Austin Film Society presents drive-in Sundance Film Festival screenings, The Contemporary Austin hosts a virtual artist talk and more events in Austin

The Contemporary Austin will host a virtual artist talk Feb. 3 with photographers Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. (COURTESY TORBJØRN RØDLAND/CONTEMPORARY ATX)
The Contemporary Austin will host a virtual artist talk Feb. 3 with photographers Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. (COURTESY TORBJØRN RØDLAND/CONTEMPORARY ATX)

The Contemporary Austin will host a virtual artist talk Feb. 3 with photographers Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. (COURTESY TORBJØRN RØDLAND/CONTEMPORARY ATX)

From drive-in screenings of Sundance Film Festival movies at Pioneer Farms to a virtual conversation series on equity, here are four events in the Austin area to check out in late January and early February.

Jan. 28 through Feb. 3

Sundance Film Festival at Austin Film Society


The Sundance Film Festival, which normally takes place at a ski resort in Utah, will take place digitally and via satellite partners, including Austin Film Society, which is hosting drive-in screenings. Various times. $25 per car, $15 per additional passenger. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin. 512-322-0145. www.austinfilm.org

Jan. 30

Austin Symphony Orchestra online concert


“Slavic Splendor” features works from Antonin Dvorak, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Igor Stravisky and Sergei Prokofiev. The ASO has virtual concerts scheduled through spring. 7 p.m. $50. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org

Feb. 2

Artist Talk: Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia


The Contemporary Austin will open its new spring exhibits Jan. 23, including “Bible Eye,” featuring the work of Norwegian photographer Torbjørn Rødland. To commemorate the opening of the new exhibit, the modern art museum will host a virtual conversation between Rødland and American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia. 7 p.m. Free. 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

Through Feb. 18

‘The Path to Racial Equity’ virtual conversation series


A group of 17 local organizations hosts this virtual series of discussions with experts on racial inequity in the Austin community. The series occurring weekly on Thursdays includes guests Tom Hawkins, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, on Feb. 4 and Chas Moore, executive director and founder of the Austin Justice Coalition, on Feb. 18. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. www.austinchamber.com/events/the-path-to-racial-equity-virtual-conversations

Through Feb. 28


It’s Time Texas hosts community challenge


The nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of Texans hosts this competition to improve community health. Participants can register online; earn points by engaging in healthy activities; and can join as part of a school, company or team. Free. 512-533-9555. www.ittcommunitychallenge.com

Editor's Note: The image caption has been updated on this story to correct the source. The image is courtesy the artist, Torbjørn Rødland, Dancer, 2009–2012. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. 17 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches. Edition 3 of 3, 1 AP. Artwork Torbjørn Rødland. Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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