Dec. 11 Jane Austen Tea W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St. 2-4 p.m., FREE, 444.4844 Novelist Jane Austen’s work is filed by some under what would be modern day cinema’s equivalent of the romantic comedy. But while Austen did pen stories involving amorous entanglements, her work’s real strength was in its spot-on observations and social commentary regarding morality, the divide between social classes and women’s economic security — at a time when a lady’s best option was to find someone who liked it enough to put a ring on it. Noted for her striking realism, the English Austen wielded irony with the best of them. How better then to celebrate her 235th birthday than with a spot of tea? This annual OPL event will feature live music and dancing, right out of a classic Austen party scene, along with a proper tea and light English fare. The Bookworm will be on hand with tomes and other gift items for sale.

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