Happy November, Austin! Take advantage of a nice cool fall weekend in Central Texas with these events.
Celebrate Austin’s Asian American history through film
This weekend marks the Asian American Film Festival in Austin. Make sure to catch a screening of a short film from KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Pioneers of the East Friday night with Dr. Mitchel Wong. Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In this series of Austin Revealed, Pioneers From the East, we profile three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area. You can watch all four videos below, and click here for a behind-the-scenes interview with filmmaker Tim Tsai. The film festival runs Thursday through Sunday – a full schedule and ticketing information can be found here.
East Austin Studio Tour
Big Medium presents the 14th annual East Austin Studio Tour, a free self-guided event spanning across two weekends in November, launches this weekend, Nov. 14 and 15. It features 287 Artist Studios, 152 Exhibitions, 17 Happenings and a series of Select Events, and it’s always a great time! You can find a full catalog with an overview of tour stops and a schedule here.
Before you go, check out these clips from Arts In Context featuring a roundup of last year’s EAST. For coverage from this year’s tour, follow @artsincontext and @klru on Instagram!
Evan Voyles builds signs to last generations. Voyles is the sovereign sign-maker of South Congress – he hand-created and repurposed vintage signs for Magnolia Cafe, Homeslice, Soul, Stag, Creatures, Turquoise Door, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Perla’s, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Yard Dog and Uncommon Objects, the last two going on 20 years of age. Voyles started on his craft as a vintage neon sign collector and began to build signs when clients asked for specialized styles. Most recently, Voyles faced one of his biggest challenges yet: a 50-foot-tall replica of a 1952 Fender Telecaster for Austin Vintage Guitars. His personal artistry is on full display as he creates a new iconic masterpiece.
“I get to change the way my hometown looks,” Voyles said. “Who really gets to say that?”
This week, Arts In Context Short travels to East Austin … It’s a different kind of place than the other neighborhoods in Austin! Every year (for the past 12 years), the annual East Austin Studio Tour inspires artists and galleries to open their doors to their neighbors. Wandering and exploring, those who attend EAST form a bond over the creativity, community and different kinds of art being made just a bike ride away.
KLRU and Arts In Context invite you to a FREE party and Community Art Event
DATE: Saturday, November 16
TIME: Noon- 6 pm
LOCATION: Big Medium 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2 Suite 101
RSVP: Event is free and no RSVP is required
KLRU and Arts In Context asked the artist Johnny Walker to create a site specific, collaborative art project during EAST. His work called Significant Objects & Sentimental Values is about the relationship of clothing and outfits to facts and fictions. The installation of the piece will take place on 11/16 and will be created through public participation.The Griffin School, Parkside Community School, Goodwill and the community at large are donating clothes and stories. The artist is asking that for each item donated that you share the story that is connected to the garment – a personal anecdote or a flash fiction. Write the story down on a piece of paper and stick it into one of the pockets or pin it to a sleeve. In addition each garment or outfit will be photographed and its accompanying story will be logged into a catalogue that will appear online. At the end of the project the garments will be donated to Goodwill. Within each garment a small tag will be sewn in that will give the website address and the tag number for the garment. This will allow the next owner of the garment to inquire into its history and add new chapters of their own.
The creation and installation of Significant Objects & Sentimental Values will be captured for an Arts In Context Shorts.
Afternoon DJ Set by DJ Chorizo Funk.
Drinks by Tito’s Vodka and Live Oak Brewery.
Snacks by KIND Bars.
Water and refill station by Aquasana.
E.A.S.T. is a self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s creative culture. The tour allows members of the community to explore the work of more than 300 artists at 150 studios, 28 exhibition spaces and a number of art events. Each year the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at working artists’ spaces and processes where people can learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch demonstrations and talk directly to artists. In 2010, KLRU Collective started a collaboration with E.A.S.T. to capture the spirit and creativity of the artists and participants with a series of short videos. We have added to our collection this year with more than 60 videos of artists whose work was showcased during the 2012 festival. Here is a preview of who captured our attention this year:
East Austin Studio Tour is a self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s creative culture. The tour allows members of the community to explore the work of more than 300 artists at 150 studios, 28 exhibition spaces and a number of art events. Each year the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at working artists’ spaces and processes where people can learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch demonstrations and talk directly to artists. For the 9th annual tour, November 13-14 and 20-21, KLRU attempts to capture the spirit and creativity of the artists and participants with a series of short videos. Watch videos now
This is the first part of an exciting new web project, called KLRU Collective, to coincide with PBS’ focus on the arts.
From the beloved classics to the edgy-cool things that are beyond description, KLRU Collective is all about the arts. Our goal is to present some of the unique, interesting and creative things taking place in Austin. We will never be able to showcase all of them as this is one of the most creativity rich communities in the world. But we will give you a glimpse – a quick peek – at what is being envisioned here. We’ll also throw in a few episodes of Masterpiece Theater and Great Performances because, well, we’re PBS. Visit the site at klru.org/collective