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Arts picks: Best of the week, Nov. 7-13

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Line Upon Line Percussion kicks off their new season on Friday.


“Perspectives: Doris Salcedo.” In tandem with the opening of new installation of her politically charged yet subtly crafted conceptual works at the Blanton Museum, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo will give a gallery talk. 6 p.m. Friday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free with museum admission ($5-$9). 512-471-7324,

“Green Zone: Julie Moon and Rick Mansfield.” A playful surrealism infuses the ceramic sculpture of Julie Moon and painted bronze works of Rick Mansfield. Opening reception: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Dec. 13. Mass Gallery, 507 Calles St. Free.

Line Upon Line Percussion. The always inventive percussion ensemble Line Upon Line kicks off their new season with a program including Toru Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree,” Rolf Wallin’s “Stonewave”and the premiere of Andrew Greenwald’s “99 Words” for three heavily-altered snare drums. 8 p.m. Friday. Big Medium Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. $10-$30.


“17,000 Observations.” Los Angeles artists Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck) present their site-specific artwork directly informed by the biological diversity of Laguna Gloria. A sculptural mobile of circular mirrors is suspended between trees across a footpath and is accompanied by a field recording made over a 24-hour period at the 12-acre lakeside sigh in which the songs and calls of numerous bird species are manipulated, overlapped and modulated. On Sunday at 2 p.m. a live ensemble will accompany a public presentation of the 30-minute manipulated field recording. Through Dec. 9 visitors to Laguna Gloria can access the “17,000 Observations” recording of the performance and view the sculptural installation through Dec. 9. Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. Free.