A short list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of Dec. 2, 2018
Austin Puppet Incident: Marsian De Lellis
A showcase of new, short puppet performance art features Los Angeles-based Marsian De Lellis, an interdisciplinary artist who combines sculpture, objects, installation and handmade spectacles to memorialize obsessional lives. De Lellis performs “Object of Her Affection,” an unconventional love story that explores the synesthetic relationship between objects and personalities.
8 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Doughtery Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. austinpuppetincident.brownpapertickets.com/
“The Films of Ed Ruscha”
Yes, Ed Ruscha made a few short films. And in tandem with its enormous survey exhibit of Ruscha’s archive, the Ransom Center screens a trio of films. Salad meets seduction in “Premium,” starring artist Larry Bell and model Léon Bing; an auto mechanic spends a very strange day working on a Ford Mustang in “Miracle,” with artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips; and musician Mason Williams reads Ruscha artist’s book in the deadpan “The Books of Ed Ruscha.”
7 p.m. Dec. 6. Doors open 30 minutes in advance. Free. Harry Ransom Center, UT campus.
Rohitash Rao’s “Rohit Records” is a record store for bands that don’t exist, filled with hand-made and one-of-a-kind album covers, concert posters and T-shirts for bands you’ve never heard of like Wolfdick, Fish N Chips and The Sackstreet Boys.
Opening 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 23, Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E. Sixth St. linkpinart.com
Be Still, My Heart: KDH Dance Company
Kathy Dunn Hamrick creates a new dancework, performed in the round, inspired (somewhat) by old movies and dancers carrying hand-held lighting devices. An original score by Drew Silverman wraps the piece in sound.
Dec. 6-9, Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, thelongcenter.org/event
The Matter at Hand: Darcie Book & Sarah Hirneisen
Darcie Book and Sarah Hirneisen push the boundaries of traditional art making techniques. Book stretches the possibilities of painting by navigating the realms between the two- and three-dimensional, while Hirneisen uses the processes of mold-making and casting to remake everyday objects into unexpected new forms.
Through Jan. 5 Icosa Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. icosacollective.com
Phonography Austin: 2018 Annual Report
Don’t let the name of this event fool you. Phonography Austin is group of sound artists and field recordists who explore phonography — field recordings as art objects — and acoustic ecology — the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it. Their first “annual report” is a listening event and album release party of the group’s second compilation of field recordings.
7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E. Fifth St. Free. phonographyaustin.org
Humanities Texas: Holiday Book Fair
Head to the historic Byrne-Reed House where 26 noteworthy authors — including Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, H. W. Brands, Elizabeth Crook, Joe Holley, Bill Wittliff, Carrie Fountain, Mimi Swartz, Chris Barton, Don Graham, Xelena González, Virginia A. Cumberbatch, Leslie A. Blair, Bill Wright, Barbara Morgan and Jennifer Ziegler — will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8. Humanities Texas, Byrne-Reed House, 1410 Rio Grande St. humanitiestexas.org/news/events
Unconstraint: Caroline Wright and Steve Reynolds
Austin artist Caroline Wright shows her new minimalist paintings alongside the work of the late Steve Reynolds, longtime faculty at UT-San Antonio who experimented with combining ceramics with mixed-media.
Through Jan, 20. Texas Arhouse Gallery, 105 N. Nugent Ave., Johnson City, texasarthouse.com