A360 blast: Arts
Valentine Cactus. Austin Classical Guitar Society starts its latest round of Classical Cactus, a monthly series of concerts featuring regional guitar artists in the intimate acoustics of the storied Cactus Cafe. At 8 p.m. Thursday, it’s the Kithara Duo of Olga Amelkina-Vera and Fernand Vera followed by sublime guitar and viola by Thomas Echols and Leah Nelson at 9 p.m. Cactus Cafe, Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe St. $5. www.cactuscafe.org.
“Caitlin G. McCollom: New Work.” The Austin artist presents new work on paper and wall sculpture that, with its starkly minimal shades-of-white aesthetic, teases the very act of looking itself by staying barely visible unless a viewer looks closely. Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through March 2. Pump Project Satellite, 1109 Shady Lane, Free. www.pumpproject.org/satellite.
“The Rite of Spring.” Ballet Austin reprises Stephen Mills 2002 ballet set to Stravinksy’s ground-breaking score on a program that also includes Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante” set to Tchaikovsky and also “Requiem for a Rose” set to a Schubert’s Adagio from the String Quintet in C by up-and-coming Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $15-$75. www.balletaustin.org.
Friday and Saturday
“Lascivious Love Songs.” Austin Chamber Ensemble premieres “Lascivious Love Songs” by Austin composer Donald Grantham (and based on e.e. cummings’ poetry) and Noel Alford’s “Lightener of the Stars.” Featuring Rose Taylor, mezzo-soprano, and Dana Zenobi, soprano. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. First Presbyterian Church 8001 Mesa Drive. $20-$25. 219-7457, www.austinchamberensemble.com.