Five Recommended Arts Events This Weekend
We’ll shield you against that mofo of a FOMO, citizen!
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
7:00AM, Fri. Jun. 15, 2018
OK, you survived another working week – now go out and do a thing, why don’tcha? Avail yourself, we mean, of some of the creative diversions our bustling metrop has to offer. For instance:
1) That relentless Jennifer Sherburn and her associates come roaring back into the Austin spotlight this weekend with Drive-In, a wild elaboration of the popular dance show from last year’s roving 11:11 series, inspired by such movie spectacles as Drive, Baby Driver, and The Fast and the Furious, now bringing a music-infused car-caper kinesis to the grounds of Rogge Ranch.
2) The acclaimed Hidden Room company presents Shakespeare’s Richard III, according to the personal 1860s promptbook of one John Wilkes Booth, subsequent presidential assassin, and simultaneously – and successfully – evokes the 19th century, the 17th century, the 16th century, and the 15th century in this well-researched production of the Bard’s drama that’s now supercharging the boards of the venerable Scottish Rite Theatre.
3) Mexic-Arte Museum unveils “Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges,” the 23rd annual exhibition of Young Latinx Artists, in their expansive Downtown venue – with an opening reception this Friday, enhanced by tasty noms from Dai Due Taqueria and drinks by Topo Chico and Dulce Vida Tequila. Bonus: live music from Mosaico Experiencia.
4) That local bastion of cultural history, the place that used to be called the South Austin Popular Culture Center but is more succinctly monikered as SouthPop these days? It’s their 14th anniversary! So they’re decking the walls with highlights from their permanent collection of posters and prints and paintings, they’re calling in beloved bands Extreme Heat and Van Wilks to rock the Father’s Day afternoon, and they’re re-creating the mellow vibe that used to suffuse this city before most of its current citizens moved here.
5) Surprise – this reco is for Monday! So, yes, the weekend will be over at this point. But, listen, it’s the night that Edgar Cantero presents the new edition of his bestselling Meddling Kids at BookPeople, and we wouldn’t want to be accused of hiding that information from your story-hungry, geek-enchanted eyes.