Take a deep breath —there’s a quite slew of recommended new things and good things to see this week.
• “Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death”
One of the most anticipated exhibits of the year, Los Angeles artist Rodney McMillian tackles key American social and political institutions in a complex body of multimedia work. McMillian use the museum’s two floors to bifurcate his display in distinct but artistically interrelated sections. Downstairs the color white prevails; upstairs, black. McMillian is the inaugural recipient of the Contemporary Austin’s $100,000 Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize.
Opens Feb. 1. FREE ADMISSION FEB. 1-4. Exhibit continues through Aug. 26. Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. contemporaryaustin.org
The Ransom Center unfurls a sprawling exhibit on the uniquely American form of entertainment and from its collections culled photographs, playbills, business records, letters, books and posters.
Continues through July 15. Ransom Center admission is always FREE. 21st St. & Guadalupe. hrc.utexas.edu
• Ute Lemper: Last Tango in Berlin
A concert by the incomparable cabaret chanteuse Ute Lemperer in an intimate theater like McCullough is uncommon.
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. p.m. Feb. 2 McCullough Hall. texasperformingarts.org
• Artist talk & opening reception: Maria Magadelna Campos-Pons
The celebrated Afro-Cuban artist discusses “Notes on Sugar” her new immersive exhibition now on view at UT’s Christian-Green Gallery.
Talk is at 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Exhibit reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Exhibit continues through May 3. Christian-Green Gallery at UT (inside Jester Hall). galleriesatut.org
• Revel Classical Band: Beerthoven Concert Series
Tenor JR Fralick joins the Revel Classical Band for German cabaret songs and selection from the Great American Songbook in this concert-in-a-beerhall series.
7:30 Feb. 2, 3 p.m. Feb. 4. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. beerthoven.com
San Antonio artists Luis Valderas, Kim Bishop and Paul Karma will create enormous woodcut images printed on bedsheets by walking on plywood board presses, then construct a “Border Bandage,” by hanging the prints on wires strung along Waller Creek, bisecting the Museum’s grounds into its north and south halves.
1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3-4. Elisabeth Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. elisabetneymuseum.org
• “All on the Line: Robert Jackson Harrington”
What’s not to like about a year-long pop-up exhibit in the Kyle Flea Market that’s a one-artist-at-a-time “biennial?” For its February offering, the offbeat Dirty Dark Place spotlights new drawings by the always impish Robert Jackson Harrington.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Dirty Dark Place, Kyle Flea Market, 1119 N Old Hwy 81, Kyle dirtydarkplace.com
Curated by Catherine Lee — herself a remarkable sculptor — “Cryptids” features sculptors Sarah Fox, Ken Little, Jared Theis and James Tisdale. Says Lee: “Cryptids are…attempts at understanding just how and what this world is, by means of how and what it is not.”
Through March 10. Texas Art House, 105 Nugent St., Johnson City. www.texasarthouse.com