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Nancy Mims weaves an installation at the Ney Museum, other arts picks

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
“La Femme Boheme” is an all-female production of Puccini’s opera “La Boheme.”

“Nancy Mims: The Passed Looms Present.” On many of her morning walks, artist Nancy Mims wanders the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum, the historic home and studio of the German-born sculptress whose regal statuary of notable state leaders stand in the Texas Capitol.

During her walks, Mims snaps photos with her iPhone, capturing striking portraits of individual flower blooms.

Now, for a site-specific temporary installation, Mims has printed her flower portraits on large swaths of linen that will hang from the trees on the museum grounds.

Mims will also set up three large looms between the trees. With string, ink, found objects and strips of photo-printed fabric, visitors will be able to weave and reconstruct images of flowers.

“The Passed Looms Presents” is a part of Print Austin, the artist-run monthlong roundup of fine art printmaking happenings. Mims’ installation will take place rain or shine this weekend. “In this case the weather is part of the printmaking process,” she says.

“The Passed Looms Presents” happens noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mims will give a talk about her work at 2 p.m. each day. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. Free. 512-458-2255. austintexas.gov/Elisabetney.

“La Femme Bohème.” An all-female cast and a chamber orchestra anchor this award-winning production of Puccini’s magnificent romantic opera. In 2014, indie Austin opera company LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists) netted the “Best Opera” award from the Austin Critics’ Table for this heartfelt yet contemporary production staged casually in a cabaret-style club. “La Femme Bohème” is opera for the 21st century. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. North Door, 502 Brushy St. $15. lolaaustin.org.

Ballet Austin’s “Director’s Choice.” Few ballet companies regularly foster new work by emerging choreographers. Ballet Austin does. Artistic director Stephen Mills presents Swedish choreographer, dancer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg’s “Stream” and “Early That Summer” by New York City’s Pam Tanowitz. And Mills reprises two of his own edgy short ballets, “Desire” and “Carbon53,” set to the music of Philip Glass. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Dell Hall, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $20-$89. balletaustin.org.

“Love Me Tinder.” Recent studies find that a third of single people in America have used an online dating site or app. No wonder the ever-clever minds of indie comedy collective Heckle Her use app dating as material for a musical sketch comedy show. Songs like “Hey Siri” and “Swipe Right” made “Love Me Tinder” an audience favorite when the musically talented group premiered it at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. $10. heckleher.com