Recommended arts: Pecha Kucha, 'The Atheist,' Haydn's 'The Creation,' 'Clutch: New Music by UT Composers,' 'Teleportal Readings 2'
Pecha Kucha. The premise of Pecha Kucha might be a little precious, though the event itself is engaging. After designers in Tokyo began gathering for informal but concisely timed presentations a few years ago - hence the name Pecha Kucha, a Japanese term for the sound of 'chit chat' - designers and architects around the world started doing the same, limiting each presenter to just 20 slides and only 20 seconds per slide. The trendy concept aside, Pecha Kucha is a good old fashioned show-and-tell, a slide-illustrated lecture that gives creative professionals of all types a chance to reveal what they're working on. On tonight's line-up, among others, are filmmaker Sam Douglas ('Citizen Architect'), book designer Jace Graf, architect Chris Krager, textile artist Magda Sayeg, and playwright and economics professor Steven Tomlinson. Doors open at 7:30; presentations start at 8:20 p.m. 416 W. Cesar Chavez St. Free. www.pecha-kucha.org/night/austin,
Thursday through Saturday
'The Atheist.' A darkly funny comedy by Irish playwright Ronan Noone about a journalist high on ambition but very low on morals gets a staging by director Ken Webster, Austin's master of terse, dark modern comedies. Stars Austin favorite Joey Hood. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through March 13. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. $17-$19. www.hydeparktheatre.org.
Friday and Saturday
Haydn's 'The Creation.' Go beyond 'Messiah.' Texas Choral Consort takes on Haydn's mighty oratorio 'The Creation,' arguably the composer's masterpiece. Soloists are Kirsten Watson, soprano; Gitanjali Mathur, soprano; Jos Milton, tenor; and basses Robert Harlan and Chaz Nailor. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Northwest Hills Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive. $15-$20. www.txconsort.org.
'Clutch: New Music by UT Composers.' Forget the violin and the piano: In the new millennium, percussion has become the favored solo instrument of young composers. University of Texas-based percussion ensemble Line Upon Line spearheads a program of new percussion-based music by student and faculty composers including 'Echoes of Veiled Light' by Zack Stanton and a new piece by Steve Snowden. If you can't make the concert, it will be Webcast live from www.music.utexas.edu. 7:30 p.m. Recital Studio 2.608. Music Building, UT campus. Free.
'Teleportal Readings 2.' Monofonus Press continues its multimedia reading series targeted at those who love reading but, well, hate the usual format of readings. This month, poet and music writer Nick Courtright reads from his latest chapbook, 'Elegy for the Builder's Wife.' There's also a screening of clips from '60 Writers/60 Places,' a film that features short readings in unorthodox venues, such as a laundromat, the subway, etc. And coming in over the Internet, the evening's virtual reader is Richard Lange, author of the lauded L.A. noir novel 'This Wicked World.' 8 p.m. Hotel San José, 1316 S. Congress Ave. Free. www.monofonuspress.co - Jeanne Claire van Ryzin