Five Recommended Arts Events in Austin: Our Weekly Pick of the Best Arts Events to Get You Away From Home – Arts
BLiPSWiTCH: X shifted
This popular ongoing series asks local dance artists to collaborate with an artist from a different medium to create a unique performance, and to date has brought together over 120 artists since its premiere in 2016. This year, the 10th edition presents 10 different collaborations: Anna Bauer & Fatih Omeroglu (sound designer); Anna Claire Brunelli & Henna Chou (musician); BLiPSWiTCH & Sloane Lenz (wardrobe designer); Celeste Camfield & Brett Marcom (musician); Errin Delperdang & Lindsey Taylor (host); Alyson Dolan & Drew Silverman (composer); Ciceley Fullylove & Oolaf (musician); Rachael Hanlon & Topaz McGarrigle (musician); Oddalys Salcido & Reese Maultsby (percussionist); and Erica Saucedo & Bryan Smith (musician). Bonus: live music from Chelsea Pribble and Pelvis Wrestley, oysters and champagne available for purchase, and there will be local craft vendors to browse.
Sun, Oct 17, 3 p.m.
The Curtain Theater, 7400 Coldwater Canyon
Conspiracy: The Way of Miracles
Craig Hella Johnson and his Grammy-winning voice ensemble return to live concerts with this haunting choral masterpiece by Joby Talbot, inspired by the historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This return is a bit of a historical pilgrimage in itself: Path of miracles premieres 600 days after the company’s last in-person concert.
Fri-Sat, Oct 15-16, 8 p.m.
Saint-Martin Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th
512 / 476-5775
$ 25 and more ($ 10 for students)
Austin Film Society: Doc Days
Four days of new documentary films galvanize AFS screens this week ahead of the Austin Film Festival, bringing new non-fiction cinema from around the world – and opportunities for audiences to meet visiting filmmakers. The long weekend comes to life on Thursday with Todd Haynes The velvet metro, a vibrant exploration of the forces that created one of the world’s most enduring bands, and includes a live virtual Q&A with director Haynes after the screening, hosted by AFS Founder Richard Linklater. After this flash of white light, there is that of Bernadette Weigenstein The driver, Carlos Corral Dirty feathers, Write with fire by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, by Roberto Salinas Cuban dancer, the brilliantly animated film by Jonas Poher Rasmussen To flee, Drew Xanthopoulos’ Breaststroke, Inside the red brick wall by Hong Kong documentary makers; and the series ends Sunday night with The rescue by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, on the Thai boys’ rural soccer team that was trapped in a cave in 2018.
Thu-Sun, Oct 14-17
AFS Cinema, 6406 N. I-35 # 3100
512 / 322-0145 x3214
$ 10 per session (full pass for $ 80)
Courtesy of grayDUCK Gallery
GrayDUCK Gallery: Small acts
Here’s a visual art exhibit of multimedia works – including collage, drawing, sculpture, video, and photography – by four Austin-based artists: Betelhem Makonnen, Christina Coleman, Deborah Roberts, and Tammie Rubin. The works explore the existence of blacks through âthe body, the object, beauty, childhood and family stories, fleeting perceptual experiences and time. Although each artist’s aesthetic approach is different, they are united by their faith in the power of small acts to guide and reinvent our daily existence. ”
Vernissage: Sat, Oct 16, 7-10 p.m.
GrayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez
512 / 826-5334
Zach Theater: In the woods
Composer Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale masterpiece comes to life outdoors in a contemporary reimagining for today’s strange and pandemic times. The musical surrounds you, using Zach’s architecture and natural surroundings in surprising ways: Rapunzel drops her hair from the Topfer balcony, Cinderella loses her slipper on the stairs, and the milky white cow sculpture moans to life with Jack and his beanstalk. Oh, to be in the middle of it all!
Until Nov 7, Tue-Sun, 7:30 p.m.
Zach Theater, 202 S. Lamar
512 / 476-0541
$ 25 and more