Theater & dance
“Heisenberg.” The next summer production from Zach Theatre is this delightful play about the quirky middle-age woman Georgie, who begins a relationship with older man Alex after meeting in a London train station and learns there might be some truth to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: The closer you get to something, the less you know about it. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through July 22. $30-$58. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
“Ruthless.” In this over-the-top musical comedy from the City Theatre, it’s not just an 8-year-old kid who wants to become a theater star — so does her mom. When her adoptive mom discovers her birth mother was a famous actress, she decides she should become the Broadway diva she was always meant to be. But can they both be stars? 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $15-$35. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
Henry D. Terrell. 7 p.m. Friday. The novelist speaks and signs “Desert Discord: Marijuana, Music, and Murder in a West Texas Town.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Ben Rehder, Billy Kring and Reavis Z. Wortham. 2 p.m. Sunday. The authors speak and sign “A Tooth for a Tooth,” “Hunter’s Moon” and “Hawke’s War,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Robin DiAngelo. 5 p.m. Sunday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Catana Chetwynd. 7 p.m. Monday. The comics illustrator speaks and signs “Little Moments of Love.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat. 4 p.m. Tuesday. The writer and illustrator, respectively, speak and sign “The Princess and the Pit Stop.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
May Cobb. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The novelist speaks and signs “Big Woods.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Seamus McGraw. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Carrie Fountain. 7 p.m. Thursday. The debut novelist speaks and signs “I’m Not Missing.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “Wet, Wild, and a Wee Bit of Whimsy.” More than 60 Austin artists, 35 of them new to Art for the People, contributed to this group show defining what summer means to us. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 20; reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 13. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. “The Magical World of Disney,” Art on 5th’s third annual Disney show, features new and popular work by officially licensed Disney artists from the Disney Fine Art program, including Tennessee Loveless. There will also be collectible pieces from the gallery’s massive vintage film memorabilia collection. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 1. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. arton5th.com.
Big Medium. “Innocence in Silence.” Pairing an image of a shirt with an individual’s obituary, Jieun Beth’s solo show portrays the traces of a body and the memory of personhood. Once used as an expression of individuality and a representation of self, the images and descriptions now remain as a relic and history. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2. bigmedium.org.
The Blanton Museum of Art. “Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection.” The Blanton Museum celebrates the renaissance that has occurred since the 1970s within the millennia-old traditions of indigenous Australian art with this ground-floor exhibit. Through Sept. 9. “Meeting of Waters.” The title of Clarissa Tossin’s new body of work is taken from the confluence of the Rio Negro and Amazon Rivers, where the two bodies of water, each very different in color, converge but remain separate. Her exhibition in the Blanton’s Contemporary Project space will feature the artist’s sculptures, including a large, woven tapestry that depicts the stretch of the Amazon River between the river’s mouth in the Atlantic Ocean and the city of Manaus. 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 July 1. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Bob Bullock Museum. “Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic.” This new exhibit tells the story of a thriving Comanche cultured rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic’s paintings highlight the strength, beauty and grace of the Comanche past and present. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
Camiba Art Gallery. “Source Material.” Two artists, William T. Carson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, have a common interest in geology, natural materials and the environment, but their artistic techniques and approaches for the exhibited work, created in tandem, are distinct. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 11. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.
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. “Of Warp and Weft.” Despite the vastly different mediums of Austin-based artists Caprice Pierucci and Charles Heppner, her elegant carved wood sculptures and his photographs of delicate cheesecloth find an open dialogue of harmony, form and composition. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through July 21. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
The Gallery at Atelier 1205. “Thick and Thin.” Austin artists Carl Smith and Donna Starnes will highlight the differences between their abstract painting styles: alcohol ink moved with an airbrush shown side by side with thick gobs of cheap paint. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, with a special artist appearance to close the show from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 1205 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/190167038469261/.
Grayduck Gallery. “Salty Feel.” The 2017 “Eyes Got It!” winner Ingrid Tremblay is displaying her work at Grayduck. For Tremblay, humans and objects press up against each other, leaving impressions, and the mutually affective interactions between them are intimate, illogical and suffused with eros, or love. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. Xavier Schipani’s solo show will feature murals, canvas paintings and a sculptural installation masquerading as a public bathroom, all tied together with a centralized — and, for Schipani, very personal — theme that explores what it means to be masculine. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Sept. 1. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
Mass Gallery. “Regional Fictions.” The name of artists Jamal Cyrus and Julia Barbosa Landois’ exhibit redefines this literary term to examine the lies, falsehoods and omissions present in the lore of a particular geographical region, specifically as it is taught to school children. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 507 Calles St. 512-535-4946, massgallery.com.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Young Latinx Artists 23: Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges.” The multi-artist show was inspired by the significant social changes that have taken place along the U.S. Mexico border over the past 20 years, exploring themes of restriction, censorship and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 26. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
The People’s Gallery. The 14th annual People’s Gallery in City Hall features a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by more than 100 artists across Central Texas. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Jan. 1. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Texas Folklife. “The Upshaws of County Line” features photographs and oral history collected by documentary photographer Richard Orton between the years of 1988-2009 and follows the lives of the Upshaws, an African-American family in the rural East Texas community of County Line. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 27. 1708 Houston St. 512-441-9255, texasfolklife.org.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Sherry Owens and Art Shirer have installed a site-specific exhibit that has transformed the gallery at Umlauf into a wild, turbulent environment, confounding our normal perceptions of the interior and exterior. “Entangled” features giant spiral vortexes wound together from wire and natural and manmade objects. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 12. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Women and Their Work Gallery. “The Lure.”Margaux Crump debuts a body of work — sculptures, drawings and photographs — that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships: predator and prey, human and animal, masculine and feminine. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m Sunday through July 26. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Western Futurism.” Jimmy Descant scours flea markets, thrift stores and alleyways around America to find parts “from the Golden Age of American manufacturing,” disassembling them down to the hardware and transforming them into his “upcycled” sculptural pieces. 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 July 31. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
The Austin Chamber Music Festival. The Austin Chamber Music Center’s annual summer celebration of chamber music returns with touring ensembles, a bevy of free concerts, workshops for students of all ages and more. The fest kicks off with an all-Mozart show as conducted by Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Peter Bay. 7:30 p.m. July 6; additional shows run through July 22. $12-$55. Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. austinchambermusic.org.
The Hartman Foundation’s “Concerts in the Park.” Each weekend in the summer, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured on the front lawn of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. Free. The Long Center Terrace Lawn, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. This annual summer series is now at the downtown library (a literally cool Austin setting). Like always, children and their families are invited to discover the wonder and excitement of the performing arts with an Austin Symphony Orchestra performance and more. Before the show, the musicians will visit with the kids, demonstrating their instruments; afterward, there will be arts and crafts, storytelling and more activities. 10 a.m. Wednesdays through July 25. Free. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinsymphony.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“The Antipodes.” In Hyde Park Theatre’s latest production from playwright Annie Baker, nine actors portray an everlasting brainstorming session — an abstract sort of plot that ultimately explores how we communicate with one another (or completely fail at doing so). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Aug. 4. $22-$26. 511 W. 43rd St. hydeparktheatre.org.
“All Shook Up.” The 60th year of Zilker Theatre Productions’ annual summer musical takes us back to the 1950s, the decade of the inaugural show, and serves as a modern twist on a Shakespeare classic: “Twelfth Night.” The jukebox musical “All Shook Up” features 24 Elvis Presley hits as well as lots of laughs and leather jackets. Opens July 6. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 18. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org/all-shook-up.
“I Found You.” The artists in this Link & Pin Art Space show — Dana Brown, Larry Goode, Christopher Hynes, Amy Scofield and Laura Sturtz — all use found objects to create mixed-media works that explore humor, whimsy, dreams and our connection to nature. Opens July 6; reception 6 to 9 p.m. July 14. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through July 29. 2235 E. Sixth St. linkpinart.com.
“Dan Merrell, American Realist.” The North Hills Art Gallery exhibit showcases work from Merrell, an Austin realist painter who captures the world in astonishing detail. Opening reception 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. July 8. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through July 30. 7050 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, nwhillsumc.org.
Diana Greenberg. It’s Wally Workman Gallery’s fourth solo show with local painter Greenberg, whose abstract work, an exploration in color and emotion, is currently influenced by Japanese calligraphy and kimonos, antique book covers and music. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. July 7. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 28. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. JR Brow, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sunday, $3. Punch, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Bryson Brown & Friends, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12-$17. Gary Gulman, 8 p.m. Thursday, $18-$23. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. Summer vacation doesn’t always mean water parks and ice cream. For Austin’s first and only all-Asian American improv troupe, Y’all We Asian, summertime is when you work at your immigrant parents’ restaurant and go to the really hot motherland to visit relatives. The troupe will focus on improvised stories of “Summer Vacation,” as told to them by Asian American community leaders. 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through July 21. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. July is a hot month for comedy. In “Call Me Baby,” President Trump will sing and dance his way through his late-night serenades to world leaders, including Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and Vladimir Putin — all while cracking jokes with his sidekick Sarah “Senior Smoky Eye Advisor” Huckabee Sanders. Plus, Esther’s will take a comical look at the potentially grim job market in “College Aftermath” and at keeping politicians in shape with “Congressional Work Out.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in July. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com.
The Hideout Theatre. “Things You Love: The Musical” is the latest student mainstage production, a fully improvised musical narrative inspired by the joy, wonder and delight of Pixar films and classic musicals — and also by you. The cast will begin each performance by asking audience members about things they love and will then create a narrative on the spot. 6 p.m. Saturday. $10. 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. Vanessa Gonzalez with Rob Gagnon, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.