- By Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
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.