A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of April 28, 2019.
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
It’s stunning, the breadth of Latinx and indigeneous filmmaking talent that Cine Last Americas showcases each year. For the latest iteration 114 titles from 25 countries in addition to plenty of events. The series kicks off May 1 with a screening of “Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire,” a documentary of the late artist who was one of the leading figures in the Chicano art movement of the ’70s and ’80s before his life was tragically cut short by AIDS in 1989. Festival screenings take place at AFS Cinema and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center as well as other a few other venues. Approximately two-thirds of the festival’s screenings are free.
Check out the Cine Las Americas line-up here: cinelasamericas.org
Austin Monuments: Past, Present, Future
Based in the Austin experience, guest speakers will guide attendees through local stories, experiences of how communities are represented in monuments, and opportunities for the future. Speakers include: Stephanie Lang, Cultural and Historical Preservation, UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; Eric Tang, Director, UT Center for Asian American Studies; Associate Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies Department; Rocío Villalobos, Program Manager, Children in Nature Collaborative
6 p.m. May 2, Waller Creek Conservancy, 1111 Red River St. Free; reservations suggested. wallercreek.org
“Women of WEST go East”
A pop-up exhibition by Pump Project featuring women artists in stand-alone studios participating in the WEST Austin Studio Tour. Artists include Nora McMillen Burke,
Victoria Corbett, Valerie Fowler, Ruth Heffron, Lauren Hill,Suzanne Koett, among others.
6 to 9 p.m. May 3, 12 noon to 4 p.m. May 4Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 East Fifth St. pumpproject.org
“Once There Were Six Seasons: Interactive”
It’s the last weekend for Glass Half Theatre’s award-winning production, “Once There Were Six Seasons” in its new iteration 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
“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, thelongcenter.org/events
M*A*S*H: Alexis Mabry and Steef Crombach
An exhibit of the collaborative work of Alexis Mabry and Steef Crombach who have a strong sensibility towards the “do it yourself” practice of traditional women’s crafts and techniques. Their unique approach towards soft sculpture, found fabric, quilt and tapestry elements, unscrews the existing perception of these traditionally “crafty” media.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. May 4. Exhibit continues through May 25. Co-Lab Projects Gallery, 1023 Springdale Road, co-labprojects.org
Wedded to Earth: Franco-Flemish Music of Springtime
Ensemble VIII sings Antoine Brumel’s 12-voice otherworldly Earthquake Mass as well as luminous music of the late Renaissance.
7:30 p.m. May 2 at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church ; 7:30 p.m. May 3 at St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, ensembleviii.org/tickets
Tom Russell is a renowned musician and painter whose work reflects both a life as a world traveller and his years spent immersing himself in the culture of the desert Southwest. Russell, a colorist in the tradition of Fritz Scholder, has been painting since 2003, and Yard Dog was the first gallery to show his work. He has published two books of his art: “Blue Horse Red Desert” and “Folk Hotel: Reflections, Paintings, Lyrics.”
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. May 3, Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com