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Best of the week, arts: Nov. 1-7

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Friday and Saturday

Verdi’s Requiem. A dramatic masterpiece, an operatic gem — Verdi’s monumental Requiem is widely considered the composer’s best opera though it is by no means an actual opera. Austin Symphony Orchestra teams up with the 170-member Chorus Austin as well as soloists Mela Dailey, soprano; Kathryn Findlen, mezzo-soprano; William Davenport, tenor; and Kevin Short, bass-baritone. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, www.austinsymphony.org.

Friday-Sunday

“Anticipation of Next.” Professional rhythm tap dance company Tapestry kicks off its 25th season with a new work choreographed by company dancer Matthew Shields. “Anticipation of Next” is an exploration of a young man full of dreams on the cusp of adulthood and features spoken word artist Ebony Stewart as well as live music from local jazz musicians. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. $15-$35. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

Saturday

“Due East.” Organizers of the artist-run wildly popular East Austin Studio Tour host a fundraiser along with an exhibition featuring about 200 EAST artists — just half the number included on the annual self-guided tour. The fundraiser supports Big Medium, the non-profit artists organization that produces EAST. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Big Medium at Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. $20. www.eastaustinstudiotour.com.