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This week’s Austin360 arts list, May 23-29

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Trouble Puppet Theatre’s newest show, ‘The Cruel Circus,’ continues at Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Theater and dance

“12 Angry Men.” The City Theatre presents Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, through June 9. $10-$29. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. 524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org.

“The Brothers Merlin.” Set in a carnival, with elements of comedy, magic and 1960s B-movie horror. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through June 1. $18-28. The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. 476-7833, www.brothersmerlin.com.

“The Cruel Circus.” A dark, whimsical production by Trouble Puppet. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $10-$20. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. www.troublepuppet.com.

Esther’s Follies. Musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $22-$29. Esther’s Pool. 525 E. Sixth St. 320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.

“The Happy Couple.” Presented by the Last Act Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $12. The White House Ranch, 3410 E. Pennsylvania Ave. 626-4986, www.lastacttheater.com.

“Harvey.” Martin Burke stars in the comedy. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, plus additional performances through June 16. $25-$65. Zach’s Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

“Heaven~Earth~One.” Blue Lapis Light brings its site-specific aerial dance performance back to the Long Center. 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. $18-$58. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.

“Motherhood Out Loud.” A collection of scenes about parenthood, directed by Chester Eitze. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through June 8; 2:30 p.m. matinee this Sunday only. $8-$12. Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St., Bastrop. 321-6283, www.bastropoperahouse.com.

“Noises Off.” Michael Frayn’s backstage farce. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. $14-$37. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd. 476-0084, www.austinplayhouse.com.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie.” A musical based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 16. $10-$24. Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 869-7469, www.georgetownpalace.com.

“The Winter’s Tale.” Austin Shakespeare presents Shakespeare in the Park. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 470-4505, www.austinshakespeare.org.

Comedy

Big Daddy’s Burgers. “Last Chance Comedy,” a comedy showcase. 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. 9070 Research Blvd. 614-0252, www.bigdaddysaustin.com.

Cap City Comedy Club. Bret Kreischer from Travel Channel’s “Bert the Conqueror” performs. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $15. Matt Bearden from KLBJ’s “The Dudley & Bob Morning Show” performs. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

The Hideout Theatre. “The Threefer,” 8 p.m. Thursdays. $6. “The Free Fringe,” 10 p.m. Thursdays. Free. “Maestro RAW” 8 p.m. Friday. $6. “The Spectacle,” 10 p.m. Fridays. $11. “Theatresports Tournament,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. $13. “Maestro,” 10 p.m. Saturdays. $13. Plus more shows throughout the week. 617 N. Congress Ave. 482-9131, www.hideouttheatre.com.

The Institution Theater. “The Next Chapter,” an author’s words, rewritten. 8 p.m. Fridays, through June 28. $7-$12. “The Suitcase,” interactive comedy inspired by the audience. 10 p.m. Fridays, through June 28. $7-$12. “Key Party,” improv couples swapping partners. 8 p.m. Saturdays, through May 25. $7. “The Triple Scoop,” comedy troupe night. 10 p.m. Saturdays, through May 25. Plus more shows throughout the week. 3708 Woodbury Drive. www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Block Party,” 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. $5. “Lights Up!” 8 p.m. Fridays. $5. “The Franchise,” 9 p.m. Fridays. $5. Plus more shows throughout the week. 616 Lavaca St. 806-340-3718, www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. “Last Chance Comedy,” 9:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. “The Late Slot,” 11:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. Plus more shows throughout the week. 521 E. Sixth St. 469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.

Literary events

Author appearance. Jackson Galaxy speaks and signs “Cat Daddy.” 7 p.m. Monday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.

Author appearance. Walter Mosely speaks and signs “Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery.” 7 p.m. Tuesday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.

Author appearance. Sara Horowitz speaks and signs “The Freelancer’s Bible.” 7 p.m. Wednesday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.

Events

SlagDrop Show. First live show with storytellers, musicians and artists. 8 p.m. Saturday. $5 suggested donation. The Museum of Human Achievement, Lyons and Springdale roads. 262-880-6982, slagdrop.com.

“Avalanche.” A weekly night of comedy and music hosted by Chris Cubas. 7 p.m. Mondays. Free. Holy Mountain, 617 E. Seventh St. www.holymountainaustin.com.

Family

“Pirate Pete.” A stage adaptation of Kim Kennedy’s book. 10:15 a.m. Thursday. Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Lane. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Austin Public Library Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St. 974-1010, www.library.austintexas.gov.

Flying Theater Machine. Interactive improv for kids. 2 p.m. Sundays. $8. The Hideout Theatre, 617 N. Congress Ave. 476-0473, www.hideouttheatre.com.

“The Secret Garden” and “The Yellow Boat.” Presented by Sam Bass Community Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 1. $18-$20. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 Lee St., Round Rock. 244-0440, www.sambasstheatre.org.

“What’s the Story, Steve?” Improvised, interactive theater for kids featuring Steve the poodle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Pay what you wish. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 814-8696, www.coldtownetheater.com.

Film

AFS Essential Cinema. A screening of “The Makioka Sisters.” 7 p.m. Tuesday. $8. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. www.austinfilm.org.

AFS Sneak Peeks: “Frances Ha.” A film chronicling a New York woman and dance apprentice. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Regal Arbor 8, 9828 Great Hills Trail. www.austinfilm.org.

“Before Midnight” Premiere. Austin Film Society and Sony Pictures Classics present Richard Linklater’s latest film. 6 p.m. Thursday. $150. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second St. www.austinfilm.org.

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In. Date Night at the Drive-in with “True Lies.” 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Drive-in slots start at $25; walk-in slots $5. Blue Starlite at Old Airport, 1901 E. 51st St. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Spotlight on John Cassavetes. The Austin Film Society presents a screening of “Husbands.” 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $10. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. www.austinfilm.org.

Summer Classic Film Series. Opening night double feature of “Casablanca” and “Annie Hall.” 6 p.m. Thursday. $8-10. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. 472-5470, www.austintheatre.org.

Art

AMOA-Arthouse. “Storyteller,” by Nicolas Provost. Through June 9. “Constructed Landscapes,” works by Seher Shah. Through June 30. “O Século,” a video project by Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado. Through June 30. “Temporary Insanity,” works by Pinaree Sanpitak. Through June 30. 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $3-$5. AMOA-Arthouse at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 453-5312. “New Works,” pieces by Jessica Halonen. Through Sunday. “Of a Technical Nature,” a group exhibition. Through Sept 1. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. $3-$5. AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 458-8191, www.amoa-arthouse.org.

Art on 5th. A contemporary gallery. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. 481-1111, www.arton5th.com.

Blanton Museum of Art. “Restoration & Revelation: Conserving the Suida-Manning Collection,” an exhibit examining art restoration. Through Sept. 1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5-$9; free entry on Thursdays. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.

Co-Lab Space. “The Stories Our Neurons Tell,” works by Brook Gassiot. On view by appointment through Saturday. 613 Allen St. 300-8217, www.co-labprojects.org.

Davis Gallery. “No Place Like Home,” a group show. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 837 W. 12th St. 477-4929, www.davisgalleryaustin.com.

Gallery Shoal Creek. A group exhibition by Jennifer Bell, Gregg Kreutz and Tony Saladino. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 2831 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 454-6671, www.galleryshoalcreek.com.

Grayduck Gallery. “Red Left Blue Right,” a group show guest-curated by Phillip Edward Niemeyer. Through June 16. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 608 W. Monroe St., Suite C. 826-5334, www.grayduckgallery.com.

Lora Reynolds Gallery. “RIP,” works by Graham Dolphin. Through July 6. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 215-4965, www.lorareynolds.com.

O2 Gallery at Flatbed Press. “Impressions,” woodcuts by Craig Mindell. Through May 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 2830 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 477-9328, www.craigmindell.com.

Russell Collection Fine Arts Gallery. “The Seasons of Royo,” works by the renowned Spanish artist. Through May 30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1137 W. Sixth St. 478-4440, www.russell-collection.com.

South Corridor Gallery. “The Eye of the Heart, the Ear of the Mind: Art As Another Kind of Language,” works by C.D. Weaver. Through May 31. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. 345-8866, www.fpcaustin.org.

Studio 10. Works by Augusto Brocca and Kathleen Wilson. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, or by appointment. 1011 W. Lynn St. 236-1333, www.studiotenarts.com.

Tiny Park Gallery. “Now How It Happened,” works by Joel Ross and Jason Creps. Through June 22. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. 1101 Navasota St., Suite 2. www.tinyparkgallery.com.

Wally Workman Gallery. “The Great Piece of Turf,” works by Carol Dawson. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1202 W. Sixth St.472-7428, www.wallyworkmangallery.com.

Women & Their Work. “Falling Hive,” works by Monica Vidal. Through July 3. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 1710 Lavaca St. 477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.org.

Music

“Arabian Nights.” Spotlight on Opera presents an evening of one acts and excerpts on exotic themes from the Middle East. 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $10. Bachus Conservatory Recital Hall, 8000 Anderson Square, Suite 112. 454-2533, www.bachusconservatory.com.

Austin Piano Festival. A series of recitals and programs. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday; visit the festival’s website for a complete schedule, list of locations and individual ticket prices. www.austinpianofestival.com.

“Crippled Symmetry.” Presented by the Austin New Music Co-op. 8 p.m. Saturday. $12-$15. St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth St. 610-3500, www.newmusic.coop.

Jazz OUTside Series. Collaborative spoken-word and improvised music performances. 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 suggested donation. Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E. 11th St. www.diversearts.org.

“Rendez-Vous.” Classic French tunes and original songs performed by Austin-based vocalist Julie Slim and her band. 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday. $12. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.

Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums Ceilidh. An evening of Scottish piping and drumming. 5 p.m. Sunday. $10. Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. 474-1958, www.silverthistle.org/main.

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