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Always … Patsy Cline TexARTS Keller Williams Studios, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 474-8497, www.tex-arts.org Through Oct. 31
DOMY BOOKS: MONSTER SHOW 5 Scary monsters, evoked by scary-talented artists from all over the country, freak the walls of Domy’s fine gallery. Among those rendering the horrific: Esther Pearl Watson, Souther Salazar, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Deth P. Sun, Kozyndan, Jenny Hart, Travis Millard, Jade Walker, Mat Brinkman, and many others. Reception: Sat., Oct. 30, 7-9pm. Exhibition: Through Dec. 2. 913 E. Cesar Chavez, 476-3669. www.domystore.com. RUSSELL COLLECTION: RAY DONLEY The popular artist’s newest show, “Terminal Confessions,” features enormous digital photographs next to his mysterious figurative paintings. See “Dark Insinuations,” p.36, for more. Exhibition: Nov. 2-30. Reception: Fri., Nov. 12, 6-9pm. 1137 W. Sixth, 478-4440. www.russell-collection.com. BUTRIDGE GALLERY: TELOS ART This local group of artists uses thickly textured oil paint, recycled windshield glass, and free-pour bronze to explore what it is to be human, as informer and informed. Reception: Thu., Nov. 4, 6-9pm. Exhibition: Through Nov. 28. 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 974-4000. www.cityofaustin.org.
In a culture seemingly dominated by celebrity and shamelessness, the thought that a famous artist might also be a genuine human being is comforting. In the case of Patsy Cline, that image in fact held some truth. Based on a true story, Always … Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley is a revue of Cline’s music and also a story of one night in the life of the young country singer, when she befriended someone ordinary and showed how ordinary she herself was in turn. Louise (Edie Elkjer) is a divorcée with small children. She loves Patsy Cline’s music enough to call into the local radio station in Houston every morning to request one of Cline’s songs. When Cline (Selena Rosanbalm) arrives to perform in Houston, Louise is there in the front row, and through a little luck and a little audacity, she meets the singer face-to-face. To her astonishment, Cline sits right down with her, and Louise discovers, through the course of the evening’s performance, that it isn’t just the music that’s lovely. It’s also the singer. This production is a revival of the same show TexARTS produced two years ago, directed by Todd Dellinger and Robin Lewis. I didn’t see the original, but the show seems to be mostly unchanged. A few things stand out. First, Rosanbalm deserved every ounce of recognition she received for her performance. (She was nominated in the category of Acting in a Leading Role by the Austin Critics Table.) She has a beautiful, excellent voice, and rather than mimic Patsy Cline, she makes the
songs into a tribute by grabbing what’s at the heart of them and owning the music. Rosanbalm also lets the frustrations of Cline’s life peek through her charm and warmth without letting them dominate. This isn’t a play that people go to because they want a tale of loneliness and despair; they go because they love the music. Rosanbalm gives her portrayal of Cline texture without losing sight of the loveliness that drew people to the singer. Second, TexARTS should post guards wherever they keep their wardrobe (designed by Katie Uhler). I want that green dress. Want. It. (The other costumes were nice, too – lots of early Sixties evening wear, a great visual to back up the music.) Third, TexARTS has one of the nicest front-of-house operations I’ve encountered in a while, which went quite a ways toward assuaging my frustrations after I fought traffic for an hour to make the 7:30pm curtain. Obviously, heavy traffic is not the fault of the company. However, as most Chronicle readers will be making the trek to Lakeway from Austin, they should leave themselves plenty of time to get there and consider going on a weekend. Those who go should find Always … Patsy Cline to be a nice show with superb music. And a killer green dress. – Elizabeth Cobbe
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BAY 6 GALLERY: WITNESS Susannah Blanton and Leashya Padma-Munyon present a carefully juxtaposed exploration of their contrasting views of childhood mayhem. Through Oct. 31. 5305 Bolm, 553-3849. www.bay6studios.com. GALLERY 5619: STILL THINGS Debra Broz explores how “the complicated can wear the skin of the simple (and vice versa) and how anthropomorphism, context, language, and memory make meaning.” Through Oct. 31. 5619 Airport. www.gallery5619.org. AUSTIN ART SPACE: 9 + ART = 2 This show of work by the venue’s resident artists helps celebrate two full years of artful exuberance. Through Oct. 31. 7739-Q Northcross Dr., 771-2868. www.austinartspace.com. AUSTIN DETAILS: THE TRUTH IN PORTRAIT Portraits in photography, by William Coupon, and paint, by portrait artists working in a variety of media. Through Oct. 30. 106 E. Eighth, 391-0999. www.austindetailsart.com. 02 GALLERY: WHEN GIANTS ROAMED THE EARTH This exhibition of Peter Leighton’s “imaginary vernacular photography,” parenthetically called “An Alternative to History,” pays homage to the 20th century snapshot and anonymous photographers everywhere. Through Oct. 30. 2830 E. MLK, 477-9328. www.pennyprints.com. WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY: HONORA JACOB The artist’s multilayered oil paintings exploring feminine archetypes in contemporary context are foremost in this new solo show replete with legions of lepidoptera and echoes of the sartorial past. Through Oct. 30. 1202 W. Sixth, 472-7428. www.wallyworkmangallery.com. BIRDHOUSE GALLERY: CURIO: THE LITTLE ODDITIES Debra Broz – who also has a substantially different show up at Gallery 5619 – alters porcelain animals through addition, subtraction, and recombination of pieces and parts. See them complicating the space in this fierce Eastside gallery. Closing reception: Fri., Oct. 29, 5-8:30pm. 1304 E. Cesar Chavez, 789-9242. www.debrabroz.com. BUTRIDGE GALLERY: MACHINES AND CREAKING CARTS Eve Whitaker presents a series of drawings, paintings, and dolls produced while caring for her aging father. Through Oct. 28. 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 974-4000. www.cityofaustin.org.
ONGOING DIBONA STUDIO Oil paintings and “sculptural tattoos” by Joyce DiBona. 404 W. Milton, 851-2646. www.joycedibona.com. YARD SHOW This show is based on the book Yard Art and Handmade Places by Jill Nokes and features photographs, stories, and installations from the yards of people who have turned their personal property into sanctuaries, sculptural fantasies, and cultural landmarks. Through Dec. 5. Two Locations: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse; Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress. 441-9255. www.texasfolklife.org. AUSTIN GALLERIES: THE GREAT PURSUIT Jackson Hole artist Amy Ringholz’s contemporary wildlife paintings. Through Nov. 20. 1219 W. Sixth, 495-9363. www.austingalleries.com. CONSIDER THE SOURCE Michael Kellner and Alexandra Robinson live and work in different cities, but they share in a common artistic practice: They both translate source materials into unique constructed representations. Through Nov. 11. ARTS Building, St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress. www.stedwards.edu/hum/art/student/index.html.
‘MONSTER SHOW 5’ OPENS AT DOMY BOOKS THIS WEEKEND AND INCLUDE S ORIGINAL WORK LIKE THIS PIECE BY SOUTHER SALAZAR.
ART IN A NUTSHELL This is the gallery of Ismael Cavazos, creator of “The Old Man in the Peanut,” featuring his creations involving scribbles, drip paintings, rocks, inkblots, and clouds. 2209 S. First, 436-6551. www.ismaelcavazos.com. STUDIO L: METAL ART STUDIO SHOW Behold the work of nationally known copper sculptor Daryl G. Colburn. Also, pieces in diverse metal media by Jacob Colburn, Debra Gikas, Rita Marie Ross, and Sandy Muckleroy, with pen and ink drawings by Erin Hood. 2309 Thornton, 577-3479. www.darylgcolburn.com. ABB GALLERY: JOSEPHINE HEIDEPRIEM The artist’s photography, exhibited as “No Duty to Retreat.” Through Nov. 14. Saltillo Lofts, 1601 E. Fifth #105. 474-7676. CHAN CHAN: PHOTOS AND PAINTINGS OF CUBA The photography of Piercarlo Abate and the paintings of Luis Abreux show a side of Cuba that’s seldom seen. 81 San Marcos St. www.piercarloabate.com. CORONADO STUDIOS The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists. 6601 Felix, 385-3591. www.serieproject.org. NORTH HILLS GALLERY: TOTALLY TEXTURAL Work by members of Austin’s Fiber Arts Bee. 7050 Village Center, 345-1743. WYATT BRAND GALLERY: KENNY BRAUN The (astonishingly good) photographer presents “Surf” in glorious black and white. Through October. 107 Leland #4, 904-9928. www.wyattbrand.com. WATERLOO WATERCOLOR GROUP The annual fall members’ exhibit, juried by Elizabeth Kincaid. 7050 Village Center Dr., 345-1743. DUMONT GALLERY Linda Dumont: cityscapes, abstracts, and portraits. Call for appointment. 815 E. 52nd. 698-1890. www.lindadumont.com. EYE CONTACT ART showcases the work of Joshua Garcia and others. 12400 Amherst #102, 825-8577. www.eyecontactart.com. PAINTED LIGHT: PHOTOWORKS BY KATE BREAKEY More than 130 richly hand-colored images from nine suites of photographs reveal a quarter-century of Kate Breakey’s career. Through Feb. 4. Wittliff Collection, Alkek Library, Texas State University. 512/245-2313. www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu. GALLERY AT MUSEO: ABOUT FACE Works by Lisa Bussett, Nicole Jeffords. and Maria Lyle. Through Jan. 11. 11266 Taylor Draper. www.museoliving.com. AMOA: ROMARE BEARDEN This exhibition examines the ways that, through 75 prints created over a span of 30 years, the preeminent American artist experimented, innovated, and collaborated on his journey toward mastery of the medium. Also in the local spotlight: new works from the Okay Mountain collective. Through Nov. 14. 823 Congress, 495-9224. www.amoa.org.