701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664
Built on the footprint of Palmer Auditorium in part with reclaimed materials from its predecessor, the Long Center opened in 2008. It serves as home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and Austin Opera. Between a marquee setting across the lake from Downtown and civic-minded integration with surrounding areas, the Long has proven transformational. The multi-tiered Dell Hall, the complex’s largest venue, seats 2,442. Even the upper balcony seats provide good sight lines. The hall’s acoustics eliminate dead zones by design and a series of movable banners and curtains enable the room to be custom-tuned for the music at hand.
Kwan’s breakout debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians
, has become something of a cultural phenomenon, topping bestseller lists worldwide, spawning two bestselling sequels and inspiring a hit movie
– the first romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio to feature a lead actor and actress of Asian heritage. For this special evening, Kwan shares his thoughts on the (unanticipated) cultural impact of his novels and how the representational climate in many industries, particularly entertainment, is already changing. Sat., Nov. 17, 8pm. $29 and up.