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Late Night Talk: Irving Penn: Through the Lens

Friday, April 15, 9:00 p.m.

In this twist on a panel discussion, Tracy Achor Hayes, Editorial Director with Neiman Marcus, and Laura Wilson, photographer, will speak about their work in relation to Irving Penn’s techniques, subject matter, and influence. Merry Foresta, guest curator for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, will then moderate a question-and-answer session connecting each speaker’s comments to major themes in the exhibition.


Skip Hollandsworth: The Hunt for America's First Serial Killer

Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor for Texas Monthly and screenwriter of the acclaimed film Bernie, can now add author to his résumé. This event celebrates the release of his first book, The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer. Set in 1884, the book follows a vicious killer who stalked the streets of Austin for an entire year, striking on moonlight nights and attacking women from every race and class. The Midnight Assassin is a scrupulously researched, riveting depiction of one of the most chilling and little-known events in Texas history. Also recommended: Justin Cronin and Emily St. John Mandel


Music, Love, and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

The 17th-century music paintings of Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries reflect a cultural and artistic heritage inextricably linked to music making. Betsy Wieseman, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings at the National Gallery, London, will speak about the lasting impact of music paintings from this period and contextualize Vermeer’s music paintings within his larger body of work.


David Sedaris: Belly Laughs

Wednesday-Friday, April 27-29, 7:30 p.m.

Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns to Dallas for the seventh consecutive year to read new and unpublished material. Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, with bestselling books and collections of personal essays, including Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and on the public radio show This American Life. Seven million copies of his books are in print, and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Also recommended: Dacher Keltner.


Curtis Sittenfeld: Jane Austen Remixed

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.

In Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, Eligible, Lizzy Bennett is a high-powered magazine editor in New York. When her father falls ill, she and her sister Jane return to the home in Ohio that they thought they’d left behind forever. At once familiar and utterly surprising, Sittenfeld delivers a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. She is the bestselling author of several novels including Prep and The Man of My Dreams. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and on Public Radio’s This American Life.


Emel Mathlouthi in Concert

Saturday, April 30, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Singer, songwriter, and composer Emel Mathlouthi is bringing a powerful new sound to Tunisian music. Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz, and the Lebanese diva Fairouz. Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental, and trip hop influences, and her song "Kelmti Horra" (my word is free) was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has immense stage presence and a voice that spells revolution and freedom.


Dave Isay: Purpose & Passion

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable new stories from people doing what they love in his forthcoming book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Together these stories demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living; it is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness. Also recommended: Elizabeth Gilbert.


The Dallas Herakles in Context

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Nancy Ramage, Charles A. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts Emerita at Ithaca College, will speak about the multilayered history of one of the DMA’s newest acquisitions, a marble bust of Herakles that reveals the talents of three artistic hands.  This lecture is sponsored by the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology.


Elizabeth Gilbert: Creative Living

Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.

In Elizabeth Gilbert’s #1 New York Times bestseller Big Magic, she shares her wisdom and a unique perspective on creativity. She offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration, illustrating how to embrace curiosity and how to tackle what we most love while facing down what we most fear. Whether you’re looking to write a book, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse everyday life with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder. Gilbert is also the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love