Javier Jara, Sacred Cowgirls, Bird Casino, and Maracatú Texas will perform.
Event: DSA Presents: ‘It’s a Bailroom Blitz’
What: Concert and benefit
When: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 6-11 p.m.
Where: Spider House Ballroom
Address: 2908 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705
Bands: Javier Jara, Sacred Cowgirls, Bird Casino, Maracatú Texas
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Proceeds to: Hutto Community Deportation Defense and Bond Fund
AUSTIN — The Austin chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is hosting an event to raise bail and funds for immigrant women held at T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, on Sunday, November 18, 2018, . Music will be provided by Javier Jara, Sacred Cowgirls, Bird Casino and Maracatú Texas. Comedians Elizabeth Spears, Angelina Martin, and Melody Shifflet will also perform.
DSA Presents It’s a Bailroom Blitz at the Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street in Austin, Texas. Benefit proceeds will be used to post bond for women incarcerated at the Hutto Detention Center so that they can pursue asylum claims. Both donations at the door and for merchandise will directly benefit the Hutto Community Deportation Defense and Bond Fund.
For more information about the fund, or to make donations directly, visit the Grasssroots Leadership website. A former immigrant detainee will speak about her experience in detention and the support she has gotten. The goal of the benefit is to raise enough in donations to post bond for two women at T. Don Hutto.
Historic Austin bands the Uranium Savages, Bill Kirchen, Shiva’s Headband, and Leeann Atherton will perform.
Art by Kerry Awn.
Thorne Dreyer’s Birthday Party
Concert and benefit
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Threadgill’s World Headquarters
301 W. Riverside, Austin, TX 78704
Leeann Atherton, Shiva’s Headband, Bill Kirchen, Uranium Savages
$15 at door; Advance tickets $10 here: http://holdmyticket.com/event/319660
New Journalism Project, Inc.
AUSTIN — Eddie Wilson and Threadgill’s are honoring longtime Austin progressive activist and journalist, Thorne Dreyer, on his birthday, Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
It’s Thorne Dreyer’s Birthday Party and the event features historic Austin bands Uranium Savages, Bill Kirchen, Shiva’s Headband, and Leeann Atherton. It’s all happening from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 W. Riverside, Austin, TX 78704 on Wednesday, August 1.
The Uranium Savages are Austin’s classic comedy-rockers; Guitar virtuoso Bill Kirchen sparked Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen; Shiva’s Headband was Austin’s pioneering psychedelic blues band; and blues-rock songstress Leeann Atherton is a longtime fixture on the Austin scene.
Event: Rhapsody in Blue
What: A convergence of culture and resistance politics
Media: Slam poetry, storytelling, musical performance
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: The High Road on Dawson
Address: 700 Dawson Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Sponsors: Progress Texas and New Journalism Project (The Rag Blog & Rag Radio)
Charge: No admission; $10 donation to NJP optional.
Amenities: Food, cash bar, rooftop deck.
AUSTIN — Rhapsody in Blue (“Revelry for the Resistance’s Sake!”) is a celebration of music, poetry, storytelling and art with — and for — the Central Texas progressive community.
Jointly sponsored by PROGRESS TEXAS and the New Journalism Project, the event happens Thursday, May 10, from 7-9:30 p.m., at The High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson Rd., Austin TX 78704.
According to Glenn Smith of PROGRESS TEXAS, “Artists always light the way out of dark times, and the political leadership has always championed artists’ freedom. We need each other.”
Event: Screening of ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’
When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
Address: 1911 Aldrich Street, Austin, TX 78723
Sponsor: Feminist Action Committee, Austin Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
AUSTIN — On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, there will be a screening of Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy’s documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States between 1966 and 1971, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. It will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich Street, at 7 p.m.
The film was highlighted on The Rag Blog when it premiered in Austin in 2015.
Event: ‘Our House’
What: A Festival of Arts, Diversity & Community
Who: Produced by Lucky Chaos
When: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Motion Media Arts Center
Address: 2200 Tillery, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: Free to the public
AUSTIN — Lucky Chaos is inviting the public to Our House: A Festival of Arts, Diversity & Community on Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 2-5 p.m., at the Motion Media Arts Center, 2200 Tillery in Austin.
The highlight of the arts and cultural festival is the rarely performed “Dian Jing,” an “eye-dotting” awakening ceremony for the group’s 20-foot Chinese dragon.
Event: International Women’s Day Music Fest
What: Benefiting Lilith Fund
Who: Music and Spoken Word
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6-10 p.m.
Address: Inks Ave., Austin 78702
Suggested Donation: $10
Sponsors: Feminist Action Committee, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
AUSTIN — In celebration of International Women’s Day the Feminist Action Committee of Austin’s Democratic Socialists of America is putting on a Music Fest featuring bands and spoken word. A $10 donation is suggested and will benefit the Lilith Fund.
This will be the third year that DSA socialist feminists have fundraised for the Lilith Fund, an organization that supports the right of all Texans to make their own reproductive choices, regardless of income.
Event: Rag Blog Happy Hour & Stocking-Stuffer!
When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Ruby’s BBQ
Address: 512 W. 29th St. (at Guadalupe), Austin, TX 78705
Cost: Free and open to the public
Food: Ruby’s beer and barbecue at cash bar
Join us for an informal get-together sponsored by the New Journalism Project (The Rag Blog and Rag Radio) — and do your last-minute politically-correct X-Mas shopping — this Saturday at Ruby’s BBQ.
Get our critically-acclaimed book, Celebrating The Rag, at a special holiday discount — as well as Rag commemorative t-shirts — and choose from our great collection of classic Hawaiian shirts!
According to reliable if shady sources, Austin’s Depression-era dams are haunted as hell.
Austin’s Mansfield Dam. Nov. 8, 2008. Photo by Ferrous Büller / Flickr.
AUSTIN — There is a grand history to Austin’s lakes which traces back to the late 1930’s, when a nation and state struggling to pull itself out of the Great Depression enacted public infrastructure construction programs to build dams and extend electricity to rural areas. In 1936, the U.S. Department of the Interior authorized the establishment of the Lower Colorado River Authority.
On that shiny necklace called the Colorado River, several dams were built by the LCRA, which in addition to providing flood control from those periodic and devastating Hill Country flash floods, also provided hydroelectric power to a burgeoning Austin. And the crown jewel on that necklace is Mansfield Dam, named for then Austin Congressman J. J. Mansfield.
Preacher Joel Osteen’s megachurch was once a hoops hallowed ground called The Summit.
The faithful at Joel Osteen’s megachurch, nee The Summit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
HOUSTON — Joel Osteen, the moneychanger who runs his own Houston temple, was the subject of withering criticism after refusing to open his 16,800-seat Lakewood Megachurch to those seeking shelter from Hurricane Harvey. Now the doors are open, but it took several days of people wondering why this proponent of the “prosperity gospel” (aka “God loves you if you are rich”) was pulling up the drawbridge on his place of worship.
Less discussed — and Osteen must be relieved that this is the case — is how this televangelist got his hands on his megachurch arena in the first place. It’s a story that speaks to how our cities are unprepared for disasters like Harvey in part because of the way spending has been diverted into publicly funded stadiums; stadiums that become rotting carcasses or “white elephants” as soon as a billionaire wants a new one.