Austin Events

Artist's Talk: Ali Fitzgerald:"Swan School - The Matriculation"

Art Palace Gallery
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 7 pm

Ali Fitzgerald will talk about her current body of work on view in Swan School-The Matriculation.

Oko Jumu

Ballet Austin
Friday, May 9 at 9:00 pm

Oko Jumu, a title pulled from the late Joseph Campbell's book The Hero With A Thousand Faces, is the name that the Andamanese call a person that has either come near death, spent time alone in the jungle to talk with spirits, or talked to spirits in a dream. In respect for the Oko Jumu in Andamanese culture, artists Tom Grzinich, Scott Stark and duo Willam Sabiston and Jon Almaraz of Bulbs Music will attempt to expand the ordinary mindset allowed by their past experiences in taking risks.

Fuse Box 2008

Various locations
Festival runs through May 3, 2008

Go check out the final days of the jam-packed Fuse-Box 2008 Festival which features innovative new theater, film, dance, visual art and music from around the world. For the complete listing and reservation information click here, or check out the following announcements in this section.

Field Guide: Dance in The US pt. 2 (Fuse Box 2008)

Salvage Vanguard Theater
May 3 at 6:00 pm
Admission: $10

Field Guide: Dance in The US pt 2. consists of four short performances by emerging choreographers and dancers.

Stacked Cow and other dances (Fuse Box 2008)

Salvage Vanguard Theater
May 2 at 8:30 pm and May 3 at 4:00 pm
Admission: Tickets $10-25 (sliding scale)

Another event in Fuse Box 2008's incredible roster of performances, dances and exhibitions. Stacked Cow and other dances is created and performed by HIJACK, the Minneapolis-based choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder, and Scott Herron, a recipient of the prestigious Bessie Award for dance and theater.

Extravaganza # 3: Video Showcase (Fuse Box 2008)

Victory Grill
Video Showcase, May 2 at 10:30 pm; installation on view through May 2

Austin Video Bee and Friends are please to present Extravaganza 3, an installation in conjunction with Fuse Box 2008 . With help from friends and colleagues nationwide, AVB has transformed the Victory Grill into a multimedia wonderland, complete with multi-channel monitor installation and projection throughout the site. The installation is open every night of the festival, but don't miss the video showcase on May 2 at 10:30 pm.

Etiquette (Fuse Box 2008)

Cafe Mundi
Friday, May 2 from 10:00 am-10:00 pm; Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Admission: $10

Part of Fuse Box 2008, Etiquette is a half-hour experience for two people in a public space. There is no one watching as the other people in the cafe are not aware of the event. The participants wear headphones which tell them what to say to each other or to use one of the objects positioned to the side. Etiquette exposes human communication at both its rawest and most delicate and explores the difficulty of turning our thoughts into worlds we can trust. Etiquette was created by Rotozaza, the collaborative duo, Ant Hampton and Silvia Mercuriali. For reservations, call 512.927.1118.

Graham Reynolds & Brannen Temple (Fuse Box 2008)

Rollins Studio, The Long Center
Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 pm
Admission: $8

Two of Austin's premier composer-bandleaders come together to play a one-night-only super-charged duo set of compositions and improvisations. Reynolds and Temple will present a set of pieces inspired by the other performances at Fuse Box 2008 as well as original pieces by Brannen, couple with new versions of themes written by Graham for film, theater, and dance.

Woman's Work: Reconstruction of Self (Fuse Box 2008)

Rollins Studio, The Long Center
May 3 at 6:00 pm
Admission: $10-$15 (sliding scale)

For the past four years, Andee Scott has been working on a solo performance project, Woman's Work: Reconstructions of Self. She invited five female choreographers to create a solo for her using the concept of identity as a choreographic point of departure.

Reggie Watts (Fuse Box 2008)

The Long Center
May 1-2 at 9:30 pm; May 3 at 10:00 pm
Admission: $10-25

No man on earth is like Reggie Watts. He is a tornado on a stage, hypnotizing his audience with improvised music and absurd comedy. Watts won the prestigious Andy Kaufman award and has performed at international affairs such as the Pop!Tech and Design Indaba conferences. To see videos of his performances, please click here.

Cape Disappointment: The Debate Society (Fuse Box 2008)

Salvage Vanguard Theater
May 1-3rd at 8:00 pm
Admission: $10-25 (sliding scale)

A new play by The Debate Society, a Brooklyn, NY based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen and Oliver Butler.

Sean Ripple: Hope to See You There (Fuse Box 2008)

Salvage Vanguard Theater
Saturday, May 3 at 12:00 pm

Hope to See You There is a playful meditation on a performer's hope for an audience and an audience's expectation for a performer to perform.

Marfa Events

The Writings of Donald Judd: A symposium hosted by the Foundation

Chinati Foundation
Saturday, May 3-Sunday, May 4, 2008

The symposium, dedicated to the writings of the late artist and museum founder Donald Judd, will offer a diverse range of presentations and subjects. Among the topics to be considered will be the relationship of Judd's writings to his art; his use of language and syntax; Judd's political views; how Judd produced and edited his essays; and Judd's art criticism and its relevance today. The weekend program will be moderated by Richard Shiff, Director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas, Austin.

Houston Events

Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
May 1-4, 2008

The popular annual film festival returns for its third year with an exciting lineup of recent releases from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Filmmakers will be on hand to introduce the screenings and lead Q&A sessions afterward. Tickets are available online. Tickets are complimentary for students with ID and members of Film Buffs but must be presented for admittance. Click here to see the schedule or purchase tickets.

Film Screening: Last Year at Marienbad

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Friday. May 9 at 7:00 pm; Friday, May 16 at 7:30 pm

A cinematic masterpiece and a delirious mystery, Last Year at Marienbad is lush, gorgeous, and very French. It´s the kind of European film from the 1960s that now inspires parody in perfume commercials and TV comedy shows, but it was made during a time when film audiences were used to seeing comparable fare from Michelangelo Antonioni (L´Avventura), Federico Fellini (La Dolce vita), and Ingmar Bergman (Through a Glass Darkly).

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