Format: 3/18/19

David Sedaris

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns for his tenth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to share new and unpublished essays, imparting his incisive social critiques and sharing his sardonic wit with devoted fans. Hailed as the “rock star of writers,” Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including Calypso, Theft by Finding: Diaries (19772002), Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  


Zine Club: America Will Be!

Thursday, May 2, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photograph Grandma Ruby’s Refrigerator celebrates the bonds of family and friendship that sustain communities in the midst of social change. Tell a story about the people in your community using photography. Drop by for a final chance to be published in the Spring Zine!


Boshell Lecture: Fashions from the Jungle: Ancient Maya Dress and Adornment

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

Maya art shows us that their royal courts were places to see and be seen, whether it was wearing elaborate headdresses, fragrant florals, ornate jewelry made from exotic marine shells and greenstone, or textiles woven from fibers dyed in rich hues. Join archaeologist Dr. Cara G. Tremain for a talk on the elaborate court dress of the ancient Maya. 


Melinda Gates

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

Melinda Gates’s inspiring debut The Moment of Lift traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. One thing has become increasingly clear to her: if you want to lift a society up, invest in women. Gates introduces us to her heroes in the movement toward equality, offers startling data, and shares moving conversations she’s had with women from all over the world. A personal statement of passionate conviction, she traces her evolution from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world’s foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that all lives have equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.


Quartets in Harmony

Saturday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.

The Mendelssohn Octet, jewel of the chamber music repertoire, is performed by the Baumer String Quartet, led by DSO Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson and SMU’s resident ensemble, the Julius Quartet.


A Moveable Feast Book Club: David Brooks' "The Second Mountain"

Tuesday, May 7, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join other book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Boardroom and enjoy stimulating conversation about David Brooks’s latest book, The Second Mountain, his deeply personal exploration of what it means to lead a joyful life. Brooks spent more than five years thinking about how to give life meaning after worldly success failed to fulfill him, and his book shares insights into the perils of the rampant individualism that has become the defining ethos of our culture. Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, will facilitate the conversation and lead the group discussion.


Arturo's Art & Me: Plant Power

May 8, 9, or 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Arturo's Art & Me is for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.


Toddler Art: Clouds & Rainbows

May 10, 14, or 17, 11:00 a.m.-noon

Toddler Art is for 2 and 3 year olds and their caregivers and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.


Family Workshop: Cut and Paste

Saturday, May 11, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Family Workshop is for children ages 6-12 and their caregivers and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.


Jared Diamond

Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Esteemed scientist and historian Jared Diamond presents a brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others do not. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis reveals how seven countries have successfully survived defining upheavals in the recent past through a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation, and identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. Looking ahead to the future, Diamond investigates whether the United States and the world are squandering their natural advantages, on a path toward political conflict and decline. Diamond won a Pulitzer Prize for his internationally bestselling book Guns, Germs, and Steel.