A short list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Oct. 27, 2019.
Emerge: ATX Annual Graffiti Art Show
A one-night art and live music happening that celebrates Texas graffiti art, hip hop and DJs. Mingle in the historic Scholz beer garden and meet the artists and the musicians at the 11th annual iteration of Emerge.
Nov. 2, Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, emergeatx.com
Rennie Harris “Funkedified”
Considered to be the pioneer of “Street Dance” Theater, Rennie Harris — now on the faculty of the University of Texas — presents his new evening-long multimedia work that celebrates funk music and street dance of the 1970’s. Narrated by Harris and set against the landscape of a video montage of African-American communities of that era, “Funkedfied” navigates the audience through a snippet of the 1970s.
Oct. 29, Bass Concert Hall, UT campus, texasperformingarts.org
One of the preeminent film directors of her generation, Agnieszka Holland enjoys the spotlight in Austin with a mini-retrospective of her films at Austin Film Society and co-sponsored by the Austin Polish Film Festival. Three of Holland’s films —”Bitter Harvest,” “Europa, Europa,” and “In Darkness” — were nominated for Academy Awards. Holland will be in attendance for the Oct. 30 screening of “Europa, Europa” and the Nov. 1 screening of her latest, “Mr. Jones.”
Oct. 27-Nov., AFS Cinema 6406 N. I-35, austinfilm.org/series/agnieszka-holland/
Named as one of the Top 10 Unproduced Latinx Plays of 2017 by the 50 Playwrights Project, Krysta Gonzales’ new bilingual play brings together archetypes of Latina womanhood to dance, bicker, heal old wounds, and insist that being “too much” is what makes them just perfect.
Nov. 1-16, Vortex Theatre, 2803 Manor Road, vortexrep.org/32_mas-cara
COTFG: “Songs of Remembrance”
An intimate concert of new music. “Songs of Remembrance” is a cycle of pieces for contemporary chamber ensemble and visual media composed by James Takashi Tabata. Blending singer/songwriter and concert music practices, the cycle celebrates the diverse and unified potential of society.
Nov. 2, Big Medium Creative Standard Room, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, friendlyghost.org
Crumb & The Innovators
Austin Chamber Music celebrates the boundary breakers from several centuries with George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4. The all-star musicians include Miro Quartet violinist William Fedkenheuer and pianist Michelle Schumann.
Nov. 2, First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave. austinchambermusic.org