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.
International Read Naked Day
July 5th – Everywhere
July 5th is officially International Read Naked Day. Never heard of it? Well, it’s kinda new!
Basically, the minds behind one of my favorite events, Naked Girls Reading, wants to heighten awareness of the joys of reading by reminding people that it is, fundamentally, a physical and sensual experience.
This is an event that takes place in the privacy of your own home (or your friend’s home!), but through the miracle of social media, those with an exhibitionist streak are encouraged to send photos of themselves celebrating this most joyous of new holidays! Visit the ReadNakedDay website to join the community and find more info.
An Evening with Neil Gaiman
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
July 6th @ 8pm
The Long Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting my #1 favorite author of all time on July 6th – Neil Gaiman!!!
If you are new to Gaiman (perhaps because you’ve been watching the exceptional adaptation of American Gods on Starz recently) or an old fan like me (seriously, The Sandman changed my entire outlook on both literature and life itself), this event is not to be missed. The man is inspiration incarnate!
Tickets start at $32 and are on sale now. A limited number of signed books will also be available for sale (at the BookPeople booth, of course!).
Special Saturday Edition of One Page Salon
The North Door
July 8th @ 6pm (FREE)
One Page Salon, Owen Egerton’s now infamous storytelling event, is holding a special Saturday edition (for all of us too old to go out on a school night, perhaps?)
“Featuring the debut of Egerton’s dark and Austin-freaky Hollow, Andrew Hilbert with his Invasion of the Weirdos, Amelia Gray all Skyping in her Isadora, Matt the Electrician releasing his album Feed the Deer, and the cleverest clickety-clack activity of that Typewriter Rodeo.”
This will be the first chance to buy Owen’s new novel HOLLOW, which I haven’t read yet but hear great things about (unsurprising)! BookPeople will be on hand doing what they do best, btw! Come out to The North Door and say hi! It’s a FREE event!
The Blanton Museum
July 9th through October 1st
Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles. Larger-than-life stories depicted with the miniaturist’s delicacy of touch and vibrant colors. This upcoming exhibition is drawn from the San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. The images provide a compelling introduction to classic Indian and Persian texts: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and the Persian Book of Kings, Shahnama. Although most of the paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala provide a change of pace; this text deals with a range of specific musical modes and the varied emotions they convey. There’s something for everyone—bring the kids!
This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.
Generous support for this exhibition at the Blanton is provided by an anonymous donor.
Creature Comforts Art Show
Thru July 10th
Creature Comforts: An Art Show Celebrating Animal & Creature Characters From the World of Pop Culture!
If you haven’t made it out to the Creature Comforts show at Guzu Gallery, you have until July 10th!
Adorning the gallery walls will be spectacular creatures great and small, big and tall, lovable and unlovable, cute…and, well, not so cute! Join Guzu and their artistic companions on an exotic safari through the wondrous world of pop culture!
Twenty talented artists from Austin and the surrounding area will pay tribute to an eclectic range of pop culture animal and creature characters, via limited edition prints and original artwork. All artwork will be available for purchase. As always, admission is free and all ages are welcome!
Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage
by Lost Rabbit Collective
The 1832 Tavern, Bastrop, Tx
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through July 22nd @ 7:30pm
Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage is the first production by Lost Rabbit Collective, a women produced theater company based in Bastrop.
Flaming Guns is a “B-Western Horror Flick”, takes the cowboy code and the tradition of spaghetti western romance on a wild ride. Big 8’s got problems of her own but that doesn’t stop the stampede of trouble when her son’s estranged wife, Shedevil, arrives on her doorstep. A bad storm and foreclosure signs on her property quickly become the least of Big 8’s worries when Shedevil’s new boyfriend, Black Dog, arrives in hot pursuit looking for his stolen money. A hilarious and bloody farce, Flaming Guns is sure to sit you up straight in your saddle.
Written by playwright Jane Martin.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – July 9th and 10th
Kid’s Camp: The Iron Giant – Alamo Drafthouse Multiple Locations – All of July!
RECURRING MONTHLY EVENTS:
One Page Salon (usually every 1st Tuesday, but this month is a special edition) – Saturday, July 8th – 6pm @ The North Door (FREE)
Story Department by Austin Bat Cave – Tuesday, July 11th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)
Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, July 12th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)
Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday) – Wednesday, July 26th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)
Testify ATX (every last Thursday) – Thursday, July 27th – 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!