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Best of the week: Arts, Sept. 13-19

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Escalandrum — led by Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla, second from left, grandson of the great tango composer Astor Piazzolla — is a jazz sextet from Argentina. They play Wednesday at Bass Concert Hall.

Friday-Sunday

“Red.” In the 1950s, the groundbreaking and uncompromising abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko received one of the art world’s largest commissions: a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in the then-new Seagram building on Park Avenue in New York City. And playwright Ken Logan captured the intellectual and artistic battle Rothko undertook in the Tony Award-winning play “Red,” which Austin’s Penfold Theater presents. With a younger generation of artists challenging his philosophies, Rothko fiercely endeavors to create an iconic work that will stand as a monument to his illustrious career, while doubts and fears of his own relevancy threaten to tear him apart. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29. Trinity Street Theater, 901 Trinity St. $18-$25. www.penfoldtheatre.org.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills brought his humorous flair to Shakespeare’s fantastical, seductive dream tale in a production that garnered acclaim at Washington’s Kennedy Center, where it sold out seven shows. The show returns, with live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14, 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $15-$75. 512-476-2163, www.balletaustin.org.

Wednesday

“Piazzolla Project: La Camorra and Escalandrum.” Two Argentine ensembles prove how musically flexible and resilient the tango is. La Camorra plays tango in the classic style while jazz sextet Escalandrum, led by Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla, grandson of the late tango great Astor Piazzolla, take the tango into new realms. The show is presented to a small audience seated on the stage of the Bass Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Sept. 18. Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas campus. $10-$32. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org.