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Austin Film Festival: Texas Focus: Days of Heaven

Two of the cinema's greatest poets ever, director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Nestor Almendros, combined forces on Days of Heaven and created something so beautiful that it practically touches heaven itself. A Q&A with a special guest will follow the screening.

7PM, Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress

  • Orphans

    Street Corner Arts presents this terrific Lyle Kessler drama about two young brothers, living on their own in a Philadelphia row house, who kidnap an older man – who turns the tables on them in a surprising way. Directed by Sarah Becker, starring Chris Alvarenga, Aaron Johnson, and Michael Stuart. Through Sept. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Mon., Aug. 29, 8pm

    The Back Pack, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #206

  • W.

    W, yes. As in Woyzeck. As in Georg Buchner's landmark expressionist drama. Except here, in this new staging by Austin Jewish Repertory, it's boiled down for a single performer: One actor, one hour, seven roles. And the actor is Joey Hood. And the director is Adam Roberts. And we figured it would be really good. But the reviews we've seen – including the one by the Chronicle's Shanon Weaver – suggest "really good" might be the flimsiest of understatements. Bonus: Original score by Tyler Mabry. Through Aug. 27. Thu. & Sat., 8pm, $12-15

    901 Trinity., 512/735-8048

  • Butridge Gallery: Sum You Some Me

    The husband-and-wife team of Felice House and Dana Younger present their first art collaboration in Austin, an exhibition featuring six-foot-wide paintings and super-sized sculptures of body parts. We know what wonders these two can create separately; we're excited to witness what they've done together. Reception: Wed., Aug. 17, 6-8pm.

    Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

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