More midweek fun includes Billy Strings show and other events
Talk & Film by Jim Hodges at the Contemporary Austin. World renowned artist Jim Hodges will show and narrate his new film, "Jim Hodges (a Trailer)," surrounded by his sculpture "With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress)," which has been on view at the Jones Center. The film presents his expansive and ever-surprising body of work. After the film, Hodges will answer questions and share his plans for a new community collaborative arts hub. Picnics and BYOB are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. $3-$5. 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
NorthsideNext: Tooned. The newest installment of the monthly Domain Northside event devoted to kids is centered on one of their favorite things — cartoons. Bring your favorite cartoon to life by dressing up in costume. This month's theme, "Tooned," will include guided activities and crafts to get kids' bodies and minds engaged, led by the Boogaloo Crew. End the morning by taking home a fun photo. The event is targeted to children 18 months to kindergarten. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 7. Free. Northside Lawn, Palm Way and Rock Rose Avenue. facebook.com/events/547968588982168/.
Billy Strings at Antone’s. The 20-something Michigan native has been a welcome breath of fresh air for bluegrass music in recent years, a hot picker with solid knowledge of traditional roots but a punk-like firebrand performance style. He was a big hit at this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival and might prove even more lively in a nightclub setting. Singer Grace Park’s local indie-folk outfit the Deer opens. $15-$20. 9 p.m. Nov. 8. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — Peter Blackstock
Movies in the Park: "Selena." There have been regular installments of this free movie series produced by the Austin Parks Foundation, but the final night of Movies in the Park is extra special. The foundation, in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, is screening the film "Selena" in Austin's only downtown park. Starring Jennifer Lopez, "Selena" tells the story of beloved real-life Tejano singer Selena, who charmed Texas and the world before her murder at age 23. 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Free. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park/.
"Seasons of Fruition" at Dimension Gallery. The inaugural group show of the recently selected 2018 and 2019 fellowship artists of the gallery, "Seasons of Fruition" is a reflection on causality and also explores the dichotomy between things that come ephemerally into fruition before disappearing or transforming. Participating artists include Laura Latimer, Jade Walker and David Wright. The gallery is open an extra day, on Nov. 11, for the East Austin Studio Tour. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8-11. 979 Springdale Rd. Ste. 99. dimensiongallery.org.