      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.  
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      HRC: Henry David Thoreau

      You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
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      Laguna Gloria

      This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
      Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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      Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

      Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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      Mexic-Arte Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

      Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade.
      Through Feb. 27. $7.  
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      Modern Rocks Gallery Online

      What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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      testsite: How a House Works

      How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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      The Blanton: Sedrick Huckaby

      Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby explores psychology, community, and the human condition in his powerful portraits painted from life. The catalog notes say: "Through his virtuoso facility with oil paint, Huckaby utilizes texture, dimensionality, and intensely saturated colors to extraordinary expressive effect." Says the artist himself: "The African-American family and its heritage has been the content of my work for several years. In large-scale portraits of family and friends I try to aggrandize ordinary people by painting them on a monumental scale."
      Through Dec. 5  
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      The Contemporary from Home

      The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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      The Hideout

      So many shows, so many themes, such a freakin' panoply of improv talents at this Hideout that it makes the mind, how you say, boggle. Longtime house troupe Parallelogramophonograph sets the performance bar high AF, but damned if their everchanging roster of guests doesn't sometimes knock it right off. Check that website, STAT.
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      The Museum of Future Present

      The Museum of the Future Present is "a visual mixtape of space, time, and mind," with musicians, performers, and visual artists collaborating on a series of explorable installations, to bring music to life in a tangible way inside Austin's Native Hostel. Note: "Installations are featured on a rotating basis, and you never know who may just show up." Oh! You got that FOMO, yet, kid? Maybe don't miss your chance to InstaTok your life within the vibrant audiographic splendor of this new spectacle.
      Wed.-Sun., 11am-10pm. $25.  
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      The Social Distancing Festival

      This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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      West Chelsea Contemporary: Austin International Art Fair

      Here's an exhibition featuring rare works by an impressive roster of art world masters – among them, Salvador Dalí, Gil Bruvel, Gary James McQueen, Zhang Xiao Gang, Yue Min Jun, Zao Wu Ki, Takashi Murakami, and Yoshitomo Nara. More than 15 countries – and 32 artists – represented, in this elegant gallery on West Sixth.
      Through Oct. 24

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