The weekend’s top arts picks: April 22-24
Trouble Puppet Theater’s “The Wars of Heaven: Smackdown.” The ever clever minds of Trouble Puppet Theater present the second in their “Wars of Heaven” triology. This time, the tussle between good and evil is situated in a swirl of televangelism, political debate and pro wrestling. Handmade table-top puppets star against a mixed-media staging layered with video and music. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through May 15. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2807 Manor Road. $15-$25. troublepuppet.com.
“Automotive: Paintings by Christopher St. Leger.” For his newest series of moody and enigmatic paintings, artist Christopher St. Leger chooses to paint streetscapes from the perspective of a car’s headlights to capture what he calls “the automotive pastoral.” Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through May 28. Gallery Shoal Creek, Flatbed building, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. galleryshoalcreek.com.
“Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015.” The Blanton Museum of Art has long been a leader in recognizing and presenting Latin American art. Now, partnering with the Ransom Center and its world-recognized photography collection, the Blanton stages a fascinating look at the growing body of work by contemporary Peruvian photographers. Documentary work, photojournalism and social justice advocacy concern artists in 1970s and 1980s, while in later decades photographers toy with more aesthetic conceptual ideas. Opens Saturday and continues through July 3. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Third Thursday of the month open until 9 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $5-$9 (Free on Thursdays). blantonmuseum.org.
“Austin Short Short Festival.” A dozen authors will read their short short fiction pieces (1,000 words or less) aloud at the Elisabet Ney Museum during an afternoon of literary celebrations. Local notable writers Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho and Mary Helen Specht host the day’s events, which include family-friendly activities and food trucks. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. Free. 512-458-2255.