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Recommended arts: 'Big Sing,' 'Alone, Alone,' 'Post-Oedipus,' 'New American Talent/Dance,' 'Pretend You Are Rich Art Auction'

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Thursday

'Big Sing.' Go ahead and sing to your heart's content when five-time Grammy-nominated choir Conspirare hosts its second community sing. Conspirare director Craig Hella Johnson will lead and chorus members will be on hand for the one-hour sing-along. 5:30 p.m. St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. Free. www.conspirare.org .

Thursday-Saturday

'Alone, Alone.' Longtime Austin choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick - known for her athletic and graceful style - explores the facets of being alone in a new hourlong modern dance work performed to the live music of ambient rock ensemble Hill Ma. www.kdhdance.org. 8 p.m. today-Saturday. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. $12-$15. www.kdhdance.com .

Thursday-Sunday

'Post-Oedipus.' Steven Gridley radically reworks Euripides' play 'The Phoenician Women,' interjecting it with chaotic revelries, bizarre jumps in time, musical interludes and plenty of zany movement, all to chronicle tumultuous events of Oedipus' family after his fall. Expect the unusual in this Getalong Gang Performance Group premiere. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 11. $15, Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale Road. www.bluetheatre.org

'New American Talent/Dance.' Three choreographers, $20,000 in prize money and you get to choose a winner. Ballet Austin presents its biennial choreographic competition that challenges three mid-career dancemakers - K.T. Nelson, Nelly van Bommel and Dominic Walsh - to each create a new 20 to 30 minute piece. A panel of judges selects their favorite, but the audience can vote for theirs, too. Bring your phone and text in your vote. 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Continues through April 4. Austin Venture Studio Theatre, 501 W. Third St. $37-$47. www.balletaustin.org .

Saturday

'Pretend You Are Rich Art Auction.' What could be better for recessionary times than an art auction where you can pretend to be rolling in it? The artist-run Pump Project Art Complex hosts its annual faux rich fundraiser. The bidding on work by 20 local artists starts at $3,000 - but then every wining bid gets a $3,000 instant rebate! 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Pump Project Art Complex, 702 Shady Lane. Free. www.pretendyouarerich.com

- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin