Arts picks: Best of the week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2
“A Bright New Boise.” In the bleak windowless employee break room of a Hobby Lobby store, a spiritually confused father arrives seeking employment — and the chance to rekindle his relationship with his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption years before. Hyde Park Theater stages Samuel D. Hunter’s Obie award-winning dark comedy about contemporary religious faith and modern families. 8 p.m. Thursdays -Saturdays. $18-$20 (Thursdays, pay what you can). Through Oct. 25. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529. www.hydeparktheatre.com.
Blanton Museum’s “SoundSpace.” The popular museum concert series where musicians play in the galleries and audiences can freely roam continues with “Sound Construction.” Featured in the museum’s soaring atirum will be the premiere of Austin composer Travis Weller’s “Symmetrographia” for 10 musicians playing violin, viola, cello, contrabass and Weller’s custom built 16-string table-top instrument, the Owlm, and two piano wire skiffs. Also on the program is “This Place” a collaboration between dancer Ellen Bartel and composer Steven Snowden involving electronics, live motion tracking, projection and solo dance. Solo guitarist Dan Lippel plays new experimental music. And percussionist Chris Cogburn joins Soundspace curator, trombonist Steve Parker, in a little exploration with amplified white noise. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.