Friday and Saturday

Charles Long: "Pet Sounds" and "Catalin." An aesthetic alchemist, Los Angeles artist Charles Long blends playful aesthetics with serious scientific and social concerns.

Now, the Contemporary Austin celebrates Long’s cerebral whimsy with a two-part exhibit.

Lining the pathways along the lower grounds at Laguna Gloria, "Pet Sounds" are Long’s brightly colored biomorphic sculptures that react with strange sounds when touched.

And for his immersive multimedia and multi-sensory installation "Catalin" at the Jones Center, Long will riff on darker notions of impending environmental doom. "Pet Sounds" and "Catalin" open Friday and continue through April 20. Public opening: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Live music on the roof deck by Young Pharaohs. Artist talk with Charles Long: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jones Center. 3 p.m. tour of "Pet Sounds" with the artist at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th st. 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Friday-Sunday

"Print Austin." A new monthlong event celebrates Austin as a bustling hive of original fine art printmaking.

Some 28 venues including galleries, fine art print workshops and studios will feature nearly 60 exhibits, demonstrations, art print sales, artist talks and other happenings.

This weekend’s opening events include "UT Printmaking: Working Generations," which features three generations of artists — faculty, graduate students and alumni —from the University of Texas’ renowned printmaking program. "UT Printmaking" opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St.

Print Austin’s signature exhibit "The Contemporary Print" opens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Big Medium Gallery at Canopy, 916 Springdale Road.

On Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., "Bin Fest" at Big Medium is a voluminous open sale where collectors can purchase original prints from local printmakers.

Print Austin continues through Feb. 15. Most events are free. Multiple venues. www.printaustin.wordpress.com.