Acclaimed author Paul Dickson will be discussing and signing copies of his latest book, Authorism: Words Wrought by Writers, an illuminating lexicography of words coined by authors on the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth (Shakespeare coined or popularized hundreds of words). 1 p.m. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.
Pianist Emanuel Ax returns to the Shriver Hall Concert Series in an inventive program that pairs several of Brahms' major piano works with newly commissioned pieces by some of today's most exciting composers. 5:30 p.m. $39, $19 students, free for JHU students; shriverconcerts.org. Homewood campus.
After spending two years studying Evergreen Museum & Library's history, architecture, and landscape—and moving her work table around the grounds—Baltimore printmaker and performing artist Lorraine Imwold exhibits in the museum's Reading Room the work she produced there. En Plein Air Printmaking continues through Sunday, Aug. 31. Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.
This year's The House Beautiful lecture series explores America's ongoing interpretation of restoration, preservation, and documentation as applied to the historic built environment. In The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America's Most Famous Residence, Robert Klara talks about the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. Book signing and reception follow. 6:30 p.m. $20, $15 members and full-time students with ID; museums.jhu.edu or 410-516-0341. Evergreen Museum & Library.
Art as Applied to Medicine celebrates its students' work with an opening reception for this year's Graduate Exhibition, which will hang from May 16 to Aug. 15 in the Turner Concourse. Light refreshments, music, and animation screenings are planned. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., East Baltimore campus.
Dane Huckelbridge, author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit, sets up tonight's Evening of Traditional Beverages, which features classic and creative bourbon cocktails paired with snacks by Woodberry Kitchen. 6 to 8 p.m. $35 members, $45 others (must be 21); Brown Paper Tickets or 410-516-5589. Homewood Museum, Homewood campus.
The universitywide Staff and Retiree Milestone Recognition Dinner takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., O'Connor Recreation Center, Homewood campus.