A very short list of what’s good and what’s new in Austin the week of Dec. 29, 2019
Matthew Barney, “Redoubt”
From the artist who created the epic “Cremaster Cycle,” comes a new take on the myth of Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting and nature, who embarks on a wolf hunt through the snowy mountains of Idaho.
7 p.m. Jan. 1 and 1:30 Jan. 4, Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N. I-35 Frontage Road, austinfilm.org/screening/redoubt-2/
Talkabout: “The Meaning Wavers”
In conjunction with their current exhibition, Betelhem Makonnen and Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez are joined artists Ariel Rene Jackson and Rachel Stuckey for a lively gallery talk.
11:30 a.m. Jan. 4, Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St., womenandtheirwork.org
Read: “Retracing the Past Back to the Now”
A Reading with Naomi Shihab Nye & Friends
Texas poet Naomi Shihab Nye reads from her latest volume, “The Tiny Journalist.” Other featured writers include Dalia Azim, Desiree Evans, Marcie Poss, Chaiti Sen and Kirk Wilson. It’s also the last chance to see artist Rehab El Sadek’s powerful show “Transient.”
1 p.m. doors; 2 p.m. reading Jan. 4. Prizer Arts & Letters, 2023 E. Cesar Chavez St. prizerartsandletters.org
Revel: At the Crossroads
Revel presents one of its intimate, casual chamber concerts with baritone Ryan Heller and pianist Carla McElhaney performing music and texts by Cara Tors, Stephen Sondheim, John Duke, Rumi, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Walt Whitman, and more.
4 p.m. Jan. 4, Studio A, 5811 BerkmanDr. Suite 132, revelatx.org
Line Upon Line: Winter Composer Festival
The Austin percussion trio celebrates rising talents with its second composer festival. Three different concerts in the intimate Crash Box studio. “We think being in the same room with composers is the best way to create and share new work,” says Line Upon Line.
8 p.m. Jan. 4., 8, and 11. Crash Box, 5603 Bolm Road #12, lineuponlinepercussion.org
Ishida Dance Company: Beginning / αρχή
The first performance of a new dance company founded by Brett Ishida, a former dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montréal, is a fundraiser. For her narrative-driven choreography, Ishida assembles a pick-up troupe of dancers from Houston Ballet, LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, USC Kaufman School of Dance, Texas Ballet Theatre and Ballet Austin.
Jan. 3-4, Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, thelongcenter.org