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Recommended arts: 'Here Is Always Somewhere Else,' 'The House of the Sun'

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Austin 360

THURSDAY

'Here Is Always Somewhere Else.' In 1975, Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea when he set out to cross the Atlantic in what would have been the smallest sailboat ever to make the ocean voyage. Ader's tiny boat was found off the coast of Ireland, but his body was never recovered. Like Ader's other daring acts, his Atlantic journey voyage was part of an art performance titled 'In Search of the Miraculous.' Director Rene Daalder's critically acclaimed documentary explores the art and life of the enigmatic Ader. 7 p.m. today. Creative Research Laboratory, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. 322-2099.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

'The House of the Sun.' Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara based his opera on the true tale of two sisters who fled the Russian revolution in 1917 and lived in virtual isolation in Finland for almost 70 years, refusing to believe that the revolution had ever happened and that their previous life of luxury was over. Finally in the winter of 1987, the sisters froze to death in their house in the woods, a house called Solgården ('Sun's garden'). The Butler School of Music collaborates with the Sibelius Academy of Finland in this new production. 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday. McCullough Theatre, $10-$20. www.music.utexas.edu.

— Jeanne Claire van Ryzin