The Sightlines list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of April 29, 2018.
“Open for Discussion”
The Contemporary continues its public discussion series in conjunction with Rodney McMillian’s ” This month’s guest discussion leader is Benjamin Yiapan, student and member of Black Lives Matter Austin leadership.
6:30 p.m. May 1, Contemporary Austin—Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Free. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Cine Las Americas Film Festival
The sharply curated film fest that never fails to intrigue. Fresh, contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula, along with films and videos made by or about Latinxs in the U.S. or the rest of the world. Screened at three venues: AFS Cinema, MASS Gallery, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
May 2-6, cinelasamericas.org
“Vaudeville Film Series”
In tandem with its sharp and sweeping exhibit on the history of Vaudeville, the Ransom Center launches a series of related films. First up is “She Done Him Wrong,” featuring Mae West in her early stage persona of Diamond Lil. Alongside Cary Grant, West’s performance captures the environment of a late nineteenth-century Bowery theatre.
7 p.m. May 3, Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events/
Teruko Nimura: Mimesis
Teruko Nimura’s work addresses the complex politics of cultural identity and collective memory. Her finely crafted ink drawings, paper cuts, and haunting installations challenge the simplicity of stereotypes while balancing between personal identification and critique.
Opening 5 to 7 pm. May 3. Exhibit continues through Sept. 15. Courtyard Gallery, AT&T Center, UT campus
Austin Opera closes its season with a classic — Verdi’s tragic love story.
7:30 p.m. May 3, 2:30 p.m. May 6. Long Center, austinopera.org/event/la-traviata/
Femme Film Fridays: Mary Lou Williams
“Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band” is a documentary that explores the life, work and ambitions of one of the 20th centuries’ leading jazz musicians and savants, Mary Lou Williams. Prior to the feature film screening will be two episodes from Doyin Oyeniyi and Evelyn Ngugi’s series, “Austin While Black.”
7 p.m. May 5. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
New Fiction Confab & Austin Lit Fair
The Confab is an afternoon of free workshops, readings and conversations with a select group of the most notable fiction writers to publish new work in the last two years including Ramona Ausubel, Rebecca Kauffman, and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. The Lit Fair features local publishers, library and writing support organizations including American Short Fiction, Bat City Review, Cider Spoon Stories, fields magazine.
2 to 5 p.m. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinlibrary.org/new-fiction-confab-2/
Artist Discussion with Rachel Kalisky
Her abstract fused-glass artworks explore color and form and are immensely alluring. And Rachel Kalisky encourages you to touch them.
2 p.m. May 5, Camiba Art, Flatbed building, 2832 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com
“Art + Advocacy”
Sculptor Nick Schnitzer and Zach Baumer, with the city of Austin’s Office of Sustainability share a discussion of art and the environment.
3 p.m. May 5, Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Road dimensiongallery.org/