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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

    Austin Classical Guitar: A Message of Peace

    The Austin Classical Guitar Society closes their fall residency at the Draylen Mason Music Studio with a trio of live concerts by Ana Vidovic.
    Nov. 13-14. Sat., 4:30 & 8pm; Sun., 4:30pm. $25-75.  
    41 Navasota
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    Austin Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

    "Figaro, Victor? Figaro?" We still recall actor Michael Sarrazin saying that, as Frankenstein's monster, in the network TV version of Mary Shelley's genre-defining tale. Now we can enjoy the source of the quote: Mozart’s classic spectacle of love, lust, seduction, infidelity, and – ultimately – forgiveness, with a stellar cast led by star soprano (and Austin native) Elena Villalón. The orchestra's conducted by Timothy Myers; E. Loren Meeker directs.
    Thu., Nov. 11, 7:30pm; Sun., Nov. 14, 2:30pm. $39 and up.  
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    Austin Playfest

    Austin Playhouse presents the first 13 features for this collaborative virtual theatre festival celebrating Austin’s creativity and resilience during the pandemic. Featuring works from the Playhouse itself, as well as Deaf Austin Theatre, Glass Half Full Theatre, Ground Floor Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, Jarrott Productions, New Manifest Theatre Company, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, ScriptWorks, Summer Stock Austin, TILT Performance Group, and The Vortex.
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    Big Medium: Austin Studio Tour

    The Austin Studio Tour, presented by those artful movers and shakers of Big Medium, is a combination of the pre-pandemic West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour, formerly separate and now joined into one citywide event that unfolds like divine origami across three local weekends in November. It’s a free, self-guided celebration of visual art that features more than 530 Austin-based artists and creative collaboratives, with the tour boundaries expanded to include all 10 city council districts for in-person participants, plus a 15-mile radius from the Capitol for virtual participants.The first weekend (Sat.-Sun., Nov. 6-7, noon-6pm) highlights the West side of Austin; the second weekend (Sat.-Sun., Nov. 13-14, noon-6pm) covers the West and the East; and the final weekend (Sat.-Sun., Nov. 20-21, non-6pm) wraps up with just the East. (You can pick up a free studio tour map at any Austin Public Library Branch, starting Nov. 4; but you’ve got to become a member of Big Medium to snag a copy of the Austin Studio Tour Art Book.) Here are five recommendations to jumpstart your explorations.
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    Collection Rert: Reincarnations

    This new group show celebrates trash turned to art, the reclaimed power and beauty of it all boldly displayed in the Rert yard and windows.
    Sun., Nov. 14, 2-5pm
    2608-B Rogers
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    East Austin Cutie-o Tour

    Those relentlessly inventive honchos of Dear Diary Coffeehouse and the fun-forward talents of Creative Cuties have teamed up to produce this live art event with music and vendors, where you can watch street artists and muralists paint, listen to live bands perform, and browse among the arts and crafts tables.Bonus: Walk half a block north to Dear Diary to view "Solarium," a garden-themed group show of nine local artists, and avail yourself of some excellent coffee drinks and more.It's a perfect treat as the Austin Studio Tour continues, citizen, and you know the weekend's weather will be almost as beautiful as you are.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 20-21, 2-6pm
    1208 Chicon
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    Dance

    Fall for Dance

    Under the artistic direction of Leah Cox, Joel Valentín-Martínez, and Erica Gionfriddo, UT's Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage for an in-person celebration of dance, togetherness, and connection, presenting poignant new works of choreography.
    Through Nov. 21. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    ICOSA: Howdy, Stranger

    This is the culminating exhibition of the first series of Crit Nites, an inclusive critique group for Austin working artists. The works on display – organized by Casey Alfstad, Darcie Book, and Hayley Labrum Morrison – reveal the fruits of critical conversations of 40 artists and eight moderators shared through Crit Nites Virtual in 2021.
    Through Nov. 21
    310 Comal
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    Classical Music

    Inversion Coda: Menagerie

    Coda, Inversion’s silverhaired ensemble, presents music about all manner of animals, this live concert featuring guest artist Austin Haller on piano and the historic Holbrook organ, playing world premieres by Suzette Emberton, Marjorie Halloran, Adrienne Inglis, and Robbie LaBanca. Note: Tardigrades, FTW!
    Sun., Nov. 14, 3pm. $15 (free, students).  
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    Looking Up: Mural Fest

    This 10-day international mural festival brings artists from the Austin region and around the globe to give new life to building exteriors, rejuvenate neighborhoods, and energize the community. Witness the creative process in action as the 12 participating artists continue painting throughout the run of the event.Those participating artists? Drew Merritt, Candy Kuo, Emily Ding, Sloke, Mez, DAAS, Phoebe Joynt, Niz, Everyday Research, Brittany Johnson, Jason Eatherly, and Lucas Aoki. Check the art markets, paint jams, and meet-ups at Something Cool Studios for more. Oh, and we've got a fine gallery of images right here.
    Through Nov. 21. Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm  
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    My Season with the Astros, Expos, and Phillies

    Hyde Park Theatre's award-winning actor/director Ken Webster returns to the live stage – huzzah! – to explain his strange obsession with former Major League catcher John Bateman. He'll also answer your questions about the show and about the Astros in general – including this year's World Series and whether the 'stros are filthy cheaters. (He'll take your questions about the current state of theater in Austin, too, and you know the man'll have some facts and opinions, tell you what.)
    Fri., Nov. 12
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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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    Dance

    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: Westward, Faux!

    No one else can be Shawn Cox, which is why his works are must-see manifestations of graphic power. This solo exhibition, a bright explosion of images across the gallery walls, explores how the wild-west-cowboy iconography celebrated in cinematic Westerns of the Forties and Fifties is linked to perpetuating the myth of manifest destiny.
    Through Nov. 27
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    Cloud Tree: This is Knowhere

    This three-person exhibition (at one of the Eastside's brightest gallery gems) showcases that wood-sculpting genius Aaron Michalovic, folk artist Adam Young, and Camille Woods with her pop-cowboy aesthetic.
    Through Dec. 5
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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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    Contracommon Gallery: A Becoming

    Here's an exhibition of works by Jesus Treviño and Kelsey Baker, in which the artists approach the idea of existing in a state of flux from two distinct perspectives.
    Through Dec. 3
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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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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Ongoings

    Marie Elena Ely’s show at the Ney Museum is a collection of photo/collage/paintings and prints.
    Through Jan. 9
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    Ethos: Plagues Within Plagues

    When COVID-19 locked down the world in 2020, Austin's cybernetic opera savant Chad Salvata retreated to his BlackSun Studio and created a response with the music of Plagues Within Plagues. Seven plagues inform a sort of ballet electronica – refined by Sandie Donzica, Jose Lozano, and Bonnie Cullum, and performed by dancers Donzica and Michael Galvan – that's been filmed for maximum visual and sonic impact and is ready to reward your eyes with its arcane puissance.
    Available for streaming, through Nov. 30. $9.99.
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    Comedy

    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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    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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    MASS Gallery: Trapdoor and Glean

    "Trapdoor" is a new body of work by Austin artist Erin Curtis, featuring large cut-and-layered canvas paintings and small works on paper that are inspired by landscapes real and imagined. "Glean," from Zoe Berg and Valerie Chaussonnet, is "a meditation on nature, generations, transmission, cultivation, and origins," manifested via steel sculptures, installations, a zine, drawings, and a two-channel video.
    Through Nov. 27
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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 Living Art: AST

    An exhibition featuring nine local artists – Deborah Otto, Becca Gordon, Malina Cipleu, Carla Clay, Matchi, Denise Elliott Jones, Shelby Elizabeth, Paige Gibson, and Jocelyn Polley.
    Through Nov. 27
    9507 Research #250
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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: Far In

    The amazing maker Laura Lit has summoned the full range of her experience in painting, film makeup, special effects, and architectural restoration to create these new animal-sized wall reliefs of wood, resin, and clay. Twelve of these brilliants will hang in Northern-Southern, each "a deliberate dreaming, a spirit made solid, a tether to within." Note: The artist will be present at a Happy Hour every Friday, 4-6pm, throughout the run of the show.
    Through Dec. 18
    107 E. Fifth
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Vecino

    Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's new exhibition of (absolutely stunning) photographs “looks to explore the unique and distinctive sense of spirit that defines the Holly Street neighborhood, the place where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. For me, this spirit has always been fostered by my neighbors. The stories of these kindred spirits, old-timers, families and folks have shaped my sense of home. Together, they are my 'Genius Loci,' the keepers of the spirit of the neighborhood."
    Through Jan. 8
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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 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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    The Tasters

    "With government leaders getting poisoned, the Tasters have an important job — eating delicious, gourmet meals, and waiting to see if they die. When one rebellious taster goes on hunger strike, it threatens to disrupt the order of their world and change the course of history." Meghan Brown's new play is directed by Kristen Osborn for UT Theatre & Dance.
    Through Nov. 14. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $26.  
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    Comedy

    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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    Wally Workman Gallery: Under the Sky

    Colombian-American artist America Martin describes herself as a painting anthropologist, working primarily with paint on canvas and paper to explore the human experience – and the human form.
    Through Nov. 28

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