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MEMBER EVENTS

"Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection" CURATOR LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7 P.M.

Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, presents "Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection," a behind-the-scenes look at the visual detective work involved in researching photographs for the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World. She recounts how various tools—from contact sheets to Google Earth—helped shed new light on some of Erwitt's best-known works. Following the talk, McDonald will be available for questions in the galleries. A pre-lecture reception is open to current members at the Alliance level and above; RSVP required for reception; limited capacity.

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public 2016-10-13 19:00:00 2016-10-13 20:30:00 America/Chicago Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, presents "Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection," a behind-the-scenes look at the visual detective work involved in researching photographs for the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World. She recounts how various tools-from contact sheets to Google Earth-helped shed new light on some of Erwitt's best-known works. Following the talk, McDonald will be available for questions in the galleries. A pre-lecture reception is open to current members at the Alliance level and above; RSVP required for reception; limited capacity. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

"Dining with Harry Houdini" COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 11 A.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

The Ransom Center and Central Market present "Dining with Harry Houdini," a cooking class inspired by the life of the legendary performer and stage illusionist. This October marks the 90th anniversary of Houdini's death (March 24, 1874–Oct. 31, 1926). The archive of Houdini is housed at the Ransom Center.

The menu, designed by Chef Louis Ortiz, draws inspiration from Houdini's Hungarian heritage. It features some of the performer's favorite dishes including chicken paprikash with fennel potatoes; Hungarian goulash with spatzel; and custard bread pudding with cherry sauce. Each course will be paired with wines of the region.

Pre-payment and registration required online or by calling 512-206-1014. Registration opens on Sept. 1. The cost of the class is $55. Ransom Center members receive a 10 percent discount from September 1–7. Class size is limited and for ages 21 and up.

View materials from the Houdini archive in the Ransom Center's lobby from October 1 through November 6.

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public 2016-10-16 11:00:00 2016-10-16 12:30:00 America/Chicago Dining with Harry Houdini The Ransom Center and Central Market present Dining with Harry Houdini, a cooking class inspired by the life of the legendary performer and stage illusionist. This October marks the 90th anniversary of Houdini's death. The archive of Houdini is housed at the Ransom Center. Pre-payment and registration required. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Central Market Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

Member Book Club: Kazuo Ishiguro MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 11 A.M.

This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email membership@hrc.utexas.edu.

Dive into the collections with our first-ever member book club! Join us for lunch and lively discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Materials will be selected and shown to give insight into his writing process. Advance registration and payment is required. Parking is included.

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public 2016-10-22 11:00:00 2016-10-22 12:30:00 America/Chicago Member Book Club: Kazuo Ishiguro Dive into the collections with our first-ever member book club! Join us for lunch and lively discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Materials will be selected and shown to give insight into his writing process. Advance registration and payment is required. Parking is included. Limited capacity. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

New Member Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this Director's Reception and New Member Open House. Invitation only; RSVP required.

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public 2016-11-16 19:00:00 2016-11-16 20:30:00 America/Chicago New Member Reception Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this Director's Reception and New Member Open House. Invitation only; RSVP required. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

Behind-the-Scenes Building Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 11 A.M.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Education and Exhibitions, leads an exclusive behind-the-scenes, top-to-bottom tour of the Ransom Center, discussing the past and future of collection development and stewardship. Open to members at the Guild level and above; RSVP required; limited capacity.

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public 2016-11-19 11:00:00 2016-11-19 12:30:00 America/Chicago Behind-the-Scenes Building Tour Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Education and Exhibitions, leads an exclusive behind-the-scenes, top-to-bottom tour of the Ransom Center, discussing the past and future of collection development and stewardship. Open to members at the Guild level and above; RSVP required; limited capacity. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

Member Book Club: Don DeLillo MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 11 A.M.

This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email membership@hrc.utexas.edu.

Dive into the collections with our member book club! Join us for lunch and a lively discussion of Don DeLillo's Libra. DeLillo's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Materials will be selected and shown to give insight into his writing process. Advance registration and payment is required. Parking is included.

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public 2016-12-03 11:00:00 2016-12-03 12:30:00 America/Chicago Member Book Club: Don DeLillo Dive into the collections with our member book club! Join us for lunch and a lively discussion of Don DeLillo's Libra. DeLillo's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Materials will be selected and shown to give insight into his writing process.Advance registration and payment is required. Parking is included. Limited capacity. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

CONVERSATIONS

John Pipkin on The Blind Astronomer's Daughter CONVERSATION TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7 P.M.

Former Ransom Center research fellow John Pipkin, author of the critically-acclaimed Woodsburner, reads from his new novel The Blind Astronomer's Daughter and discusses how his research in the Center's Herschel family papers influenced the novel. Materials from the Herschel family papers will be on view during the reception and book signing that follow.

public 2016-10-18 19:00:00 2016-10-18 20:00:00 America/Chicago John Pipkin on The Blind Astronomer's Daughter Former Ransom Center research fellow John Pipkin, author of the critically-acclaimed Woodsburner, reads from his new novel The Blind Astronomer's Daughter and discusses how his research in the Center's Herschel family papers influenced the novel. Materials from the Herschel family papers will be on view during the reception and book signing that follow. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

PERFORMANCES

Houdini Speaks to the Living PERFORMANCE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 7 P.M.

Austin-based theater company The Hidden Room conjures an evening of magic and mystery with Harry Houdini on the 90th anniversary of his death. In Houdini Speaks to the Living, the year is 1926, and Houdini is taking his crusade against Spiritualism and fake mediums straight to the public in a series of performance lectures filled with magic and seance-debunking. At the same time, his good friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is lecturing on behalf of Spiritualism, believing it to be "a great Philosophy" that will usher in a new age for mankind. Watch these two legends battle over the true nature of magic. Much of Houdini Speaks to the Living is drawn from correspondence, essays, photographs, diaries, and books from the Harry Ransom Center's Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collections. Starring acclaimed magician Patrick Terry as Harry Houdini and award-winning actor Robert Matney as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Runtime: 45 minutes.

public 2016-10-31 19:00:00 2016-10-31 20:30:00 America/Chicago Houdini Speaks to the Living Austin-based theater company The Hidden Room conjures an evening of magic and mystery with Harry Houdini on the 90th anniversary of his death. In Houdini Speaks to the Living, the year is 1926, and Houdini is taking his crusade against Spiritualism and fake mediums straight to the public in a series of performance lectures filled with magic and seance-debunking. At the same time, his good friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is lecturing on behalf of Spiritualism, believing it to be "a great Philosophy" that will usher in a new age for mankind. Watch these two legends battle over the true nature of magic. Much of Houdini Speaks to the Living is drawn from correspondence, essays, photographs, diaries, and books from the Harry Ransom Center's Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collections. Starring acclaimed magician Patrick Terry as Harry Houdini and award-winning actor Robert Matney as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Runtime: 45 minutes. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

SCREENINGS

The Grim Game (1919) FILM SCREENING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7 P.M.

Harry Houdini, the legendary stage illusionist, also made his mark in film. In the 1919 silent film The Grim Game, Houdini stars as a man who has been jailed for a murder he did not commit. He uses his talents to escape and find the real killers. Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts, introduces the film and the riches of the Center's Harry Houdini collection. Not rated, 71 minutes.

public 2016-10-04 19:00:00 2016-10-04 20:30:00 America/Chicago The Grim Game (1919) Harry Houdini, the legendary stage illusionist, also made his mark in film. In the 1919 silent film The Grim Game, Houdini stars as a man who has been jailed for a murder he did not commit. He uses his talents to escape and find the real killers. Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts, introduces the film and the riches of the Center's Harry Houdini collection. Not rated, 71 minutes. For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

Films of Elliott Erwitt FILM SCREENING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 7 P.M.

Join Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, for an evening of Elliott Erwitt films: Beauty Knows No Pain (1971; 26 minutes), Red, White and Bluegrass (1963; 26 minutes), and The World Renowned Incomparable Marching 100 (1981; 23 minutes).

public 2016-11-29 19:00:00 2016-11-29 20:30:00 America/Chicago Films of Elliott Erwitt Join Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, for an evening of Elliott Erwitt films: Beauty Knows No Pain (1971; 26 minutes), Red, White and Bluegrass (1963; 26 minutes), and The World Renowned Incomparable Marching 100 (1981; 23 minutes). For details and up-to-date information visit: http://hrc.utexas.edu/events Harry Ransom Center Danielle Sigler danielle.sigler@austin.utexas.edu

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