A very short and select list of what’s new and what’s good during the week of Aug. 25, 2019
The latest from performance group Arcos, from a series of experiments exploring the integration of online live-streaming video. Described as “a staged rehearsal of possible cyborg realities,” the piece uses dance as a method to interrogate how emergent technologies de-center the body. Audience members are invited to use their smart phones to shape the performance action and interact with remote audiences at other locations screening an interactive livestream of the performance.
Aug. 30-Sept. 8, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, ether.arcosdance.com
Graham Reynolds’ “MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite” Workshop Performance
A free show featuring Redd Volkaert (guitar), Ruby Jane (fiddle), and Ricky Davis (pedal steel) alongside Golden Arm Trio. Presented by Golden Hornet.
8 p.m. Aug. 26, Dive Bar, Event info/Golden Hornet
Reading: Téa Obreht, “Inland”
The much anticipated second novel from Téa Obreht whose debut “The Tiger’s Wife” was a National Book Award finalist. “Inland” weaves together the tale of a frontierswoman and of a former outlaw in the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893.
7 p.m. Aug. 28, BookPeople, bookpeople.com/event/
Opening: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 29. Exhibit continues through Sept. 28. Austin Central Library Gallery, 710 W. César Chávez St. library.austintexas.gov/events/exhibits
Theatre en Bloc brings the regional premiere of “Dance Nation,” Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition — and 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay.
Aug. 29–Sept. 15 Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center. thelongcenter.org
Capital City Black Film Festival
Film screenings of more than 50 documentaries, features, shorts and music videos by talented filmmakers from across the globe.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Austin Convention Center, capcitybff.com
Six Square’s District Cultural Arts Festival
A craft and food vendor market featuring local Black-owned businesses, storytelling, live mural painting, a digital art installation and a line-up of speakers and musicians, all presented by Six Square, Austin’s Black Cultural District.
3-10 p.m. Aug. 31, Huston-Tillotson University, sixsquare.org/dcaf