Austin Events For The Literati – January 2016

Literati Events BannerEach month I’ll be investigating events around town that might pique the interest of the book nerds, the literature obsessed, and those who enjoy stimulating entertainment and/or socializing. Not surprisingly, Austin has a number of things going on every month the Book People community would enjoy. 

 2016 is upon us, and Austin has some really amazing events coming up for us lit nerds ! Happy New Year everyone!

One Page Salon – Tuesday,  January 5th

@ The North Door 7pm


This month’s line up includes the President of The Dionysium himself,  L.B. Deyo! Novelists Carolyn Cohagan & Brittani Sonnenberg and the wonderfully disturbing word bender Dale Bridges.

Owen Egerton presides over this monthly event (1st Tuesday of every month), which is now in its third month at The North Door (502 Brushy St). As always, this event is FREE! Readings start at 7pm.

 Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, January 19th

The North Door  @ 7pm

Astronomy on Tap ATX is held on the third Tuesday of every month at The North Door at 7.30pm. It’s organized by professional astronomers Dr. Rachael Livermore & Dr. Jeffrey Silverman.

This month Dr. John Jardel explains Dark Matter and how we know it’s there, Dr. Mike Boylan-Kolchin discusses how scientists search for Dark Matter, and Dr. Hayley Gillespie, the founder and director of the Art.Science.Gallery., discusses astronomy in art.

“Science is even better with beer”, says AoTATX. Yes, yes it is.

Follow Astronomy on Tap ATX on Twitter @AoTATX

*I’m not sure why so many of the cool (nerdy) events happen at The North Door. Let’s just go with it, shall we?*

 A Conversation with Ed Ruscha

Wednesday,  January 20th


The Blanton Museum Auditorium

“Hollywood” (1968) by Ed Ruscha

To celebrate the opening of the Edward Ruscha papers and art collection at the Harry Ransom Center, the Blanton and the Harry Ransom Center present a conversation with the artist on his life and work with critic Dave Hickey.

Ed Ruscha is an American artist associated with the Pop Art movement and Beat Generation, and he has published more than 16 small art books.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Priority seating goes to members starting at 5:20pm, and general admission starts at 5:30pm. Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis. Public reception to follow.

The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. See the Blanton Museum’s event page for more information.

 BedPost Confessions Thursday, January 21st

 The North Door @ 8pm (doors @ 7pm)

I’ve mentioned BedPost Confessions before, but I’m not sure I impressed upon my audience just how wonderful it is, both as an event and as an organization. Since its inception in 2010, Bedpost has evolved beyond simply a sex-positive storytelling event and into something quite a bit more:

“BedPost Productions produces transformational storytelling events and workshops that merge entertainment, ethics and education. We believe deeply in the power of story to change individual lives and to create deep and sustainable social change. With their skilled and expert facilitators, the company also offers writing, coaching, and editing services to support personal story development.”

In addition to the above they also have a podcast that is currently on it’s 78th episode.

Tickets start at $15, and the show is for ages 18+

Join their Facebook group and follow them on Twitter @BedPostConfess

 The Austin Opera presents Floyd’s Of Mice & Men

The Long Center for the Performing Arts Jan 23-31

opera_of-mice-and-men-640x420The Austin Opera presents the English-language opera Of Mice and Men. Adapted by Carlisle Floyd, this opera is a faithful retelling of John Steinbeck’s iconic novella.

Performances at The Long Center are January 23, 2016 at 7:30PM, January 28, 2016 at 7:30PM and January 31, 2016 at 3:00PM. Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now.

Stage director Kristine McIntyre, known for her visually stunning and emotionally rich productions, has directed more than 50 operas throughout the United States at The Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Arizona Opera, Dallas Opera, and many others.

Of Mice and Men is an Opera in three acts, sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage, and features the Austin Opera Chorus & the Austin Opera Orchestra.

Austin Events for the Literati is researched, curated, and written by bookseller Sarah Holdgrafer. It’s purpose is to make it easier to discover events that would interest people in the literary scene, or just people that read the BookPeople blog, here in ATX. It is by no means comprehensive!

So, if you are hosting, or just know about, a literary themed event here in Austin in the upcoming months, email sarah.h (at) bookpeople dot com and let her know about it (hopefully with at least a few weeks advance warning)! The Austin Events for the Literati blog post goes up by the 1st of every month.

NOTE: These events are not produced by or affiliated with BookPeople. We just think they are great, that you’ll like them too, and hope to see you there!

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