Get Your Invigorating Art On This Weekend!

Kind of like a pep pill for the life of your work-fatigued mind

The spiritual erosion wrought by your daily grind can be counteracted, we’re suggesting, with an infusion of what’s available in the city’s creative scene. That ain’t homeopathy, baby: These elixirs of entertainment are scientifically verified!

Jon Windham wreaks those stylish graphics for the 11:11 dance project.

1) FUN HOME Maybe consider it a new form of the “Bechdel test,” that if you give a damn about serious theatre – serious musical theatre, at that – and about what William Faulkner called “the human heart in conflict with itself,” then you’ve passed only after witnessing this Tony-winning adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 autobio-graphic novel, now at the Long Center’s Dell Hall. And if, somehow, this show is your introduction to the woman’s work, then be glad you have so many delightful years of Dykes to Watch Out For to catch up with.

2) 11:11:10 Jennifer Sherburn and Natalie George are zeroing in on the terminus of their amazing, yearlong project (just one more show after this one!) with a choreographed explosion of kinetic energy at the Impact Hub on North Lamar, abetted this time by Kelly Hasandras and Olivia O’Hare and a sharp crew of modern-dance dervishes.

3) PANORAMIC VOICES: BACH MASS IN B MINOR The alliteration doesn’t stop with Bach and B, because this rendition of the classical composition comes courtesy of Brent Baldwin’s bodacious battalion of Panoramic Voices, a rafter-raising gathering of goldenthroated individuals whose voxy multitude will ring forth in singular glory at the AISD Performing Arts Center this weekend.

4) ART.SCIENCE.GALLERY.: THE BIRDS Definitely add this one to your life list, citizen. And even if you’re unfamiliar with the birder’s term “life list,” you’ll probably want to see the vivid ways that 10 different artists have depicted birds and the study of birds at Hayley Gillespie’s science-oriented gallery located in the bustling, multivenue Canopy space on the Eastside. Note: The show’s opening reception is this Saturday. (And you know what’s right nearby? Mmmmmm – it’s Sa-Ten.)

5) SURE THING Sad to relate, this longtime stand-up gig helmed by Brendan K. O’Grady and Duncan Carson is heading for the end of its weekly residence at Austin Java. And if you want to catch the action before it’s gone, what better inducement than headliner Carina Magyar and friends cracking up the comedy-loving crowd this very Saturday night? Pro tip: Get there early and grab a seat while you can.

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Fun Home, 11:11, Panoramic Voices, Art Science Gallery, Sure Thing, Carina Magyar, Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Sherburn, Natalie George, Hayley Gillespie, Brent Baldwin

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