Happy Hour! A Talk and Performance Inspired by the Art of the Cocktail

The Dallas Museum of Art

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Ever wanted to learn more about craft cocktails, but didn't know where to begin? Here's the place. The Dallas Museum of Art regularly hosts expert panels about a variety of subjects, and because its current exhibition focuses on the history of mixology, you can expect knowledge to sip on. Cocktail historian and author David Wondrich will partake in a Q&A to answer all of your burning questions about spirits. And, yes, there will be drinks.

Arts & Letters Live presents Happy Hour!, a sweet (and sour) blend of song with a splash of cocktail craft and literary mixology. The DMA’s current exhibition Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail packs just the punch required to encourage five musicians to create this adventurous concoction of rhythm, music, and text to be enjoyed responsibly for one night only. This marks the ninth collaboration of Arts & Letters Live with artistic programmer Ryan Taylor, who seeks to illuminate visual arts with musical and literary excerpts. The songs will range from Mozart, Offenbach, and Verdi to Cole Porter and Joni Mitchell.

Past performances include ARTsong (2004), Secrets of the Sky and Sea (2005), Shakespeare Unplugged (2006), generation m: modern masters from the mid-century to the moment (2007), Blithe Spirits (2008), Vocal Colors (2009), and Fashioned Forward (2012)

6:15–7:00 p.m., Founders Room: Enjoy a cocktail and a talk/Q&A with David Wondrich, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cocktails and their history, Esquire’s long-time Cocktail Correspondent, and one of the founders of the current craft cocktail movement. The author of Imbibe! serves up a lively, historically informed, and definitive guide to American cocktails, complete with over 100 recipes. The first edition won a James Beard Award. Tickets for this pre-event experience are $20 and cover the cost of one drink; space is limited.
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