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Rainn Wilson: Quirks, Comedy & Creativity

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

For nine seasons, Rainn Wilson made his name playing obnoxious Dwight Schrute, everyone’s favorite work nemesis on the hit television series The Office. Now he’s ready to explain his socially awkward climb to stardom in his memoir The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy. Long celebrated for his quirky, comedic talent, Wilson is also known for being a co-creator of the popular philosophy website and media company SoulPancake.com, which went on to become the bestselling book SoulPancake: Chew On Life’s Big Questions. Also recommended: David Sedaris.

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Hanya Yanagihara: Tragedy & Transcendence

Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life has won the Kirkus Prize, and garnered coveted positions as a National Book Award Finalist and a 2015 Man Booker Prize Short-List for Fiction. A Little Life profiles the lives of four college friends living in New York as young adults and how friends can help remake a life that has been destroyed. By tackling the issues of depression, sexual abuse, and self-harm, Yanagihara challenges traditional ideas of friendship, romantic relationships, and what it really means to love another human being. Also recommended: Padma Lakshmi.

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Homeschool Class for Families: Under Wraps--Exploring Ancient Egypt

Thursday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Homeschool Class for Families is for children ages 6-12 and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.

From hieroglyphs and mummies to golden treasure and powerful pharaohs—in March we'll travel back in time to the land of the pyramids and investigate the art and culture of ancient Egypt.

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Teen Workshop: Toy Making

Saturday, March 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

From ancient automatons to modern holograms, technology has been used by artists for centuries to create ingenious devices. In this workshop, be inspired by the way artists tinkered their way into new discoveries, and design a moving toy of your own. Ages 13-19; no experience necessary, and all materials provided.

When the workshop is filled, e-mail jthompson@DMA.org to be placed on the waiting list.

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Erik Larson: A Fatal Voyage

Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Erik Larson, master of narrative nonfiction, returns with the enthralling story of the sinking of the British ocean-liner RMS Lusitania in Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. The publication coincides with the 100th anniversary of the fatal event that resulted in the deaths of more than one thousand passengers and crew. Larson renders a thrilling account of the Lusitania and a German U-boat making their way toward Liverpool, and the array of forces that converged to produce one of the greatest disasters of history. Also recommended: Daniel James Brown and Skip Hollandsworth.

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Dominic Smith: Dutch Masters & Deceit

Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

In Dominic Smith’s new novel, The Last Painting of Sarah De Vos, one 17th-century painting changes the course of three lives: the woman who paints it, the lawyer who inherits it, and the art history student who forges it. Author Ben Fountain and DMA Chief Conservator Mark Leonard will join Smith on-stage in conversation. The author of three previous novels and the recipient of Dobie Paisano and Michener fellowships, Smith grew up in Australia and now lives in Austin.  Also recommended: Skip Hollandsworth.

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Brettell Lecture: Caillebotte Matters

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

Dr. George T. M. Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum and co-curator of the exhibition Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye, will discuss the critical issues raised by Caillebotte’s innovative paintings—those issues that make understanding him and looking closely at his work essential to the appreciation of Impressionism. This lecture is sponsored by the Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series on 19th- and 20th-century European art.

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Padma Lakshmi: Food & Family

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home, and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it. A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, that is punctuated with recipes, Love, Loss and What We Ate traces Lakshmi’s journey from her grandmother’s kitchen in South India to the judges’ table of the Emmy Award-winning Bravo series Top Chef and beyond.

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Daniel James Brown: Guts & Glory

Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel James Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat has been called the “Chariots of Fire with oars.” Winner of the 2014 Nonfiction Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association, it chronicles the journey of the 1936 University of Washington men’s crew team – beating their California rivals, defeating the Ivy League’s top oarsmen, and ultimately stunning the world and upstaging Hitler at the Berlin Olympics. These nine boys – sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers – reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, trumps birthright. 

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