Every Austinite has a love-hate relationship with Austin. Or perhaps a love-love one, or maybe a hate-hate one.
Whatever your opinions, here’s recommendations for some very Austin, non-SXSW arts happenings, including making some visits to a few soon-to-close arts venues.
“Fixing Troilus and Cressida”
When playwright Kirk Lynn first set out to fix Shakespeare’s least performed plays, Lynn told me: “What would a new Shakespeare play have felt like in Shakespeare’s time? Is it possible to have some experience of that to day, with today’s language?” After fixing “King John” and “Timon of Athens,” Lynn upends and modernizes “Troilus and Cressida,” the Bard’s ambiguous tragedy. Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw directs.
March 8-31. Nowlin Studio Theatre, Zach Theatre, 1426 Toomey Road. There are $5 and $10 tickets available for each performance. rudemechs.com/shows/fixingtroilus
“Catherine Lee: The Ney Project”
In 1892 the wildly iconoclastic German sculptor Elisabet Ney moved to Austin. In her 50s at the time, Ney staked out a home and studio for herself along Waller Creek where she spent the last decades of her life working and gathering a group of the progressive, artistic like-minded. Now Ney’s home is a museum and through May 6 Texas-born artist Catherine Lee has several of her sculptures installed on the rustic, natural grounds as well as an exhibit inside. The contrast of Lee’s sleek abstract sculptures with Ney’s idionsyncratic castle-like studio home couldn’t be a better complement.
Through May 6. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.
Golden Hornet & KMFA: SXSW ATX Composers Showcase.
OK, this is an official SXSW event. But it’s so thoroughly Austin-centric and you don’t need a badge for it. Hosted by Graham Reynolds and KMFA’s Chris Johnson (a Sightlines contributing writer), the lineup features Line Upon Line percussion, Invoke quartet, Mother Falcon, Kraken Quartet, LOLA Local Opera Local Artists and Graham Reynolds Music.
8 pm to 2 am, March 14. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. $5 at the door. Event info
All the galleries in the Flatbed Press building
A year from now, you won’t have the option of escaping SXSW for the visual pleasures which fill the warehouse arts complex that for 20 years has been home to Flatbed Press and other galleries. (See “After 20 years, Flatbed Press loses its lease — and so do a dozen galleries & studios.”) So why not pay a visit to Flatbed, Gallery Shoal Creek, Camiba Art, Recspec Gallery and Austin Book Arts Center.
Check individual galleries for specific hours. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Two gallery shows in Pump Project building
Yes, Pump Project doesn’t have long in its current iteration as the lease is up for the warehouse complex that’s home to dozens of artists’ studios and two artist-run galleries. (See “Pump Project Art Complex loses lease”.) Cheryl Finfrock’s solo show “The Moment before a Pause: Narrative Translations” is in Pump’s gallery space. In ICOSA Collective’s gallery it’s “Residual: Katy Horan & Teruko Nimura.”
Pump Project, 701 Shady Lane