A very short list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Feb. 9, 2020.
Spanglish Series: “Objetos Sonoros Encontrados (Found Sound Objects)”
First, it’s a discussion with artisans Edson Enriquez and Anne Rutt-Enriquez from Limbo Jewelry Triple Z Threadz. Then, percussionist Alfredo Ríos aka Chido Machine stages a new installation of found drums and cymbals called the Drumobile.
6 p.m. Feb. 15, The Projecto, 1209 E. Cesar Chavez. St., Event info
Reading: Helen Woodward, “Slave Sites on Display: Reflecting Slavery’s Legacy through Contemporary “Flash” Moments”
Associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Woodward exposes the complexities of well-known slave sites that function as high-profile tourist attractions.
7 p.m. Feb. 11, Book People, 603 N. Lamar, bookpeople.com/event/
“Ain’t Love A Drag”
From En Route Productions, a sultry, 70s pool party, drag and sketch-comedy show performed around, over, and in the heated pool at Austin Motel.
8 p.m. Feb. 12-14, Austin Motel, 1220 S. Congress Ave. Ticket info
One Ounce Opera: Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera
Catch the second weekend of the fifth fest of short contemporary operas, each 20 minutes or less. And this might just be the sharpest line-up of micro-operas that One Ounce has presented yet. ‘Non Motus’ is a virtuosic piece for four female vocalist whose characters all face a morning commute of existential proportion. Rain Nox’s “The Stranger” is a charming tiny opera of pets in rebellion against their owner’s new beau. And “Misfortune” is a sharp, clever, musically bright tale of threat-bearing fortune cookies.
8 p.m. Feb. 14-15, 2 p.m. Feb. 16, Museum of Human Achievement, 916 Springdale Road, oneounceopera.com/events/5th-fsoo/
Dido and Aeneas
Henry Purcell’s opera of love, sorcery, and tragedy maybe be Baroque, but it is surprisingly modern in its feel. The fast moving, hour-long opera is performed by Panoramic Voices and LOLA: Local Artists Local Opera.
8 p.m. Feb. 14 & 15, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. Event info & tickets
Artist talk: A Sightlines/PrintAustin panel discussion
Join exhibition juror of “The Contemporary Print: 2020” Claudia Zapata, exhibition artists Brian Johnson, Lisette Chavez, and Sightlines critic Erin Keever, for a discussion on the current landscape of printmaking.
12 p.m. Feb. 15, Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road, Event info
Curator’s talk: “Piecing it Together: Austin Graffiti Art 1984-2004”
Nathan Nordstrom (Sloke) and other featured artists will discuss graffiti art and the exhibition.
1 p.m. Feb. 15, Emma S. Barreintos Mexican American Cultural Center, Event info
More listings at artaustin.org and nowplayingaustin.com