“You can’t make this stuff up,” they say – but, as is so often the case with humans, they or they are idiots. People with imagination, what we call artists, have invented stuff – fables, myths, legends, sitcoms, miniseries, religions – and most of the craziest stuff, the wackiest and weirdest – since language was invented. And here are five particularly fantastic fabrications, now deeply embodied on (or in the air even above) Austin’s stages and walls for your viewing pleasure.
Sky Candy: Goth Wars
In the epic battle between 80s and 90s goth and industrial music, which era will emerge victorious? Sky Candy’s famed fliers will pit black lace against vinyl, Bauhaus against Skinny Puppy and, spinning and twisting in an expanding gyre, do their best to answer the question: Will love tear us apart? it again?
Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m.
Sky Candy, 1023 Springdale Ste. 8-A
$20 and up
Penfold Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This is Penfold in the Park’s 10th year, as the tireless theater troupe bring Shakespeare’s beloved comedy to life at Round Rock, with all 21 characters galvanized by just four performers in a whirlwind of love and lulz spawned among the fae. Adapted and directed by Rosalind Faires, featuring the talents of Yunina Barbour-Payne, Kevin Percival, Taylor Flanagan and Dane Parker.
Until October 16. Thu.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.
Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Baghdad
Filigrane Theatre: The Lady of the Sea
The Filigree Theater begins its new season with this Henrik Ibsen fantasy about a woman who must choose between her married life and the thrill of the unknown lurking beyond the depths of the ocean. Directed by Elizabeth V. Newman, with live music and performances by Natalie Tafakori Crane, Shane Cullum, Derek DeAtley, James Lindsley, Molly McKee, Meredith O’Brien, Mike Ooi and Maddie Scanlan.
Until Oct. 23. Thu.-Sun., 8 p.m.
Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel
Avant-garde theater of recovery: Casta
The Salvage Vanguard Theater presents Adrienne Dawes’ new play – an immersive performance that features puppets by Julia Smith and original music by Graham Reynolds – inspired by Mexican casta paintings that depict the mixing of races in Latin America colonial. Watch: A wealthy patron commissions a series of casta paintings, but the portraits come to life and revolt. Performances (an excellent cast, directed by jk jk) will take place in the Rapaport Atrium of the beautiful Blanton Museum venue.
Oct. 20, 22-23, 27, & 29-30, 2 p.m.
The Blanton Art Museum, 200 E. MLK
$5-12 (free on Thursdays)
Duhpaapilak-axpishoope (Twenty-three) by Wendy Red Star
Contemporary Austin: “In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy”
Explore the works of eight female artists – Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Adriana Corral, Ellie Ga, Juliana Huxtable, Tala Madani, Danielle Mckinney, Wendy Red Star and Clare Rojas – in this new exhibit that reveals how storytelling and storytelling shape our meaning of self, community, history and identity. Fantasy, forged from the complex facts of lived experience, is now alive on the walls of this powerful modern downtown venue.
Until February 12. Wednesday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress