The weekly list of what’s good and what’s new in the arts in Austin for the week of Aug. 26, 2018
“Water Music: A Workshop Performance”
Graham Reynolds loves science and “Water Music” is his new suite that explores water in in all its roles from the geopolitics of water rights to the element’s role in jellyfish propulsion. Reynolds will premiere “Water Music” in 2019, but in the meantime the Austin composer is trying it out in a free workshop performance.
8 p.m. Aug. 27, Dive Bar, 1703 Guadalupe St. Free. facebook.com/events/406616839853444/
“The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?”
A shockingly funny play about marital infidelity and the devastation of a family from America’s great provocateur, Edward Albee. Cap T Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning play about a successful middle-age architect whose confession that he is in love with a goat (named Sylvia) shatters his ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. Featuring an Austin all-star cast of Robert Pierson, Rebecca Robinson, Tim Blackwood and Preston Ruess.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 15. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. capitalt.org/wp/now-playing
Kaci Beeler: New Work
Beeler debuts a new series of hyper-realistic paintings she created while on sabbatical in Tulum, Mexico — paintings based on her obsession with food imagery.
Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 Exhibit continues through Sept. 15. St Edward’s Univ. Art Gallery, 3001 S. Congress Ave. stedwards.edu/fine-arts-gallery
Austin’s Shrewd Productions is one of a handful of indie theatre companies nationwide to participate in the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s trenchant new drama, “The Madres.” Set in the time of Argentina’s Dirty War, when the dictatorship “disappeared” some 30,000 of its own citizens, Walker’s play is based on the true story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose ongoing protests in Buenos Aires captured the world’s attention.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Santa Cruz Theatre, 1805 E. Seventh St. shrewdproductions.com
Three Kinds of Order
A trio of women painters — Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, Alexandra Robinson, Naomi Schlinke — each practice radically different approaches to abstraction. They display new work.
Opening: 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29. Artists talk: 7 p.m Sept. 7. Exhibit continues through Sept. 22. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, austintexas.gov/jcbgallery
Beerthoven: Dance Machine with Hear No Evil
Beer and adventurous chamber music just go together, right? Beerthoven launches its fifth season with the return of the quintet Hear No Evil playing Hungarian Dances by Brahms, jazzy duos by Henryson and Muczynski, the steady and soothing pulses of Paul Lansky’s Horizons, and the driving rhythms of Workers Union by Louis Andriessen. And yes, Beerthoven events include free beer.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 3 p.m. Sept. 2 Saengerrunde hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. $20, beerthoven.com
Valerie Fowler: Art of Flower Hill
Valerie Fowler has spent the last year exploring the grounds and historic home known as Flower Hill, the 19th-century home of the Smoot family, early Austin influencers. Fowler debuts her Flower Hill artwork in exhibit to raise funds to open the historic site next year. For the opening night, Fowler and musician Brian Beattle will perform a “Crankie,” a 30-foot long illustration, on paper scrolls, in a crankie box which is cranked along to live musical accompaniment. Vocalist Amy Annelle joins the performance. The show will be hosted at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum.
Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1. Exhibit continues through Sept. 12. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
Revel Music: Heart of Origin
Led by pianist Carla McElhaney with the Invoke string quartet as the house band and maginificent mezzo soprano Liz Cass, Revel premieres “Heart of Origin: Six poems of Rita Dove” by Luke Mayerni in an intimate concert.
Doors 6 p.m.; show 7 p.m. Sept. 1., Blackerby Stage & Studio, 1111 W. Anderson Lane. $30, revelatx.org/shop/heart-of-origin