A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of April 7, 2019.
Performa Dance: “Confections”
A perfect spring evening? Three whimsical short dances, a solo cello performance by composer Catherine Davis, a dreamy array of sweet desserts and libations on the grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Terry Riley’s G-Song. Performa Dance artistic director Jennifer Hart present her impeccable and always fresh choreography in two pieces, one set to Terry Riley’s G-Song, the other set to a combo of Mozart, Rossini and Ben Frost. Guest choreographer Alexa Capareda dances to Erik Satie’s Gnossiennes.
6 p.m. April 14. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Azie Morton Road. $10-$20 suggested donation. performadance.org/umlauf
Book Swap & Exhibition Activation
Bring a book or three to share at the Contemporary Austin, where for a week, Abraham Cruzvillegas’s exhibition”Hi, How Are You, Gonzo?” will become an expanding library of exchanged books. All types of books in fair condition are welcome. The book exchange will also benefit incarcerated readers, so bring an extra book donation for Inside Books Project— an Austin-based organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas.
April 9-16, Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/
Terence Blanchard and Rennie Harris, “Caravan”
A powerhouse collaboration of super talents. “Caravan” is a captivating performance that explores black lives in the 21st-century through multiple Grammy-winning composer/trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s fusion of jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and soul, interwoven with hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris’ African American dance styles, and sculptor/projection-mapping artist Andrew Scott’s conceptually-based visual projections and installations, which are rooted in African and African American art and culture.
8 p.m. April 11, Bass Concert Hall, UT campus, texasperformingarts.org/season/
Reading: Rachel Cusk
Rachel Cusk will be reading from “Kudos,” a book The New Yorker called “a breathtaking success,” and the last of her critically acclaimed literary trilogy that began with “Outline” (2014) and “Transit” (2016).
6:30 p.m. April 11. Ransom Center, 21st & Guadalupe streets. Free. hrc.utexas.edu/events
Magdalena Jarkowiec: “Unusual Kinships”
The dancer, choreographer, costume maker and visual artist makes soft, fabric sculptures that are at the intersection of a diffuse, disorganized, yet playful experience of the self.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. April 11, Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Road
Ultima Thule: Alyssa Taylor Wendt & Kate Csillagi
Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Kate Csillagi, join artistic forces to create a journey into secret transitional spaces using drawing, sculpture, photography and other collaborative ventures.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. April 12. ICOSA Activation, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, facebook.com/events
Beerthoven, “Caffeinated Composers,” and Invoke Quartet
Austin favorite of the new music scene Invoke Quartet are the featured performers on a program that includes Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and the jazzy sounds of Paul Schoenfield’s trio Café Music.
7:30 p.m. April 12, 3 p.m. April 14, Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. beerthoven.com/upcomingshows