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Arts picks, June 8-14

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Orly Genger’s “Current” is installed on the grounds of the Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria.

“Orly Genger: Current.” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24. Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

Made from thousands of feet of hand-knotted reclaimed lobster rope, Orly Genger’s site-specific installation “Current” tumbles in massive wave-like undulations down the amphitheater at Laguna Gloria. At the shore, one rope wave continues its downward-flowing journey, jutting out like a stream of lava onto a wooden barge-like platform right to the edge of the lagoon.

The New York-based Genger comes to Austin this week for several public programs. She’ll discuss “Current” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Then at 11 a.m. Saturday, for the museum’s “Family Day,” Genger leads art-making activities related to her installation.

Music

“Compassion: A Festival of Musical Passions”

Grammy nomimanted choir Conspriare continues its festival of musical passions this week with several concerts. A free workshop performance of Doug and Brad Balliett’s “A Gnostic Passion” is at 6 p.m. Tuesday. And this weekend, baritone Paul Max Tipton and tenor Dann Coakwell join the choir for Bach’s great St. Matthew Passion, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Friday at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. 512-474-5664, www.conspirare.org.

Theater

“Romeo and Juliet.” Penfold Theatre Company stages its free production of “Romeo and Juliet” in the Round Rock Amphitheater. Penfold’s new version of the classic romance is a fast-paced adaptation that uses five actors to play all the roles. Pre-shows with different entertainers start at 7:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on site. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. Free. www.penfoldtheatre.org.