This week’s Arts In Context Shorts focuses on a monthly arts event for families. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin hosts family art-making activities at Laguna Gloria. Second Saturdays is a great way to make contemporary art accessible to families as it provides the opportunity to spend a relaxing day in a beautiful sculpture garden and learn about how nature influences art. Canopy Tower, a sculpture crafted specifically for Laguna Gloria, provided the inspiration for the table-top biospheres families gathered to create here.
At Austin Speed Shop, rusty frames and stock vehicles are canvases for a unique group of artists. Through the collaborative vision and skill of the Austin Speed Shop crew, these canvases are painstakingly transformed into interactive works of art. Founded in 2005 by John Joyoprayitno (a biotech engineer), Dr. Dan Peterson (a neurosurgeon), and Cory Moore (a music manager), Austin Speed Shop is dedicated to restoring custom American cars and trucks from the 1920s through the early 1960s. In order to bring the beauty of the hot rod tradition of the past to the present day, each stock vehicle is completely dismantled and then fully restored. The final result is a work of automotive art that has been hand built with custom metal work, parts, paint, and interiors.
If you want to see some of Austin Speed Shop’s work on display, stop by the 14th Annual Lonestar Round Up, taking place April 17th-18th at the Travis County Expo Center. The Speed Shop will be hosting an open house at their location (3507 Chapman Ln) the night of April 17th from 6-10 pm, followed by a party for registered Round Up attendees the next evening from 7pm till midnight. Tickets are $15 for the two-day event and free fro children under 12.
This week Arts In Context Shorts show how medical illustrations can make beautiful art. Brazilian-born cardiologist Carlos Machado first discovered Frank Netter’s celebrated medical illustrations as a six-year-old boy. Over the course of his life and even throughout his time in medical school, Machado has worked to hone his talent for illustration while embracing hyperrealism. Eventually, he was chosen to become the successor to Dr. Netter and worked as a valuable contributor to “The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations.”
The Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven art sale, featuring over 600 original works of art by Texas artists, all hung anonymously and all within the dimensions of 5×7 inches. The event features live music, bites and beverages from Austin’s favorite establishments, exciting new artwork, and great conversations. The Five x Seven Silent Auction features works by past and current Contemporary Austin exhibiting artists Orly Genger, Tom Sachs, Do Ho Suh and more.
Q Night at the Movies for Jan. 31st features documentaries on Charlton Heston and Harry Dean Stanton.
Charlton Heston: A Man For All Seasons at 6:10 p.m. He has played king and slave, hero and villain, and is renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he has shown himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston has always been more than a star. Although he is a private man, he has often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in–however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston’s life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures. This episode includes scenes from The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, The Big Country, Ben-Hur, Will Penny, Soylent Green, and Planet of the Apes.
Harry Dean Stanton – Crossing Mulholland at 7:05 p.m. A favorite of directors, critics, colleagues, and audiences, actor Harry Dean Stanton has carved his name into the cultural consciousness of cinematic arts with dozens of roles in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke and Alien to Paris, Texas and The Green Mile. The new documentary “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” offers an insightful look at this versatile and talented actor through film clips and interviews with such Hollywood figures as actors Billy Bob Thornton and Richard Dreyfuss; musicians Kris Kristofferson and Michelle Phillips; critic Leonard Maltin; and directors John Carpenter and Wim Wenders. The documentary traces Stanton’s story from his birth in a small Kentucky town to his rise as a noted character actor. The program also takes time to look at Stanton’s other passion – music-and features intimate, living room jam sessions with friends Michelle Phillips and Jamie James.
On Story Deconstructing Dog Day Afternoon at 7 pm
Frank Pierson’s Academy Award® winning Dog Day Afternoon elevates the classic crime genre through its exploration of textured characters and rationale. Screenwriters Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Peter Craig (The Town) examine the story’s masterful reveal of information and its surprising, but inevitable and honest conclusion.
On Story Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film at 7:30 pm
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir – a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s – and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.
Feature film: Mutiny on the Bounty at 8 pm
First mate Mr. Christian (Clark Gable) and his 18th-century shipmates overthrow cruel Capt. Bligh (Charles Laughton) and set him adrift in the Pacific.
Arts In Context Shorts introduces us to a group working to change lives. Teaching students to embrace their own cultures, Roots & Rhythms is an after-school drumming program founded in 2008 by Sevylla del Mazo. With drums created from recycled buckets, the bilingual students of Roots & Rhythms collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion. Thanks to a grant from the City of Austin’s Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, this program continues to foster ties in surrounding communities and inspires hope for local children.
This week Arts In Context Shorts explores the beauty of Waller Creek. On November 13, 2014, a small stretch of Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Texas was lit up with modern light installations created by five local architects and landscape designers. These light pieces were designed to showcase the space’s potential, since soon a series of parks and connected trails will be developed in the location. Organized by the Waller Creek Conservancy and featuring live local music, the event drew strolling crowds to the walkways and various creekside businesses.
Arts In Context is celebrating its fifth season, and we’re throwing a party! The premiere episode, Rebirth, features Austin’s experimental indie folk band Les RAV. Please join us for a screening followed by a Q&A with director Mario Troncoso and a special live performance by Les RAV. Enjoy beverages from Live Oak and sweet & savory treats from Cornucopia Popcorn Creations, too!
DATE: Tuesday, October 28th TIME: 7 pm event starts (doors open at 6:30pm) LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A(map) RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required to attend. RSVP HERE
About the Episode: Rebirth Born out of intense personal hardship, Les RAV – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter. Beyond the music, Bruno uses Les RAV to spread and foster a message of peace, connection, and understanding to anyone who will listen. Though diagnosed with ulcerative colitis early on in life, Bruno uses this often debilitating disease as motivation to spread her message of hope with even more fervor and intensity. Her haunting vocals and melodies reel listeners in but it’s her overwhelming sense of hopefulness and goodness that keeps them in.
As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, KLRU has teamed up with our friends at Texas Performing Arts to present Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet in concert. The event takes place Thursday, October 2 at 8 pm at Bass Concert Hall.
Enjoy an evening of classical music with the critically acclaimed Catalyst Quartet and the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra. Comprised of alumni from the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players, the Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic 18-piece conductorless orchestra that works to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young audiences. According to The Washington Post, “the Virtuosi’s playing combined zest, attention to detail, tight ensemble and glistening or deeply amorous tone quality,” and the Chicago Sun Times hailed the orchestra as “a top-notch ensemble, tightly woven sound and palpable zest.”
This program is presented in partnership with KLRU’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming and the Butler School of Music String Project.