"The Who’s ‘Tommy.’ " 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 24. Topfer Theatre, Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. $25-$75. 512-476-0541. zachtheatre.org.

The classic rock opera with hit songs like "Pinball Wizard," "See Me" and "I’m Free" gets an extravagant new production, with outrageous costumes and a dynamic stage evocative of a pinball machine.

MUSIC

Emerson String Quartet. Simply one of the most outstanding string quartets performing in the world today, the Emerson plays Mozart’s String Quartet in E Flat Major, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Sharp Minor. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. $25-$50. 512-454-026. www.austinchambermusic.org.

ART

"Lifecycles." Environment-themed exhibition with metal sculpture of insects and animals by John Self and Matt Norris. Gallery hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, and noon to 5:45 p.m. Thursdays. Through July 26. Art Science Gallery, 916 Springdale Road. Building 2, #102. 512-522-8278. www.artsciencegallery.com.

THEATER

"Footloose" Summer Stock Austin kicks off its 10th anniversary season with a musical production based on the 1980s film. 7:30 p.m. Thursday- July 27; Aug. 3, 6 and 9; 2 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2 and 10. $14-$31. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.