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This Week
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      Skote (Jill Pangallo & Alex P. White)
      Courtyard by Marriot Event, 2008
      single-channel video
      8min 42 sec
      Courtesy the artist

      A performance
      It’s already sold out tonight, but if you and your honey are quick, you might still be able to get Valentine’s Day tickets for the tragic, rave-style love story Iphigenia Crash Lands Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart at Salvage Vanguard Theater. Fittingly, the psychedelic collective Totally Wreck will install The Everlasting Godstopper in the SVT gallery (opening celebration on Sunday), which should put you in the right head-space for Iphigenia’s tranced-out aesthetic.

      An Artist Talk
      The headlines proclaim: our savior Obama wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In light of the media attention currently accorded to 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 Wednesday at 5pm, Raskin will discuss her work, which resonates so strongly with our current political climate.

      A Screening
      “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Austin Video Bee takes Darwin’s implied advice to heart with 2, a video compilation based on collaboration. The release party and screening will occur on Thursday evening at the Carousel Lounge. (Full disclosure: our very own Kate Watson is a founding member of the Bee).

      Two Openings
      Next weekend, Lordy Rodriguez’s States of America opens February 21 at AMOA, and The Birth of Cool opens February 22 at The Blanton.

      Elsewhere
      In the metroplex, The Modern, Fort Worth, is hosting two important artist talks this week and next: Jeff Elrod and Austin’s own Mike Smith (Tuesdays at 7pm). In Houston, the French collective Claire Fontaine—the “readymade artist”—presents work at para/site (opens February 21, 5 -7pm).