A very short list of what’s new and what’s good the week of Jan. 26, 2020
“Soul: Melanted Life in Print”
From Atlanta comes printmaker Jamaal Barber of Studio Noize Podcast who is the guest curator for this year’s PrintAustin Invitational exhibition. Barbar brings the work of African American printmakers that use the medium of print to express about the black experience.
Reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E. Sixth St. #102, linkpinart.com
Carmen Maria Machado will read from her new new memoir, “In the Dream House,” a haunting account of a toxic relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the cultural representations of psychological abuse in both queer and heteronormative books and film. Following the reading, Machado will be joined in a conversation with Austin author Deb Olin Unferth.
7 p.m. Jan. 28, Austin Central Library Special Events Center, austinlibrary.org/at-central
Solo Symphony: A Dance for Peter Bay
Forklift Danceworks reprises its award-winning 2012 collaboration with Austin Symphony conductor Peter iBay, a dancework inspired by the virtuosic movement of symphonic conducting.
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, forkliftdanceworks.org/projects/solo-symphony-2020
“Marshawn Lynch: A History”
The 2019 documentary film “Marshawn Lynch: A History” explores the silence of the enigmatic, nonconformist NFL running back for the Seattle Seahawks whose public silence is means of resistance to racial oppression within the media-sports complex. Directed by experimental novelist David Shields, the film is as much about race, the media and violence in America as it about the NFL. Following the screening, Shields will be in discussion Daron Roberts, former NFL coach and founder of UT’s Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.
7 p.m. Jan. 30, Austin Central Library Special Events Center, austinlibrary.org/at-central
“Transhumance” is New York-based theatre artist Ania Upstill’s playful one-person show, an exploration of gender which follows one clown’s magical journey across the landscape of gender in search of a place to call home.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, hpt.buyplaytix.com/reserve/transhumance.html
“Yvette Mayorga: Monochromatic Dreams”
Yvette Mayorga draws inspiration from the material culture of the US/Mexico border, using hot pinks and lavish adornments, and found objects with covered with candy-colored piping as a critique of American power systems their control of lives of immigrants.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 31, MASS Gallery, 705 Gunter St. massgallery.org. On Feb. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. the gallery welcomes Frida Friday ATX market, a Womyn of Color-centered mercado, with Mayorga leading a “Reclaiming Shoes Through Frosting” workshop at 3 p.m. massgallery.org
“Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer”
The first exhibition from the Ransom Center’s García Márquez Collection features approximately 300 items including numerous documents never seen in public before, that explain how García Márquez became a literary star and a classic writer.
Feb. 1-July 19, Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2020/gabriel-garcia-marquez/
PrintAustin’s annual print fair features 64 booths of artists, galleries, editioning shops, and universities. All weekend, purchase original artwork from regional and national talent, and flip through our bins of prints to add new work to your art collection.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2, Blue Genie Art, 6100 Airport Blvd. printaustin.org/printaustin-special-events/#!event/2020/2/1/printexpo