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.
“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. Thursday-Saturday through Sept. 15. $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. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with additional performance 8 p.m. Sept. 10, through Sept. 15. $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.
Hazem Fahmy. 7 p.m. Friday. The debut chapbook author speaks and signs “Red/Jild/Prayer.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
H.R. Young-Lira. 7 p.m. Friday. The local author speaks and signs “The Truth About Sunday Minor.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Kendra Fortmeyer. 7 p.m. Friday. The novelist speaks and signs “Hole in the Middle.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Sonia Sotomayor. 2 p.m. Saturday. The U.S. Supreme Court Justice speaks and signs “Turning Pages: My Life Story” and “The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.” First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Sarah Bird. 7 p.m. Saturday. The novelist speaks and signs “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen.” Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-974-7400, library.austintexas.gov.
Naomi Shihab Nye. 3 p.m. Sunday. The National Book Award finalist speaks and signs “Voices in the Air.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
John Larison. 7 p.m. Monday. The fiction writer speaks and signs “Whiskey When We’re Dry.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Sarah Cortez. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The writer-cop speaks and signs “Tired, Hungry, and Standing in One Spot for Twelve Hours: Essential Cop Essays.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Sarah Ivens. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The nonfiction author speaks and signs “Forest Therapy: Seasonal Ways to Embrace Nature for a Happier You.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
N. M. Cedeño, Meredith Lee and Laura Oles. 7 p.m. Thursday. The novelists speak and sign “The Walls Can Talk,” “Shrouded” and “Daughters of Bad Men,” respectively. Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Randy Kennedy. 7 p.m. Thursday. The novelist speaks and signs “Presidio.” 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. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. Local artist Paul Stankiewicz is most known for his neon sign paintings and iconic depictions of Austin scenes such as Barton Springs and the Broken Spoke, but he’s going in a new direction with his latest works, paintings that combines characters and text pulled from brightly colored food packaging. Through Sept. 9. 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. 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/.
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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.
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.
Davis Gallery. “Reflector: A Summer Group Show.” This summer group show asks each participating artist to cast their gaze inwardly and to capture either their whole self or some aspect of “self.” Most of them have chosen to depict themselves via abstractions and symbolic representations. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
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. Saturdays by appointment through Sept. 15. 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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Works for Two Solo Harpsichords with Anton Nel and Keith Womer. La Follia opens its newest season with music for two solo harpsichords featuring internationally renowned artist Anton Nel and La Follia director Keith Womer. The program includes works by Soler, Buxtehude, Couperin, W.F. Bach, J.C. Bach, J.S. Bach and Rameau. 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. $15-$30. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Ave. brownpapertickets.com/event/3556476.
The Kraken Quartet. A powerhouse group of percussion and electronics, the Austin-based, genre-crossing Kraken Quartet has been lauded for the way it merges elements of math rock, minimalism, indie, post-rock, electronica and the avant-garde. 8 p.m. Saturday. $17. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“The Big Fat Indian Wedding.” This site-specific Bollywood-style theatrical production will bring South Asian style and flavor to Austin — and it’ll really feel like you’re attending a wedding, as you move from location to location at the venue. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday. $25-$53. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. bfiw.ticketspice.com/the-big-fat-indian-wedding.
“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. Opens Sept. 7. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $20-$45. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.
“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. Opens Sept. 7. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $16-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
“My Seasons with the Astros, Expos, and Phillies.” Ken Webster’s deeply personal play is back for one more benefit performance. In “My Seasons,” Hyde Park Theatre’s artistic director explains his strange obsession with the former major league catcher John Bateman. 7 p.m. Sunday. $15-$50. 511 W. 43rd Street. hydeparktheatre.org.
“Quick and Quiet.” The solo show at Big Medium 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. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 6. 916 Springdale Road. 512-939-6665, bigmedium.org.
“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. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday or by appointment through Oct. 6. Icosa Collective, 916 Springdale Road. icosacollective.com.
“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 Art Space show. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Sept. 30. 2235 E. Sixth St. Suite 102. linkpinart.com.
“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. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. 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.
“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. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 7. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. arton5th.com.
“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. Opening reception 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com/sixth-street-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. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 29. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
“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. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Sept. 30. Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, 1009 W. Sixth St. russell-collection.com.
“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. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 14. 7101 Easy Wind Drive #3101. gallerylucid.com.
“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. Opens Sept. 8. 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.
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. Opening reception 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 9. 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.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Gareth Reynolds, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. The Comedy Resistance with Martha Kelly & Chris Cubas, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. Jeff Dye, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. “The Rose: Pleasure Lagoon” is a staged, improvised reality television show during which contestants have come to find their happily ever after in a tropical paradise. Host Nathan Harrison presents alternating casts that are all vying for the attention of one handsome bachelor or bombshell bachelorette, and each weekly show includes a full season of romantic trappings, from meeting the contestants to group dates and dramatic testimonials. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $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. $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 black light. 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. Kath Barbadoro with special guests, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.