Beyond the literally hundreds of artist studios and exhibitions on the East Austin Studio Tour, this year organizers Big Medium have smartly separated out the many events — openings, art parties, pop-up exhibitions, art-making demonstrations, panel discussions, artist talks — that now seem to multiply with each iteration of the free, two-weekend self-guided tour.
This year, there’s a breathtaking 127 events during EAST. Big Medium has published a separate printed event guide — available free at the EAST Group Exhibition, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg 2, #105 — and online searchable listing at:
Sightlines is a participant in and co-sponsor for two EAST events:
E61. New Music Mixer: Mixing Art & Music
5 to 7 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 19, Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road
A regular monthly program of KMFA and Sightlines, for EAST the New Music Mixer gets extra special. Artist Yuliya Lanina frequently works with composers for her performance-based and installation work. Composer Yevgeniy Sharlat has written music for film, ballet and art projects. As a married couple, the two have collaborated together. Co-sponsored by Big Medium, KMFA and Sightlines.
E65. Marking History/ Making Art
6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21, Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, 1601 Navasota St.
Rapid urban growth often results in the erasure and the forgetting of the history of place How can artists of all disciplines can best work with the history of places? How can artists honor a community’s history and its legacy of place?
Join us in the historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel for a discussion with panelists Carre Adams, manager of the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center; Jennifer Chenoweth, museum site coordinator at Oakwood Cemetery and Krissie Marty, associate artistic director of Forklift Danceworks. Moderated by Sightlines editor Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
And here other EAST events that caught our eye:
E6. Clayworks Studio / 40th Anniversary & Closing Party
6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, Clayworks Studio 1209 E 6th St.
After 40 years, Clayworks Studios — one of East Austin’s art originals — is closing. Come raise a glass to Clayworks contribution to the creative community.
E18. “To Believe” discussion and choir performance
12 noon Nov. 16, Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, 1601 Navasota St.
Reverend Daryl Horton of Greater Mt. Zion Church and architect Ben Heimsath discuss East Austin Churches. Church of Christ East Side Choir will also perform in the chapel.
E28. Painting with Pigs
1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16, 4620 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Yes, that’s right — you can make art with the actual rescued pigs of Central Texas Pig Rescue.
E43. TV Party!
6 – 9 .m., Nov 16,, 1705 New York Ave
Presented by ‘When We Were Live,’ the upcoming documentary about Austin public access television. Various local artists will have booths and there will be 12 TVs in a backyard.
E62. EAST Social Hour at Canopy
6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road
Couldn’t make it to the big Canopy studio comples because of the crowds? This Wednesday evening open house will give you another chance to visit artist studios.
E74. Musica en la Esquina
4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 23, Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St.
Singer Krystal Clark performs vintage songs from the golden age of Mexican cinema along with classic boleros.
E76. Texas Photographic Society: Ilana Panich-Linsman
4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 23, Agave Print, 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Join photographer Ilana Panich-Linsman as she discusses her series, “Valley Girls: Coming of Age Along the Border,” on view at Agave Print and hosted by the Texas Photographic Society.
E79. Headphone Opera
5 p.m. Nov. 23, Cacophony Recorders, 4707 Red Bluff Road
Composer Nathan Felix has written a ‘silent’ opera to be performed in a recording studio. Listeners will be given a set of wireless headphones and can move around the performance among the singers, dancers, actors and chamber orchestra.
E81. Odditree Pocket Guide Launch Party
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Splinter Group, 3508 E Cesar Chavez St
Celebrate the launch of the “Odditree Pocket Guide,” a lovingly curated guide to Austins most peculiar trees, published by the Odditree Society, a loose affiliation of urban wanderers and wonderers.