I will be out of town this weekend, so I will be missing a lot of really great stuff that's going on here--particularly the Cinema Arts Festival. This fourth iteration of the festival has so much good stuff being shown over the next few days that even if I was here, I'd be forced into making painful choices about what to see. Below are just a few of the movies and events I would be watching if I was in town. Take Thursday and Friday off and check out the Cinema Arts Festival (but don't miss out on the other art offerings this weekend).
Cinema on the Verge at 4411 Montrose [runs through November 11]. Using some of the vacant gallery space at 4411 Montrose, the Cinema Arts Society is presenting several installations by film and video artists. These seems like a very interesting expansion of the Cinema Arts Festival's primary focus. The artists are Phil Solomon, Christopher Thomas Allen, Tara Jane O’Neil, Stacey Steers, George Griffin, and Joanna Priestley.
Tatsumi at the Sundance Theater, 2:00 PM. This is a film about the life and art of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a Japanese manga artist famous for originating a genre of gritty, realistic comics (some of which have been published in English, including Good-Bye and The Push Man and Other Stories). Personally, I prefer the work of Yoshiharu Tsuge, but this movie should be pretty interesting.
Beauty is Embarrassing at the Sundance Theater, 6:15 PM. Anyone who saw Wayne White's great installation at the Rice Gallery in 2009 will want to see this documentary about the painter/puppeteer/cartoonist. It should be great.
Joe Goode: New Paintings at Texas Gallery, 6 pm [up through December 22]. Not as well-known as some of his Los Angeles peers like ed Ruscha, Joe Goode was a key pop-influenced artist in the region. He often worked milk bottles into his work, and his website indicates that despite the total obselence of milk bottles, they still play a big role in his work.
United in Anger: A History of Act Up at the Sundance Theater at 2 pm. The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, aka ACT UP, was formed in 1987 and made an indelible mark with creative and powerful forms of activism. This looks like a pretty great documentary on those years.
Virginia Fleck and Steve Wiman at Front Gallery at 5 pm [up through December 22]. Two Austin artists will bring a lot of color to front Gallery. Virginia Flack produces collages from resused plastic and Steve Wiman does installations from similar sources. Even trash can be beautiful!
And there's a lot more happening this weekend, but I'm up against my deadline and a plane is waiting so I'll sign off here.