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Recommended arts: 'Connect: Four Short Plays,' Anton Nel and Bion Tsang, 'Jan Heaton: Laguna,' ¡Que Viva Mexico!

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Thursday through Saturday

'Connect: Four Short Plays.' After retiring from a career in environmental health, longtime gay political activist Allan Baker turned to playwriting a few years ago. Since then his plays have been netting kudos at indie festivals. Now, Baker brings 'Click,' 'Voices,' 'Five Minutes' and 'A Midsummer Nights' Conversation,' four short plays about negotiating love, family and relationships in the gay community. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 17. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $15-$30, sliding scale. Thursdays pay-what-you-can. All ticket sales benefit AIDS Service of Austin, OutYouth Austin and the Equality Texas Foundation. www.abbyproductions.com

Saturday

Anton Nel and Bion Tsang. Regarded soloists and longtime collaborators cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel team up to celebrate three anniversaries of beloved composers: Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin (both born in 1810), and Samuel Barber (born in 1910). The duo will play Schumann's Students Fantasiestücke, 5 Stücke im Volkston and Adagio and Allegro; Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano and Chopin's Introduction and Polonaise brillante. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, UT campus. $5-$10. www.music.utexas.edu. 471-5401 .

'Jan Heaton: Laguna.' Solitary shells, tangled kelp on the shore, water patterns, lush floral masses and details of trees and foliage are the inspiration for Austin artist Jan Heaton's latest series of luminous, elegant watercolors. Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Exhibit continues thorugh April 28. Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth St. Free. www.wallyworkman.com.

Sunday

¡Que Viva Mexico! Like many intellectuals of his time, Russian avant-garde film director Sergei Eisenstein found immense fascination in Mexico. In 1930, financed by Upton Sinclair (among others), Eisenstein set out to a film an epic about Mexico's history from pre-Columbian times to the present. But though he shot an estimated 200,000 feet of film, and after Stalin called him back to the USSR, Eisenstein never completed the project. A subsequent edit in 1979 by one of Eisenstein's collaborators resulted in a 90-minute version. The film is shown in conjunction with the photography exhibit 'Manuel Alvarez Bravo and His Contemporaries,' 3 p.m. Sunday, Blanton Museum of Art auditorium, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Congress Ave. $3-$5. www.blantonmuseum.org.