Theater & dance
"Ruthless" at the City Theatre. In this over-the-top musical comedy from the City Theatre, it’s not just an 8-year-old kid who wants to become a theater star, playing Pippi Longstocking in her third-grade play — so does her mom. When her adoptive mom discovers her birth mother was a famous actress, she decides she should become the Broadway diva she was always meant to be. But can they both be stars? 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through July 8. $15-$35. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
Mo Amer’s Netflix comedy special taping. Austin is quickly becoming a favorite place for national comics to tape their comedy specials for Netflix; Dave Chappelle, David Cross and Natasha Leggero come to mind. Next up is Amer, a pioneer of Arab-American stand-up. He has appeared on Comedy Central and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"; his chance seating next to Eric Trump on an airplane quickly went viral. His unique perspective as an immigrant in these challenging times makes Amer’s comedy extremely relevant. 7:30 p.m. June 28. $15. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.— Brently Heilbron
Xavier Schipani. A Lora Reynolds Gallery solo show will feature murals, canvas paintings and a sculptural installation masquerading as a public bathroom, all tied together with a centralized — and, for Schipani, very personal — theme that explores what it means to be masculine. What has it meant in the past, and what does it mean now? One thing is for sure: Schipani’s bathroom is a safe space, no matter how you identify. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. June 30. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Sept. 1. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
2018 Woodland Faerie Trail Exhibit. Walk along a scenic trail in Zilker Botanical Garden to see all the faerie houses that have been created for this summer show. The whimsical designs of each house highlights native materials and plants found in Texas, such as local seeds, tree bark, twigs, stumps and shells. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 10. Free with $1-$3 admission. 2220 Barton Springs Rd. zilkergarden.org.
Guided Garden Tour. Tour the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent, who will talk about native plants and the history and architecture of the center. Each of the docents brings his or her own interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. 10 to 11 a.m. June 30 and additional dates. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org.