A short list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Jan. 5, 2020
Steps on Steppes: James Turner and Naomi Schlinke
Schlinke’s recent pieces are self-contained meditations, calm but evocative like a wild ritual or a sacred freedom. Visual and kinesthetic, her practice draws upon her early years as a dancer in 1970s San Francisco. Turner is grounded, humble. He calls his works “drah-rins”. They feel like long walks with old friends.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m Jan. 11. Northern-Southern, 1902 E. 12th St. northern-southern.com
Closing Reception for Tia J. Boyd and Nailah I. Sankofa
It’s the final chance to see Tia J. Boyd’s exhibition “Future Inhabitants” and Nailah I. Sankofa’s installation, “Alaase: Messages within the Conjure.”
6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9, Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1191 Angelina St. Event info
Michael Ray Charles book signing & closing reception
The closing reception of Michael Ray Charles’ solo exhibition is also the book launch of the important new book on his work by UT art scholar Cherise Smith, published by UT Press. The launch features a discussion between Smith and Charles.
5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 10, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 605 Azie Morton Road, umlaufsculpture.org/michael-ray-charles-forever-free
Rebecca Bennett: Meta Garden
Bennett’s “Meta Garden” features work that uses digitally manipulated images of the artist’s original paintings to create a new body of work that references growth, change, nourishment, seeds, and natural evolution.
Opening 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Georgetown Art Center, 816 S. Main St. georgetownartcentertx.org/
Elisbet Ney Museum: Saturday morning drawing salon
Every Saturday morning in January. from 10 am to 12 noon sketch from Elisabet Ney’s magnificent sculptures and in her own studio. Free, artists of all levels welcome, no reservations needed.
10 a.m. to 12 noon, Jan. 11, 18, 25. Elisabeth Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. Event info
“Wozzeck,” Met Opera Live in HD
In his third production for New York’s Metropolitan Opera, South African artist William Kentridge applies his vision to Alban Berg’s edgy operatic masterpiece. Kentridge places the action in tumultuous period before World War I, and with massive video projections and puppetry, drapes the sordid. Berg’s fractured 90-minute opera shocked and rattled the music world on its debut in 1925. Kentridge’s jittery black-and-white treatment gives it a rough-hewed edge.
11:55 a.m. Jan. 11 Met Opera Live in HD broadcast, metopera.org/season/in-cinemas/theater-finder/