Weekend arts picks: Music n’ brews n’ bowling, a dark comedy, a massive video installation

THURSDAY

LOLA 4th Tap Brewing concert series. The ever-adventurous Local Opera Local Artists has found a way to bring vocal concerts to easygoing venues with its monthly series at indie 4th Tap Brewing. On Thursday, LOLA founder and mezzo soprano Liz Cass is joined by pianist Graham Yates to perform music by Debussy, cabaret songs by William Bolcom and light-hearted tunes by Jason Robert Brown.  8 p.m. Thursday. 4th Tap Brewing Company, 10615 Metric Blvd. Admission is $10 and includes a token for $1 off beers for the evening. lolaaustin.org

Also: Thursday’s are always free at the Blanton Museum of Art so catch the impressive exhibit “Goya: Mad Reason.” And until Aug. 31, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is offering free admission.

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Goya’s “Simpleton,” from the series ‘Los Disparates’ (The Follies)

 

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

“Hand to God.” Theatrical purveyors of the modern dark comedy, Capital T Theatre once again delivers with Robert Askins “Hand to God.” A biting, irreverent play about a church group in Cypress, Texas whose world is turned upside down when one of its teen members finds his personality suddenly possessed by a foul-mouthed and violent hand puppet. Our critic called it “a first-rate production of a first-rate black comedy, with a beyond first-rate lead performance.”  8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Sept. 17. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. $20-$30. capitalt.org.

Also: “Silence! The Musical” is a hilarious theatrical homage and spoof on the horror classic, “Silence of the Lambs,” at Austin Playhouse.

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Chase Brewer and Kenneth Wayne Bradley in “Hand to God”

 

FRIDAY

Beerthoven. Beerthoven is Oktoberfest, but with chamber music. This clever yet down-to-earth series uses the 1908 Saengerrunde Halle, an historic culture club formed in 1850s by German immigrants.  Of course, beer  and pretzels are available. And at Friday’s concert, you can also bowl in the Saengerrunde Bowling Alley!  Beerthoven’s first concert of the season features the eclectic troupe alt classical One Ounce Opera singing Renaissance and Baroque vocal music followed by classical guitarist Celil Refik Kaya.  7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Saengerrunde Halle, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. $10-$25. 512-666-7464. beerthoven.com

Also: Loop Mass. Austin Museum of Digital Art pairs performances by Austin-based composers Justin Sherburn, Matt Steinke, Kyle Evans and Zac Traeger with looped video art from over 50 visual artists projected onto a massive floor-to-ceiling, suspended sculpture. Audience members can roam during the show. Wow. Doors at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $15. amoda.org

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Saengerrunde Bowling Alley

 

SATURDAY – SUNDAY

“Yuliya Lanina: Tales We Tell.” Yuliya Lanina imagines folk tales, diving into original and decidedly less Disneyesque tone of today’s versions. In her paintings and music box sculptures the Russian-born, Austin-based’s fictive universe includes anthropomorphized animals, trees and plants with human limbs and terrifying grandmothers. As part of current exhibit,  Sunday at 4 p.m. Lisa Olstein, Cecily Parks, Susan Briante and Taisia Kitaiskaia will read poems written to accompany specific works in the exhibit. Regular gallery hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Sept. 10. Camiba Art Gallery, Flatbed building, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. camibaart.com

Also: Check out the Austin360 curated guide to art galleries


Yuliya Lanina’s “Masha and the Bear”


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