Theater & dance
“Cabaret.” The St. Edward’s University Department of Performing Arts is taking on the Tony Award-winning musical set in 1931 Berlin, in the seedy nightlife of the Kit Kat Klub during the Nazis’ rise to power. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday. $23-$28. 3001 S. Congress Ave. 512-448-8484, stedwards.edu/mary-moody-northen-theatre.
“Genius!” Dancers betwen the ages of 10 to 40 from the Diverse Space Dance Theatre and Violet Crown Players present the pieces they will perform this summer at the Irish Youth Dance Festival and the group’s annual residency in Berlin. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12-$30. Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
“Greater Tuna.” Jaston Williams returns to direct an updated version of this clasic Texas comedy about the third smallest town in Texas. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday. $29-$89. Dell Hall at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
“The Herd.” It’s Andy’s 21st birthday. Two unexpected guests arrive at his party — Mom’s ex-husband and his sister’s new boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong? This is the Texas premiere of Rory Kinnear’s play. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through April 30, with 2 p.m. matinee April 29 and no evening performance. $18-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.
“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” Order yourself a classic cocktail and watch as you go back in time to 1959, where a swanky nightclub awaits to deliver an intimate evening with legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday. Opens April 5. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through April 30. $29-$140. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
“Mrs. Mannerly.” For five children on the second floor of the YMCA in Steubenville, Ohio, the summer of 1967 is the summer of etiquette as taught by formidable Helen Anderson Kirk, better known as “Mrs. Mannerly,” as produced by Different Stages. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$30. Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh St. 512-926-6747, main.org/diffstages.
“Perfect Mendacity.” Street Corner Arts presents Jason Wells’ play about a microbiolgist who must figure out how to pass a lie detector test after being ivestigated by his employers for leaking a memo to the media. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through April 22. $15-$22. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.org.
“Sense and Sensibility.” The Jane Austen novel comes to life on stage with Kate Hamill’s fresh, playful and hilarious new adaptation about the Dashwood family, in dire financial straits in the midst of the gossipy and unforgiving world of 18th century England. Opens March 31. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through April 30. $16-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“Speech & Debate.” Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that’s rocked their town in this this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$20. Sam Bass Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. 512-763-7228, sambasstheatre.org.
“Tartuffe.” City Theatre’s new version of the Moliere classic theatrical comedy about a supposedly pious man who conspires to commit a host of hypocritical acts. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through April 30. $15-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
Zach Anner. 2 p.m. Saturday. The local comedian speaks and signs his latest book, “If At Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny”. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Greg Iles. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mississippe native and author of 15 New York Times best sellers speaks and signs his latest book, “Mississippi Blood”. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art on 5th. “Depth & Decay.” Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell are highly regarded street artists who are making names for themselves in the world of fine art as well. Eatherly’s work is influenced by the decay of urban environments, as half of the show name suggests, while Lowell’s hand-cut stencils and layers of color create literal and symbolic depth within the subjects he suggests — the other component of the “Depth & Decay” name. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 7. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
Blanton Museum of Art. “Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser.” This mid-career survey explores several major bodies of work by contemporary artist Katchadourian. Through June 11. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Third Thursday of the month open until 9 p.m. $5-$9; free on Thursdays. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324, blantonmuseum.org.
Camiba Art. “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.
Co-Lab Projects. In “String Room,” grand piano strings are tensioned from ceiling to floor, each aligned differently throughout the gallery. These configured strings allow the viewer to pluck the strings as they walk around the space. 12 to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through May 6. Co-Lab’s Demo Gallery, 721 Congress Ave. co-labprojects.org.
The Contemporary Austin. “Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008-2017” and “Mark Lewis: Galveston.” The Contemporary is celebrating two new exhibits at the Jones Center, which include the first monographic museum display of Weiser’s abstract paintings. Lewis focuses on another medium entirely, making short films about the modern urban environment. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 27. $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Davis Gallery. “Water.” This exhibition of new works by Malou Flato features detailed and layered depictions of water scenes. Opening reception 7 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through May 20. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
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.
Gallery Shoal Creek. “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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through April 15. 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Suite 3. 512-454-6671, galleryshoalcreek.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. “Trigger Town.” The collaborative show between artists Kate Csillagi and Matt Rebholz invites viewers into a dystopian society of riotous color and deranged narratives. The interwoven stories of Trigger Town are told through mixed media collage, video projection and paper puppets that confront the viewer with cartoon chaos and punk rock mysticism. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through April 29. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com/home.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Lucas Simões: White Lies.” Brazilian sculpture artist Simões works primarily with paper and concrete in his first show at the Lora Reynolds Gallery, which presents works from his “Abismo” series as well as a new series of six column-like sculptures. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through May 27. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
Mass Gallery. “House Show.” A group exhibition/installation created by the current collective members of Mass Gallery. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through April 15. Mass Gallery, 507 Calles St., Suite 108. 512-535-4946, massgallery.org.
North Hills Gallery. “Inspiration x 2.” Betty Jameson and Carolyn Patterson are longtime Austin water media artists with complimentary styles and have been the co-curators of North Hills Gallery for nearly 16 years. Reception 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. April. 9. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday and 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through April 30. 7060 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, 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. “Illiterate: Sean Ripple.” 2 to 4 p.m Monday-Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through April 29. Pump Project, 702 Shady Lane. 512-351-8571, pumpproject.org
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. “Anne Siems: Weaving.” Wally Workman is hosting its third solo show with painter Siems, whose work is deeply rooted in an appreciation of the European Masters, Early American Folk Art and vintage photography. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through April 29. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Chris Botti. The Grammy-winning trumpter known for his hit album “When I Fall In Love” performs original tunes as well as jazz standards. 7:30 p.m. Wedneday. $39-79. Dell Hall at The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater and dance
“Luna.” This all-ages play by Ramón Esquivel tells the story of Soledad, who has trouble making friends as she moves from school to school and finds comfort in the company of the moon. Their magical relationship helps Soledad learn to reach out to others. 7:30 p.m. April 20-22, 2 p.m. April 22-23. $12-$15. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre at the University of Texas, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu
“Man of La Mancha.” Don Quixote rides again at the Historic Palace Theatre in Georgetown. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through May 7; special 3 p.m. matinees April 22 and 29 and May 6. $14-$30. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com
“Lakey: Chaos to Order.” The work of self-taught street artist Lakey is on display at Camiba Art to highlight the development of a man finding meaning and his voice in his art. Opening reception 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through June 11. 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.
“Water: New Works by Malou Flato.” Painter Flato depicts elegant water scenes in her latest series of work, bringing to life both delicate ripples and forceful flow. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through May 20. Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
“What a Bloody Mess: Hollis Hammonds, Jenn Hassin and Claude Van Lingen.” With fear as a common theme, each artist is fretting over the future: environmental hazards, natural and man-made disasters, military conflicts, political and social strife. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. April 14. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 1. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.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. Affion Crockett, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Funniest Person in Austin preiminaries, 8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, $6-$11. Jermaine Fowler, 8 p.m. Thursday, $18-$23. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “This Is (Not) the Gayest Show You’ll Ever See” will skewer the community, the government and our daily interactions in the most fabulous way possible, and you don’t have to be gay to see the truthful satire in this biting revue. 7 p.m. Saturday through April 29. $8-$10. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. Esther’s Follies turns 40 this month with cutting-edge comedy and magic to celebrate its four decades of entertaining Austin. April showers in Trump Towers and in the wiretapped White House? The comedy house has all the political satire you need with a Texas twist on national news with the Esther’s News Medley covering immigration, Obamacare, Russian wiretapping, the pipeline and much more. Plus, there’s a new Trump musical, “The Lyin’ King,” with a Disney-esque take on the president and his band of merry minions. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in April. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. This reboot of “Theatresports” is a competitive improvisation show involving two teams going head to head with no restrictions on what kind of challenges they can give one another. Which team will still be standing when it’s game over? 8 p.m. Saturdays through April 29, with additional performance 6 p.m. April 23. $10-$15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
The Institution Theater. Join Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals for a rip-roarin’, yee-hawin’ good time at “The Cowgirl Cabaret.” This fully improvised musical comedy takes place in Smalltown, TX, and centers around the town social hall, where you’ll find lots of singin’, dancin’, talkin’ and a few rough-around-the-edges town rowdies. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through April 22. $5-$10. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “Getting Into It,” 9 p.m. Saturday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $7-$10. The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, newmovementtheater.com.
Velv Comedy Lounge. Duncan Carson with Ashley Overton, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday. $15. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.