A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of April 14, 2019.
“Once There Were Six Seasons: Interactive”
Glass Half Theatre’s award-winning production, “Once There Were Six Seasons” is back as a three-part interactive experience that invites the audience onstage with the puppeteers. Artistic director Caroline Reck imagines our planet and its people in recycled objects and textiles, from string and paper to recycled Styrofoam packing shapes, creating rainclouds and river valleys, farmland and icebergs, diamond mine workers, polar bears and islands sinking into the sea.
April 19-May 4, Doughtery Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, glasshalffulltheatre.com
A chamber opera based on true accounts of Charley Parkhurst, a trans stagecoach driver during the California Gold Rush. With a libretto by Cecelia Raker and music by Keith Allegretti, “Good Country” is composed in collaboration with a trans singer, and written for their voice. Internationally acclaimed tenor and trans activist Holden Madagame sings the lead. A workshop production that’s part of UT’s Cohen New Works Festival.
4 p.m. April 15, 5:30 p.m. April 16. Lab Theatre, Winship Building,
303 E. 24th St. Free, reservations suggested. eventbrite.com/e/good-country
Nathan Randall Green: Everyone Universe, Everyone Dust
A former Austinite returns with new paintings, meditations on the story of our cosmos. Green’s paintings begin as imaginary representations of the Inflationary Epoch, the brief moment of vast expansion in the primeval universe and they employ a range of inspirations like paleolithic rock art, textile design, geologic formations and infographics. In tandem with a solo show, Green also debuts a site-specific mural for the Fusebox Festival.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. April 19. Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road. deasil.art/projects/
2019 Austin Latino New Play Festival
Fresh new theater! Teatro Vivo in collaboration with Scriptworks spotlights four new plays with staged readings,
April 18-20, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. teatrovivo.buyplaytix.com
218 Co-op Gallery: Lenise Perez-Miller & James Miller
Two sculptors who use common and not so common found objects to explore memories of the past.
Opening: 6-9 p.m. April 18, 218 Coop Gallery, 218 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos. Exhibit info
In the Austin Central Library, artist Susan Scafati exhibits a two-story, site-responsive, mixed-media installation that reimagines our constructed landscape as a suspended spectrum of everyday urban forms in flux.
April 19 – June 12, Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St. library.austintexas.gov/events/exhibits/
Building Bondad: Cultivating Compassion Through Shared Experiences of Austin, Tejas
An all-day, family-friendly happening at the Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, Chulita Vinyl Club ATX and will use Abraham Cruzvillegas’s exhibition as a site for storytelling, conversation, and music. Live storytelling sessions from Austin community members. The public is encouraged to bring photographs, artwork, and paper ephemera to contribute to a large-scale banner highlighting the people, places, and things that illustrate Austin to them. And the Austin History Center will have a video and audio booth set up for folks to drop in and record their own accounts of life past and present in Texas’s capital city.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event