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This week’s Austin360 arts list, May 9-15

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Martin Burke stars in “Harvey” at Zach Theatre; the play opens Wednesday.

Theater and dance

“Austin Is a Place (You Are Here).” Theatre en Bloc presents a fable about progress. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. $12-$15. Mexitas Event Center, 1107 N. Interstate Highway 35. 522-4083, www.theatreenbloc.org.

“The Chimponauts & the Mechanical Phantom.” Electric Planet Ensemble’s production features puppetry movement, video and electric sound. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through May 18. $10-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 478-5282, www.vortexrep.org.

Esther’s Follies. Musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $22-$29. Esther’s Pool. 525 E. Sixth St. 320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.

“The Fox on the Fairway.” A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $15-$20. Way off Broadway Community Players Theatre, 11880 W. FM 2243, Leander. 259-5878, www.wobcp.org.

“Good People.” Different Stages presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $15-$30. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd., Suite D. 524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org.

“The Happy Couple.” Presented by the Last Act Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, through May 25. $12. The White House Ranch, 3410 E. Pennsylvania Ave. 626-4986, www.lastacttheater.com.

“HIT.” A Chick & a Dude Productions present Shannon Weaver’s noir family drama. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through May 18. $10-$25. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. 479-7530, www.achickandadude.squarespace.com.

“Noises Off.” A production of Michael Frayn’s hit backstage farce. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through May 26. $14-$37. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd. 476-0084, www.austinplayhouse.com.

“Passing Strange.” Half & Half Productions presents a genre-bending musical. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. $10-$45. The City Theatre, 6001 Airport Blvd. www.halfandhalfproductions.org.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” Part of Texas Performing Arts’ Broadway in Austin series. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$75. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. 477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org.

“Walk in My Shoes.” A performance by TRU Dance Project. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$15. The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. 689-1278, www.trudanceproject.org.

“The Winter’s Tale.” Austin Shakespeare presents Shakespeare in the Park. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through May 26. Free. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 470-4505, www.austinshakespeare.org.

Comedy

Big Daddy’s Burgers. “Last Chance Comedy,” a comedy showcase. 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. 9070 Research Blvd. 614-0252, www.bigdaddysaustin.com.

Cap City Comedy Club. Tom Segura of “Conan” and “Live at Gotham” performs. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $9-$19. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

ColdTowne Theater. “The Hustle Show,” 10 p.m. Thursday. $5. “Bad Boys,” 8:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. “Live at ColdTowne,” 10 p.m. Fridays. $5. “Braised in Texas,” 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $7. “The Frank Mills & Midnight Society,” 10 p.m. Saturdays. $7. “Nice Astronaut Presents” 11 p.m. Saturday. Free. Plus more shows throughout the week. 4803 Airport Blvd. 814-8696, www.coldtownetheater.com.

The Hideout Theatre. “The Threefer,” 8 p.m. Thursdays. $6. “The Free Fringe,” 10 p.m. Thursdays. Free. “Pick Your Own Path,” 8 p.m. Friday. $6. “The Spectacle,” 10 p.m. Fridays. $11. “Theatresports Tournament,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. $13. “Maestro,” 10 p.m. Saturdays. $13. Plus more shows throughout the week. 617 N. Congress Ave. 482-9131, www.hideouttheatre.com.

The Institution Theater. “The Next Chapter,” an author’s words, rewritten. 8 p.m. Fridays, through June 28. $7-$12. “The Suitcase,” interactive comedy inspired by the audience. 10 p.m. Fridays, through June 28. $7-$12. “Key Party,” improv couples swapping partners. 8 p.m. Saturdays, through May 25. $7. “The Triple Scoop,” comedy troupe night. 10 p.m. Saturdays, through May 25. Plus more shows throughout the week. 3708 Woodbury Drive. www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Block Party,” 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. $5. “Lights Up!” 8 p.m. Fridays. $5. “The Franchise,” 9 p.m. Fridays. $5. Plus more shows throughout the week. 616 Lavaca St. 806-340-3718, www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. “Last Chance Comedy,” 9:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. “The Late Slot,” 11:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. Nancy Reed with Chris Tellez and friends, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. Plus more shows throughout the week. 521 E. Sixth St. 469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.

The Vortex Repertory Company. “The Pie & Ear Show,” improv by local comedians. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $5-$10. 2307 Manor Road. 472-5282, www.vortexrep.org.

Literary events

Austin Chronicle’s Spelling Bee. A spelling competition benefiting the Austin Public Library. 6:15 p.m. Thursday. $3. Threadgill’s South, 301 W. Riverside Drive. 472-9304, www.austinchronicle.com/spellingbee.

Author appearance. Actress Jessica Alba speaks and signs copies of “The Honest Life.” 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.

Author appearance. The Statesman’s Addie Broyles will appear with Natanya Anderson, Megan Myers, Melissa Skorpil and Chris Perez to speak and sign copies of “The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook.” 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.

Events and programs

In Their Own Words. A lecture, “From Pom-Pom Girls to Center of the Court.” 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. 936-8746, www.thestoryoftexas.com.

Family

Flying Theater Machine. Interactive improv for kids. 2 p.m. Sundays. $8. The Hideout Theatre, 617 N. Congress Ave. 476-0473, www.hideouttheatre.com.

“The Little Mermaid.” An original retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale. 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. $16-$18. ZACH Theatre’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

“What’s the Story, Steve?” Improvised, interactive theater for kids featuring Steve the poodle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Pay what you wish. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 814-8696, www.coldtownetheater.com.

The Young Adult Book Festival. Meet authors and buy books. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Round Rock High School, 301 Deepwood Drive, Building 1100, Round Rock. www.yabfest.com.

Film

AFS Essential Cinema. A screening of “Red Desert.” 7 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$8. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. 322-0145, www.austinfilm.org.

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In. “16 Candles,” 8:30 p.m. Thursday. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” with the best of “The Simpsons,” 8:30 p.m. Friday. Top-secret blue-lite special, 11 p.m. Friday. Drive-in slots start at $25; walk-in slots $5. Blue Starlite III at Old Airport, 1901 E. 51st St. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Spotlight on John Cassavetes. AFS presents a screening of the classic “A Woman Under the Influence.” 8 p.m. Friday. $5-$10. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. 494-1681, www.austinfilm.org.

Art

AMOA-Arthouse. “How to / Internet,” a LIFT project by Jaakko Pallasvuo. Through May 19. “Storyteller,” by Nicolas Provost. Through June 9. “Constructed Landscapes,” works by Seher Shah. Through June 30. “O Século,” a video project by Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado. Through June 30. “Temporary Insanity,” works by Pinaree Sanpitak. Through June 30. 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $3-$5. AMOA-Arthouse at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 453-5312. “New Works,” pieces by Jessica Halonen. Through May 26. “Of a Technical Nature,” a group exhibition. Through Sept 1. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. $3-$5. AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 458-8191, www.amoa-arthouse.org.

Art on 5th. A contemporary gallery. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. 481-1111, www.arton5th.com.

Blanton Museum of Art. “Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from the Alumni Collection,” featuring around 200 pieces from the art collections of UT alumni. Through May 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5-$9; free entry on Thursdays. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.

Co-Lab Projects. “SIDE EFFECTS,” works by Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya. On view by appointment through Saturday. 613 Allen St. 300-8217, www.co-labprojects.org.

Davis Gallery. “No Place Like Home,” a group show. Through May 25. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 837 W. 12th St. 477-4929, www.davisgalleryaustin.com.

Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale. “Journey in Abstract Expressionism,” oil paintings by Fredericksburg-based artist Suzanne Morhart. Through May 17. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 4007 Marathon Blvd. 420-9000, www.dragonflygallerytx.com.

Gallery Black Lagoon. “Everything,” a mixed-media show. Noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday only. 4301 Guadalupe St. 371-8838, www.galleryblacklagoon.com.

Gallery Shoal Creek. A group exhibition by Jennifer Bell, Gregg Kreutz and Tony Saladino. Through May 25. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 2831 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 454-6671, www.galleryshoalcreek.com.

Lora Reynolds Gallery. Works by Richard Forster and Ewan Gibbs. Through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 215-4965, www.lorareynolds.com.

O2 Gallery at Flatbed Press. “Impressions,” woodcuts by Craig Mindell. Through May 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 2830 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 477-9328, www.craigmindell.com.

Ransom Center. “Arnold Newman: Masterclass” explores the career of the photographer who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the 20th century. Through Sunday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays (Thursdays open to 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free. 21st and Guadalupe streets on the UT campus. 417-8944. www.hrc.utexas.edu.

Russell Collection Fine Arts Gallery. “The Seasons of Royo,” works by the renowned Spanish artist. Through May 30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1137 W. Sixth St. 478-4440, www.russell-collection.com.

South Corridor Gallery. “The Eye of the Heart, the Ear of the Mind: Art As Another Kind of Language,” works by C.D. Weaver. Through May 31. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. 345-8866, www.fpcaustin.org.

Studio 10. Works by Augusto Brocca and Kathleen Wilson. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, or by appointment. 1011 W. Lynn St. 236-1333, www.studiotenarts.com.

Tiny Park Gallery. “Artifact,” works by Beili Liu, Scott Proctor and Jonathan Dankenbring. Through May 11. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. Tiny Park Gallery, 1101 Navasota St. www.tinyparkgallery.com.

UT Visual Arts Center. “Diffuse Reflection Lab,” works by Lead Pencil Studio’s Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. Through May 11. “V,” 2013 MFA Studio Art Exhibition. Through May 11. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 2300 Trinity St. 471-1108, www.utvac.org.

Women & Their Work. “Last Resort,” landscape paintings by Kelly O’Connor. Through May 9. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 1710 Lavaca St. 477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.org.

Music

AFM Free Concert Series. Performances by Christine Albert, the Mady Kaye Quintet and Mitch Watkins. 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 936-4607, www.thestoryoftexas.com.

“Dark Side of the Moon.” The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs the music of Pink Floyd. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $25-$55. Michael & Susan Dell Hall at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 457-5161, www.thelongcenter.org.

UT Butler School of Music. Sunday: Austin Civic Orchestra with Texas Rising Stars, 4 p.m. Free. Bates Recital Hall. University of Texas campus. 471-7764, www.music.utexas.edu.

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