Theater & dance
“42nd Street.” This icon among American musicals is based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 Hollywood film adaptation about the efforts of “Great White Way” director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production during the Great Depression. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $11-$28. Historic Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
“Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade.” Riffing off sci-fi classics from “Mad Max” to “Star Wars,” this aerial performance from Sky Candy will feature aerial acrobatics, burlesque performances, original live music and more. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18-$48. East Austin location (revealed with ticket purchase). skycandyaustin.com/agent-andromeda.
“Atlantis: A Puppet Opera.” With a soaring original score, this production from the Vortex and Ethos artistic director Chad Salvata creates a mythic world of powerful warring religious zealots obsessed with world domination. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.
“EL.” This new Teatro Vivo play by Raul Garza follows an aspiring writer torn between fulfilling her desire for success and honoring her family’s deepest secrets. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. teatrovivo.org/productions.
“It’s Only a Play.” This play about a play begins on the opening night of “The Golden Egg” on Broadway, when a wealthy producer is throwing a lavish party and waiting for the reviews to roll in. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 8. Sam Bass Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. sambasstheatre.org.
“Lost in Yonkers.” Neil Simon’s thought-provoking comedy is the Wimberley Players’ latest production, about a pair of brothers marooned at their grandmother’s house with family they don’t know. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 2. $16-$25. 450 Old Kyle Rd. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.
“The Totalitarians.” This dark, sassy political comedy spotlights an ambitious yet naive speechwriter who has gone to work on a wealthy woman’s vanity campaign for public office. Stars Barbara Chisholm Faires. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $15-$30. theatreenbloc.com.
Julissa Arce. 7 p.m. Friday. The author and advocate speaks and signs “My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Diane Sanfilippo and Cassy Garcia. 3 p.m. Saturday. The nutrition consultants speak and sign “Practical Paleo 2nd Edition” and “Fed & Fit.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Debbie Pearson. 3 p.m. Sunday. The local author speaks and signs “Age Your Way.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Ananda Devi. 7 p.m. Monday. The novelist and scholar speaks and signs “Eve Out of Her Ruins.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Chuck Eddy. 7 p.m. Monday. The music journalist speaks and signs “Terminated for Reasons of Taste: Other Ways to Hear Essential and Inessential Music.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
S.C. Gwynne. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The bestselling author speaks and signs “The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Kristen-Paige Madonia. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The young adult author speaks and signs “Invisible Fault Lines.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Ridley Pearson. 6 p.m. Thursday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Lock & Key: The Initiation.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. Austin-based photographer Doc List celebrates the human body in its diverse expressions of strength and beauty in his most recent project, “The Austin Bodies Project.” Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Oct. 8. 1711 S. First St.artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Austin Art Garage. Work by more than 30 Austin artists who all have an indie vibe. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 512-351-5934, austinartgarage.com.
ATM at Bolm Studios. “Common Ground.” Mitchel Proctor’s photographs and video works focus on the alienation of migration. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 1. 5305 Bolm Road Suite #12. atmgallery.info.
Big Medium Gallery. “Jonathan Faber: Material.” Memory and its elusive, slippery properties are the creative genesis of Jonathan Faber’s intriguing and deliberately ambiguous abstract paintings. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 1. Canopy complex, 916 Springdale Road. Free. bigmedium.org
Blanton Museum of Art. “Goya: Mad Reason.” Featuring more than 150 works, mostly borrowed from Yale University, the show features two of the master artist’s best known series of images, “Los desastres de la guerra (The Disasters of War)” and the enigmatic “Los disparates (The Follies).” Through Sept. 25. Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky” is a monumental installation. Through Jan. 22. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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.
Butridge Gallery. “Synapse: New Work by Laura Latimer.” In paintings and installations, Austin artist Laura Latimer combines technological forms with biomorphic forms to create new forms of visual beauty. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 15. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. Free. austintexas.gov/jcbgallery.
Camiba Art. “Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope.” Morales continues developing her series with these artistic meditations about home. 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Oct 22. Flatbed building, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-937-5821, camibaart.com.
The Contemporary Austin. The 12-acre Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park Grounds features contemporary sculptures and site-specific installations that augment Laguna Gloria’s lakeside grounds and historic Driscoll Villa. Works by Nancy Holt, Paul McCarthy, Ursula von Rydingsvard, John Grade, Monika Sosnowska, Superflex and others. Grounds hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ongoing. 3809 W. 35th St. $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Gallery Shoal Creek. The painter René Alvarado returns to the cultural narratives of his childhood, drawing on his strong familial ties and the symbolism, folklore and traditional icons of Mexico. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 29. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 512-454-6671, galleryshoalcreek.com.
Georgetown Art Center. “Texas Metalsmiths.” Both Harlan W. Butt and Ana M. Lopez exploit the expressive potential of metal to examine the world around us. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 25. Free. 816 S. Main Street, Georgetown. 512-930-2583, georgetownartcentertx.org.
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Selected works from renowned artists Deborah Roberts, Christina Coleman, James Maurelle and Nydia Blas were inspired by Paul L. Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy,” exploring self and cultural identity in America. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 5. 1165 Angelina St. carvermuseum.org.
Grayduck Gallery. “The Honesty of Rocks: Crit Group Exhibition.” Nine artists who participated in Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group, giving them the chance to strengthen their work, are getting their own show. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 25. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
Harry Ransom Center. “Elliott Erwitt: At Home Around the World” features more than 200 images representing the photographer’s impressive seven decades of work. Through Jan. 1. Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” is on view through Dec. 31, 2017. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Thursday until 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. Free. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.
ICOSA Collective. “Figure/heads” is the first of a series of two-person member shows featuring the work of David Bae and Erin Cunningham, who present their own interpretations of the physical aspects of the figure. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. 702 Shady Lane. icosacollective.com.
Invenio. “Rolled Works by Jenn Hassin.” Jenn Hassin creates intricately pieced large-scale assemblages — some with thousands of conceptually symbolic rolls of newspaper or handmade paper crafted from military uniforms. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Hassin’s installations symbolically echo current events. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Canopy complex, 916 Springdale Road. jennhassin.com
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Levittown.” Richard Forster’s second show with Lora Reynolds Gallery, an exhibit of drawings, wallpaper and a neon installation, features a geographic focus on three places: Levittown, the former German Democratic Republic, and his hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Nov. 12. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
Mass Gallery. “The First Horizons of Juno.”This multi-artist show displays work from Christina Coleman, Jane Hugentober, Candice Lin, Karen Lofgren, Christine Rebet, Alice Wang, Chantal Wnuk and Veronica Giavedoni. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 22. 507 Calles St., Suite 108. 512-535-4946, massgallery.org.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland.” The works of art, which embody the landscape and cultural legacy of this region, are by artists living on or informed by the U.S. and Mexico border. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 13. $10. 419 Congress Ave.mexic-artemuseum.org.
Modern Rocks Gallery. “On The Bright Side: Sarah Frankie Linder.” Taken at music festivals and venues around Austin, photographer Linder used a combination of auto-focus and high-speed movement to capture a fresh and quirky impression of familiar concerts. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 28. Canopy complex, 916 Springdale Road. modernrocksgallery.com.
North Hills Gallery. “Sacred Illuminations: The Tree of Life.” Tatiana Nikolova-Houston has re-created Bulgarian medieval manuscripts with gold and metallic inks, acrylic paint and jeweled embellishments. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 29. 7060 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546,nwhillsumc.org/index.html.
People’s Gallery 2016. City Hall fills with its annual show of art by from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums and arts organizations will be on exhibit throughout the first three floors of City Hall. 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Photo Méthode Gallery. “Tami Bone: Queendom.” Tami Bones’ quirky photomontages tell stories where animals do strange and wonderous things. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 29. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. photomethode.com.
Pump Project. “Femme National(e)” features multi-media work by women artists: Audrey Brown, Christina Coleman, Emmy Laursen, Juliana Isabel Ramirez, Kasumi Chow and Desiree Michelle Espada. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 702 Shady Lane. pumpproject.org.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. “Tennessee to Texas.” Catherine Erb is a Memphis, Tenn., photographer who specializes in mixed-media photo encaustic. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment through September. 1101 W. Sixth Street. 512-477-0828,stephenlclarkgallery.com.
Texas Folklife. “Taquerías of Southmost” features photographs of the Southmost area in Brownsville, where more than 20 locally owned taquerias are located, by internationally renowned photographer Chuy Benitez. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Sept. 30. 1708 Houston St. 512-441-9255, texasfolklife.org.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. “Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf’s Studio.” In a creative undertaking, Umlauf museum curators have re-created the sculptor Charles Umlauf’s studio in the gallery. A pair of built-in vignettes of original tools, workbench, drafting table, sculpture stands and artwork pulled directly from Umlauf’s actual studio anchor the display. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 16. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. $1-$5. 512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.org.
Waller Creek. “Hurlyburly” is a large, site-specific installation made of repurposed lobster rope by New York artist Orly Genger. Near the Waller Creek Boathouse at 74 Trinity St. through Feb. 28, 2017. Free. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. Longtime favorite Austin artist Will Klemm debuts new paintings. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 1. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com
Wittliff Collections. “Ansel Adams: a Southwest Legacy,” with 21 photographs of nature, and “Rocky Schenck: Photographs,” from the photographer’s first monograph. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 4. Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos. 512-245-2313, thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Harry Underwood: A History of Wishful Thinking.” Nashville artist Underwood, a self-taught painter, is showing his place-driven works. 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 Oct. 14. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
Kronos Quartet & Rhiannon Giddens. The boundary-breaking string quartet lands a weeklong residency at the University of Texas and two shows this week, including a Friday show with Rhiannon Giddens. 8 p.m. Friday. McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman Drive. $10-$40 per concert. 512-477-6060, texasperformingarts.org
The Balcones Community Orchestra. With the orchestra, Francesco Mastromatteo will be performing Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations.” The orchestra, with Robert Radmer conducting, will also perform Paisiello’s “The Scheming Seamstress Overture and Mehul: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor.” 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 suggested donation. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. 512-829-4775, bcorchestra.net.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Lungs.” This production of Duncan Macmillan’s oddball love story stars Liz Beckham and Michael Joplin as a young couple who can’t agree about whether to have a child in this unstable modern world. For the first and last weekends, the show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; for the middle three weeks, the show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Opens Sept. 22, closes Oct. 22. $20-$26. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. hydeparktheatre.org.
“Newsies.” The Tony Award-winning dance-filled Broadway musical about the newsboy strike of 1899 comes to Austin. Tuesday-Oct 2. Bass Concert Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. $30-$125. 512-477-6060, texasperformingarts.org.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Murders.” Way Off Broadway Community Players’ first production of the season is an original stage play about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they investigate Jack the Ripper. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with 3 p.m. performance Oct. 2, through Oct. 15. $10-$20. 11880 W. Old FM 2243, Building 4, Leander. 512-259-5878, wobcp.org.
“Silent Sky.” In this cosmic production from Austin Playhouse, Henrietta Leavitt leaves her home and beloved sister to work in Harvard’s male-driven observatory and map the night sky. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 16. $28-$35. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“To China With Love.” Ballet Austin offers a look at some of the ballets the troupe will be performing next month on its first-ever tour of the People’s Republic of China. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $20-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-2163, balletaustin.org.
“Twelfth Night.” Present Company Theatre’s third annual Shakespeare at the Market features original music compositions based around the classic Shakespeare play. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, with additional performance Sept. 29. $20 suggested donation. Whole Foods Market rooftop, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. presentcompanytheatre.com.
“Wolf Hall, Part I.” Austin Shakespeare presents a staged, costumed reading of the theatrical adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s sweeping, and popular, historical novel of Tudor England and its tale of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $18-$36. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
“Before I Knew You, I Missed You.” In her first solo exhibit in Austin, Tammie Rubin reveals a new series of her intricate — and evocative — porcelain sculptures. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday through Nov. 26. De Stijl Gallery, 1006 W. 31st St. Free. 512-354-0868, destijlaustin.com
“Meet the Beetles.” This group exhibit displays the amazing diversity of the beetle, an insect that Darwin had a particular fondness for. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday through Oct. 22. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #102. artsciencegallery.com.
“Painters Painting Painters.” Ten Austin-based figure painters are contributing two portraits of other artists in the show, as well as a self-portrait, for this new exhibit at the Davis Gallery. 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 Nov. 5. 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. Mike E. Winfield from “The Office,” 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15-$21. Chris Distefano from MTV’s “Guy Code,” 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “Title Fine: We Got Game” is fast, competitive comedy performed by a team of female athletes and coaches who do short-form comedy in the off-season. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 4803-B Airport Blvd. 512-817-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. There’s no need to wait for the real debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton when you can get a much funnier Esther’s version of it this month. Plus, Esther’s welcomes back cast member Donnie Loa, and the sketch “Ted for Prez” imagines the political pivot as exemplified by Ted Cruz. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Sept. 24. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
The Institution Theater. “The Coven” features an entirely female cast of improvisers who display the sincere, the sinister and the silly moments within a magical universe. 7 p.m. Friday through Oct. 28. $5. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement.“Au Pair,” 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.
Velv Comedy Lounge.Alonzo Bodden with Rob Gagnon, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.