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Recommended art: 'Metamorphoses,' 'B Scene: Cool and Collected,' 'Group Show: 30th Anniversary, '88'

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Austin 360

Thursday through Sunday

'Metamorphoses.' Based on the myths of Ovid - and spinning yarns about transformation, human connection and the eternal power of love - Mary Zimmerman's play had a critically acclaimed run on Broadway in 2002. With the audience seated around a circular pool of water, actors and aerialists enact Ovid's timeless and heartfelt stories. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Continues through Sept. 26. Whisenhunt Stage, Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. $20-$44. 476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

Friday

'B Scene: Cool and Collected.' Nothing like the dog days of summer for a cool distraction. The bi-monthly arty party at the Blanton Museum this time features band Ocote Soul Sounds at 9 p.m. along with exhibit tours, art activities, free snacks and a cash bar. Also, the chance to see the current exhibitions `Matisse as Printmaker' and `New Works for the Collection,' both of which close Aug. 14. The Museum café also will be open late featuring a special menu of wines paired with tapas. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. Blanton Museum of Art, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Congress Ave. $5 for members, $12 for non-members. www.blantonmuseum.org . 471-7324.

Saturday

'Group Show: 30th Anniversary.' For three decades, in a 100-year-old historic home on West Sixth Street, Wally Workman has steadily built a smart gallery that has nurtured the careers of many Austin artists, among them Gordon Fowler, Will Klemm, Jennifer Balkan, Helmut Barnett and Jan Heaton, among others. Now, it's time for a celebration. The anniversary show will include works by gallery artists, old and new, figurative and abstract, small and large and everything in between. Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Sept. 4. Wally Workman Gallery, 1210 W. Sixth St. Free. www.wallyworkmangallery.com .

'88.' What influences an artist most? Other artists. In 1988, now critically acclaimed artist Andy Coolquitt decided to hunker down and get serious about his art-making practice and began taking serious interest in the work other artists in town were making. Now based half-time in New York, Coolquitt brings together a two-venue exhibit of new work by the several dozen artists from whom Coolquitt took inspiration, learned strategies and sharpened his practice. Among Coolquitt's mentors are Regina Vater, Lance Letscher, Bob Anderson, Bogdan Perzynski and Bill Lundberg. `These people were my direct influences in 1988, when I was learning what it meant to be an artist, and I have thought about many of them continuously,' Coolquitt says. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Sept. 9. At Domy Books, 913 E. Cesar Chavez St. and Okay Mountain, 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. www.domystore.com/austin . - Jeanne Claire van Ryzin