Rawlins Gilliland

Rawlins Gilliland

Musicians Matt Tolentino and Robert Edwards give a presentation on rag time, Tin Pan Alley and the Jazz Age, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Turner House. Tickets cost $15 for Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts members and $20 otherwise.

Literary Death Match is where four writers read their own work aloud and are judged by “three all-star judges.” And it’s coming to the Texas Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The Dallas chapter of Pen International hosts Ecuadorian author Santiago Vizcaíno and his translator, Alexis Levitin, at the Wild Detectives Wednesday, April 15. They will present poems from “Destruction in the Afternoon,” winner of the 2008 Premio Proyectos Literarios Nacionales from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture.

A bird walk for beginners at Twelve Hills Nature Center starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, April 18. RSVP to Linda Donnelly.

Storyteller Rawlins Gilliland is turning 70, and he’s celebrating with an evening of “tawdry admission” and “verbal cinematography” at the Kessler Theater Saturday, April 18.