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  • The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus

    The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus is a delightful show set in a small town sheriff's office. The characters in the show weave a little romance in along with a mystery to solve. It is a heartwarming family friendly show that will put you in the Christmas Spirit. You don't want to miss this show!
    Dec. 2-12  
    Navasota Theatre Alliance
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    Beerthoven: The Invokation of Oktoberfest

    This season-starting concert features original works by the string quartet invoke and Oktoberfest-themed selections that are sure to pair well with a pint or two. A pint or two, yes, because your Beerthoven pallies will be serving up warm pastries from Easy Tiger and cold beer from Lazarus Brewing – at no additional cost!
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 1-2, 7pm. $10-25.  
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      Lady MacBeth & Her Pal, Megan

      Comedian Megan Gogerty, in the midst of a midlife crisis, exhausted by the sometimes brutal world of standup comedy and feeling the sting of her 40th birthday, attempts to convince the world that she could play Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare’s iconic villain. Silly, theatrical, and complex, this one-woman show from Shrewd Productions attempts to answer the question, "What’s it like to be a stand-up comedian?" Spoiler: it’s murder. Bonus: Starring Eva McQuade, who recently put such body and sole into her role as the Vortex's own Tia Chancla.
      Through Oct. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 and up.  
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      Venardos Circus

      This Broadway-style, animal-free spectacle of performance – "part traditional circus, part classic vaudeville, and part Cirque du Soleil" – returns to the ATX for 16 shows over two weeks in one red-and-white striped tent, 16 shows of mindboggling acrobatics and family-friendly shenanigans of all sorts.
      Through Oct. 3. Wed.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 1, 4, & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 4pm. $16.50 and up.  
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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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      Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

      The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
      Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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      Auditions: Amadeus

      Penfold Theatre is now accepting virtual submissions for all roles in their 2022 production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, to be directed by Liz Fisher. See website for details.
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      Auditions: Pastorela 2021

      Teatro Vivo's Pastorela 2021 will be performed in December, directed by Carl Gonzalez, and you could be a part of it. See website for details.
      Oct. 4-6. Mon.-Wed., 6-9pm  
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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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      Big Medium: Power, Traps, and Targets

      The newest work of Christopher Blay, described as Police Brut, uses as a mode "the printed shooting target and the ready-made Black Power fist Afro Pick, utilizing codes and symbols as a way of illuminating the narratives of violence, victims of violence, and what it means to bring these stories to the fore." And, listen: The sound installation Feel Me employs a haptic vest and the sound of gunshots. Try it, as they say, try it on for size, citizen.
      Through Oct. 9. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm
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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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      Butridge Gallery: Keeping House

      Veronica Ceci’s solo show is an inquiry into tactile beauty and societal ugliness in the life of a Queer femme working as a maid, and this is the first time the traveling (since 2017) exhibition will be displayed in Austin, where Ceci has lived since 2004. For this iteration, the artist presents a mix of new work along with early pieces, sharing the roots and current direction of her explorations.
      Through Oct. 30, by appointment  
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      Camiba Gallery: Moment Between Stillness and Movement

      This is the fourth solo show for glass artist Rachel Kalisky at Camiba Art, and, if you're already familiar with the frangible wonders she creates from silica and pigments, you won't be surprised. There are fused marvels on the walls here, bold and bright and almost kinetic in their visual impact. "I want to draw the viewer into the art," says Kalisky, "to tempt them not just to look, but to touch, to feel its energy and: emotions."
      Through Oct. 2
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      Christian-Green Gallery: The Black Index

      The artists featured in this show — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding.
      Through Dec. 11. Wed.-Fri., noon-5pm; Sat., 11am-2pm  
      201 E. 21st
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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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      Contracommon: Found/forgotten and Sans Land

      Here are two experimental shows by local artists Taylor Bailey and Marcus 'Delmar' Clarke. These exhibitions of sculptural and installation work use stone, rock, and dirt in combination with light and digital interfaces to create ethereal and unfamiliar scenes.
      Through Oct. 15
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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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      Esther's Follies

      Esther's Follies – Austin's not-so-secret weapon in the fight against ennui – the comedy gem that still dazzles this growing urban hub – returns to the weekly live and in-person stage of their club on Dirty Sixth, the whole troupe bringing back old favorites and debuting a new program of hilarity with topical, ripped-from-the-headlines sketches and musical numbers. And you do need a laugh or two, right about this time, don't you, citizen? (And how about a margarita to go with that?) We'd add that the mind-boggling illusions presented by magician Ray Anderson are a bonus in the night's clever spectacle ... but, the way that arch maestro conjures mystery and delight, "bonus" would be an insult. Oh! Just look what shit they've been through over the past year. Welcome back, y'all!
      Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm. $30-40.  
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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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      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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      Honky Tonk Laundry

      Roger Bean's boot-scootin’ musical features two women who join forces to convert their town's laundromat into the hottest honky-tonk ever and exact a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong. Packed with country favorites made famous by Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, The Chicks, Carrie Underwood, and more. Directed by Sarah Gay, with choreography by Nigel Hall and musical direction by Lyn Koenning.
      Through Oct. 17. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $43-53.  
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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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      ICOSA: Terra Firmament

      Behold an array of emotionally charged paintings by artists Matt Rebholz and Jana Swec, both artists channeling their personal histories into landscapes steeped in narrative and individual mythology.
      Through Oct. 23
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      Ivester Contemporary: The Conceptual Still Life

      The Ivester's got a show of new work by Denise Prince, that Austin-based artist who concentrates her practice in photography and film, and tbh we are excitement itself. This new exhibition features photos and paintings that consider the way food and flowers have been used as signifiers throughout history, bringing together the sensibilities of vintage cookbooks with the visual language of advertising. Recommended!" Her work has been clarified, confronted, and interpreted by psychoanalyst members of the World Association of Psychoanalysis," and we're not at all surprised. Recommended!
      Through Oct. 23
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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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      MACC Galleries: Reopened!

      The Community Gallery and the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in the Mexican-American Cultural Center reopen "with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place," and inviting reservations to see "Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon, The Path of the Heart," which documents 13 years of struggle, persistence, and resilience between 2003-2016, and "Poética Textil/ Textile Poems," in which contemporary artists reveal their restlessness, inquiry, and research into the creation of fabric art via printing, weaving, and assemblage.
      Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

      Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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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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      Poetry Jam: Open Mic & Showcase

      Spoken word poets and singers hit the Victory Grill’s stage for a night of provocative vibes.
      Fri., Oct. 1, 9pm-12mid. $10.  
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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 Blanton: Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

      Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a key figure in the development of color-field painting, was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique. This exhibition celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
      Through Feb. 20
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      The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

      This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
      Through Nov. 28
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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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      Tiemann Art Gallery: Visions of Nature

      Monica Puryear's "vibrant, surrealist artwork" adorns the walls of this gallery up Round Rock way.
      Through Oct. 23
      1706 N. Mays, Round Rock
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      Visual Arts Center: Fall Show

      A bold new season opens at UT’s Visual Arts Center, with premiering exhibitions “The Blessings of the Mystery” by Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, “Wait For It” by Joey Fauerso, “Cycles and Loops” by Bill Morrison, “(Untitled) Fanon” by Madison Cooper, and a group show (curated by Megan Hildebrandt, presented in partnership with the Livestrong Cancer Institutes) called “Aesthetics of Health.”
      Through Dec. 3. Free.
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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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      Wyld Gallery

      This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
      Call for appointment

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