Thursday, December 1, 2016

Prepare To Be Cerebrally Stimulated At The #hearhere 2017 Lecture Series

One of the things I love about Dallas is that there is always something fun and interesting to do. I love events, shows, and lectures that are out-of-the-norm, interesting and unusual. Nothing personifies that description better than The AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series – a speaker series with dynamic discussions from leaders in the arts and sciences. Featuring thought leaders whose work has become a cultural phenomenon, #hearhere removes the barrier between audiences and some of the most interesting minds of our time. This third season features the return of American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, delivering his most popular talk entitled “The Cosmic Perspective;” American author and social commentator known for her sardonic perspective on American life, Fran Lebowitz; one of America’s greatest storytellers, Garrison Keillor; and one of the most celebrated writers of our time, Neil Gaiman. I can't wait to attend these stimulating evenings! Who's with me!?

#hearhere 2017 Series:

Neil deGrasse Tyson will perform at the Winspear Opera House on Tuesday, February 14 – 7:30 p.m. For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and on-camera host & narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st Century continuation of Carl Sagan's landmark television series.

Fran Lebowitz will perform at the Wyly Theatre on Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1 – 8 p.m. Purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the “me decade” and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker, Fran Lebowitz remains one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement. She offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves – including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers.

Garrison Keillor will perform Stories from Lake Wobegon at the Winspear Opera House on Tuesday, May 9 – 8 p.m. One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week.

Spend an evening with Neil Gaiman at the Winspear Opera House on Friday, July 7 – 7:30 p.m. “I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s bestselling contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods, took the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards—as did his bestselling young adult story, Coraline. Gaiman has appeared as himself on The Simpsons and an episode of Arthur, and has written for the hit television series Babylon 5.

Four-show packages are on sale now and range from $352 to $155 and may be purchased online at, by telephone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. The Box Office will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and before performances. And don't forget that One Arts Plaza is just a block away, which is home to several great restaurants perfect for a pre-show dinner or after-show cocktail!