Five Recommended Arts Events This Weekend

The shows are going on. Go on, see these shows.

Because SXSW 2018 is over, yes. But that doesn’t mean all local creative entertainment’s suddenly gone dormant like a sociocultural tardigrade hunkering down for an eight-legged nap, right?

Artwork by David Lamplugh at Atelier 1205's "Japonisme à Trois" exhibition

1) Hey, you wanna see some visual art that’s 1) recently made by local people, and 2) something your eyes will actually be glad you stopped by to get a retinal load of? Then you want to catch the reception for “Japonisme à Trois” at Atelier 1205 on Saturday, because it features vivid wonders created by David LamplughJeffrey Primeaux, and Valérie Chaussonnet – and that’s a triumvirate of graphic power if there ever was one. Details here.

2) This Sunday at the North Door brings us the Golden Hornet's third annual Young Composer Concert, featuring 10 new works from Austin-area youth (ages 9-18), with each piece performed by local ensemble Tetractys between brief interviews with the composers. This year celebrates the life and legacy of Leonard Bernstein; and this year, sadly, also honors the too-brief life of bassist Draylen Mason. Details here.

3) You’ve been meaning to pay an up-close and personal visit to the Blanton Museum of Art’s new Austin edifice designed by Ellsworth Kelly, yes? We suggest that this Saturday’s a perfect time for that, as the Blanton Block Party will be in full swing all day long – and fun for the entire family. Details here.

4) Time colors all our memories, and color informs all our memories of time. Now Salvage Vanguard Theater presents con flama, Sharon Bridgforth's lyrical drama set in Los Angeles in the 1940s-1970s, offering “a glimpse of a black gurl's coming-of-age, through ancestral passages and her family history.” Directed by Florinda Bryant, the show opens this weekend at the Dougherty Arts Center. Details here.

5) Say, you ever think about … life, citizen? Duh – of course you think about life. But do you think about life (and death and selfhood and consciousness and freedom and, ah, pan-psychism) with quite the intellectual firepower brought to bear by UT’s own Galen Strawson? If you do – or, maybe especially, if you don’t – then you’ll want to experience the philosopher presenting his newest book, Things That Bother Me, at BookPeople this Sunday. Details here.

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