Theater & dance
“Disney’s the Little Mermaid.” Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, it’s a love story for the ages. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $14-$30. Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
“The Noisy Neighbors.” Different Stages continues its season with Carlo Goldoni’s “The Noisy Neighbors” or “Il Campiello,” a comedy written for the Venetian Carnival of 1756. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 28. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. main.org/diffstages.
Chandler Baker, Kim Liggett and Neal Shusterman. 7 p.m. Friday. The young adult authors speak and sign “Teen Hyde,” “The Last Harvest” and “Scythe,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Michael Miller and Susan Rittereiser. 3 p.m. Saturday. The Austin History Center archivists speak and sign “Historic Movie Houses of Austin.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Richard Garriott. 3 p.m. Sunday. The entrepreneur speaks and signs “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Manjula Martin. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The editor speaks and signs “Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Chanelle Benz. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Houston author speaks and signs “The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art on 5th. “Universes United.” This collection of superhero memorabilia includes original works on canvas and paper, vintage film posters and other hand-signed collectibles by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, Bruce Timm, Christopher Clark and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 19. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. arton5th.com.
Blanton Museum of Art. Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky” is a monumental installation. Through Jan. 22. “Warhol By the Book,” from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity. Through Jan. 29. 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.
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. “Habitat.” After a months-long remodel, the downtown venue has reopened with a stunning immersive exhibit by Polish artist Sosnowska, who has created a labyrinthine series of corridors that lead to smaller, triangular rooms, each containing a single sculpture. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 26. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Dimension Gallery. “#solidfriends.” This solo show displays the figurative sculptures created by Austin artist Dana Younger, who seeks to explore the depth and nature of relationships in the digital age. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 22. 979 Springdale Road. Suite 99. dimensiongallery.org.
Gallery 701. “Naissance.”Austin’s newest visual arts and community-based gallery features art centered around the theme naissance, encompassing birth, creation, the new year and the gallery’s connection to the local community. Always open during performances; public welcome Wednesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Feb. 20. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Georgetown Art Center. “Against the Grain.” This group show features works of art and sculptures that are primarily created out of wood. Artists include David Amdur, Daryl Howard, Danny Kamerath, Scott Rolfe and Herb Smith. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 5. 816 South Main Street, Georgetown. 512-930-2583, georgetownartcentertx.org.
Grayduck Gallery. “Lumens & Currents.” The show from Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
Harry Ransom Center. 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.
Link & Pin. “The Winter Modern.” The artwork of local artists Sarah Presson’s (mixed-media collage), Nick Schnitzer (3-D wall hanging work) and Stephen Pruitt (photography) is on display, at times surrounding the intimate performance of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Jan. 23. 2235 E. Sixth St. # 102. linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Bettina Hubby: The Sexual Bronze Show.” An exhibition of sculptures, photographs and collages, Hubby’s first show at the Lora Reynolds Gallery features seemingly ordinary objects that suggest intimacy in many different forms. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 21. 360 Nueces St. Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico” features a rich tradition of handmade nativity scenes, many of which depict a reflection of Mexico’s landscape, such as cacti, turkeys and market scenes. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 29. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
People’s Gallery 2016. City Hall fills with its annual show of art by from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums and arts organizations will be on exhibit throughout the first three floors of City Hall. 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 23. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. “The Umlauf Prize: EchindaLabs.” Elizabeth McClellan is this year’s winner of the Umlauf Prize, an award given to a University of Texas sculpture student. McClellan’s “EchindaLabs” is a kitschy take on the blur of body science and the marketing of the beauty industry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 29. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. $1-$5. 512-445-5582. umlaufsculpture.org.
Waller Creek. “Hurlyburly” is a large, site-specific installation made of repurposed lobster rope by New York artist Orly Genger. Near the Waller Creek Boathouse at 74 Trinity St. through Feb. 28. Free. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “100 Percent Fine.” This post-holiday art show features two brothers and their art: Jad Fair’s cutout paintings of album covers and David Fair’s ghost paintings. 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 Feb. 26. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
“Symphonic Follies.” This Austin Symphony Orchestra show will feature Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals,” with Peter Schickele’s verses narrated by local favorite Martin Burke, and the Texas premiere of P.D.Q Bach’s “Concerto for Simply Grand Piano” with Jeffery Biegel. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Bloomsday.” The Texas premiere of this production by Austin Playhouse comes from one of Austin’s most acclaimed playwrights, Steven Dietz. In his literature-laden love story, an American man searches for the Irish woman who captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a Bloomsday walking tour in Dublin. Opens Jan. 13. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 5. $14-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“Crimes of the Heart.” Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, produced by the City Theatre, spins the zany story of a dysfunctional Southern family who handle a world falling to pieces with an enormous capacity to love. Opens Jan. 13. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 5. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“Matt & Ben.” By Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, this comedy produced by Penny Dime Productions tells the story of Hollywood’s ultimate “bromance” — that of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, when “Good Will Hunting” miraculously falls into their laps. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Jan. 21. $15. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive. pennydimeproductions.wixsite.com/info.
“The One Spot.” This musical about visual art tells the story of Dan Aubergine, private investigator, who has been hired to solve a crime that he accidentally committed — a crime so heinous that he will only survive if his secret is kept. 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday. $10. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. esquintangoaustin.com.
“Send Me No Flowers.” The fast-paced comedy from Way Off Broadway Community Players centers on the hypochondriachal George, who overhears his doctor discussing another patient’s dying diagnosis and think it’s his own and decides to put his affairs in order before the end. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Jan. 22 through Feb. 4. $10-$20. 11880 West FM 2243, Leander. wobcp.org.
“The Time Machine.” Montopolis Productions presents this science fiction-themed multimedia performance that travels through the 20th century, performing popular songs from every decade. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $18-$22. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org/event/time-machine/.
Karen Kunc + Monika Meler. A spectrum of color and light connects Kunc’s woodcuts and Melers’ relief prints in this two-person show as part of Print Austin. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 18. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 3. 512-454-6671, galleryshoalcreek.com.
“In the Absence of Ideal Conditions.” Multi-disciplinary artists Elaine I-Ling Shen and Alyssa Taylor Wendt are working together for the first time to produce this collaborative show at the ICOSA Collective of sculptures, video and installation. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 13. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through Feb. 11. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com/home.html.
“Metallic and Rust.” Taylor Winn and Dony Wynn are showing their stunning abstracts — Winn’s flowing paintings, Wynn’s tight-shot phorographs — that are both full of movement and color at the Davis Gallery. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 18. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
“Orna Feinstein: Treetopia.” In this solo show at Camiba Art, Feinstein continues to show she derives inspiration from the architecture of the organic world, obsessed with exploring materials and processes related to it. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 11. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite 111. 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. Josh Wolf from “Chelsea Lately,” 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Clayton English, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,’ 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “The Do Over” is an improv show that takes stories of regret and re-imagines them to be way better. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/the-do-over-improv-tickets-30232897410?aff=erelexpmlt.
Esther’s Follies. Esther’s Follies enters 2017 with a bang and lots of new sketches, including “Trump’s Inaugural Party” at the glittering Trump Tower, where the president-elect entertains his newly appointed Cabinet as well as his surprise guest, Vladimir Putin — until Hillary Clinton pulls a Kanye and shows up to challenge them all. Plus, magician Ray Anderson unveils a new sultry illusion, “Tango!” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in January. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
The New Movement. “The Neighborhood,” 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. Jay Whitecotton with Arielle Norman, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.