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for Fri., Nov. 19
  • 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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    Comedy

    Carly Aquilino and Jessimae Peluso

    Most people were introduced to this duo by MTV’s Girl Code. Since then, they’ve been on Comedy Central, Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network – and so, so many hit podcasts. "Jessimae enjoys a good toke and Carly has a thing for ant farms. They are marvels."
    Nov. 18-20. Thu., 8pm; Fri., 7pm; Sat., 7 & 9pm. $25.  
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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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      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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      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: 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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      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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      Davis Gallery: A Dance with Color

      This showcase of new work by Isabel Stensland – and earlier pieces representing the artist's various creative periods and influences – reveals a world of personal impressionist landscapes.
      Through Nov. 27
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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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      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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      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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      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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      Flatbed Press: Intaglio

      Lance Letscher, widely known for his collage work, has artistic roots in printmaking. In 2020, he began a period of experimentation at Flatbed Press, using intaglio printmaking techniques. The resulting works – on display here – are straightforward and unpretentious, playing with color, line, and vision, always contrasting chaos with structure.
      Through Nov. 28
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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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      ICOSA Gallery: Human, Nature

      This juried group exhibition curated by Claire Howard reflects on the shifting relationships with our own bodies, each other, and the environment during this time of public health and climate crises. Featuring works by Essentials Creative, Brittany Ham, Marilyn Jolly, Aimee Jones, Magdalena Riley, Krystal Rodriguez, Brian Smith, Laurence Unger, and Tanya Zal.
      Through Nov. 20
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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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      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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      The Vortex: Auditions

      The Vortex's new season is on its way, and they're seeking performers for roles in Circus Chickendog’s The Mutt-Cracker (SWEET!), Bottle Alley’s Peckin the Crown, and the Vortex's own Selfie! The Musical. See website for details and appointments.
      Sat., Nov. 20, noon-3pm (by appointment)
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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: 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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      West Chelsea Contemporary: Concrete to Canvas

      This is WCC's biggest and most comprehensive exhibition of graffiti and street art to date, featuring works from the gallery’s 1000-piece collection, encompassing a diverse set of contemporary masters, including Blek le Rat, Cey Adams, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Richard Hambleton, RETNA, LadyPink, PhoebeNewYork, Swoon, and more.
      Through Jan. 2  
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      Women & Their Work: Pattern Language – لغه نمطيه

      Through installations that invert the principles of architectural design, artist Rehab El Sadek questions existing power dynamics and contemplates the role of the individual within the built environment. Note: Talk with the artist, Sat., Dec. 11, 11am.
      Through Dec. 16
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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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      Yard Dog: Backstage at the Boneyard

      Ah, here's a terrific show of new paintings and prints from Jon Langford. You want to see a macabre and storied wonderland of Western skeletons boning up the bare truths of a life musically lived, then you'll be glad to feast your peepers on this wealth of weird beauty.
      Through Dec. 24

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