Recommended arts: 'The Phenomena of Place,''Life Lessons,' 'Incidents at the 22 Hotel,' 'Noche de Tango,' Opera Showcase
'The Phenomena of Place: Artist Panel.' Join artist Karen Mahaffy, Austin public art administrator Megan Crigger, author Chris Oglesby, artist Chris Sauter and other guest artists as they discuss Mahaffy's current exhibit, 'Persistence of Moment,' as well as ideas of private space and public space. 7 p.m. today. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. Free. www.womenandtheirwork.org .
'Life Lessons: Things Your Mother Never Taught You.' Members of the all-female improv troupe Sarah 7 are willing to teach you a lesson or two. They'll take your questions about love and life and give you - or perform for you - an answer. Think of it as a live advice column - but these actresses play women of questionable virtue and tastes. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 26. Coldtowne Theater, 4803 Airport Boulevard. $5. www.coldtownetheater.com .
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
'Incidents at the 22 Hotel.' Part performance art and part science fiction, part dance theater and part art installation, Wura-Natasha Ogunji's newest work explores a future, post-apocalyptic world where any physical movement requires a great deal of physical and emotional strength and where inhabitants live in a hotel consisting of two sky-high towers built on a plastic floating island made up of the detritus of centuries. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $15. www.incidents22.wordpress.com .
'Noche de Tango with Glovertango and the Tosca String Quartet.' Drawing on arrangements from the Golden Age of Tango, Glovertango - featuring Glover Gill on bandoneón - combines faithful renditions of early 20th-century tangos, milongas and waltzes with original compositions in the classic style. Accompanying Gill are Justin Sherburn on piano and Chris Maresh on bass. The Tosca String Quartet completes the ensemble, and the result is a tango orchestra much like the classic groups. $10. 524-2772 www.esquinatangoaustin.com .
Opera Showcase. St. Edward's University Music Department and Spotlight on Opera present two different programs of staged excerpts from the world's most beautiful operas, including 'La Bohème,' 'Madame Butterfly,' 'Cosí fan tutte,' 'Faust,' 'Manon,' 'Dialogues of the Carmelites,' 'Rusalka,' 'The Rake's Progress,' 'I Capuletti e i Montecchi,' 'The Mikado' and more. 7 p.m. Saturday. Jones Auditorium, Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave. $10 ($7 seniors and children 7 and up). www.spotlightonopera.com
- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin