Austin Events

Discovery and Dialogue: Public Art on its Head

Art in Public Places, Austin
Saturday, Setember 12, 2009 from 9am-5pm
Admission: $10

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division announces “Discovery and Dialogue: Public Art on its Head” a full-day symposium of inquiry and information will take place at the Thompson Conference Center.

Participants will learn about how the city's public art program operates and receive insider tips on getting noticed (and selected).
Highlight of the symposium will be lunch with special guest, internationally renowned artist, and MacArthur Fellow, Ned Kahn, who is known for replicating the forms and forces of nature such as wind, fog, light, water, sand, air and fire, in his work.

AIA Austin Homes Tour

AIA Austin
October 10-11,2009 from 12-6pm each day
Admission: $25-30

The 24th Annual AIA Homes Tour is a showcase of great design by
local architects. This self-guided tour encompasses 14 homes from Central Austin to Lakeway and includes new construction, renovation and preservation projects with traditional and contemporary designs.

Tickets to the AIA Homes Tour go on sale Sept. 1, 2009 and are
$25 in advance; $30 the weekend of the event. Tickets may be purchased at Cissi’s Market, Zinger Hardware or directly from AIA Austin. Additional information is available from AIA Austin (512.452.4332) or

Lecture by Visiting Artist Michael Bell-Smith

UT Art Building
September 15, 2009 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Michael Bell-Smith uses digital forms to explore contemporary visual culture and how it is mediated through popular technologies. His work often incorporates the visual vocabulary of the Internet, such as animated gifs and lo-res images, and references the aesthetics and semiotics of common computer programs such as Powerpoint and Web sites such as YouTube. Remixing and reinterpreting sources ranging from industrial videos and music clips to classic cinema and contemporary art, Bell-Smith reconsiders the cultural meaning of these materials in a "post-personal computer, post-Internet, post-Google" age.

Michael Bell-Smith was born in 1978 in East Corinth, Maine. He received a BA in Semiotics from Brown University in 2001. His works have been seen in exhibitions at venues including The New Museum, New York; Foxy Production, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.

I’ve Never Been So Happy 

Rude Mechs
September 10 - 20, 2009, Thurs - Sun at 8pm
Admission: $12-21

Rude Mechs is proud to present this work-in-progress presentation of their new western operetta performance experiment. The performance fluctuates freely between high art and Hee-Haw, treating both with respect.

Tickets on sale now.

The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project, or, Building Rome in a Day

Arthouse, Austin
Events begin Friday, September 25 at midnight

A durational, participatory model-building extravaganza and dynamic history lesson, The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project is a recreation of the ancient capital city in historical order. Over the course of 24 hours, more than a millennium of Roman history is brought to life at Arthouse. The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project unfolds at approximately 1.238 years per minute, beginning at midnight with the building of Romulus and Remus’ huts in 753 B.C.E. and ending 24 hours later as Alaric and the Visigoths sack the mini-empire in 410 C.E. The city’s rise and fall takes place within Arthouse’s walls, under the direction of Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn, and with the help of diverse Austin community collaborators and energetic volunteers.

Eve Sussman: The Rape of the Sabine Women

September 21, 2009, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Arthouse presents the first-ever public screening in Texas of Eve Sussman's acclaimed video musical The Rape of the Sabine Women, with introduction by the artist and Q&A to follow.

The Rape of the Sabine Women (2006) is a reinterpretation of the Roman myth, updated and set in the idealistic 1960's. With the Romans cast as G-men and the Sabines case as butchers' daughters, this version riffs on the original story of abduction and intervention in which, after the founding of Rome, Romulus devises a plan to ensure the future of the Empire.

Church of the Friendly Ghost's Tent Revival

The Church of the Friendly Ghost
Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 5pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation

The Church of the Friendly Ghost's Fall Fund Raising Event.

WIN: Raffle Items! tickets only $5 & all proceeds benefit COTFG!

PERFORMERS include: Hello Lovers / Xathax / New Music Co-op/Book of Shadows / The McMercy Family Band Nanobangbang / Ralph White / many others!

+PLUS+ Bible Belt Jones lays down THE WORD!

Drinks! Food! Water balloon baptism! Photos! Cake Walk! Fun! MORE!

Workspace 12: Eclipses for Austin

The Blanton Museum of Art
October 6, 2009

The Blanton and artist Pablo Vargas Lugo are collaborating on a project entitled "WorkSpace 12: Eclipses for Austin." This project brings together art, a sense of community, and the UT football stadium. On October 6 2009, 350 people will gather in the stands of UT's Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium to stage a performance by holding black and white placards. Collectively the group will hold and flip the cards in sequence to simulate the ten solar eclipses that will occur in Texas over the course of the next 340 years. Lugowill film the event and produce 10 videos that will be exhibited at the Blanton Museum of Art as part of WorkSpace series later this fall.

The Blanton is seeking 344 volunteers to hold the placards for one or more of the following time-slots: 8-10am, 10-12pm, or 12-2pm.

If you would like to participate please email

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