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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
  • 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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    Classical Music

    ASO: Otherworldly

    Get ready to travel out of this world with the Austin Symphony Orchestra's performance of “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, accompanied by breathtaking space footage from NASA. Bonus: pianist Christopher Atzinger’s rendition of Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto in A Minor.
    Sat., Oct. 16, 8pm. $19-100.  
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      Blue Lapis Light: Edge of Grace

      Every year, Blue Lapis Light produces at least one big performance that showcases aerial techniques informed by classical, interpretive, and modern dance. It's a show in which light and sound engineers manipulate the sensory environment to create an immersive experience spotlighting the kinetic wonders that weave embodied patterns above your head, interacting on a multilevel scaffolding structure. This year they're sharing this main event from their home base: The annual BLL dance production takes place outside, on the company's three-acre property in south Austin. Edge of Grace is about exploring spaces between edges, the amazing movements inspired by how grace manifests in human lives.
      Oct. 14-24. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $25-50.  
      10331 Old Manchaca Rd
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      Conspirare: Path of Miracles

      Craig Hella Johnson and his Grammy-winning company return to live concerts with this haunting choral masterpiece by Joby Talbot, inspired by the historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
      Fri.-Sat., Oct. 15-16, 8pm. $10 and up.  
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      Comedy

      Creek & Cave: Sheng Wang

      You know this Taiwanese-American stand-up comic, right? Staff writer for the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat from 2015 to 2018? Hella funny onstage, too? Yes, that's the guy.
      Oct. 14-16. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9pm. $25.  
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      Jolie Goodnight's Stardust Burlesque Party

      Jolie Goodnight's burlesque show makes returns with striptease artists Lady Lola LeStrange and RubyJoule, to shimmy and shake throughout the night in an immersive mashup of Saloon Burly-Q style and the Golden Age of Hollywood.
      Sat., Oct. 16, 10pm. $5.  
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      Rap Unzel

      In this new play by Jeremy Rashad Brown, Reginald “RAP” Unzel is a young man with big hair and bigger dreams of musical stardom – if only he can get out of his room. This is a hip-hop musical that disrupts traditional fairy tales, a celebration of identity, awareness, and empowerment that counters hyper-masculine and stoic representations of Black men in mainstream culture. Directed by Indiia Wilmott for Brown Boy Productions and the Vortex. Bonus: The weather's getting nicer lately, and this is an outside show.
      Through Oct. 31. Sat.-Sun., 1 & 3pm. $10 and up.  
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      Comedy

      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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      Visual Arts

      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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      Austin Veteran Arts Festival: Opening Show

      This year's festival will be completely virtual and everything will run exclusively on their ROKU channel: Veteran’s Arts & Wellness Network. The two-hour opening ceremony will provide a preview of this year’s featured art.
      Sat., Oct. 16, 6-8pm. Free.  
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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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      Books

      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: Color, Form, and Sin

      Yes – that's sin, not sign. Edward Lane McCartney – an artist, jeweler, and metalsmith with an obsession for material culture – has created finely crafted artworks for this show: objects in a variety of media; objects that are a manifestation and reflection of the turmoil of the last few years in his studio practice and in society in general. "My process is obsessive," he tells us. "I really know no other way."
      Through Nov. 6  
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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: McMeans X Timberlake

      Here's a show of new works from multi-medium Austin artists Landry McMeans and Lily Timberlake, featuring McMeans' three-dimensional reliefs and hand-cut stencil prints that evoke the muted psychedelia of the American Southwest – and Timberlake's weavings from her homemade tapestry-style loom, for which she uses traditional wool yarns and found materials. Note: Timberlake moved to Austin from Australia's New South Wales in 2020; reckon you can more easily drive across town to enjoy this exhibition in the handsome Cloud Tree gallery on East Fifth.
      Through Oct. 31
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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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      Comedy

      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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      Davis Gallery: Looking Forward, Looking Back

      This show of new and current work by collage and assemblage artist Joseph Hammer includes a section that displays materials, historical periods, and philosophies that have influenced the artist.
      Through Oct. 30
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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: Small Acts

      Here's a visual art exhibition of mixed media works –including collage, drawing, sculpture, video, and photography – by four Austin-based artists: Betelhem Makonnen, Christina Coleman, Deborah Roberts, and Tammie Rubin. The artworks explore Black existence through body, object, beauty, childhood and familial narratives, fugitive perceptual experiences, and time. While each artist's aesthetic approach is different, they're united by their faith in the power of small acts to guide and reimagine our everyday existence.
      Through Nov. 21. Free.  
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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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      Into the Woods

      Composer Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale masterpiece comes to life outdoors in a contemporary reimagining for today's weird times. And Richard Whittaker reviews the show right here.
      Through Nov. 7. Tue.-Sun., 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
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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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      Northern-Southern: Location, Location, Location

      Here's the first show in the new N-S space – a building slated for demolition in about a year-and-a-half. The artists gathered share an occupation with place. The subject of each work is a place so specific it can be pinned on a map: domestic nooks, urban corners, secret trees, vast lakes, remote plains, the scars of highways.
      Through Oct. 24. Thu.-Sun., 2-6pm
      411 Brazos #105
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      St. Ed's Gallery: Taller De Harrington

      Taller de Harrington uses only 100% organic ideas as well as recycled and reclaimed materials; they're exacting in their standards of production.
      Reception: Sat., Oct. 16, 3-5pm. Free.  
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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 Cathedral's Anniversary

      This Dia de los Muertos-inspired daytime art show will celebrate the venue's second year the only way these bon vivants know how – with local art, cocktails, and music in the unique setting.
      Sat.-Sun., Oct. 16-17, noon-5pm. $15.  
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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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      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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      Wonder of the World

      This is David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedy of one woman’s outrageous journey that plunges her deep into the unknown. "Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband’s sweater drawer." And just how do a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bungling, bickering private detectives, and a gargantuan jar of peanut butter fit into this heady mix? You'll have to witness this production from City Theatre and Beyond August to find out.
      Through Oct. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.  
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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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