The Weekly Line-up: 3.3.19

James Surls, detail of "Needle Man," 1980/ Pine, oak. Image courtesy the artist. jamessurls.com

A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of March 3, 2019.

“James Surls: With Out, With In”
For an artist so long identified with Texas, it seems surprising that 75-year-old James Surls is getting his first solo exhibition of sculptors in Austin now. But thanks to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, he is. “With Out, With in”  features over 30 large and small objects spanning nearly 40 years, arrayed throughout the gallery and garden.
Opening: 6 to 8 p.m. with remarks from the artist at 7 p.m. March 5. Exhibit continues through Aug. 18. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum umlaufsculpture.org/upcoming-exhibitions

Rooftop Art and Design Film: “Spirit Labour”
It’s back! The Contemporary Austin’s Rooftop Art and Design film series returns for its spring iteration. “Spirit Labour” traces the creative practice of sculptor and performance artist Janine Antoni — whose work is currently featured at the museum — through her collaborations and conversations with the choreographer Anna Halprin and the writer Hélène Cixous.
Roof opens at 6 p.m., film 7 p.m. March 6. Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org

“Constant Escape”
Black Mountain Project is a new collaboration of Austin artists Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen and Tammie Rubin. While each works in different media, the trio shares a curiosity for resisting absolute definitions of culture and identity. New work in sculpture, photography, text, and video will be featured.
Opening: 7 to 9 p.m. March 7, Exhibit continues through July 27. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Free.

“Lardo Weeping”
LOLA, purveyors of indie opera, premier a workshop version of “Lardo Weeping,” the new opera by the ever creative composer Peter Stopschinski and librettist, Terry Galloway, based on Galloway’s bold, one-woman play of the same name. “Lardo Weeping” is a journey through the mind of reclusive genius, Dinah LeFarge, a clever, intellectual, quite sexual woman of independent means and of large body size who seldom ventures outside her apartment and refuses to answer her door unarmed.
March 8-16, Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. artful.ly/lola-local-opera-local-artists



“Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice”
For this month’s Borderless dialogue, hose Chaitali Sen welcomes Monica Muñoz Martinez Brown University professor whose research specializes in histories of violence, policing on the US-Mexico border, Latinx history, women and gender studies, and public humanities.
7 p.m. March 8, Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th. Free

“Lines Composed During a Tour”
Co-Lab A group exhibition features work by Sara Vanderbeek, Andy Coolquitt, Kristi Kongi, and Erin Curtis and that celebrates materials, movement, pattern, color and light.
Opening: 7 to 11 p.m. March 9. Exhibit continues through March 30. Co-Lab Projects @ Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Road, Suite 1-B.

“Soft Opening”
Partial Shade and Co-Lab Projects team up for a performance, and a party, on the empty lot where one day Co-Lab hopes to build an arts complex. In the meantime, a short two-foot high stage serves as a platform for performances by Adrien Sun Hall, Erica Nix, Peter Clough, and Virginia Lee Montgomery.
6 to 10 p.m. March 10, 5419 Glissman Road. Free