The list of what’s new and what’s good the week of Sept. 16, 2018.
New Music Mixer
The monthly happy hour series for classical music nerds and newbies alike this month features Austin composer Akshaya Avril Tucker. A collaboration of KMFA and Sightlines.
5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road. Free; $1 off pints.
“In Living Color: Intersection of Art, Civil Rights & Pop Culture”
In his vivid watercolor paintings, Emmy Award-winning artist James Gayles blurs the lines between civil rights and pop culture icons.
Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Six Square Gallery, 1152 San Bernard St. sixsquare.org
“Confessions of a Mexpatriate”
Mical Trejo reprises his role in Raul Garza’s one-man play about an urbane Mexican American who travels to interior Mexico in search of his roots.
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 20, Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St., hydeparktheatre.org
UT Visual Arts Center: Fall exhibits opening
The Visual Arts Center debuts its slate of fall shows including “In the Land of Real Shadows,” from artist-in-residence Lan Tuazon; video work by Cuban artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons and “Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames.”
Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Visual Arts Center, Art Building, 23rd and Trinity streets, utvac.org
“Some Humans Were Harmed in the Making of the Show”
En Route Productions presents a madcap new show about Helen, a recovering alcoholic and Tony Robbins enthusiast, who rallies her thrift store co-workers to stage the dramatic journey of how she found her inner elephant. Created by C.B. Goodman with music by Amber Quick.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays Sept. 20-Oct. 6. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, enrouteproductions.com
The Firebird and Dvorack’s Serenade
Ballet Austin performs Stephen Mills’ choreography to Igor Stravinsky’s bewitching music and Lar Lubovitch’s Dvořák Serenade. Music performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
8 p.m. Sept. 21-22, 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Dell Hall, Long Center, balletaustin.org
“Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra”
Present Company Theatre presents the regional premiere from celebrated local author and playwright Kirk Lynn, after its 2014 Off Broadway premiere. “Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra” is a play about a strange journey of sexual transgression, on the way to lifelong commitment and intimacy.
Sept. 21-Oct. 4, Museum of Human Achievement, 916 Springdale Road. Tickets pay-what-you-wish. eventbrite.com/e/your-mothers-copy-of-the-kama-sutra
“On Writing, Performance, and Resistance: A Café Libro Open Mic”
Austin poet and artist Jasmine C. Bell is also the co-founder of Spitshine Poetry.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E Cesar Chavez St. Free. resistenciabooks.com
“Gabel Karsten: Shared Space”
“I share my space with pigeons,” writes artist Gabel Karsten.”They have a home in our backyard where they are free to come and go.” Kartsen’s exhibits her hand-sculpted wire pigeons and oil pastel colorfield landscapes.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29, Blackbox, 1017-A W. Milton St.
“The Difference Engine”
New music purveyors Fast Forward Austin present Graham Reynolds sweeping, monumental work, “The Difference Engine,” that delves deep into the complex mind of mathematician Charles Babbage, who is credited with originating the concept of a digital programmable computer in the early 1800s. Performers include a Who’s Who of Austin’s alt classical scene: HUB New Music, Density512, One Ounce Opera, and Corps Multiple.
7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 22, 4th Tap Brewery Co-op, 10615 Metric Blvd. Free
“Alegría: The Spanish Renaissance”
Texas Early Music Project plays a concert of the greatest hits of Spanish Renaissance music — including some pieces racey enough to be banned by the Catholic Church of the time.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 p.m.Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Ave.; 3 p.m. Sept 23, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. early-music.org