Calendar: Recommended


  • It's … it's … HIDEOUTRAGEOUS!

    Home to the internationally acclaimed Parallelogramophonograph gang, this highly caffeinated Downtown venue presents its annual Improvised Play Festival this weekend, bringing in troupes from Minneapolis, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Los Angeles to overflow the already burgeoning schedule of local favorites during three days of unscripted showcases and experimental theater. Featuring the return of Process and F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Save the World! Introducing Ripley: Young Adult Dystopian and Rapid Fire Theatre's Folk Lordz! Plus, the evergreen (you know: like an Orion slave girl) Start Trekkin' and more! Pro tip: Get yourself an All-Fest Pass, citizen, and see all that you can see. $5-45

    The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

  • Malcolm X

    Though at times it dips into the hagiographic, this biopic is remarkably faithful to the essence of the man – his anger, sly wit, and perpetual growth. Read a full review of Malcolm X.

    11:30AM, 3:30PM and 7:30PM, Millennium Theatre, 1156 Hargrave

  • Dark Night

    Loosely based on the 2012 Aurora movie theatre shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the film follows six strangers as they converge on that tragic night. Highly recommended. aGLIFF festival director Jim Brunzell will introduce Friday's screening.

    7PM, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar

    • Dance Repertory Theatre: Momentum

      This celebration of the influence of African-American culture upon contemporary dance features nationally renowned artists, including Dr. Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris, Abby Zbikowski, and Adrienne Hurd. Bonus: One of the ensemble’s first tap performances, choreographed by DRT's Jeremy Arnold. Through Feb. 26. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm, $15-26

      Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Building, 300 E. 23rd, 512/477-6060

    • FronteraFest 2017: The Short Fringe

      Every night presents four or five performances no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Bizarre performance art? Something about food and human yearning? Short films? Multimedia? FronteraFest's Short Fringe has brought it all in its 24 years – and now, whoa, here's the final week, featuring "Best of the Fest" – with a few wild cards thrown in! See website for details. Through Feb. 18. Tue.-Sat., 8pm, $16

      Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

    • Thr3e Zisters

      Salvage Vanguard's crowd-pleasing winner of four Austin Critics Table awards (including Best Production of a Comedy) returns! Listen: "Anton Chekhov's three sisters have long been dead and buried. Vershinin, Tusenbach, and Suleny exhume them with the hopes of creating the perfect women for their pleasure. The sisters, unburied and ready to adapt to a new way of life, learn that there are already very stringent expectations in place for their arrival." This Lola Pierson drama is directed by Yury Urnov and features the zombietastic talents of Shawn Sides, Jenny Larson, and Heather Hanna. (Note: See the website for info about the closing-night gala performance.) And, look: Here's Robert Faires' review of the show. Through Feb. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm, Pay what you wish

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

    • Lora Reynolds Gallery: Animalia

      Here's an exhibition that might knock you off your feet with its ideas and execution, its fully-invested-in-the-creators'-fantastic-gambits-of-expression power, its swanky evocation of the intersection of what's bizarre and what's cute … here come the Haas Brothers, twins Nikolai and Simon, to the LRG for the first time ever, bringing their newest body (or, say, bodies) of work: a compelling array of drawings and sculptures of furry or glabrous beasties (or are they furniture?) with, some of them, conspicuously humanoid genitalia among the folds of flesh and ridges of pelt. Through April 1

      Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces #50, 512/215-4965

    • MACC: Another Side

      Here's an exhibition of new work by a fellow named Nathan Nordstrom, but why you care is because this Nordstrom is AKA Sloke One. See vivid pieces of abstract art and graffiti art on canvas, along with photos of the man's international work. Through March 25

      Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

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