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Woodblock Portrait of Tony Joe White in Jeb Loy Nicholas exhibit, Country Soul Brotherhood at Yard Dog Gallery, through Sept.6.

Austin360 arts calendar, Aug. 22- Aug. 28

Theater and dance“A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Farthest Steep of India.” Shakespeare’s comedy play with a Bollywood twist. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$20. Closes Saturday. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. 512-472-5436. “Bright Now Beyond.” Daniel Alexander Jones’ critically acclaimed new original musical that dives into the ...

The classic puppet character Punch is performed by Trouble Puppet Theater Company, which is hosting the Austin Puppet Incident .

Austin Puppet Incident brings together puppeteers for adult audience

Around the right-hand side of Salvage Vanguard Theater, there’s a door that vanishes into the corrugated metal siding of the building. It’s the door that opens into the world of creativity and collaboration that brings Austin’s puppet theatre scene to life. In a workshop strewn with everything from X-Acto knives ...

Noel Gaulin as the Monk in “The Black Monk,” part of Breaking String Theater’s “We Play Chekhov” at the Long Center.

‘We Play Chekhov’ provides challenging, rewarding night of theater

Typically, if you want to experience a short story from Russian writer Anton Chekhov, you would need to crack open a book. But in “We Play Chekhov,” Breaking String Theater brings two of the writer’s short stories to life onstage. Graham Schmidt directs the show, now running at the Long ...

Orly Genger site-specific installation “Current” is on view through Aug. 24 at Laguna Gloria.

Last week for Orly Genger exhibit and more arts events Aug. 17-23

“Orly Genger: Current.” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24. Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.orgIt’s the last week to see Orly Genger’s site-specific installation “Current” at Laguna Gloria. Made from thousands of feet of hand-knotted reclaimed lobster ...

Old wall scribblings from its time as a jail are still visible at the Georgetown Art Center.

Van Ryzin: Architect Gary Wang brings new life to historic Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — On a recent hot afternoon, children dodged jets of water that spurt up in varying patterns from a brick patio that’s bordered by the L-shape of a 19th-century building in this city’s historic downtown. The jetting water lasts just a few minutes before shutting off. Then the children ...

Texas Choral Consort will premiere “Without Form and Void” this weekend by Dan Welcher, composer and University of Texas professor.

Arts picks: Best of the week, Aug. 15-21

Friday “Chimera.” Austin artist Michael Anthony Garcia fills Grayduck Gallery with large site-specific installations made of found furniture and thrift store clothes — installations that movingly explore personal identity. Opening: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Sept. 14. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. 512-826-5334, ...

Noel Gaulin as the Monk in “The Black Monk” one of two short plays in Breaking String Theater’s “We Play Chekhov” at the Long Center.

Austin theater company reworks two Chekhov short stories

Austin is having a summer fling with revamped and modernized Chekhov plays. Earlier this summer, Zach Theatre staged Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” an irreverent mash-up of Russian writer Anton Chekhov’s characters and themes. Opening this week in the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre, Breaking String ...

Stirrup spout bottle of seated figure. Moche culture, 100-800 CE. From the exhibit “Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes” at the Blanton Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

Arts scene: Picks for Aug. 10-16

“Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes.” Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Through Aug. 17. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9 (free on Thursdays). 512-471-7324. www.blantonmuseum.orgThe environment along ...

Landscape architect Alisa West of Westshop Design transformed a 900-square-foot backyard in Clarksville into a well-defined space with a limestone patio and plantings that balance the small space, previously unusable due to poor drainage and limited access.

Van Ryzin: Landscape architect Alisa West weighs sustainability, use

Ironically, there are few trees on the property where landscape architect Alisa West has her office. Since hanging out her shingle as solo practitioner about a year ago, West has occupied the second floor of an older house-turned-office-cluster on South Lamar Boulevard. A rental storage facility occupies the back half ...

Austin Classical Guitar presents guitarist Make Grgic on Saturday.

Arts picks: Theater and music, Aug. 1-7

Friday and Saturday“Bright Now Beyond.” A new music theater piece by award-winning performer Daniel Alexander Jones, “Bright Now Beyond” draws loosely upon L. Frank Baum’s second book in the series, “The Marvelous Land of Oz.” Only this Oz has lost its luster and faces hardships brought by drought and disillusionment. ...

“Fall Tree” by Anne Siems.

Arts picks, Aug. 8-14

FridayLive score to Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times.” Violinist James Anderson typically leads the Austin Piazzolla Quintet, which showcases the nuevo tango music of the great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. Now, Anderson and his ensemble the James Anderson Collective play their live original score to one of silent cinema’s classics, Charlie ...

Detail of Margo Sawyer’s “Reflect” installation at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.

Austin360 arts calendar, Aug. 8- Aug 14

Theater and dance “Bright Now Beyond.” A young boy named Tip sets out on an adventure into the new, lackluster land of Oz, decades after the events of “The Wizard of Oz.” Through Aug. 23. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. $20. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 E. Manor Road. 512-474-7886. “Cyrano de ...

Detail of “Soft Walls,” by Akiko Kotani at Women & Their Work through Aug. 30.

Akiko Kotani’s ‘Soft Walls’ transforms traditional craft

Akiko Kotani crocheted more than 1,000 45-gallon white trash bags to create “Soft Walls,” her installation on view at Women & Their Work through Aug. 30. No fanciful crochet lace here. Instead the chunky needlework unfolds in a simple linear pattern much like a homemade afghan, horizontal rows of clearly ...

Daniel Burns’ new work, including “Seaholm Skyline at Night,” will be on display during the Davis Gallery’s “All Summer Long” exhibits.

Things to do Tuesday, Aug. 5

Nature’s Treasures Citywide Treasure HuntTuesday-Thursday. Free. 2103 N. Interstate 35. 512-472-5015, in dirt isn’t required, but quick thinking might come in handy for Nature’s Treasures Citywide Treasure Hunt. Fourteen exquisite blue/green chrysocolla rocks will be hidden at well-known spots and parks around Austin. Once a rock is found, post ...

“Seeing Times Are Not Hidden,” a massive musical instrument made of hundreds of steel, glass and wood chimes suspended by a steel armature from the Waller Creek Bridge on the University of Texas campus in 2011. Architect Norma Yancey was part of the design team.

Van Ryzin: Norma Yancey bridges architecture and art

It helps to have a droll sense of humor when requesting permission from dozens of city officials to place a tree in the middle of Lady Bird Lake. It helps, too, to maintain a sense of optimism when doing the requesting — to think creatively large about ways to aesthetically ...

“Animal Shaman,” by Anne Siems. From the exhibit: “Anne Siems: Flora and Fauna- New Work.” Opening Aug. 9 at Wally Workman Gallery

Arts picks for Aug. 3-9

“Anne Siems: Flora and Fauna.” Opens Thursday. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Collectors’ happy hour: 5 to 8 p.m. Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Aug. 30. Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth St. Free. Anne Siems explores the landscape of the Pacific ...

Girls Girls Girls improv troupe presents its latest improvised musical, “Boys of Summer,” on Saturdays through Aug. 23 at the Institution Theatre.

Improvised musical and classic ‘Oklahoma’ provide summer stage fun

Have you ever wished that people around you would just burst into a song and dance number?I know I have.Although flash mobs do happen, and Broadway musicals make it seem like life is a song, if you want real spontaneous singing, treat yourself to a Saturday night with Girls Girls ...

Margo Sawyer’s installation “Reflect” at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum includes vintage bricks salvaged from a 19th-century building in Elgin.

Art, architecture mix at different kind of Umlauf exhibit

Fifty-five thousand glittering chrome beads on the floor are not the sort of artistic medium you’d usually associate with Austin’s Umlauf Sculpture Garden, which houses a permanent collection that is all about the figure. Yet the chrome balls are one of the striking modern elements in a smart, forward-thinking summer ...

“Bright Now Beyond” a new music theater piece by Daniel Alexander Jones riffs on L. Frank Baum’s second book in the series, The Marvelous Land of Oz, and incorporates some shadow puppets.

'The Wizard of Oz' the next chapter from Austin playwright

When theater artist Daniel Alexander Jones was a young boy, he vividly remembers crawling into the nook of his grandmother’s arm as she read him stories, including L. Frank Baum’s classics, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “The Marvelous Land of Oz.” Decades later, Jones randomly took “The Marvelous Land ...

The Zilker Summer Musical “Oklahoma!” is on stage at the Beverly Sheffield Theater through Aug. 16.

Arts picks, July 27-Aug. 2

“Okalahoma!” 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park. Free ($5 parking). 512-479-9491. www.zilker.orgZilker Theatre Productions stages its annual free show in the park with a classic staging of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” Blankets are allowed to be put down starting at 6 p.m.THEATER“Bright Now Beyond.” A new music ...

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