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Best of the week in arts, July 26-Aug. 1

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Friday

“Bulk Collection: Jason Webb.” Curbside piles of discarded objects provide inspiration for Webb’s newest series of paintings, which thoughtfully capture those items that were once private and now left terribly exposed and public. Webb is the winner of the 2012 “Eyes Got It” competition, a live art critique staged during the East Austin Studio Tour, a riff on the ubiquitous reality television creative competition shows. Opening 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Aug. 25. Grayduck Gallery, 608 W. Monroe St. Free. www.grayduckgallery.com.

Miró Quartet with Michelle Schumann. The celebrated Miró Quartet — the University of Texas’ string-quartet-in-residence — joins pianist Michelle Schumann, an Austin favorite and the artistic director of the Austin Chamber Music Festival. On the program is Elgar’s masterful Piano Quintet, inspired by a peaceful summer the composer spent in the English countryside. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, University of Texas campus, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. $25-$50 512-454-0026. www.austinchambermusic.org.

Friday and Saturday

“Three, Or the Sound of the Great Existential Nothingness.” In a clever twist on a classic play, Austin writer Timothy Braun re-fashions Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece “Three Sisters” with a fantastical edge. Setting the story in present-day America, Braun’s characters live circumscribed existences in a small town as they struggle with loneliness and the desire for community. Produced by Breaking String Theatre and directed by Graham Schmidt. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Aug. 17. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $15-$25. 512-784-1465, www.breakingstring.com.