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  • 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

  • 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

  • It's … Institutional!

    Girls Girls Girls: The Secret Lives of Soccer Moms Austin's favorite all-female, all-singing improv troupe goes all "Desperate Housewives" style as only they can. Who's hiding what dark secret out there among the cul-de-sacs and calla lilies? Through May 2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10. Late Nite Time Machine It's a full-on talk show from 1968, with your host, the hard-drinking Teddy Hancox, and a guest list of celebrities – Genghis Khan! Albert Einstein! Bjork! – from the past and future. Fridays, 10pm. Through May 8. $10. Tarantula We like big spiders and we cannot lie. Sat., April 18, 10pm. $5. Impromp-Two Improv duos, two by two. Sun., April 19, 7pm. Free.

    Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580

    www.theinstitutiontheater.com, info@theinstitutiontheater.com

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