by Ross Scarano
Arguably one of the most important arts events in Austin, the East Austin Studio Tour concludes this weekend. For an artist, a sense of community is essential to maintaining a healthy creativity, and EAST fosters that sense of community by introducing Austinites to the vibrant arts scene in East Austin. Over 150 artists will open their studios to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm each day. In addition to the studios, numerous galleries will be open, and, of course, it’s highly recommended that you stop and have a meal at one of East Austin’s great restaurants. The rallying cry of “Keep Austin Weird” is best realized in East Austin – find out why.
“A meditation about landscape,” DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) calls his Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, happening tonight at Hogg Memorial Auditorium on UT’s campus. Punnily enough, this description is only the tip of the iceberg, albeit a melting, shrinking iceberg. Spooky spent time in Antarctica recording the sounds of change, ice cracking and falling into water, the climate literally shifting around him. Armed with these sounds, Spooky took to the lab to compose a score for turntables, strings and piano with visual accompaniment, thus Terra Nova was born. DJ Spooky won’t be moving your hips; rather, he wants your butt firmly seated so as to better shake that grey matter between your ears.
The clarity and excellence achieved through two decades of toiling is on display this weekend at the Long Center. 20/20 Looking Back celebrates twenty years of Tapestry Dance Company, and features alumni from the company’s whole history. Tapestry has premiered over 165 works in their existence, and 20/20 will draw upon everything for one intense night of modern, ballet, world dance and tap. Watch Austin’s rich history of dance unfold this weekend. Pay attention when a piece from 1989 is performed by current Tapestry members with alums shadowing; past, present and future all on the same stage.