Theater & dance
“Atlantis: A Puppet Opera.” With a soaring original score and expressive vocalists and puppeteers, this new production envisions a fantastic world where Queen Solstra and Prince Helios seek world domination with the help of their mighty battleship Invinctus. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 29. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org/30atlantis.
“Born Yesterday.” In the Wimberley Players’ latest production, ex-showgirl Billie realizes after receiving tutoring that the man she’s been with for nearly a decade, Harry Brock, is corrupt, and she decides to use her newfound scruples to derail his plans to “buy” a U.S. senator. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $18-$22. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. wimberleyplayers.org.
“The Goat or Who is Sylvia.” Capital T Theatre takes on this sharply funny play from American provocateur Edward Albee, about Martin, a hugely successful architect whose seemingly ideal life falls apart when he reveals to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat named Sylvia. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20-$30. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. capitalt.org.
“The Madres.” Set against the backdrop of La Dictadura in Argentina, in which more than 30,000 “subversives” including students, artists, journalists and political activists were made to disappear, this play produced by Shrewd Productions examines one family’s desperate fight. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$37.50. Santa Cruz Theater, 1805 E. Seventh St. shrewdproductions.com.
“Million Dollar Quartet.” Four young musicians — Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash — came together during an impromptu jam session in 1956. This play on the Georgetown Palace Theatre stage will bring that legendary night to life with a score of rock ‘n’ roll hits including “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Great Balls of Fire.” 7:30 Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $15-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. georgetownpalace.com.
“Monroe.” After her older brother is killed in a lynching, Cherry must decide whether being the keeper of her family’s roots and cultural traditions is worth living under Jim Crow. The Austin Playhouse is staging “Monroe,” set in rural Louisiana during the Great Migration, to explore the threat and aftermath of racial terror. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $16-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“The Who’s Tommy.” The rock ‘n’ roll musical production, years in the making for the City Theatre, is based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album about a traumatized boy — the Tommy of the title — who overcomes a childhood of adversity to become an international pinball superstar. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $20-$45. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.
Gary Shteyngart. 7 p.m. Friday. The novelist speaks and signs “Lake Success.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Scott Westerfeld. 2 p.m. Saturday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Imposters.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
DeRay McKesson. 6 p.m. Saturday. The civil rights activist speaks and signs “On the Other Side of Freedom: A Case for Hope.” Central Presbyterian Church, 208 E. Eighth St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Reed Farrel Coleman. 5 p.m. Sunday. The novelist speaks and signs “Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Clementine Ford. 7 p.m. Monday. The debut book author speaks and signs “Fight Like a Girl.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Dave Dictor. 6 p.m. Monday. The memoirist speaks and signs “MDC: Memoir from a Damaged Civilization.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
James Frey. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Katerina.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Sarah Smarsh. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The memoirist speaks and signs “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Lani Sarem. 6 p.m. Thursday. The author speaks and signs “Handbook for Mortals: Book One of the Series.” Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158. 512-418-8985, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2536.
Bethany McLean. 7 p.m. Thursday. The investigative journalist speaks and signs “Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World.” Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. 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. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. Sarah Janece Garcia. The Dallas-based artist, working primarily in watercolor to create wildlife portraits, masterfully captures the energy and movement of her subjects through a vivid color palette. Through Sept. 23. “Aim Carefully.” Gabe Leonard, an internationally recognized artist whose cinematically staged paintings of sharpshooters, gangsters, gamblers and musicians are in the collection of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, is presenting new work from his recently released “Grit” series. Through Oct. 7. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. arton5th.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. arton5th.com.
The Asian American Resource Center. “Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island.” These exhibits feature works from artists Dan Pham (“The Banana’s Identity Cookbook”), Lauren Chai (“A Place in This World”) and Matthew Koshmrl (“Dokdo, Lone Island”). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday through Sept. 23. 8401 Cameron Road. facebook.com/events/189411735234704/.
Big Medium. “Quick and Quiet.”The solo show featuring the works of Ann Wood explores domesticity, death and our feelings of attraction and repulsion in reaction to visual cues — and it’s deeply personal for the Galveston-based artist. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 6. 916 Springdale Road. 512-939-6665, bigmedium.org.
Blanton Museum of Art. “Framing Eugène Atget: Photography and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris.” This photographic archive of Atget’s work, which comprises nearly four decades of photographs of the city and people of Paris, portrays and enigmatic portrait of an evolving metropolis at the dawn of the twentieth century. 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 Dec. 2. $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.
Dimension Gallery. “Black Rainbow.” New sculptural works by multimedia artist Terra Goolsby deconstruct perceptions of idolatry using a variety of sensual materials including porcelain, fur and quartz. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Sept. 29. 979 Springdale Road, Suite 99. dimensiongallery.org.
DORF Gallery. “Return of the Litvak.” This DORF show features the works of Austin-based street artist Angry Cloud and DESCND, who draw parallels between atrocious human conflicts of the past and today’s hostile political climate. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. 5701 Lewood Drive. facebook.com/DORFWORLD.
Dougherty Arts Center. “Three Kinds of Order: Intersections in Abstraction.” Three Austin-based artists — Naomi Schlinke, Alexandra Robinson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell — are displaying their abstract works in a group exhibit. 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 Sept. 22. 1110 Barton Springs Road. facebook.com/events/181190102752190/.
Gallery Lucid. “Merging Perspectives: Collaborative Art Show.” Gallery Lucid is celebrating the growing trend of collaboration within a work of art and will feature several Texas-based artists, including Rosemary Allen and Vervain Hellsdottir, creating surreal, visionary or altered-perception works. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 14. 7101 Easy Wind Drive #3101. gallerylucid.com.
Gallery Shoal Creek. Jill Lear + Katie Maratta. Locale — a sense of place — dominates in parallel exhibitions at Gallery Shoal Creek showcasing Lear, who is focusing on the language and essence of trees, and Maratta, who creates “horizonscapes” focusing specifically on Texas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 29. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Georgetown Art Center. “Strata.” New Orleans artist Anita Cooke — whose artistic focus shifted in 2005 when her clay equipment was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina — is presenting a solo show featuring her works of sewn textile collage, fabric and mixed media. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 23. 816 S. Main St., Georgetown. georgetownartcentertx.org.
ICOSA Collective “We Can See Through Time.” The exhibition of 3-D drawings by Austin-based artists Matt Rebholz and Rachel Wolfson Smith, their second collaboration, will feature fantastic landscapes transformed from rocks, plants and urban detritus. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday or by appointment through Oct. 6. 916 Springdale Road. icosacollective.com.
LBJ Presidential Library. “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports” examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the U.S. and features rare artifacts, video, audio and interactive displays. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 13. $3-$10. 2313 Red River St. lbjlibrary.org.
Link & Pin Art Space. “Heroines + Warriors + Goddesses.” Three Austin painters — Neena Buxani, Helen Buck and Rhea Pettit — are displaying their unique interpretations of courage in the feminine in this Link & Pin show. Noon to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Sept. 30. 2235 E. Sixth St. Suite 102. linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Chasing Desire.” 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. Friday and Saturday. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
North Hills Gallery. Creative Arts Society’s 2018 Fall Juried Awards Exhibition. North Hills Gallery is hosting the Austin Creative Art Society’s show featuring works by its members in celebration of fall. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 27. 7050 Village Center Drive. 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.
The Ransom Center. “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance” looks at the American artist’s process of book design and production via photographs, drawings and prints alongside archival production materials, preliminary sketches and notebooks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Jan. 6. Free. 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. “World of Hunt Slonem.” American artist Slonem, considered one of the greatest neo-expressionist colorists of our time, is a painter, sculptor and printmaker known for his eclectic works inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Sept. 30. 1009 W. Sixth St. russell-collection.com.
Sixth Street Gallery. “Past and Present.” The Sixth Street Gallery exhibit showcases artists, including Christa Blackwood and Dave McClinton, who are using old mediums to have current conversations and present mediums to continue past conversations, depicting different narratives and realities. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com/sixth-street-gallery.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Shanie Tomassini: “Slippery Clump.” This year’s Umlauf Prize winner is French Canadian sculptor and multimedia artist Tomassini, who is now pursuing an MFA at the University of Texas and whose show features oversized sculptures, fountains and negative-space forms. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 5. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. Carol Dawson. Local writer and watercolorist Dawson employs birds as well as botanicals as her subjects, depicting the birds in particular on a human-like scale, as a way to transform the perception of commonplace natural scenes into one of natural wonder. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 29. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Escape Your Kind: New Paintings.” Harry Underwood, a self-taught painter living in Nashville, will display a fresh set of paintings with the usual nostalgic characters and a soft, muted palette that reminds viewers of old postcards and advertising. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 14. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
“The Mighty Russians, Part III.” The Austin Symphony Orchestra opens the new season of instrumental music with pieces by three prominent Russian composers — Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Symphony newcomer Lise de la Salle, a talented pianist, will make her debut. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Significant Other.” In this Jarrott Productions play, four friends in their late 20s search for relationships in present-day New York. For Jordan and his three gal pals, finding Mr. Right is much easier said than done. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $23-$30. Trinity Street Playhouse, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.
“Shadow Boxer” and “Poof.” Spectrum Theatre Company, Austin’s only African-American theater company, will give a reading of two short plays with contemporary themes. 2 p.m. Sept. 15. $10 suggested donation. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. facebook.com/SpectrumATX.
“Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride.” Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents a concert performance of this hilarious and lilting comic opera, which satirizes the “aesthetic craze” of the 1870s and ’80s, when the output of poets, composers, painters and designers of all kinds was indeed prolific — but with a contemporary twist. 2 p.m. Sept. 16. $8-$20 in advance, $11-$25 at the door. Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd. gilbertsullivan.org.
“Once.” Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, the musical “Once,” as produced by Zach Theatre, is an enchanting modern love story about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together by their shared love of music. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28. $30-$153. The Topfer at Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
“De/Construction.” The three-person exhibit at Davis Gallery featuring the works of Austin-based artists Joseph Hammer, Chun Hui Pak and Gabe Langholtz focuses on each artist’s particular ability to dismantle the subjects of their art and reimagine them into new, fascinating compositions. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 20. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
“Holding Patterns.” Edward Lane McCartney’s second solo exhibit with Camiba Art features four main series, each exploring the concepts of landscape and topography, that were inspired by a 2016 adventure with a Hopi pottery collector through the Southwest. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 13. camibaart.com.
“Serene Disturbance.” Sculptor Dameon Lester’s solo show at Grayduck Gallery is the exploration of a rock — a small volcanic rock, disintegrated from endless fractures, that was left behind in the wake of a glacier’s now constant recession. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Jeff Dye, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. The 2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $20-$25. Punch!, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Ari Shaffir, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $20-$25. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. Hot on the heels of their last sold-out run, must-see LGBTQIA comedy troupe Martini Ranch is back at the ColdTowne main stage with an all-new show about what happens after coming out of the closet, from tender moments at home to public displays of desperation. 7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. In this month’s series of sketches, President Trump and Putin continue their steamy and secretive bromance, but with Mueller closing in, collusion is brewing and snitches are snitchin’. The White House is also rolling out Space Force auditions to create the best military in all the universe. And in non-political news, while Whole Foods may be under the Amazon corporate umbrella, you can still find love in the cereal aisle. From magician Ray Anderson comes “Magic Mirror,” a trick about the story of the haunted Driskill Hotel. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in September. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com.
Hideout Theatre. “La Vida de los Muertos” is a fully improvised story that takes place in a fantastical and joyous underworld, with each performance accompanied by local mariachi group Crockett High School Mariachi de Oro and an all-Latinx cast in full Dia de los Muertos-inspired costumes and makeup. And, of course, there will be plenty of blacklight. 8 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 1. $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. Danny Palumbo with Angelina Martina, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.