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Salon at Sunset “Drinking by the Book”

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions

Rienzi opens its doors at sunset! Treat yourself to an engaging short lecture, an open house tour of the collection, and social time over wine and bites.

“Drinking by the Book: Cocktails and Character Formation in 20th-Century American Literature"
Presented by Joanna O'Leary

If “you are what you eat,” is it also true that a drink can define you? The rise of the cocktail in the 20th century is reflected in the period’s most notable real and fictional personas, many of whom came to be associated with certain mixed drinks. Discover how alcohol reflects biography in works such as The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and In Cold Blood, and why the personal, signature cocktail is such a strong component of literary conceptualizations of American individualism.

Admission (includes reception) is $15 for adults; $12 for MFAH Members.
For information, call 713.639.7800.

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; the Brown Foundation, Inc.; Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment Fund; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment Fund for Rienzi.