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FALL 2011

The Encyclopedia Show: Censorship PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7:30 P.M.

ND@501 STUDIOS, 501 BRUSHY AVENUE

Join the Ransom Center and The Encyclopedia Show Austin for an evening of learning and laughter combined with the excitement of a variety show. Each month an ensemble of writers and special guests are given an assignment picked from an encyclopedia. This month features a censorship-themed show inspired by the Ransom Center's exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored. Playwright Diana Grisanti, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, stand-up comedian Kerri Lendo, writer Shappy Seasholtz, and poet Austin Kleon share their takes on the topic. $6 tickets available at the door; complimentary admission for the first 200 guests, courtesy of the Ransom Center.


Curator's Tour: Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored CURATOR TOUR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7 P.M.

Assistant Director and Curator for Academic Programs Danielle Brune Sigler leads a tour of the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored on Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

How did hundreds of thousands of books, pictures, plays, and magazines come to be banned, burned, seized, and censored in the span of less than 30 years? This exhibition reveals the rarely seen "machinery" of censorship in the United States between the two world wars. Using tactics from extra-legal intimidation to federal prosecution, censors from the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, New England's Watch and Ward Society, the Post Office Department, and the Treasury Department waged war on "objectionable" literature. Larger-than-life personalities battled publicly over obscenity, "clean books," and freedom of expression while writers, agents, and publishers attempted to navigate the increasingly complex world of American censorship.

If you are unable to attend the curator's tour, free docent-led tours of the exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 22.


Poetry on the Plaza: Winter READING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, NOON


Holiday Museum Crawl TOUR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, noon–5 P.M.

Visit the Harry Ransom Center as part of Austin's Cultural Campus "Museum Crawl" on Saturday, November 26. Enjoy the exhibitions, Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925, with your family, friends, and out-of-town guests. Join us at 2 p.m. for a docent-led tour of the exhibitions. Kick off your holiday shopping with one-day discounts on Ransom Center merchandise, including postcards, totebags, and books. Purchase a gift membership specially packaged in an archival box and receive a free set of postcards ($10 value). Complimentary beverages will warm you on your walk to your next Austin's Cultural Campus destination.


Music from the Collections: Façade PERFORMANCE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 7:30 P.M.

BATES RECITAL HALL

The Harry Ransom Center presents a performance of music from the Center's collections on Monday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Bates Recital Hall at The University of Texas at Austin.

The University's New Music Ensemble performs pieces including Edith Sitwell and William Walton's Façade (1922), with an introduction by Robert Freeman, Susan Menefee Ragan Regents Professor of Fine Arts.

The Edith Sitwell collection, including material from Façade, is housed at the Ransom Center.

The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed and support the Ransom Center's exhibitions and programs. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.


"The Future of Independent Bookselling: The View from Austin" DISCUSSION THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center presents a discussion between Steve Bercu of BookPeople, Susan Post of BookWoman, and Russell Etchen of Domy Books about the future of independent bookstores in Austin and beyond on Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

This program is held in conjunction with the Center's exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925, which runs through January 22.

As early as 1921, noteworthy visitors to Frank Shay's bookshop, located at 4 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, began signing the narrow door that opened onto the store's back room. When the shop closed in 1925, manager Juliette Koenig preserved the door and, with it, a revelatory slice of cultural history. Signed by 240 writers, artists, actors, publishers, and other community members, this unusual artifact presents a unique opportunity to reconsider the intersecting communities that made the Village an epicenter of American modernism and literary commerce.

The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed and support the Ransom Center's exhibitions and programs. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.


New Member Open House and Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. Become a member today at hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.


Members-only Building Tour MEMBER TOUR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 11 A.M.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Education, leads an exclusive tour of the building's restricted areas, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments. Open to Guild level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required. Join, upgrade, or renew at hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.


Bike Tour of Austin's Cultural Campus TOUR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 9 A.M.

Meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (400 Nueces)

Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.

On this route, we'll visit at museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Library and Museum, and Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights.

Special information: Ride size is limited, so please RSVP to eileen@mellowjohnnys.com. Helmets and signed waiver are required. Ride may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check mellowjohnnys.com for updated information. We will not ride if the temperature is below 50 degrees at ride time.


Views and Brews: Censorship DISCUSSION MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 6 P.M.

CACTUS CAFÉ

Join KUT and the Harry Ransom Center for "Views and Brews" on Monday, November 7 at 6 p.m. at the Cactus Café. Rebecca McInroy discusses censorship with Danielle Sigler, curator of the Ransom Center's exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored, and David Donaldson, lecturer from the School of Journalism.


"A 'Smut' Sampler: A Light-Hearted Reading of Selections from Some Notorious Banned Books" PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Isaiah Sheffer of Selected Shorts, heard on public radio stations across America, hosts an evening of readings from works featured in the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored.

The program features actors René Auberjonois and Kristen Vangsness. They will read from works including Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ulysses, Jurgen, and Tropic of Cancer.

Isaiah Sheffer is co-founder and artistic director of Symphony Space and director and host of Selected Shorts.

Tony Award-winning actor René Auberjonois has acted in a variety of theater productions, films, and television programs, including Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Practice, Judging Amy, and Frasier.

Kristen Vangsness currently stars in Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.


"Censorship" DEBATE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 7 P.M.

In conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center, the Dionysium presents its November program, "Censorship." Attendees will enjoy an evening of debate, lecture, declamation, a theatrical presentation, and music in a salon-like atmosphere. In this presentation at the Ransom Center, the event will begin with docent-led tours of the Center's current exhibitions: Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored, and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925. An intellectual debate, a toast to Dionysus, and musical interludes by Graham Reynolds follow.

Wine graciously provided by Rex & Goliath. While the event is free, the suggested donation for the evening is $8.


Poetry on the Plaza: Bohemian Rhapsodies: Poems of Greenwich Village READING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, NOON


Frida Kahlo's Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7 P.M.

Associate curator of Art Peter Mears discusses Frida Kahlo's Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, which resides in the Ransom Center's collection. The painting is on display through January 8, 2012.


Ulysses "Seen" DISCUSSION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7 P.M.

Mike Barsanti and Rob Berry discuss Ulysses "Seen," their graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses, and issues of copyright and censorship in the twenty-first century.


Curator's Tour: The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925 CURATOR TOUR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7 P.M.

Molly Schwartzburg, Cline Curator of Literature, leads a tour of the exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925 on Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

As early as 1921, noteworthy visitors to Frank Shay's bookshop, located at 4 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, began signing the narrow door that opened onto the store's back room. When the shop closed in 1925, manager Juliette Koenig preserved the door and, with it, a revelatory slice of cultural history. Signed by 240 writers, artists, actors, publishers, and other community members, this unusual artifact presents a unique opportunity to reconsider the intersecting communities that made the Village an epicenter of American modernism and literary commerce.

The exhibition unravels the dense web of professional, intellectual, and personal connections that may be found between many of the seemingly unrelated names on the door and shows how a single artifact can set off a chain reaction, revealing connections and influences that are otherwise forgotten.

The gallery exhibition is complemented by a web exhibition of the same name. Learn more at hrc.utexas.edu/bookshopdoor.

If you are unable to attend the curator's tour, free docent-led tours of the exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 22.


Photography Workshop with France Scully Osterman WORKSHOP SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1–SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 9 A.M. –5 P.M.

France Scully Osterman leads a wet-plate collodion, ambrotype, and tintype class on October 1 and October 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This class begins with a complete demonstration by the instructor, from cutting glass to varnishing the plate. Each participant will be guided through the steps to create a self-portrait and still life. Theory and troubleshooting will be discussed.

Included in the class fee are chemicals and the manual, The Wet-Plate Process, A Working Guide, by Mark Osterman. The manual includes formulas and step-by-step instructions on mixing chemicals and the wet-plate process. Also included are sources for materials and chemicals.

France Scully Osterman is a fine art photographer and scholar specializing in early photographic processes, most notably, wet-plate collodion. She is an artist, writer, and educator at Scully & Osterman Studio and guest scholar at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York.

Registration is limited and will close one week prior to the event or when available slots are filled. Pre-payment and registration required at hrc.utexas.edu/workshop.


Central Market Cooking Class COOKING CLASS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 6:30 P.M.

CENTRAL MARKET, 4001 NORTH LAMAR

Commemorate Banned Books Week with the Ransom Center and the Central Market (CM) Cooking School. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by CM Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz and food inspired by the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored. The menu exemplifies the opulence of the 1920s at a time when the government waged war on "objectionable" literature, and larger-than-life personalities battled publicly over obscenity, "clean books," and freedom of expression. The menu includes salmon croquettes, Waldorf salad, roast duck with broiled potatoes, carrots, and peas, and pineapple upside-down cake.

The cost of the class is $45. Ransom Center members receive a $5 discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.

Pre-payment and registration required.


"The Importance of Being Morris L. Ernst—The Man Who Took on the Censors and Freed Ulysses" LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7 P.M.

Brett Gary, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, delivers the Stanley Burnshaw Lecture "The Importance of Being Morris L. Ernst—The Man Who Took on the Censors and Freed Ulysses" on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center. The Morris L. Ernst collection is housed at the Ransom Center.

Morris Leopold Ernst was among the nation's most prominent civil liberties lawyers from the late 1920s until World War II. He was known especially for his challenges to far-reaching state and federal obscenity laws, known as the "Comstock Laws." By the eve of World War II, no one in the United States had done more to thwart censors' attacks on a variety of cultural forms, from modernist literature to nudism, from burlesque theater to birth control. Yet the political alliances Ernst forged because of his ardent anti-communism diminished his reputation in the last decades of his life, and his name elicits little recognition today.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.


Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage READING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, NOON

The Harry Ransom Center presents a special Poetry on the Plaza event featuring Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) on Wednesday, September 28, at noon.

Dale Rapley, who played both Gloucester and Kent in the 2009 AFTLS production of King Lear and who will play Prospero in this fall's production of The Tempest, offers a staged reading with commentary from The Sea and The Mirror, W. H. Auden's gloss on The Tempest.

Refreshments will be served at this free event.


Curator's Tour: Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored CURATOR TOUR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 7 P.M.

Assistant Director and Curator for Academic Programs Danielle Brune Sigler leads a tour of the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

How did hundreds of thousands of books, pictures, plays, and magazines come to be banned, burned, seized, and censored in the span of less than 30 years? This exhibition reveals the rarely seen "machinery" of censorship in the United States between the two world wars. Using tactics from extra-legal intimidation to federal prosecution, censors from the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, New England's Watch and Ward Society, the Post Office Department, and the Treasury Department waged war on "objectionable" literature. Larger-than-life personalities battled publicly over obscenity, "clean books," and freedom of expression while writers, agents, and publishers attempted to navigate the increasingly complex world of American censorship.

If you are unable to attend the curator's tour, free docent-led tours of the exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 22.


Austin Museum Day TOUR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, NOON–5 P.M.

Visit the Ransom Center's exhibitions during Austin Museum Day. Docent-led tours begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


Harry Ransom Lecture: "Elliott Erwitt's Personal Best" HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt discusses his life and work on Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin.

In a career spanning more than six decades, the former president of Magnum Photos has published over 20 photography books and exhibited his work in both public and private galleries from New York to Paris and Tokyo. The Magnum Photos collection resides at the Ransom Center.

The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed and support the Ransom Center's exhibitions and programs. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the University's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.


Harry Ransom Lecture: Nicole Krauss HARRY RANSOM LECTURE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M.

Nicole Krauss, author of Man Walks into a Room and The History of Love, reads from Great House and speaks with Michener Center Director James Magnuson about her work on Tuesday, September 20, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin.

A book signing follows.

The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed and support the Ransom Center's exhibitions and programs. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the University's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM


"African American Poetry: Past, Present, and Future" LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7 P.M.

Arnold Rampersad, National Humanities Medal recipient and MacArthur Fellow, presents "African American Poetry: Past, Present, and Future," the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Poetics Lecture in honor of Thomas Cable.


Poetry on the Plaza: Emperors of Ice Cream READING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, NOON

Ice cream provided by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS).


"Uncensored" OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 6 P.M.

Join us for "Uncensored," the opening reception for the exhibitions Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. Join, renew, and view details at hrc.utexas.edu/uncensored.


SPRING 2011

Sweet Bird of Youth TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JULY 21, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center continues its Tennessee Williams Film Series with Richard Brooks' Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), featuring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Aspiring actor Chance Wayne (Newman) returns to his hometown of St. Cloud, Florida, along with faded actress Alexandra Del Lago (Page), with hopes that she will help him into the movie business. There, he runs into his old sweetheart, Heavenly, whose father ran Wayne out of town years before.

The Tennessee Williams Film Series highlights films featured in the current exhibition, Becoming Tennessee Williams, which runs through July 31.

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the "wild at heart kept in cages," a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams's personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays.

Visit the galleries, open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, before attending the screenings.

Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 45 minutes in advance.


Julian Barnes's Talking It Over BOOK DISCUSSION MONDAY, JULY 18, 7 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Julian Barnes's Talking It Over in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, HAMPTON BRANCH AT OAK HILL, 5125 CONVICT HILL ROAD


Baby Doll TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JULY 7, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center continues its Tennessee Williams Film Series with Elia Kazan's Baby Doll (1956), featuring Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, and Carroll Baker, on Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Middle-aged Archie Lee Meighan (Malden) looks forward to finally consummating his two-year marriage with Baby Doll (Baker) on her upcoming 20th birthday. When rival Silva Vacarro's (Wallach) cotton gin burns down, Vacarro plots vengeance against Archie Lee through Baby Doll.

The Tennessee Williams Film Series highlights films featured in the current exhibition, Becoming Tennessee Williams, which runs through July 31.

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the "wild at heart kept in cages," a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams's personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays.

Visit the galleries, open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, before attending the screenings.

Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 45 minutes in advance.


Member Event BOOK GIVEAWAY SATURDAY, JUNE 25, NOON–5 P.M.

We'll be distributing free books by authors featured in the Ransom Center's current exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century to Ransom Center members. Join or present your membership card to receive your complimentary book. (One book per person/membership card; must be present to claim your book; while supplies last).


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center continues its Tennessee Williams Film Series with Richard Brooks's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Despondent ex-athlete Brick Pollitt (Newman) resists the affections of his enticing wife, Maggie "the Cat" (Taylor). Tensions climax during cotton tycoon Big Daddy's 65th birthday celebration on the Pollitt Plantation.

The Tennessee Williams Film Series highlights films featured in the current exhibition, Becoming Tennessee Williams, which runs through July 31.

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the "wild at heart kept in cages," a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams's personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays.

Visit the galleries, open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, before attending the screenings.

Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 45 minutes in advance.


Bike Tour of Austin's Cultural Campus TOUR SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9 A.M.

Meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (400 Nueces).

Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning to the bike, or just looking for a more casual ride. Total mileage is about 6 miles.

On this route, we'll stop by museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and the LBJ Library and Museum. Docents will briefly introduce us to museum highlights.

Special information: Ride size is limited, so please rsvp here or to eileen@mellowjohnnys.com. Helmets and signed waiver are required. Rental bikes are available. Also, if weather happens to cancel the ride, please check website for updated information.

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, 400 Nueces


A Streetcar Named Desire TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center kicks off its Tennessee Williams Film Series with Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), featuring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, on June 9, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Disturbed Blanche DuBois (Leigh) moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law (Brando) while her reality crumbles around her.

The Tennessee Williams Film Series highlights films featured in the current exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, which runs through July 31.

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the "wild at heart kept in cages," a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams's personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays.

Visit the galleries, open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, before attending the screenings.

Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 45 minutes in advance.


Postcards from America PHOTOGRAPHY DISCUSSION FRIDAY, MAY 13, 7 P.M.

As part of their "Postcards from America" tour, five Magnum photographers discuss photography and ways to picture America on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.

In the first of a series of trips around America, five Magnum photographers and one writer will be travelling from San Antonio, Texas, to Oakland, California, between May 12 and May 26, 2011. Informally meet photographers Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky, and writer Ginger Strand on the plaza in front of the Ransom Center the from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. before their 7 p.m. discussion in Jessen Auditorium on May 13.

The Magnum Photos archive currently resides at the Ransom Center.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM


Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men BOOK DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:30 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. A screening of the film follows.

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY HILLS BRANCH, 4721 LOYOLA LANE


Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters READING WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, NOON

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Singers and Songwriters on Wednesday, May 4, at noon.

Performers include Austin musicians Jonathan Meiburg, Amy Annelle, and Brian Beattie. Meiburg is the lead singer and songwriter of Shearwater and is a former member of Okkervil River. Annelle is a singer-songwriter whose most recent album, The Cimarron Banks, was released in 2010. Beattie, who recorded with Annelle on that album, is also a member of the band Glass Eye and has produced records by the Dead Milkmen, Daniel Johnston, Shearwater, and Okkervil River.

Refreshments will be served at this free event.


Mixology Class (SOLD OUT) Member Event FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 7 P.M.

After a curator-led tour of the exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, enjoy educational demonstrations of how to make some of the iconic cocktails from the era and works of Tennessee Williams. Local mixologists David Alan of Tipsy Texan, Bill Norris of Haddington's, and Adam Bryan will share insights and recipes during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration and $20-per-person payment is required for this members-only event. To register, please call 512-232-3669.

Co-sponsored by  Austin Wine Merchant


United States Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin Harry Ransom Lecture APRIL 25, 7 P.M.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, W. S. Merwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist, translator, and current United States Poet Laureate, reads from his work on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center. A book signing follows.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the University's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.


Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and Robert Redford: All the President's Men DISCUSSION THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 6 P.M.

Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and Robert Redford discuss the film All the President's Men (1976) and its legacy in celebration of the 35th anniversary of its release on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the LBJ Library Auditorium. The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers reside at the Ransom Center, and materials related to the film and Watergate scandal are currently on display as part of the Center's exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

A small group of materials from the Ransom Center's Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers will also be on display at the LBJ Library from April 15 through April 29. Titled "All the President's Men: Newsroom to Big Screen," the display will include reporting notes, book drafts, film scripts, the contract signing over film rights to Robert Redford and other materials that trace the Watergate story from reporting to book to film.

Space is limited, and tickets are required. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets guarantee a place in line, but do not guarantee admission to the event. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 45 minutes in advance of the program.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. event are free and will be available beginning Monday, April 4.

All tickets for this event have been distributed. The stand-by line forms upon arrival of the first patron on April 21st. Doors open at 5:15. Just before the program begins, patrons in the stand-by line will be admitted to the Auditorium to fill any empty seats. Admission is not guaranteed.

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the release of the film All the President's Men, the Ransom Center is hosting a series of Watergate-related events. This event will be preceded by a 2 p.m. panel of prominent journalists and commentators who will explore the question "Could the media break a story like Watergate today?" in the LBJ Library Auditorium. Please note that tickets specifically for the 6 p.m. event are valid only for this event and cannot be used for the 2 p.m. event.

On Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m., the Ransom Center and the LBJ Library will present a screening of All the President's Men (1976) in the LBJ Auditorium.

LBJ LIBRARY AUDITORIUM


"Could the media break a story like Watergate today?" DISCUSSION THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Presidential Library present a panel of prominent journalists and commentators as they ask "Could the media break a story like Watergate today?" The event takes place on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in the LBJ Library Auditorium.

Panelists include Peter Baker of The New York Times, Dana Priest of The Washington Post, Mark Miller of The Texas Tribune, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein. The panel will be moderated by Glenn Frankel, Director of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers reside at the Ransom Center, and materials related to the film and Watergate scandal are currently on display as part of the Center's exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

A small group of materials from the Ransom Center's Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers will also be on display at the LBJ Library from April 15 through April 29. Titled "All the President's Men: Newsroom to Big Screen," the display will include reporting notes, book drafts, film scripts, the contract signing over film rights to Robert Redford and other materials that trace the Watergate story from reporting to book to film.

Space is limited, and tickets are required. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets guarantee a place in line, but do not guarantee admission to the event. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 45 minutes in advance of the program.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. panel are free and will be available beginning Monday, April 4.

All tickets for this event have been distributed. The stand-by line forms upon arrival of the first patron on April 21st. Doors open at 1:15. Just before the program begins, patrons in the stand-by line will be admitted to the Auditorium to fill any empty seats. Admission is not guaranteed.

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the release of the film All the President's Men, the Ransom Center is hosting a series of Watergate-related events. This panel will be followed by an event with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in which they will discuss the film All the President's Men (1976) and its legacy at 6 p.m. at the LBJ Library Auditorium. (Note: Tickets specifically for the 2 p.m. event are valid only for this event and cannot be used for the 6 p.m. event.)

On Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m., the Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library will present a screening of All the President's Men (1976) in the LBJ Auditorium.

LBJ Library Auditorium


All the President's Men SCREENING SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Presidential Library present a screening of All the President's Men (1976) on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers reside at the Ransom Center, and materials related to the film and Watergate scandal are currently on display as part of the Center's exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, the film follows the story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation.

Please be aware that the LBJ Auditorium has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 45 minutes in advance. No ticket is required for this screening.

A small group of materials from the Ransom Center's Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers will also be on display at the LBJ Library from April 15 through April 29. Titled "All the President's Men: Newsroom to Big Screen," the display will include reporting notes, book drafts, film scripts, the contract signing over film rights to Robert Redford and other materials that trace the Watergate story from reporting to book to film.

LBJ Library Auditorium


Celebrate the release of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King READING FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 7 P.M. CST

Celebrate the release of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. CST at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.

Join the Ransom Center for readings from the novel, followed by a reception and book sale. Wallace's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Readers include Kevin Brockmeier, Doug Dorst, Amelia Gray, and Jake Silverstein.

This event is held in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation's New Fiction Confab and BookPeople.

Materials from the David Foster Wallace archive are on display in the Ransom Center's current exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century, including a book he used for research while preparing to write The Pale King.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM


Gallery Theater With Austin Shakespeare PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2 P.M.

In conjunction with the exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, actors from Austin Shakespeare perform selections of Tennessee Williams's play Not About Nightingales in the galleries of the Harry Ransom Center on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. A docent-led tour of the exhibition follows.

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the "wild at heart kept in cages," a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams's personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays.


"Tennessee Transforming: Endings for Summer and Smoke" PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 7 P.M.

Austin Shakespeare presents "Tennessee Transforming: Endings for Summer and Smoke," portraying Williams's struggles to revise the play he ultimately re-titled The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. The event takes place Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Materials from the Center's Williams archive form the basis of this performance with Ann Ciccolella as director and Christina Gutierrez as dramaturge.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, on display through July 31. With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the "wild at heart kept in cages," a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams's personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays.


Open House and Reception Member Event WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. Become a member today at www.hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.


Poetry on the Plaza: Spring into Spring READING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, NOON

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Spring into Spring on Wednesday, April 6, at noon. Readers present poems that celebrate spring, a time of renewal, of optimism, of romance, when all is fresh and new and bluebonnets are in bloom.

Readers include University of Texas at Austin Department of English faculty members Tom Cable and Oscar Casarez and Michener Center fellows in poetry Laura Dixon and Carolina Ebeid.

Refreshments will be served at this free event.


"Humanists with Dirty Fingers: Correctors in the Renaissance Printing House" Pforzheimer LECTURE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.

For the 2011 Pforzheimer Lecture, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, presents "Humanists with Dirty Fingers: Correctors in the Renaissance Printing House." Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Institute for Historical Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.


Brian Moore's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne BOOK DISCUSSION TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 7 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Brian Moore's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, TWIN OAKS BRANCH, 1800 S. FIFTH STREET


Gallery Tours of Becoming Tennessee Williams TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 26

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Commemorate Tennessee Williams's birthday with gallery tours of Becoming Tennessee Williams at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


Central Market Cooking Class MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 6:30 P.M.

Celebrate Tennessee Williams's birthday with the Ransom Center and the Central Market Cooking School. Enjoy CM Cooking School chef Louis Ortiz's menu of Southern comfort dishes, inspired by Williams's life and works. The menu includes Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Blackened Redfish, and Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce.

The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive a $10 discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.

Pre-payment and registration required.

CENTRAL MARKET, 4001 NORTH LAMAR


Gallery Tour of Becoming Tennessee Williams TOUR THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 7 P.M.

Charlotte Canning, exhibition curator and Professor of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, leads a gallery tour of Becoming Tennessee Williams.


Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried BOOK DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 7 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, NORTH VILLAGE BRANCH, 2505 STECK AVENUE


David Mamet's American Buffalo BOOK DISCUSSION TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 7 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of David Mamet's American Buffalo in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, WINDSOR PARK BRANCH, 5833 WESTMINSTER DRIVE


Explore UT TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 11 A.M.–5 P.M.

Visit the Ransom Center for gallery tours and family-friendly activities during this campus-wide celebration.


Bike Tour of Austin's Cultural Campus TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 9 A.M.

Meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (400 Nueces).

Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning to the bike, or just looking for a more casual ride. Total mileage is about 6 miles.

On this route, we'll stop by museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Library and Museum, and the Texas Memorial Museum. Docents will briefly introduce us to museum highlights.

Special information: Ride size is limited, so please rsvp to eileen@mellowjohnnys.com. Helmets and signed waiver are required. Also, if weather happens to cancel the ride, please check website for updated information. We will not ride if the temperatures are below 50 degrees at ride time.

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, 400 Nueces


"Tennessee Williams and the Out-Crying Heart" HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 7 P.M.

John Lahr, Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker, presents "Tennessee Williams and the Out-Crying Heart." Presented by the University Co-op. Additional support provided by the Michener Center. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM


Poetry on the Plaza: Culture Unbound READING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, NOON


"The Thrill of the Chase" LECTURE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 7 P.M.

Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley presents "The Thrill of the Chase," a talk detailing his adventures in acquisitions during his 23 years at the Center.


Jayne Anne Phillips's Lark & Termite BOOK DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 7 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Jayne Anne Phillips's Lark & Termite in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, LITTLE WALNUT CREEK BRANCH, 835 W. RUNDBERG LANE


Gallery Tour of Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century MEMBER EVENT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Megan Barnard, Deputy to the Director for Acquisitions and Administration at the Ransom Center, leads a private members-only tour of the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. A reception follows. Open to Alliance-level members and above; RSVP required. Join, renew, or upgrade at www.hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.


David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster and Other Essays BOOK DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 6:30 P.M.

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster and Other Essays in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

Austin Public Library, Manchaca Branch, 5500 MANCHACA ROAD


Gallery Tour of Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century TOUR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7 P.M.

Megan Barnard, Deputy to the Director for Acquisitions and Administration at the Ransom Center, leads a gallery tour of Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.


Wild at Heart MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6 P.M.

Join us for "Wild at Heart," the opening reception for the exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. Join or renew at www.hrc.utexas.edu/wildatheart.

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Gallery Tour of Becoming Tennessee Williams TOUR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 7 P.M.

Charlotte Canning, exhibition curator and Professor of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, leads a gallery tour of Becoming Tennessee Williams.


An Evening with Eli Reed MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6 P.M.

Eli Reed, award-winning photojournalist and member of the Magnum Photos cooperative, will discuss his work in a private behind-the-scenes presentation. Open to Friends of Photography members and Guild-level members and above; RSVP required. Join, renew, or upgrade at www.hrc.utexas.edu/membership.


Poetry on the Plaza: Tennessee Williams READING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, NOON



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