Theater & dance
“893 Ya-Ku-Za.” Set over the course of a business lunch in a Japanese restaurant somewhere in the United States, this play exploring themes of ambition and loyalty follows Aya’s bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese crime syndicate. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with additional performance 8 p.m. Feb. 7, through Feb. 10. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
“Ariadne auf Naxos.” The Austin Opera is presenting German composer Richard Strauss’ tour-de-force, about two very different groups of performers — opera singers and comedians — who have assembled in the home of a wealthy man and must find a way to combine the opera and the comedy together. 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4. $39-$205. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-472-5992, austinopera.org.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Zach Theatre will be the first regional theater in Texas to produce this Tony Award-winning play, an adaptation of a novel about a gifted boy who, accused of killing the neighbor’s dog, goes on a Sherlock Holmes-style investigation to find the culprit. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through March 4. $25-$133. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
“If I Forget.” In the Southwest Theatre Productions’ staging of the play by the acclaimed writer of “Dear Evan Hansen,” liberal Jewish Studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday — and find that their secrets are going to tear them apart. 8 p.m. Feb. 2-3, 4 p.m Feb. 4. $20-$25. Santa Cruz Studio Theatre, 1805 E. Seventh St. if-i-forget.brownpapertickets.com.
“Uncle Vanya.” The City Theatre is producing the joyously comic and poignantly tragic adaptation by Rod Mechem of Anton Chekhov’s play about a retired professor and his beautiful young wife, who withdraw to a country estate and find their entire family’s lives come undone upon their arrival. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 4. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“When We Are Married.” Different Stages is taking on this comedy about three couples — the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts — who are highly respected pillars of the community but find out they’ve been living in sin because they weren’t legally married 25 years ago. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. differentstagestheatre.org.
Raymond Caballero. 7 p.m. Friday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs “Orozco: The Life and Death of a Mexican Revolutionary.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
W. Stone Cotter. 2 p.m. Saturday. The middle-grade author speaks and signs “Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
John Vanderslice. 2 p.m. Sunday. The novelist speaks and signs “The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Laura Creedle. 2 p.m. Sunday. The debut novelist speaks and signs “The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Austin Mystery Writers. 5 p.m. Sunday. The group of local mystery authors will speak and sign “Lone Star Lawless: 14 Texas Tales of Crime.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Terry Shames, Laura Oles and James Ziskin. 7 p.m. Monday. The authors speak and sign “A Reckoning in the Back Country,” “Daughters of Bad Men” and “Cast the First Stone,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Bryan Mealer. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The local author speaks and signs “The Kings of Big Spring.” Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Elizabeth Crook. 7 p.m Wednesday. The local author speaks and signs “The Which Way Tree.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Matt Haig. 7 p.m. Thursday. The novelist speaks and signs “How to Stop Time.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art on 5th. Kenneth Tom Olsen, a Danish artist, has taken a circuitous path to his full-time career as a painter. He is returning to Austin with new works. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C 110 B. arton5th.com.
Art Science Gallery. “Solar.” This multi-artist show features artwork in the printmaking medium about the sun, made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (about sun or star-related cultural and natural history). Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 15. 916 Springdale Road. artsciencegallery.com.
Big Medium. “For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder” is a suite of paintings from Ricardo Vicente Ruiz rooted in the history and folklore of harvesting seasons in the Southwest, with a focus on the surrounding landscape with tools, animals, plants, and fantastical manifestations as onlookers. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Feb. 17. 916 Springdale Road. bigmedium.org.
The Blanton Museum of Art. “Line Form Color.” In the early 20th century, as some artists began to reject traditional representation and explore abstract works, many adopted an elemental way of creating lines, shapes and color — as captured in Ellsworth Kelly’s 1951 book proposal to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation titled “Line Form Color.” This exhibit was inspired by his book and will feature pieces in the Blanton’s collection that embrace a reductive formal vocabulary. 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 March 4. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Camiba Art. “Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government.” The artist’s second solo show with Camiba is a series of 20 hexagon-shaped pieces presented as diptychs in a candlelit gallery, with elaborate geometric symbols to express the virtues and vices of government. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 10. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com.
Davis Gallery. “In Depth” is the gallery’s annual winter group show, and this year it aims to examine the fifth element of art: space. Specifically, how positive and negative space interacts and how specific techniques can produce the illusion of depth. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 24. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
Dougherty Arts Center. “Terra Incognita.” Photographer Nancy Mims’ portfolio is created through her daily practice of walking around her neighborhood, taking pictures of what she encounters and meticulously editing the results for a collection that reflects an elegant order. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/dac.
Gallery Shoal Creek. “Strata: Prints + Drawings.” In conjunction with PrintAustin 2018, Gallery Shoal Creek presents an exhibit of works by New Mexico artist Karina Noel Hean, who explores responses to the landscape with woodcut and intaglio prints and large- and small-scale drawings. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 17. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 3. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Grayduck Gallery. In “Café Avatar,” artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi explore the selves we gain as we rely more on computers —and where our avatars hang out when not in use — in this playful collection of images and objects. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 18. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
ICOSA Collective. “Call & Respond.” This two-person show of works by Andrew Blanchard and Jonas Criscoe takes inspiration from the musical form of call and response, showcasing imagery through the lens of printmaking to construct works that skew the context and meaning of the original. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. icosacollective.com.
Link & Pin Gallery. “Flux.” As part of PrintAustin, Link & Pin has put together this multi-artist show examining contemporary manipulations of traditional serigraphy techniques. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday or by appointment through Feb. 18. 2235 E. Sixth St. #102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “The Last Tree on the Planet.” Jason Middlebrook’s fourth show features his new sculptures and drawings, inspired by a scene in the recent blockbuster “Blade Runner 2049” that depicted the last tree on Earth. By isolating his paintings from the slabs of wood he typically paints on, he is imagining a world without trees. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 360 Nueces St. Suite 50. lorareynolds.com.
MASS Gallery. “Proxemics.” This multi-artist exhibit features works that use the human body as a tool for communication. In the pieces by Ben Aqua, Felipe Baeza, Xavier Schipani, Silky Shoemaker, Riel Sturchio and Jaimie Warren, bodies are presented in unrestricted and unapologetic forms, often transcending classic depictions of the human form. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 24. 507 Calles St. massgallery.org.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection”explores the plurality of resistance, highlighting various lineages of Latinx and Latin American resistance. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 27. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.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 January 2018. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Prizer Arts & Letters. The printmaking artists of the Roux Collective — Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia — are being featured in “Roux.” Together, they examine cultural and societal issues affecting women of the African Diaspora. By appointment and during events through Feb. 24. 2023 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-575-3559, prizerartsandletters.org.
Texas Folklife. “Celebrating the Ceramic Art of Jalisco.” Known for its compelling art in many creative disciplines, the Mexican state of Jalisco is internationally famous for the wide variety of maestros in clay and other mediums, and Texas Folklife will highlight these artistic gems in a curated exhibit. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment through mid-April. 1708 Houston St. texasfolklife.org.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. “Flight & Fall: Charles Umlauf’s Dualities” explores a range of dualities in sculptor Charles Umlauf’s artwork — dualities such as good and evil, virtue and vice — taking visitors on a rich journey through human archetypes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through March 12. 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. 512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.org.
Women and Their Work. “No Trace of Now Will Remain.” Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, local artist Gail Chovan gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through March 1. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Small, Smaller, Smallest” Austin artist Deborah Mersky will be joined by her Seattle compadres Julie Paschkis and Joe Max Emminger in a show of small paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 18. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
Beerthoven Concert Series: Revel Classical Band. The musicians of Revel are no strangers to combining classical music with beer. For this show, they will play light works from the Great American Songbook and German cabaret, as well as Beethoven’s “Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano” and a few surprises. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 3 p.m. Feb. 4. $10-$25. Austin Saengerrunde, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. beerthoven.com.
“Many Voices, One World.” Chorus Austin will give a chamber ensemble performance celebrating the things that unite us as inhabitants of the earth, with music from a variety of faiths, secular folk music, music from countries around the world and more. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, St. Louis King of France, 7601 Burnet Road. 3 p.m. Feb. 4, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. 512-719-3300, chorusaustin.org.
“The Poet Sings: Dashon Burton with Craig Hella Johnson.” Bass-baritone Dashon Burton joins Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson for a recital in Conspirare’s “The Poet Sings” series. The program will include Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), Op. 48,” music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Scott Perkins, spirituals and gospel songs. Johnson will perform as the pianist for this production, and members of the Conspirare Symphonic Choir will make a special appearance. 8 p.m. Feb. 2. $32-$48. Jessen Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall, University of Texas, 201 W. 21st St. conspirare.org/event/dashon-burton-2018
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“The Seagull.” Austin Shakespeare is taking on a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s revolutionary play. Set in 19th century Russia, “The Seagull” is about a budding playwright and a young actress who confront their lifelong desires in a collision course with his famous mother and her even more well-known novelist lover. Opens Feb. 7. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. $18-$35. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
“Art of Celebration.” Art for the People’s multi-artist show features an array of art in the form of ceramics, encaustic, jewelry, mixed media, watercolor and more. Opening reception 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and Tuesdays by appointment, through April 29. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Malcolm Bucknall: Solo Show. The solo show at Wally Workman Gallery by renowned artist Bucknall features his absurdist surrealism, which muddles the style of the Old Masters with cartoons, films, home photography and other more contemporary details to create anthropomorphic creatures. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 3. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
“Nature’s Playlist.” In the North Hills Gallery show, Lonni Swanson and Rosemary Thompson are Austin watercolor artists who strike a whimsical note. Opening reception 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 4. 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 Feb. 25. 7050 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, nwhillsumc.org.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Big Jay Oakerson: Special Event, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $18-$23. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Punch, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Heffernan & Lemme, 8 p.m. Thursday, $18-$23. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. The femme fatale who knows what she wants and how to get it. The detective, easily tempted to veer from his assigned task. The cop who has to try and enforce the law. The fully improvised “Deja Noir” will deconstruct the dark side and throw some comedic light on your favorite noir subjects. 7 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 24. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. Now that it’s February, love is in the air, and Esther’s has got plenty of it to go around. In “Dating Dos and Oh, No, He Didn’t!” Esther’s takes a look at how to meet and match your mate in today’s online world, from speed dating, Tinder, OKCupid and the like. In “Love Is a Robot,” Esther’s asks if an 8-foot robot makes a good Valentine’s Day gift. And the new political sketch “Little White House Lies and Laughs” will focus on Trump, cornered by Mueller’s minions, the Trump Ex-Wives club and a disgruntled Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in February. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. “Orphans! The Improvised Orphan Musical” follows a ragtag group of grime-streaked yet adorable orphaned kids and teens at the turn of the 20th century. In this completely improvised show, the kids will navigate a filthy industrial world filled with snarling coppers, careless caregivers and vengeful villains. “Orphans!” features a different big city in each performance as well as high-energy song and dance numbers. 8 p.m. Saturday through March 3. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
Trevor Noah at Bass Concert Hall. By taking over hosting duties of “The Daily Show” from Jon Stewart, South African comedian Noah had big shoes to fill, but he has made the show his own and now has stories to tell about it. He’s coming to Austin for a return to his stand-up comedy roots. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 7 and 10 p.m. Feb. 3. $39.50-$85. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.
The Velveeta Room. Sam Tallent with Carina Magyar, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.