Five Arty Things To Do this Weekend

What’s happening in the Austin arts scene this weekend?

A whole bunch of stuff is happening, as ever – which explains why there’s the Austin Chronicle Arts Listings, right? And why we’re here to mitigate that tyranny of choice, citizen, with five recommendations for a good time:


1) PONYTRAP Hilary and Quentin Thomas-Oliver and their robot drummers welcome the solstice with heartfelt strings and much giant servomech percussion at the Blanton Museum of Art this Friday night, kicking off a celebration of the summer solstice and classically rocking you into prints by Picasso and Matisse and the way the sunset streams through the windows of Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin on the lawn.

2) ART SWAP Hey – anybody wanna trade five Carl Smith acrylics, say, for a Leon Alesi photograph? How about bartering three hours of assistance with a papier-mâché project for a full set of Grumbacher oils? However you strike your bargains, come on down and trade art for art in any of its aspects during this mid-day meet-up at the Elisabet Ney Museum on Saturday.

3) ALL YOU CAN EAT No, listen, that’s just the title and theme of the exhibition, okay? It's a new show at SAGE Studio on Airport, featuring the work of eight Texas-based artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t actual noms to be had! Because this Saturday is also SAGE’s first anniversary, so the night’s reception will be enriched by a birthday cake – and some prime snackage from the excellent Killa Wasi right next door.

4) THE DIVINE NARCISSUS The ever-intrepid Paper Chairs company takes over Rogge Ranch House to present Elizabeth Doss’ latest stagework. Starting this weekend, it’s an adaptation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s El Narciso Divino, with Greek myth and Bible scripture combined into a new world in which "canonical narratives are deconstructed and reimagined to create an immersive and wholly original theatrical experience." And how!

5) PRAIRIE FEVER It’s nearing epidemic proportions, they say – and the only cure is to read the book of that same title, the new novel about sisterly connection by Michael Parker. And the best way to get a copy of the book, we reckon, is to buy one from the author himself at the Malvern Books launch party; he’ll be there, in conversation with Laura Furman, on Saturday.

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