A selected short list of what’s new and what’s good the week of Jan. 20, 2019.
Reading: Amy Gentry
The Austin-based author reads from her much anticipated new novel, “Last Woman Standing.”
7 p.m. Jan. 22, Book People, 604 Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Visionary Voices: Laurie Frick
Artist Laurie Frick will discuss her intervention on Carl Trominski’s “Moments,” the “blue signs” stationed along the Lamar Bridge Underpass.
6 p.m. Jan. 22, Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon St. Event info
Janine Antoni and Anna Halperin: “Paper Dance”
More widely recognized as sculptor, Janine Antoni departs from expectations with “Paper Dance,” an exhibit and performance. The exhibit consists of a wooden dance floor and 39 crates containing a selection of Antoni’s sculpture and photography spanning 30 years, exhibited in three cycles focusing on the themes of motherhood, identity, and absence. Antoni will perform a dance choreographed by Anna Halperin 15 times throughout the exhibition, exploring the materiality of brown paper and responding to her own artwork within the gallery.The artist and art handlers will pack, unpack, and reinstall the work, before and after performances.
Jan. 33- March 17. Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Umlauf Museum: Live Bronze Pour
At a free night at the Umlauf Museum feature a demonstration by the artists from Deep In The Heart Art Foundry who will work through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, culminating in a live bronze pour.
6 p.m. Jan. 23, Umlauf Museum and Sculpture Garden, 605 Azie Morton Dr.umlaufsculpture.org
Austin’s Fab Four of chamber music play Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 127 and César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F Minor with pianist Andrew Brownell.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Bates Recital Hall, UT Butler School of Music
Austin-based artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt presents her 33-minute immersive three-channel video that investigates war, memory and story-telling. Filmed over three years in Croatia, Detroit, and Texas, the individual channels unfold in counterpoint to create a haunting meditation on the ways we process history, both as individuals and as a culture.
Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Exhibit continues through Feb. 22. UT Visual Art Center, sites.utexas.edu/utvac
Women of Flatbed: A Retrospective, A Discussion
Soon after its inception in 1989, Flatbed Press co-founder Katherine Brimberry realized the dearth of women printmakers. Now half of Flatbed’s printers are women who are celebrated in an exhibit, with Brimberry joining several of them in a panel discussion. A PrintAustin event.
2 p.m. Jan. 26, Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. printaustin.org
Austin Opera performs Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning opera about the Christmas Armistice of 1914.
Jan. 26-Feb. 3. Long Center for the Performing Arts, austinopera.org
“Bells Suspended from Clouds”
Austin-based artist R. Eric McMaster installed steel strings throughout the rooms of the house gallery of Testsite, transforming the space into an instrument, an homage to innovative and controversial Russian modernist composer Alexander Scriabin. Sound is produced on McMaster’s instrument by a small magnetic device that activates the strings, oscillating them indefinitely. During the opening, string quartet Invoke will perform an improvised composition.
Opening: 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 27. Testsite, 502 W. 33rd St. fluentcollab.org