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Sean Ripple alters materials he finds on the street then shares his photos via Instagram. He’s created subtle installations throughout his Wooten Park neighborhood for his “Neighborhood Watch” event on Saturday.

Arts picks, July 11-17: Sean Ripple’s ‘Neighborhood Watch,’ more

Saturday“Neighborhood Watch.”Artist Sean Ripple repositions bits of found trash on a curb into a beguiling design or aligns twigs to spell out a word in the corner of a sidewalk, then takes pictures with his iPhone and posts them to social media. His Instagram stream— Ripple1213 — functions as his ...

“Float” photograph on archival paper by Peggy Weiss. from the exhibit “All Summer Long” at Davis Gallery through Aug. 30.

Austin360 arts calendar, July 11- July 17

Theater and dance“Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story.” Musical about the life of the singer-songwriter includes more than 20 of his songs. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$26. Through Aug. 3. The Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave. 512-869-7469. “Peter & the Piper.” In Pollyanna Theatre ...

“Silence! The Musical,” a spoof on “The Silence of the Lambs,” is at Salvage Vanguard Theater.

A musical theater spoof of ‘Silence of the Lambs’ is campy fun

Nothing screams “camp” quite like musical theater, particularly when the creators brew up an enthralling amalgam of singing, dancing and cannibalism. “Silence! The Musical,” playing through Sunday at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, turns the gruesome story of Hannibal Lecter (Huck Huckaby), Buffalo Bill (David Ponton) and Clarice Starling (Amy Downing) into ...

“Street Scene” by Sean Ripple, who sometimes stages scenes to create art that he posts to Instagram.

Van Ryzin: Sean Ripple captures, and sometimes creates, visual poetry

Rainbow-hued candies strewn on a sunlit stretch of suburban road. Rows of soda bottles on grocery store shelves. A stack of jewel-toned towels in a big-box store. The most quotidian things and places make creative fodder for artist Sean Ripple. Merchandise in a retail display or an innocuous section of ...

“Shoestring’s Shawl,” by Shelley Wood. From the exhibit “Texas Soil” at Photo Methode Gallery through Aug. 22.

Arts picks: Things to see and do, July 6-12

“Texas Soil: Kevin Greenblat and Shelley Wood.” When: Opens Tuesday and continues through Aug. 29. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Photo Méthode Gallery, Flatbed Building. 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd. Free. 512-294-9550, “Texas Soil” combines the talents of Austin photographers ...

David Bates, “The Whittler,” oil on canvas, 1983. From the Blanton exhibit “In the Company of Cats and Dogs.”

Both cats and dogs get their due at Blanton exhibit

We think we know them, the cats and dogs so many of us place at the center of our lives.But if there’s one take-away from “In the Company of Cats and Dogs” — the rich and intriguing new exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art — it’s that we are ...

Cathy Savage’s “War of the Currents: Tesla and Edison Finger Puppets.” (Thomas Edison is on the left; Nikola Tesla on the right.) Savage is selling the Laser-cut and burned-wood finger puppet sets for $15 during “The Tesla Project, ” an all-day art-related celebration of the inventor Nikola Tesla.

Austin artists pay tribute to inventor Nikola Tesla at daylong event

The Serbian-American inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla developed the alternating-current electrical system of transformers, motors and generators that is now the standard power system of the 20th century.He also designed the first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls, pioneered radar technology and X-ray technology (his “Tesla coil” is still used ...

Gordon Conway “Red Cross Girl” illustration for Vanity Fair, 1918. From the exhibit “The World at War, 1914-1918.” Through Aug 3 at the Harry Ransom Center.

Austin360 arts calendar, July 4-10

Theater and dance “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story.” Musical about the life of the singer-songwriter includes more than 20 of his songs. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$26. Through Aug. 3. The Historic Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave. 512-869-7469. “Pygmalion” Different Stages present George Shaw’s ...

Emerson String Quartet plays the Austin Chamber Music Festival on July 25.

Van Ryzin: Chamber Music Festival programs eclectic mix of music

Michelle Schumann didn’t intend to form a tango ensemble when she invited bandoneonist Raul Jaurena to join her and several other Austin musicians for a concert six summers ago as part of the Austin Chamber Music Festival.But the pianist and artistic director of Austin Chamber Music Center — the festival ...

“L’Artisan moderne,” lithograph, 1896. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. from the exhibit “In the Company of Cats and Dogs” at the Blanton Museum of Art through Sept. 21.

Austin360 arts calendar, June 27 -July 3

Theater and dance“Cosmicomics.” Sky Candy presents tales of creation told through this aerial circus. $12-$22. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.“Punk Play.” Capital T Theatre presents Gregory Moss’ dark comedy that’s a tribute to punk rock culture and American ...

The Contemporary Austin’s “Music on Wilderness Lake” will feature 12 trombonists playing from across the grounds at the Laguna Gloria lagoon.

Music for Wilderness Lake brings trombonists to Laguna Gloria

The Contemporary Austin’s Music for Wilderness Lake 8:15 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. You’ve probably been to plenty of outdoor concerts before, but how about ones where the conductor is giving musical cues from a canoe? In the Contemporary Austin’s “Music for ...

“Construction in Red and Ochre” by Joaquín Torres-García is on display at the Blanton Museum of Art.

CantoMundo poets boost Latino literary scene

I had never heard anything like it before. Listening to the pioneering Chicano poet Raúl Salinas read his work a decade ago at Resistencia Bookstore, it hit me. There at the humble but warm community space he founded, I realized that poetry didn’t have to be academic or pretentious. It ...

Keith Womer, artistic director of La Follia Austin Baroque chamber ensemble, discovered some music sung in German that was popular with early American patriots.

Van Ryzin: La Follia celebrates little-known early American music

Quick quiz: Name one of the first pieces of music ever written to commemorate the Fourth of July. Likely, you wouldn’t answer “Psalm of Joy,” a cantata sung entirely in German and written in 1783 by Johann Friedrich Peter, a Moravian-American minister and musician. Nor would have Keith Womer, artistic ...

Sandy Skoglund, “Radioactive Cats,” 1980, cibachrome print. From the exhibit “In the Company of Cats and Dogs” at the Blanton Museum of Art through Sept. 21.

Arts picks, June 22-28: ‘Cats and Dogs’ at the Blanton, more this week

“In the Company of Cats and Dogs.” Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Opens today and continues through Sept. 21. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5-$9 (Free on Thursdays). 512-471-7324, ...

“Jason Middlebrook: Line over Matter” is at at Lora Reynolds Gallery through July 5.

Jason Middlebrook explores our relationship with the natural world

When the Congress Avenue contemporary art center then known as Arthouse reopened in 2010 after a sweeping architectural overhaul, artist Jason Middlebrook used several tons of the construction detritus to craft furniture.Middlebrook used vintage steel joists, lumber and glass (the building at 700 Congress Ave. is multi-layered with parts of ...

“H.M.S. Pinafore”at Worley Barton Theater plays through Sunday.

Austin360 arts calendar, June 20 -26

Theater and dance“Burundanga.” Austin Latino Theater presents a twisted comedy that follows a pregnant young woman who is persuaded to use a truth serum on her partner. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closes Saturday. $12-$15. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. 512-573-7605.“Cuchulain.” A mythical hero ...

Large-scale art installations have enhanced the allure of of Laguna Gloria.

The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria

For millennia, the peninsula bordered by a lagoon and the Colorado River has held allure. Archaeological evidence reveals that American Indian tribes sought out the site. In the 1830s, Texas co-founder Stephen F. Austin bought the property intending to build a home. And then in 1914 arts patron Clara Driscoll ...

Kelly Fearing’s etching, “Dark Bird in Passage Searching,” is part of the exhibit “Flatbed Summer Selections” at Flatbed Press.

Arts picks, June 20-26

Friday“Flatbed Summer Selections.” Since 1990 Flatbed Press has worked with more than 200 artists to create etchings, lithographs, relief prints and monotypes. A summer exhibit includes Lilianna Porter, Dan Rizzie, Liz Ward, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lee Smith, Keith Carter, Kelly Fearing, Luis Jimenez, Ken Hale, Pete Duggins, Sterling Allen, Celia ...

Margo Sawyer’s site-specific installation “Reflect” is on view at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum through Oct. 19.

Arts picks: Best of the week, June 15-21

“Margo Sawyer: Reflect.” Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Exhibit continues through Oct. 19. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. Admission is free through Aug. 31. the first time in its history, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden ...

Liz Cass, mezzo soprano, is an Austin singer who is producing and singing in “La Femme Bohème,” an all-female version of Puccini’s opera.

Van Ryzin: ‘La Femme Bohème’ puts much-needed opera on Austin stage

If you ask Liz Cass why she wanted to stage an all-female cabaret production of Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” in a live music venue, the mezzo-soprano smiles and offers a radically simple answer. “We need more opera in Austin,” she says. “And it’s a no-brainer to do that. We already ...

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