UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Now celebrating its 17th season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country.
Past Deposits from a Future Yet to Come is a new video art installation by internationally recognized artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler. Opening night festivities include a viewing of the installation alongside a free live performance of the musical score composed by Alex Weston.
Like music? Have a coffee table? This is your book. Bring Music Home features photos and stories of over 200 music venues, and the event includes a convo on the state of the music industry and a performance by Buffalo Hunt.
[NOTE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID] Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Dickens classic is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras," as directed by Dave "Hardworkin'" Steakley. Which is all well and good, but we're happiest because Austin's own Marc Pouhé plays that Ebenezer Scrooge. [NOTE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID]
In this Archive Theater production, the famed consulting detective Holmes Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson take on their most festive case yet as they try to unravel the mystery of a flawless blue diamond hidden in a Christmas goose. Bonus: Come early and enjoy the tavern atmosphere with games, themed refreshments, live music, and interaction with the cast.
Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $10-35.
Art4Water’s inaugural program (now on view at Downtown's gorgeous library) is a collaboration between the Watershed Association, Terry Zee Lee, and more than 30 national artists in the creation of dozens and dozens of water-inspired art kites.
This story of two sisters – the sensible Elinor Dashwood and the impulsive Marianne Dashwood – showcases Jane Austen’s clever, comedic storytelling, as adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. A diverse cast of 17 actors create the elegant world, which will feature Regency costumes and charming dances, directed by Ann Ciccolella.
Through Nov. 27. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $20.
The magical Adam Young returns to Cloud Tree with his moving and spiritual renderings on wood panel – accompanied by the works of folk artist Mike Parsons and a rare showing of paintings and collage by the legendary Satch Grimley.
Tammie Rubin's new exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery contemplates faith as determined actions in place of passive belief. The artist extracts images, symbols, maps, creating visual codes that speak of Black American citizenry.
This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
Use your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program any time you feel like it. BONUS: There's also a free, docent-led tour starting at Marc Quinn's "Spiral of the Galaxy" (1501 Red River) on Sun., Jan. 8, 11am.
Austin's most absurd and fun attraction will have its last day on September 24th, so visit while you still can! It's the Eureka Room, a participatory experience where visitors engage with curious and playful programming within a unique 100-square-foot room filled with light and sound.
Mark Smith’s The Hope Suite is a series of forty-four collages inspired by the theme of global unity. Each 24-by-18-inch work on paper consists of a background monoprint or a digital photoprint, overlaid with collage, calligraphy, and mixed media. Note: The originals are part of the permanent collection of the Obama Presidential Center Museum in Chicago; the works on display here are limited-edition prints of those originals.
Virginia Fleck's tour de force installation fills the gallery with shimmers of sound and light, her myriad aluminum can tabs strung into ethereal columns; a trinity of them, draped from the ceiling, rotates slowly. Nearby, a moth-like tapestry of tabs clings to a wall. A relay of globe cages – intended for bingo balls – are dangled in aluminum tabs, each rendering a hand-cranked sound bath. "From salvage and discard, Fleck weaves serenity, wonder, and peace." Yes, this. Yes.
Explore the works of eight female artists – Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Adriana Corral, Ellie Ga, Juliana Huxtable, Tala Madani, Danielle Mckinney, Wendy Red Star, and Clare Rojas – in this new exhibition that explores how narrative and storytelling shape our senses of self, community, history, and identity.
In this compelling new series, vases and vessels are modeled from math forms that deal with infinity, chaos, and origin, Ellen Heck's jewel-toned, semi-surreal oil paintings containing layers of figuration under grand impasto still lifes, exploring visual metaphor and its role in revealing meaning through substitution.
Different Stages presents Quiara Alegria Hudes' Pulitzer-winning play in which recovering addicts, scattered throughout the world in chat rooms, keep each other alive – hour by hour, day by day. Brogan Lozano directs this drama where "the boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide." And, oh: Here's our full review.
Through Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-35.