A short list of what’s good and what’s new in Austin the week of Sept. 9, 2019.
LOGOS Poetry Collective: Carrie Fountain & Naomi Shihab Nye
A participatory poetry reading with both Texas Poet Laureat Carrie Fountain and Naomi Shihab Nye (U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate) sharing their work some of which will be printed for everyone to read, before opening the floor to discussion.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Lazarus Brewing Co., 1902 E. Sixth St. logoscollective.org
The always-thoughtful Michael Anthony García continues his photographic collage series documenting fellow people of color in Austin. In this iteration of the series at the Elisabet Ney Museum, García creates in-camera photo collage portraits of local women of color by projecting images of their own clothes onto their bodies and then.
Opening: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12. On Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., García stages a live episode of his “El Puente” podcast. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. austintexas.gov/Elisabetney
Welcome to Plano, Texas — where three sisters suffer from strange household plagues, and the men in their lives keep disappearing, or doubling in number. Also, time keeps leapfrogging; and the slugs just won’t go away. Featuring a stellar cast, the adventurous Paper Chairs collective stages Will Arbery’s absurd, existential comedy.
Sept. 12-28, Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Road. paperchairs.com
“The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn”
An 11-artist exhibition staged at both of the Contemporary Austin’s site, “The Sorcerer’s Burden” takes on the complex, and sometime problematic, relationship between contemporary art and anthropology, and presenting art that is experimental, exploratory, and reflective of the present day. Artists featured are Ed Atkins, Nuotama Bodomo, Theo Eshetu, Cameron Jamie, Kapwani Kiwanga, Marie Lorenz, Nathan Mabry, Ruben Ochoa, Dario Robleto, Shimabuku and Julia Wachtel.
12 noon to 1:30 p.m. discussion with artists Cameron Jamie, Marie Lorenz, Ruben Ochoa, and Shimabuku. Sept. 14. Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org
New Music Co-op presents “Uncommon Practice”
8 p.m. Sept. 14, Jessen Auditorium
Read: “Time Warp: New Music Co-op Reanimates Early Music in a New Millennium”
In 1983, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall expanded their Life magazine expose about homeless teens on the streets of Seattle into this haunting and beautiful film, made in conjunction with filmmaker Martin Bell. The Academy Award-nominated “Streetwise” has recently been restored.
Sept. 14-16, AFS Cinema, austinfilm.org/screening/streetwise/
“Soundspace: In Such Times”
This iteration of the Blanton Museum’s series of roving performances takes inspiration from Jeffery Gibson exhibition :This Is the Day” of recent work that draws from his Cherokee and Choctaw heritage and queer identity. Mash-ups, multisensory performances and more in timed performances throughout the museum
2-4 p.m. Sept. 25, Blanton Museum of Art https://blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions-calendar/events-calendar/
Read: “Call and Response: A Conversation with Jeffrey Gibson”