This festival showcases four different programs that celebrate archetypal stories of suffering, empathy, and redemption in different ways. Concerts include Pietà by John Muehleisen, Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson, Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, A Gnostic Passion by Doug and Brad Balliett, and St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach. Note: The festival runs through June 15 at multiple locations including St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, and St. Martin's Lutheran Church. See website for details. $10-60
Here's the world premiere of what we were lucky enough to get a taste of as a workshop production a while back: A truly magnificent work of theatre. Watch, amazed, as Caroline Reck and Glass Half Full present this … ah … well, imagine a complex series of living dioramas about environmental changes that occur over thousands and thousands of years – and now see those dioramas morph from one to the next, live, as you watch. It's no wonder The Henson Foundation is backing this astonishing accomplishment in puppetry and scenic manipulation, and you know we're giving it our highest recommendation. Through June 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $12-20
Extreme sports arrive in Austin for a weekend of dirt flying, rail sliding action. The kickoff starts tooday at 5pm at the Capitol with a demo from Tony Hawk and friends followed by BMX and skateboarding events. After that the action moves to the COTA track. Check out our full coverage. Thu.-Sun., June 5-8.