Calendar: Recommended


  • Fixing King John

    The Rude Mechs' resident playwright Kirk Lynn, we're told, years ago set himself the task of "fixing" Shakespeare's plays – at least, the ones that needed fixing. Well, if anybody can do that and do it right, it's Kirk Lynn. And now here come those Rudes and their talented friends with the first fixed play, about "one of history's shittiest kings, so obsessed with his own legacy that he drives his country to war, is willing to kill women and children, and rejects the authority of God and church." We reckon this thing will kick your ass in a most pleasurable fashion. Bonus: Even just the cast is to swoon for, you lucky theatregoers. Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm $25

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

  • The Cherry Bowl

    Gnap! Theatre Projects presents this commedia dell'arte-inspired adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, conceived and directed by Ben Schave – one of Austin's kings of physical comedy – and featuring a ridiculously talented cast (Joey Hood! Kerri Lendo! Michael Jastroch! Others!) performing this version of Chekhov's masterpiece entirely without dialogue. Tell you what: This is gonna be some wild, kazoo-spiked antics right here. Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($8, students, seniors; pay what you wish, Thursdays)

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

  • There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

    You'd think the busy novelist Katherine Catmull wouldn't have time to spend delighting us onstage these days … but then, how could anyone resist starring opposite the talented Jason Phelps in this Mickle Maher comedy about two college professors who, overcome by the poetry of William Blake, have sex on the lawn of their campus in front of their students? And this new show (by the playwright responsible for Spirits to Enforce, remember?) is directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. How great is this show? Our reviewer tells you that right here.Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30

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

  • Art.Science.Gallery: Eclosion

    This is a juried group show of insect-inspired art, held in conjunction with the 61st annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, and featuring 57 works (by 44 artists) chosen by Dr. Mark Moffett (National Geographic), Dr. Walter Tschinkel (University of Florida), Dr. David Maddison (Oregon State University) and Dr. Diane Ullman (University of California at Davis). Through Dec. 1. Canopy, 916 Springdale.


  • Laurie Anderson: Landfall

    This kaleidoscopic exhibition at UT's glorious Visual Arts Center showcases the work of performance artist and music innovator Anderson, offering a physical and visual manifestation of her intensely rhythmic multimedia performance. Even though the concert itself was, sadly, cancelled. Through Dec. 7.

    Visual Arts Center, 2300 Trinity (UT campus), 512/232-2348

  • Thirst

    It ain't Yggdrasil, but we reckon that the white tree in the middle of Lady Bird Lake is going to evoke all manner of mythic response, as Women & Their Work present an iconic vision acknowledging the power of water and memorializing the loss of the 300 million trees that died in the Texas drought of 2011. The results of a vast collaborative effort by Beili Liu, Emily Little, Norma Yancey, Cassie Bergstrom, and many others, the installation also features 14,000 prayer flags that loop for 2.5 miles between the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and the First Street Bridge. On display: Through Dec. 20.

    Lady Bird Lake between First Street and the pedestrian bridge

  • Tiny Park: Still Life: Nocturne

    The artist Nick Brown explores Southern California's coast at night with a camera and headlamp, waiting for low tide, photographing the creatures and plant life left in shallow pools when waves recede. The resulting spot-lit photographs become source material for his thickly impasto'd oil paintings. Obvious key words: Thickly impasto'd. More subtle key words: Totally gorgeous. Bonus: Musical soundtrack composed and recorded by the Los Angeles duo Cardoo. Through Nov. 30. Saturdays, noon-5pm.

    Tiny Park, 1101 Navasota #2

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