Memorializing The Public Domain Theatre Company, 1993-2001
The Arts Seen
More and more local artists and the work they do are being recognized far beyond Austin's city limits. A few of the more recent:
Austin artist and designer Cinqué Hicks, whose pixillated portraits have been seen in a couple of exhibits around town during Visual Arts Month, earned a special Juror's Recognition award in the national juried art exhibition "Faces II," sponsored by the Period Gallery of Omaha, Neb. Hicks was honored for "Benjamin," a small, square graphite portrait of a young man rendered in the artist's "pixelwork" style, with an image composed of shaded squares in a strict grid pattern.
Playwright Ruth Margraff goes bi-coastal this weekend. In Los Angeles, the Bottom's Dream theatre company (which took part in the FronteraFest 2000 Long Fringe, presenting part of the Erik Ehn play chokecherry) is premiering Margraff's The Burlesque Flogging as part of a three-playwright program with new works by Ehn and Mac Wellman. The show runs through November 18 at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Meanwhile, in New York, Margraff and collaborator Nikos Brisco are opening a run of JUDGES 19: Black Lung Exhaling, the work they premiered at the FronteraFest 2001 Long Fringe. The show runs four Saturdays at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue in SoHo. The show actually kicks off a big month in NYC for Margraff, the assistant professor of playwriting with the Michener Center for Writers and the UT Department of Theatre & Dance. Starting on November 7, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents four performances of Once Upon a Time in Chinese America, the "martial arts opera" she co-wrote with composer Fred Ho, as part of BAM's 2001 Next Wave Festival. Then on the 15th of the month, BAM offers an evening of excerpts from another collaboration by Ho and Margraff, Night Vision: A Third to First World Vampyre Opera. That performance is part of the BAMcafé Live series.