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Weekend arts picks: March 6-8

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Friday-Sunday

“Der Bestrafte Brudermord, or Hamlet Prince of Denmark.” That an obscure German 18th-century puppet version of “Hamlet” emerged as the much buzzed about comedic hit of last season probably surprised some even in Austin’s genuinely quirky theater scene. Working with a Shakespeare scholar from Oxford, Austin’s Hidden Room Theatre last year staged what is arguably the first contemporary production of “Der Bestrafe Brudermord,” a ribald, slapstick and bawdy version of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, reinterpreted in the early 1700s in Germany as a puppet show. Winner of the Austin Critics’ Table award for best comedy, and with brilliantly elaborate puppets, “Der Bestrafte Brudermord” (which translates as “Fratricide Revenged”) is a 70-minute riotous tumult. And later this year it heads back to the Bard, so to speak, when it travels to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh St. $20-$30. www.hiddenroomtheatre.com

Friday

“Off the Score: Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker.” Stewart Copeland — drummer and founding member of the Police — puts a new spin on chamber music. Teaming up with concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Copeland, along with a small ensemble, will premiere his semi-improvised classical compositions along with Parker’s suite based on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” 8 p.m. Friday. Bass Concert Hall, $36-$42. www.texasperformingarts.org

Saturday

“Indie Orchestra Night.” Indie rock and a classical choir? Why not? Texas Choral Consort performs the premiere of a new choral/orchestral collaborative piece by indie rocker Nathan Felix. Also on the program is other choral/orchestral music by composers from the indie rock world, including Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and Dana Falconberry. 8 p.m. Saturday. LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek Drive. $15-$25. 512- 900-8715. www.txconsort.org