A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of March 17, 2019.
“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché”
Ever heard of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female film director? Sadly, most people have not. Directed by Pamela B. Green, a new documentary dives deep into the frustrating mystery of why Guy-Blaché — who made her first film in 1896 at age 23 and went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films — has been nearly erased from film history. Produced and narrated by Jodie Foster.
2:30 p.m. March 23, 7:30 p.m. March 26. AFS Cinema, 6406 IH-35
New Music Mixer: James W. Parker
KMFA and Sightlines present the New Music Mixer, a monthly happy hour series for classical music nerds and newbies alike at Friends and Allies Brewing. Join us for our next event with featured composer James W. Parker. Enjoy $1 off locally brewed pints and mingle with folks who love new music.
5 to 7 p.m. with composer talk at 6 p.m. Friends & Allies, 979 Springdale Road
Hotel Ella Salon Series: Leslie Blair & Virginia Cumberbatch
Leslie Blair and Virginia Cumberbatch, authors of “As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin,” will guide a discussion on race and space in Austin. Co-hosted by Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.
6 p.m. March 19th, Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande.
Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation
Dunya Mikhail was forced to flee Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War. She is the author of “The Iraqi Nights” (2014), “The War Works Hard” (2005), and “The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq” (2018). Brian Turner served in the US Army with deployments in Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the author of two poetry collections, “Here, Bullet” (2005) and “Phantom Noise” (2010), and his memoir, “My Life and a Foreign Country,” was published in 2014.
7 p.m. March 21, Harry Ransom Center. Free. hrc.utexas.edu/events
Salvage Vanguard Theater’s co-producing artistic director Diana Lynn Small, stages a new production of “Antigonick,” a new translation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” strangely reimagined by the inimitable classics scholar and award-winning poet Anne Caron. “Antigonick” stretches the boundaries of story in poetry and theater and asks, “What can one woman do in the face of unjust laws?” What is she willing to sacrifice?”
March 21-April 6, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. salvagevanguard.org
Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera
The fourth annual showcase of new micro-operas, each no more than 20 minutes long. March 22-31, Museum of Human Achievement, 916 Springdale Road
Read: “One Ounce Opera’s festival of micro-operas offers fresh musical stories”
“When They Appear: Larry Graeber & Marilyn Jolly”
A dialogue in sculpture, painting and mixed media collage between the two artists and their relationship to time, space, and where we fit within it.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. March 23. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Golden Hornet’s 4th Annual Young Composer Concert
Inventive chamber ensemble Tetractys performs 15 new works by composers between the ages of eight and 18, in Golden Hornet’s yearly showcase of the freshest of fresh young talent. The family-friendly concert, is “an investment in the continued life of the new music community,” says Kate Murray, Golden Hornet managing director.
2 p.m. March 24, North Door, 501 Brushy St. Tickets, starting at $5, here.