RCC’s 2019 – 2020 Professional Touring Artist Season Features Literary Talents

Aug 9, 2019

RCC’s 2019 – 2020 Professional Touring Artist Season Features Literary Talents (PDF)

RESTON, VA – Reston Community Center is proud to announce several award-winning authors on the schedule for the 2019 – 2020 Professional Touring Artist Series at the CenterStage at RCC Hunters Woods. Selected titles may be purchased before and after the shows and book signings will follow the events.

RCC Arts & Events Director Paul Douglas Michnewicz said that enhancing the number of artists that appeal to Reston readers was key when he was creating this season’s lineup of award-winning performers across many genres, including music, dance and comedy.

“The great thought leaders of our day are busy at work expanding our minds and filling our hearts,” noted Michnewicz. “The Professional Touring Artist Series offers an exciting variety of writers who will stay after their events to sign books for audience members.”

Please join RCC for these intriguing and stimulating presentations:

Peter Kageyama, author

Saturday, September 7, 8:00 p.m., $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places, will bring his expertise to an exploration of how Reston exemplifies his ideals.

Jeffrey C. Stewart, author

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

Sunday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

In partnership with the Fall for the Book Festival

Author Jeffrey C. Stewart sits down with Dr. Jane Censer, Professor Emeritus of History at George Mason University, to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance.

A Conversation with Fran Lebowitz, author, journalist and social observer

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 p.m., $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our funniest and most insightful social commentators. 

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, composed and performed by Merima Ključo

Inspired by People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Wednesday, October 30, 8:00 p.m., $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book creatively interprets this miraculous age-old Jewish text as a universal symbol of exile, return and co-existence. Composer-performer Merima Ključo's stunning multimedia work for accordion, piano and video traces its harrowing journey. Author Geraldine Brooks will lead a discussion afterward.

Dr. Azar Nafisi, Iranian American Best-Selling Author

Wednesday, November 6, 8:00 p.m., $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

The Iranian American best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi has electrified readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. 

An Evening with Marilyn Nelson

African American History in Verse

Saturday, April 11, 8:00 p.m., $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Truth and beauty are intertwined when landmark events of our collective history are explored in exquisite verse by Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and a former Poet Laureate of Connecticut.

Tickets are now on sale. Box Office Business Hours are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and two hours prior to curtain time for each performance

Additionally, please check out RCC’s entire 2019 – 2020 PTAs schedule at www.restoncommunitycenter.com/ptas.

Photos: Left, Dr. Azar Nafisi/Credit: Stanley Staniski; Marilyn Nelson/Credit: Curt Richter.





About Reston Community Center
Each year RCC offers more than 2,000 positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment, fitness and lifelong learning. We also create and sustain community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals. To find the programs or events that are right for you, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For further information, contact Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com. Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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