The Sightlines list of what’s good and what’s new the week of May 13, 2018.
Reading: Jesmyn Ward
“Sing, Unburied, Sing” is Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning “Salvage the Bones.” Ward updates the archetypal road novel, the story’s hero a biracial 13-year-old boy navigating 21st-century rural Mississippi. Ward will be in conversation with Clay Smith, editor of Kirkus Reviews.
7 p.m. May 15, Tickets: $20 (includes a paperback copy of the book), Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St.
New Music Mixer
Sightlines and KMFA, Classical 89.5 welcome composer Michael Alec Rose to this month’s New Music Mixer. Rose’s “Three Interventions” premieres this week, a piece written for three artworks in the Blanton Museum of Art and to be performed in the museum galleries.
5 to 7 p.m. May 15, Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road. Free; $1 off pints
Geoff Dyer and Sasha Waters Freyer Discuss the Work of Garry Winogrand
In a new book by UT Press, the English writer Geoff Dyer pens 100 mini-essays about 100 pictures by the American photographer, considered one the greatest “street photographers.” Dyer is conversation with Sasha Waters Freyer, director of new documentary on Winogrand.
7 p.m. May 16, Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St. Free. library.austintexas.gov/event/
Austin Camerata: “Three Interventions”
The premiere of Michael Alec Rose’s “Three Interventions” launches Austin Camerata’s spring series.
5:30 p.m. May 17. Blanton Museum of Art. Free. austincamerata.com
Continental Divide: Michael Anthony García
Austin is defined by its decades-long segregation. In a new exhibit, Michael Anthony García presents photos of site-specific installations abd portraits of Austinites-of-color projected onto their beds and clothing, with a related group of works setting clothing in natural settings along Austin’s Greenbelt. A large installation composed of clothing sourced from various parts of the city will serve as a backdrop for García’s performance during opening night.
Opening 7 to 9 p.m. May 18. Exhibit continues through June 9. St. Edward’s Univ., Fine Arts Building, 3001 S. Congress Ave. mrmichaelme.com/news
Brooklyn-based experimental performance group Object Collection brings its alt opera “It’s All True,” based on the live recordings of the seminal post-hardcore punk band Fugazi.
8 p.m. May 18-19, 5 p.m. May 20, $22, austintheatre.org
“Destroy//Austin: A new ritual for new times”
California-based dance artist and choreographer Leyya Mona Tawil brings her on-going performance experiment “Destroy//All Places” to Austin, in one day building the performance on location in one day with local musicians and dances.
6 p.m. May 19, Museum of Human Achievement, 3600 Lyons Road. $10 friendlyghost.org/event/
Flatbed Press: New Editions
Flatbed Press celebrate its new editions from the last year, an impressive roster of fine art prints by Richard Amendariz, Taiko Chandler, Michael Ray Charles, Suzi Davidoff, Annalise Gratovich, Tom Huck, Gareth Maguire, Winston Mascarenhas, Bob Schneider, Howard Sherman, Jill Wilkinson, Danny Williams, and Joan Winter.
Opening: 5 to 8 p.m. May 19, Flatbed Press, 2832 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. flatbedpress.com/
A bookplate, or ex libris, is its own a highly imaginative form of miniature art. A group exhibit celebrates new and old interpretations of a rich art form.
Opening: 5 to 8 p.m. May 19, Recspec Gallery, Flatbed building 2832 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. recspec-gallery.com/pages/ex-libris
“Misha Penton: Liminal & Luminous”
New paintings and sound works by Misha Penton shimmer with expressive movement and rich colors. An ambient and immersive voice-scape to accompany the paintings.
Opening: 5 to 8 p.m. May 19, Camiba Art, Flatbed building 2832 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. camibaart.com