First and foremost, if you’ve got some time on your hands this weekend, and you would like to experience something cultural and quite beautiful to boot, you should mosey on over to the Blanton Museum to watch Tibetan Buddhist monks create a unique sand mandala— an ancient buddhist ritual to bless the earth. As a special program accompanying the Blanton Museum’s current exhibit Into the Sacred City: Tibetan Buddhist Dieties from the Theos Bernard Collection, the museum has invited 10 monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta to create a 5-foot sand mandala in the museum’s Rapoport Atrium. The Sand Mandala Project began this Wednesday and will continue until the completion of the piece ceremoniously comes to a close this Sunday, January 13th with a closing procession ending at Waller Creek. Viewers can watch the monks in their creative and spiritual process tomorrow from 11-4:30 pm, and Sunday from 11-2 pm. The Waller Creek procession begins at 3:30 pm.
There will also be a free special lecture on the symbolism of the sand mandala this Saturday from 2-3 pm a the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium.
and, well, secondly… FronteraFest turns a whopping 20 years old!!!
FronteraFest, Austin’s own annual festival of homegrown theatre, poetry, improvised comedy, puppetry, interpretive dance, and everything in between, becomes twenty this January. The festival will be taking its normal format this year, spanning the 5 weeks of January 15-February 16, although this year there is a twist— in commemoration of reaching such a momentous benchmark, the fest will be bringing back some of its best-of alums from throughout the years. Sounds like some fun not to be missed!
To get a glimpse of all of the events, check out the FronteraFest 2013 page.
Call for ARTISTS?! For all of you brilliant monologuers, performance artist shakers or those that do almost anything under the sun (that is no longer than 25 minutes, and, well some type of performance)… it’s not to late to get on the waiting list for the Short Fringe. Every year there are a few dropouts. Grab a PDF application right here— and there is a good chance you will get booted for the stage.