Arts Bullets

It's the Changing of the Bard, from Dietz to Swanson, and Tina Marsh plays it cool for CO2. Artists talk techniques, and teens tell you where to find Good Love.

 Installation artist Allison Wiese will be in town to give an artist talk Up 'Til Now and to discuss her current Women & Their Work show Come to Find Out on Wednesday.
Installation artist Allison Wiese will be in town to give an artist talk "Up 'Til Now" and to discuss her current Women & Their Work show "Come to Find Out" on Wednesday.

Dan Dietz passes the metaphoric torch of Austin Script Works artistic director to Colin Denby Swanson this weekend at ASW's Changing of the Bard II, an event that will serve as a fundraiser for the playwright services organization and a celebration of Swanson's work. You'll hear excerpts from her plays, including Death of a Cat, which Salvage Vanguard Theater is mounting in September (with Dan Dietz in the cast!). Music will be provided by Despair's Book of Dreams composer Kirk Smith. Plus, there will be beer, wine, and a raffle. Saturday, July 10, 7pm, at the home of Greg Grosh, 1904 W. 33rd. For more information, call 454-9727 or visit www.scriptworks.org.

CreOp Muse presents Play It Cool, a fundraiser for the Creative Opportunity Orchestra featuring vocalist and CO2 founder Tina Marsh with pianist Eddy Hobizal performing exquisite musical selections by composers ranging from George Gershwin to Giacomo Puccini, John Lennon to Leonard Bernstein, under the stars at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee. As if that weren't truly cool enough, ice sculptures by Austin artists will be placed in and around the audience. Austin Catering and Cipollina provide tasty treats, all on Sunday, July 11, 7:30pm. For more information, call 448-3485 or e-mail creop@texas.net.

Installation artist Allison Wiese will be in town to give an artist talk "Up 'Til Now" and to discuss her current Women & Their Work show "Come to Find Out" on Wednesday, July 14, 7pm, at the W&TW gallery, 1710 Lavaca. For more information, call 477-1064 or visit www.womenandtheirwork.org.

Painters Nathan Jensen and Jennifer Balkan discuss their unique perspectives and techniques in a Lunch Brake for Art, Friday, July 9, noon-1:30pm, at F8 Fine Art Gallery, 1137 W. Sixth. 480-0242. For more information, visit www.f8fineart.com.

It's hard to find good love these days, especially if you're a teen, but there's some at Hyde Park Theatre this weekend. Good Love is the title of a new play about healthy dating relationships created by youth for youth. The teens in the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Company, sponsored by Theatre Action Project and SafePlace, have spent four weeks developing the show out of their personal experiences and two weeks touring it to schools and community centers throughout the city. You can see them perform Saturday, July 10, 1pm and 3pm, at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd. For more information, call 442-8773.

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