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A full season of visual arts, theater, dance and music coming up


The arts season is here. From locally produced shows and music composed by Austin musicians to major international artists and quirky traveling shows, our art calendar percolates with options and surprises. For each genre, we’ve highlighted some must-see shows along with listings of what’s coming up.

VISUAL ART

Critic’s picks: A master of the sublime, Do Ho Suh brings his full-size fabric replicas of his former New York apartment to the Contemporary’s downtown location and installs a shimmering fishing net-like kinetic installation on the shore of Laguna Gloria (Sept. 20-Jan. 11).

Celebrate the Blanton Museum’s major new acquisition of the Judy and Charles Tate Collection of Latin American Art with the exhibit “La línea continua” (Sept. 20-Feb. 15).

The artist-organized Print Austin — a monthlong citywide celebration of fine-art printmaking — impressed last season in its inaugural run. Expect another great run of exhibits, happenings and demonstrations (Jan. 15-Feb. 15).

Blanton Museum of Art

(200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at Congress Avenue, www.blantonmuseum.org.)

The University of Texas’ art museum is recognized for its permanent collection highlighted by outstanding Latin American art and modern and contemporary art, as well as its Baroque and Renaissance paintings and print collection. Coming up:

“La línea continua.” Features selections from the newly donated Tate collection of Latin American art. (Sept. 20 - Feb. 15)

“James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash).” Sprawling installation of more than 1,200 drawings by the virtuoso draftsman. (Oct. 19 - Jan. 4)

“Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.” Art from the decade defined by social protest and America’s struggle for racial equality includes work by Richard Avedon, Romare Bearden, Mark di Suvero, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Faith Ringgold and Andy Warhol, among others. (Feb. 15 – May 10)

“Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World.” The Puerto Rican master of impressionism gets his due. (June 14 – Sept. 6, 2015)

Contemporary Austin

(700 Congress Ave. and 3809 W. 35th St., www.thecontemporaryaustin.org)

Civic art museum with two locations: a downtown gallery on Congress Avenue and the historic 12-acre Laguna Gloria lakeside site with the Marcus Sculpture Park that features bold site-specific, large-scale temporary installations.

“Do Ho Suh.” A two-part major exhibit expands to the shore of Laguna Gloria. (Sept. 20-Jan. 11)

“Richard T. Walker: The Predicament of Always (As It Is).” A video installation explores iconic vistas of the Texas landscape — and musical instruments. (Sept. 20-Jan. 11)

“Lucky Dragons: 17,000 Observations.” A sculptural and sound installation developed for Laguna Gloria’s floodplain forest site. (Nov. 2 and ongoing)

“Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015.” Two-part exhibit from the master of elaborately recreated sites and objects of our consumer culture. (Jan. 24 – April 19)

East Austin Studio Tour 2014

(Various locations, Nov. 15-16 and 22-23; www.eastaustinstudiotour.com)

Now in its 13th year and arguably the largest attended arts happening in the city, the East Austin Studio Tour sees hundreds of artists and artisans opening their creative work spaces to the public for two weekends of casual art viewing — and shopping.

Special events, pop-up exhibits and informal art-making demonstrations augment the studio-hopping, with many locations clustered, making parts of the tour possible on bike or by foot.

Mexic-Arte Museum

(419 Congress Ave., www.mexic-artemuseum.org)

• “Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection” (Sept. 19-Nov. 23)

• “Dia de los Muertos Community Altars” (Sept. 19-Nov. 23)

• “Mix ‘N Mash,” group exhibit and sale (Dec. 5 -Jan. 4)

• “Selections from the Mexic-Arte Museum Contemporary Art Collection” (Jan. 23-April 26)

Print Austin 2015

One month celebration of fine art printmaking with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations and happenings at more than 20 galleries and museums. (Jan. 15-Feb. 15; printaustin.org)

Ransom Center

(21st and Guadalupe streets, UT campus, www.hrc.utexas.edu)

UT’s internationally recognized literary and photographic archive. On permanent display is the 1826 heliograph image recognized as the world’s first photograph.

“The Making of ‘Gone With the Wind.’” The Ransom Center’s vast trove of “Gone With the Wind” material goes on display (through Jan. 6).

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book. (Feb. 10 - July 6)

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

(605 Robert E. Lee Road, umlaufsculpture.org)

• “Margo Sawyer: Reflect.” A multipart installation inside the gallery and in the garden (Through Oct. 19)

• “Intermodal: Adam Crosson.” Site-specific installation by the 2014 Umlauf Prize winner (Through Oct. 19)

• “Luis Jimenez: Sodbuster” (Jan. 21-April 29)

• “Umlauf Fragment” (May 6-Aug. 16)

University Galleries at Texas State University

(Mitte Building, Sessoms and Comanche streets, San Marcos, www.txstategalleries.org)

• “Katrina Moorhead: Some Objects About Some Thoughts” (Sept. 23-Oct. 19)

• “Francesca Fuchs: Again Once More.” Cerebral new paintings by the Houston artist. (Sept. 23-Oct. 19)

• 14th annual Alumni Invitational (Oct. 23-Nov. 14)

• “Jonathan Faber, Dana Frankfort, Jessica Mallois.” New work by new faculty. (Oct. 23-Nov. 14)

• Biennial Faculty Exhibition (Jan. 20-Feb. 10)

• “Tell Me What You Think of Me.” Contemporary American and Latin American art exploring definitions of identity. (Feb. 16-March 13)

• “Hills Snyder: Steam.” Immersive art installation with a soundscape — and an anti-gravity recliner. (Feb. 16-March 13)

• Student exhibits (March 30-May 14)

UT Visual Arts Center

(Art Building, Trinity and 23rd streets, UT campus, www.utvac.org)

UT art department’s gallery for artists-in-residence as well as faculty and student artists and their projects.

• “David Brooks: A Repositioned Core.” A massive installation centered by a 70-foot rock core. (Sept. 19-Dec. 6)

• “Andew Lampert: Don’t Lose the Manual.” Photographs and videos exploring gadgets and social media, and constant technological change. (Sept. 19-Dec. 6)

• “Forces at Work: Photographs by Lily Brooks, Christine Collins and Kate Greene” (Sept. 19-Dec. 6)

• “Your Pleasure: Bryan Martello, Annie Miller and Anne Rogers.” Mixed media art explores the human condition. (Sept. 19-Dec. 6)

• “LaToya Ruby Frazier: Riveted.” Photographs of the economic and environmental decline of the Rust Belt. (Nov. 7- Dec. 6)

• “Inquiry: Department of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition” (Jan. 30-Feb. 21)

• Student exhibits (March 6-May 16)

Wittliff Collections

(Texas State University, San Marcos,www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu)

On permanent display is “The ‘Lonesome Dove’ Collection”

• “Mary Ellen Mark: Man & Beast,” photographs from Mexico and India (Through Dec. 7)

• “Cormac McCarthy: Unveiling a Literary Legend” (Through Dec. 19)

Women & Their Work

(1710 Lavaca St., www.womenandtheirwork.org.)

Independent contemporary art organization featuring new work by Texas women artists

• “Astro-Turf: Emily Fleisher” (Sept. 29 – Nov. 6)

• “Susi Brister: New Photographs” (Nov. 13 – Jan. 15)

• Sara Frantz (Jan. 24- March 19)

• Hollis Hammonds (March 26 – May 7)

• Olivia Moore (May 14 – June 30)

• Kira Lynn Harris (July 11 – Aug. 29)

MUSIC

Critic’s picks: Several years in the making and with a host of collaborators — Texas Performing Arts, Conspirare and Austin Classical Guitar — Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are: A Choir of Voices & A Choir of Guitars” (April 18 at Bass Concert Hall) is a new piece by one of the most sought-after young composers today. Muhly’s sprawling piece for three guitar quartets and choir uses texts from Texas’ original settlers to tell the story of their hope, fear and loneliness on the frontier.

Austin Lyric Opera will premiere a new multimedia production of Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” (Nov. 8-16).

On Dec. 3, the UT Symphony Orchestra will perform Austin composer Donald Grantham’s orchestral setting of Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer.”

Austin Chamber Music Center

(Various venues, www.austinchambermusic.org)

• “Night Music” with the Moscow String Quartet (Sept. 26-27)

• “La Lune,” Sandy Yamamoto, Amy Levine-Tsang, Michelle Schumann (Nov. 14-15)

• Aelous Quartet (Jan. 23-24)

• “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Dec. 6)

• Graeme Francis, percussion, and Michelle Schumann, piano (Feb. 20-21)

• “Song to the Moon,” songs and chamber music (April 24-24)

• Chamber Music Festival (Summer 2015)

Austin Civic Orchestra

(Various venues, www.austincivicorchestra.org)

• “Past and Present” (Sept. 28)

• “Détente,” American and Russian music (Nov. 15)

• “The Russians are Coming” (Feb. 7)

• Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Festival (March 28)

• Texas Rising Stars (May 10)

• Rick Del Castillo’s “Killing Snakes” (May 24)

• “That 80’s Concert!” (June 12-13)

Austin Classical Guitar

(Various venues, www.austinclassicalguitar.org)

• “Eight Seasons,” Piazzolla and Vivaldi (Oct. 11)

• Anton Baranov (Nov. 8)

• “The Lodger,” live score performed by cellist Bion Tsang with the Texas Guitar Quartet (Jan. 16-17)

• Beijing Guitar Duo (March 7)

• Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are: A Choir of Voices & A Choir of Guitars” (April 18)

Austin Lyric Opera

(Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive; www.austinlyricopera.org)

• Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” (Nov. 8-16)

• Gounod’s “Romeo & Juliet” (Jan. 24-Feb. 1)

• Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (April 25-May 3)

Austin Symphonic Band

(Various venues, www.austinsymphonicband.org)

• Fall concert (Sept. 28)

• Winter concert (Nov. 22)

• Late-winter concert (Feb. 7)

• Spring concert (April 18)

Austin Symphony Orchestra

(Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, www.austinsymphony.org)

• Anne Akiko Meyers & Sandy Yamamoto, violins (Friday and Saturday)

• Beyond the Score: Scheherazade (Oct. 10-11)

• A Night of Mozart and Schubert (Nov. 21-22)

• Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 2)

• Alison Balsom, trumpet (Jan. 9-10)

• Karen Gomyo, violin (Feb. 6-7)

• Annual Young Composers Concert (April 1)

• Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello (April 10-11)

• Carmina Burana with Chorus Austin (May 29-30)

Chorus Austin

(Various venues, www.chorusaustin.org)

• Beethoven gala (Oct. 12)

• “Celebration” (Oct. 24-25)

• Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah (Nov. 30)

• “On a Winter’s Eve” (Dec. 13)

• “From Palestrina to Pärt” (March 7-8)

• “Sacred Classics” (April 17-19)

• “Southwest Voices” (May 16-17)

• Carmina Burana with Austin Symphony Orchestra (May 29-30)

Conspirare

(Various venues, www.conspirare.org)

Five-time Grammy-nominated concert choir

• “The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda” (Sept. 18-19)

• Big Sing (Oct. 16, Dec. 18)

• Conspirare Christmas with Ruthie Foster (Dec. 6-8)

• Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are,” with Austin Classical Guitar (April 18)

• Eric Banks’ “This Delicate Universe” (May 9-10)

• “Great Big Choruses: Beethoven to Broadway” (June 7)

Ensemble VIII

(Various venues, www.ensembleviii.org)

Renaissance and Baroque chamber choir

• “Music for Charles V: Renaissance Polyphony for Emperor and King” (Oct. 2-3)

• “Festival of Lessons and Carols: An English Christmas Tradition” (Dec. 18-19)

• “Bring Them Into Paradise: Music of Consolation and Hope by Schütz and Bach” (March 5-6)

• “Monteverdi 1610 Vespers: Music for the Blessed Virgin” (May 21-22)

Fast Forward Austin: New Music Festival

(April 2015. www.fastforwardaustin.com)

La Follia Austin Baroque

(Various venues, www.lafollia.org)

• “Bach vs. Handel Smackdown” (Oct. 18-19)

• “Herd of Harpsichords V ” (Jan. 3-4)

• Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (Feb. 21-22)

• J.S. Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” (May 9-10)

• “American Roots: An Evening Concert at Jefferson’s Monticello” (June 27-28)

Long Center

(701 W. Riverside Drive, www.thelongcenter.org)

The Austin performing arts center has shows beyond its resident companies.

• “Replay Symphony of Heroes” (Oct. 19)

• Straight No Chaser (Oct. 25)

• Burt Bacharach (Nov. 23)

• “Salute to Vienna: A New Year’s Concert” (Jan. 4)

• “Disney in Concert” (Jan. 11)

• Canadian Brass (Jan. 28)

• Blue Man Group (Feb. 19-22)

• 2 Cellos (Feb. 28)

• Vienna Boys Choir (March 1)

• Celtic Woman (May 13-14)

• The Midtown Men (May 23)

• Johnny Mathis (June 13)

Round Rock Symphony

(Various venues, www.roundrocksymphony.org)

• Brian Lewis & Roger Myers (Oct. 5)

• “Songs of Life” (Nov. 16)

• Holiday Celebration (Dec. 18)

• Anton Nel in concer. (Feb. 15)

• Georgetown Festival of the Arts (May 30)

• Texas State International Piano Festival (June 5)

Texas Choral Consort

(Various venues, www.txconsort.org)

• Holiday concert (Dec. 13)

• Nathan Felix’s “Neon Heaven” (March 7)

• Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (Aug. 15)

Texas Early Music Project

(Various venues, www.early-music.org)

• “La Pellegrina: Music for a Medici Wedding” (Saturday and Sunday)

• “Italia Mia: Madrigal Mystery Tour” (Oct. 25-26)

• “An Early Christmas in Europe” (Dec. 12-14)

• “That’s Amore: An Early Valentine” (Feb. 7-8)

• “The Flowering of the Renaissance: Italian Chant to Chiconia” (Feb. 28-March 1)

• “The Full Monteverdi, Part 2” (May 2-3)

UT Butler School of Music

(Various UT campus venues, www.music.utexas.edu)

• Miró Quartet: Sunday, Nov. 14, Jan. 23, April 3, May 10

• Jessen Series: Donnie Ray Albert, Sept. 26; Patrick Hughes, Oct. 28; David Small and Angelo Ferrari, Dec. 8; Mattias Maierhofer, Feb. 6; Colette Valentine, April 17

• Butler Opera Center: Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” Oct. 24-Nov.4; Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” Feb. 27-March 8; “The Marriage of Figaro,” April 24-May 3

• UT Symphony Orchestra: Oct. 1, Oct. 27, Dec. 3, Feb. 16, May 4

• New Music Ensemble: Oct. 29, Nov. 24, Feb. 18, March 26, May 1

• Black History Month Concert: Feb. 7

UT Texas Performing Arts

(Bass Concert Hall, www.texasperformingarts.org)

• Haochen Zhang, piano (Sept. 17)

• Storm Large (Sept. 20)

• Chris Tile & Edgar Meyer (Sept. 27)

• Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet (Oct. 2)

• Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Oct. 9)

• Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet (Oct. 14)

• Swingle Singers (Oct. 19)

• Ariel Quartet (Nov. 5)

• Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio (Nov. 7)

• Apollo’s Fire (Nov. 11)

• Cameron Carpenter (Nov. 13)

• “The Sarajevo Haggadah” (Nov. 19-20)

• “The World at War,” UT Symphony Orchestra (Dec. 3)

• Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go” (Jan. 23-24)

• Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI (Feb. 17)

• Venice Baroque Orchestra (March 5)

• Stuart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker (March 6)

• So Percussion (March 11-12)

• David Krakauer (March 26-27)

• Max Raabe & Palast Orchestra (April 6)

• Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are” (April 18)

THEATER

Critic’s picks: Central Texas native David Crabb brings his critically acclaimed one-man show “Bad Kid,” about growing up gay and goth in San Antonio and Seguin, to the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre (Sept. 24-Oct. 5).

Austin Shakespeare stages Tom Stoppard’s play about the life poet A.E. Housman, “The Invention of Love” (Feb. 18-March 8).

And the innovative and always-surprising Fusebox Festival will once again offer free admission to all its shows.

Austin Playhouse

(6001 Airport Blvd., www.austinplayhouse.com)

Traditional theater and musicals

• “Time Stands Still” (Sept. 19-Oct. 19)

• “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” (Nov. 21-Dec. 21)

• “The Mountaintop” (Jan. 9-25)

• “She Stoops to Conquer” (Feb. 13-March 15)

• “I’m Not Rappaport” (April 3-May 3)

• “Chicago” (May 22-June 28)

Austin Shakespeare

(Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, www.austinshakespeare.org)

• “Henry V” (Through Sunday)

• “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Nov. 19-Dec. 7)

• Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love” (Feb. 18-March 8)

• “The Taming of the Shrew” (April 30-May 24 in Zilker Park)

City Theatre

(3823 Airport Blvd., www.citytheatreaustin.org)

Community theater group

• “Farce of Nature” (October)

• “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” (December)

• Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” (February)

• “The Graduate” (April)

• “Waiting for Godot” (May)

Different Stages Theatre

(Various venues, www.main.org/diffstages)

Community theater group presenting classic plays

• Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” (November-December)

• Therea Rebeck’s “Mauritius” (January)

• Brandon Thomas’ “Charley’s Aunt” (March)

• Andrew Bovell’s “When the Rain Stops Falling” (June)

Frontera Fest 2015

New theater festival. The Short Fringe features new performance works of 10 minutes or less. The Long Fringe features fresh full-length plays. (Jan. 13 - Feb. 14, Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St., www.fronterafest.org)

Fusebox Festival 2015

International performance art and multimedia festival. (April 1-12. www.fuseboxfestival.com)

Hyde Park Theatre

(511 W. 43rd St. www.hydeparktheatre.org)

Purveyors of witty, literate new plays, especially dark comedies

• “A Bright New Boise,” winner of the 2011 Obie Award for playwriting (Sept. 25-Oct. 25)

• Frontera Fest (Jan. 13-Feb. 14)

Long Center for the Performing Arts

(711 W. Riverside Drive, www.thelongcenter.org)

• “Bad Kid” (Sept. 24-Oct. 5)

• “Nice Work if You Can Get It” (Oct. 1-2)

• “Elf: The Musical” (Nov. 28-30)

• “Date” (Feb. 3-8)

• “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” (April 28-May 3)

Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward’s University

(3001 S. Congress Ave., www.stedwards.edu/theatre)

• Caryl Churchill’s “Love And Information” (Sept. 25 - Oct. 5)

• Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (Nov. 13 - 23)

• George Bernard Shaw’s “Misalliance” (Feb. 12 - 22)

• “The Robber Bridegroom,” musical based on story by Eudora Welty (April 16 - 26)

Palace Theatre

(810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, www.georgetownpalace.com)

Williamson County community theater performing in Georgetown’s historic 1926 Palace Theatre

• “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (Oct. 3-Nov. 2)

• “Shrek, the Musical” (Nov. 21-Dec. 30)

• “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Jan. 16-Feb. 15)

• “Anything Goes” (Feb. 27-March 29)

• “Spamalot” (April 17-May 17)

• “Chicago” (May 29-June 28)

• “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” (July 17-Aug. 16)

Paramount Theatre

(713 Congress Ave., www.austintheatre.org)

• Garrison Keillor (Sept. 23)

• David Sedaris (Nov. 14)

• The Moth: Live Storytelling (Dec. 11)

Penfold Theatre Company

(Various venues, www.penfoldtheatre.org)

Professional theater for north Travis and Williamson counties that also produces new chamber musicals

• “Now Then Again” (Sept. 18-Oct. 12)

• “Miracle on 34th Street: A Penfold Classic Radiocast,” live radio play at Old Settler’s Hall (Dec. 4-27)

• “The Last Five Years” (March 19-April 12)

• “The Hound of the Baskervilles” at the Round Rock Amphitheatre (June 4-27)

Rude Mechs

(Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St., www.rudemechs.com)

Adventuresome new theater by the now internationally recognized collective. “Fixing Timon of Athens” is a reworking of Shakespeare’s history play. (Nov. 2 and 9)

Salvage Vanguard Theater

(2803 Manor Road, www.salvagevanguard.org)

East Austin warehouse theater that serves as a venue for many troupes and produces inventive new work. “Am I White,” a new play by Adrienne Dawes, explores racial identity. (Oct. 1-18)

Texas State University - San Marcos

(www.theatreanddance.txstate.edu)

• “Rent” (Oct. 7-12)

• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Nov. 18-23)

• “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Feb. 17-22)

• “Angels in America” (March 24-29)

• “Kiss Me Kate” (April 21-26)

Trouble Puppet Theater Company

(Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road, www.troublepuppet.com)

Original new puppet theater made for adults.

• “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (Oct. 30–Nov. 23)

• “The Siege of Heaven, Part I: Conspiracy” (April 23-May 17)

UT Department of Theatre and Dance

(www.texasperformingarts.org)

• “Esperanaza Rising,” a stage adaptation of the children’s story (Oct. 3-12)

• “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Oct. 10-19)

• “Fame: The Musical” (Nov. 21-Dec. 6)

• “The Blue Angel,” new play based on the Marlene Dietrich film (Feb. 12-15)

University of Texas - Texas Performing Arts

(Bass Concert Hall, www.texasperformingarts.org)

• “Basetrack” (Friday and Saturday)

• Bill Cosby (Sept. 21)

• Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Oct. 7-12)

• Jim Gaffigan (Oct. 23)

• “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” (Nov. 6)

• “Dirty Dancing” (Nov. 11-16)

• Amy Schumer (Nov. 21)

• “Anything Goes” (Dec. 9-14)

• “Mamma Mia” (Jan. 20-25)

• “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Feb. 6-7)

• “Once” (Feb. 24-March 1)

• “Jersey Boys” (March 24-29)

• “El Pasado es un Animal Grotesco (The Past is a Grotesque Animal)” (April 10-12)

• “Annie” (April 21-26)

Vortex

(2307 Manor Road, www.vortexrep.org)

Alternative theater and edgy performance art in an East Austin warehouse. The Vortex’s Butterfly Bar is open daily 5 p.m. to midnight.

• “Spirit,” an original dance theater piece (Through Oct. 4)

• “Linda Montano as Mother Teresa” (Oct. 8-11)

• “Ode to the Elements: Z-Helena” (Oct. 24-25)

• “Ask the Psychopopm: Wendy Vastine” (Oct. 30-Nov. 2)

• “The Muttcracker,” Circus Chickendog’s animal-friendly, family-friendly quirky holiday show (Dec. 18-Jan. 3)

• “Changelings” (Jan. 16-Feb. 7)

• “Pythia Dust” (Feb. 21-March 8)

• “Salvador Dali’s Naked Feast” (April 24-26)

• “Emma Goldman When You Need Her” (May 1-16)

• “Voyager I and the Golden Record: Electronic Planet Ensemble” (May 22-30)

• “The Electric Ballroom” (June 5-20)

Zach Theatre

(202 S. Lamar Blvd., www.zachtheatre.org)

• “Maid Marian in a Stolen Car,” solo show by Jaston Williams (Through Sept. 21)

• “The King and I” (Sept. 17-Oct. 18)

• “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 26-Dec. 28)

• “This Wonderful Life” (Nov. 28-Dec. 28)

• “Peter and the Star Catcher” (Jan. 28-March 1)

• “Mothers and Sons” (May 27-June 21)

• “Sophisticated Ladies” (July 15-Aug. 23)

DANCE

Critic’s picks: Commissioned by 3M, Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds will create a new imagining of the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” inspired by the 1946 Jean Cocteau film. “Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty & The Beast” plays Feb. 13-15 at the Long Center.

Two-time winner of Best Dance Concert from the Austin Critics’ Table, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company premieres an inventive new work, “Briefs: An Episodic Adventure,” Dec. 4-6 at Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings its elegant abstract style to Bass Concert Hall on Jan. 29.

Ballet Austin

(Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, www.balletaustin.org)

• “The Firebird” and “Agon” (Sept. 26-28)

• “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 6-23)

• “Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty & The Beast(Feb. 13-15)

• “Director’s Choice: Short Works by Stephen Mills and Jennifer Hart” (March 27-29)

• “Swan Lake” (May 8-10)

Ballet East

(Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, www.balleteast.org)

Emerging and independent local choreographers

• Winter program (Dec.4-7)

• Spring program (May 7-10)

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

(Various venues, www.kdhdance.com)

Contemporary and modern dance

• “Briefs: An Episodic Adventure” (Dec. 4-6)

• Austin Dance Festival (April 18)

• “More than One Complication” (June)

Long Center

(701 W. Riverside Drive, www.thelongcenter.org)

• “Shaping Sound: Stars of ‘All the Right Moves’” (Oct. 18)

• Shen Yun, Chinese dance and acrobats (Dec. 26-29)

Tapestry Dance

(Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. www.tapestry.org)

Rhythm tap dance company

• “Soul/Sole Connections” (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

• “Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker” (Dec. 8-21)

• “Espirit: A Celebration of World Music and Dance” (April 10-19)

• 15th Annual Soul to Sole Festival Concert (June 12-13)

UT Texas Performing Arts

(Bass Concert Hall, UT campus, www.texasperformingarts.com)

• Martha Graham Dance Company (Sept. 25)

• “Fall for Dance,” Dance Repertory Theatre (Nov. 14-16)

• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Jan. 29)

• “Move,” Dance Repertory Theatre (March 6-14)


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Can this meal kit change your view of convenience cooking?
Can this meal kit change your view of convenience cooking?

I’ve been more than a little incredulous about meal kits. My biggest complaints have been that they are expensive and not environmentally friendly. I’m not paying $8 or $12 per serving for a meal unless someone else is cooking it, and those bulky boxes weighed down with ice packs are so heavy to deliver to my doorstep. When I opened a recent...
8 upcoming galas: Austin’s social scene goes on temporary summer break
8 upcoming galas: Austin’s social scene goes on temporary summer break

July 29 An Evening with Jackson Galaxy What: Shadow Cats’ 20th anniversary benefit will include a vegan or vegetarian dinner, live music, auction and a keynote talk from cat whisperer Galaxy. Cost: $125 tickets; sponsorships start at $1,500 Where: Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Blvd., Round Rock Information: shadowcats.net/product/evening-with-jackson-galaxy/...
Potato salad with a side of family politics
Potato salad with a side of family politics

When I was growing up, there were really only two kinds of potato salad: Your mama’s and my mama’s. Whether vinegar-, mayonnaise- or mustard-based, warm or cold, my mama’s was always better than your mama’s. More than one family meal has been tarnished by the argument. No matter how tiny the sweet onion was minced, your baby...
More events for Wednesday, June 28, and beyond

Film 101X Summer Cinema. The film series continues with “The Big Lebowski” at its new home of Stubb’s Austin. The movie will start when it gets dark, but come early with your lawn chairs and blankets to get a good seat. Those 21 and over can also enjoy $5 16 oz. Blue Moon cans. You know the movie, right? “I’m the Dude...
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