A short selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Feb. 3, 2019.
Reading: Elizabeth McCracken, “Bowlaway”
The Austin author reads and signs from her newest novel, a tale of three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley, told with McCracken’s signature sharp wit.
7 p.m. Feb. 4, BookPeople, 604 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com/event/
Artist Talk: Janine Antoni
Over a thirty-year career, Janine Antoni’s has used her own body in her art engaging it body as it is culturally defined, often in terms of gender and identity. Antonio discusse how her past work continues to reveal itself when experienced through improvisational movement, as she does in her current exhibit “Paper Dance.”
7 p.m. Feb. 5. Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Free, RSVP required. thecontemporaryaustin.org
“Post Gentrification: Continuing the African American Narrative in Austin through Documentation, Community-Legacy Building, and Social Justice”
A community panel will address the role of Black history in engaging the public with the scope and complexity of African American history from the past and present in Austin. Hosted by the Austin History Center’s African American Community Archives department.
6:30 p.m. Feb. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. Free.facebook.com/events
Songs of Freedom
Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr. brings a concert that celebrates the 1960s through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone.
8 p.m. Feb. 8, McCullough Theatre, UT campus, https://texasperformingarts.org/season/songs-of-freedom-mccullough-theatre-2019
“The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America”
One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the spring. A sweeping display of drawings, furniture, decorative arts objects, photographs, and flyers, broadsides and advertising ephemera offer a new and detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts movement from the late 1840s to the early 1920s and beyond. Arts and Crafts advocates took the daily realities of the industrial age and used design to envision and promote a new and improved way of living — ideas that formed the essence modern life in Britain and America.
Opens Feb. 9 and continues July 14, Harry Ransom Center, UT campus, hrc.utexas.edu
Organized by Flash Collective, Viscosity is a visual art exhibition featuring hand pulled prints by 24 self-identified female artists of varying ethnic backgrounds from around the United States, Canada and Finland. Part of PrintAustin.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. Link & Pin Gallery 2235 E 6th St.printaustin.org/event/viscosity