A very short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of July 14, 2019.
Elizabeth Chiles: On Water
Taken throughout Texas state parks and along the Colorado River, Elizabeth Chiles photographs in a new solo exhibition of 14 large scale photographs and photographic collages come from two series: Figs from Thistles, created in 2013 during the worst Texas drought in over a century, and On Water, created in 2018 during months of historic flooding along the Colorado River. Says Chiles: “Often, what’s happening to our environment is hardly visible on a day-to-day basis. This exhibition, through subtlety and feeling, asks questions about what’s happening to our water systems in Texas and hopefully inspires each of us to make changes toward protecting our planet.”
Opening: 7 to 9 p.m. July 19. Exhibit continues through Aug. 16. Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St.
New Music Mixer: Russell Podgorsek
5 to 7 p.m. July 16. Program begins at 6 p.m. Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road. Free.
Read: For composer Russell Podgorsek, music is potent — and playful
Third Thursday at Austin Book Arts Center
Drink sake and write a haiku at this free happening that includes a demonstration of the ancient art of suminagashi, Japanese paper marbling. Sake from Texas Sake Co.
7 to 9 p.m. July 18, Austin Book Arts Center, 5501 N. Lamar
“The Invisible Suburb”
On July 18, Phonography Austin stages a free, outdoor sonic art installation in a now-empty area of the flood-plagued Onion Creek neighborhood.
Read: “The Invisible Suburb” traces the sounds of domestic life
Givens Swim: A Dance for a Pool and its People
Forklift Danceworks presents the third and final performance of its ambitious three-year artistic residency in partnership with the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department Aquatics Division and several East Austin neighborhoods. “Givens Swims” features the everyday movement of the people who maintain and swim at the pool. From neighborhood teens to community elders, the story of Givens Pool will be told by the people who have long lived, worked, and played around this historic place.
July 20, 21, 27 and 28. Givens Pool, Free. Reservations needed.
Wild Patience: A Feminist Poetry Reading
Drawing inspiration from Adrienne Rich’s idea that “a wild patience has taken us this far,” a reading by seven women poets whose work engages feminist resistance: Lisa L. Moore, Aby Kaupang, Julie Choffel, Molly Sutton Kiefer, Deborah Ager, Jill Stengel, B.K. Fischer.
7 to 9 p.m. July 19, BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar
Marta Lee and Cheyenne Weaver depict the hidden and subtle aspects of our daily lives in a fairly intense way: Lee with two-dimensional mixed media work on canvas or found fabric, Weaver with eccentric clay sculptures.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. July 19, Big Medium, Canopy, 979 Springdale Road