Best of the week: Arts, Oct. 18-24
Menahem Pressler and the Miró Quartet. Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, joins Austin’s own string legends, the Miró Quartet, for a program that includes Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major. 8 p.m. Friday. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, University of Texas campus. $32. 512-477-6060. www.texasperformingarts.org.
“Ricardo Paniagua: Hard Edge in Da Paint.” Dallas-based artist Ricardo Paniagua’s meticulous, pristine painted artwork combine 1960s Pop Art zoomy geometries with an unmistakable 21st-century edge. Whether in paintings or with three-dimensional painted sculpture, Paniagua’s work always intrigues. Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Nov. 17. Gallery hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Big Medium Gallery at Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. Free. www.bigmedium.org.
“Transatlantic-Texas.” Big Medium may have opened a new space at Canopy, but it hasn’t let go of its original gallery at Bolm Studios. The newest show features illustration, mark-making and painting by 15 artists from Texas and 15 from Europe. Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Nov. 24 .Gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 5305 Bolm Road. Free. www.bigmedium.org.
“Soundspace: Graphic Notation.” The Blanton Museum’s super-popular immersive concert series continues. Music happens everywhere in the museum at Soundspace events. And among other performances is the Austin premiere of Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 19 for 100 Marching Tubas, which begins in the museum’s atrium and then marches out to the front courtyard. 2 p.m. Sunday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free with museum admission: $9 ($7 for seniors, $5 for students). 512-471-7324. www.blantonmuseum.org.