Theater & dance
“The Crucible.” The University of Texas theater department is taking on Arthur Miller’s allegorical production about the hysteria surrounding accusations of witchcraft in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, which hosts malicious trials reflecting those of 1950s McCarthyism and the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Various dates and times through Nov. 19. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/stage.
“Dry Land.” Permanent Record Theatre is taking on this Ruby Rae Spiegel play that centers on high school swimmer Amy, who meets an unlikely friend named Ester. The acclaimed play is entirely set in the girls’ locker room of a Florida school. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 2. $12-$25. Mastrogeorge Theater, 130 Pedernales St. Suite 318B. permanentrecordtheatre.org.
“Fall for Dance.” Dance Repertory Theatre, the award-winning dance company from the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance, presents new work from professional and student choreographers. The works include the premiere of “Crone” with a live orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $15-$26. B. Iden Payne Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/stage.
“A Tuna Christmas.” Zach Theatre is kicking off its yuletide season in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, with this holiday favorite produced in collaboration with the Paramount Theatre. Co-creator Jaston Williams directs the actors from the recent hit tour of “Greater Tuna,” who play all 25 colorful citizens. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. $30-$88. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
“Love Letters.” In this Way Off Broadway Community Players production, Andrew and Melissa are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with thank you notes — but becomes something much more profound. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinee performance 3 p.m. Nov. 12, through Nov. 25. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Bldg 4, Leander. 512-259-5878, wobcp.org.
“The Seafarer.” Acclaimed Irish playwright Conon McPherson takes us to his mystical and haunting home country as the City Theatre takes on this Austin premiere of his wickedly funny fable of redemption over a card game. Opens Nov. 3. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 26, with no shows Nov. 23 and 24. $15-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. citytheatreaustin.org.
Meg Freitag. 7 p.m. Friday. The poet speaks and signs “Edith.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Meredith Lee and Monica Shaw. 7 p.m. Friday. The authors speak and sign “Shrouded” and “The Rainwater Secret.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Holly Castillo. 2 p.m. Saturday. The novelist speaks and signs “Texas Christmas.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Mark Z. Danielewski. 6 p.m. Saturday. The author speaks and signs “The Familiar: Volume 5.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Krysten Ritter. 2 p.m. Sunday. The actress and writer speaks and signs “Bonfire.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Marissa Meyer. 7 p.m. Monday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Renegades.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
James Haley. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The historian speaks and signs “A Darker Sea.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Jackson Galaxy. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The cat whisperer speaks and signs “Total Cat Mojo.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “3Ps (Pets, People, Places).” The multi-artist exhibit at Art for the People began as an idea to acknowledge gratitude for companion animals and expanded to include all animals and other entities that make a difference in the world, with a total of 55 local artists participating. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and Tuesdays by appointment, through Jan. 27. 1711 S. First St. artforthepeoplegallery.com/exhibitions/3ps-pets-people-places.
Art on 5th. “Push & Pull” features the work of local artist Paul Kolazinski, whose distorted hand-stretched canvases break the flat plane of a traditional painting, drawing our eyes to the drama at the edges of the canvas, rather than within the center. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 3. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
Art Science Gallery. “TX*SCI.” This multi-artist exhibit captures the current state of the science art movement across Texas — specifically artwork that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 26. 916 Springdale Road. artsciencegallery.com.
Big Medium. Zack Ingram: “Skin Thick.” Big Medium is showcasing the winner of the inaugural Tito’s Prize winner, Ingram, a local artist who focuses on print and sculpture work. The Tito’s Prize is a partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka that awards $15,000 to help grow the recipient artist’s career. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday through Dec. 16. 916 Springdale Rd. Bldg. 2 Ste. 101. bigmedium.org.
Blanton Museum. “Dancing with Death” features works on paper spanning from the 15th to 20th centuries in Europe that highlight a visual tradition of bringing death to life. Animating death both poked fun of and meditated on mortality. Through Nov. 26. “Austin Collects Contemporary: Selections from the Blanton’s Recent Gift from The Contemporary” celebrates the Contemporary Austin’s recent gift to the Blanton and underscores both galleries’ commitment to building a world-class collection of contemporary art in Austin. Through Dec. 30. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Camiba Art Gallery. “Speechless.” Margaret Smithers-Crump’s first solo show in Austin intends to bring attention to the vulnerability and interconnectedness of the Earth’s diverse life forms and ecosystems. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 2. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 111. camibaart.com.
Co-Lab Projects. “Good Mourning Tis of Thee.” Co-Lab Projects’ largest exhibit to date, while featuring more than 65 artists and performers, focuses on issues such as grief, loss, death, architecture, urban development and destruction. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Nov. 25. Demo Gallery, 721 Congress Ave. co-labprojects.org.
The Contemporary Austin. John Bock’s “Dead + Juicy” centers around a film newly commissioned by the Contemporary Austin that was shot in and around Austin. The Jones Center also brings together new and existing work from Wangechi Mutu, anchored by a new, site-specific edition of “Throw,” an action painting generated by a performance in which Mutu throws black paper pulp against the wall, creating an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time. Both exhibits through Jan. 14. Plus new works in the sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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). $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Davis Gallery. “The Afterlife of Artifacts.” This multi-artist exhibit explores five of Austin’s best assemblage artists (Barbara Irwin, John Sager, Larry Seaman, Steve Brudniak, and Steve Wiman) and their power to reanimate forgotten objects into extraordinary works of art. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 25. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
De Stijl. “You I I I Everything Else.” The immersive, collaborative body of work by artists Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger explores the original function of the De Stijl gallery building, a modest bungalow, and creates a domestic environment. 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday through Dec. 16. 1006 W. 31st St. 512-354-0868, destijlaustin.com.
Gallery Shoal Creek. Tony Saladino has always felt a deep connection between music and the art that emerges from his creative process. In a series of 12 new works on canvas, the artist explores this connectivity. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 22. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Grayduck Gallery. “Doing Work.” Raul Gonzalez’s solo show features paintings and drawings that were created to help shift the public perception of working-class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 3. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Jumbo Mumbo.” Kay Rosen’s first show at Lora Reynolds features her paintings, drawings, videos prints and collages of words, displayed in ways we don’t typically read them. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 360 Nueces St. Ste. 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
North Hills Gallery. In the Austin Pastel Society’s Annual Membership Show, local painters like Tim Woolsey, Geneva Johnson and Jan Weaver show off their latest work. 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 Dec. 3. 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.
Ransom Center. “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945.” The Ransom Center’s newest exhibition “explores two decades of dynamic cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Thursday until 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 1. Free. 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. “Libros.” This new show will celebrate internationally recognized collage artist Lance Letscher and the nearly open Austin Central Library. Much of his work includes the printed page. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1101 W. Sixth St. artnet.com/galleries/stephen-l-clark-gallery/.
Texas Folklife. “The Master & The Apprentice: Highlights from the Texas Folklife Apprenticeship Program” features tools, instruments, finished works, photographs, audio, video and other documentation to shwo off the success of the apprenticeship program. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday through Jan. 12. 1708 Houston St. 512-441-9255, texasfolklife.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. “Low Places.” The local figurative painter Patrick Puckett is back for his fourth solo show at Wally Workman, once again displaying his large, bold canvases that explore the human figure as inspired by the artist’s life in the American South, with symbolic references of both real and imagined nostalgia.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 25. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “The Felted Flyers of Texas” displays portraits of Texas birds, created using felt scraps from a hatmaker, by Iowa husband and wife Brad and Sundie Ruppert. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. “Lost Souls: Paintings & Monoprints.” Langford’s phantasmagorical and allegorical paintings have been a mainstay at Yard Dog for 21 years, and he’ll be showing off both monoprints and paintings in this return. 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 Nov. 26. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
“Vive la France!” The Austin Symphonic Band presents a concert of French music — music by French composers and music inspired by France. The concert includes pieces by Darius Milhaud, Claude Debussy, Martin Ellerby and George Gershwin, plus classic French marches. 4 p.m. Sunday. $8-$12. AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. austinsymphonicband.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Carmen.” Austin Opera is producing the tale of one of the most dynamic characters in operatic canon, but this new and gritty work places the classic story of love, betrayal and ultimately death in the year 1970. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $43-$205. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
“Hamlet.” Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is taking on the Shakespeare classic. Under Liz Fisher’s direction, this version of “Hamlet” is an edgy and modern interpretation of the playwright’s story about revenge. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19. $8-$18. Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, 405 Moon Street, San Marcos. txstatepresents.com.
“Staycation 2: What in the World?” Mass Gallery is featuring this multi-artist exhibit displaying pieces from 10 Austin-based artists whose works — from glitched landscapes and Ikea geology to CNC-routed naturalism and homespun science — articulate humanity’s complex relationship to the natural world. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 10. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Nov. 19 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday starting Dec. 1 through Dec. 10; additional shows 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15 and 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16. 507 Calles St. #108. massgallery.org.
“Sculp-chur.” This monthlong group exhibit represents a “product line” that consists of one-of-a-kind small sculptures packaged to mimic retail presentation. Each piece is an original artwork presented as if it just came out of a snack vending machine. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment through Dec. 9. 979 Springdale Road. dimensiongallery.org.
“From Eden to Oblivion.” All 20 of Icosa Collective’s artist members are showcasing work that considers the topic of utopia and dystopia, and there’s a wide range of interpretations and media involved, including sculpture, drawing, photography, painting and video. Opens Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment through Nov. 19. 702 Shady Lane Ste. 190. icosacollective.com.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Chad Daniels, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Punch! with Matt Bearden, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Jak Knight, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12-$17. Mac Blake, 8 p.m. $14-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “Barney Miller Dark Knight” is a comedy theater piece that is exactly what it sounds like: a production that takes storylines and dialogue from teleplays of the actual 1970s sitcom “Barney Miller” and plunging those characters and relationships into the world of Batman’s “Dark Knight.” 7 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 25. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. It might be getting cold outside everywhere else, but Austin is only heating up with another round of Esther’s Follies sketches, including a sexy science dance-off between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Plus, “Trumped! the Rally” borrows from President Trump’s glory days on the campaign trail, and “Austin Dudes” demonstrates the pitiful lengths guys have to go to win over the ladies in this town. And it’s time for the annual “Esther’s Follies Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving.” 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in November. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. “Dance Dreams: Life in Dance, Improvised” goes behind the scenes of a ballet company — behind the tulle and ribbon, the sweat and callouses — to reveal a troupe of driven, ambitious artists who will stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. Each week, “Dance Dreams” improvises the story of this ficitonal dance company, covering their struggles, triumphs and rivalries. 8 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 23. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
The Institution Theater. “God vs. the Devil: Pushing the Boundaries of Purgatory” is an improvised theatrical competition with the highest stakes imaginable. Conceived to break theatrical and improv conventions and boundaries, the cast of this hilairous show will pull out all the stops in the battle for their souls. 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 15. $5-$10. 3708 Woodbury Dr. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “When We Were Young,” 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.
The Velveeta Room. Trey Galyon with Pat Sirois, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday, $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.