Theater & dance
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Tennessee Williams' personal favorite play kicks off Austin Shakespeare's season. The steamy masterpiece is about an ex-football player, Brick, now alcoholic, who struggles with his strong-willed wife and father as the family dangles between the dangers of wealth and poverty. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 2. $18-$45. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
"Doubt: A Parable." The City Theatre takes on John Patrick Shanley’s critically acclaimed stage play, set against the backdrop of 1960s America. During this turbulent time of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct at a Bronx Catholic school comes under question by one of the sisters, whose beliefs are deeply rooted in a stern and unquestionable tradition. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. citytheatreaustin.org.
"Great Expectations." The stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel of the same name, produced by Different Stages, centers around the adventures of Pip, the orphaned blacksmith's apprentice who is fashioned to become a gentleman with "great expectations," and the many fascinating people who shape his life. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 8. $15-$30. 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org/31_greatexpectations.
"The Lion in Winter." In James Goldman's classic, produced by the Wimberley Players, it's Christmas 1183, and the question on everybody's mind is who will succeed King Henry II. Henry wants his youngest son John to take the throne, but his imprisoned wife, Eleanor, wants their oldest son, Richard. And that's just for starters. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 2. $18-$22. 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.
"The Merchant of Venice." The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance updates a Shakespeare classic that can otherwise be problematic for modern audiences. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 East 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu.
"Sorry, Wrong Chimney." Way Off Broadway Community Players takes on this zany holiday comedy, about David Tuttle, a struggling executive who is moonlighting as a department store Santa so he can buy his bride of six months a fur for Christmas — but she starts to wonder who the other woman is that he's clearly spending time with. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.org.
Kevin Almond. 2 p.m. Saturday. The religion author speaks and signs "Every Christian's Call." Barnes & Noble at Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. 0-140, Bee Cave. 512-263-7402, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2267.
Shama Verma. 2 p.m. Saturday. The cookbook author speaks and signs "Recipes from a Daughter of the World: My World in My Kitchen." Barnes & Noble at Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. 0-140, Bee Cave. 512-263-7402, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2267.
Tela Kayne. 2 p.m. Saturday. The children's book author speaks and signs "LaLa Feels Blah-La." Barnes & Noble at Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. 0-140, Bee Cave. 512-263-7402, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2267.
H.W. Brands. 7 p.m. Monday. The local historian speaks and signs "Heir of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Eileen Myles. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The poet speaks and signs "Evolution." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Janis Powers. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The nonfiction author speaks and signs "Health Care: Meet the American Dream." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. The multi-artist exhibit "Let's Take a Walk" and solo show "The Pink Parachute Project" run concurrently with each other. In the former, almost 50 Austin artists explore all the places we can go, while Austin-based photographer Teodora Pogonat presents an uplifting women's empowerment series with the latter. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Jan. 26. 1711 S. First St. artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Ao5. "Monster Makeover." New York artist Serene Bacigalupi will be exhibiting her whimsical "Monster Makeover" paintings in Austin for the first time. In this endearing and ongoing series, vintage paintings are given new life with original characters added by Bacigalupi into the landscape with ink and paint pen. Through Nov. 25. John Morse. The work of the legendary Morse, as well as mid-century modern masters including Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro and more, is on display in celebration of the gallery's 20th anniversary celebration. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 25. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. C. 110-B. 512-481-1111, a05gallery.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.
Camiba Art Gallery. "Winston Lee Mascarenhas: Translations." Camiba Art's final show of the year showcases recent work by Mascarenhas, who delivers moody and textural three-dimensional abstract paintings that are process-driven, carefully crafted, and constructed of layer upon layer of materials. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 1. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. camibaart.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. "Earth, Land, Property." Davis Gallery's multi-artist exhibit, featuring work by Nicholas Baxter, Julie Davis, David Leonard, Garrett Middaugh and Jason Webb, examines the human perspective of land: our place among nature and how we've chosen to use the places we live in. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 1. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Georgetown Art Center. "2018 Small Works." Art doesn't have to be large to be significant. Explore pieces from dozens of different artists that are all 12x12x12 or smaller in size. The items are more accessible in price and embody the idea that artistic expressions sometimes come in small packages. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 6. 816 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-930-2583, georgetownartcentertx.org.
Grayduck Gallery. "Landfall." Suchitra Mattai's exhibition of installations, mixed-media drawings and paintings, collages and video explores land as a catalyst for the exploration of identity. Our natural environments shape personal narratives, ancestral histories and constructions of “home.” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. 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. Erin Shirreff. The New York artist's first presentation at Lora Reynolds features work that blurs the boundaries between sculpture and photography, investigating the gray area between these usually neatly defined categories and whether experiencing art firsthand is more powerful and compelling than looking at a photograph of that artwork. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 12. 360 Nueces St. Suite 50. 512-215-4965, 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. "Wildlife." Austin Pastel Society's annual membership show, featuring artists in the group, will focus on works showcasing animals, landscapes and other aspects of the natural world. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 3. 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. "Duet: Brad Ellis & Michael Kessler." The two talented artists both create abstract compositions utilizing strong lines, texture and pattern. Despite their similar approach, the outcomes are wildly different and equally dynamic and beautiful. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Nov. 30. 1009 W. Sixth St. russell-collection.com.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. "Twenty-Fifth Anniversary." The gallery celebrates 25 years as a leading force in Austin's art scene with works from Kate Breakey, Bill Wittliff, Lance Letscher and many more artists. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment through Dec. 1. 1101 W. Sixth St. 512-477-0828, stephenlclarkgallery.com.
Wally Workman Gallery. Nola Parker. The painter's first show at Wally Workman showcases where she feels most at home: the outdoors. Her current paintings explore the junction between civilization and wilderness and the interplay of man-made structures with their enduring natural environments. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. "Trusted Beasts." Yard Dog showcases the latest paintings and prints by artist and musician Jon Langford, whose work has been shown at the gallery since 1996. Expect skeletons, cowboys, mermaids and faded country singers to mingle in a vivid past, present and future, rendered in Langford's distinctive style. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
A Holiday Evening with Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra. The holiday season begins in Austin with Schneider's show featuring the Tosca Strings and special guests Lex Land, Steve Poltz and Alesia Lani. For this enchanted evening, a mix of holiday favorites and his own works, there will be a horn and string section, jazz drums and stand up bass. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25-$55. ACL Live, 310 W. Second St. acl-live.com.