Theater & dance
“All Because of Agatha.” Way Off Broadway Community Players is continuing its 20th season with this ghostly comedy about a newly married couple who buys a house in historic Salem, Massachusetts, which has the annoying knack of being visited each year by a slightly destructive witch named Agatha Forbes. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 25. $10-$20. 11880 West Old FM 2243, Building 4, Leander. 512-259-5878, wobcp.org.
“Flaming Idiots.” Sam Bass Theatre’s production of this contemporary farce takes place entirely in a restaurant kitchen, where Carl and Phil are hoping for success similar to that experienced at Zippy’s, a popular spot that has been crowded ever since Cy Manamalancia, a notorious mobster, was shot there 20 years ago. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 25. $15-$25. 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. 512-763-7228, sambasstheatre.org.
“John.” From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Hyde Park Theatre hits like “The Flick” is this otherworldly play that takes place at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where a weird and cheerful innkeeper greets a young couple who are struggling to stay together. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through April 1. $20-$26. 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.org.
“Redux in Rep: Hamlet with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Two of the most famous plays of all time, both known in classic tragedy and modern comedy, are being performed in a full repertory production from the City Theatre and rotating each night, with the same company portraying the same cast of characters. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through April 2. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“West Side Story.” From the first notes to the final breath, this classic, getting the live treatment from the Georgetown Palace Theatre, is powerful, poignant and timely as ever, exploring the rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. 7:30 pm. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 19. $14-$30. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. georgetownpalace.com.
Will Schwalbe. 7 p.m. Monday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Books for Living.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The young adult author speaks and signs “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Danielle Paige. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The young adult author speaks and signs “The End of Oz.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “Art for All + All for Art.” Art for the People is teaming up with Art from the Streets to put together this special group show of pieces created by homeless and formerly homeless artists. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through April 8. 1711 S. First St. 512-76104708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. In“I am #1, I Am No One,” Houston-based artist Trá Slaughter uses portraiture to examine the modern human condition. Through Sunday. “The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition” features the work of Ted Geisel, not only as a children’s book illustrator but also as a painter, sculptor and more. Through April 2. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
Art Science Gallery. David Martinez Retrospective. The science folk artist’s colorful paintings draw equally from rich cultural mythologies and the history of science. 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through April 1. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #102. 512-522-8278, artsciencegallery.com.
Black Lagoon Gallery. “Tribe Over Morality” and “Sum of Net” display new works by Ryan Sandison Montgomery and Aubree Dale, respectively. Through April 3 by appointment only. 4301 A. Guadalupe St. blacklagoongallery.com.
The Contemporary Austin. “With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work In Progress).” Jim Hodges’ multimedia exhibit, exploring the impermanence and fragility of the human experience, is on display at the Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center. Ongoing. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). “Lionel Maunz: Discovery of Honey / Work of the Family.” New sculpture and paper works by the artist are on display at the Gatehouse Gallery and on the lower grounds of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park. Through May 14. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (gallery); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (grounds). 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Davis Gallery. “Kindred Spirits.” In this two-person exhibition of paintings, David Leonard and Daniel Blagg consider our changing world through their work, with a focus on American cityscapes but through different tones. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through April 8. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
Dimension Gallery. “The Resonant Lung.” Dimension Gallery co-founder Colin McIntyre has built an experiential sound environment inside a climate-controlled shipping container, using a seven-octave pipe organ that will be controlled electronically. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; ongoing. 979 Springdale Road, Suite 99. dimensiongallery.org.
Gallery 701. “Spring Eternal.” The Long Center’s art gallery’s latest show features four Austin artists — Elizabeth Chiles, Marjorie Moore, McKay Otto and Keva Richardson — who all have individualistic styles that incorporate both organic and inorganic materials resulting in works undeniably their own. Always open during performances; public welcome Wednesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 20. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Georgetown Art Center. “The Cuzco Revolution in Painting.” Associated with Southwestern University’s Brown Symposium, the show features Peruvian artists Richard Peralta and Edwin Quispecuro. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through March 26. 816 South Main Street, Georgetown. 512-930-2583, georgetownartcentertx.org.
Grayduck Gallery. “Congitopia.” The work in Jana Swec’s collaborative series is an exploration of the unexpected when collaborating on the visual expressions of shared ideas and dreams. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through March 26. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
Guzu Gallery. “Nothing New: Art Inspired by the 1990s.” The gallery will take a trip back in time with this show featuring the works of 25 artists paying tribute to ’90s pop culture. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through April 3. 5000 N. Lamar Blvd. guzugallery.com.
Harry Ransom Center. “Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center” contains more than 250 items from the Ransom Center’s extensive cultural collections. Through July 16. Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” is on view through Dec. 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Thursday until 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. Free. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.
ICOSA Collective. “Under the Skin.” The collection of new sculptural works by Anna Pedersen and Terra Goolsby features disembodied elements of a more traditional whole, connecting grotesque images with ones of feminine strength and sexuality. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through March 25. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com/home.
Link & Pin Gallery. “Dimensions in Color: The Art of Maria Lyle and Lisa Garner.” Lyle’s abstract paintings have been created and developed over a summer of painting in her garden, while Garner prefers to work with polymer clay to create sculptures that are both intimate and domestic. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday. 2235 E. Sixth St. Suite 102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “The Haas Brothers: Animalia.” Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have put together a show of sculpture, drawings and a mural, with their cartoon drawings — of cuddly, bug-eyed animals with conspicuously human-like genitalia — serving as the connective tissue between all the art forms. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through April 1. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
The North Hills Gallery. “Ordinary Magic.” This solo show from Lesley Bradstreet, a talented photographer, showcases her intriguing contemplative style. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through April 2. 7050 Village Center Drive. nwhillsumc.org.
The People’s Gallery. 13th Annual Exhibition. The People’s Gallery in City Hall features a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by nearly 90 artists across Central Texas. 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday through early January 2018. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Pump Project. “Friend of a Friend.” This curated exhibit examines the associations and influences of contemporary artists who use drawing as their primary means of art making. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through April 1. 702 Shady Lane. pumpproject.org.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. “Lance Letscher: New Work from the Late Middle Ages.” The paper and metal collages from internationally known, locally based Letscher are created from found materials like album covers, books, recipes, notes and letters. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1101 W. Sixth St. artnet.com/galleries/stephen-l-clark-gallery/.
Texas Folklife. “Cowboys: East Germany.” This compelling visual anthropology exhibit from photographer Eric O’Connell examines the constructed identities and practices of the American cowboy and the cowboy lifestyle as taken up by the people of the former East Germany. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday through April 30. Texas Folklife, 1708 Houston St. texasfolklife.org.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. “Mentoring a Muse” is the first-ever show of numerous and never-before-seen works from one-time University of Texas art student Farrah Fawcett and her mentor and professor Charles Umlauf. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 20. 606 Robert E. Lee Road. 512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. “Ian Shults: Petting Zoo.” The local painter often addresses debauchery and subversive behavior with his work, so this Wally Workman Gallery show leans heavily on the idea of relationships between people and their vices. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 25. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. The West Virginia artist Fort Guerin focuses on the mythos of the Old West to provide the subjects for his paintings, which look like panels from an old comic book or stills from a Western movie. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through April 2. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo.” Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring arena show, “Ovo,” meaning egg in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $50-$150. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com/events/detail/cirque-du-soleil-ovo.
“The Aesthetics of Milt Kobayashi.” Time stands still in New York-based Kobayashi’s quiet moments, yet the expressive narrative ebbs and flows with a cadence of color and distinctive brushwork. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through April 15. Gallery Shoal Creek, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Suite 3. 512-454-6671, galleryshoalcreek.com.
“Winston Lee Mascarenhas: my Music, my Heartbeat, my Mark.” Mascarenhas, known for masterfully composed encaustic bas-relief artworks, transforms the sounds and rhythms of music and dance into layered paintings with a balanced palette that is both bold and soft. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through April 15. 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, facebook.com/SureThingATX.
Cap City Comedy Club. Tone Bell from the upcoming Netflix series “Disjointed,” 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Joe Machi from “Last Comic Standing,” 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. The unholy halls of Satan’s hell haven’t been rocked since the disbanding of heavy metal masters Rezuranger — follow the band on their improvised odyssey to see if they still have what it takes to make the demons thrash. 8:30 p.m. Saturday through April 8. $10-$12. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. It’s March Madness this month — with more political hijinks, of course. On a national level, that means taking a closer look at President Trump in his most private hours as the White House continues to reel with leaks, lawsuits and espionage. “White House Hijinks,” the new musical, has a Snuggie-wearing Trump asking himself and his wife (and captive) Melania the tough questions. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in March. No shows during the weekends of SXSW. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
The Institution Theater. In “All Hell Breaks Loose,” the anti-establishment voices of 1930s cinema are being exhumed to bring their comedic anarchy to a new generation muddling through an economic depression, turmoil around class and race relations, and the accelerating possibility of war. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5-$10. 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “The Franchise,” 9 p.m. Friday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $7-$10. The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, newmovementtheater.com.