| October 27, 2014 | Culture
How does one Blanton Museum of Art exhibit take you inside the brain, and what kind of holiday shopping can we expect at this year's Cherrywood Art Fair? That and more in this month's culture news….
In 2012, renowned artist James Drake committed himself to drawing every day for two years. The result was “Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash),” a remarkable display of his mind’s most enduring curiosities—from classical art and science to violence and addiction.
“When you walk into this space, it’s as though you’re walking into his brain—it’s his daily expression, all laid out in one very large piece,” says Blanton director Simone Wicha. “The magnitude of it is stunning.” Each of his 1,242 drawings is on a variety of delicate papers (vellum, envelopes, pages torn from books, and other scraps) and tacked floor-to-ceiling throughout the gallery. Through January 4, 2015, Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 512-471-7324
The Chula League’s annual nonprofit Cherrywood Art Fair is a destination for holiday shoppers searching for handmade jewelry, paper goods, soaps, and more treasures from their talented artisan neighbors. The weekend’s honorary cochairs this year are Celeste Quesada (Craftbox Agency) and her Grammy Award–winning husband, Adrian Quesada (Spanish Gold). “Adrian and I are long-standing supporters of creating community through special events that strengthen and nurture our cultural fabric,” Celeste says. Dec. 13–14, Maplewood Elementary, 3808 Maplewood Ave.
Relive the beloved ’80s film when Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage comes to Austin this fall. Directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch, based on the original choreography by Kate Champion, the musical will feature all the moves and the songs that made the film popular. November 11–16, Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., 512-477-6060; broadwayinaustin.com
It’s a favorite holiday tradition: Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker returns for its 52nd year with sweet dreams, snowflakes—and Mother Ginger guest stars. Tchaikovsky’s classic score is performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra and brought to life by choreographer Stephen Mills. Dec. 6–23, The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., 512-476-2163
Founded by Sally Jacques in 2005, Austin aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light aims to transcend ordinary urban landscapes (abandoned warehouses, the historic Seaholm Power Plant, construction scaffolding) into nontraditional works of art. KLRU’s Emmy Award–winning Arts in Context delves deeper into the inspiring act with Here and Beyond. Airs Dec. 18 at 7:30 PM on KLRU
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC SWANSON (DRAKE); AMITAVA SARKAR (BLUE LAPIS LIGHT); MATTHEW MURPHY (DIRTY DANCING); TONY SPIELBERG (NUTCRACKER)