Arts Bullets

Texas high schoolers act; Deborah Hay lectures; Bill Wittliff and Julie Speed read; and you learn about Duchamp

The kids are all right, at least when they're onstage for the UIL One-Act Play Contest. The state finals for the 78th annual competition are this weekend. You can root for Wimberley in the AAA session, Thursday, May 6, 7:30pm, in Bass Concert Hall. For more information, see Theatre listings.

Deborah Hay for free? Indeed, when she presents a performance lecture Wednesday, May 12, 6pm, in the Prothro Theater of the Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe. Hay will show two simultaneous videos of her solo Beauty, one recorded in Helsinki and the other in London, and perform a reading of the text for Beauty while tracing its floor plan. Seating is limited so go now. For more information, call 707-2512 or e-mail

Artists read and write when the Austin Museum of Art Downtown hosts Bill Wittliff and Julie Speed on Saturday, May 8, 2-4pm, at 823 Congress. Wittliff will read from his latest book, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, and Speed will read from Paintings, Constructions, and Works on Paper, after which they'll happily sign copies that you've purchased in the Museum Store.

Speaking of AMOA, the museum is offering a splendid look at the "playful genius" of Marcel Duchamp by art historian Tamara Blanken, who has researched the artist extensively and helped edit a biography on him. Her two-night class on Duchamp will be held Tuesdays, May 11 & 18, 6:30-8pm, at AMOA Laguna Gloria. Call 323-6380 to register.

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