The list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of June 3, 2018.
“Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection”
From the Seattle Museum of Art comes an exhibit celebrates the renaissance that has occurred since the 1970s within the millennia-old traditions of indigenous Australian art.
June 3— Sept. 9, Blanton Museum of Art, blantonmuseum.org
“Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat”
Before his death at age 27; before the heroin addiction, the money, the fame, the gallery exhibits; before the friendship with Andy Warhol; Jean-Michel Basquiat was SAMO, a street artist. A new doc looks at Basquiat’s formative years.
5:15 June 4, 7:30 June 6, Austin Film Society,austinfilm.org/screening/boom-for-real-the-late-teenage-years-of-jean-michel-basquiat/
Umlauf After Dark: Stephen Harrigan
Appropriate to a sculpture museum, the Austin-based author will discuss his book, “Remember Ben Clayton,” in which a father commissions a sculptor to make a piece memorializing his late son.
6 to 8 p.m. June 5. Free (and free drinks). Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road, umlaufsculpture.org/umlauf-after-dark
Open for Discussion: Chris Tomlinson
In tandem with the exhibit “Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death,” Chris Tomlinson, Houston Chronicle columnist, filmmaker, and author of “Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name—One White, One Black” will lead a public discussion.
6:30 p.m. June 5, Free. Contemporary Austin—Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/open-for-discussion-june/
Matthew Steinke: Deliriums
Three acoustic robots — each mimicing a human personality disorder — emote music accompanied by found voice recordings and projections.
Opening 6 to 9 p.m. June 9. Northern-Southern, 1900 E. 12th St. northern-southern.com/upcoming/
Reading: Kevin Powers, “A Shout in the Ruins”
The celebrated author of “The Yellow Bird,” and a graduate of UT’s Michener Center for Writers, Kevin Power’s reads from “A Shout in the Ruins,” a wrenching yet poetic novel that examines the fates of both the black and the white inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation from Antebellum era to the 1980s.
7 p.m. June 8, Book People, bookpeople.com/event/kevin-powers-shout-ruins
Like a group exhibition, “Company” a group show of short dance works presented by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. Hamrick debuts two new works herself, along with dances company dancers Alyson Dolan and Lisa Anne Kobdish and one by resident lighting designer Stephen Pruitt. All-male New York-based dance company, Project 44.
8 p.m. June 7-9, 4 p.m June 9. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, kdhdance.com/upcoming-performances/
In the Blanton’s atrium, the Shay Ishii Dance Company presents “Dancestry,” its fascinating recreations of seminal early modern dances by pioneers such Loïs Fuller and Isadora Duncan
6:30 and 8:30 p.m. June 9, Blanton Museum of Art, eventbrite.com/e/dancestry-provenance-tickets