Austin360 arts list, Aug. 11-17


Theater & dance

“Annie, Get Your Gun.” Summer Stock Austin’s third production is a glorious Wild West spectacle from Irving Berlin, loosely based on the true story of renowned sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her tempestuous romance with gunslinger Frank Butler. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. $20-$47. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

“August: Osage County.” The City Theatre’s sizzling summer season heats up with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning production about the Weston family, who all return home to the desolate plains of Oklahoma after their famous poet and patriarch father, Beverly Weston, disappears. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.

“Million Dollar Quartet.” Zach Theatre’s next summer production is this Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the true story of a few musical icons: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. They joined forces for one night only on Dec. 4, 1956, at Sun Records Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam-session ever. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 3. $29-$81. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Summer Stock Austin takes on this silly but smart comedy that parodies the legend of King Arthur and his band of haphazard knights as they sing and dance their way through an inane divine quest. 2 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $20-$42. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

“A Shoe Story: A Musical.” The second of Summer Stock Austin’s three theater shows is for all ages, with rap battles, lounge singing and a pair of magical tap-dancing shoes. In it, Sydney is a 13th generation shoemaker whose business is failing. 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. $9-$17. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

“Twentyeight.” A new play by Tyler English-Beckwith set to the songs of Kanye West, this production from Gale Theatre Company tells the story of six black people in search of outer space. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with additional performance 9 p.m. Aug. 16, through Aug. 19. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.

“The Wizard of Oz.” The summer musical season at Zilker Hillside Theatre returns with a classic. The musical, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, was Broadway’s biggest hit in 1903. The Zilker Summer Musical is one of the longest continuously running outdoor musical events in the U.S., celebrating its 59th season this year. 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org.

Literary calendar

Stina Leicht. 7 p.m. Friday. The fantasy author speaks and signs “Blackthorne.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Sharon Solwitz. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The fiction author speaks and signs “Once, in Lourdes.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.

Chandler Baker. 6 p.m. Saturday. The young adult author speaks and signs “This Is Not the End.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Renee Casteel Cook and Tiffany Harelik. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The cookbook authors speak and sign “Best of Trailer Food Diaries.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

John Corvino. 7 p.m. Thursday. The co-author speaks and signs “Debating Religious Liberty & Discrimination.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Art

Art for the People. “Abstract Absolutely,” “I See You” and “Scene Builders.” Art for the People presents three new exhibits, the first of which showcases the relationship of color and form with a variety of Austin artists. The second features photographs from couple Karen and Steve Jackson. And “Scene Builders” involves artist whose pieces are created on or in buildings and on bodies. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 14. 1711 South First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.

Art on 5th. With “Disney Pop!” Art on 5th is displaying an exhibit of pop-style artwork from more than a dozen official Disney artists. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 18. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.

Big Medium. “Ellen Siebers: Sunbathers.” A series of paintings inspired by the confined space found in both interior and exterior environments. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 19. 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 2 #101. bigmedium.org/gallery.html.

Blanton Museum. “Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art.” Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles: Larger-than-life stories are depicted with a delicacy of touch and vibrant colors in this collection of Indian paintings. “Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: Giant.” In their three-channel film installation, Hubbard and Birchler present a decaying movie set just outside Marfa, left behind after the 1956 filming of “Giant,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. The film captures scenes from a Warner Bros. office in 1955 and the skeletal remains of the movie set today. 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 Oct. 1. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.

Camiba Art. “Studio Scene Seen: 1st Annual Survey of Camiba Art Tours Artists.” In addition to its gallery spaces, Camiba Art also curates and leads guided art tours locally and around the world with a focus on Latin America. For the first time, Camiba has brought back artwork from just five of the dozens of artist studios visited each year. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 9. 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.

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. 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. The annual summer multi-artist show “Radiant: Group Show” focuses on radial compositions, luminescent surfaces and circular shapes to invite the audience to explore the importance of form, composition and tone. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 19. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.

De Stijl Podium for Art. “En Bola.” This exhibit at De Stijl features Austin collective Los Outsiders working in tandem with a trio of Texas artists and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1006 W. 31st St. 512-354-0868, destijlaustin.com/upcoming.

Georgetown Art Center. “The Lost Tarot” is the first exhibit of an exquisite series by Austrian-born Hans Bauer, whose images of magical realism evoke a long-lost, recently rediscovered deck of medieval imagery. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 20. 816 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-930-2583, georgetownartcentertx.org.

Grayduck Gallery. “Crit Group 2017.” The Contemporary Austin and Grayduck Gallery are pleased to present this multi-artist show featuring recent works by the eight artists selected to participate in the museum’s Crit Group this year. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 13. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.

Link & Pin. With “The Little Things,” Austin artist Kiah Denson is displaying her collection of small abstract drawings inspired by objects and observations in nature, made by gathering tiny bits of nature’s art and design, from pebbles to feathers and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Aug. 27. 2235 E. Sixth St. #102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.com.

Lora Reynolds Gallery. Artist Catherine Lee’s first show at the gallery, “Time,” features her sculptures and paintings, many of which speak to the core tenets of humanity and point to the human impulse of design and make (by hand) implements for farming, hunting, protection, worship or storytelling. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Sept. 9. 360 Nueces St. Ste. 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.

Mexic-Arte Museum. “YLA 22: ¡Ahora!” Guest curated by Alana Coates, the Mexic-Arte show, the 22nd installment of the museum’s annual emerging Latinx artist exhibit, features eight artists from across Texas whose art confronts prominent issues of the contemporary Latino experience in the U.S. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 27. 419 Congress Ave. 512-480-9373, mexic-artemuseum.org.

North Hills Gallery. “Elsewhere.” Leslie Kell, Joyce LaBaw and Greta Olivas celebrate their optimistic, poetic and insightful visions by creating works designed to inspire and offer a fresh glimpse of the world. 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 Aug. 27. 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. “Wait … Lifter: Ted Carey.” A solo exhibit of works from the Austin artist. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 702 Shady Lane. pumpproject.org.

Texas Folklife. “Hand-Painted Envelopes” is a new exhibit featuring envelopes that have been hand-painted from the 1930s and ’40s from five envelope artists. They are among the best-known envelope artists of the 20th century. Their work highlights a folk art tradition that dates from the 1850s in England. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday through Oct. 6. 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. The solo show displays the work of local artist Gordon Fowler, who has long been respected for his impressionist landscapes of Texas and Mexico. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 26. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.

Women and Their Work. “Pure Imagination” is the national debut of Dutch photographer Micky Hoogendijk’s first photo book, “Through the Eyes of Others,” alongside her solo exhibition, “Pure Imagination.” The artist, now living in Los Angeles, displays portraiture reflecting the concealed vulnerability and beauty of her subjects. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 7. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.

Yard Dog Art Gallery. With “Southern Folk Art From The Vaults Show,” Yard Dog Art Gallery is putting the spotlight back on some of the best pieces to find at the gallery that first established itself in Austin as a place to find well-done folk art. 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 Aug. 20. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.

Music

The Hartman Foundation’s “Concerts in the Park.” Each weekend in the summer, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured on the front lawn of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 27. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.

NEW THIS WEEK

Theater & dance

“Fun Home.” Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, this refreshingly honest musical introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. 8 p.m. Aug. 11-12, 3 p.m. Aug. 12, and 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13. $29-$79. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

“11:11:10.” Choreographer Jennifer Sherburn’s 11-month dance project is headed to a new venue for its penultimate performance, playfully moving in and around work stations at Impact Hub in Northwest Austin. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20-$50. 5540 N. Lamar Blvd. 1111austin.com.

Art

“The Birds.” Ten artists from Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Portugal will showcase work in multiple media that that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas about birds, from migration to conservation. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 12. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 1. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2, #102. 512-522-8278, artsciencegallery.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. Rob Schneider, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $25-$30. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Martha Kelly with Kent Juliff, Mac Blake, Melody Shiflett and Devon Walker, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Adam Ray, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

ColdTowne Theater. “Latinauts: La Frontera Final” is a telenovela set in outer space. Witness the voyages of the Starship Edward J. Olmos, whose 10 year mission is to explore new worlds, seek out new resources for their home planet Earth and to passionately go where no Latinx has gone before. 7 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 26. $10. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.

Esther’s Follies. The dead heat of August finds Esther’s taking on Washington’s growing political summer showdown at its best, with new sketches ripped from local and national headlines, including the “Special Session Blues” about Texas’ current political climate. But politics isn’t the only subject on Esther’s mind this month. Winter is coming in August thanks to Esther’s take on the popular “Game of Thrones” show. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in August. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.

Hideout Theatre. “The Kindness of Strangers” is a journey through the lurid, steamy world of the American South in the style of one of America’s greatest playwrights: Tennessee Williams. Troubled men, spellbinding women and a touch of magic come together to create improvised stories that are hilarious and heartbreaking all at once. 8 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 26. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.

The New Movement. “Penalty Box,” 7:30 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.

Velv Comedy Lounge. Jono Zalay with Tim Williams, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.



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