Coming this week in the arts
“A Certain Reality.” What is art but representation of that space between reality and imagined perception? This exhibition features three artists who create delicate yet complex ethereal landscapes and characters with mixed-media collages from David Ball and paintings from Jennifer Davis and Megan Kimber. Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through March 30. Grayduck Gallery, 608 W. Monroe St. Free. www.grayduckgallery.com.
“Beauty is the Best Priest: Short Plays of the Harlem Renaissance.” The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s produced a flowering of dramatic literature by African-American playwrights, poets, novelists, journalists and activists of the era. A production by Austin Community College features four short plays by women of the Harlem Renaissance: Zora Neale Hurston, May Miller, Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Ottie Graham. Directed by Marcus McQuirter, Zell Miller III, Feliz McDonald and Florinda Bryant. Presented by Austin Community College. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through March 3. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. $10 ($5 students). 974-4926. www.carvermuseum.org
“Les Enfants Terrible.” UT’s Butler Opera Center performs Philip Glass’s dance opera adapted from the 1929 novel by Jean Cocteau about two highly disfuntional siblings whose isolated, twisted existence leads to tragedy. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday. McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman Dr. $10-$20. www.music.utexas.edu.