Austin Events for the Literati – March

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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. 


Fran Lebowitz

Wednesday, March 8th @ 7:30pm

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

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American author, speaker, and all-around-fascinating-woman, Fran Lebowitz, is coming to Austin! She’s known as much for her “sardonic wit” as for her distinctive fashion sense. Her two first books, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, are available in a collected work, called The Fran Lebowitz Reader, available on BookPeople’s shelves now!

The evening will begin with a 30-minute conversation with Fran, moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and Co-founder of the Texas Tribune, followed by an hour of speaking and questions from the audience.

Tickets range from $35-$71, and can be purchased through the Long Center Website.


Public Tour: Persuasion: Messages and Meaning in Art

Thursday, March 9th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Blanton Museum

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A picture is worth a thousand words, the adage goes, and artists have communicated messages and meaning with their art from the beginning of time. From the church-sponsored art of the 17th century to contemporary art reflecting on war, poverty, and politics, artists have sought to persuade the masses. See all of the ways artists convey messages on this tour of the Blanton’s newly reimagined permanent collection.

Admission is free on Thursdays.

The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


Penn & Teller

Friday, March 24 @ 8:00PM 

The Paramount Theater

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With an amazing eight wins, including 2015, as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” their 15-year run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them the longest running and one of the most-beloved headline acts in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on The Strip.

Their acclaimed Showtime series, Penn & Teller: BS! was nominated for 13 Emmys and is the longest-running series in the history of the network. The show tackled the fakes and frauds behind such topics as alien abduction, psychics and bottled water.

Currently they host the hit series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! for The CW Network, on which up-and-comers and magic veterans try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in the duo’s hit Las Vegas stage show.

Tickets range from: $45 – $80 and can be purchased on the Paramount website.


Moontower Comedy presents Marc Maron

Friday, March 31 @ 8:00PM 

The Paramount Theater

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American comedian, writer, podcaster, actor, musician, director, and producer – Marc Maron – is coming to Austin at the end of March. Maron is most known on stage for his cultural analysis and explorations of his own relationships. Between his Air America days and his IFC show, Maron, he’s been on HBO, produced his own one-man show, voiced a character on Metalocalypse, and run a very successful podcast.  Oh, and he also wrote a book, Attempting Normal. It’s possible this man never sleeps.

Attempting Normal is on our shelves now in paperback.

Tickets range between: $35 – $40 and are available on the Paramount Theater website.


Naked Girls Reading – Bedtime Stories

Saturday, March 25th @ 7:30pm

Indra’s Awarehouse

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These luscious ladies of literacy are back again with their latest naked-storytelling show! The Austin chapter of Naked Girls Reading, near and dear to my heart, expand the audience’s mind by promoting body positive culture while reading their favorite literature naked. Still don’t understand? That’s okay. Somethings only make sense once you experience them.

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Austin, there were three naked girls who loved to read…

Join us for our first show of the new year as we come out from under the covers to explore our favorite bedtime stories. From arousing to nostalgic, we will bring some of our favorite books from the bedroom to the stage, just for you.

Featuring:
Ruby Lamb
Eve Vocative
and the return of DoubleDown Dixie!

Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 7:30. BYOB
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Advance tickets available at http://ngrbedtimestories.brownpapertickets.com/


SCREENINGS:

I Am Not Your Negro

 March 7th & 8th – various showtime

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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An adaptation of writing by the late, great author James Baldwin, posits that the more things change in American race relations the more they stay the same. 

Baldwin was writing in 1970, but his concerns about the status and the future of his people are as searingly current today as they were in the immediate aftermath of the Civil Rights Era. Filmmaker Raoul Peck weaves modern and period footage together to show us how far we have not come since the deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. 


Kid’s Camp – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

March 10th – March 16th – various showtimes

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

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Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together during most holiday breaks.  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.


To Kill A Mockingbird 

Sunday, March 26 4pm and Wednesday, March 29th 7pm 

Lakeline Alamo Drafthouse

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Part coming of age story, part courtroom drama TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD continues to be the defining film and book about racism in America during its time. It’s beautiful, emotional and sensitive, but also frank and candid. The charming performances by youngsters Mary Badham (Scout) and Phillip Alford (Jem) and the stoic Peck balance the instances of unmitigated hate by those around them.


RECURRING MONTHLY EVENTS:

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

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, March 8th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave – Tuesday, March 7th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (every 3rd Thursday) – Thursday, March 16th – 7pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday) – Wednesday, March 29th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every fourth Thursday) – Thursday, March 30th – 7pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom ($5 cash, $6 CC at 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.holdgrafer (at) gmail 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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