Theater & dance
“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.
“Juana: First (I) Dream.” As six voices fill the air with music, a lone female dancer beats staccato rhythms with her feet. Meet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, 17th-century Mexican nun, scholar, writer and advocate for women’s education. A’lante Flamenco brings Juana and her world to life through fiery flamenco guitar, vocals and dance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $21.75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.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. Thursday-Sunday, 5 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 20. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
Melissa Hartwig. 7 p.m. Friday. The sports nutritionist speaks and signs “The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for your Whole30.” 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Melanie Benjamin. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “The Girls in the Picture.” 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 Contemporary Austin. John Bock’s “Dead + Juicy” centers around a film newly commissioned by the Contemporary Austin that was shot in and around Austin. The Jones Center also brings together new and existing work from Wangechi Mutu, anchored by a new, site-specific edition of “Throw,” an action painting generated by a performance in which Mutu throws black paper pulp against the wall, creating an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time. Both exhibits through Jan. 14. 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. “Botanical Eclipse.” In his latest series, on display for a solo show, artist Matthew Fuller explores the constant, interconnected cycle of life forces flowing through our universe by creating magnified images of both earthly life and cosmic events. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
Grayduck Gallery. “Practical Acts of Perception.” The works presented by Cande Aguilar, Mauricio Sáenz and Jorge Purón in this exhibit all play with the concept of scale — using proportion as a device to augment or degrade the viewer’s perspective. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.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 through Jan. 21. 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 early January 2018. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. “Notes on the Universe.” The internationally acclaimed photographer and Lamar University professor Keith Carter will show off his recent works, which attempt to reflect hidden meanings in the real world. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1101 W. Sixth St. artnet.com/galleries/stephen-l-clark-gallery/.
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.
“Bella and the Beast.” This Austin Symphony Orchestra concert features Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova. Known for her passionate and powerful performances, Hristova makes her Austin debut with Igor Stravinsky’s beastly “Violin Concerto in D Major.” The evening will include other works as well. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476, 6064, thelongcenter.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“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, 3 p.m. Jan. 14, 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. Opens Jan. 12. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 4. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.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. Opens Jan. 12. 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.
“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. Tuesday-Jan. 20, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, and 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 21. $30-$150. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
“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. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12. 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.
“Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government.” The artist’s second solo show with Camiba Art 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. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 10. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com.
“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. Opening reception 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. 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. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/dac.
“Call & Respond.” This two-person show of works by Andrew Blanchard and Jonas Criscoe at ICOSA Collective 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. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 13. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through Feb. 3. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. icosacollective.com.
“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. Opening reception 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment through mid-April. 1708 Houston St. texasfolklife.org.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Raul Sanchez, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Doug Loves Movies, 4:20 p.m. Saturday, $20. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Punch, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Matt Sadler, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12-$17. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. Welcome the new year with ColdTowne’s newest touring company, comprised 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. “The Last Hurrah (This Time We Really Mean It).” After nearly seven years, the Institution Theater is moving out of its warehouse location and into another building just 10 yards away. In celebration, there will be final performances on the original stage continuing this week with two female troupes, Harlequin and Girls Girls Girls: Improvised Musicals. 8 p.m. Saturday. $5. 3708 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “Penalty Box,” 8 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. Joe Tullar with Nick Saverino, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.