The list of what’s good and what’s new the week beginning May 27, 2018.
Reading: Joe Crespino, “Atticus Finch, The Biography”
Historian Joseph Crespino used exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee’s father provided the central inspiration for her books “To Kill A Mockingbird” and the much more ambiguous, “Go Set A Watchman.” A lawyer and newspaperman, A. C. Lee may have been a principled opponent of mob rule, but he was also a racial paternalist.
7 p.m. May 30, Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com/event/
Rebecca Havemeyer in “Winkie!”
Austin’s fabulous lady raconteur and hostess Rebecca Havemeyer stars in her own one-woman show spinning her fantastical stories while joined by a most peculiar pigeon named Winkie. (A show by the brilliant Paul Soileau.)
8 p.m. May 30-31; 10 p.m. June 1. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. facebook.com/rebecca.havemeyer
“Much Ado About Nothing”
Penfold Theatre presents its annual free Shakespeare in the park with a production of the Bard’s romantic comedy set on the Texas frontier.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Jun 23. FREE. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Ave, Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org
Ellsworth Kelly and the Ghost Army: Deception, fakery, rubber tanks and the artists who helped win WWII
Only declassified in 1996, the “Ghost Army” was the U.S. Army’s tactical deception unit during World War II, charged with “impersonating” real Allied Army units in order to deceive the enemy. Using inflatable tanks, fake radio transmissions and other theatrical techniques, the Ghost Army staged 20 operations. The army handpicked visual artists, theater artists and radio engineers to enlist in the Ghost Army, among them designer Bill Blass and artist Ellsworth Kelly. Elizabeth Sayles, author of “The Ghost Army of World War II,” discuss Kelly and the Ghost Army.
12 noon, June 1. Capitol Room, Smith building, Blanton Museum of Art. blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions-calendar/events-calendar/
Line Upon Line Percussion and Ensemble Pamplemousse
Austin’s purveyor’s of radically new percussive sounds performs six new works written by and performed alongside the celebrated New York-based composer/performer collective, Ensemble Pamplemousse.
8 p.m. June 1-3, KC Grey Homes, 211 E. Alpine Road, $15, artful.ly/store/events/14805
Ingrid Tremblay: Salty Feeling
With ingenious artistic sleight-of-hand, the Austin-based French Canadian artist captures fleeting moments and memories in subtly evocative sculpture.
Opening 7-10 p.m. June 1. Exhibit continues through July 8. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com/hidden/salty-feel
TalkAbout: Krista Steinke
In tandem with her solo exhibit “Good Luck with the Sun,” Krista Steinke and her musical collaborator, and brother, Matt Steinke talk about solar events, timekeeping and photography.
11:30 a.m., June 2, Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org
NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón
In her short lifetime, the late Afro Cuban artist Belkis Ayón created a body of aesthetically stunning and poetically resonant prints that re-imagine the history and mythology of Abakuá, a secret, all-male Afro-Cuban society. A retrospective of Ayón enormous collaged prints, organized by UCLA’s Fowler Museum, comes to Houston.
Opening 7 p.m. June 2. Continues through Sept. 3. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St., Houston. stationmuseum.com
The Blanton’s innovative museum-wide music program returns with a line-up exploring the history and future of the radio as a medium to share propaganda, mass culture, and even underground music. An eclectic group of musicians and performers — including Dallas’ Monte Espina and New York’s Ensemble Pamplemousse — will use sound waves, low-power FM broadcast, cellphones, and frequencies as musical material.
2-4 p.m. June 3, Blanton Museum of Art, blantonmuseum.org/