Opening this week

Art Exhibits

CREATIVE RESEARCH LAB

'2010 Studio MFA thesis exhibition.' Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 10. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab .

DAVIS ART GALLERY

'Paint the Town Red: An Evening of Music, Art, Food and Friends.' Support the Austin Children's Choir. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 837 West 12th Street. www.austinchildrenschoir.org .

Theater

AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE

'Picasso at the Lapin Agile.' Albert Einstein; Pablo Picasso; famous figures debate the nature of a true genius in Steve Martin's comedy. Opens 8 p.m. Friday. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through May 2. $26 to $35, Students, half-off. 3601 South Congress Ave., Bldg. C. www.austinplayhouse.com .

AUSTIN VENTURES STUDIO

'3rd Biennial New American Talent/Dance Choreographic Project.' Latest installment in the national choreographic contest. Opens 7 p.m. today. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 3 p.m. Sunday through April 4. 501 West Third St. 476-2163. www.balletaustin.org .

THE BLUE THEATRE

'Post-oedipus.' Chronicles the tumultuous events of Oedipus' family after his fall. Opens 8 p.m. today. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 11. $15. 916 Springdale Road. www.post-oedipus.eventbrite.com .

THE CITY THEATRE

'How the Other Half Lives.' Comedic mockery of marital relationships and the class system. Opens 8 p.m. today. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays through April 18. $10 to $25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org .

THE LONG CENTER

'My Baby Grand.' Featuring pianist Matt Wilson from Broadway's "Movin' Out." 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Sunday. $25 to $30. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org .

THE PALACE THEATRE

'Harvey.' One man's imaginary rabbit friend is introduced at a social party in this comedy. Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 18. $8 to $20. 512-869-7469, www.thegeorgetownpalace.org .

RICHARD GARRIOTT'S CURTAIN THEATER

'The Taming of the Shrew.' A staged reading with all female cast presented by Austin Shakespeare. 8 p.m. today-Saturday. $24. 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr. www.austinshakespeare.org .

SALADO SILVER SPUR THEATER

'Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged).' Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m Saturdays through April 10. $8 to $15. 108 Royal Street, Salado. www.saladosilverspur.com .

SALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER

'Alone, Alone.' A collaboration of modern dance, live music, and visual art to celebrate a new decade of creative works. 8 p.m. today-Saturday. $12 to $15. 2803 Manor Road. www.kdhdance.com .

SAM BASS COMMUNITY THEATRE

'Waiting for Godot.' Funny and touching glimpse into man's ability to survive in an absurd world. Opens 8 p.m. Friday. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 10. $13 to $15. 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. www.sambasstheatre.org .

TEXAS STATE OPERA THEATER

'Candide.' Story of a young man's optimistic upbringing challenged by a series of unfortunate events. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $10. Evans Auditorium, Texas State University, San Marcos. 512-245-2204.

TEXAS STATE THEATRE CENTER

'Beautiful, Beautiful World.' A musical revue featuring the works of Jerry Boch and Sheldon Harnick. 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday. 2 p.m. today-Sunday. Studio Theater, 430 Moon St., San Marcos. www.theatreanddance.txstate.edu .

WAY OFF BROADWAY

'The Fantasticks.' Tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, but discover love through classic musical standards. Opens 8 p.m. Friday. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 11. 10960 East Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 512-259-5878, www.wobcp.org .

WORLD THEATRE DAY

'Spec-tator.' Theatre artists take to the streets, busses, shops, parks and fountains of Austin to engage unsuspecting audiences as participants. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Various locations, check Web site, www.exchangeartists.org .

Theater

'Alice in Wonderland.' Classic fantasy story for young audiences. 2 p.m. Sunday. $4-$10. Scottish Rite Children's Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. 472-5436, www.srct.org .

'Esther's Follies' Keeping You in Stitches, Even Without a Public Option!' A Texas-sized dose of hilarious health care. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $20-$25. 525 E. Sixth St. 320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com .

The Flaming Idiots. Three-man show with juggling, knives, comedy and vaudevillian acts. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $24-$52. Kleberg Stage, Zach Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org .

'The Carpetbagger's Children.' A former Union soldier amasses a large plot of Texas land that becomes central to the family. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 10. $15 to $30. Austin Playhouse, 3601 South Congress Ave. 474-8497.

'Zero Libertad.' Experimental, multi-media performance piece based on the Contra War of Nicaragua. 8 p.m. today-Sunday. $10 to $30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. www.vortexrep.org .

Workshop

'Stage to Screen.' An Overview of screenwriting for playwrights ... And Everyone Else. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. $40. State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave. 454-9727.

Film

Lunch and a Movie. Presenting 'El Padrecito.' Free screening from Mexico's Golden Film era. 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street. 478-6222, www.ci.austin.tx.us/macc .

Movie Night at Center Stage Texas. Presenting 'Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone' plus games, costume party and more. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $15. 2826 Real St. 391-1800, www.centerstagetexas.com .

Music

A Service of Silence, Sacred Music, and Sacred Texts. Featuring the Conspirare Symphonic Choir. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. www.stmattsaustin.org .

Armstrong Community Music School Anniversary. Celebrating 10 years with an open house. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mary Ann Heller Center, 901 Barton Springs Road. 472-5992, www.austinlyricopera.org .

Balcones Community Orchestra. Presenting Vivaldi's Concerto, Schubert's Symphony No. 3 and more. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane. 923-9202, www.balconescommunityorchestra.org .

Lenten Sacred Concert Series 2010. 12:05 p.m. Thursdays through March 25. Today: The LBJ High School Camerata Orchestra. Free. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. 345-8314, www.stmattsaustin.org .

What it is! Mavis Staples performs with Booker T. Jones and J.J. Grey. 8 p.m. Friday. $30 to $66. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. www.austintheatre.org .

Rush Hour Big Sing. The audience is the choir in this Conspirare presentation. 5:30 p.m. today. Free. St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 West 15th Street. 476-5775, www.conspirare.org .

Visiting Composer Series. Prsenting William Bolcom, renowned composer in residence. 7:30 p.m. Friday with various performances through Tuesday. Free-$10. Bates Recital Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. www.music.utexas.edu/calendar .

Comedy

Cap City Comedy Club. Rich Vos: 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Wednesday: Sebastian Maniscalco. 8120 Research Blvd. $5.50-$49.95. 467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com .

ColdTowne Theater. 'Live Taping w/ The Draft,' 8 p.m. today, 'Midnight Special' 11 p.m. Friday, 'Boy Toy' 7 p.m. Saturday, 'CageMatch!' 9 p.m. Saturday 'ColdTowne All Stars' 7 p.m. Sunday, 'Monday Night Mash' 8:30 p.m. Monday, plus more performances. Free to $10. www.coldtownetheater.com .

Gnap Theater Projects. 'Saturday Night Special' 10 p.m. Saturday. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. www.gnaptheater.org .

Hideout Theatre. 'Insomnia: A Comedy' 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 10. The Threefer' 8 p.m. today, 'Hitchcocked' 8 p.m. Friday, 'The Double Barrel' 10 p.m. Friday, 'Hitchcocked' 8 p.m. Saturday, 'Maestro' 10 p.m. Saturday, 'Hideout Showcase' 7 p.m. Sunday. $10. 617 Congress Ave. 443-3688, www.hideouttheatre.com .

Velveeta Room. Ramin Nazer 9:30 p.m today. Dan French, John Ramsey and Ramin Nazer 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com .

Art galleries

The Art of Jewelry. 'Girls' Night at the Gallery Series.' Complimentary cocktails and jewelry selections. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 1501 W. Fifth St. 481-1116.

Art on 5th. 'The Art of Thomas Arvid.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through March 31. 1501 W. Fifth St. 481-1111, www.arton5th.com .

Austin Art Space Gallery. 'Spring Time Show.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment through March 27. 7739 Northcross Drive, Suite Q. 771-2868, www.austinartspace.com .

Austin Galleries. 'Consignment Day,' complimentary evaluation of your collection. Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment. 1219 W. Sixth St. www.austingalleries.com .

Austin Museum of Art. 'American Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print' and 'New Works: Luke Savisky.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, through May 9. 823 Congress Ave. Adults $5, seniors, students or military $4, 12 and younger free. 495-9224, www.amoa.org .

Blanton Museum of Art. 'Manuel Álvarez Bravo and His Contemporaries' through Aug. 1, 'Subject of Learning/Object of Study' through June 20, 'Desire' through April 25 and 'Prints and Drawings' is ongoing. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue. $5-$9, free Thursdays. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org .

Big Medium. 'Aldo Valdés Böhm: Recent Works.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment through April 17. 5305 Bolm Road. #12. 385-1670, www.bigmedium.org .

Bydee Art Gallery. 'Transformation.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 27. 1050 East 11th St. 512-480-3100, www.bydee.com .

D. Berman Gallery. 'Release.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through March 27. 1701 Guadalupe St. 477-8877, www.dbermangallery.com .

Domy Books. 'Lady Monsters.' New work by Katy Horan. Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Noon to 7 p.m. Sundays through April 22. 913 E Cesar Chavez St. 476-3669, www.domystore.com .

Dougherty Arts Center. 'Reclaimed Office.' 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through March 28. 1110 Barton Springs Road. 974-4025, www.ci.austin.tx.us/dougherty/gallery.htm .

Davis Gallery. 'Gallery Artists Group Show.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March. 837 W. 12th St. 477-4929, www.davisgalleryaustin.com .

Gay Fay Kelly. 'Satch Grimley: Pop Resonance.' Mondays-Fridays by appointment through April 16. 1811 W. Eighth St. 478-7676, www.gayfaykellyart.com .

L. Nowlin Gallery. 'David Johndrow: The Terrestrials.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 10. 1201 W. Sixth St. 626-9301, www.lnowlingallery.com .

La Pena. 'Imageninas: Celebrating Women and their Art.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 3. 227 Congress Ave. 477-6007, www.lapena-austin.org .

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 'Texas Society of Sculptors' through June 27. 'Shou Ping' and 'Native Plant Bonsai' through May 30. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. 4801 La Crosse Ave. $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children, free five and under. 512-232-0100, www.wildflower.org .

Lora Reynolds Gallery. 'Roy McMakin: In and On.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 15. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 215-4965, www.lorareynolds.com .

Mass Gallery. 'Over.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through March 27. 916 Springdale Rd. www.massgallery.org .

Mexic-Arte Museum. 'Imagining Mexico: Expressions in Popular Culture' and 'Photographs of the Revolution by Agustin Casasola' through April 18. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 419 Congress Ave. 480-9373, www.mexic-artemuseum.org .

Mexican American Cultural Center. 'Reflections: New Work by Sergio Rodriguez.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays through March 27. 600 River St. 478-6222, www.ci.austin.tx.us/macc .

North Hills Gallery. Opening Wednesday: 'Compliments' through May 2. 'Journey Of A Lifetime' through March 28 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays. 7050 Village Center Drive. 345-1743.

Pro-Jex Gallery. 'C'est Tout Bon.' New Orleans photography. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. 1710 South Lamar Blvd. 472-7707.

Russell Collection. 'Contemporary Spanish Master Painters.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 31. 1137 West Sixth St. 478-4440, www.russell-collection.com .

St. Edward's University Fine Arts Gallery. 'Photocommunications Senior Exhibition.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through April 1. Arts Building, St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave. www.stedwards.edu/hum/art/student/index.html .

studio2gallery. 'The View From Here.' Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through March 27. 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 318. 326-9102, www.studio2gallery.com .

Texas State University Galleries. Gallery I & II 'Faculty Exhibition.' 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends through March 30. Joann Cole Mitte Building, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-2611, www.finearts.txstate.edu/art/gallery.html .

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. 'Austin High Photography.' 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. 445-5582, www.umlaufsculpture.org .

Valley Art League Gallery. Exhibition juried by Robert Grothues of Art Incorporated Gallery of San Antonio. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends through April 6. Wimberley Community Center, 14070 RM 12. 512-826-4286, www.visitwimberley.com/artleague .

Wally Workman Gallery. 'Jennifer Balkan: New Paintings.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through March 27. 1202 W. Sixth St. 472-7428, www.wallyworkmangallery.com .

Winters-Wimberley House. 'Then and Now.' New historic gallery and exhibit. 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through July 3. 14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley. www.visitwimberley.com/center/winters.shtml .

Women and Their Work. 'Kathryn Kelley.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through April 15. 1710 Lavaca St. 477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.org .

Yard Dog. 'Tony Fitzpatrick: The Devil's Music.' 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 912-1613, www.yarddog.com .