The list of what’s new and what’s good for the week of Sept. 23, 2018.
Reading: Edward P. Jones
A MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient, Jones is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 novel “The Known World” and the short story collections “Lost in the City” (1992) and “All Aunt Hagar’s Children (2006). Hosted by the Michener Center for Writers.
7 p.m. Sept. 24. Mulva Auditorium, Engineering Education and Research Center, 2501 Speedway.
“The Secret Life of Lance Letscher”
He’ll be there. A screening of the deeply personal documentary about the Austin collage artist will feature Lance Letscher in attendance and will be hosted by Richard Linklater with director Sandra Adair. And there’s e a pop-up show of Letscher’s collages.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N I-35, austinfilm.org/screening/
Taylor Mac: “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)”
McArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner Taylor Mac performs an abridged version of his epic 24-hour stage solo stage show that interprets the social history of the United States — all 240 years and counting — through popular songs ranging from 19th-century murder ballads to disco, Walt Whitman to David Bowie.
8 p.m. Sept. 27-28, McCullough Theatre, UT campus, $34-$40 texasperformingarts.org
Rooftop Architecture Film Series
“Frei Otto: Spanning the Future,” about the German experimental architect, starts the fall’s Rooftop Architecture Film Series. Picnics and BYOB welcome. And Royal Blue Grocery offers 20% off food and drink purchases. Just check in at the Jones Center and get your wristband, then go across the street to Royal Blue at 609 Congress Ave.
Roof opens 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. $10. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/
Will Eno’s “Middletown”
Small town America is a stand-in for the entire universe and the human experience in Eno’s quirky, deeply moving and funny play.
Sept. 27-Oct. 7, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward’s Univ., 3001 S. Congress Ave. www.stedwards.edu/theatre
“Kusama — Infinity”
A thorough documentary charts Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world.
Sept. 28-30, Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N I-35, austinfilm.org/screening/kusama-infinity/
Reading: Pete Gershon, “Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985”
Peter Gershon will be joined in conversation about his new book by Blanton curator emerita Annette DiMeo Carlozzi.
6 p.m. Sept. 29, Book People, 604 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com/event/
New Music Co-op: Bound Together
New Music Co-op goes big with a full string orchestra and a collaboration with choir Panoramic Voices. Brent Baldwin conducts the concert which is anchored by Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,” a classic work of late 20th century music minimalism. And there’s new pieces by Baldwin, Andrew Stoltz and Travis Weller.
8 p.m. Sept. 29. Jessen Auditorium, UT campus, $12-$25, eventbrite.com/e/nmc-presents
“A Plan and Not Quite Enough Time”
A staged reading of the latest from Austin playwright Kirk Lynn, a lyrical biography of Leonard Bernstein takes, as Lynn says “a symphonic look at the major melodies playing throughout Bernstein’s life: music, family, spiritual longing, carnal passions and death.”
8 p.m. Sept. 29-30, B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Building, UT campus. $21-$26, texasperformingarts.evenue.net
Gender Unbound Art Fest
Trans and intersex art festival featuring visual art, music, performance, and film.
Sept. 29-30, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport. genderunbound.org
Readings: International Translation Day
Marian Schwartz will be read from her translation of Russian author Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands, and Philip Boehm will read from his translation of Polish author Hannah Krall’s Chasing the King of Hearts.
5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. malvernbooks.com/event/