A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Feb. 17, 2019.
“Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton”
Drawn primarily from the Blanton’s extensive collection of Latin American art, this stunning and surprising exhibition celebrates the subversive aesthetics of several generations of artists from Latin America who have a fascination with the written word.
Through May 26. Blanton Museum of Art, UT campus, blantonmuseum.org
New Music Mixer: Stephanie K Andrews
KMFA and Sightlines host the monthly happy hour series for classical music nerds and newbies alike. Join us for our next event with featured Austin composer Stephanie K Andrews. Enjoy $1 off locally brewed pints and mingle with folks who love new music!
5 to 7 p.m. with program starting at 6 p.m. Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road. facebook.com/events/761700310861335/
No Idea Festival
For 16 years, the very indie No Idea Festival has brought genre-busting musicians and sound artists from around the world to Austin. Three night and two days of free improvisation, composition, installation, noise and sonic interventions.
Feb. 21-24, at several venues http://noideafestival.com/program
Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense
The droll, dark tales of uthor and illustrator Edward Gorey have influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, Alison Bechdel, and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of “Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey,” explores the obscure influences haunting Gorey’s work.
7 p.m. Feb. 21. Harry Ransom Center, UT campus hrc.utexas.edu/events/
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar chronicles the lives of men and women engaged in the 1980s financial hey days: insatiable investors, threatened workers, killer lawyers, skeptical journalists, and ambitious federal prosecutors. Street Corner Arts stages the production.
Through March 9, Whisenhunt Stage, Zach Theatre, streetcornerarts.org
Reading: Leonard Pitt, Jr.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and journalist, Leonard Pitt, Jr. reads from and discusses his new novel, “The Last Thing You Surrender,” an historical tale of race and war, that follows three characters from the Jim Crow South as they face the enormous change wrought by WWI. Presented by KAZI Book Review and the Austin Public Library.
7 p.m. Feb. 22, Austin Central Library, facebook.com/events/241618836735823/
“One for Us”
New artwork by women of color from all parts of Texas. This exhibition, curated by Jaelynn Walls, examines the current landscape of artists attempting to better understand their own identities within the radically troubling social milieu of the 21st century.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 22. Continues through Feb. 25. Big Medium, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. facebook.com/events/234819537442625/
Chaddick Dance Theater: “Beneath the Mind”
A trio of new modern dance works including “Echoes,” a work of the mind’s reflections and memories through a marriage;”The Dream,” a journey of a dreamer through sleep to dream: and “Corpse-dancer,” a reflection of the voyeuristic eye of an audience member when watching a horror movie.
Feb. 23-24, AustinVentures Studio Theater, Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St. chaddickdancetheater.com