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Arts picks: Things to see Sept. 12-18

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Tadej Brdnik and Miki Orihara in Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring,” which is part of a program Thursday at Bass Concert Hall.


“Bad Kid.” Adolescence is hard. For David Crabb, growing up in the 1990s in San Antonio and Seguin and finding himself drawn to rebellious goth culture made life interesting — and challenging. Now a successful New York based indie monologist, writer and performer, Crabb brings his critically acclaimed autobiographical solo show that humorously and tenderly relates what it’s like to grow up different and gay and alone — and survive it all. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Show continues through Oct. 5. Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, 711 W. Riverside Drive. $27.50-$32.50. 512-474-5664,


Martha Graham Dance Company. Dancemaker Martha Graham, who died in 1991 at age 97, left a legacy as one of the most groundbreaking artistic innovators of the 20th century — the originality of her creativity typically compared to how Pablo Picasso reinvented painting or Frank Lloyd Wright did the same for architecture. It’s been years since the company founded by the choreographer credited with inventing American modern dance has performed in Austin. Now, the Martha Graham Dance Company returns with a program of some of Graham’s signature dances as well as new pieces, including Graham’s seminal “Appalachian Spring” from 1944 that features Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning score of the same name. 8 p.m. Thursday. Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas campus. $36-$45. 512-471-1441,