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Arts picks, May 18-23

May 17, 2014

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

May 17--"Karen Hawkins: Totem." 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through June 14. Gallery Shoal Creek, Flatbed building, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. 512-454-6671.

Austin artist Karen Hawkins finds beauty in discarded books, mining the yellowed and frayed pages to create large sculpted totem-like forms, 8-to-10 feet in height. One totem is created from old yearbooks; another from old music books. "I begin by changing the book's structure -- folding, cutting and excavating it -- and rendering each page largely unreadable," Hawkins says. "Each book shape shifts into an object, not of literature or science or history any longer, but an object of art."


"Once There Were Six Seasons." Using hundreds of tiny handmade puppets as well sets and props made from found objects, textiles, string, paper and recycled Styrofoam packing shapes, Glass Half Full Theatre Company presents its visually captivating show that imagines a world dramatically affected by climate change. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays through June 7. $12-$25. Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 Manor Road.

"The Suicide." Paper Chairs Theatre Company stages an English translation of Russian writer Nikolai Erdman's once-banned 1928 satire. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through May 31, Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St.$15-$25.

"As You Like It." For its annual free shows in Zilker Park, Austin Shakespeare stages the Bard's popular romantic comedy that follows young Rosalind, who disguises herself as a boy to test her true love's intention. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through May 25. Free. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 512-470-4505.


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