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Recommended arts: Gary Carrion-Murayari, 'Body Awareness,' 'City of Angels,' 'Purple Heart: Retrospective by Tim Brown,' 'Melodies of Isabelle Aboulker'

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Austin 360

Thursday

Gary Carrion-Murayari. In the new millennium, curators are inclined to claim the limelight in the art world right along with the artists. Gary Carrion-Murayari is associate curator of this year's edition of the Whitney Biennial, the granddaddy - and bellwether - of the now-frequent biennial exhibits of emerging artists. An associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the 29-year-old Carrion-Murayari was recently named one of the New York Times Style Magazine's 'Nifty 50.' Arthouse hosts him for a lecture. 7 p.m. today. Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. Free. www.arthousetexas.org .

Thursday through Saturday

'Body Awareness.' Annie Baker's odd modern comedy about the problems that erupt when a oh-so politically correct East Coast college launches a campus-wide campaign about body awareness. Directed by Ken Webster; stars Katherine Catmull. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through May 8. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. $17-$19. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can. www.hydeparktheatre.org .

Thursday through Sunday

'City of Angels.' Cy Coleman's and David Zippel's Tony Award-winning musical follows a frumpy crime novelist who struggles to rework his hard-boiled detective stories to fit the silver screen. A jazz-inspired score melds film noir with 1940s Hollywood glamour. Stars Equity guest artist David M. Long. 7:30 Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 18. Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave. $18-$20. 448-848 4.

Saturday

'Purple Heart: Retrospective by Tim Brown.' Austin artist and Okay Mountain collective co-founder Tim Brown shuffles through the objects and ephemera of his past to make sense of the present. In 'Purple Heart,' he's artfully curated relics from his childhood - including crayon drawings - to question the futile but ultimately meaningful rituals we perform to remember life experiences. And as an added twist, during the course of the exhibit, Brown will be selling his collection of juvenilia on Ebay. Opening 10 p.m. to midnight. Exhibit continues through May 10. Mass Gallery, 916 Springdale Road. www.massgallery.org .

Sunday

'Melodies of Isabelle Aboulker.' French composer Aboulker has dedicated her career to continuing the tradition of the 20th-century French art song - a genre that is sometimes romantic and funny, sometimes anxious and edgy, but always captivating. The French American Vocal Academy presents an all-Aboulker program featuring soprano Frédérique Added, tenor William Lewis, soprano Morgan Beckford and baritone Malcolm Cooper. 3 p.m. Sunday. Jessen Auditorium, Rainey Hall, University of Texas, West 21st Street and University Avenue. Free. www.favaopera.org . - Jeanne Claire van Ryzin