Theater & dance
“By the Water.” Sharyn Rothstein’s sharply humorous and redemptive play, written in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, revolves around two couples who lose their Staten Island homes to the storm. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through May 7. $16-$25. The Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.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.
“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. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $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 Saturday, April 29 and May 6. $14-$30. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
“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, streetcornerarts.org.
“Sense and Sensibility.” The Jane Austen novel comes to life on the Austin Playhouse 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. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through April 30. $16-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“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.
Tsh Oxenreider. 7 p.m. Friday. The memoirist speaks and signs “At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick. Noon Saturday. The children’s book authors speak and sign “Bob, Not Bob! *To Be Read as Though You Have the Worst Cold Ever.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
David M. Buss. 2 p.m. Saturday. The psychologist speaks and signs “The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating.” Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158. 512-418-8985, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2536.
Chelsea Clinton. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The former first daughter speaks and signs “It’s Your World.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Deborah Clearman. 7 p.m. Saturday. The short story author speaks and signs “Concepción and the Baby Brokers.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com/events/.
Amy Jackson. 3 p.m. Sunday. The children’s book author speaks and signs “Cassandra and the Night Sky.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
John Mackey. 7 p.m. Monday. The Whole Foods founder speaks and signs “The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Brian Van Reet. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The debut novelist speaks and signs “Spoils.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Adam Bray and Tricia Barr. 6 p.m. Wednesday. The authors speak and signs “Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Brian McGreevy. 7 p.m. Thursday. The novelist speaks and signs “The Lights.” 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.
Art Science Gallery. “Life As We Know It” features artwork inspired by biodiversity from artists including Ashley Cecil, Clair Gaston, Melanie Hickerson and Rene Robbins. 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through May 20. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #102. 512-522-8278, artsciencegallery.com.
Black Lagoon Gallery. “The Wild Still” showcases new works by Ryan Cooper and Amado Peña. Through June 11 by appointment only. 4301 A. Guadalupe St. blacklagoongallery.com.
Blanton Museum of Art. “Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser.” This mid-career survey explores several major bodies of work by contemporary artist Katchadourian. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 11. 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. “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. 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.
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. Noon 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.” Two new exhibits at the Jones Center 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. Through Aug. 27. “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. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 700 Congress Ave. “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. “Water.” This exhibition of new works by Malou Flato features detailed and layered depictions of water scenes. 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.
Dimension Gallery. “Aranpo / Stitch.” This solo show displays the work of Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash and originally from Nigeria. The exhibit is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege and family. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Grayduck Gallery. “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. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 1. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.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.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time” examines the artist’s (born Enrique Carbajal Gonzalez) artistic practice in relation to mathematical concepts that inform his designs and sculptures. Sebastián developed his own artistic language, incorporating science, mathematics and symbolism to create each original piece. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 25. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.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. 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,” a multimedia show by conceptual artist Sean Ripple, doubles as a bookstore and as an audio feed featuring readings of the titles from the store. 2 to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday through April 29. 702 Shady Lane. 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.
“Singing for Steven: A Cabaret Evening.” Andrew and Mary Ann Heller have created the inaugural event to support the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, with Heller performing songs from his two Frank Sinatra tribute albums and others. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $29-$79. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
“We Create: Groundwork Music Project.” The fourth annual concert features the Groundwork Music Orchestra accompanied by students from Blackshear, Brentwood, Maplewood, Palm, Promiseland, Spilled Milk and Sunset Valley elementary schools and Little Folks, Martin House and Trinity pre-schools — plus a surprise special guest. 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. groundworkmusic.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Doublewide, Texas.” In this flat-out funny southern-fried comedy from Way Off Broadway Community Players, the inhabitants of Texas’ smallest trailer park fight the town that wants to annex them. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinee April 30, through May 13. $10-$20. 11880 W. Old FM 2243, Bldg. 4, Leander. 512-259-5878, wobcp.org.
“The Phantom of the Opera.” With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical still tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over everyone there. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday through April 30. $34-$154. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-471-9166, texasperformingarts.org.
“Charlotte Smith: Color Full.” The first solo show of Smith’s artwork in almost two years showcases a fresh body of work that continues her passion for layers and piles of bright paint organized in her identifiable style. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. April 21. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through May 13. 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.
“Karl Cholnoky & Landon O’Brien.” Big Medium’s exhibit pairs the three-dimensional work of Austin-based O’Brien with wall pieces by New York-based Cholnoky. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. April 21. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through May 19. 916 Springdale Road. Bldg. 2 #101. 512-939-6665, bigmedium.org.
“Flower Power” and “The Mighty Vignettes.” Art for the People will have a whopping 37 artists represented at its latest set of shows. “Flower Power” embraces the diversity of flowers, while “Mighty Vignettes” showcases handmade furniture, wall art, sculptures and ceramics. Opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 21. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through July 8. 1711 S. First St. 512-76104708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
“William Cauthern Presents.” Link & Pin presents the work of a respected Austin artist and educator who specializes in sculpture and printmaking after learning under sculptor Steve Daly and Nigerian woodcutter Christopher Adejumo. Opening reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through April 30. 2235 E. Sixth St. #102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.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. Jermaine Fowler, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $18-$23. Funniest Person in Austin preiminaries, 8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, $6-$11. Barry Rothbart, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 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. Sunday. $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 and Saturday. $5-$10. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “Boiz of Austin,” 7:30 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.