Summer Fun 2014





  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • It's … Institutional!

    Date Night In which Regina Soto and Jo Chauvin host a variety show about the awkward garden where relationships bloom. Fridays, 8pm. Through Aug. 22. $12. Batshyt Crazy: Live Rude Puppets Yes, you read that right. Fridays, 10pm. Through Aug. 22. $10. Girls Girls Girls: The Boys of Summer Those lovely lilting ladies who do improv musicals? Here's their annual outing with a new male guest star each week. This final week: Audience Choice. Saturdays, 8pm. Through Aug. 23. $12. Fresh Roasted A sort of Austintatious PeeWee's Playhouse from the mind of Brandon Martin – with a coffee machine called Neil Decaf Tyson. Saturdays, 10pm. Through Aug. 23. $10.

    Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580,