6:00–7:00 p.m. Pre-performance talk/Q&A and cocktails with David Wondrich, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cocktails and their history, and author of the book Imbibe!, which won a James Beard Award. Tickets are $20 (sold separately from the performance) and include the talk and the cost of one cocktail. Space is limited.
7:30 p.m. Happy Hour! performance: The DMA’s exhibition Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail packs just the punch required for five acclaimed musicians to create an adventurous concoction of rhythm, music, and text, to be enjoyed responsibly for one night only. Songs will range from Mozart, Offenbach, and Verdi to Cole Porter and Joni Mitchell. This marks the ninth collaboration of Arts & Letters Live with artistic programmer Ryan Taylor, whose creative process combines art, music, and literary excerpts.