Arts picks, April 25-28
Gounod’s “Faust.” Austin Lyric Opera presents a new production of Gounod’s “Faust,” with the classic battle between good and evil set in contemporary times in a show designed and directed by Bernard Uzan. Tenor Jonathan Boyd performs the role of Faust. Richard Buckley conducts. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $19-$135. 474-5664, www.austinlyricopera.org.
“Phone Homer.” Using faux instructional videos, imaginary Skype calls with characters from “The Illiad” and other theatrical inventions, performance artist Michelle Ellsworth presents her one-woman, multimedia portrayal of Clytemnestra, the woman left behind as her husband Agamemnon serves as leader of the Greeks in Troy. Part of the Fusebox Festival. 9 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Rollin Studio Theatre, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $15. www.fuseboxfestival.com.
“Blanton Fifty Fest.” Celebrating the half-century mark, the Blanton Museum of Art stages a free, 12-hour multi-disciplinary family-friendly festival. T-shirt screen printing with Industry Print Shop. “Storytime Tours” in English and in Spanish. Free photo booths. Music by T Bird and the Breaks, Brownout, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Navasota Strings and DJ Tarek. Food trucks will be outside. Noon to midnight Saturday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.
Saturday and Sunday
“Sun Boxes.” Placed around the Laguna Gloria grounds, 20 solar-powered speakers are each preloaded with recorded guitar notes to create an evolving harmonious chord. Wander the lakeside paths to capture a unique sound art experience. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. Free with museum admission ($3-$5). 458-8191, www.amoa-arthouse.org.