To fill the entertainment void during the summer, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has turned to the world of public radio, starting a new series with a lineup of personalities that aims to lure in the NPR crowd.
The new series, given the social-media-friendly title of #thinkspeak, features Sarah Koenig, host of the ultra-popular podcast Serial; rock star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; Ira Glass, host of This American Life; and Jad Abumrad, host of the Peabody Award-winning Radiolab radio show and podcast.
deGrasse Tyson will follow a month later at Winspear Opera House on Monday, June 15 with a talk entitled "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies," in which he'll explore what films like Star Wars and Gravity got right and wrong when it comes to science.
Glass will be third on Saturday, July 11 at Winspear Opera House, talking with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a show called "3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host" that combines two art forms for an entertaining evening of mixed talents.
Finally, Koenig will appear on Monday, August 3 at Winspear Opera House to talk about the podcast that became many people's obsession in 2014, Serial. Koenig will also be appearing the previous weekend at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth for the annual Podcast Movement conference.
Subscription packages for all four shows are available online at www.attpac.org/thinkspeak and range from $83 to $257.50. You can also buy packages by telephone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center.
Subscribers to the four-show series receive discounted tickets, the right to renew their same seats for future seasons and a discounted parking option.