Arts & Letters Live Turns 25

Behold the stars on the bill for 25th season of Dallas Museum of Art series

Behold the stars on the bill for 25th Dallas Museum of Art series

Mary-Louise Parker
Actress — and now memoirist — Mary-Louise Parker will kick off the 2016 season of DMA's Arts & Letters Live. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

For its 25th anniversary season, Dallas Museum of Art's Arts & Letters Live series is stacking the roster with celeb names from the performing arts and literary worlds. New York Times bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, Tony Award winners, and Emmy Award winners are all on the list.

"The star-studded line-up of literary icons and performers is bigger than ever, with an estimated 34 programs slated for January through June 2016," says Carolyn Bess, director of programming, in a release. "There’s something to suit everyone’s taste, no matter whether you prefer literary fiction, nonfiction, memoir, humor, poetry, music, art, or dance."

It all starts on January 11 at 7:30 pm with the "memoiristas," aka writer Mary Karr and actress Mary-Louise Parker, who will be discussing the popular Lit, which has been turned into a forthcoming Showtime series starring Parker as Karr. The pair will also talk about their two latest literary works — yes, Parker has published her first book, titled Dear Mr. You.

Perennial favorite humor essayist David Sedaris, actor Rainn Wilson (The Office), novelist Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, and Texas Monthly executive editor Skip Hollandsworth are just a few of the other speakers scheduled.

Bess also notes that two of the presentations will dovetail with the DMA's exhibitions and collections initiatives: Texas Ballet Theater's world premiere of a suite of new dances inspired by "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots," and "a French Riviera fête focusing on the newly published connections between the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection and Coco Chanel, featuring curator Olivier Meslay and Chanel biographer Rhonda K. Garelick."

Most events will take place in the Horchow Auditorium at the DMA, but check the website for updates and pricing.