Theater & dance
“An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein.” Present Company Theatre is offering this adults-only theatrical experience exploring the R-rated imagination of the extraordinarily eccentric storyteller with his provocative short plays, mischievous music and poetry for naughty children. 8 p.m. Thursday-Monday through May 21. $25 suggested donation. Museum of Human Achievement, 3600 Lyons Road. presentcompanytheatre.com.
“Cry It Out.” Theatre en Bloc takes on this comedy with dark edges. “Cry It Out” takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work and the effect class has on parenthood in America. 8 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday, and May 16-20. $15-$70. Zach Theatre’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. theatreenbloc.org.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor.” It’s an Austin tradition: Shakespeare in the Park returns this year with this production of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known comedy works. Toby Minor plays the legendary comic flirt Falstaff, who plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing two wealthy “merry wives.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 27. Free. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinshakespeare.org.
“My Fair Lady.” The Georgetown Palace Theatre is taking on this triumphant musical, a story you probably know: Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable cockney accent that keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society — that is, until Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, and an unlikely friendship begins to flourish. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through May 20. $15-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave. georgetownpalace.com.
“Performance Park.” This interactive game, original musical, art installation and magical divination through tarot encompasses the entire Vortex compound and features music, dance, mystery and more — and you can dress up in costume, too. Various times Friday and Saturday. $15-$35. 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.
“Seminar.” Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck’s hit Broadway comedy, produced by Jarrott Productions, is about four aspiring writers who take private classes from an international literary figure and find that some thrive and others flounder with his unorthodox teaching methods. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with additional 7:30 p.m. performance May 21, through June 3. 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com/seminar.
“Upstaged.” The Back Pack, a silent sketch movement troupe, continues to push the envelope by including live integrated media in their performances, and this one is no exception. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday through May 20. $15. The Back Pack Co-Lab, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. Suite 206. thebkpk.com/tickets/upstaged.
Charlotte Kikel, Julie Nelson and Gary Borders. 7 p.m. Friday. The authors speak and sign “Eat in Peace to Live in Peace,” “Success Faster” and “Yours Faithfully, J.A.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Dr. Amy Myers. 2 p.m. Saturday. The autoimmune disease specialist speaks and signs “The Autoimmune Solution Cookbook.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Jeff Kerr. 6 p.m. Saturday. The historical writer speaks and signs “Lamar’s Folly.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Tao Lin. 7 p.m. Monday. The author speaks and signs “Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation and Change.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Alon Shaya. 7 p.m. Monday. The memoirist and cookbook author speaks and signs “Shaya: An Odyssey of Food: My Journey Back to Israel.” Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Jesmyn Ward. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The National Book Award-winning novelist speaks and signs “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Alex Segura. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The mystery novelist speaks and signs “Blackout.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Rita Bullwinkel. 7 p.m. Thursday. The short story writer speaks and signs “Belly Up: Stories.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Big Medium. “Fisterra Retrospective.” This multi-artist show captures the collaborative spirit of a popular house on the East Austin Studio Tour that invited guest artists to create pieces in each room of the house and in the backyard studio. Many of them — 64 in total — are collaborating again. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through May 18. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2, #101. bigmedium.org.
The Blanton Museum of Art. “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. Plus, Ellsworth Kelly’s monumental last work, “Austin,” is on display as part of the Blanton’s permanent collection. 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. “Rachel Kalisky: Alluring View.” With this showing of fused-glass artwork, Kalisky continues to explore color and form in ways uniquely hers, creating works that beg to be touched. And, yes, the artist encourages viewers to touch her work, feeling how some are rough and aggressive, others smooth and sensuous. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 111. 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. “Outside the Indoors.” This solo show celebrating Sandra Langston’s versatile paintings, drawings and sculpture demonstrates her range in subject matter, with a mix of landscapes — from sprawling Texas fields to the rolling hills and mountains of Southern Italy — and expressive narratives. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through June 2. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Dougherty Arts Center. “Coming Unraveled.” Artist Jess Bee creates vivid worlds rich with texture that explore dreams and nightmares by capturing personal fears that are juxtaposed with haunting creatures and dreamlike landscapes. 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 June 9. 1110 Barton Springs Road. 512-974-4000, austintexas.gov/dac.
Gallery Shoal Creek. “The Pink Bow Project.” Approximately 51,660 hair bows will be displayed as part of Karen Hawkins’ exhibit, representing the number of substantiated sexual abuse cases against young girls reported annually to national Child Protection Services agencies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through May 12. 2382 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Grayduck Gallery. “Weave.” Elizabeth Chiles’ solo show, which includes collages and natural pigment paintings made from wildflowers and grasses, begins with a central question of how to express visually various points of intersection in our lives and the breath, light and time that holds them. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through May 20. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.
ICOSA Collective. “These, our precious scars.” A collaborative show of sculpture, photography and installation by sculptor Erin Cunningham and multidisciplinary artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt draws its inspiration from the Japanese philosophies behind wabi-sabi and kintsugi to investigate imperfection, longevity, hope and revealing seams. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through May 19. 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190 icosacollective.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Black and White.” This exhibit of new drawings and found photographs by Tom Molloy — an Irish artist who lives in France — takes the image of American hegemony as its primary subject, exploring the global dominance of the United States’ military, economy, technology and pop culture. Through June 2. “Fun Packed Holiday.” Mariah Robertson’s solo show displays her unconventional photographic techniques: Shes uses no camera to make her prints, instead creating them by manipulating light-sensitive paper with darkroom chemistry. Through June 9. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 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.
North Hills Art Gallery. “Celebrating Kathy Summers” is a display of selected pieces created over a lifetime of accomplishment. Summers was a founding member of Austin’s Waterloo Watercolor Society and produced award-winning works now featured in this show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through May 28. 7050 Village Center Dr. 512-345-4546, nwhillsumc.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.
Prizer Arts & Letters. “The Elder Child” is a selection of paintings by legendary musician and artist Gary Floyd — an openly gay punk musician in the 1980s — with each piece of art showcasing his irrepressible creativity and sense of wonder. By appointment and during events through May 31. 2023 E. Cesar Chavez St. prizerartsandletters.org/.
Sixth Street Gallery. “Unforeseen.” To facilitate reflection on where America is today — a direction some say is unexpected — and where we are headed, Sixth Street Gallery has partnered with Artists 916. This exhibit includes both 2-D and 3-D works in a diverse range of styles and mediums, all exploring this theme. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment through May 20. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com.
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 man-made objects. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 12. 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. umlaufsculpture.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. The Los Angeles-based artist America Martin finds inspiration in her love of form and figure as depicted by the Impressionists and Modernists of the early 20th century. The show is a celebration of her passion for discovering new mediums such as paper, fabric, wood and metal. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 2. 1202 W. Sixth St. wallyworkmangallery.com.
Women and Their Work. “Good Luck with the Sun.” Using the sun as her subject and collaborator in this solo show of new multimedia works, lens-based artist Krista Steinke explores the physical and psychological impact of our greatest energy source. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through June 7. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
“The Original Carmina Burana: Unplugged & Organic.” Texas Early Music Project presents a concert of songs from the 13th-century manuscript that Neil deGrasse Tyson mentions in “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” They are unabashedly joyful and passionate pieces about love, spring and mythology. 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. 3 p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. $5-$30. early-music.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“All My Sons.” Arthur Miller’s timeless masterpiece about one man’s dogged, deadly search for the American dream — and the destruction of his family as a result of his actions — will once again grip audiences in this City Theatre production. Opens May 11. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through June 3. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” En Route Productions’ Shakespeare on the Farm program performs one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage, portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Monday through May 20. $20 suggested donation. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane. enrouteproductions.com.
“Peter Pan.” Indulge your inner child with a trip to Neverland and the Austin premiere of choreographer Paul Vasterling’s ballet about a boy who refuses to grow up. This action-packed, family-friendly production from Ballet Austin features all the characters you remember from J.M. Barrie’s novel. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-5664, thelongcenter.org.
West Austin Studio Tour. This year’s self-guided tour of individual art studios, galleries and temporary shows features 198 artist studios, 155 exhibitions and more to see and do. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 12-13 and May 19-20. Various locations west of Interstate 35, east of MoPac Boulevard, south of U.S. 183 and north of William Cannon Drive. west.bigmedium.org.
“Magnificence of Seven.” Seven participating Austin artists — Bryan Macilko, Connor Teseny, Evan Runyon, Janis Fowler, JR Rapier, Katie Ryan Donohue and Scott Wilkes — are displaying works at Art for the People in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, carbon steel, encaustic, gouache, scratchboard and watercolor. Opening reception 2 to 6 p.m. May 12. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through June 16. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
“Inside Out.” This Art on 5th show features the work of Jason Eatherly, who is widely recognized in the local street art scene for his image of a queen wearing a gas mask and is taking the plunge into the fine art world with never-before-seen paintings, sculptures and art installations using found objects from places of urban decay. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. May 12. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 10. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C, 110 B. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
“Vibrancy & Form.” Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery is featuring the works of Ash Almonte, Kevin Greer and Mark Yale Harris, who create distinctive paintings and sculptures that evoke emotion, movement and joy. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday; RSVP required. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through May 31. 1009 W. Sixth St. 512-478-4440, russell-collection.com.
“Plum Creek.” The Stephen L. Clark Gallery is hosting a multi-artist show featuring the works of Kate Breakey, who creates gold-leaf photographs, and Bill Wittliff, who makes solargraphs. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 23. 1101 W. Sixth St. 512-477-0828, stephenlclarkgallery.com.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Dulcé Sloan, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Funniest Person in Austin Finalists, 8 p.m. Monday, $15-$20. Bryson Brown, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12-$17. John Witherspoon, 8 p.m. Thursday, $20-$25. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “What Had Happened Was” turns the audience’s suggestion of a historical event into a tapestry of facts, misunderstandings and laughs, as a way to tie the events that led to history’s greatest catastrophes to the events of today. 8:30 p.m. Saturday through June 2. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. You can count on Esther’s to keep up with the ever-changing political climate and daily firings in the White House with special appearances by Robert Mueller, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels. There’s always more in the “Never Ending Trumpstory,” a tribute to Donald Trump and his castaways, such as Kellyanne Conway. Plus, resident magician Ray Anderson will debut his newest large-scale illusion straight from Las Vegas, albeit with a local twist. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in May. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
“¡Escándalo!” at Hideout Theater. Inspired by television shows like “Jane the Virgin,” “Teresa” and countless over-the-top telenovelas, “¡Escándalo!” is an improvised show filled with danger, intrigue and backstabbing (and front-stabbing). And passion. So. Much. Passion. The show is typically bilingual, but as a bonus for Cinco de Mayo, it will be entirely in Spanish. You are in great hands with this talented bilingual cast of Austin improvisers including Cindy Brio, Laura Galán Wells, Gabriela Vargas, Karlie Lemos, Cristy Salinas, Esperanza Rivadeneira, and Aaron Rubin. Enjoy the show (and watch your back). 10 p.m. Fridays in May. $10. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com. — Brently Heilbron
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. Clare O’Kane with Justin Hicks, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.