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Special Events


Saturday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Food, Drink, and Manners at Shakespeare’s Table
Shakespeare and his contemporaries enjoyed a varied diet by contemporary standards, enlivened by spices from Asia, vegetables from the Middle East and New World, and pickling and preserving techniques that made vivid flavors available all year. Everything was served according to the class of the diners—common folk ate heartily but simply, while noble banquets featured edible sculptures designed to mystify guests as to what they were eating. This lecture will cover food, drink, manners, and the daily life of a creative age.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon

Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger
Author Stephen H. Grant will recount the American success story of Henry and Emily Folger of Brooklyn, a couple who were devoted to each other, in love with Shakespeare, and bitten by the collecting bug. Shortly after marrying in 1885, the Folgers started buying, cataloging, and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era. The Folger Library provided Grant with unprecedented access to the primary sources within the Folger vault. He drew on interviews with surviving Folger relatives and visits to 35 related archives in the United States and Britain to create a portrait of the remarkable couple who ensured that Shakespeare would have a beautiful home in America. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Library at San Diego State University.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon

PAST EVENTS

Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m.
Tea with the Bard
Selected Shakespeare readings along with complimentary tea, coffee, and scones provided by the Brick & Bell Café. The readings will be expertly directed by Cherie Peacock of The San Diego Shakespeare Society & the Shakespeare Academy.
Location:La Jolla/Riford Branch Library.
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required.

Friday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Follow the Folio: The Fascinating History of Shakespeare on Paper
Many people know the history of William Shakespeare the man, but how about the history of Shakespeare’s words: the famous First Folio, compiled in 1623, nearly a decade after his death, by his friends, admirers and fellow authors? In this talk, audiences will follow the 400-year history of these printed copies of Shakespeare’s plays as they track the (sometimes rocky) course these works have taken to be with us today. Attendees will also get to examine a facsimile (that is, an exact replica) of the First Folio up close to get a look inside the pages that will be locked away behind glass at the 2016 exhibition.
Location:San Carlos Branch Library.
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability. Reservations are required. Call (619) 527-3430.

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.
Tea with the Bard
Selected Shakespeare readings along with complimentary tea, coffee, and scones provided by the Brick & Bell Café. The readings will be expertly directed by Cherie Peacock of The San Diego Shakespeare Society & the Shakespeare Academy.
Location:La Jolla/Riford Branch Library.
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required.

Wednesday, May 4, 5:00 p.m.
Second Annual USD Medieval and Renaissance Studies Lecture: Shakespeare's First Folio
Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, sets the stage for the First Folio exhibition by illuminating the volume and its vital importance as a material object, a cultural artifact, and a literary text. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, the Department of English, and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
Location:Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Warren Auditorium
 at University of San Diego
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required. Contact casnews@sandiego.edu with questions.

Sunday, June 5, 2:00 p.m.
Tea with the Bard
Selected Shakespeare readings along with complimentary tea, coffee, and scones provided by the Brick & Bell Café. The readings will be expertly directed by Cherie Peacock of The San Diego Shakespeare Society & the Shakespeare Academy.
Location:La Jolla/Riford Branch Library.
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required.

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Follow the Folio: The Fascinating History of Shakespeare on Paper
Many people know the history of William Shakespeare the man, but how about the history of Shakespeare’s words: the famous First Folio, compiled in 1623, nearly a decade after his death, by his friends, admirers and fellow authors? In this talk, audiences will follow the 400-year history of these printed copies of Shakespeare’s plays as they track the (sometimes rocky) course these works have taken to be with us today. Attendees will also get to examine a facsimile (that is, an exact replica) of the First Folio up close to get a look inside the pages that will be locked away behind glass at the 2016 exhibition.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.