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.