Theater & dance
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This musical comedy, produced by the Georgetown Palace Theatre, centers on an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the championship of a lifetime. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $18-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave. georgetownpalace.com.
“The Book of Liz.” Master satirists Amy and David Sedaris have made an unlikely food item the focus of this oddball play performed by Different Stages — cheese balls. That is, those specifically made by Sister Liz Donderstock from the Amish-like Squeamish community, which relies on their success in the outside world. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through June 30. $15-$30. Black Box Theater, 901 Trinity St. differentstagestheatre.org.
“Lucky Stiff.” The Tony Award-winning team that wrote “Ragtime” has created this hilarious, fast-paced murder-mystery produced now by Austin Playhouse. “Lucky Stiff” is the story of Harry, an unassuming English shoe salesman who thinks his luck has finally changed when he inherits $6 million from an unknown American uncle. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $17-$40. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com/lucky-stiff.
“Much Ado About Nothing.” Penfold Theatre’s production of this much beloved Shakespearean comedy — the eighth installment in the company’s Penfold in the Park series — is set on the Texas frontier and features live music as well as a trimmed-down cast of six virtuosic performers. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through June 23. Free. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org.
“Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse.” Gilbert & Sullivan Austin’s summer grand production is an opera that parodies elements of Victorian melodrama, popular in the mid-1800s, and features a topsy-turvy story of a virtuous heroine, a dastardly villain, deadly curses and menacing ghosts. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $8-$27. Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd. gilbertsullivan.org.
“Small Mouth Sounds.” On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly different urbanites looking for life balance find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace. Capital T Theatre is producing this wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25-$35. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. capitalt.org./wp/.
“Southern Hospitality.” In this Southern-fried comedy, the Futrelle sisters are in trouble again. Their beloved hometown is in danger of disappearing because, with businesses closing, residents are leaving in droves, and they make extreme promises to a salsa factory looking to relocate. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinee June 10, through June 23. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Bldg. 4, Leander. 512-259-5878, wobcp.org.
“Sunday in the Park with George.” Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece gets the Zach Theatre treatment. Inspired by painter Georges Seurat, the plot centers on George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, who deeply immerses himself in creating his masterpiece, and his great-grandson, a conflicted and cynical contemporary artist. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $30-$150. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
“Twelfth Night.” Something for Nothing Theater is producing Shakespeare under the summer stars. “Twelfth Night” is about twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck and find themselves entangled in love triangles, mistaken identity and madcap mischief. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through June 23. Free. Ramsey Park, 4301 Rosedale Ave. s4n.org/up-next.html.
George McGee and Darrell Bryant. 7 p.m. Friday. The authors speak and sign “Geronimo’s Bones” and “Open, Mindful Philosophy on the Fly,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Mike Nemeth and Tim Bryant. 2 p.m. Saturday. The authors speak and sign “The Undiscovered Country” and “Dead and Buried,” respectively. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
David Sedaris. 6 p.m. Sunday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “Calypso.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Edgar Cantero. 7 p.m. Monday. The novelist speaks and signs “Meddling Kids.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Matthew Pearl. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “The Dante Club.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Mark Haskell Smith. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The novelist speaks and signs “Blown.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 512-322-2097, malvernbooks.com.
Terry Brooks. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The fantasy author speaks and signs “The Skaar Invasion.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Robert Bonazzi. 7 p.m. Thursday. The biographer speaks and signs “The Reluctant Activist: The Spiritual Life and Art of John Howard Griffin.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Art for the People. “Magnificence of Seven.” Seven participating Austin artists — Bryan Macilko, Connor Teseny, Evan Runyon, Janis Fowler, JR Rapier, Katie Ryan Donohue and Scott Wilkes — are displaying works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, carbon steel, encaustic, gouache, scratchboard and watercolor. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1711 S. First St. 512-761-4708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.
Art on 5th. Cynda Valle. The Los Angeles-based artist creates luminous portraits using an antiquated technique of oil glazing and tempera paints, previously used by old Renaissance masters such as Vermeer; the result is a series of bright colors and eerie scenes that look like something out of a strange dream. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 24. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C, 110 B. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C, 110 B. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.
Big Medium. “Innocence in Silence.” Pairing an image of a shirt with an individual’s obituary, Jieun Beth’s solo show portrays the traces of a body and the memory of personhood. Once used as an expression of individuality and a representation of self, the images and descriptions now remain as a relic and history. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 7. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2. bigmedium.org.
The Blanton Museum of Art. “Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection.” The Blanton Museum celebrates the renaissance that has occurred since the 1970s within the millennia-old traditions of indigenous Australian art with this ground-floor exhibit. Through Sept. 9. “Meeting of Waters.” The title of Clarissa Tossin’s new body of work is taken from the confluence of the Rio Negro and Amazon Rivers, where the two bodies of water, each very different in color, converge but remain separate. Her exhibition in the Blanton’s Contemporary Project space will feature the artist’s sculptures, including a large, woven tapestry that depicts the stretch of the Amazon River between the river’s mouth in the Atlantic Ocean and the city of Manaus. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 1. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org.
Bob Bullock Museum. “Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic.” This new exhibit tells the story of a thriving Comanche cultured rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic’s paintings highlight the strength, beauty and grace of the Comanche past and present. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The Contemporary Austin. “Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death.” This immersive solo exhibition showcases work by McMillian, the recipient of the museum’s inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize. Through Aug. 26. Plus new works in the sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (gallery); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (grounds). $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Davis Gallery. “Of Warp and Weft.” Despite the vastly different mediums of Austin-based artists Caprice Pierucci and Charles Heppner, her elegant carved wood sculptures and his photographs of delicate cheesecloth find an open dialogue of harmony, form and composition. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through July 21. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
Dimension Gallery. “Residual Utterances” is a presentation of new sculptural work from local sculptor Colin McIntyre, in conjunction with a soundscape inside his celebrated pipe organ sound chamber the Resonant Lung, and displays his signature abstract lifeforms. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 979 Springdale Road, Suite 99. dimensiongallery.org.
The Gallery at Atelier 1205. “Thick and Thin.” Austin artists Carl Smith and Donna Starnes will highlight the differences between their abstract painting styles: alcohol ink moved with an airbrush shown side by side with thick gobs of cheap paint. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 8. 1205 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/190167038469261/.
Gallery Shoal Creek. “Liminal.” In Sydney Yeager’s current body of work, a collision between fluid lines and the brute force of the geometric shapes — “two oppositional forces” — express a sense of imminent change and are in a state of flux. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through June 30. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 3. 512-454-6671, galleryshoalcreek.com.
Grayduck Gallery. “Salty Feel.” The 2017 “Eyes Got It!” winner Ingrid Tremblay is displaying her work at Grayduck. For Tremblay, humans and objects press up against each other, leaving impressions, and the mutually affective interactions between them are intimate, illogical and suffused with eros, or love. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 8. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.
Link & Pin Art Space. “Elsewhere.” The three-woman exhibit featuring the works of Leslie Kell, Greta Olivas and Joyce LaBaw celebrates natural elements through their individual, optimistic and poetic visions. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through July 1. 2235 E. Sixth St. #102. linkpinart.com.
Lora Reynolds Gallery. “Black and White.” This exhibit of new drawings and found photographs by Tom Molloy — an Irish artist who lives in France — takes the image of American hegemony as its primary subject, exploring the global dominance of the United States’ military, economy, technology and pop culture. Through June 23. “Fun Packed Holiday.” Mariah Robertson’s solo show displays her unconventional photographic techniques: Shes uses no camera to make her prints, instead creating them by manipulating light-sensitive paper with darkroom chemistry. Through June 23. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. lorareynolds.com.
Mass Gallery. “Regional Fictions.” The name of artists Jamal Cyrus and Julia Barbosa Landois’ exhibit redefines this literary term to examine the lies, falsehoods and omissions present in the lore of a particular geographical region, specifically as it is taught to school children. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through July 7. 507 Calles St. 512-535-4946, massgallery.com.
North Hills Art Gallery. “Austin Shutterbug Club Members Annual Award Competition.” Members of the Austin Shutterbug Club Photography Group will have their wide range of works on display as part of a yearly competition. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday through July 1. 7050 Village Center Drive. 512-345-4546, nwhillsumc.org.
The People’s Gallery. The 14th annual People’s Gallery in City Hall features a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by more than 100 artists across Central Texas. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Jan. 1. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Free. 512-974-7700, austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. “Camille Pissarro Lasting Impressions: The Five Generations.” The extraordinary legacy of Camille Pissarro lives on 100 years after his death through family tradition. This exhibit explores the rich artistic talent of the Pissarro family with their selected works in a variety of mediums. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through June 30. 1009 W. Sixth St. russell-collection.com.
Stephen L. Clark Gallery. “Plum Creek” is a multi-artist show featuring the works of Kate Breakey, who creates gold-leaf photographs, and Bill Wittliff, who makes solargraphs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 23. 1101 W. Sixth St. 512-477-0828, stephenlclarkgallery.com.
Texas Folklife. “The Upshaws of County Line” features photographs and oral history collected by documentary photographer Richard Orton between the years of 1988-2009 and follows the lives of the Upshaws, an African-American family in the rural East Texas community of County Line. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 27. 1708 Houston St. 512-441-9255, texasfolklife.org.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Sherry Owens and Art Shirer have installed a site-specific exhibit that has transformed the gallery at Umlauf into a wild, turbulent environment, confounding our normal perceptions of the interior and exterior. “Entangled” features giant spiral vortexes wound together from wire and natural and manmade objects. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 12. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. The downtown gallery’s second show with painter Jen Garrido will display her focus on nature-based forms and rhythms as well as color and shape studies. Garrido uses gouache and watercolor to imbue her paintings —and viewers — with a sense of lightness and life. 10 am. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 30. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. “Western Futurism.” Jimmy Descant scours flea markets, thrift stores and alleyways around America to find parts “from the Golden Age of American manufacturing,” disassembling them down to the hardware and transforming them into his “upcycled” sculptural pieces. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 31. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
“Father’s Day Concert.” The Austin Symphonic Band is hosting a free concert at Zilker Park for dads, featuring songs such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Forces Salute” and more. 7:30 to 9 p.m. June 17. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinsymphonicband.org.
The Hartman Foundation’s “Concerts in the Park.”
Each weekend in the summer, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured on the front lawn of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. Free. The Long Center Terrace Lawn, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
NEW THIS WEEK
Theater & dance
“Ruthless.” In this over-the-top musical comedy, it’s not just an 8-year-old kid who wants to become a theater star — so does her mom. When her adoptive mom discovers her birth mother was a famous actress, she decides she should become the Broadway diva she was always meant to be. But can they both be stars? Opens June 15. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through July 8. $15-$35. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
“Hamlet.” For its 10th season, Young Shakespeare — Austin Shakespeare’s teen company — will take on William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. It’s getting an update: “Hamlet” will take place in the mid-20th century, as a sort of cross between “The Crown” and “Mad Men,” and a female will play the titular role. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through June 24. $11-$18. The Curtain Theater, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive. brownpapertickets.com/event/3448082.
“The Afterparty.” Claire Leverrier, a poet haunted by the death of her childhood crush, reveals the secrets of the universe using a bicycle light and puppets. “The Afterparty” is a romance. Or is it a metaphor? Either way, Claire might never recover once a star comes down from the sky and invites her to a party. Opens June 15. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through June 30. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.
“Booth’s Richard III.” The Hidden Room Theatre resuscitates the ghost of John Wilkes Booth’s infamous production by way of his own personal promptbook, as well as painstaking research into playing practices of the day, appropriate costumes, props, set and music, all in the period-perfect Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through June 30. $15-$30. 207 W. 18th St. hiddenroomtheatre.com.
“Juneteenth Chronicles.” Spectrum Theatre Company presents a staged reading of a new play by Abena Edwards that will inspire, enlighten and forever alter audiences’ views of Juneteenth, the day it was announced in the Confederate South that slaves had been emancipated. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 suggested donation. AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. spectrumatx.com.
“Young Latinx Artists 23: Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges.” The multi-artist show was inspired by the significant social changes that have taken place along the U.S. Mexico border over the past 20 years, exploring themes of restriction, censorship and more. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. June 15. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 26. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
“Source Material.” Two artists, William T. Carson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, have a common interest in geology, natural materials and the environment, but their artistic techniques and approaches for the exhibited work at Camiba Art Gallery, created in tandem, are distinct. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. June 16. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 11. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com.
“The Lure.” Margaux Crump debuts a body of work — sculptures, drawings and photographs — that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships: predator and prey, human and animal, masculine and feminine. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. June 16. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m Sunday through July 26. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
COMEDY THIS WEEK
Cap City Comedy Club. Greg Warren, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $16-$23. Punch, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $7-$11. John Heffron, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12-$19. 8120 Research Blvd. No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
ColdTowne Theater. Summer vacation doesn’t always mean water parks and ice cream. For Austin’s first and only all-Asian American improv troupe, Y’all We Asian, summertime is when you work at your immigrant parents’ restaurant and go to the really hot motherland to visit relatives. The troupe will focus on improvised stories of “Summer Vacation,” as told to them by Asian American community leaders. 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through July 21. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Esther’s Follies. Austin’s favorite comedy troupe keeps up with the ever-changing political climate and daily firings in the White House with special appearances by Robert Mueller, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels, star of the show. Yet there’s more in the “Never Ending Trumpstory,” Esther’s very own tribute to Donald and his castaways: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, Melania Trump and a surprise ending face-off with his real arch-nemesis. Plus, Esther’s reaches across the party lines in “Red State, Blue State,” a rousing explanation of why neighborhood friends can turn enemies. With all our divided differences, perhaps we can all agree to firmly disagree. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in June (no shows weekend of June 7-9). $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com.
The Hideout Theatre. “Sexy Future Space Lady” is a five-star, double-rated “astronavagatrix” Earth girl, and she’s crash landing at the Hideout. Her top-secret mission is a real wing dinger: an completely improvised show drawn on the adventures of Barbarella, that 1960s cult phenomenon we all know and love. Using suggestions from the audience, “Sexy Future Space Lady” will take you on an erotic space adventure you’ve never seen before and will never see again. 8 p.m. Saturdays through June 30. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
Institution Theater. At “Anything Live!” the improvised comics of the Institution present a cornucopia of entertainers, from stand-up comedians to wrestlers — all the misfit entertainment acts that don’t fit anywhere else. 8 p.m. Thursdays. Free. The Clubhouse, 3800 Woodbury Drive. theinstitutiontheater.com.
The Velveeta Room. Connor McSpadden with Amber Bixby, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.