A very short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new in Austin the week of Sept. 15, 2019.
“The Auralvisual Mixtape Collection, Part II: DOPE FIT!”
DOPE FIT! is the second part of “The Auralvisual Mixtape Collection,” tap dance artist Michael J. Love’s a triptych of live rhythm tap dance pieces that revel in Blackness by way of a vibrant mixing, sampling, looping, remixing, and the high-affect juxtaposition of sounds, media, and performance. Love and an ensemble of Black artists, thinkers, and collaborators pair movement, rhythm, music, text, and voice with a distinct millennial hip-hop sensibility to create and live in their own metaphysical Black utopia. Driven by rhythm tap and contemporary dance, DOPE FIT! is performed entirely to live-mixed and looped tap dance and body percussion compositions.
Sept. 20-22, Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. dancermlove.com/arcospresentsmjl
Reading: Lara Prescott, “The Secrets We Kept”
Austin author and alumna of UT’s Michener Center for Writers, Lara Prescott debut novel is already a New York Times bestseller. At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle “Doctor Zhivago” out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it. Prescott will be in conversation with author Elizabeth McCracken.
7 p.m. Sept. 17, BookPeople, 614 N. Lamar bookpeople.com/event/
New Music Mixer: Christopher Trapani
Christopher Trapani is the featured composer at this month’s New Music Mixer. Read a brief profile of him.
5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road
“Instructions for a Seance”
Katie Bender’s new one-woman show is “part DIY seance, part historical cabaret — and attempt to contact and resurrect the spirit of escape artist Harry Houdini.”
Read “Trying to Make Magic: Katie Bender channels Houdini.”
Sept. 19-29, Museum of Human Achievement, katiebenderplaywright.com/
“Pictures at an Exhibition: Reclamation”
Composer Catherine Davis pays homage to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with a new suite performed among installations created by wood artists with the concert promenading from installation to installation.
Sept. 20-21, Hatch Wood Workshop, 641 Tillery St. catherinedavismusic.ticketleap.com
Artist Jill Magid engages in audacious art project in an attempt to gain access to the archive of legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The film “The Proposal” captures Magid’s complex acts.
Austin Film Society screens “The Proposal” and Sightlines readers enjoy a $2 discount on tickets with the code “sightlines” when you order online.
And join Sightlines early for the 5 p.m. Sept. 21 screening for a special interactive pre-show that, like the movie, explores the boundaries of art and the role each of us can play. Members of AiA’s Latinos in Architecture will also be on hand to answer questions about Barragán. austinfilm.org
A still from “The Proposal”