Bach to Books is the name for the Friends’-sponsored arts and humanities series offered at the library, free to the community. Artists, writers, and musicians appear at the library and share their talents.
The main goal of Bach to Books is to share a variety of programs featuring music, dance, visual arts, literature, history and more with the people of our community for their enjoyment and enlightenment. We offer these programs free to the public, so that everybody can attend. Most events are held in the auditorium in the library.
Here are our upcoming events. Also, check the Library Calendar or call (214) 509-4911 for more information about any Bach to Books performances.
Baseball’s Dizzy Dean
Thursday, June 8th 7:30 PM
Baseball legend Dizzy Dean captivated three generations of fans with his impressive pitching abilities and later, his broadcasting skills.
He first caught the attention of the American public by winning 30 games in the 1934 season while leading the infamous St. Louis Cardinals “Gashouse Gang.” At that time, America sorely needed a diversion from the Great Depression. Dizzy’s portrait adorned the front cover of Time magazine on April 15, 1935. After a career cut short by injury, Dizzy migrated into the radio and television broadcasting booth. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
Listen to Bo Carter who tri-authored Dizzy: Dean of Baseball and My Podnah with journalist and former Dallas area media member Mark McDonald and the late Gene Kirby, the play-by-play voice for Army football for several seasons, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at the Allen Public Library.
Regina Merson is Today’s Mujer
Thursday, June 15th 7:30 PM
As a teenager, Regina Merson had two goals— to be a successful lawyer and a highly recognized makeup artist and consultant. Today she has succeeded at both endeavors and her cosmetic products are now revered internationally.
A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, this Yale grad and Dallas attorney refused to give up her obsessions with makeup. Donning formal business attire to meet with high powered Dallas attorneys and clients, her professional countenance exemplified success while her bright red lips radiated Latina beauty and charm. Regina notes, “Beauty is never sacrificed in the Latina world. Even my 88-year-old grandmother never leaves the house without a full face of makeup. You don’t get your mail without it.”
Saturday, June 17th 3:00 PM
Discover the fascinating beauty of Islamic art from Samia Khan at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Allen Public Library. During June, the Library’s gallery will display examples of her work for viewing.
A multimedia artist and program director for the Islamic Art Revival Series, Samia’s art is heavily influenced by sights and sounds of the Middle East. This inspiration emanates from mixed fanciful and abstract architecture of modern cities, old forts, soaring minarets, domes, arches and intricate geometric designs.
The Lone Star String Band
Friday, June 23rd 7:30 PM
With fiddle, guitar, banjo and outstanding Texas-style mountain singing, The Lone Star String Band will perform old-time music at 7:30 pm Friday, June 23, at the Allen Public Library.
First recorded in the 1920s by record companies who did not have a name for the genre, old-time music was sometimes labeled “hillbilly” music. Its rich, varied sounds and lyrics were popular with the common folks. Once performed on porches on Saturday nights and at dances throughout America, old fiddle tunes and songs from the late 19th century and early 20th century will now resonant in the library’s auditorium.
Mudcat and Gator
Saturday, July 1st 7:30 PM
Describing “Blue Rock” as “a little bit Texas music and a little bit Louisiana music,” Dallas native “Mudcat” Michael Reames and Louisiana’s “Gator” Wayne Folse will share this genre mash-up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Allen Public Library.
On rhythm guitar, blues harp, percussion and lead vocal, Mudcat has played with the bands Alizon, Noise Inc, Paraphernalia and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Liberation. Mudcat adds a harmonica to set a vibrant mood.
Performing around his home state with bands like Allen Fontenot, the Coasters, BlueRockers, and Shaking Hands, Gator now plays daily with a Bourbon Street blues trio. Playing lead guitar, vocals, acoustic and electric, Gator will electrify the library’s stage.
Celebrate the July 4th Holiday with The Allen Community Jazz Band
Monday, July 3rd 7:30 PM
Begin your Fourth of July holiday by enjoying the patriotic sounds of Allen’s own ACB Jazz in a free concert at the library. Listen to songs from America’s past, such as American Patrol, American Songbook, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and God Bless the USA, as well as other great tunes of Americana.
ACB Jazz is comprised of members from a variety of occupations; from college students, bankers, teachers and even some retired. Its parent organization is the Allen Community Concert Band, open to anyone who has an instrument and a willingness to dust it off and get their lips back into shape. Most of the jazz band players also play with the concert band.
Friday, July 7th 7:30 PM
Prepare for a rhythmic global journey with Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 7. at the Allen Public Library.
For the past three decades the Denton, Texas, based quintet Brave Combo has performed exciting salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. Their music ranges from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes, to the symphonic classics and to rock and roll. And of course, their always-popular Chicken Dance.
The Rise of Hitler 1918-1933
Thursday, July 20th 7:30 PM
In the early 1930s, the mood in Germany was grim.
The worldwide economic depression devastated the German social fabric by creating huge despair and hopelessness. A humiliating defeat fifteen years earlier during World War I shattered their confidence in the weak Weimar Republic government. Conditions were ripe for the rise of a new leader, Adolf Hitler, and his party, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
Dr. Suzanna Ozsvath will discuss the rise of Hitler at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Allen Public Library. A highly-recognized scholar, Dr. Ozsvath is a professor of literature and the history of ideas as well as the chair of Holocaust studies at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Founder and director of UTD’s Holocaust Studies Program, she has published articles, addressing aesthetic and ethical issues in French, German, and Hungarian literature as well as the relationship between art and totalitarian ideology. Since the 1980’s, she has undertaken several translation projects and worked on various branches of Holocaust studies.