The Weekly Line-up: 5.6.18

David Fenster's "Opuntia," a playfully experimental documentary about 16th-century Spanish conquistador-turned-shaman Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Photo courtesy of David Fenster.

The Sightlines list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of May 6, 2018.

“Liminal Ethereal Space: Foster/ Dixon/ Domonkos”
Experimental Response Cinema brings a robust collections of very short films by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Bill Domonkos and Wheeler Winston Dixon whose work balances between analog and digital, fabulist and realistic.
8 pm. May 9, The Museum of Human Achievement, 3600 Lyons Road, ercatx.org

Montopolis’ Big Bend Workshop
Composer Justin Sherburn and his experimental chamber group Montopolis work live on their next production, a musical valentine to Big Bend, a follow-up on Sherburn “Music for Enchanted Rock.” The ensemble will try out new music and hear your stories of Big Bend.
8-10 p.m. Wednesday, The Townsend, 718 Congress Ave., thetownsendaustin.com

Free Shakespeare in the Park: “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
Austin Shakespeare stages its month-long free park show, a 1950s sitcom take on the Bard’s comedy in which the inimitable Falstaff takes on the clever women of Windsor. Picnics welcome; BYO blankets. Concessions available.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through May 27, Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park, austinshakespeare.org

“Aztlan: Por Vida (Forever, For Lives)”
Aztlan Dance Company artistic director Roén Salinas applies his signature style of contemporary movement with traditional Mexican folkloric dance to new theatrical dance compositions that chart the original East Austin culture.
May 10-13, Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh St., aztlandance.com

Shakespeare On The Farm: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
En Route Productions stages a fresh production of the  Bard’s dreamy comedy at Rain Lily Farm in East Austin. Picnics welcome: BYO blanket/chairs.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays May 11-20. Free; suggested donation of $20. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane. enrouteproductions.com

Doc Days 2018
Austin Film Society launches a mini-series of new documentaries among them Sundance award-winning debut feature “Mind the Gap” about a group of young skateboarders coming of age in the rustbelt, and from Marfa-based filmmaker David Fenster “Opuntia,” a playfully experimental documentary about 16th-century Spanish conquistador-turned-shaman Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Screenings are followed by discussions with the filmmakers and/or producers.
May 10-13. Austin Film Society, 6406 N Interstate 35, austinfilm.org

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“Cry It Out”
A powerhouse, female-centric cast  — Lee Eddy, Christin Davis, Jenny Lavery, and Ben Wolfe — brings Austin the regional premiere of Molly Smith Melzter’s darkly-fringed comedy on modern mothering and the effects of economic class on parenthood.
Through May 20, Whisenhunt Stage, Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road, theatreenbloc.org

Tetractys: The Kraken Quartet
Tetractys New Music presents Austin’s genre-crossing percussion and electronica foursome, the Kraken Quartet play its own adventuresome compositions along with new music from composers including Austin-based Joe Williams.
8 p.m. May 12, Imagine Art, 2830 Real St. tetractysnewmusic.com

West Austin Studio Tour
The seventh annual West Austin Studio Tour has more 350 studio stops plus 22 exhibits and happenings.
Boundaries: West of I-35; East of Mopac/Loop 1; South of HWY 183; North of William Cannon Dr.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 12-13 & 19-20
west.bigmedium.org

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