We spent the last 18 years building a home for Austin artists, The Off Center, but a couple of months ago, we were priced out. In the face of this change, we are launching crushAustin, and we are going to do exactly that—CRUSH IT, really really good. The kind of crushing that is so good it is transformative.
We want to insert our creativity into every nook and cranny of Austin with the very best new independent cultural productions. Not palatable fare, but the kind of shit that curls your toes and takes your breath away and makes you lose your mind. We want to scour its backside for inspiration in sites of actual cultural production and join forces with others in making work that matters. We want a forum for conversations between artists and audiences about the shape of things to come.
crushAustin will focus on “the city” as a collective and as a collaborative structure. Austin has raised us, made us who we are, but now it needs some looking after, some care and attention as Austinites try to figure out what kind of city we want to be, what we value, and what our civic life should look like.
When space is valued in dollars and cents, when the future is reduced to capital accrued, then our most important contribution as an arts organization is to provide alternative ways of engaging in the now.
August 27 – Grageriart – District 4 Lana Lesley & Peter Stopschinski are Grageriart. They will perform 45 minutes of their noise & music excavation of your favorite home shopping catalogue.
September 24 – Stand-Up Comedy Workshop – District 1 Stand-up comedian and company member Hannah Kenah will lead this workshop culminating in a short set by YOU, and drinks on Lana Lesley.
October 21 – The Eye Ball – District 3 It’s our annual fundraiser party. It’s one of the best things we do.
November – Gin & Tonix – District TBD Thomas Graves and Jennifer Kidwell are making something. Probably dinner. Really. They’ll do it somewhere.
December – Christmas Karaoke – District 9 It’s our version of A Christmas Carol, but it’s really your version. With our incredible state-of-the-art, fully collaboratized and individualized “Karaoke system” you will experience Christmas past, present, and future like never before.
January – Salon in a Salon – District TBD We have so many brilliant academics in our community, we want to make them use their heads for art. This year will be based on our experience talking with NESCent scientists at Duke. Art & Science!
February – Off Center On Screen – District TBD The Off Center is gone, but we can still share all the stuff we made there. We’ll screen our play from 2003, El Paraiso, among other great nuggets, and feed you popcorn.
March – Fixing Troilus & Cressida – District TBD It’s the third installment in our Fixing Shakespeare series by Kirk Lynn – where Kirk takes a lesser-produced play by Shakespeare and rewrites it completely with not just contemporary English but a shit-ton of curse words.
April – Perverse Results – District TBD We’re leaving this slot open for inspiration. It might be the 3rd episode of our Perverse Results series. It might be a book launch for Lana’s new book. We don’t know. Can you live with the uncertainty?