Wednesday arts pick: Rooftop architecture film series

How small will you go?


For Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, it’s 124-square-feet.

“Tiny: A Story About Living Small” is the documentary Smith and Mueller made that charts their experiment with building — and downsizing to fit into — a 124-square-foot “tiny house” on five acres of land in Colorado.

With no prior construction experience and new to the now-established tiny house movement, Smith and Mueller track their experience as well as that of others across the country who have downsized their footprint by living small.

“Tiny’ will screen Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Contemporary’s Rooftop Architecture Film Series.

Huston-Tillotson environmental science professor  Jeff Wilson– aka the self-proclaimed “Professor Dumpster —  will share his experience living a year in a 33-square-foot dumpster as part of his Dumpster Project.

The rooftop opens at 6:30; screening begins at 7:30. Admission is $10. The Contemporary’s Jones Center is at 700 Congress Ave.

Wednesday arts pick: “Am I White” by Adrienne Dawes

Ricocheting back and forth in time, seguing into nightmarish scenes played out as a disturbing minstrel show, Adrienne Dawes’ new play “Am I White” tells the story of an imprisoned neo-Nazi convicted of plotting terrorist acts who mdyc-dawes-03ust confront his own mixed-race heritage.

Directed by Jenny Larson, “Am I White” opens Wednesday for a three-week run at Salvage Vanguard Theater.

“Am I White” is based on the true story of Leo Felton, a white supremacist who hid his own mixed-race identity as the child of a short-lived idealistic Civil Rights-era marriage between a black architect and a white former nun.

Dawes sets “Am I White” in a prison where neo-Nazi Wesley Connor awaits trial on terrorism charges. Connor’s dreams reveal his confusion over his biracial heritage. And in a deliberately evocative move, Dawes places some dream sequences within the context of a minstrel show, with its racially charged tradition of white performers in blackface.

‘Am I White’

When: 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 18

Where: Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road

Tickets: $20-$25 (Wednesdays pay-what-you-wish)