Theater & dance
“893 Ya-Ku-Za.” Set over the course of a business lunch in a Japanese restaurant somewhere in the United States, this play exploring themes of ambition and loyalty follows Aya’s bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese crime syndicate. 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Zach Theatre will be the first regional theater in Texas to produce this Tony Award-winning play, an adaptation of a novel about a gifted boy who, accused of killing the neighbor’s dog, goes on a Sherlock Holmes-style investigation to find the culprit. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 4. $25-$133. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
“The Seagull.” Austin Shakespeare is taking on a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s revolutionary play. Set in 19th century Russia, “The Seagull” is about a budding playwright and a young actress who confront their lifelong desires in a collision course with his famous mother and her even more well-known novelist lover. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. $18-$35. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Shari Ramming and Robert J. Barnhart. 7 p.m. Friday. The authors speak and sign “Heart’s Compass” and “Phoebe’s Five Little Fairies.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Alex Berenson and Don M. Patterson. 2 p.m. Saturday. The authors speak and sign “The Deceivers” and “Sierra Blanca,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
J.L. Wright. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The writer speaks and signs “Unadoptable Joy: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Delbert McClinton and Diana Finlay Hendricks. 2 p.m. Sunday. The musician and writer speak and sign “Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Box Brown. 5 p.m. Sunday. The graphic novelist speaks and signs “Is This Guy for Real?” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Francisco Cantu. 7 p.m. Monday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs “The Line Becomes a River.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Della Barbato. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The memoirist speaks and signs “Almost Della.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Carolyn Helsel. 7 p.m. Thursday. The local author speaks and signs “Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Ellen Feldman. 7 p.m. Thursday. The photographer speaks and signs “Who We March.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
“Art of Celebration.” Art for the People’s multi-artist show features an array of art in the form of ceramics, encaustic, jewelry, mixed media, watercolor and more. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and Tuesdays by appointment, through April 29. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. Kenneth Tom Olsen, a Danish artist, has taken a circuitous path to his full-time career as a painter. He is returning to Austin with new works. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C 110 B. arton5th.com.
Art Science Gallery. “Solar.” This multi-artist show features artwork in the printmaking medium about the sun, made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (about sun or star-related cultural and natural history). Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 15. 916 Springdale Road. artsciencegallery.com.
Big Medium. “For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder” is a suite of paintings from Ricardo Vicente Ruiz rooted in the history and folklore of harvesting seasons in the Southwest, with a focus on the surrounding landscape with tools, animals, plants, and fantastical manifestations as onlookers. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Feb. 17. 916 Springdale Road. bigmedium.org.
The Blanton Museum of Art. “Line Form Color.” In the early 20th century, as some artists began to reject traditional representation and explore abstract works, many adopted an elemental way of creating lines, shapes and color — as captured in Ellsworth Kelly’s 1951 book proposal to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation titled “Line Form Color.” This exhibit was inspired by his book and will feature pieces in the Blanton’s collection that embrace a reductive formal vocabulary. 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 March 4. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Camiba Art. “Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government.” The artist’s second solo show with Camiba is a series of 20 hexagon-shaped pieces presented as diptychs in a candlelit gallery, with elaborate geometric symbols to express the virtues and vices of government. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com.
Davis Gallery. “In Depth” is the gallery’s annual winter group show, and this year it aims to examine the fifth element of art: space. Specifically, how positive and negative space interacts and how specific techniques can produce the illusion of depth. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 24. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
Gallery Shoal Creek. “Strata: Prints + Drawings.” In conjunction with PrintAustin 2018, Gallery Shoal Creek presents an exhibit of works by New Mexico artist Karina Noel Hean, who explores responses to the landscape with woodcut and intaglio prints and large- and small-scale drawings. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 17. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 3. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Grayduck Gallery. In “Café Avatar,” artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi explore the selves we gain as we rely more on computers —and where our avatars hang out when not in use — in this playful collection of images and objects. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 18. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
Link & Pin Gallery. “Flux.” As part of PrintAustin, Link & Pin has put together this multi-artist show examining contemporary manipulations of traditional serigraphy techniques. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday or by appointment through Feb. 18. 2235 E. Sixth St. #102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.com.
MASS Gallery. “Proxemics.” This multi-artist exhibit features works that use the human body as a tool for communication. In the pieces by Ben Aqua, Felipe Baeza, Xavier Schipani, Silky Shoemaker, Riel Sturchio and Jaimie Warren, bodies are presented in unrestricted and unapologetic forms, often transcending classic depictions of the human form. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 24. 507 Calles St. massgallery.org.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection”explores the plurality of resistance, highlighting various lineages of Latinx and Latin American resistance. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 27. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
North Hills Gallery. “Nature’s Playlist.” In this show, Lonni Swanson and Rosemary Thompson are Austin watercolor artists who strike a whimsical note. 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 Feb. 25. 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 January 2018. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Prizer Arts & Letters. The printmaking artists of the Roux Collective — Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia — are being featured in “Roux.” Together, they examine cultural and societal issues affecting women of the African Diaspora. By appointment and during events through Feb. 24. 2023 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-575-3559, prizerartsandletters.org.
Texas Folklife. “Celebrating the Ceramic Art of Jalisco.” Known for its compelling art in many creative disciplines, the Mexican state of Jalisco is internationally famous for the wide variety of maestros in clay and other mediums, and Texas Folklife will highlight these artistic gems in a curated exhibit. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment through mid-April. 1708 Houston St. texasfolklife.org.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. “Flight & Fall: Charles Umlauf’s Dualities” explores a range of dualities in sculptor Charles Umlauf’s artwork — dualities such as good and evil, virtue and vice — taking visitors on a rich journey through human archetypes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through March 12. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. 512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. “Malcolm Bucknall: Solo Show.” The solo show by renowned artist Bucknall features his absurdist surrealism, which muddles the style of the Old Masters with cartoons, films, home photography and other more contemporary details to create anthropomorphic creatures. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 3. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Women and Their Work. “No Trace of Now Will Remain.” Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, local artist Gail Chovan gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through March 1. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Small, Smaller, Smallest” Austin artist Deborah Mersky will be joined by her Seattle compadres Julie Paschkis and Joe Max Emminger in a show of small paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. 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 Feb. 18. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
“Jurassic Park” in Concert. The Steven Spielberg film “Jurassic Park” wouldn’t have been as epic without John Williams’ iconic score. Listen to it live as the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform the music to transport you back to the dangerous island where dinosaurs roam. While the symphony plays, the movie will be projected in high-definition. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
The 15th Annual Black Composers Concert. The Austin Chamber Music Center observes Black History Month with this concert curated by award-winning pianist Artina McCain, with featured composers including Margaret Bonds, Florence Price and Undine Smith Moore. 6 p.m. Feb. 10, St. Andrew’s Upper School Chapel, 5901 Southwest Parkway. 4 p.m. Feb. 11, Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Free. austinchambermusic.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“The Father.” This Tony Award nominee, taken up by Jarrott Productions, centers on the octogenarian Andre’s struggle with memory loss and dementia and the efforts of his daughter Anne to care for him while still having her own life. The play’s nonlinear structure thrusts the audience headlong into Andre’s world. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 4. $23-$25. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.
“Death by Design.” Wimberley Playhouse performs this Rob Urbinati play about a playwright and an actress who flee to their country home after a disastrous opening night. When one of their unexpected guests is murdered, it’s up to the feisty true crime-obsessed Irish maid to solve the crime. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 4. $18-$22. 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.
“School of Rock: The Musical.” Based on the hit film starring Jack Black, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Feb. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18. $30-$135. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
“Ellsworth Kelly: Prints.” Starting in the 1940s, Kelly made paintings, sculptures and prints of precise, simplified shapes in vibrant color. Shape and color are the main focus of his art, but his work stands apart from that of other early geometric abstractionists because it has always been derived from his visual experiences. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through March 31. Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces St., Suite. 50. lorareynolds.com.
“Like All Cages/This Cage is Fragile.” ATM Gallery is hosting this solo show of new work by poet and artist LA Warman, whose video, interactive installation and poetic text explore the relationship of the erotic body to empire. Opening reception 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment through March 3. 5305 Bolm Road, Suite 12. atmgallery.info.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Heffernan & Lemme, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $18-$23. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Leanne Morgan Valentine’s Day, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $15-$20. Leanne Morgan, 8 p.m. Thursday, $14-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. The femme fatale who knows what she wants and how to get it. The detective, easily tempted to veer from his assigned task. The cop who has to try and enforce the law. The fully improvised “Deja Noir” will deconstruct the dark side and throw some comedic light on your favorite noir subjects. 7 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 24. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. Now that it’s February, love is in the air, and Esther’s has got plenty of it to go around. In “Dating Dos and Oh, No, He Didn’t!” Esther’s takes a look at how to meet and match your mate in today’s online world, from speed dating, Tinder, OKCupid and the like. In “Love Is a Robot,” Esther’s asks if an 8-foot robot makes a good Valentine’s Day gift. And the new political sketch “Little White House Lies and Laughs” will focus on Trump, cornered by Mueller’s minions, the Trump Ex-Wives club and a disgruntled Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in February. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. “Orphans! The Improvised Orphan Musical” follows a ragtag group of grime-streaked yet adorable orphaned kids and teens at the turn of the 20th century. In this completely improvised show, the kids will navigate a filthy industrial world filled with snarling coppers, careless caregivers and vengeful villains. “Orphans!” features a different big city in each performance as well as high-energy song and dance numbers. 8 p.m. Saturday through March 3. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
Institution Theater. At “Anything Live!” the improvised comics of the Institution present a cornucopia of entertainers, from stand-up comedians to wrestlers — all the misfit entertainment acts that don’t fit anywhere else. 8 p.m. Thursdays. Free. The Clubhouse, 3800 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The Velveeta Room. Allie Amrien with Chris Tellez, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.