Theater & dance
“Cabaret.” At the decadent Kit Kat Club, Sally Bowles is a club regular until she meets American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Their story and the stories of those around them unfold against the backdrop of 1930s Germany. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with additional 7:30 p.m. performances July 20 and 27, through July 30. $17-$26. The Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.
“The Dresser.” Different Stages is producing this play about Sir, the last of the great but dying breed of English actor managers. He is struggling to complete his 227th performance of “King Lear,” with many of the country’s actors in uniform in war-torn Britain, but maintains his sanity with the help of Norman, his devoted dresser. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
“The Moors.” Not sure what to expect with this Hyde Park Theatre production of Jen Silverman’s dark comedy depicting the bleak and savage moors and two sisters who live there? “The Moors” is a riff on the lives and works of 19th-century novel-writing siblings the Brontë sisters, examining love, power and our longing to be noticed. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Aug. 5. $20-$26. 511 W. 43rd St. hydeparktheatre.org.
“The Normal Heart.” The City Theatre takes on Larry Kramer’s powerful theater piece about the public’s indifference to the AIDS outbreak and one man’s fight to awaken the world to the crisis. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“Rock of Ages.” This Tony Award-nominated jukebox musical takes you back to the time of big rock bands with even bigger egos and will feature hits from artists like Journey, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and more. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 6. $14-$30. Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
“The Wizard of Oz.” The summer musical season at Zilker Hillside Theatre returns with a classic. The musical, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, was Broadway’s biggest hit in 1903. The Zilker Summer Musical is one of the longest continuously running outdoor musical events in the U.S., celebrating its 59th season this year. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 12. Free. 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org.
Christopher Brown and Nicky Drayden. 7 p.m. Friday. The local authors speak and sign “Tropic of Kansas” and “The Prey of Gods,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Karen F. Norton. 2 p.m. Saturday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs “Mom, God’s Got This: Jamie’s Story.” Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158. 512-418-8985, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2536.
Victor Emanuel. 4 p.m. Saturday. The birder speaks and signs “One More Warbler: A Life with Birds.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Dylan Krieger. 7 p.m. Saturday. The author speaks and signs “Giving Godhead.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. 7 p.m. Monday. The mother-daughter author duo speaks and signs “Loved.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Jeff Abbott. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Blame.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Anne Helen Petersen. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The BuzzFeed columnist speaks and signs “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Terry Tempest Williams. 7 p.m. Thursday. The nonfiction author speaks and signs “The Hour of Land.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art on 5th. “Muppet Show.” The gallery will have a new collection of “Muppets”-inspired limited-edition artwork from the Disney Fine Art program debuting at the gallery before the rest of the world sees them. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 23. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
Art Science Gallery. “Far Out.” The newest art exhibit displays art inspired by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The 22 featured artists created their pieces after visiting the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, sitting in front of the telescope. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through July 29. 916 Springdale Road. 512-522-8278, artsciencegallery.com.
Camiba Art. “Atlas.” Rebecca Rothfus Harrell’s latest exploration into structure and space displays evolving landscapes of the natural world that have oftentimes changed through human intervention and interference. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment through July 22. 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. 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.
De Stijl Podium for Art. “En Bola.” This exhibit at De Stijl features Austin collective Los Outsiders working in tandem with a trio of Texas artists and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin. 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday through Aug. 12. 1006 W. 31st St. 512-354-0868, destijlaustin.com/upcoming.
Grayduck Gallery. “Little Worlds.” The annual visual arts competition “Eye’s Got It!” chose San Antonio artist Cade Bradshaw as the winner. He won over the judges with his meticulous sculptures and insight into the natural world, and his work is now on display. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 23. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
ICOSA Collective. “Bread & Butter: Milk.” Icosa Collective’s latest show features nine artists who are also parents, showing a range of work that relates to their experiences finding the balance of parenthood and their art-making practice. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through July 22. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com.
Mass Gallery. “Shampoo Effect.” Nine artists go beyond the limits of traditional painting by using fabric, jewelry, papier-mache, fur, collage, prints and rope in their works. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through July 22. 507 Calles St. #108. massgallery.org.
North Hills Gallery. “Go West, Young Man.” Artists Lonnie Shan and Rene Wojick are two western art enthusiasts who are exploring their heritage from unique viewpoints. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through July 30, with opening reception 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Sunday. 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.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. “This Land: An American Portrait” celebrates the release of Jack Spencer’s new book from the University of Texas Press. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment through Aug. 5. 1101 W. Sixth St. 512-477-0828, stephenlclarkgallery.com.
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.
Wally Workman Gallery. The gallery opens its first solo show with Houston-based artist Mary Case. Her work interprets organic forms — both intimate figure drawings and large abstract landscape paintings — with subtlety and spontaneity. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. July 8. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 29. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Women and Their Work. In “Where You End and I Begin,” Laura Lit creates portraits that capture the likeness, specific expression, and telling moments of her subjects, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including noir film, portrait and fashion photography, the work of Renaissance and Dutch masters, and surrealism. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through July 27. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. With “Southern Folk Art From The Vaults Show,” Yard Dog Art Gallery is putting the spotlight back on some of the best pieces to find at the gallery that first established itself in Austin as a place to find well-done folk art. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 20. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
Music Under the Star. The free concert series each July in the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza returns with a performance from Austin-based symphonic rock band Mother Falcon. Opening is musician Molly Burch. 6 p.m. July 7. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The Hartman Foundation’s “Concerts in the Park.” Each weekend in the summer, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured on the front lawn of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 27. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.
Children’s Day Art Park. Children and their families are invited to discover the performing arts with this regular Austin Symphony Orchestra show on Wednesdays throughout the summer. During the morning festivities, the musicians will visit with kids, demonstrate their instruments and play some favorite tunes. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through July 26. 50 cents per child. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St. austinsymphony.org.
Theater & dance
“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.” TexARTS pays tribute to a music legend who dominated the country, blues, pop and gospel charts of the 1950s and ’60s. Featuring more than 20 of Patsy Cline’s unforgettable hits, this toe-tapping, foot-stamping musical traces her career from the early days of singing in honky tonks to her triumph at Carnegie Hall. Opens Friday. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday through July 30. $40-$50. 2300 Lohman’s Spur. tex-arts.org.
“Radiant: Group Show.” Davis Gallery’s annual summer group show focuses on radial compositions, luminescent surfaces and circular shapes to invite the audience to explore the importance of form, composition and tone. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 19. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
“YLA 22: ¡Ahora!” Guest curated by Alana Coates, the Mexic-Arte Museum show, the 22nd installment of the museum’s annual emerging Latinx artist exhibit, features eight artists from across Texas whose art confronts prominent issues of the contemporary Latino experience in the U.S. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 27. 419 Congress Ave. 512-480-9373, mexic-artemuseum.org.
“Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art.” Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles: Larger-than-life stories are depicted with a delicacy of touch and vibrant colors in this collection of Indian paintings on display at the Blanton Museum of Art. 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 Oct. 1. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
“Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: Giant.” In their three-channel film installation, Hubbard and Birchler present a decaying movie set just outside Marfa, left behind after the 1956 filming of “Giant,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. The film captures scenes from a Warner Bros. office in 1955 and the skeletal remains of the movie set today. 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 Oct. 1. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.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. Sarah Tiana, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Joe DeRosa, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “Game Night” is a fully improvised show about the relationships between three different couples. Hang out after the show to play board games with the cast. 8:30 p.m. Saturday through July 29. $10. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. This July finds Esther’s taking on what could be best described as Washington’s growing political theater, with new sketches ripped straight from national headlines. “The Lyin’ King” skewers our president and his Cabinet in a Disney-esque musical, while “Hillary’s Turn” brings back former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is back and better than ever. And if you still have a torch for Trump, “America’s Sweetheart” will be right there with you. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in July. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. “The Kindness of Strangers” is a journey through the lurid, steamy world of the American South in the style of one of America’s greatest playwrights: Tennessee Williams. Troubled men, spellbinding women and a touch of magic come together to create improvised stories that are hilarious and heartbreaking all at once. 8 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 26. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
The Institution Theater. “Immigrants: The Musical, Part One” is a chance for the cast to tell their story, Hamilton-style, through an improvised musical inspired by their varied backgrounds: Dominican Republic, India, Ireland, Nigeria, the Philippines and Vietnam. Each of them has personal experiences to pull from, guided by the audience, into a tapestry of what it truly means to be American — or at least try to blend in. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $7-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “Stampede: A 48-Hour Comedy Film Competition,” 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. Trent McClellan with Nathan Ehrmann, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.