Austin Events for the Literati – February

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Each 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. 

Sense & Sensibility Screening

Monday, February 1st at 7pm – Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

I can still hardly believe that Alan Rickman is gone, that his body of work is complete. His characters, whether villainous or heroic, were always distinctive and often scene-stealing. His role as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s gorgeous and award winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility is no exception.

Alan Rickman S&STo remember Alan Rickman, the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location is hosting a screening of Sense & Sensibility on Monday, February 1st at 7pm. Proceeds from this screening will benefit Saving Faces, a facial surgery research foundation based in the UK that Alan was active with. Tickets are $10.50 on the Alamo website.


by The Hidden Room Theater

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 7 P.M. – Harry Ransom Center

Austin-based theater company The Hidden Room presents a staged reading of Richard III based on John Wilkes Booth’s promptbook from the Ransom Center’s archives. The company, which specializes in producing unpublished or rarely-seen works, tackles Booth’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, which is presented here for the first time since the 1860s.

Prose on the Plaza: Infinite Jest

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at NOON – Harry Ransom Center

To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, readers share their favorite passages from the novel. Wallace’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Light refreshments will be served.

The Harry Ransom Center is at the intersection of 21st and Guadalupe St on the UT Campus. Paid parking is available in the Dobie Garage at 21st and Whitis, or the surface lots on the south side of MLK Blvd.

The Dionysium

The Science Show

Wednesday, February 3rd at 7pm – Alamo Drafthouse Village

dio_poster_winter_2016_largerIf you are a fan of Nerd Nite or Astronomy on Tap, you should be attending the series that started it all. The Dionysium, a monthly debate/lecture/salon series has been going strong for over ten years. It makes its home at The Alamo Drafthouse Village, where you can enjoy the intellectual salon while being served food and local brews in the traditional Alamo style. The last time I attended they debated  whether or not Edward Snowden committed treason and why. I have to admit, I was swayed by the arguments (though I won’t say in which direction).

Hosted by L.B. Deyo, February’s Dionysium, The Science Show, will feature Matthew Herman on The Music of Images, Michale Roberts on Deep Learning, and Leonard Hough on Physics.

Interested in future Dionysium events? Like them on Facebook!

 Poet Sasha West – Tuesday, February 10th

The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writer Series 

St. Edwards Carter Auditorium at 6pm

Sasha West’s poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, Forklift, Ohio, Third Coast, The Journal, Canary, and elsewhere. These poems are drawn from a book-length poem, Failure and I Bury the Body, which won the 2012 National Poetry Series. She lives with her husband in Austin, TX and is now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at St. Edward’s University.

Thinkery21: The Science of Sex

Wednesday, February 11th 7pm-10pm

The Thinkery

thinkeryAustin’s Thinkery is the latest iteration of the Austin Children’s Museum. Located in the Mueller community, it dedicates its 40,000 square feet to exhibits & programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). While primarily geared toward kids and families, someone had the brilliant idea of also having adult only programming. Hence, Thinkery21, a 21 and over event where the museum is closed to children and adults can “eat, drink and mingle while experiencing innovative science and art.” Uh, sign me up!

This month’s Thinkery21 is The Science of Sex.

From wafting the potent aroma of pheromones to dissecting vibrating toys, Science of Sex explores the ins and outs of attraction, sex and reproduction. This is not your average birds and bees experience.

Thinkery21 includes a cash bar and a number of Austin food trucks. For more information on the specific exhibits and lectures, visit the Thinkery21 website!

Tickets are $20 for non-members, and $18 for members. The Thinkery is located at 1830 Simond Avenue.


Thursday, February 18th at 8pm

The North Door

(un)Spoken is the older, more serious cousin of Bedpost Confessions. It’s a storytelling event that asks the question, What is unspoken for you? The stories are poignant and daring, but most of all, truthful.

The North Door Lounge (alley entrance) opens at 6:30pm, and the show doors open at 7:15pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are $12-$15 at the door only.

The North Door is located at 502 Brushy St. between 5th and 6th St just east of I-35.


Thursday, February 25th at 7:30pm

Spider House Ballroom

Testify February“Everyone has a story…” Truth! Testify ATX is another one of those personal storytelling events that seem to be popping up all over the place these days. The increasing popularity of events like these seems to indicate, to me at least, the ever increasing need people have to connect to one another outside of the virtual world. The more we are connected digitally, the less we are connected in the real world. This irony of ironies has been commented on ad infinitum, ad nauseam. So no need to repeat all that here. But for those of you looking for an event that brings intelligence and authenticity, genuine vulnerability and a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself, this is where you should be going.

“Testify is a monthly storytelling show featuring five performers telling true stories from their own lives connected by the month’s theme. Shows take place the last Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at Spider House Ballroom, and admission is $5 cash, $6 credit card.”
Join Testify in February for Temptation: True Tales Too good To Resist for stories of desire, opportunity and deciding what to do.

To keep up to date on the themes and performers, go to the Testify ATX website or like them on Facebook. And who knows, you may, occasionally, see a few of your lovely BookPeople booksellers up on that stage, baring our soul for all to see!

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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