The list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of May 20, 2018.
“Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed”
Shirley Chisholm was the nation’s first African-American congresswoman when she launched a campaign for the presidency in 1972. A PBS-produced film takes a closer look at Chisholm’s presidential run. The audio of a speech Chisholm gave after announcing her run plays as part of Rodney McMillian’s “Against A Civil Death” installation currently on view at the Contemporary. A moderated discussion follows the screening with Ishia Lynette, Austin Justice Coalition; Maureen Nicol, #bossbabesATX; Amber Watts, Austin Justice Coalition.
Roof opens 7:30 p.m., film at 8:30 p.m., May 23, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. $5-$10 suggested donation. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/
Austin Camerata: Reinventions
Austin’s conductorless chamber orchestra welcomes violinist Chee-Yun Kim in program that includes the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. As the centerpiece of the program, Austin Camerata will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony for Strings with interactive choreography for five dancers by Dorothy O’Shea Overbey.
7:30 pm. May 23 & 24, Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, $25, thelongcenter.org/event/
Vaudeville Film Series: “The Great Ziegfeld”
William Powell and Myrna Loy star in the 1936 biographical musical of legendary impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. Screened in tandem with the Ransom Center’s “Vaudeville” exhibition.
7 p.m. May 24, Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. Free. hrc.utexas.edu/events/
“Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse Wow”
This is not your children’s puppet show. The creative minds of Glass Half Full Theatre teams up again with indie orchestra Mother Falcon for a dark comedy for adult audiences featuring puppetry of objects, physical clowning, and trash art. Around a bend in spacetime, the Earth’s oceans overflow with garbage, a plastic paradise for Polly Mermaid, the toxic mutant made from humanity’s mess.
May 25 – June 9, Vortex Theatre, 2803 Manor Road. glasshalffulltheatre.com/
“Denny McCoy: All & Nothing At All”
Veteran painter Denny McCoy puts a lifetime of making art into four large black paintings. Cellist and composer Dirje Childs performs his original composition “Nothing in Particular” at the artist’s reception.
Reception 4 to 7 p.m. with the performance 5:30 p.m. McCoy gives a talk at 6 p.m. May 26. Texas Art House, 105 N. Nugent Ave., Johnson City. texasarthouse.com
Reading: Amanda Johnston
Amanda Johnston will read from her debut poetry collection, “Another Way to Say Enter” and joined in conversation with Lisa L. Moore, literary critic and UT professor of gender studies.
7 p.m. May 26, Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. malvernbooks.com/event/
Ex Libris Extemporaneous
In tandem with the exhibition of bookplate art “Ex Libris” the Austin Book Arts Center is hosting a series of conversations. At 12 noon on May 26, Jeff Shook will talk about his work at the Antioch Bookplate Printing Company. Then at 4 p.m. Congress Avenue Books owner Sheri Tornatore reflects on lifetime of books, bookplates and book art.
12 noon and 4 p.m. May 26, Austin Book Arts Center, Flatbed building, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. atxbookarts.org/
“Saudade do Brasil”
Guitar and strings ensemble Los Bohemios Perdidos celebrates the music of Brazil with masterpieces by Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes, Pixinguinha, Antônio Carlos Jobim and others.
7:30 p.m. May 26, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, $10. eventbrite.com/e/saudade-do-brasil