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. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $18-$45. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.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. $18-$22. 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." The magical land of Narnia comes to life thanks to Central Texas' oldest operating theater group. Based on the classic C.S. Lewis tale, Joseph Robinette's adaptation tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, who travel through a magical wardrobe to a wondrous land. Opens Friday. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 15. $12-$15. 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. sambasstheatre.org.

"Love Never Dies." The ultimate love story continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera." The Phantom is now in New York and decides to win back his one true love, Christine Daaé, when she comes with Raoul and their young son to perform. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$125. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. texasperformingarts.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. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 East 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood." This Austin Playhouse production is a hilarious, interactive whodunit musical that takes you to the small town of Chesterham, England, where we meet a rowdy Victorian theater troupe mounting a production of Charles Dickens’ unfinished last novel. During the production, the charming Edwin Drood is mysteriously murdered, but by whom? 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with additional matinee 2 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 15. $19-$40. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.

"White Christmas." Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre presents the classic and heartwarming musical live on stage for your holiday enjoyment. Follow World War II veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis on their journey to spread Christmas cheer alongside the duo of the beautiful singing sisters, Judy and Betty Haynes. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with additional 7:30 p.m. performances Dec. 20, 26-27, through Dec. 30. $15-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. georgetownpalace.com/white-christmas/.

Literary calendar

Hugh Fitzsimons. 7 p.m. Friday. The Texas author speaks and signs "A Rock between Two Rivers: The Fracturing of a Texas Family Ranch." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Mari Mancusi. 2 p.m. Saturday. The middle grade author speaks and signs "The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Rachel Hollis. 2 p.m. Saturday. The motivational speaker speaks and signs "Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be." Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158. 512-418-8985, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2536.

Isabella Ides. 7 p.m. Saturday. The author speaks and signs "White Monkey Chronicles: The Complete Trilogy." Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.

Stephen and Sterling Carter. 7 p.m. Monday. The entrepreneurs speak and signs "Double Your Success: Principles to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Business." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Bonnie Monte, Cathy Zane and E.C. Frey. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The authors speak and sign "The Sleeping Lady," "Better Than This" and "Entangled Moon," respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Rachael Sparks. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The novelist speaks and signs "Resistant." BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. 512-472-2785, ebookwoman.com.

Harold Eggers Jr. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The music writer speaks and signs "My Years with Townes Van Zandt: Music, Genius, and Rage." BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Bruce Clavey and Roy Casagranda. 7 p.m. Thursday. The history writers speak and sign "The Inquisition of Stephen F. Austin" and "The Blood Throne of Caria," respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Gabino Iglesias. 7 p.m. Thursday. The novelist speaks and signs "Coyote Songs." Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.

Art

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 Gallery. 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 Dec. 9. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. C. 110-B. 512-481-1111, a05gallery.com.

Blanton Museum of Art. "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design" showcases the work of over 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels economic, social and political change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 6. $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. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.

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. Friday. 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. Friday and Saturday. 1101 W. Sixth St. 512-477-0828, stephenlclarkgallery.com.

Music

"The City Wears a Slouch Hat." One of the most influential composers of the 20th century, John Cage forged the early identity of percussion music with wildly imaginative and complex creations. The program will include "First Construction (in metal)," "But What About The Noise of Crumpling Paper…" and "The City Wears a Slouch Hat." 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $10-$18. First Street Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. lineuponlinepercussion.org/upcoming-events/2018/11/30/the-city-wears-a-slouch-hat.

"Tale of Two Titans" with the Austin Symphony. The Austin Symphony performs pieces from two titans from the Romantic Period, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. But first, the program will begin with a piece from an Austin Symphony Sarah and Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition winner, Paul Novak. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.

"Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis." Every holiday season, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings a Grammy Award–winning holiday extravaganza, "Big Band Holidays," to venues across the country, and they return to the Paramount Theatre after many years. 8 p.m. Friday. $25-$95. 713 Congress Avenue. austintheatre.org.

Handel’s “Messiah.” As an annual holiday tradition, the Austin Symphony Orchestra brings the classical celebration of Jesus’ life to Hyde Park Baptist Church on Dec. 4 and Emmaus Catholic Church on Dec. 5. 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. $15-$60. Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway; Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. austinsymphony.org/events/handels-messiah/.