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  • 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  
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  • "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
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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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    Opera for Earth: Macbeth in Concert

    Celebrate the spookiest month with a semi-staged and condensed version of Verdi’s Macbeth, from your friends at Opera for Earth. The show's got drama from beginning to end and the story is narrated in English so all can easily understand, but – do you dare to enter the cunning and suspenseful world of these ill-fated Scots and descend, with the whole bloodstained family, into madness? Bonus: Soothe your nerves with a cocktail from Still Austin Whiskey.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 6pm. $10-35.  
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    TEMP: Mirie It Is!

    For their first in-person concert since February, 2020, that Daniel Johnson and his Texas Early Music Project are presenting music from really olde England – from, that is, the 12th century up to the end of the early Renaissance (around 1450).There are only a few Middle English songs from before 1350 that have remained intact until now, and TEMP is performing eight of them. Guests Christopher LeCluyse (tenor), Ryland Angel (tenor and countertenor), and Mary Springfels (vielle and citole) are accompanied by ten singers and four instrumentalists.This welcome-back concert has the single lines of Medieval repertoire, the rich harmonies of the contenance angloise, and a couple of delightful Medieval English dances as well.Also: Period instruments, timeless voices, and our highest recommendation.
    Oct. 2-3. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-30 ($5, students at-the-door).  
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    The Final Girl

    The Final Girl is an improvised horror film, performed live, designed to frighten and panic, cause dread and alarm, to invoke your worst fears and your biggest laughs, with a talented cast of improvisers using classic horror tropes to bring you chills, thrills, and lots of camp.
    Through Oct. 30. Saturdays, 7pm. $15-20.  
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    The Girlie Revue: DOMINATRIX

    Here's "a visual journey of revelation, storytelling, and power in high style," held within the Tiger Den, a "secret and intimate chamber transporting you into a world of sensory opulence." Here are six exhibitions exploring the various aspects and elements of She Who Must Be Obeyed — from compassion and cruelty to seduction and phantasmagoria – with portraits of power and prowess, calculation and imagination. Note: You're invited (if not commanded) to attend this darkling provocation in fetish or bondage gear. At the very least, pretty one, do put on some shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 6pm, 7:45pm, and 9:30pm. $45 and up.  
    1303 E. Fourth
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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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    Canopy: Open Studios

    Yes, Canopy. That arts complex run by Big Medium on the Eastside; a most excellent wandering-about area that includes artist studios, gallery spaces, and a cafe. Listen: Canopy features resident artists opening up their studios to the general public on the first Saturday of the month. If you know a good idea when you read it, you'll already be making your plans to visit during this open-studio time. Pro tip: Stop by Sa-Ten, get you an Ohayo to drink; your mouth will thank you, and you may never need to sleep again.
    First Saturday of every month, 1-4pm
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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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    Co-Lab Projects: will you meet me by the river’s edge

    The sculptural practice of Yeni Mao engages in issues of fragmentation, exploring equations of the body and architecture through restraint, domination and absence. In his new installation at Co-Lab, Mao engages with concepts of animism and ancestral knowledge through ceramic, steel, and leather sculptural elements.
    Through Dec. 11  
    5419 Glissman
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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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    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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    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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    Link & Pin Gallery: Propping Up Heaven

    Mixed-media artist Larry Goode's paintings and photographs "to create a meditative space through which the viewer is invited to contemplate awakening." The paintings are paired with a Zen koan, giving each work a unique meaning that varies from person to person.
    Through Nov. 5
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    MACC: Amuletos

    Featuring the early and most recent paintings by Luis Guerra.
    Through Nov. 27. Free.
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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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    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 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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    Virtual 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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    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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    Wally Workman Gallery: A Piece of the Sky

    Priscilla Robinson explores visual interpretations of seasons, growth, and the rebirth of plants and light. She does this exploration, and she does it well, not just with acrylic paint, but also through combining those pigments with polycarbonate, cast glass, metal, and handmade paper made from a wide variety of plants. The beauty in this exhibition (and there is much of it) is not just visual but richly textural.
    Through Oct. 31
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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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