Theater & dance
“Anon(ymous).” The University of Texas’ Department of Theatre and Dance takes on Naomi Iizuka’s drama based on Homer’s “The Odyssey,” in which a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/ticketing.
“The Bomb in Haymarket Square.” Trouble Puppet Theater uses puppets and music to explore a bombing that took place during a labor demonstration in 1886 Chicago and how this historical event still has relevance today. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $15-$25. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. troublepuppet.com.
“The Game’s Afoot.” In this wickedly funny Ken Ludwig play produced by Way Off Broadway Community Players, a stage actor known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes must don the persona of his beloved detective when one of his friends is stabbed to death during a weekend of revelry at his Connecticut mansion. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.org.
“Just Tap!” The world of tap dance — from traditional to the avant-garde — is coming to life on stage with renowned tap dance artist Acia Gray and the professional members of Tapestry Dance Company, the only full-time repertory tap dance company out there. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 22. $19-$34. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
“The Mousetrap.” Enter the world of murder with Agatha Christie as City Theatre begins its 12th season with the world’s most popular crime drama, during which a group of unsuspecting guests gather in a country house cut off by a blizzard and discover a murderer is in their midst. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.
“Prodigal Son.” Jarrott Productions takes on the latest play from John Patrick Shanley, the Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, who has constructed this passionate portrait of a young man on the verge of either salvation or destruction. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.
“Singin’ in the Rain.” Based on the Gene Kelly film of the same name, Zach Theatre’s first production of its 85th anniversary season is a splashy song-and-dance valentine to the golden age of movie musicals. 7:30 Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29. $30-$150. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
“Vampyress.” This Gothic opera, a tale of horror and magic, chronicles the downfall of Erzsebet Bathori, the Bloody Countess, who gained infamy upon murdering hundreds of young women and bathing in their blood to sustain her youth and beauty. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 21, with additional performance 8 p.m. Oct. 18. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.
“The Wolves.” Hyde Park Theatre’s latest follows a girls indoor league soccer team (the titular Wolves) through one winter season as they face trials and tragedies both intimate and intense. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 21. $22-$26. 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.com.
Muhammad Yunus. 7 p.m. Friday. “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Chelsey Clammer and Tatiana Ryckman. 6 p.m. Saturday. The essayist and novella writer, respectively, speak and sign “Circadian” and “I Don’t Think of You Until I Do.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Chad Conine. 2 p.m. Sunday. The sports journalist speaks and signs “Texas Sports: Unforgettable Stories for Every Day of the Year.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Kurt Heinzelman. 4 p.m. Sunday. The poet speaks and signs “Whatever You May Say.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Edith Eger. 7 p.m. Monday. The memoirist speaks and signs “The Choice.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Zoe Quinn. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The author speaks and signs “Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Joyce Maynard. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The memoirist speaks and signs “The Best of Us: A Memoir.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. 7 p.m. Thursday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Nate Blakeslee. 7 p.m. Thursday. The author speaks and signs “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
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 artists whose pieces are created on or in buildings and on bodies. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1711 South First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. Be swept away into a world of romance and song with artist Lena Sotskova’s “Return to Romance” solo show. She was immersed in art and culture from a very young age, studying and traveling extensively from Florence, Paris, London, various Asian capitals and many regions of her native Russia. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 5. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. C. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
Blanton Museum. “Dancing with Death” will feature 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. “Unearth.” This solo show from William T. Carson was inspired by an expedition he and his father embarked on in his childhood to follow 90 miles of proposed railroad tracks that were in service of a new coal mine. Coal is now a major aspect of “Unearth.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 111. camibaart.com.
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.
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. “Approach: A Collection of Watercolors.” Gallery Shoal Creek showcases 18 new watercolor paintings by Austin artist Christopher St. Leger, who takes the viewer to places he visits, from Austin to Lockhart and more distant settings. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 28. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Grayduck Gallery. “Believe Me.” Artists Billi London-Gray and Daniel Bernard Gray have teamed up to take on the concept of living in a post-fact or post-truth world. They believe truth has never been so elastic and so unaccountable to cold, hard facts. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.
Icosa Collective. “Yo Soy Aqui/ I Am Here.” This collaborative exhibit is the result of a nine-month conversation between artists Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen, who deliberately play with the Spanish language’s distinction between “estar” and “ser” as different meanings of the verb “to be.” Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through Oct. 29. 702 Shady Lane. 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com.
Link & Pin Gallery. “Big Ideas, Small Art.” The Creative Arts Society’s final juried exhibit of the year features small works in a big way. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Oct. 29. 2235 E. Sxith St. #102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.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. Wednesday-Saturday through Nov. 11. 360 Nueces St. Ste. 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
North Hills Gallery. “Waterloo Watercolor Group’s Annual Fall Juried Membership Show.” Members of Waterloo Watercolor Group present their yearly show. The juror is Mary Ann Beckwith, art teacher and nationally recognized water media artist. 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29. 7050 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, 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. “Set Out to Disappear: Cody Arnall.” Arnall’s work investigates themes of personal and shared histories. The work in this exhibit is a closer examination of aggression and the idea that we are building our own destruction through a desire for power. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through Oct. 28. 702 Shady Lane. 512-351-8571, pumpproject.org.
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.
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. Hunt Slonem: “The Lightness of Being.” Slonem, one of the greatest neo-expressionist colorists of the time, will feature a highly curated compilation of the artist’s most well-known works at both locations of the Russell Collection. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 31. 1137 W. Sixth St. and 1516 RM 620 S. Suite 120. russell-collection.com.
Wally Workman Gallery. “Elliptical Thinking.” Wally Workman’s sixth solo show with artist Ellen Heck highlights her study of identity — its creation, variability, persistence and change. Her most often chosen medium of printmaking reflects and parallels these themes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 28. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Women and Their Work. Denise Prince: “Object Lessons.” In large paintings, photographs, performance and a 16mm film displaying at Women and Their Work, artist Prince seeks to lay bare the outsized role that fantasy plays in the construction of identity and the perception of reality. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 10. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
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. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 5. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
“Johann Sebastian Bach’s Greatest Chamber Music.” In this second concert of its all-Bach season, La Follia performs some of the greatest chamber music from the master composer, including the “Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering,” “The Flute Sonata in A Major” and “The Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$30. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Ave. lafollia.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Woman in Black.” Stephen Mallatratt’s haunting adaptation of Susan Hill’s hair-raising ghost story comes to Austin — through Penfold Theatre — just in time for the Halloween season. Opens Oct. 13. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29, with no performance Oct. 21 and additional performance Oct. 30. $18-$25. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. penfoldtheatre.org.
Shakespeare at the Market: “Romeo & Juliet.” Watch the Shakespeare classic atop the rooftop of the flagship Whole Foods. Picnics and blankets or chairs are encouraged, but leave the pets at home. Although the production is free to attend, Present Company also will accept donations to keep it that way. Opens Oct. 13. 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 29. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-at-the-market-romeo-juliet-tickets-37822898307.
“Rent”: 20th Anniversary Tour. A modern re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$125. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. austin.broadway.com/shows/rentss/.
“The Dead of Winter.” The Baron’s Men take on this Elizabethan murder mystery about the death of the bold and charming Constance Claybourne at an engagement party at a remote keep that is disrupted when a snowstorm sets in. There will be three different endings. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 28. $10-$30. The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive. thebaronsmen.org/dead-of-winter/.
“Good Mourning Tis of Thee.” Co-Lab Projects’ largest exhibit to date, through featuring more than 65 artists and performers, focuses on issues such as grief, loss, death, architecture, urban development and destruction. Opening reception 7 to 11 p.m. Oct.13. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Nov. 2. Demo Gallery, 721 Congress Ave. co-labprojects.org.
“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. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 11. 1101 W. Sixth St. artnet.com/galleries/stephen-l-clark-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. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.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. Alingon Mitra, 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. Mac Blake, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $14-$19. Donnell Rawlings, 8 p.m. Thursday, $18-$23. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “Church Of Man” is an improvised exploration of men’s rights activism through the eyes of director Abby Lincoln and producer Lilli Lopez, following a group of men as they try to navigate their lives completely free of women. 7 p.m. Saturday. $10. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. During the scariest month of the year, Esther’s Follies aims to terrify and delight both sides of the political spectrum with more sketches ripped from national headlines. Find out what secrets are lurking in Trump Tower and what skeletons are in his closet. Plus, fall also means football, and “NFL Wives” laments tailgaters, beer drinkin’ and Sundays spent alone. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in October. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. “Death by Musical” is a completely improvised campy horror musical inspired by irreverent comedic musicals like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Evil Dead: The Musical,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Every week, a new performance will be improvised before your eyes, complete with singing, screams, dancing, (fake) blood and a smoke machine. 8 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 28. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
The Institution Theater. “It Came From Your Brain” takes us back to the 1950s, when the Red Scare is in full effect and nothing tastes better than the strong puff of a cigarette. The October show is an improvised B-movie sci-fi horror show that harkens back to the B-movie days of the decade. 8 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 27. $10. 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “The Neighborhood Sketch Comedy Show,” 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.
The Velveeta Room. Carina Magyar with Arielle Norman, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday, $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.