“Literary Frontiers: Historical Fiction & the Creative Imagination”
Hand-written manuscripts, vintage maps, rare photographs, and artifacts that highlight authors’ sources of inspiration and track the creative process of sweeping historical novels like Elizabeth Crook’s “Promised Lands: A Novel of the Texas Rebellions.” Also featured in this exhibit is Jovita González’s “Caballero: A Historical Novel,” written in the 1930s but not published until 1996 and set during the U.S.-Mexico War and it is an eye-opening look at the lives of women in the ranchero culture of the time. Also featured is Ann Weisgarber’s “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree,” which tells of African American homesteaders.
Exhibit hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Exhibit continues Dec. 14. Free. Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos. Free. thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/collections.html
Literary Libations: Texas Book Festival
Partnering with Austin Film Society, American Short Fiction, and Chicon Street Poets in a three-part series of events, Texas Book Festival gears up for its Lit Crawl Austin, a night of irreverent literary programs.
Aug. 12-14, texasbookfestival.org
“Water Music: A Workshop Performance”
Graham Reynolds loves science and “Water Music” is his new suite that explores water in in all its roles from the geopolitics of water rights to the element’s role in jellyfish propulsion. Reynold’s will premiere in in 2019, but in the meantime the Austin composer is trying it out in a free workshop performance.
8 p.m. Aug. 13, Dive Bar, 1703 Guadalupe St. Free. facebook.com/events/406616839853444/
New Music Mixer: Inversion Ensemble
Austin’s Inversion Ensemble is a choral collective made up of composers and singers who perform innovative choral works and to encourage the creation of new music. Artistic director Trevor F. Shaw and composer Robbie LaBanca share the ensemble’s work. Co-sponsored with KMFA, 89.5.
5 to 7 p.m. Program begins at 6 p.m. Free; $1 off pints. Friends & Allies, 979 Springdale Road.
Visionary Voices: Thoughtbarn
Austin-based collective Thoughtbarn has created installations for Waller Creek’s “Creek Show” and the big yellow wristbands that mark the cycling trail along Lady Bird Lake. Thoughtbarn’s work has received awards by the American Institute of Architects and Public Art Network, among other national organizations.
6 p.m. Aug. 14, Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon St. Free. austintexas.gov/page/visionary-voices-lecture-series
Opening Line-up: New exhibits this week
Terra Goolsby combines slick black porcelain with fur to create mysterious sculptural forms that are both primordial and sublime: 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 16 at Dimension Gallery. Rachael Henson uses domestic material to reflect on her personal response to ideas of identity and transition recipient of MASS Gallery’s Hotbox Residency: 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17, St. Edwards Fine Arts Center. Ana Esteve Llorens uses a loom attached to her body to create meticulously hand-woven image: 7 to 9 p.m Aug. 18 at Las Cruces. “Why Annual” is a group exhibit of 16 contemporary artists and designers that asks each participant “why?”: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 at Northern-Southern. Katie Maratta’s hyper-small landscape drawings are paired with Jill Lear’s large-scale paintings of magnificent trees: 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Gallery Shoal Creek.
“Up Around the Sun: Tim Kerr, Jerry Hagins, Ken Waldman”
Visual artist and Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee Tim Kerr and his Up Around the Sun band mate Jerry Hagins will be joined by “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” Ken Waldman for an evening of roots music, poetry and art.
8 p.m. Aug. 18, Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, $29. thelongcenter.org