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. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $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 and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $18-$22. 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.
“Enron.” The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance is producing this true story of false profits — the rise and fall of the Houston-based energy company. Featuring a cast of all female and non-binary actors, “Enron” takes us through the twists and turns of capitalism, the glamour of greed and the toxic adrenaline of success. Various times through Sunday. $5-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu.
“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. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $23-$25. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.
“Ghost of a Chance.” In Way Off Broadway Community Players’ latest production, a woman, Bethany, returns to the cabin in the woods where her husband, Chance, was killed in a hunting accident and finds that he is very much alive in the form of a ghost — and doesn’t want her to marry her new fiancé. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday matinee 3 p.m. March 4, through March 17. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.org.
“Mame.” Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre is staging this longtime Broadway musical, about an eccentric bohemian woman, Mame Dennis, whose flamboyant lifestyle is interrupted when her young nephew comes to stay with her. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 25. $15-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
“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. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through March 11. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.
“Red Scare.” Set in 1950s Houston, this farce from the history-focused Texas Comedies tells the mostly true story of a mid-century-modern tar and feathering. Pinko folkies, sex educators and foreign spies are rooted out in this red-baiting musical comedy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $12-$25. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. 512-569-6155, texshows.com.
“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. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $40. Kam and James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohman’s Spur. tex-arts.org.
Steven W. Horn, Cindy Lo and Lynn Latifah Hobin. 7 p.m. Friday. The authors speak and sign “When They Were Young,” “Behind the Red Velvet Curtain” and “Alchemy of Awakening.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Wendy L. Rouse. 4 p.m. Saturday. The author speaks and signs “Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Walter Mosley. 6 p.m. Saturday. The crime fiction writer speaks and signs “Down the River Unto the Sea.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Elizabeth H. Clare. 4 p.m. Sunday. The historian speaks and signs “The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105.
David Cavanagh, Sharon Webster and Steven Ray Smith. 4 p.m. Sunday. The poets speak and sign their latest works. Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Jacqueline Jones. 7 p.m. Monday. The historian speaks and signs “Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Joe Holley and Peter Brown. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The author and photographer speak and sign “Hometown Texas,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Brad Parks and Chad Zunker. 7 p.m. Thursday. The thriller authors speak and sign “Closer Than You Know” and “Shadow Shepherd.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Sandra Fox Murphy and J. Michael Dolan. 7 p.m. Thursday. The historical fiction writers speak and sign “That Beautiful Season” and “The Trumpets of Jericho: A Tale of the Holocaust.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.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.
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. 5305 Bolm Road, Suite 12. atmgallery.info.
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. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Camiba Art. “Glimmers of Time” comprises 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. 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.
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.
Dimension Gallery. “Benthos,” the name of the show, is also the term for the community of organisms that live on, in, or near the seabed, also known as the benthic zone. This body of work by Haley Woodward uses these strange and adaptable life forms as influence for sculptural forms. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through March 31. 979 Springdale Road. dimensiongallery.com.
Dougherty Arts Center. “Refigured: Radical Realism.” The new exhibit 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. 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.
Grayduck Gallery. “Photo/Montage 12x12” features local artists who have stepped out of their usual boundaries. Each participating artist worked with the same set of 12 prints from Pizzi’s recent photography to create a unique collage or assemblage using at least one element from all 12 images. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through April 1. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.
ICOSA Collective. “Residual.” Collective artists Katy Horan and Teruko Nimura interpret the concept of hauntings, from unresolved personal and societal experiences that resonate in our present day to variations on the traditional ghosts and spirits found in superstition and folklore. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through March 17. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190. 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com.
Link & Pin Gallery. “Seascapes.” The solo show featuring work by Anissa Bryant is an exploration of the intrinsic loneliness of humanity, the vastness of the ocean and the interconnectivity of life with water. Each piece of art is accompanied by a poem that illustrates Bryant’s emotions during the creation process. Noon to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through March 18. 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.
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.
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.
Sixth Street Gallery. “Ethereal.” Six Austin-based artists are the focus of Sixth Street Gallery’s latest exhibit, which examines our need for control but our constant inability to attain it, embracing the gray space of equivocal thought. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment through April 1. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com.
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. Friday and Saturday. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Imagined Cities.” Nate Otto is an image maker from Chicago whose work explores urban landscapes and architecture —with themes of gentrification, development and decay — filtered through his own vision. 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 April 1. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, yarddog.com.
“Three French Messieurs: Music of France.” Three original members of Ensemble VIII, Ryland Angel, Donald Meineke and James Morrow, join forces again in this very special, intimate concert of music for three voices, featuring both sacred and secular French music. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $10-$45. St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road. ensembleviii.org.
“Laurent.” Line Upon Line Percussion presents a show of two hearty works by French composer Laurent Durupt, whose seamless and mutually enhancing integration of percussion with live electronics is more advanced than you’ll find anywhere else. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $15. KC Grey Home, 211 E. Alpine Road #700. lineuplinepercussion.org.
“Pisces Perception.” The Austin Chamber Music Center continues the Dal Segno season with a progarm featuring Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio that focuses on composers born during the time of Pisces. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $27-$45. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. austinchambermusic.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Trial by Jury.” Gilbert & Sullivan Austin present this runaway hit from Victorian-era collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan, the only opera of the duo written in one act and the only containing no spoken dialogue. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$15. Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd. gilbertsullivan.org.
“Wakey Wakey.” From the playwright of Hyde Park Theatre hit “Thom Pain” is this moving new production by Will Eno. Hyde Park Theatre’s artistic director, Ken Webster, along with actress Rebecca Robinson, star in the tragicomedy, during which the main character addresses the audience in a wheelchair and makes dying the subject of a stand-up routine. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through March 31. $20-$24. 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.org.
“Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection.” Madame Argillet is both the curator of this Dali collection at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, as well as the daughter of the famed Pierre Argillet, Dali’s publisher and confidante for more than 50 years, guaranteeing a compelling show. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through March 31. 512-478-4440, russell-collection.com.
Milt Kobayashi. On display at Gallery Shoal Creek is a new collection of work by New York-based artist Kobayashi, who seeks to capture fleeting moments of everyday life with gestural expressions and brevity of brush stroke. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. March 3. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through March 31. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-454-6671, galleryshoalcreek.com.
“The Relationship of Things.” Davis Gallery’s new exhibit, featuring the works of Faustinus Deraet, Ginger Geyer and Barbara Pence, focuses on the beauty of ordinary sights and everyday objects. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. March 3. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through April 14. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
“A Moving Experience.” Martha Paisley Ruth, a well-known award-winning local artist, is presenting a new solo show. Opening reception 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. March 4. 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 April 1. North Hills Gallery, 7050 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, nwhillsumc.org.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Jon Dore, 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. Martha Kelly, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 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 March 10. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. Comedy marches on for another month at Esther’s. Watch the “Big Little White House Lies” continuing saga as Donald Trump finds himself at the mercy of the Trump Ex-Wives Club. Plus, a disgruntled and domineering Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by hilarious new cast member Kim Stacy, brings all the laughs in a new musical. “South by Southpocolypse” will ready you for the influx of hipsters coming to Austin. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in March. $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 Velveeta Room. Ella Gale with Allison O’Connor, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.