The Sightlines list of what’s good and what’s new for the week starting April 2, 2018, in chronological order.
Reading: Amy Hempel
Amy Hempel is an award-winning short story writer and author of “Reasons to Live,” “At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom,” “Tumble Home,” “The Dog of Marriage” and “The Collected Stories.”
7:30 p.m. April 4, AVAYA Auditorium, UT Campus. Free.
Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera
The little opera festival that could. One Ounce Opera presents its third annual showcase of smart new very short micro-operas about contemporary topics.
April 6-8. Museum of Human Achievement, 916 Springdale Road. Tickets sold by donation to One Ounce’s IndieGoGo: igg.me/at/FSOO3
Austin Dance Festival
Three days, 20 modern dance companies and independent choreographers from around the world, a dance film showcase and a community pop-up dance. Yeah, it’s a festival alright!
April 6-8, kdhdance.com/austin-dance-festival
“Backsliding: Liz & Maurice Treviño”
Well-regarded Art Palace Gallery has morphed beyond the permanent brick-and-mortar art gallery model into Deasil, a traveling project-and-pop-up-based art enterprise. Deasil lands in Austin with a show of new work by Liz and Maurice Treviño.
Opening: 7-10 p.m. April 6. Continues through April 23. At Bale Creek Allen Gallery, 916 Springdale. deasil.art
First Friday Downtown Art Walk
A handful of downtown businesses — online art purveyor Twyla, real estate firm DEN, architecture firm OLA and co-working space Art Work — launch a new monthly art walk.
6-9 p.m. April 6, event page
Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills creates his most personal work yet, an exploration of courage in the face of fear.
April 6-8, Long Center balletaustin.org
Ragnar Kjartansson: “S.S. Hangover”
Durational endurance art with a little sardonic existentialism. For four hours at a time, Ragnar Kjartansson’s “S.S. Hangover,” a hand-painted boat occupied by a six-piece brass band, will sail languidly in the Laguna Gloria lagoon while the musicians (chamber ensemble Density512) performs ethereal music by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós. Performances on select weekend times April 7-May 6. Specifics at thecontemporaryaustin.org
“MASS + 1”
Members of the MASS artist collective each invited a +1 to collaborate or to simply join them in a group exhibit.
Through April 29, MASS Gallery, massgallery.org
Reading: Anna Maria Hong & Roger Reeves
Anna Maria Hong’s first poetry collection “Age of Glass”. Roger Reeves is the author of the
poetry collection “King Me” (Copper Canyon) and recipient of honors and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation>
6:30 p.m. April 8. Malvern Books. malvernbooks.com