Five Arty Things This Weekend
What’s happening in the Austin arts scene this weekend?
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
2:45PM, Thu. Jun. 13, 2019
A whole bunch of stuff is happening, as ever – which explains why there’s the Austin Chronicle Arts Listings, right? And why your reporter’s fingers are always covered with fresh keyboard-blisters.
But never mind the digital disfigurement – I DON’T NEED YOUR PITY, CITIZEN – and check out these recommendations for a good time:
1. Austin’s own Frank Wo/Men Collective presents Rub a Duck, a new work of physical theatre in which 13 collaborators – dancers, actors, singers, design artists, and a bread maker – a bread maker, WTF? – create an experience that mimics and mocks human subconsciousness. Note: This show’s got some nudity and what they're calling adult content. Also, you should probably attend in swimwear or wet-ready attire when you show up at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar space to experience this thing, because the seating is mostly in a splash zone … mostly.
2. Cloud Tree Studios on East Fifth, that relentlessly impressive showcase for visual art, continues its collaboration with the instrumentality of Pump Project this weekend, unveiling a new show – "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" – curated by Susan Maynard, Billy Kirkland, and Rachel Koper, and featuring more than 60 of the best local artists, and starting the whole thing off with a lively block party on Saturday night. Say, is that several bottles of Tito’s we see among the compelling graphics and milling crowd? We wouldn’t be at all surprised.
3. That Jennifer Sherburn and her fierce company return with a new dancework called Meanwhile … that’s galvanizing the interior of the soaring space at Rogge Ranch House this weekend, wherein a team of six performers work kinetic deconstructions of comic book tropes, using bungee cords, ladders, tables-on-wheels, and whatever it takes to put their minds and bodies in motion to an original score by William West and Juliana Sheffield.
4. Listen: There’s a married couple that’s also a comedy duo. Well, sure, there’s probably a lot of those, especially in but-seriously and coffee-is-for-Del-Closers Austin, right? But I’m talking about the duo called CHLANE, the talented twosome – Chloe & Lane Ingram – who take their nuptial antics, real or imagined, to the ColdTowne sketch-comedy stage on Saturday nights. “They explore sex, relationships, and forbidden desires. You will be turned on. You will be perplexed. You will choose sides.” Note: By “sides,” they don’t mean, like, home fries or a salad. They mean that, sometimes, a CHLANE show might even turn into an old-school battle of the sexiest! Um, no, that's sexes – battle of the sexes, damnit. As directed by the unstoppable Katie Stone.
5. “Dead bitches,” as Black Dresses tell us, “recognize each other.” Well, then – know that Danse Macabre is an exotic bazaar wrangled by those darkling celebrants of The Glass Coffin on South First. It’s the perfect opportunity to goth your way through a Saturday night spectacle of morbid mafficking, of art, performance, music, wares, and fashion in homage to – or at least with chill resignation toward – the universality of death. Pagans? You’re welcome. Heathens? Cordially invited. Religious fundamentalists? Ah, hell, you’re all gonna die, too – come on down!