Austin Events

Social Series

Austin Museum of Digital Art at Moose Lodge
February 13, 2009, 7-11pm
Admission: Free for AMODA members, $5 general admission

Join the Austin Museum of Digital Art in their second Social Series event with performances by Car Stereo Wars and Ibid Ellipse and art by Boling and Morales, Guthrie Lonergan, Catherine Ross. Ages 18 and up.

Artist Talk: Lisi Raskin

Blanton Museum of Art
Wednesday, February 18 at 5pm

The headlines proclaim: our savior Obama wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In light of the media attention being accorded all things nuclear, Lisi Raskin's upcoming exhibition at the Blanton seems all the more timely. In 2008, Raskin's travels to nuclear test sites across the country inspired a series of projects, one of which will be on display in the museum's WorkSpace gallery beginning March 6. At a lecture on February 18, Raskin will discuss her work, which resonates so strongly with our current political climate.

The Perfect Belt

Okay Mountain
February 18th, 2009, 8:30pm

The Perfect Belt is a one-act play by Andy Rihn, featuring Chrissy Paszalek as Aunt Cheryl and Andy Rihn as Boy. Original scored music by John King and set design by Mike Parsons.

Release Party: Austin Video Bee 2

Carousel Lounge
February 19, 7:30pm - Midnight

No unnecessarily heady themes here. Refreshingly, AVB continues to keep things simple with its second video compilation entitled 2. The videos are, surprisingly enough, about all things "2": collaborations, pairs, binaries, twins, doubles... Come raise a glass to Austin's very own multimedia video collective. (Full disclosure: Fluent~Collaborative's very own Kate Watson is a founding member of AVB.)

Open Critique & Discussion

Co-Lab Space
February 22, 7-9pm

Do artists, whose discipline relies upon a practice called the "critique," learn to take constructive criticism better than the rest of us? Co-Lab's monthly open, informal critique and discussion session occurs on the last Sunday of each month.

IPHIGENIA: Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable)

Salvage Vanguard Theater
February 13-March 7, 2009, 8pm
Admission: $10-14

Greek tragedy spun into a sleek netherworld of sex, drugs, and trance music, IPHIGENIA: Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) is about the daughter of a political celebrity and her embrace of sensuous excess with a transgendered glam rock star named Achilles. The performance features Adriene Mishler as Iphigenia and Jude Hickey as Achilles with music by Graham Reynolds and video design by (...mbg staff writer!) Lee Webster.

No Idea Festival 2009

Blue Theater
February 26 - 28 at 8pm

Warning: free improv is not for the faint of heart. Chris Cogburn organized the first No Idea—a free improv music festival—in 2003, and since then, the festival has just kept on growing. This year, in addition to Austin, the festival is going to more cities than ever: San Antonio from February 16-21, Fort Worth on February 24, Houston on March 1 and New Orleans on March 2.

Houston Events

Buffalo Soldier Mutiny: Houston 1917

Museum of Fina Art, Houston
February 21, 2009 at 7pm
Admission: $6-7

Buffalo Soldier Mutiny: Houston 1917, a 2008 documentary film, investigates the Houston Mutiny and Courts-Martial of Buffalo Soldiers in 1917-18 who refused to adhere to racist Jim Crow laws enforced by Houston. Join the cast and crew for this special event and a reception. The film will also be shown the following day at 2pm.

Dallas/ Fort Worth Events

Artist's Talk: Jeff Elrod

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Tuesday, February 17 at 7pm

"He's a maniac." So artist Giles Lyon once spoke of Jeff Elrod. Maybe you can figure out what Lyon was talking about at Jeff's talk on Tuesday, which coincides with The Modern's exhibiton of his work opening on the 15th. Jeff uses a computer mouse and a simple computer graphics program to make preparatory drawings for his paintings and then meticulously transfers them to canvas.

Dallas/Fort Worth Events

Mike Smith: A Night With Mike

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Tuesday, February 24 at 7pm

Of course, Mike Smith's won't be your average artist's talk. Mike—an everyman, a loner, a bumbler—will alternately crack you up, bore you and inspire you. Just for an hour, step into Mike's World.

Austin Events

The Films of Charles & Ray Eames

Domy Books
Thursday, February 26, 7:30 pm

Think you know Charles and Ray Eames? Best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, the Eameses were also prolific filmmakers. Come check out some of their short films.

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