A very short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of July 7, 2019.
“LIKEsNESS” Artist Talk and Closing Reception
Former SixSquare curator Keyheira Keys willy moderate a discussion of identity, race, desire, introspection, depicting the face and figure with artists Adrian Armstrong, Dawn Okoro, and Laura Lit. Artist Ryan Sandison Montgomery is on a residency in Michigan. He’ll do a remote artist talk via Instagram video.
6-8:30 p.m., artist talk at 7 p.m., Northern-Southern Gallery, northern-southern.com
Screening: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
A new documentary on the 88-year-old storyteller examines Morrison’s life, her literary works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her career. The heart of the film is a wide-ranging and candid conversation with Morrison on race, history, America and the human condition.
Screens through July 11. Austin Film Society Cinema, austinfilm.org
Austin Chamber Music Festival Pride Concert
Panoramic Voices collaborates with Austin Chamber Music Festival on its 11th annual Pride Concert.
7:30 p.m. July 9, Carver Museum, austinchambermusic.org
“Swimming While Drowning”
Emilio Rodríguez’s timely play tracks homeless teens Angelo and Mila when they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens.
July 11-21, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, teatrovivo.org
Green Screen Film Series: “The Fifth Element”
Tuck into the amphitheater at Laguna Gloria for “The Fifth Element” is a cyberpunk sci-fi pop adventure starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker and Gary Oldman, with costumes by Jean-Paul Gautier.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Film at 8:45 p.m. July 12. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door, pending availability. Picnics welcome or \purchase one on-site from épicerie at The Contemporary. Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, thecontemporaryaustin.org
Invoke Quartet plays “Fantastic Planet”
The always adventurous quartet plays an original live score to “Fantastic Planet,” the 1973 French animated science fiction film by René Laloux. A concert of the Austin Chamber Music Festival
7:30 p.m. July 13, Austin Film Society Cinema, austinchambermusic.org
Reading: Frances de Pontes Peebles
Sightlines contributor Dalia Azim holds a discussion with Frances de Pontes Peebles about “The Air Your Breathe,” Pontes Peebles’ sweeping new novel of a decades-long friendship that spans from Brazil’s inland sugar plantations to the Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
5 p.m. July 13, BookPeople, bookpeople.com
“Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day”
The Blanton Museum hosts the traveling exhibition, “Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day” a vibrant celebration in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender. More than 50 works include intricately beaded wall hangings and punching bags, paintings, ceramics, garments, helmets, and a new video commissioned for the exhibition, “I Was Here (2018),” about Macy, a trans-Choctaw woman living on a reservation in rural Mississippi.
July 14-Sept. 26, Blanton Museum of Art, blantonmuseum.org