Five Arty Things to Do This Weekend: Aug. 24-26
Because you wouldn’t stop at just four things, would you?
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
1:00PM, Thu. Aug. 24, 2017
Or are you gonna go ahead and do six things, because you’re just that badass? Hey, we’re not trying to hold you back, champ – we’re on your side, remember?
1. It’s a skosh pricey, to be sure, but a fundraiser that benefits Forklift Danceworks always means money well-spent in this creative community … and the annual Studio 54klift shindig is old-school disco decadence to the umpteenth power, with all the glamor & glitz & boozy noms necessary to turn your dreams of boogie-oogie-oogieing the night away into a Spandex-spangled reality.
2. If you’re in the mood for some excellent minimalist theatre, we’re suggesting Title and Deed. Because it was written by Will Eno, the man responsible for that brilliant Thom Pain (based on nothing) which seldom fades from memory. And it’s a one-man show, which is especially good when it’s an Eno piece, and the one man performing this show is Austin’s own Jason Phelps – who can nail a monologue like he’s got some hammer of the gods in his brimming toolbox of talents. And this modern take on what “home” means is directed by Capital T’s Mark Pickell for best impact at Hyde Park Theatre.
3. Not that we want to overload anyone's sensorium with Dairy Products from the American Heartland or anything like that, but damned if we don’t recommend this weekend’s Quesoff to you right now. The seventh annual celebration of all things melted and cheesy flows like liquid gold at the Mohawk this Saturday, with vendors battling for the honor of being awarded Best Queso Dish – classic queso? duck mezcal queso? tandoori queso? – as decided by a star chamber of local foodies. And you know they’re gonna need a lot of people to help them eat the stuff, right? That’s where you come in, citizen.
4. Okay, don’t freak out, but we’re gonna leave No. 5 off this list of Five Things – because this fourth note is pimping a whole gang of visual-arts events, because there’s too much galleried goodness going on this weekend to reduce it to a single instance of recommendation. Thus, check it out, there are opening receptions for Shea Little at Dimension Gallery on Thursday, for Sandy Carson at Pump Project on Friday, for shows at Davis Gallery and Prizer Gallery on Saturday. And, also on Saturday, if you feel a little roadtrippy, you could journey north to Georgetown to catch a trio of hot Austinites showing their work at the Georgetown Art Center. (And if you’re gonna do that last thing? Pro tip: Treat yourself to a dinner at Jack Allen’s excellent Salt Traders restaurant in Round Rock on the way up or the way back.)