This free panel discussion is open to anyone who believes that the arts are a vital contributor to our community and would like to become involved in the public policy process. With Michael Burke, Scott Daigle, Marcy Hoen, and Fusebox's Brad Carlin. 6:30pm. Free.
Dave Steakley directs Moisés Kaufman's drama in which a present-day music-scholar mother struggling with her daughter is contrasted with Ludwig van Beethoven struggling with the demands of his genius. Zach Theatre's got somebody coming in from New York to play Beethoven, but this show stars Beth Broderick and pianist Anton Nel. Jan. 23-Feb. 17. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-65 ($18, student rush tickets).
The Dick Price Fan Club presents a full evening of songs by Austin's great novelty songwriter, featuring such twisted ditties as "Knife and Fork," "Father Sambuco," "Happy Dinosaur," and "I Know Who You Are, I Saw What You Did," as performed by Adriene Mishler, Mark Stewart, Jay Byrd, Matt Hislope – and Esther's Follies' Lyova Rosanoff on the piano. Where? In a private home, which they'll divulge the address of when you reserve your tickets. Recommended! Through Jan. 30. Sun.-Wed., 8pm. $15.
The big fierce Disney production returns to Austin with a roar like engines. This is the musical production that's loved even by people who dislike musicals, the Disney property cherished even by people who hate on the Mouse: A spectacular based-on-the-movie show that will undo your biases and touch you deep in that circle of life. Through Feb. 10. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 6:30pm. Bonus matinee: Thu., Jan. 17, 1pm. $29 and up.
David Lindsay-Abaire's drama about the working-class Boston neighborhood called Southie will be produced by Different Stages under the direction of Karen Jambon. Casting: African-American woman, age 30-40; man, age 25-35. Call or see website for details. Mon.-Tue., Jan. 28-29, 7-9pm.
Fronterafest's all over for another year, people, except for this Short Fringe: Best of the Fest part –and I'm glad to tell you that any night of this line-up is worth seeing, because you'll laugh, you might cry, you will be extremely fucking entertained at all times. [Full disclosure: I helped decide which shows got to be presented again this week.] And "Austin's Best Monologist" – it's true! – Steven Tomlinson debuts his new "How to Use Evernote" piece in the Wild Card Bill. You'd best hurry, though, because these nights (and one matinee) of no-fail theatrical enjoyment are selling out so fast you'd think they were Tim Doyle prints or something! See website for full schedule details. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8pm.