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The UT Department of Art and Art History opens Viewpoint `98, the 1998 edition of its annual series of lectures and critiques by distinguished guests, this week. The program, in its eighth year, brings a few noted curators, scholars, and critics to Austin to lecture, lead seminars, and give critiques to students. This year, the invitees are writer and teacher Mary Ann Staniszewski and writer and curator Michael Duncan. A lecture by both invitees takes place right away: Thursday, February 5, 4pm in Room 1.102 of the Art Building, 23rd & San Jacinto. It will be followed by a seminar the next day, 11am-2pm, in Room 3.206. The public is welcome. For more info, call 471-7324. Austin Access Arts is sponsoring Audio Described Performances for two touring productions this weekend. AAA-trained volunteers will be broadcasting descriptions of the stage setting and action to patrons wearing headsets at the performance of STOMP on Saturday, February 7, 5pm, at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, and at the performance of The Phantom of the Opera on Sunday, February 8, 2pm, at Bass Concert Hall. Call 454-9912.
Mexic-Arte Museum is presenting the First Hispanic Storytelling Contest on Saturday, February 7, 7pm, at the museum, 416 Congress. The event - said to be the first of its kind in the state - pairs the Valley's Adrian Lopez, a cowboy poet and storyteller, with Austin's own Consuelo Samarripa, a spinner of yarns in Spanish and English, to share some of the folklore and beauty of Texas through tales from the ranchitos and barrios. Musician Danny Canales accompanies the tales. Admission is $5. Tickets are limited. Call 480-9373. DiverseArts Production Group is opening the latest exhibition of the Austin Blues Family Tree Project this week. "Old Blues Ain't Bad" preserves a half-century of history regarding blues music in Austin. Photographs, videos, and music trace the form's cultural roots in African-American traditions, its social and economic impact, and the challenges and glories for its musicians. The exhibition opens Sunday, February 8, and runs through April 1 in The Little Gallery of Heritage House, 810 E. 13th. Call 477-9438 for info.
Johnson/Long Dance Company sponsors Very Decadent, an evening of indulgence, Saturday, February 7, 8pm, at 5600 Palisades Court. Local pastry chefs will prepare delightful desserts for you to taste, champagne will flow, and Johnson/Long will dance. The event benefits the company's Community Residency Program. Tickets are $25. Call 447-9016.