"Hotel Dallas" screens June 20 at the Violet Crown Cinema.

The list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of June 17, 2018.

“Hotel Dallas”
Hybrid documentary meets conceptual video in the first feature by Sherng-Lee Huang and Livia Ungur. The American soap opera “Dallas” was a huge hit in 1980s Romania and “Hotel Dallas” loosely charts the real story of a 1990s Romanian oligarch who fashioned himself after the series’ lead, J.R. Ewing, complete with a replica of the show’s Texan ranch that doubles as an embezzlement scheme. “Hotel Dallas” is a surreal parable of communism, capitalism, and the power of art — and features a cameo by “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy. Presented by the Austin Asian American Film Festival.
7:30 p.m. June 20, Violet Crown Cinema

PechaKucha No. 31
The conceit of PechaKucha talks has each speaker giving six-minute while showing 20 images of their work, each for 20 seconds. This iteration features choreographer Jennifer Sherburn, artist Valerie Fowler, bike zoologist Jeremy Rosen, and others.
7:20 p.m. doors; 8:20 p.m. program start. Native Hostel, 807 E. 4th St., $10. artallianceaustin.org/pechakucha/pecha-kucha-nights

John Wilkes Booth’s “Richard III”
A promptbook for Shakespeare’s “Richard III” that belonged to John Wilkes Booth — the actor and presidential assassin — hints at how one of the most popular actors of his time performed his most popular role, a tyrannical leader. Austin’s Hidden Room Theatre performs Booth’s version in the historic Scottish Rite Theatre.
5 p.m. June 17 & 24, 8 pm June 22-23, 29-30. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. $15-$25  hiddenroomtheatre.com/

Read: A Promptbook of John Wilkes Booth Sheds Light on a Nation Divided

 

“This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast System” & “Locked-in”
Yuliya Lanina premieres another one of her whimsical yet enigmatic performances. In “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast System” the artist, disguised in a bird-like costume, guides viewers through an immersive installation consisting of a video projection, diary sketches and interactive sculptures, with music by Vladimir Rannev, an award-winning Russian avant-garde composer.

Sharing the program is “Locked-in” choreographer Andrea Ariels exploration of  our relationship to our devices, and how they have changed, advanced and altered our world and our lives. Ariel’s “Soundpainting” technique combines choreographed dance and live compositions of directed improvisations. Original music composed by Andy Nolte.
8 p.m. June 22-23 (gallery opens at 6 p.m.), 5 p.m. June 24. Museum of Human Achievement, 916 Springdale Road, aadt.brownpapertickets.com
Note: At 8 p.m. June 21 and 7:30 p.m. June 29, “This is a Test” is performed for FREE.

Read: Studio visit with Yuliya Lanina
Density512: Nevertheless Persist, Volume 1
Austin-based music collective Density512 presents a series finale concert featuring music by women and queer composers. And in creating a politically motivated program, Density512 does what many major ensembles across the country still fail to accomplish: give music a real-life context.
8 p.m. June 22, Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road 
Read: “In a Political World, Density512 Persists”
Artist talk: Sydney Yeager with Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Sydney Yeager’s steadfast painting practice over several decades has led the Austin artist to find a kind of continuity in constant change. Join Yeager and Sightlines editor-in-chief Jeanne Claire van Ryzin in conversation.
3 p.m. Saturday, Gallery Shoal Creek, Flatbed building, 2832 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd. Free, galleryshoalcreek.com
Read: Sydney Yeager: A Willingness to Take What is Immediately Given
Austin African American Book Festival
Annual celebration of African American authors features a mix of national and local authors including Paul Coates, Victoria Christopher Murray, John Jennings, Evan Narcisse, Brooke Obie, Dexx Peay and Dr. Peniel Joseph.
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23, Carver Museum and Culture Center, 1165 Angelina St. aabookfest.com
Roundtop Music Festival
Well worth the drive: For four decades, in the lovely historic town of Round Top, the Festival Institute has been presenting an outstanding series of chamber music concerts.
Multiple afternoon and evening concerts on Saturdays through July 14. festivalhill.org
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