Austin Events for the Literati – August

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 month of August (and a little of September) 

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz 

This epic series is one of the most ambitious undertaken by the exceptional programming team at The Alamo Drafthouse. “A seven week immersion into a thrilling world of crime, mystery and chaos” – these films selections, curated with extreme prejudice, include titles from Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Mario Bava, Hayao Miyazaki, and Christopher Nolan (just to name a few) and span the entirety of cinema history. While not all of the 30 films are book adaptations, the entire series strikes me as something that will interest Austin book lovers!

Notable screenings include the following titles (all adaptations from literary source material):

The Sherlock Holmes Double Feature on August 1st at 7pm – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Spider Woman, starring Basil Rathbone as the eponymous detective.

Alfed Hitchcock‘s To Catch a Thief on August 3rd at 7pm – starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly (based on the 1952 novel by David Dodge)

Edgar Wallace Krimi Double Feature on August 7th at 7:30pm – The Inn on the River and The Hexer (based on Wallace’s book, The Ringer). These German films were never distributed in English and the Drafthouse will be projecting the subtitles live. In addition, they’ll be projecting from 35mm prints… This screening is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Belphegor on August 13th at Noon – This screening is FREE (must reserve your seat with a $5 food voucher) – based on the 1927 crime novel by  Arthur Bernède.

Danger: Diabolik on August 18th at 7pm – based on the (ongoing) Italian comic-book series Diabolik.

The Bond Films on August 20th –  You Only Live Twice (1pm) and Moonraker (4pm) – both in 35mm! Also, did you know the screenplay for You Only Live Twice was written by Roald Dahl? Yeah, me neither.

On September 4th, this series will finish off with The Dark Knight Saga by Christopher Nolan, starting at noon.

Check the Super Krime website for detailed information on films, screening times and to purchase tickets!

The Dionysium Summer Show 

Wednesday, August 3rd @ 7pm

Alamo Drafthouse Village 

“A typical Dionysium show will feature a lecture, a declamation, a drinking song, a film or live musical performance, an appeal to Dionysus, a fiction-writing contest, and plenty of strong drink. But the heart of every Dionysium is the debate, pitting two experts against each other in toe-to-toe parliamentary combat.”

Dionysium Summer 2016Visit the official Dionysium website, and friend them on Facebook to keep the conversation going and stay up to date with all of their shows!

Kids Camp screening of Horton Hears a Who

August 1st-4th @ 10am

The Alamo Drafthouse Village

HORTON HEARS A WHO! is one of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories, and it’s been brought to vivid life in this delightful family film from the creators of ICE AGE. Horton the elephant hears the voice of the mayor of a microscopic community that exists on a speck of dust, and he soon does whatever it takes to protect the tiny universe from his neighbors–who all think he’s crazy. Starring Jim Carrey as Horton, Steve Carell as the Mayor of Whoville and with voice co-starring turns from Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Isla Fisher and Jaime Pressly, HORTON HEARS A WHO! is a charming reminder that  “even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.”

horton_hears_who_sd2_758_426_81_s_c1Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together all summer.  Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance.  100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits working to make our community a better place.


August 5th – 20th Thursday – Sunday @ 8pm

The Vortex Theater

This adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s tragedy, Salomé is directed by Katherine Wilkinson and presented by The Gale Theater Company. Wilde’s play tells the biblical story of Salomé, the woman who requested the head of John the Baptist as a reward for dancing the Dance of the Seven Veils. In this production the story begins after the death of John the Baptist as Salomé comes to terms with what she has done.

Gale’s production combines dance, acrobatics, and a huge bath tub filled to the brim with water to give Salomé her voice back. Gale Theatre Company is dedicated to presenting original physical theatre, training actors, and community collaboration. We strive to make performance that is physically daring, aesthetically arresting, emotionally compelling, and ensemble driven.

Tickets are $10-$30, sliding scale.


August 5th & 6th @ 7pm and 10pm

The Spider House Ballroom 

  “Mortified is a storytelling show where adults share their most embarrassing childhood letters, lyrics, journals, home movies, artwork, etc… in front of total strangers. Equal parts comedy, theater, and therapy, Mortified has been hailed “a cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and featured on This American Life, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, & Talk of the Nation. The project operates grassroots chapters in 10 cities (from DC to LA to Malmo, Sweden) as well as produces books, film and TV projects.”

For more information, visit the official Mortified website! Purchase tix online (door tickets are more expensive, and the show frequently sells out!)

Star Wars Original Trilogy Marathon

Saturday, August 13th @ 2pm

The Long Center Dell Hall

The Alamo Drafthouse and the Long Center have teamed up to bring us the original trilogy, special editions on the big screen in the beautiful Dell Hall! Tickets start at $32, and costumes are highly encouraged! Visit the Long Center event page for more details and tickets!


Afternoon Tea Screening of Jane Eyre

Sunday, August 21st @ 4pm

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

The 2011 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and was directed by Cary Fukunaga. Afternoon Tea screenings are hosted by Alamo programmer, Sarah Pitre.

jane-eyre-image_3_758_426_81_s_c1Your ticket includes three servings of tea as well as a plate of the following treats:

Bacon Cheddar Scone With Chive Butter*
Truffled Deviled Eggs
Glazed Chocolate Custard Eclair
*Vegetarian option available


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)– Tuesday, August 2nd – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department (every 2nd Tuesday) – Tuesday, August 9th – 8:00pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, August 10th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

TL;DR (every 3rd Tuesday) – Tuesday, August 16th – 7pm @ The Whip In (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (every 3rd Thursday) – Thursday, August 18th – 7pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Testify (every fourth Thursday) – Thursday, August 25th – 7:30pm @ The Spider House Ballroom ($5)

Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday) – Wednesday, August 31st – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

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 or related 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! For official BookPeople events, please see the BookPeople Events Calendar!

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