Photo courtesy of Rosemary Villegas

"Mystic Mirrors: Transcending the Veil" is a group exhibition that bends the rules of perception. Artworks here are not mere reflections, but rather portals to alternate dimensions, where the mind's landscape merges with the tangible. "Mystic Mirrors" is a poetic dance of the subconscious, where reality and fantasy waltz together, leaving you both entranced and questioning the boundaries of your own imagination.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 28.

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Women & Their Work presents Virginia L. Montgomery: "Eye Moon Cocoon " opening reception

Multidisciplinary, metaphysical artist Virginia L. Montgomery presents a new solo exhibition, "Eye Moon Cocoon," a surrealist thought-experiment about the philosophical praxis of atomic healing.

The exhibition features new video art, sound art, performance photographs, and sculptural objects situated in a dream-logic dialogue interweaving psychoanalytic, mythological, and scientific textures. It encompasses Montgomery’s recent studio collaborations with native Texas Luna moths and her on-going research into the multifaceted associations of the moon.

From visiting NASA Space Center Houston to introduce live luna moth cocoons to NASA's beloved moon rocks, to working on a miniature film-set with a moth-scale bed built for non-human healing, Montgomery and her moth-familiars co-create a curious dreamworld of symbols, sounds, and gestures to conjure an environment for hope.

With an eye towards the uncanny omnipresence of circular symbolics, Montgomery asks, "Does consciousness shape the moon, the egg, the eye? And how can consciousness re-shape us through healing?" "Eye Moon Cocoon" invites viewers into Montgomery's synthesia-esque realm of symbols (like circles, holes, spheres) sounds (like Texas thunderstorms, temple bells, power drills) and gestures of gentleness—to create space for cosmic intimacies to unfurl like moth wings.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until November 30.

Photo courtesy of Carla Umlauf

Lydia Street Gallery presents Madelon Umlauf: "Harmonizing the Rapture of Color" opening reception

East Austin’s Lydia Street Gallery will honor the work of Madelon Umlauf in the exhibit, "Harmonizing the Rapture of Color." Umlauf, daughter of Charles (of Austin’s notable Umlauf Sculpture Garden) and Angeline, was born in Austin in 1942. She pursued her art education at the University of Texas in Austin, as well as New York City. Madelon taught painting for 30 years at Austin Community College, while also painting for herself in a downtown Austin studio.

Umlauf's paintings are inspired by nature. Starting with natural motifs, she then reworks her discoveries into abstract paintings. The paintings achieve their finality when their forms in illusionistic deep space, come into dynamic and coloristic balance. Although her paintings are inspired by nature, she often chooses color palettes which are atypical of the usual colors one sees in nature and attracted to round paintings because they do not have ratios. Most paintings, being rectangular, have various ratios of width to height, but human binocular vision is circular in format. By virtue of taking over one’s oval of vision, the aesthetic impact of round paintings is stronger than that of rectangular paintings.

Ancient civilizations acknowledged the circle as a sacred shape. Madelon's work reflects a belief that abstract art is the key to a full comprehension of reality. Her work is meant to elicit an interpretation, one that leaves the realm of experience open to intuition as a main factor of transformation.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 30.

Photo courtesy of Wimberley Glassworks

Wimberley Glassworks presents Gourdgeous Glass Pumpkin Festival

Wimberley Glassworks will present a fall festival of hot glass and cold brew, with hundreds of glass pumpkins for sale, live glassblowing, a scavenger hunt, and Bluegrass on the banjo. Guests can RSVP for giveaways.

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Bolm Arts presents "Colorful Ventures" opening reception

Color has the power to change moods, trigger memories, influence decisions, and even raise your blood pressure. It has the capability of conveying a wealth of emotional and energetic information. It can be healing, nostalgic, and also cold or violent.

In "Colorful Ventures," artists Priscilla Lustig, Vincent Martinez, Stephanie Mervine, and Alex Saxon explore the many different ways color can visually communicate in their abstract works. From subtle patterns to bold geometric compositions, be prepared to experience the full spectrum.

The opening reception will feature music by COSMS and Long Tongue, and libations from Blue Owl Brewing and Austin Eastciders. The exhibition will remain on display through October 7.

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Almost Real Things HQ Open House: "Gotta Let It Show" Closing Reception

"Gotta Let It Show" is a group exhibition showcasing a diverse selection of works from Queer artists in Austin. Attendees will get to chat with the artists and take home a piece of original artwork from the hit show.

Refreshments will be served.

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Austin wakes up and smells the brews at 2nd annual coffee festival

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Making a cup of coffee is one of the most ritualistic morning activities for millions of people every day. It's a truly customizable experience: You can use pre-ground coffee or grind whole beans yourself, and there are many different brewing methods, such as a traditional drip coffeemaker, a moka pot, or an AeroPress.

The local coffee community in Austin is in a world of its own, and coffee aficionados can enjoy a special weekend all to themselves to meet their favorite local roasters at the second annual Austin Coffee Festival on September 30 and October 1 at Fair Market.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable cups to enjoy endless coffee tastings from about two dozen well-known Austin roasters like Merit Coffee Co., Medici Roasting, Barrett's Coffee Roasters, and Greater Goods Coffee Co. Master roasters can help newcomers learn more about coffee, and local musicians will provide the soundtrack for the weekend.

If you're not a coffee drinker but would still like to tag along, there will be non-coffee options available, like tea tastings from Kilogram Tea and Kinship Milk Tea. Snacks will be available for purchase from Gelu Italian Ice and casual Mexican mini-chain Pueblo Viejo.

Additional roasters that will be at the festival include:

  • Creature Coffee
  • Red Horn Brew
  • Malone Specialty Coffee
  • Fara Coffee
  • Intelligenista
  • Kimbala
  • Sightseer Coffee Roasters
  • Vision
  • Springtown Roasters
  • Casa Brasil
  • Hard Charger Coffee
  • Haciendo Coffee Roasters
  • Carta Coffee Merchants
  • Dog Day Coffee
  • Tianon Coffee
  • Little City Coffee Roasters
  • Wild Gift Coffee
  • Luna Espresso

ATX Theatre, Topo Chico, Oatly, Mill-King, Minor Figures, and Loveramics will also be in attendance.

More information about the festival and tickets (beginning at $25) can be found on austincoffeefestival.com.

Country star Kane Brown set to land in Austin as part of new 'In the Air' tour

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Country singer Kane Brown will return to the road in 2024 with the 29-city In the Air tour, which will culminate with a stop at Toyota Center on April 28.

Starting on March 28 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the tour will play 2-3 shows a week through the beginning of June at arenas, including in Houston on April 28 and Austin on April 29. He'll end his tour in Arlington, Texas on September 14.

For the final five shows on the tour, Brown will switch to stadiums, including the last show at Globe Life Field. Brown will be joined by Tyler Hubbard and Parmalee in both Austin and Houston.

Just like his previous Drunk or Dreaming Tour, which he just finished in early September, Brown will be touring in support of his 2022 album, Different Man. Although it was the first of his three albums not to go to No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts (it charted at No. 2), it still notched four top 10 songs.

The new tour's title, In the Air, is a reference to Brown's new single, “I Can Feel It,” which samples Phil Collins’ legendary drum solo and single from “In the Air Tonight.”

Fans can register now at kanebrownmusic.com for the artist pre-sale starting on Tuesday, October 3, at 10 am ET time. Tickets forthe tourwill go on-sale to the general public on Thursday, October 5, at 10 am local time.


  • Thursday, March 28, 2024: Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
  • Friday, March 29, 2024: Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
  • Saturday, March 30, 2024: Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024, Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
  • Friday, April 5, 2024: Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024: Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024: Kansas City, MO, T-Mobile Center
  • Friday, April 12, 2024: Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024: Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
  • Friday, April 19, 2024: Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024: Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
  • Friday, April 26, 2024: Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024: Houston, Toyota Center
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024: Austin, TX, Moody Center
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024: Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
  • Friday, May 10, 2024: Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024: Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
  • Friday, May 17, 2024: Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Center
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024: Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024: Tempe, AZ, Boots In The Park
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024: Orlando, FL, Amway Center
  • Friday, May 31, 2024: Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024: Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
  • Friday, June 7, 2024: Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024: Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024: Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024: Boston, MA, Fenway Park
  • Friday, August 16, 2024: Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park
  • Saturday, August 24, 2024: Los Angeles, CA, BMO Stadium
  • Friday, September 6, 2024: Denver, CO, Coors Field
  • Saturday, September 14, 2024: Arlington, TX, Globe LIfe Field

Longstanding North Austin brewery closing down after 15-year run

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The Austin beer community will surely miss this brewer. Circle Brewing Company, one of the oldest breweries in North Austin, is shutting down operations at its longstanding Braker Lane location and its 23-acre property in Elgin.

Although a statement on the Circle Brewing website doesn't clearly give a reason for its closing, founders Ben Sabel and Judson Mulherin alluded to ongoing financial troubles since the company's inception at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.

"As became a recurring motif for us, this was the first major example of our flawless business timing," the statement said. "With far too much optimism and not nearly enough money, we opened our doors with two draft beers (Blur Texas Hefe and Envy Amber) and barely a dozen draft accounts."

Sabel and Mulherin shared their story of the company's resilience despite financial setbacks, relying on the local community and other small Central Texas breweries.

"In our first two years of operation, we were so broke that we couldn't even afford to buy yeast," they wrote. "But the Austin brewing community and the real spirit of camaraderie was such that we just had to drive out to Blanco and fill up a few corny kegs from our friends at Real Ale. In the coming years, we'd come to owe countless other members of the local brewing community thanks for all the advice, friendships, and assistance."

Circle Brewing had only opened its Elgin location in May of 2023, after six years of planning and three years of extended buildout due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's goal with the 23-acre property was to grow all the ingredients needed to use in their beers and develop a fully Texan-made, sustainable beer.

"Our biggest regret is not having the time to see our vision through and fulfilling the enormous potential we know would have paid off enormously," the website said. "It was so close to becoming reality. We're sorry we didn't have the time to see it to the end."

The Braker Lane location is fully closed, but Sabel and Mulherin said they are attempting to remain open at their Elgin facility for "at least another week." All of the company's remaining beer and merchandise will be sold at heavy discounts until Friday, September 22.

More information about the company shutdown can be found on circlebrewing.com.