What’s new and what’s good for the week of Sept. 2, 2018
“Landfallen: The Lost & Found”
How long will it take you to reach your next destination? Theater artist Jason Phelps stages a multi-media dance performance about migration, both physical and metaphysical.
8 p.m. Sept. 3-8, Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. Tickets are pay-what-you-can nowplayingaustin.com/event/landfallen-the-lost-and-found/
“Dawoud Bey: Forty Years in Harlem”
The renowned American photographer — and MacArthur “genius” grant-winner — is known for renowned for his portraits in the style of street photography. A new exhibit at the Art Galleries at Black Studies focuses on Bey’s four decade project documenting Harlen.
Opening with Bey in attendance: 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5. Exhibit continues through Dec. 5. Christian-Green Galleries (Jester Hall), 201 E. 21st St.galleriesatut.org/christian-green-gallery
“An Evening With Ed Ruscha”
In tandem with the first major exhibition of Ed Ruscha’s work since the Ransom Center acquired the artist’s archive in 2013, Ruscha
6 p.m. Sept. 6, Free; limited seating, Jessen Auditorium
Shanie Tomassini: Slippery Clump
Winner of this year’s Umlauf Prize, Shanie Tomassini installs her oversized sculptures, fountains and negative-space forms throughout the Umlaug’s six-acre site.
Opening: 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. Exhibit continues through Nov. 6. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road.
The debut of Austin-based playwright Lisa B. Thompson’s latest. Following the lynching death of her older brother, Cherry is haunted by the belief that God is telling her to leave the south. Set in rural Louisiana during the Great Migration, “Monroe” explores how the threat and aftermath of racial terror dominates the psyches of young African Americans, while offering hope for a better future.
8 p.m. Sept. 7-9, 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Continues through Sept. 30. Austin Playhouse, 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com
Reading: Sarah Bird, “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen”
Inimitable Austin author Sarah Bird reads from her compelling new novel about the forgotten yet true story of Cathy Williams, a former slave who disguises herself as a man joins the Army’s the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
7 p.m. Sept. 7, Austin Central Library. Free.
The Opening Line: Exhibit openings & gallery talks
“Three Kinds of Order,” artist talk with Rebecca Harrell, Alexandra Robinson, Naomi Schlinke, 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Dougherty Arts Center, 1100 Barton Springs Road. “Ann Wood: Quick and Quiet,” 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Big Medium, Canopy, 916 Springdate; Open Canopy, open studios event, 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Canopy: Kiki Smith, 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at BCA Gallery, Canopy; “We Can See Through Time” drawings by Matt Rebholz & Rachel Wolfson Smith,” 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at ICOSA, Canopy. “Past & Present,” showcases artist who are using old mediums to have current conversations, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Sixth Street Gallery by CAMIBAart. 2000 E Sixth St.; “Contours” mouth-paintings by a trio of women artists, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6, Agave Print, 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Articulate Austin is a new choreographic development platform supporting emerging choreographers. It presents full-length evening of dance with two new works: “Terrain,” by Esther Bramlett, and “Sudden Words,” by Devon Adams.
8 p.m. Sept. 7-8, 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Bravo Theater at Balance Dance Studios (4544 S Lamar Blvd.
The Kraken Quartet
With dueling drum kits, pulsating synth backings and wailing vibraphone riffs, the Kraken Quartet brings electricity to percussion music — and to the Long Center.
8 p.m. Sept. 8, Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center.
End of Summer: Diverse Space Dance
Diverse Space Dance presents new choreography by by Toni Bravo [Austin], Michael Jahoda [Amsterdam] and Vera Ondrasikova [Prague].
8 p.m. Sept. 8, 5 p.m. Sept. 6. First Street Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St.nowplayingaustin.com/event