"Venomous Cabbage and Other Demands Satisfied." Grayduck Gallery celebrates the opening of its new East Austin space with a solo show of San Antonio artist Leigh Anne Lester, whose delicate and intricate drawings imagine mutant plant species caused by genetic modifications. Opening: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through June 1. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. 512-826-5334, www.grayduckgallery.com
Friday and Saturday
"Ducley and Roxy at City Hall." An inventive international collaboration brings a comedy written specifically for Austin by Russian playwright Maksym Kurochkin, and translated by John Freedman. In this satire, a corrupt mayor presides over Austin’s comically broken city council. But when a strange Ukrainian character arrives warning of a looming catastrophe, will the Austin locals heed his predictions? Kurochkin presents a timely encounter with the current state of affairs in Ukraine while cautioning against the corrupting influence of power. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through May 17. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. $15-$30. 512-761-3247, breakingstring.com
"A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection."
The Contemporary Austin kicks off its new exhibits with a day of free admission Sunday. Flirting with the surreal, the whimsical, the absurd and even the hyper-real, the contemporary sculptures featured in "A Secret Affair" all have complex, playful and even dark psychological undertones. Among the artists whose work is featured in the exhibit are Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jim Hodges, Anish Kapoor, Ron Mueck, Thomas Schütte and Kiki Smith. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. $3-$5 (Free on Tuesdays). 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.