A very short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of June 9, 2019.
Here’s the most important thing you’ll need to know about the latest really fresh and exuberant dance theater performance from Frank Wo/Men Collective: The majority of the audience seating is splash zone. You want to sit in the special dry zone, you’ll need to request that. A trippy theatrical experience, “Rub-A-Duck” features 13 dancers, actors, singers, design artists, and — what, the heck — a bread maker, in a trippy theatrical experience that ultimately mimics and mocks human subconscious.
June 13-16, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd. frank-wo-men-collective
Reading: “Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal”
Shennette Garrett-Scott discusses her newly released book “Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal,” (Columbia University Press), the first full-length history of finance capitalism that offers an unparalleled account of how black women carved out economic, social, and political power in contexts shaped by sexism, racism, and capitalist exploitation.
7 p.m. June 10, Red Salmon Arts, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St. resistenciabooks.com/events
“The River and the Wall”
A documentary directed by Ben Masters, “The River and the Wall” follows five friends as they travel from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Though they set out to document the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate. Stay after the film for a Q&A with the filmmakers.
7:30 p.m. June 12, Moody Rooftop, Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Jennifer Sherburn’s “Meanwhile…” puts contemporary choreography and original music in conversation with comic books, featuring a cast of six choreographers traversing space with bungee, ladders and mobile set pieces to an original score by William West and Juliana Scheffield.
June 13-15, Rogge Ranch House, jennifersherburn.com/meanwhile
“Fixing the Last Henry”
The Rude Mechs offer a staged reading of the latest installment in the clever “Fixing Shakespeare” series by Kirk Lynn.
3 p.m. June 15 & 22, Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. rudemechs.com
Silent Films Out Loud
Three Buster Keaton movies get new music by Austin composers Jackie Myers, David Biller and Dave Madden performed by a live chamber orchestra.
6 p.m. June 14, Blanton Museum, density512.org
Andrea Ariel Dance Company: “Rally”
Using the improvisational method known as Soundpainting, dancemaker Andre Ariel and her company perform new work inspired by social rituals and our shared sense of space.
June 13-16, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Event info
Poca Madre Arts in collaboration with The Museum of Human Achievement presents “Cuerpos Unidos,” an exhibition of 14 local, regional, and national artists curated by Michael Anthony García and Jose Villalobos as a means of speaking to varied representations and connotations of the human form, both aesthetic and political. Participating artists: Ben Aqua, Sara Cardona, Felix D’Eon, Bug Davidson, Andie Flores, Alexander Hernandez, Ingrid Leyva, Los Dos, Roy Martinez, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Ric Nelson, Antonia Padilla, Sonya Marie Sky, Dorian Wood.
Opening 7 to 10 p.m. June 14. Continues through June 28. Museum of Human Achievement, 3600 Lyons Road. Event info
“The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”
More than 60 Austin artists are featured in this sprawling, good time exhibit, presented by Pump Project.
Opening reception with light performance by Luke Savisky: 7 to 10 p.m. June 15. Continues through July 13. Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E. 5th St. Event info