A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of May 5, 2019.
Jewels In The Wasteland
Austin Film Society founder and artistic director Richard Linklater returns with the latest cycle of “Jewels In The Wasteland,” a series designed to spotlight some of the best films made during the 1980s. The decade was a time when multimillion-dollar studio blockbusters became the norm. Yet in other corners of the industry, a new kind of independent cinema was taking shape, and auteurs young and old made important work. Films include Agnès Varda’s “Vagabond,” Wayne Wang’s “Chan is Missing,” and Alan Rudolph;s “Choose Me.” Linklater will introduce each screening and lead a discussion afterwards.
May 8 – 29, AFS Cinema austinfilm.org/series
Reading: Rachel Kushner, “The Mars Factory”
Shortlisted for the Man Book Prize, Kushner’s novel is blackly comedic take on prison life and an unflinching look of what it means to be poor and female in America.
7 p.m. May 9, Austin Central Library, bookpeople.com/event/
Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice
Writer Chaitali Sen interviews poet ire’ne lara silva and and trans writer Marilyse Figueroa
7 p.m. May 10, Malvern Books, Event info
Artist Talk: Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, & Tammie Rubin
In a shared exhibition entitled “Constant Escape,” the artists escape expectations about what artwork by people of color must look like.
1 p.m. May 11, Carver Museum, Event info
Community Grand Opening: The new Moody Pavilions at Laguna Gloria
Check out the Contemporary Austin’s new visitor center at Laguna Gloria includes as museum shop, and the café, épicerie at The Contemporary. Other recent additions include a new permanent sculpture by Jessica Stockholder. Enjoy a day of art in the great outdoors with family friendly art making activities and performances.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. Free and open to the public with requested RSVP.
West Austin Studio Tour
May 11-12, 18-19, west.bigmedium.org