The list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of July 8, 2018.
“That’s Still Weird”
In its heyday of the 1980s and 1990s, public access television functioned like the internet of its time — a media platform for everyone and anyone. After all, Channel Austin was the platform that nurtured conspiracy-theorist talk show host Alex Jones — and also noted film director Richard Linklater. Filmmakers John Moore and Keeley Steenson have been scouring the archives of Austin Public Access TV for hidden treasures for a round-up screening of choice clips.
7 p.m. July 9. Austin Film Society, 6404 N. I-35. Free; reservations suggestions. austinfilm.org/screening/
Pride Concert: Julius Eastman’s “Femenine”
For the Austin Chamber Music Festival’s free Pride Concert, composer Russell Reed leads a performance of Julius Eastman’s “Femenine,” a masterpiece of the late queer, Black composer who was once all but forgotten.
7 p.m. July 10, Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. Free. austinchambermusic.org
“Dancing Behind the Curtain”
Meet three of the cloaked dancers featured in Rodney McMillian’s riveting and uncompromising video “Untitled (Neighbors)” — Edward Carr, James Fuller and Jordan Moser — as they share their experiences performing for the artist’s camera. Stephen Mills, artistic director for Ballet Austin, facilitates the conversation.
6:30 p.m. July 10, Contemporary Austin—Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Free. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/
“Deadly Nightshade,” A staged reading
Five diverse frontierswomen defend their small town of Wish Key during the early settlement years of the American West. A staged reading of a new musical play written by Candyce Rusk with music by Tyler Mabry.
8 p.m. July 10, Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. Admission by pay-what-you-wish donation. Info
“‘A’ (What the Black Girl Found While Searching for God)”
Taji Senior’s new one-woman show radically recasts a George Bernard Shaw short story.
8 p.m. July 12-14, Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. Info
“Dove Spring Swims”
Allison Orr and Forklift Danceworks continue their celebration of the city and it’s public pools with a resonant, joyful, and large-scale site-specific dance. Original music by Graham Reynolds.
8:30 p.m. July 12-15. Dove Springs Pool, 5701 Ainez Dr., 78744. Free; reservations required. forkliftdanceworks.org
Historic Austin Happy Hour: The Saxon Pub
Preservation Austin’s summer “Jugging and Jawing Happy Hour” celebrates The Saxon Pub, a South Austin staple beloved by musicians and audiences alike since 1990. The Saxon’s owner and co-founder Joe Ables, along with Rebecca Reynolds of the music/education outreach nonprofit ALL ATX, will discuss the bar’s history and the importance of place and context to Austin’s increasingly threatened music venues.
5:30 p.m. July 12, Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. Free. preservationaustin.org/events/
Emerson String Quartet
The nine time Grammy Award-winning quartet performs Beethoven’s expressive, introspective late quartets: No. 13 in B-flat Major, Opus 130, and No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131.
7:30 p.m. July 13, Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. $25-$55. http://austinchambermusic.org/calendar/071318-emerson-string-quartet/
“Source Material: William T. Carson & Rebecca Rothfus Harrell”
Carson creates intriguing wall sculpture of coal and mica. Harrell sources scientific images from historical geological texts for sublime abstractions. The two artists discuss their work and their current shared exhibition.
5 to 8 p.m. July 14. Camiba Art, Flatbed building, 2832 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd. Free. camibaart.com