The Elisabet Ney Museum, Texas Folklife, and Polkaworks present the return of
Sunday October 26 2014, from noon to 5PM
At the Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, 78751
Featuring live music from Dallas’ Los Morales Boyz; The Fabulous Polkasonics and Conjunto Los Pinkys, both from Austin; and, the pride of Denton Texas, Grammy Award winners BRAVE COMBO!
The First Annual Polkapocalypse was averted by weather last year, but this year’s return of Polkapocalypse! will showcase Polka music, a rich, rebounding Texas cultural tradition, one that draws upon the diverse ethnic cultures that helped build the current Texas cultural landscape. Tap your feet to that crazy Czech, German, Ukranian, Polish, Slavic, and Mexican Polka beat!
In 1892, Elisabet Ney, a German classically-trained sculptor, moved to Austin and built “Formosa,” her remarkable limestone Neoclassical and Gothic Revival studio. Two famous pieces—statues of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin, now in the entry hall of the Texas State Capitol—were created in this castle-like structure. Much of her German-era work, including portraits of great philosophers, composers, and royalty, is also housed here. A designated historic landmark, the Museum is dedicated to her art and legacy, and contains the largest collection of her works in the world.
Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For the last 30 years, Texas Folklife has honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.
Polkaworks, a non-profit whose primary raison d’etre is the presentation and promotion of Polka music in Texas, has also produced documentaries and exhibits based on the cultural traditions of Texas.