What to do: This weekend’s arts picks

It’s may be Wednesday, but when better to start looking ahead to the weekend.

“Line Upon Line Percussion: Soft”
Austin’s award-winning percussion ensemble tries out the quieter side of percussion music alongside the choreography of Rosalyn Nasky and Lisa del Rosario. New pieces by Joel Love and Austin’s new music phenom Travis Weller along with music by John Cage and Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Big Medium Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. lineuponlinepercussion.org.

Shawn Smith at Grayduck Gallery
Shawn Smith at Grayduck Gallery

“Shawn Smith: Prey, Predator and Pixels”
Austin artist Shawn Smith explores high tech by going low tech, fashioning detailed sculptures of animals from hundreds of pixel-like, hand-cut, hand-dyed strips of wood. Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Oct. 18. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com

“Power Goes”
Chicago-based dance company the Seldoms boldly uses President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his deft welding of political power as a creative lens to explore the nature of human power. LBJ recognized that effective governance often relies on successful performances of power, and he helped push forward transformative legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the Medicare bill. 8 p.m. Friday. McCullough Theatre, UT campus. texasperformingarts.org. 

“Mons Dew”
Five artists share an affinity for taking traditional art-making techniques and re-imagining their use to make constructions to confuse, illuminate and delight the senses. Patrick Berran, Melissa Brown, Andy Coolquitt, Stacy Fisher and Shara Hughes. Opening: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Continues through Oct. 24. Mass Gallery, 507 Calles St. massgallery.org

“She Was Born” SheWasBorn_scream
Parthenogenesis is a rare form of asexual reproduction in which mothers procreate without a sexual partner and give birth to exact genetic copies of themselves. Edgy New Orleans-based theater experimenters Nat & Veronica bring their inventive performance “She Was Born” to town courtesy of the Rude Mechs. A group of only 20 audience members is invited into a giant paper pod to bear witness to the full life-cycle of an imaginary extraterrestrial insect capable of parthenogenesis. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Continues through March 26. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. www.rudemechs.com



Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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