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THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 5:30 EXTRA! -- “Mark Twain in Vienna” with Dr. Candy Fresacher

Monday, October 5, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

A special Monday Trouble Begins EXTRA!

Mark Twain arrived in Vienna, where his daughter Clara wanted to study music, in September 1897. He had recently completed his world tour, paid off his debts -- and suffered the loss of his daughter Susy. As he was by then a world-class celebrity, what he did was often reported in the newspapers and he associated with many famous people in the Austrian capital and in Kaltenleitgeben, a small town just outside Vienna where his wife and daughter Jean took part in cold-water therapy.  He is remembered today with plaques on the hotel where he stayed and a house where he lived.

Speaker Dr. Candy Fresacher, an American living in Austria for the past 38 years, has taught at vocational colleges,receving her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Vienna. She has presented a papers at the 2005 State of Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, N.Y., and at the centennial observance hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Vienna in 2010.  She also conducts tours of Mark Twain’s Vienna.

This is a special Monday “extra” in the Trouble Begins at 5:30 lecture series. On Wednesday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. the museum hosts the historic launch of  The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume Three.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is supported by generous grants from Voya Financial®, and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Trustees.

This is a free event, but reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

An Evening of Standup Comedy with IAN HARVIE, Co-star of the Golden Globe Award-Winning TV Series “Transparent”

Friday, October 9, VIP Reception 6:30 p.m.; General Admission 7:30 p.m.; Performance 8:00 p.m. at The Mark Twain House & Museum

A Benefit for True Colors Youth Programs.

As seen on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” “CNN Newsroom,” PBS’s “Roadtrip Nation,” and ABC’s “Comics Unleashed.”

Prior to his co-starring role on the Golden Globe Award-winning TV series TRANSPARENT on Amazon, Ian Harvie was known for being Margaret Cho’s opening act for years, turned cross-country headliner and a groundbreaking transgender comedian, unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has ever touched.

In the spring 2014, Harvie, with the help of friend and Executive Producer Cho, Harvie unveiled his first-ever live standup comedy special, poking fun at topics from top surgery, to his fear of public restrooms, to his active sex life in the feature concert film IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO.

Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways that audiences won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites everyone.

True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 2000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues, including most recently CNN.  Visit them at www.OurTrueColors.org.

Tickets: $40 VIP Reception; $25 General Admission. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

A Conversation with Stuart Woods

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. (Please note that the date has been changed from October 20.)

Stuart Woods is the author of 54 novels; the last 39 of them have been New York Times best-sellers.

Woods' most prolific series of novels focuses on Stone Barrington, a former NYPD detective turned lawyer who is counsel to a prestigious law firm and handles cases with which the firm does not wish to be publicly associated. The novels are noted both for a strong cast of recurring characters such as Barrington's ex-partner Dino Bacchetti, frequent use of the New York restaurant Elaine's as a setting, and Stone's frequent exploits with women, travel and fine dining--almost a "lifestyles of the rich and fabulous" fantasy. Stone, like Woods, is also an experienced pilot and frequent references are made to his aircraft.

In addition to Stone, Woods has written several other character-focused series. These characters include Holly Barker, a retired Army major and Florida police chief recruited to become a CIA operative; Ed Eagle, a Santa Fe defense lawyer;William Henry Lee IV, a Georgia senator who is elected President of the United States; and Rick Barron, a police detective who becomes a security officer and later chief of production for a Hollywood movie studio in the 1930s. All of Woods' novels take place in the same universe and characters frequently appear in other series. 

Woods newest novel, Foreign Affairs, will be released one week before his visit. Copies will be available for sale, and the program will be followed by a book signing. Learn more about the author on his website, www.stuartwoods.com.

This program will be ASL interpreted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This event is generously supported by The Hartford.

Tickets are $30/$25 for Mark Twain House & Museum members. There is also a VIP ticket available for $75, which includes premium seating, and a meet and greet reception with food and beverages. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

October 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29 and 30. 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some October fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click herefor tickets.

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