Theater & dance
"The Addams Family." Based upon "The Addams Family" characters, this musical tells the story of one father's agony: His daughter Wednesday, the Princess of Darkness, has fallen in love with a perfectly respectable man. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 4. $15-$32. The Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
“Confessions of a Mexpatriate.” Hyde Park Theatre stages Austin-based playwright Raul Garza’s thought-provoking play about a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots and ventures deep into the Mexican interior. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $23-27. 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.org.
"Matawan." In the summer of 1916, a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Farther inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, and looming over the entire nation was the dark cloud of World War I. In "Matawan," as performed by the UT's Department of Theatre and Dance, these are the challenges characters slow to change must face. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-20; 2 p.m. Oct. 20-21. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/event/matawan.
"Miss Julie." The Filigree Theatre begins its second season with August Strindberg's naturalistic play. In "Miss Julie," passion and sexual desire collide with class and gender warfare during a Midsummer's Eve celebration in 1880s Sweden. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $30. Mastrogeorge Theatre, 130 Pedernales St. Suite 318B. eventbrite.com/e/the-filigree-theatre-presents-miss-julie-tickets-50530314531.
“Once.” Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, the musical “Once,” as produced by Zach Theatre, is an enchanting modern love story about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together by their shared love of music. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28. $30-$153. The Topfer at Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
"Tryouts." Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne" and Freud's debunked maternal psychosexual essay on the painting, "Tryouts" — the newest production of Salvage Vanguard Theater — casts a satirical gaze on womanhood, femininity and motherhood. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 27. $10 online; pay-what-you-wish at the door. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. salvagevanguard.org.
Ófeigur Sigurðsson. 7 p.m. Friday. The novelist speaks and signs "Öraefi: The Wasteland." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Valerie Wallace. 7 p.m. Friday. The poet speaks and signs "House of McQueen." Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Jon Lasser and Sage Foster-Lasser. 2 p.m. Saturday. The children's book authors speak and sign "Grow Grateful." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
John Fry. 6 p.m. Saturday. The poet speaks and signs "With the Dogstar As My Witness." BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Meredith Lee. 6 p.m. Saturday. The mystery author speaks and signs "Digging up the Dead: A Crispin Leads Mystery." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Gary Myers. Noon Sunday. The nonfiction writer speaks and signs "How 'Bout Them Cowboys?: Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America's Team." Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158. 512-418-8985, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2536.
Terry H. Watkins. 2 p.m. Sunday. The fiction writer speaks and signs "Darling Girl." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
A.R. Ashworth, K.P. Gresham and Helen Currie Foster. 3 p.m. Sunday. The novelists speak and sign "Two Faced," "Murder on the Third Try" and "Ghost Next Door." Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
W. F. Strong. 5 p.m. Sunday. The Texas author speaks and signs "Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Donna Lipman. 7 p.m. Monday. The writer speaks and signs "Beyond Resistance: Coping with the Stress of the Trump Era." BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.
Tim Mohr. 7 p.m. Monday. The music writer speaks and signs "Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Marit Weisenberg. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The novelist speaks and signs "Select Few." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Dylan Thuras. 6 p.m. Wednesday. The children's book author speaks and signs "The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Jeff Abbott. 7 p.m. Thursday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs "The Three Beths." Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Art for the People. “Wet, Wild, and a Wee Bit of Whimsy.” More than 60 Austin artists, 35 of them new to Art for the People, contributed to this group show defining what summer means to us. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Blanton Museum of Art. “Framing Eugène Atget: Photography and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris.” This photographic archive of Atget’s work, which comprises nearly four decades of photographs of the city and people of Paris, portrays and enigmatic portrait of an evolving metropolis at the dawn of the twentieth century. Through Dec. 2. "Wangechi Mutu: The End of eating Everything." Mutu’s animated video features the singer Santigold as a post-apocalyptic being hovering in a darkened sky, a monstrous creature that suggests the destructive — and ultimately self-imposed — nature of our drive to consume. "The End" is show in conjunction with the exhibition "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design." Through Nov. 25. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Bob Bullock Museum. “Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic.” This new exhibit tells the story of a thriving Comanche cultured rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic’s paintings highlight the strength, beauty and grace of the Comanche past and present. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The Contemporary Austin. “Huma Bhabha: Other Forms of Life” and “Jessica Stockholder: Relational Aesthetics.” Bhabha showcases key moments in her artistic practice from the past decade, with examples in sculpture, photography and collage, drawing and printmaking. Stockholder uses everyday objects as building materials, bringing painting into three-dimensional space. Through Jan. 13 and March 3, respectively. Plus new works in the sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (gallery); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (grounds). $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Davis Gallery. “De/Construction.” The three-person exhibit featuring the works of Austin-based artists Joseph Hammer, Chun Hui Pak and Gabe Langholtz focuses on each artist’s particular ability to dismantle the subjects of their art and reimagine them into new, fascinating compositions. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Dimension Gallery. The inaugural group show of the recently selected 2018 and 2019 fellowship artists the gallery, "Seasons of Fruition" is a reflection on causality and also explores the the dichotomy between things that come ephemerally into fruition before disappearing or transforming. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Nov. 11. 979 Springdale Rd. Ste. 99. dimensiongallery.org.
Dougherty Arts Center. "Handmade." Photographer John Lockhart, drawn to the immediacy and spontaneity of street and documentary photography, approaches his image-printing by using labor-intensive, handmade methods from the 19th century. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 27. 1110 Barton Springs Road. facebook.com/events/1812863268823825/.
Georgetown Art Center. Art Hop 2018. Work in a variety of mediums, all from the statewide competition, is on display at the Georgetown Art Center. Competition categories include abstract painting, ceramic scuptures, photography and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 27. 816 S. Main St., Georgetown. georgetownartcentertx.org.
Grayduck Gallery. “Serene Disturbance.” Sculptor Dameon Lester’s solo show is the exploration of a rock — a small volcanic rock, disintegrated from endless fractures, that was left behind in the wake of a glacier’s now constant recession. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
LBJ Presidential Library. “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports” examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the U.S. and features rare artifacts, video, audio and interactive displays. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 13. $3-$10. 2313 Red River St. lbjlibrary.org.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Gumbo of Gravel.” Single words and short phrases — the way they look when written, sound when spoken and their power in the imagination — have been a primary focus for Ed Ruscha’s reflections on American culture for nearly 60 years, and he’ll continue his exploration in this exhibition of lithographs and sculpture. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Nov. 3. 360 Nueces St. lorareynolds.com.
Mexic-Arte Museum. “Viva la Vida: Celebrating 35 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum’s Día de los Muertos.” This exhibition showcases the museum’s 35-year quest to share and expand the public’s knowledge about Day of the Dead, in an annual tradition that has become a celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American life and culture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 25. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
North Hills Gallery. "Waterloo Watercolor Group 2018 Fall Juried Awards Exhibition." The judge of this North Hills show is Alexis Lavine; he has chosen the Waterloo works featured. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 27. 7050 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, nwhillsumc.org.
The People’s Gallery. The 14th annual People’s Gallery in City Hall features a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by more than 100 artists across Central Texas. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Jan. 1. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
The Ransom Center. “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance” looks at the American artist’s process of book design and production via photographs, drawings and prints alongside archival production materials, preliminary sketches and notebooks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Jan. 6. Free. 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. "Diversity: The Yuns and Rimi Yang." Jeonghan and Choonhyang Yun have created a unique alchemy of ancient Asian techniques and more modern Western imagery, specifically abstraction, in their works. And Yang is known for her intense enthusiasm for vibrant color, which manifested in both her figurative and her abstract paintings. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Oct. 31. 1009 W. Sixth St. russell-collection.com.
Sixth Street Gallery. “Past and Present.” The Sixth Street Gallery exhibit showcases artists, including Christa Blackwood and Dave McClinton, who are using old mediums to have current conversations and present mediums to continue past conversations, depicting different narratives and realities. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28. 2000 E. Sixth St. camibaart.com/sixth-street-gallery.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Shanie Tomassini: “Slippery Clump.” This year’s Umlauf Prize winner is French Canadian sculptor and multimedia artist Tomassini, who is now pursuing an MFA at the University of Texas and whose show features oversized sculptures, fountains and negative-space forms. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 5. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. "Shadows." Mia Carameros and Holly Wilson’s work incorporates the idea of the shadow both literally and figuratively, with Carameros creating botanical pieces from found foliage preserved as "shadows" of their former selves and Wilson's sculptures lit in such a way as to create their own silhouettes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 27. 1202 W. Sixth St. wallyworkmangallery.com.
Women and Their Work. "Many Mini Murder Scenes." Candace Hick's solo show is a series of rooms constructed in miniature and vignettes created from cut paper. Hicks provides viewers the experience of playing a detective searching for clues, but instead of solving the crime, we will end up assessing why murder mysteries are so popular in American culture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 8. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. "The Party's Just Getting Started: New Collage & Mixed Media Work." Bob Schneider's new set of work juxtaposes rough and raw images from the 1960s and '70s underground sex industry starting with Currier & Ives art prints mass-produced in the 19th century. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 21. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
"Happy Birthday, Lenny." In honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, the Austin Symphony performs four of his most well-known pieces in a two-night concert. These include favorites such as Bernstein’s "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" and his "Suite from Candide." Singers Ellie Jarrett Shattles and Said Pressley join the symphony for this special tribute. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
"A Haunted Evening." The Austin Chamber Ensemble performs a seasonal show with vocal solos and duets and piano duets with works from a variety of genres, including classical ("Danse Macabre"), musical theater (“Wicked, Sweeney Todd" and "Dracula") and opera ("Un Ballo in Maschera" and "Aida”), just to name a few. 7:30 p.m. Friday, free, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $10-$25, First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. austinchamberensemble.org.
Balcones Community Orchestra's Season Opening Show. The 21st season of high-quality chamber music opens with a performance featuring pianist Artina McCain playing Edvard Grieg's "Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16," along with Joseph Haydn's "Symphony No. 40 in F Major" and Felix Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang' (Sinfonia) Op. 52." 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. bcorchestra.net.