Theater & dance
“Finding Neverland.” Based on the Academy Award-winning film, this heartwarming production tells the story of how one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan, was created. Playwright J.M. Barrie found inspiration upon meeting four young brothers with a penchant for make-believe adventures. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$150. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
“The Immigrant.” After more than 25 years, Austin Playhouse is revisiting Texas playwright Mark Harelik’s tender tribute to his grandparents. “The Immigrant” is based on the true story of a young Russian-Jewish couple who entered America through the port of Galveston and sought refuge in a tiny Texas town in 1909. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 28. $32-$36. ACC’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“Same Time, Next Year.” The Leander-based Way Off Broadway Community Players is taking one of the most popular romantic comedies of the 20th century, a play by Bernard Slade about a couple who carries on an affair once a year over the course of 25 years and finds surprising intimacy from it. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Jan. 27. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.org.
“Uncle Vanya.” The City Theatre is producing the joyously comic and poignantly tragic adaptation by Rod Mechem of Anton Chekhov’s play about a retired professor and his beautiful young wife, who withdraw to a country estate and find their entire family’s lives come undone upon their arrival. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 4. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“The Way She Spoke: A docu-mythologia.” This critically acclaimed play from Isaac Gomez explores how the stories about the witnesses to the torture and murder of thousands of women in Juarez, Mexico, should be told and who has the right to do the telling. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Saturday. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
“When We Are Married.” Different Stages is taking on this comedy about three couples — the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts — who are highly respected pillars of the community but find out they’ve been living in sin because they weren’t legally married 25 years ago. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, with additional performance 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, through Feb. 2. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. differentstagestheatre.org.
Helen Thorpe. 7 p.m. Friday. The author speaks and signs “The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Matt de la Peña and Loren Long. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The Newbery Medal-winning author and bestselling author, respectively, speak and sign “Love.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Mandy Mikulencak. 2 p.m. Saturday. The novelist speaks and signs “The Last Suppers.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Diane Sanfilippo. 6 p.m. Saturday. The certified nutrition consultant speaks and signs “The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Charlotte Reagan. 2 p.m. Sunday. The young adult author speaks and signs “Loving Lakyn.” Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158. 512-418-8985, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2536.
Pierce Brown. 7 p.m. Monday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Iron Gold.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Eric Bryant. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Austin author speaks and signs “Not Like Me: Learning to Love, Serve, and Influence Our Divided World.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Gary P. Nunn. 7 p.m. Thursday. The Texas musician speaks and signs “At Home with the Armadillo.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “3Ps (Pets, People, Places).” The multi-artist exhibit at Art for the People began as an idea to acknowledge gratitude for companion animals and expanded to include all animals and other entities that make a difference in the world, with a total of 55 local artists participating. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and Tuesdays by appointment, through Jan. 27. 1711 S. First St. artforthepeoplegallery.com/exhibitions/3ps-pets-people-places.
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. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 10. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com.
Dougherty Arts Center. “Terra Incognita.” Photographer Nancy Mims’ portfolio is created through her daily practice of walking around her neighborhood, taking pictures of what she encounters and meticulously editing the results for a collection that reflects an elegant order. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 3. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/dac.
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.
ICOSA Collective. “Call & Respond.” This two-person show of works by Andrew Blanchard and Jonas Criscoe takes inspiration from the musical form of call and response, showcasing imagery through the lens of printmaking to construct works that skew the context and meaning of the original. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through Feb. 3. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. icosacollective.com.
Link & Pin Art Space. “Artifacts of Human Trafficking.” Austin artist Amie Stone King created an installation with accompanying works from artists around the world to highlight the pervasive sex trafficking industry in the U.S. The accompanying art is based around themes of desperation, isolation and deceit. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 2235 E. Sixth St. Suite 102. linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “The Last Tree on the Planet.” Jason Middlebrook’s fourth show features his new sculptures and drawings, inspired by a scene in the recent blockbuster “Blade Runner 2049” that depicted the last tree on Earth. By isolating his paintings from the slabs of wood he typically paints on, he is imagining a world without trees. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Feb. 3. 360 Nueces St. Suite 50. lorareynolds.com.
North Hills Gallery. “Artistic Journeys.” Vicki Brevell, a well-known award-winning local artist, presents her latest paintings, with a portfolio of work including representations of the Austin skyline and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 28. North Hills Gallery, 7050 Village Center Drive. 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.
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.
Wally Workman Gallery. Wally Workman is opening its first show with Barcelona-based artist Juan Luis Jardí, who uses a mix of magic realism with pop art and surrealism to illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we are faced with as humans. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Jan. 27. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
“Age of Aquarius.” The Austin Chamber Music Center will play the third astrology-centered program of the Dal Segno season. At each show, artistic director Michelle Schumann exposes the horoscope signs of quintessential chamber music composers, combining stories of their personalities with chamber works that exude their most expressive traits. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $12-$45. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. austinchambermusic.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“A Buddy and Patsy Encore.” Benjamin Blaise and Yesenia McNett will join forces again as Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline, respectively, for this night of musical magic at a Georgetown black box theater. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 28. $18-$30. The Palace Playhouse, 817 S. Austin Ave. georgetownpalace.org.
“Solar.” This multi-artist show at Art Science Gallery 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). Opening reception 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19. 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.
“For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder.” This solo show 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. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Feb. 17. Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd. bigmedium.org.
“Proxemics.” This multi-artist exhibit at MASS Gallery 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. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 24. 507 Calles St. massgallery.org.
“Universal Studios Monsters.” The monsters of Universal Studios are back at Mondo Gallery to give you a scare. Featuring your favorite classic characters including Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy and more, the exhibit will showcase screen-printed posters sure to strike terror into the hearts of everyone who sees them. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Jan. 27. 4115 Guadalupe St. mondotees.com.
“In Depth.” Davis Gallery’s annual winter group show aims to examine the fifth element of art: space. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 24. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
“No Trace of Now Will Remain.” Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, Gail Chovan gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past in this Women and Their Work exhibit. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through March 1. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
“Roux.” The printmaking artists of the Roux Collective — Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia — are being featured. Together, they examine cultural and societal issues affecting women of the African Diaspora. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20. By appointment and during events through Feb. 24. Prizer Arts & Letters, 2023 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-575-3559, prizerartsandletters.org.
“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. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 18. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Joey Diaz, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, sold out. Special Event: Ron White, 8 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, sold out. Mike MacRae, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12-$17. Rachel Feinstein, 8 p.m. Thursday, $14-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. Welcome the new year with ColdTowne’s newest touring company, made up of an all-star lineup of performers, as they take audience stories and suggestions and weave them into hilarity in “New Year, Same $3*!” 7 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 27. $8. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. 2018 is getting started with a bang and lots of new sketches that gleefully skewer both sides of the political spectrum, pop culture and Texas at large. In “The Paul Ryan Workout,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tells the troupe how he’s going to trim the fat by cutting out everything (oh, yes, everything) that his party sees as unnecessary for good health. On the flip side, “New Year’s Resolution Blues” asks how Texans can stick to ours with the constant temptations of barbecue, Tex-Mex and craft beers. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in January. $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.
The Institution Theater. “Laugh Out Proud: A Queer Comedy Showcase” is a monthly stand-up showcase featuring the comedy stylings of the queer community. 10 p.m. Saturday. $5. 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “Jeremy Pinsly Live: Definitely Not Kosher,” 9:30 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.
The Velveeta Room. Jake Flores with Arielle Norman, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.