A short list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Oct. 6, 2019.
“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”
Canandian photographer Edward Burtynsky is well-known for mesmerizing large-format images of natural environments altered and scared by industry. That aesthetic guides the documentary, “Anthropocene,” a rapturously beautiful yet brutally revealing look at humanity’s influence on Earth’s climate.
Through Oct. 10. AFS Cinema, austinfilm.org/calendar
Lecture: Sir David Adjaye
A leading architect of his generation, British architect David Adjaye is known for instantly iconic civic and cultural buildings such as Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C.; the Moscow School of Management; and now in Texas, Ruby City, a private contemporary art museum in San Antonio built as the legacy of the late arts patron Linda Pace. Adjaye visits Austin courtesy the UT School of Architecture
4 p.m. Oct. 8, LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St. Free
Artists’ talk: Robert Pruitt & Deborah Roberts
Robert Pruitt and Deborah Roberts discuss the influence and legacy of Charles White, plus their own interest in representations of black bodies. Moderated by Cherise Smith, chair of the UT’s African and African Diaspora Studies Department.
6 p.m. Oct. 8, Blanton Museum of Art. Free, reservations suggested. blantonmuseum.org
Reading: Ben Moser, “Sontag: Her Life and Work”
Ben Moser has penned the definitive portrait of Susan Sontag, one of the 20th century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her private face. Moser will be in discussion with Clay Smith, San Antonio Book Festival director.
7 p.m. Oct. 9, Book People, 604 N. Lamar, bookpeople.com/event
CineMASS: “The Wicker Man” screening
MASS Gallery continues its Close Encounters series with a free screening of the 1974 horror classic, “The Wicker Man.” BYOB, and bring a blanket or chair
8 p.m. Oct. 10, MASS Gallery, 705 Gunter St., massgallery.org/
“Angola (A comedy)”
Improv about prison life? Yes. Set in the Louisiana State Penitentiary (aka ‘Angola’), true stories — told by those directly affected by incarceration — inspire a satirical, yet grounded, look at our judicial system and the prison industrial complex.
8:30 Saturdays through Nov. 9. Coldtowne Theatre, 4803 Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com