Five Arts Events In Austin This Weekend

Comedy, classical music, visual arts, poetry, wine & cheese

The weather’s turning gorgeous again! Get out of your house, citizen, catch a bit of cultural goodness beyond whatever’s pixeling your screen. Look, here’s some good shit coming up fast:

Forget it, Chinatown. It's Jake.

1) You want to laugh your ass off due to some component of the Austin comedy scene this weekend? Well, Jake Flores isn’t precisely that anymore — the formerly local man moved to Brooklyn a while ago, right? – but he’s definitely on tour and performing in town this Friday and Saturday: At the now-run-by-Pat-Dean Velveeta Room on Austin’s Dirty Sixth. Note: We’re not telling you this because the man used to live here, though, nor because anybody’s looking for a non-music excuse to visit that section of Downtown right now. We’re telling you this because Flores is so fucking funny you don’t want to miss any chance to catch him onstage.

2) That one powerhouse vocalist, you know? Liz Cass? One of the two women behind Local Opera Local Artists? She who, along with tenor Paul Sanchez, knocked audiences sideways in Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance? Yeah, well, the mezzo-soprano’s lending her potent pipes and general pulchritude to the Austin Chamber Music Center’s “Age of Aquarius” gig this Saturday … and we reckon you should be aware of that.

3) The diverse vehicle of graphic exuberance that is PrintAustin shifts into highest gear this weekend, what with Friday night’s openings and events at Canopy and Saturday night’s multigallery celebration at Flatbed. Serigraphy, lithography, monotypes, intaglio, woodcuts, chine-collé – so many vivid examples of printing’s process and praxis on display for you to enjoy. Modern Rocks Gallery. Art.Science.Gallery. CamibaArt. RecSpec. Shoal Creek. Slugfest. Oh, you’ll get more than an inkling of what’s going on …

4) If poetry’s the art that stirs your soul (the way a tiny silver spoon might stir sugar & cardamom into a demitasse filled with Turkish coffee, say), then you’ll want to be in the well-lettered premises of Malvern Books this Sunday, as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review releases its 47th issue and the afternoon shimmers with the sound of pages turning and verses read aloud.

5) Wine. Cheese. Wine and cheese. Got your attention yet, citizen? You know that vintners are artists, of course. And that, while some art maybe cheesy, some cheeses are definitely at the level of art – especially when they’re curated by Antonelli’s. And the folks at Antonelli’s are the ones providing the edibles for Easy Tiger’s Wine Down Sunday to ease you more gently back toward the working week and its waking nightmare of deadlines and meetings. Ah, you’re welcome.

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