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Marx Bros. Retrospective: A Day at the Races

The Marx Brothers get caught up in the mayhem when a sanitorium (directed by a veterinarian played by Groucho) is taken over by a casino.

2:45PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

  • Forklift Danceworks: Play Ball

    Allison Orr's Forklift company and Austin's African-American Cultural Heritage District present a celebration of baseball and the vital role that Downs Field has played in the rich baseball history of this city and the nation. Featuring the Huston-Tillotson Rams performing choreography derived from the movement of baseball, with an original score by Graham Reynolds performed by jazz vocalist Pam Hart, trumpet player Ephraim Owens, and more. Note: reservations required. Gala Catered Premiere Performance: Fri., May 9, 7pm. $100. Two free shows: Sat.-Sun., May 10-11, 7:30pm. Downs Field, 2816 E. 12th. Free.

    www.forkliftdanceworks.org

  • Church of the Passionate Cat

    What do you get when you cross film noir with metaphysics, and nightclub partying with a revival meeting, and you co-produce the entire crypto-detective, mirror-ball-in-the-shadows thing with Austin's Rude Mechs? You get the second stagework from Underbelly, whose first production Slip River so thoroughly wowed audiences, and you get a buzz of anticipation throughout the naked city for this max work of theirs. Bonus: Hannah Kenah stars as the caper's boozy shamus. May 8-18. Thu.-Fri. & Sun., 8pm; Sat., 8 & 10pm. Thu., May 8 - Sun., May 18, (2014), $15 ($10, students)

    The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833

    www.rudemechs.com

  • WarHorse

    The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic production, winner of five Tony awards in 2011, makes its Austin premiere. You remember the Spielberg movie, about a young man and his horse caught in the mayhem of the first World War? You still need to see this: theatrical art at its finest.May 6-11. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $25 and up

    Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/477-6060

    www.broadwayinaustin.com

  • Big Medium: Pillow Book as Inheritance

    Terri Thomas – whose shows are always a welcome spectacle of technical brilliance, stunning graphics, and arch humor – explores notions of birthright through her variation of a Japanese Shunga Pillow Book: a folded-paper manual on the ways of intimacy, with explicitly illustrated sexual advice. Highly recommended. Through June 7. Fri.-Sat., noon-6pm.

    Canopy, 916 Springdale

    www.canopyaustin.com

  • grayDUCK Gallery: Venomous Cabbage and Other Demands Satisfied

    San Antonio's Leigh Anne Lester inaugurates the new grayDUCK space with her intricately detailed representations of plant species, inspired by genetic modification and evoking thoughts on the environmental effects humans may be creating. Gorgeous work on the Eastside. Through June 1.

    grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334

    www.grayduckgallery.com, duckduck@grayduckgallery.com

  • West Austin Studio Tour

    Oh, it ain't much, right? Just a double-weekend of self-guided jaunts through some of the most interesting artists' studios on the sunset side of this creative city. Just an inside look at what powers the intricate clockwork of beauty emanating from the western sectors of the ATX. Just an exhilarating four days filled with special exhibitions and demonstrations and performances and – OK, yes, it's actually a very big deal, and so damned fun, and brought to you by those Big Medium people who also run the East Austin Studio Tour. Highly recommended. Sat.-Sun., May 10-11 & 17-18, 11am-6pm.

    www.west.bigmedium.org

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