Theater & dance
“The Comedy of Errors.” Austin Shakespeare’s Shakespeare in the Park production is set in a colorful ancient world at the crossroads of cultures. It’s a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities in which two pairs of twins are reunited in a surprising turn of events. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 28. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinshakespeare.org.
“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 through May 13. $10-$20. 11880 W. Old FM 2243, Bldg. 4, Leander. 512-259-5878, wobcp.org.
“Nunsense.” The early summer forecast for City Theatre calls for giggles, guffaws, chortles and good old-fashioned belly laughs, and it’s all thanks to the famed Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have to put on a variety show with the nuns as the talent to raise money, in Dan Goggin’s madcap musical. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through May 28. $25-$40. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Ste. D. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“Ocean.” Writer and performer Ebony Stewart returns to the Vortex with the premiere of her new play, which weaves evocative poetry, feminist aesthetic, brilliant storytelling and spiritual depth. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 21 with additional performance 8 p.m. May 17. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.
Graeme Simsion. 7 p.m. Friday. The Australian author speaks and signs “The Best of Adam Sharp.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Rachel Hellman, Jennifer Bertrand, Valeria Fulman, Susan Stutz and Paula Bixel. 2 p.m. Saturday. The contributors speak and sign “Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Alexander McCall Smith. 6 p.m. Saturday. The bestselling author speaks and signs “My Italian Bulldozer.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Contributors of “Pantsuit Nation.” 2 p.m. Sunday. The contributors to a collection of stories speak and sign “Pantsuit Nation.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Scott Westerfeld, Erin Beaty, Taran Matharu and Kristen Orlando. 7 p.m. Monday. The young adult authors speak and sign “Spill Zone,” “The Traitor’s Kiss,” “The Battelmage” and “You Don’t Know My Name,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Julia Mickenberg. 6 p.m. Tuesday. The UT professor speaks and signs “American Girls in Red Russia.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Doree Shafrir. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The culture writer speaks and signs “Startup.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Benjamin Ludwig. 7 p.m. Thursday. The novelist speaks and signs “Ginny Moon.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “Flower Power” and “The Mighty Vignettes.” A whopping 37 artists will be 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. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through July 8. 1711 S. First St. 512-76104708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. “The Way Things Get Done” brings Gabe Leonard’s art back to Austin and will feature new original paintings, oil studies, hand-embellished artist proofs, and limited edition giclees. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 28. 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.
Big Medium. The two person show of “Kari Cholnoky and Landon O’Brien” pairs the three-dimensional work of Austin-based O’Brien with wall pieces by New York-based Cholnoky, who, despite their artistic differences, share the ability of displaying off-putting aesthetic experiences. 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through May 19. 916 Springdale Road. bigmedium.org.
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. Through June 11. “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. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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. “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. “The Silent Narrative of Things” features new works by Alejandra Almuelle, who started the series of human-centered ceramic art with questions about the current political situation, and one of the pieces that she has called “Seven” expresses that uncertain state of mind. 12 to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through May 21. 979 Springdale Road. 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.
Georgetown Art Center. “Made for You and Me.” James Tisdale’s newest body of work, a series of Southern Gothic sculptures on display at the center, takes a look at the social and political issues scattered across the American landscape. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 4. Free. 816 S. Main Street, Georgetown. 512-930-2583, georgetownartcentertx.org.
Icosa Collective. In “:palm_tree: :palm_tree: :palm_tree:,” The Austin-based painters Sara Vanderbeek and Jenn Wilson explore the dualistic meanings of paradise in their dual show. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through May 27. 702 Shady Lane. 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com.
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. “End of the Whirld.”This group exhibition features four artists — focused on drawings, collage, photography, sculpture and installation — whose work is steeped in dark undertones, commenting on the complexities of Western culture. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through June 3. 507 Calles St. Ste. 108. 512-535-4946, massgallery.org.
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. “Texas on My Mind.” The solo show displays the work of Baron Wilson, an Austin artist and former architectural illustrator working in water media and oil, with subjects ranging from Texas landscapes and architectural landmarks to abstracts and still-life. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through May 28. 7050 Village Center Drive. nwhillsumc.org/wp/.
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.
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.
Women and Their Work. “Abby Bagby: Kingdom.” The artist unravels and explores human psychology through the manipulation of human hair within the context of assemblage. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through June 8. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “The Blue Green Grass of Home” is showcasing the new collages, made from vintage linoleum flooring, of Pittsburgh artist Bill Miller, who depicts a range of images from bucolic landscapes to surrealistic, fiercely political pieces. 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 June 11. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
The Octopus Project: “Memory Mirror” Multisensory Menagerie. Celebrating the last stop of its U.S. tour and the release of new album “Memory Mirror,” the band is taking advantage of the unique facilities of the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum for a live performance. The show will feature nine-channel surround sound, immersive multi-screen visuals, rumble seats, indoor weather effects and more. 11 p.m. May 12. $15-$18. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
“Monteverdi 1610.” Texas Early Music Project rounds out its season of musical transition and innovation with the monumental “Monteverdi Vespers” of 1610, and it’s just in time to celebrate the composer’s 450th birthday. 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $5-$30. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive. early-music.org.
“Golden.” The Austin Civic Orchestra and Texas Guitar Quartet are teaming up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Concierto Andaluz” by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and will also play Rodrigo’s “Adagio for Wind Orchestra” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10-$15. Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. austincivicorchestra.org.
Real World Music Showcase. The Anthropos Arts students, alongside their mentors — some of the best and most noted musicians in town — join for an annual end-of-year showcase. This year’s musical extravaganza will feature tunes from Colombia, Cuba, Angola, Lebanon and New Orleans, plus tributes to legendary artists. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Emo’s Austin, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. anthroposarts.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Bonhoeffer’s Cost.” Agape Theatre’s production of the World War II drama is based on the incredible and inspirational true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of the war. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through May 21. $8-$20. The Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. ticketor.com/agapetheatre.
“Alice (in Wonderland).” Ballet Austin has re-created the exotic world created by author Lewis Carroll. Alice and all the eccentric characters she encounters jump from page to stage in this wacky, whimsical ballet featuring fanciful sets, outlandish costumes, and styles of movement that fuse classical ballet with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop choreography. 8 p.m. May 12-13, 2 p.m. May 13 and 3 p.m. May 14. $21.30-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. balletaustin.org.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent young adults vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime in this riotous ride that will feature audience participation. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 3. $13-$20. Sam Bass Theatre, 600 N. Lee St. 512-763-7228, sambasstheatre.org.
West Austin Studio Tour. This year’s self-guided West Austin Studio Tour features 172 artist studios, 45 galleries, 92 temporary exhibitions and much more to see and do. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and May 20-21. Free. Various locations west of Interstate 35, east of MoPac Boulevard, south of U.S. 183 and north of William Cannon Drive. west.bigmedium.org
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. Ali Siddiq, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Funniest Person in Austin preliminaries, 8 p.m. Monday, $6-$11. “Nite, Nite With Bob Khosravi,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$12. John Heffron with Trey Galyon, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. Set against the backdrop of a cotillion, “A Fine Affair” follows famed gospel music producer Charles Desselle as he clumsily navigates his way through the demands of family and tradition while awaiting the arrival of his teenage daughter, who is nowhere to be found. 7 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through May 20. $8. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. Spring is in full swing at Esther’s, which will have more political material than ever before to play with, lifted straight from the nation’s headlines and with a special Texas take on the best in pop culture. Esther’s pouplar news medley takes on Trump’s taxes, North Korea and the border wall. Plus, there’s a new musical called the “Lyin’ King,” a Disney-esque take on Trump 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.
The Hideout Theatre. “How I Saved the World Over Summer Vacation: An Improvised 1980s Sci-Fi Adventure” is inspired by suburban coming-of-age stories like “E.T.,” “Monster Squad,” “The Goonies,” and even modern homages like “Super 8” and “Stranger Things,” taking us all back to an age when all you needed to rule your neighborhood was a bike, a group of friends and an imagination. 8 p.m. Saturday through July 1. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
The Institution Theater. “The New Guard” is an improvisation showcase of the Institution’s rising talents. 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday. $5. The 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com/project/the-new-guard/.
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. Kat Ramzinski with John Rabon. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.