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Fall 2007

Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales" Performance Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m.

Alex Coke, Suzy Stern, Rich Harney, and friends perform their original jazz adaptation of Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales."


Poetry on the Plaza: Heaven and Hell Reading Wednesday, December 5, Noon


"Beckett's Library and Manuscripts" Lecture Thursday, November 29, 7 P.M.

Noted Samuel Beckett scholars Mark Nixon of Reading University and Dirk Van Hulle of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, present "Beckett's Library and Manuscripts" on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Nixon and Van Hulle will discuss Beckett's personal library and the evidence of the influences of his reading in his manuscripts and writing.

The Ransom Center is home to one of the largest collections of Beckett materials in the world. Visit the Ransom Center's online exhibition Fathoms From Anywhere: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition at www.hrc.utexas.edu/beckett.

Seating is free, but limited.


An Evening with the Rude Mechanicals Performance Wednesday, November 28, 8 P.M.

The Rude Mechanicals' Kirk Lynn and University of Texas at Austin Professor of Theatre Charlotte Canning discuss collaboration between playwrights and directors in "An Evening with the Rude Mechanicals" on Wednesday, November 28 at 8 p.m. at the Off Center. A performance of scenes from The Method Gun, a work-in-progress inspired by acting teacher Stella Adler, follows.

The program begins with a moderated discussion about the relationship betweenthe Rude Mechanicals' current project, The Method Gun, and the Harry Ransom Center's exhibition Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater.

Following the discussion, members of the cast of The Method Gun will perform various scenes from the work-in-progress. The program will end with a dance number based on the drinking of rum cocos in Tennessee Williams's Night of the Iguana, and these drinks will be served to the audience during a concluding question-and-answer period.

Tickets are required and can be reserved by emailing tickets@rudemechs.com.

Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo Street


"Shakespearean Jealousies: T. S. Eliot and Othello" Lecture Thursday, November 15, 7 P.M.

Christopher Ricks, professor in the humanities and co-director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, presents "Shakespearean Jealousies: T. S. Eliot and Othello" on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

In his lecture, Ricks analyzes the connected fates and fictions of Shakespeare's Othello and Eliot.

Ricks has published works on numerous authors and poets, ranging from John Milton to Bob Dylan.

Seating is free, but limited.

The event is the 2007 Stanley Burnshaw lecture.


"Writing Biography: The Case of Edith Wharton" Lecture Wednesday, November 14, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center presents "Writing Biography: The Case of Edith Wharton" by biographer Hermione Lee on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m.

Lee, who will discuss her most recent biography on Wharton, is the Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. She has been the Chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize, and her biography on Virginia Woolf is considered the definitive Woolf biography.

Seating is free, but limited.

Lee used the Ransom Center's Edith Wharton to research her biography.


Signature Series: Dara Wier and James Tate Reading Thursday, November 8, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center presents a Signature Series event with celebrated poets Dara Wier and Pulitzer Prize-winner James Tate on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m.

The longtime companions and collaborators will come together to read poems old and new. The Ransom Center holds the papers of Tate and recently acquired the papers of Wier.

Seating is free, but limited.

This program is part of the Ransom Center's Signatures Series, designed to focus attention on recent archival acquisitions.


Poetry on the Plaza: Sub/Versive Reading Wednesday, November 7, Noon

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Sub/Versive on Wednesday, November 7, at noon.

From Plato's Republic to targets of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, poetry and poets have often been treated with suspicion and censorship.

Join our readers for a Poetry on the Plaza session that focuses on poems and poets that have been deemed subversive at some time or another.

Refreshments will be served at this free event.


"Performing Identity: The Strange Theater of Victorian Portrait Photography" Lecture Tuesday, November 6, 7 P.M.

Jennifer Green-Lewis, Associate Professor of English at George Washington University, presents "Performing Identity: The Strange Theater of Victorian Portrait Photography" on Tuesday, November 6, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

With the advent of photography, the portrait seemed headed toward democratization, allowing everyone access to a visible family history. Alongside the daguerreotype's testimonial image, however, a strikingly different approach to the making of portrait photographs developed.

Green-Lewis, author of Framing the Victorians: Photography and the Culture of Realism, will explore this distinct approach, which was characterized by the attraction to the theatrical world of Victorian fine art photography. She explains how portraits might be illuminated for us by contemporary works of nineteenth-century fiction.

Seating is free, but limited.

This lecture is in conjunction with the current exhibition Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography, which runs through December 30.

Within the exhibition, be sure to visit the photo booth and take your own portrait.


Carl Bernstein at the Texas Book Festival Reading Sunday, November 4, Noon

Carl Bernstein, whose Watergate papers are at the Ransom Center, reads from and discusses his latest book A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. A book signing follows. Co-sponsored by the Texas Book Festival.

House Chamber, Texas State Capitol


Literary Austin panel kicks off Texas Book Festival Panel Thursday, November 1, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center and the Texas Book Festival present a panel on the anthology Literary Austin to kick off the festival on Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m. at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.

Moderated by Austin writer Stephen Harrigan, panelists Robert Draper, Literary Austin editor Don Graham, Bill Minutaglio, Karen Olsson, John Spong, and Marion Winik will about their contributions to the anthology.

Seating is free, but limited. Maps of the University campus are available online.

Literary Austin brings together the history, color and character of Texas's capital city since 1839 when it was selected, on the advice of Mirabeau B. Lamar, as the site for a new capital of the then-Republic of Texas.

Essays, fiction and poetry reveal the variety of literary responses to Austin through the decades and are organized in a roughly chronological fashion to reveal the themes, places and personalities that have defined the life of the city.

Jessen Auditorium


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Robert De Niro Film Series Monday, October 29, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center screens Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) as part of the Robert De Niro Film Series on Monday, October 29, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center. The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars De Niro, Branagh, and Helena Bonham-Carter. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses related items from the De Niro collection. De Niro donated his archive to the Ransom Center in 2006.

Based on Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor who becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His experiments lead to the creation of a monster, played by De Niro.

Seating is free, but limited.


"Arthur Miller and the Broadway Canon" Lecture Friday, October 26, 2 P.M.

David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, presents "Arthur Miller and the Broadway Canon" on Friday, October 26, at 2 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Despite the money and celebrity that has surrounded Broadway for the last 100 years, the commercial New York theater has served as a forum for what is now deemed serious drama for less than half of that period. Indeed, the group of great playwrights who had their work routinely performed on Broadway is a small one, beginning with Eugene O'Neill in 1920 and ending with Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller in the early 1960s. This talk addresses the construction of the canonical, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play with a focus on Arthur Miller's work in an attempt to discern Miller's unique position in the history of the commercial theater.

Seating is free, but limited.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater, on display through December 30.


"Up Against the American Dream" Reading Thursday, October 25, 7 P.M.

Charlotte Canning and Lucien Douglas from the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin weave together critical commentary and scenes from the plays of Arthur Miller in "Up Against the American Dream" on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

This 90-minute presentation includes performances of scenes from Miller's works All My Sons, The Crucible, View from the Bridge, After the Fall, The Archbishop's Ceiling, and American Clock. The event features visual and audio resources to address themes that run throughout Miller's work: history, tragedy, family, nation, politics, and philosophy.

Seating is free, but limited.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater, on display through December 30.


The Deer Hunter Robert De Niro Film Series Monday, October 22, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center screens The Deer Hunter (1978) as part of the Robert De Niro Film Series on Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center. The film stars De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses related items from the De Niro collection. De Niro donated his archive to the Ransom Center in 2006.

Directed by Michael Cimono, the film explores the lives of three blue-collar, Russian-American friends in a small steel-mill town before, during, and after the Vietnam War. The film contains adult content.

Seating is free, but limited.

Mark your calendar for the final film in the series, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) on October 29.


Photo by Roy Zipstein

Tony Kushner Lecture Thursday, October 18, 7 P.M.

Tony Kushner, a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, talks with The University of Texas at Austin's Steven Dietz about the legacy of American playwright Arthur Miller. A book signing follows. Tickets required.

Please note that all tickets have been distributed for this event. Empty seats will be released beginning at 6:50 p.m. the night of the event.

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Jessen Auditorium


Taxi Driver Robert De Niro Film Series Monday, October 15, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center screens Taxi Driver (1976) as part of the Robert De Niro Film Series on Monday, October 15, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center. The film stars De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Harvey Keitel. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses related items from the De Niro collection. De Niro donated his archive to the Ransom Center in 2006.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film follows Vietnam veteran and taxi driver Travis Bickle (De Niro) as he struggles with insomnia and loneliness in New York City. The film contains adult content.

Seating is free, but limited.

Upcoming screenings in the series include The Deer Hunter (1978) on October 22 and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) on October 29.


The Godfather II Robert De Niro Film Series Monday, October 8, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center screens The Godfather II (1974) as part of the Robert De Niro Film Series on Monday, October 8, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center. The film stars De Niro, Al Pacino, and Robert Duvall. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses related items from the De Niro collection. De Niro donated his archive to the Ransom Center in 2006.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the film continues the saga of the Corleone crime family, telling the story of a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) growing up in Sicily and New York and following Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Cuba. The film contains adult content.

Seating is free, but limited.

Upcoming screenings in the series include Taxi Driver (1976) on October 15, The Deer Hunter (1978) on October 22, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) on October 29.


Poetry on the Plaza: Don Juan in Hell Reading Friday, October 5, Noon

The Harry Ransom Center presents a special Poetry on the Plaza event, Don Juan In Hell, featuring Actors From the London Stage and local Austin actors, on Friday, October 5, at noon.

The actors will perform a reading of an excerpt of Don Juan in Hell, a screenplay adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Man and Superman, which updated the classic Don Juan tale with a funny, modern twist. A hilarious cocktail of comedy and romance, Don Juan in Hell inverts the myth of Don Juan to portray the love chase of the man by the woman. In previous incarnations, Don Juan ran away from women after possessing them. In Shaw's version, Jack Tanner, the modern Don Juan, runs away from women to prevent them from possessing him.

The screenplay was adapted by Andrew Shea, an assistant professor in The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film, and Mark Medoff, playwright of Children of a Lesser God.


Poetry on the Plaza: Victorian Voices Reading Wednesday, October 3, Noon

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Victorian Voices on Wednesday, October 3, at noon.

The event features readings of Victorian poetry by graduate students Jean Cannon and Michelle Lee and Associate Professor of English Beth Hedrick, among others.

This Poetry on the Plaza event is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography, on display through December 30. After Poetry on the Plaza, come in the galleries to take your picture against a Victorian backdrop.

Refreshments will be served at this free event.


"'Individuality Intensified': Oscar Wilde and the Masquerade of Victorian Culture" Lecture Thursday, September 27, 7 P.M.

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Director of The University of Texas at Austin's Program in Comparative Literature and Associate Professor of English, presents "'Individuality Intensified': Oscar Wilde and the Masquerade of Victorian Culture" on Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Oscar Wilde and the late Victorians are often seen as stiff, formal, and inauthentic. Yet this very artificiality lies at the heart of their attempts to define what it meant to be both British and modern, and to connect traditional ideas about race, gender, and culture with the contemporary realities of the British Empire.

Seating is free, but limited. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography, on display through December 30.


"Contemporary Challenges in Teaching the Humanities" Panel Tuesday, September 25, 7 P.M.

Members of The University of Texas's Academy of Distinguished Teachers discuss "Contemporary Challenges in Teaching the Humanities" on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Join professors Elizabeth Cullingford of the English Department, Toyin Falola of the History Department, and Thomas Garza from the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies for a roundtable discussion on the challenges of teaching in the humanities.

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers is comprised of a select group of tenured faculty in the university that advises the president and provost on matters related to the university's instructional mission; participate in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching effectiveness; and serve as mentors to new faculty.

Seating is free, but limited.


Austin Museum Day Family Sunday, September 23, Noon - 5 P.M.

Celebrate Austin Museum Day with cultural fun for the whole family.


"Documentary Film and the Literary Imagination" Lecture Thursday, September 20, 7 P.M.

Randolph Lewis of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma presents "Documentary Film and the Literary Imagination" on Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Documentary film has experienced a renaissance over the past five years. Films such as An Inconvenient Truth, The Fog of War, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Supersize Me have broken box office records, have launched national conversations on politics and health, and have received unprecedented attention from journalists and academics. Lewis argues that this renaissance has not been altogether good for documentary film, as the medium has become less "literary," and more "televisual." With examples from film directors Dziga Vertov, Alain Resnais, Emile de Antonio, and others, Lewis's talk explores how documentary film might benefit from restoring its historic ties to the literary imagination.

Seating is free, but limited.


"The Tintypes of Jayne Hinds Bidaut" Lecture Tuesday, September 18, 7 P.M.

New York-based photographer Jayne Hinds Bidaut discusses her varied approaches to the tintype, a nineteenth-century photographic process that she uses to produce images of animals, insects, and the human body.


Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography Tour Thursday, September 13, 7 P.M.

David Coleman, Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, leads a free gallery tour of Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography on Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in the Ransom Center Galleries.

Dress Up explores Victorian culture through the period's fascination with the then new medium of photography. The Victorians embraced the blending of fiction with fact, so portrait and genre photographs of the period often reveal vivid artifice and unconcealed theatricality. Most Victorian photography took place in highly controlled settings such as the photographer's studio. Backdrops, costumes, gesture, and props became elements of identity, regardless of whether the photographer's purpose was commercial portraiture, documentary photography, or fine art. In true Victorian fashion, all of these subjects are "playing" roles, with many images occupying a middle ground between the extremes of theatricality and identity.

The exhibition will be on display through December 30.


Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater Tour Wednesday, September 5, 7 P.M.

Exhibition curator Charlotte Canning leads a free gallery tour of Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater on Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. in the Ransom Center Galleries.

The American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005) articulated an unparalleled engagement with his historical era through such plays as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. He remained committed throughout his life to a politics of freedom, he compellingly married the emotional and psychological elements of character with concerns about public and political responsibility. The exhibition uses Miller's plays to explore conscience in its theatrical expression: as an intertwined and interdependent political and emotional life.

The exhibition is on display through December 30.


Poetry on the Plaza: Faculty Favorites Reading Wednesday, September 5, Noon

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Faculty Favorites on Wednesday, September 5, at noon.

Professors will share their favorite poems for teaching, motivation, or just pure enjoyment. Please feel free to bring a favorite poem of your own to share.

Refreshments will be served at this free event.


Spring / Summer 2007

Dorothy Parker's Big Blonde Performance Thursday, July 26, 7 p.m.

The Violet Crown Radio Players produce Dorothy Parker's Big Blonde, in a live recreation of a 1920s radio broadcast.


The Big Parade SILENT SILVER SCREEN SERIES Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.

King Vidor's The Big Parade (1925) with live music by Graham Reynolds and friends.


Magic Lanterns PERFORMANCE/LECTURE Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m.

Jack Judson, owner of the Magic Lantern Castle in San Antonio, brings alive the world of the magic lantern, a form of animated optical projection used to educate and delight audiences for centuries.


"Gershwin, Copland, and the Roaring Twenties" CONCERT Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m.

The Austin Chamber Music Center presents "Gershwin, Copland, and the Roaring Twenties" as part of the city-wide Austin Chamber Music Festival.


The General SILENT SILVER SCREEN SERIES Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m.

Buster Keaton's immortal The General (1927) with live music by Graham Reynolds and friends.


"Fashioning a New Woman: Gordon Conway" LECTURE Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m.

Author Raye Virginia Allen tells the story of Gordon Conway, the Texas-born designer who helped define the look and lifestyle of the flapper world-wide in "Fashioning a New Woman: Gordon Conway."


Orphans of the Storm SILENT SILVER SCREEN SERIES Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.

D. W. Griffith's Orphans of the Storm (1921) starring Lillian Gish. Live music by Graham Reynolds and friends.


"Father Divine, Daddy Grace, and Pop Evangelism in the 1920s" LECTURE Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.

American Studies scholar Danielle Sigler discusses the role of religion in America in "Father Divine, Daddy Grace, and Pop Evangelism in the 1920s."


15th-Annual Heritage Home Tours TOURS Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Ransom Center and the Heritage Society of Austin present the 15th-annual Heritage Homes Tour, featuring 1920s homes in the Duval/Hemphill Park neighborhoods. Visit the Ransom Center's exhibition The American Twenties for refreshments and a special gift. Tour tickets available at www.heritagesocietyaustin.org.


"Austin in the 1920s" LECTURE Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m.

Austin historian Ed Van De Vort discusses Austin in the 1920s. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Society of Austin.


"Celebrating the Imagination: The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center" BOOK SIGNING Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Join us for the publication debut of Celebrating the Imagination: The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center and a panel discussion with the book contributors.


Poetry on the Plaza: The Book of Poetry READING Wednesday, May 2, Noon


"1922: The Emergence of a Concept" LECTURE Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.

In "1922: The Emergence of a Concept." Marc Manganaro, English Professor at Rutgers University, examines the impact of 1922, an anno mirabilis in literature and the humanities.


Poetry on the Plaza: Living Poets READING Wednesday, April 18, Noon


"The Harlem Renaissance and Its Impact on America" PANEL Monday, April 16, 7 p.m.

Cary D. Wintz, Professor of History at Texas Southern University, Martha Jane Nadell, Assistant Professor of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and Shirley Thompson, Assistant Professor of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, discuss the Harlem Renaissance and its impact on America.


Family Day AMERICAN '20s MUSIC SERIES Saturday, April 7, Noon-4 p.m.

Enjoy a free, all-ages concert on the plaza with the Pistol Family Band, the Biscuit Brothers, and more. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.


"In 1926: Why and How?" LECTURE Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents "In 1926: Why and How?"


Poetry on the Plaza: The Cruelest Month READING Wednesday, April 4, Noon


Photographer Marie Cosindas LECTURE Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.

Pioneer color photographer Marie Cosindas, best-known for her unique portraits and still lifes, talks about her work and career.


Joe Ely CONCERT Sunday, April 1, 3 p.m.

Joe Ely performs a matinee reprise of stories and songs inspired by Bonfire of Roadmaps.


Joe Ely CONCERT Saturday, March 31, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Joe Ely performs an acoustic evening of stories and songs, in conjunction with the University of Texas Press and their new publication of Ely's book Bonfire of Roadmaps.


Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973), starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses selected items from the De Niro collection.


"The Legacy of Watergate: Why It Still Matters" PANEL Friday, March 23, 2 p.m.

Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein participate in panels on presidential accountability and the impact of the press in the Watergate scandal. Additional panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winner David Oshinsky, Professor of Government Bruce Buchanan, and Austin American-Statesman Editor Rich Oppel. Event brought to you by the Austin American-Statesman and statesman.com. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/watergate.

McCullough Theatre


"1927: The Advent of Sound" LECTURE Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.

Don Crafton, Notre Dame Professor of Music, presents "1927: The Advent of Sound" about the emergence of sound in movies.


O. Henry Short Story Prize-winning stories adapted to stage PERFORMANCE Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.

O. Henry Short Story Prize-winning stories are adapted to the stage by actors Lynn Miller and Ev Lunning. Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of Theatre and Dance.


John D. Hancock's Bang the Drum Slowly ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES Monday, March 19, 7 p.m.

John D. Hancock's Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), starring Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, and Vincent Gardenia. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses selected items from the De Niro collection.


William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily PERFORMANCE Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.

The Violet Crown Radio Players produce William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily in a live recreation of a 1920's radio broadcast.


Poetry on the Plaza: All the King's Men READING Wednesday, March 7, Noon


Dana Gioia, poet and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts READING Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.

Dana Gioia, poet and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, reads a selection of poetry. A question and answer session follows.


Ephemerata Family Band, White Ghost Shivers, and a 1920s Fashion Show AMERICAN '20s MUSIC SERIES Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m.

Be transported to a twenties-style vaudeville extravaganza, featuring the Ephemerata Family Band, the White Ghost Shivers, and a 1920s fashion show. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.

EMO'S, 603 Red River


Explore UT Day FAMILY Saturday, March 3, nooon-5 p.m.

Family fun of a cultural nature, including make-your-own cyanotypes and books.


Asylum Street Spankers, Guy Forsyth, and GloverTango AMERICAN '20s MUSIC SERIES Friday, March 2, 8 p.m.

Join the Asylum Street Spankers, Guy Forsyth, and GloverTango for an evening of prohibition tunes. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.

CONTINENTAL CLUB, 1315 S. Congress Avenue


Roger Corman's Bloody Mama ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m.

Roger Corman's Bloody Mama (1970), starring Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Bruce Dern, and Robert De Niro. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses selected items from the De Niro collection.


Blues Music AMERICAN '20s MUSIC SERIES Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m.

Steve James, Cindy Cashdollar, Mark Rubin, Pinetop Perkins and the Blue Tuesdays Band, and Scott H. Biram perform blues music. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.

ANTONE'S, 213 W. 5th Street


1920s Jazz AMERICAN '20s MUSIC SERIES Friday, February 23, 6 p.m.

Enjoy 1920s jazz performed by Django's Mustache and the Alex Coke/Rich Harney Quintet. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.

ELEPHANT ROOM, 315 Congress Avenue


"What Arthur Conan Doyle Thought of the United States… God Bless America" PFORZHEIMER LECTURE Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.

Daniel Posnansky, Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, presents "What Arthur Conan Doyle Thought of the United States… God Bless America," illustrated with original materials from his personal collection.


Brian De Palma's Greetings ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m.

Brian De Palma's Greetings (1968), starring Robert De Niro, Gerrit Graham, and Jonathan Warden. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses selected items from the De Niro collection.


Voices of the American Twenties PERFORMANCE Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m.

Department of Theatre and Dance graduate students premiere a set of original performance pieces in the Voices of the American Twenties museum theater series, which brings characters from the 1920s to life.


"Humanism and Modernism: The Idea of American Art Deco." LECTURE Thursday, February 8, 7 p.m.

Kate Holliday, Assistant Professor of Art History at Southwestern University, presents "Humanism and Modernism: The Idea of American Art Deco."


Poetry on the Plaza: Jazz Poetry READING Wednesday, February 7, Noon


James Joyce's "The Dead" PERFORMANCE Friday, February 2, 7 p.m.

The Violet Crown Radio Players produce a live radio broadcast of James Joyce's "The Dead," in celebration of the writer's 125th birthday.


The American Twenties TOUR Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m.

Curator Rodney Phillips leads a gallery tour of the exhibition The American Twenties.


Ransom Center's 50th Anniversary BIRTHDAY PARTY Wednesday, January 31, 7-9 p.m.

Austinites are invited to a party celebrating the Ransom Center's 50th anniversary with special gifts for those named "Harry" and those who will turn 50 in 2007.


Ransom Center's 50th Anniversary BIRTHDAY PARTY Tuesday, January 30, Noon-7 p.m.

University students, faculty, and staff are invited to a party celebrating the Ransom Center's 50th anniversary with activities scheduled throughout the day.



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