Performance artist Yuliya Lanina
Performance artist Yuliya Lanina. Photo by Leon Alesi.

A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of April 21, 2019.

“Yuliya Lanina: Misread Signs”
Intrepid Austin artist Yuliya Lanina presents her latest paintings of collaged, malformed characters that represent trauma to the human psyche— fantastic, unsettling and bizarre creatures that suggest psychological places to reach places shut off by the rational self. Lanina culminates her solo exhibit with three days of a multimedia performance in mid May,
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. April 27. Exhibit continues through May 19.

Read: A studio visit with Yuliya Lanina

Reading: Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong’s latest poetry collection, “Engine Empire,” was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton. Her other collections include “Dance Dance Revolution,” chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize.
7 p.m. April 25, Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. 

“Not Every Mountain”
A moving elegy to constant change, time passing, and people working together. With string, cardboard and magnets, “Not Every Mountain” invites us to watch the collective effort of making and unmaking a series of interlocking mountain ranges.
Through April 28, Motion Media Arts Center, 220 Tillery St.

“Severe Weather Warning”
The latest from Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss. A getaway weekend for a group of girlfriends get chaotic when chaotic weather threatens outside — and so does the drunken gathering inside. A wild comedy about great friends, terrible choices, and passion in a world that’s gonna blow.
April 25-May 5, Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center,

Indie Bookstore Day/Austin Bookstore Crawl
Give it up for independent bookstores! Austin has 10 indie bookstores with Half-Price has five locations. Spend a day bookstore cruising, take a scavenger hunt in each one, then head to the free after party at Big Medium to see if you’ve won a prize.
April 27,

“Fear of the Object”
A site-specific live video and sound performance in dialogue with the architecture of Cloud Tree Studios building, a reclaimed Quonset hut. Percussionist Chris Cogburn sets into motion resonant objects — cymbals, bells, snare drum — along with the audio-generated visual created by Norwegian video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen. A free performance.
8 p.m. April 27, Cloud Tree Studios, 3411 E. Fifth St.

“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,

Read: Caroline Reck builds a theater of objects and ideas

Genealogy Basics Class
A free introductory class offers the basics of genealogy research. Topics covered include genealogy charts, where to find genealogy information, and databases offered in the George Washington Carver Geneology Center’s computer lab.
10 a.m. April 27, Carver Geneology Center, 1165 Angelina St. Free, RSVP required, (512) 974-4380.