Theater & dance
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Zach Theatre is 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.
“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.
“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.
“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. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$135. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.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.
Carl Phillips. 7 p.m. Friday. The poet speaks and signs “Wild Is the Wind.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Tillie Walden, Tammy Stanley and Pamela Ellen Ferguson. 1 p.m. Saturday. The authors speak and sign “The Self-Shiatsu Handbook,” “Spinning” and “Goodnight Austin.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Bethany Hegedus and Erin McGuire. 2 p.m. Saturday. The author and illustrator speak and sign “Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and to Kill a Mockingbird.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Emily Ecton. 6 p.m. Saturday. The middle-grade author speaks and signs “The Ambrose Deception.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Elizabeth H. Clare. 2 p.m. Sunday. The local historical writer speaks and signs “The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Mary Purdy. 4 p.m. Sunday. The nutritionist speaks and signs “Serving the Broccoli Gods: True Tales and Tips from a Nutritionist on a Quest.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Analicia Sotelo. 5 p.m. Sunday. The poet speaks and signs “Virgin: Poems.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Susan Dennard. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Sightwitch: A Tale of the Witchlands.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
André Aciman. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The author speaks and signs “Call Me by Your Name,” now an Oscar-nominated movie. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Steven Saylor. 7 p.m. Thursday. The mystery author speaks and signs “The Throne of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “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.
ATM Gallery. “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. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment through March 3. 5305 Bolm Road, Suite 12. atmgallery.info.
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. Friday and Saturday. 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.
The Contemporary Austin. “Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death.” This immersive solo exhibition showcases work by McMillian, the recipient of the museum’s inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize. Through Aug. 26. 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.
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. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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. 2235 E. Sixth St. #102. 512-900-8952, linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “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. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through March 31. 360 Nueces St., Suite. 50. lorareynolds.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.
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. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
Sergio & Odair Assad and Avi Avital. For this tour, the Brazilian-born guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad are teaming up for the first time with Israeli mandolin player Avital. Together, the trio will present a new program that explores classical repertoire reimagined for guitar and mandolin, as well as traditional Choro music. 8 p.m. Feb. 16. $10-$40. Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
“Bach’s Cantatas as He Performed Them.” The fourth concert in La Follia’s all-Bach season consists of three religious works for choir and orchestra composed for Lutheran Sunday services, and they will be performed in the manner Bach typically did: using minimal orchestra and a one-on-a-part chorus. 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 3 p.m. Feb. 18. $10-$30. Redemeer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Ave. brownpapertickets.com/event/3062944.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“A Delicate Ship.” The inaugural season of Austin’s newest female-driven theater company, Filigree, returns with the local premiere of this drama by Anna Ziegler, who has captured the dynamics of a haunting love triangle on Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. $25-$30. The Santa Cruz Theater, 1807 E. Seventh St. filigreetheatre.com.
“The Amazing Acro-Cats.” This group of gymnastic cats is back in town with all-new tricks. Expect to see cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops and doing other very un-feline-like activities, including playing in the only all-cat band in the world. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, and 3 p.m. Saturday. $25-$40. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. brownpapertickets.com/event/3182135.
“Masters of Dance.” Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills will offer works by two of the most in-demand dance makers in the world. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $19-89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-9151, balletaustin.org.
“The Most Fateful Tragedy of the Brushy Creek Lovers: an Investigation Spiritual.” Penfold Theatre is staging this murder mystery dinner performance based around the possibly real — and totally tragic — love story that took place on the banks of Brushy Creek in the late 19th century. 7 p.m. Feb. 16-18. $65. The Rabb House, 151 N A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org.
“Noises Off.” Michael Frayn’s madcap stage show — an outrageous comedy about putting on a comedy — gets the City Theatre treatment and will combine classic slapstick, British naughtiness and nonstop humor from a manic menagerie of performers rehearsing a flop with a doomed opening night. Opens Feb. 16. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through March 11. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.
“Rivals.” Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “The Rivals,” about a young woman determined to marry for love but at risk of losing her fortune if her strict aunt does not approve of her choice.7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $8-$18. Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, 405 Moon Street, San Marcos. txstatepresents.com.
“Romeo & Juliet.” The St. Edward’s University’s 45th anniversary theater season continues with William Shakespeare’s most well-known love story, about a young couple who are destroyed by the deadly feuding between their two families, the most prominent in fair Verona. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. $18-$25. Mary Moody Northen Theatre, 3001 S. Congress Ave. 512-448-8484, stedwards.edu/theatre.
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” TexArts closes its season with this Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning musical that features 40 of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits, including “Hound Dog,” “Stand by Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock” and more. Opens Feb. 16. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 4. $40. Kam and James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohman’s Spur. tex-arts.org.
“Glimmers of Time.” Camiba Art will display the new multi-dimensional paintings and installations by Venezuelan-born, Houston-based artist Lorena Morales, who has continued her exploration of memories and the effect time has on them with vibrant colored rods. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through March 10. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.
“Refigured: Radical Realism.” The new exhibit at the Dougherty Arts Center unites a dozen of Austin’s top figurative artists as Dougherty celebrates its 40th anniversary. Both painting and sculpture from the artists, at the vanguard of a new wave of realism, will be featured. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through March 10. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/event/refigured-radical-realism-0.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Leanne Morgan, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Pat Dean, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $7-$11. Brian Posehn, 8 p.m. Thursday, $18-$23. 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 New Movement. “The Megaphone Show,” 9:30 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. Avery Moore with special guests, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.