Austin Events for the Literati – March

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.


The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece

The Blanton Museum of Art

Exhibit goes through April 3rd, 2016

The Crusader Bible, also known as The Morgan Bible, is the illustrated manuscript of Old Testament scenes in a medieval settings. Believed to have been created in Paris around the 1240s, this unique piece of art has a long and interesting history, having passed through a number of owners and countries before finally being added to the collection at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

To provide historical context for the Bible, the presentation features medieval arms and armor from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also included are sixteenth-century Persian illustrations from the Metropolitan and the Ardashīr-nāma, a seventeenth-century Judeo-Persian manuscript of Old Testament stories from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.

morgan_bible_10r“The illuminations include some of the most compelling visualizations of the Old Testament, bringing Bible stories to life through vivid images that reflect medieval culture and the world of the Crusades. Designed to resonate with thirteenth-century French viewers, biblical characters are depicted as battling knights, equipped with contemporary arms and armor, and situated within medieval French towns. Loans from the Metropolitan Museum, including a shirt of mail, sword, prick spur, and war hat, will augment visitors’ understanding of the weaponry featured in the Crusader Bible.”

This exhibit is on display at The Blanton Museum until April 3rd, 2016.

These titles may also interest you:

Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743 (Hardcover)

Michelangelo. Complete Works (Hardcover)


Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s

The Blanton Museum of Art

February 21 – May 15, 2016

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey to examine, within an historical context, art that emerged in this pivotal decade. The exhibition showcases approximately 45 artists born or practicing in the United States—including Doug Aitken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Glenn Ligon, Donald Moffett, Shirin Neshat, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Shahzia Sikander, Frances Stark, and Kara Walker—and features installation, video, painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography, and early Internet art. Organized by the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, the survey includes works created from 1989 to 2001, and explores a range of social and political issues as diverse as the decade from which they emerged.

Come As You Are is accompanied by the most definitive catalogue on the art of the 1990s to date. Co-published by the University of California Press and the Montclair Art Museum, it includes four essays by exhibition curator Alexandra Schwartz and seven short, thematic essays by some of today’s foremost contemporary art historians. Additionally, the catalogue contains a comprehensive chronology of the decade’s key artistic, political, and cultural events and an extensive bibliography.

This exhibit also includes screenings of Matthew Barney’s CREMASTER Cycle, 5 films that are as breathtaking in scope as they are in vision. The complete set of five films will also be shown in their entirety during the week of SXSW, March 15th-20th. Free with museum admission.

The Blanton Museum is located on the UT Austin campus at MLK Jr. Blvd and Congress Avenue. Please see the Blanton Website for parking information. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students with valid IDs, and free on Thursdays. See their FAQ for more information.

If this exhibit interests you, you may also be interested in:

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session (Hardcover)

Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art (Hardcover)


Afternoon Tea Screening

The Importance of Being Earnest

Saturday, March 26th 4pm – Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

This 2002 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s most enduring and popular play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is a satirical comedy in which its two protagonists (played here by the inimitable Rupert Everett as Algy and Colin Firth as Jack) both impersonate a fictional man named Earnest in order to escape tedious social conventions and woo their lady loves. Originally performed in 1895 London, Earnest mocked Victorian traditions and social customs and has enjoyed a number of revivals both on stage and on screen.

the_importance_of_being_earnest2002c8Afternoon Tea is a signature film series at The Alamo Drafthouse. Ticket price includes a seat at the screening, tea time treats and three courses of premium organic tea. Tickets w/ food are $20.

Wilde’s play is also available in various editions in our Theater:Plays section on the 2nd floor.


PostSecret: The Show

The Long Center – Rollins Theater

Tuesday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 27th

postsecret-the-show_web2-640x420PostSecret: The Show is a visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears, ambitions and confessions. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors guide the audience through a narrative of the stories sourced from over a million anonymous and artful secrets mailed on postcards to artist, curator and internet phenomenon Frank Warren. With the bravery of RENT and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: the Show reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that no matter what you may be facing, you are not alone.

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project created by Frank Warren in 2005 in which people mail in their secrets on homemade post cards. Selected secrets are then posted on the website or used in the PostSecret books. To date Warren has published six PostSecret books, available in our Cultural Studies section at BookPeople.

Tickets to the show start at $38.


Regular events that I don’t need to describe to you anymore:

One Page Salon – Every 1st Tuesday at The North Door – 7pm – March 1st (FREE)

Nerd Nite – SXSW edition – The North Door – 8pm – Sunday, March 13th (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap – The North Door – 7:30pm – Tuesday, March 22nd (FREE)

Naked Girls Reading – “Invisible Ink” Salvage Vanguard Theater  – 8pm & 10pm – Saturday, March 26th ($15 advance tickets)

Testify – Every 4th Thursday @ The Spider House Ballroom – 7:30pm – Thursday, March 31st ($5 cash, $6 card at the door)

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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