The list of what’s new and good the week of Sept. 9, 2018.
“Children of Abraham/Ibrahim” film series
Austin Film Society’s 12th iteration of its Middle Eastern film series features Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep,” winner of Palme D’Or at Cannes; “In the Last Days of the City” from Egypt’s Tamer El Said; and “Ava” from Iran’s Sadaf Foroughi.
Sept. 12-27, AFS Cinema, 6406 N IH-35. austinfilm.org/series/children-of-abrahamibrahim
Austin’s string quartet masters play Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Kevin Puts’ Credo for String Quartet, a fresh, expressive piece that the Miró commissioned in 2007 and recorded.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Bates Recital Hall, UT Butler School of Music, music.utexas.edu
Reading: Randy Kennedy, “Presidio”
From the former New York Times art reporter — and native Texan — comes an audacious first novel, a darkly comic story set in the 1970s in the vast Texas Panhandle landscape about a car thief and his brother who set out to recover some stolen money and inadvertently kidnap a Mennonite girl.
7 p.m. Sept. 13, BookPeople, 604 N. Lamar Blvd.
Reduced Shakespeare Company
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” is the original aclassic from the Reduced Shakespeare Company — all of the Bard’s 37 plays hysterically reduced into one 97 minute theatrical ride.
8 p.m. Sept. 13-14, McCullough Theatre, Texas Performing Arts, $10-$40, texasperformingarts.org
“The Cucuy Project”
From Glass Half Full Theatre and Caroline Reck comes a work-in-progress, a bilingual play — featuring puppets and human actors — about undocumented Latin American siblings living with an aunt in Texas. In the midst of sweeping ICE raids, the older brother draws on the Latino tradition of telling terrifying stories to children to instruct his little sister on how to escape immigration agents.
8 p.m. Sept. 14-15, 21-22, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road.
The Opening Line: Exhibit openings & gallery talks
“Whitney Turetzky: Feminine Grandeur” manipulated vintage photographs of women, 7 tp 9 p.m. Sept. 13, Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.; “Vy Ngo: Dreamscapes,” abstract paintings, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Recspec Gallery, 2832 E. LKK, Jr. Blvd.; “Holding Patterns: Edward Lane McCartney,” new metal smithing work, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Camiba Gallery, 2832 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd.; “Gravitas: J.Johari Palacio,” Afrofuturist/Afrosurreal audio and multi-media art works, 7 to 10 p.m., Slantspace, 5116 Heflin Lane; “SELF Storage” a collaboration about accumulation with writer Rebecca Bengal and visual artist Dave Bryant, 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Testsite.
“War Games: Robert Levers”
The distinguished and much-loved University of Texas art professor died in 1992. But Robert Levers’ work still resonates. Vulled the the artist’s private collection, a selection of Levers’ painting, prints and drawings trace his stylistic evolution from zany cartoons of soldiers created during the Vietnam War to a dramatic and skillfully rendered series of hapless terrorists inspired by the Gulf War.
5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Flatbed Press & Gallery, 2832 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. flatbedpress.com
“Dameon Lester: Serene Disturbance”
Dameon Lester uses one randomly picked rock from thousands to build a series of sublime abstract sculptures that are together a metaphor for the never-ending forces of nature, and now climate change.
7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15, Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com
“Huma Bhabha: Other Forms of Life” and “Jessica Stockholder: Relational Aesthetics”
The Contemporary Austin opens its fall exhibitions this week.
New York–based Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha’s references are encyclopedic, and range of sources such as ancient Indian civilization to magical realism to science fiction and horror films. Bhabha is a master at using cork as a sculptural medium, often combining it with Styrofoam and paint. Other sculptures combine clay with found objects. “Other Forms of Life” features a survey of Bhaba’s recent artwork.
Later this year a sculpture by Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder will be unveiled on the grounds of the museum’s Laguna Gloria location. But in the meantime, Stockholder presents a new installation, bringing painting into three-dimensional space and using everyday objects as building materials, to celebrate color and form. Stockholder also curates an exhibit of First Nations sculptor, painter, and printmaker Robert Davidson.
Exhibits open Sept. 15 and continue through Jan. 13. Contemporary Austin—Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org
“Artists in conversation: Jessica Stockholder and Robert Davidson,” 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Jones Center.