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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | DSA Presents: ‘It’s a Bailroom Blitz’ on Sunday, November 18

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.
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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | Threadgill’s World HQ invites you to Thorne Dreyer’s Birthday Party on August 1st

Historic Austin bands the Uranium Savages, Bill Kirchen, Shiva’s Headband, and Leeann Atherton will perform.

Art by Kerry Awn.

Event: Thorne Dreyer’s Birthday Party
What: Concert and benefit
When: Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: Threadgill’s World Headquarters
Address: 301 W. Riverside, Austin, TX 78704
Bands: Leeann Atherton, Shiva’s Headband, Bill Kirchen, Uranium Savages
Tickets: $15 at door; Advance tickets $10 here: http://holdmyticket.com/event/319660
Proceeds to: 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.
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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | ‘Celebrating The Rag’ at Half Price Books North Lamar on June 9

The event will feature editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree and Richard Croxdale, with live music by Bill Kirchen and comments by artists Jim Franklin and Kerry Awn.

Celebrating The Rag book cover with editors Thorne Dreyer (top), Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale.

Event: Presentation and booksigning of Celebrating The Rag
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Where: Half Price Books North Lamar
Address: 5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Sponsor: New Journalism Project; Half Price Books North Lamar

AUSTIN — Join us Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2-4 p.m. at Half Price Books North Lamar for a presentation and booksigning featuring Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, editors of the nationally-acclaimed book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper.

The event will include musical performance by legendary Commander Cody guitarist Bill Kirchen. Plus a few tales (some tall!) from famed Armadillo artist Jim Franklin and “Funniest Person in Austin” Kerry Awn, both of whom contributed signature art to the original Rag, and are featured prominently in the book. Franklin, Awn, and book designer Carlos Lowry will also be available to sign copies of the book.
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Martha Mercado / Roger Baker :
METRO | Poor People’s Campaign
comes to Austin

Demonstrators in 30 states call for a
moral revival.

Supporters of Poor People’s Campaign gather in Austin, May 14, 2018, at the Texas State Capitol. Photos by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog

By Martha Mercado | Photos by Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | May 23, 2018

AUSTIN — On Monday, May 14, 2018, Texas was one of over 30 states to participate in the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. More than 60 people gathered at the Texas State Capitol in solidarity with women, children, and disabled people living in poverty, including two busloads from Dallas. Also in attendance were individuals from San Antonio, Houston, Pasadena, and Waco.

The spirit of Dr. King resonated as faith leaders, community organizers, and concerned citizens came together to publicize and challenge the war on the poor. Songs of freedom filled the air as people approached the rally, including, “We Shall Not Be Moved,” a famous anthem from the Civil Rights era.
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Glenn Smith and Thorne Dreyer :
METRO EVENT | Thursday’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ unites activists, artists

By Glenn Smith and Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog |
May 6, 2018

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
Phone: 512-442-8535
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.”
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Alice Embree :
METRO EVENT | DSA to screen ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ at the Alamo Mueller

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | March 31, 2018

Event: Screening ofShe’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.
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cindy soo :
METRO EVENT | Lucky Chaos presents ‘A Festival of Arts, Diversity & Community’

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.
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Alice Embree :
METRO EVENT | International Women’s Day Music Fest in Austin

woman listening with earphones

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.
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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | It’s a Rag Blog Happy Hour and Stocking-Stuffer at Ruby’s BBQ!

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
Telephone: 512-477-1651
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!
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Alice Embree :
METRO | Rev. Bob Breihan (1925-2017) was a courageous fighter for social justice

He opened the Methodist Student Center to an alternative view of the world during a period of tremendous upheaval.

Rev. Bob Breihan on Rag Radio in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Nov. 29, 2013. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | November 13, 2017

Listen to Thorne Dreyer‘s hour-long Nov. 29, 2013 Rag Radio interview with Rev. Bob Breihan, here.


AUSTIN — Rev. Bob Breihan passed on, surrounded by loved ones, in his home in Austin, Texas, on November 4, 2017. He was 92.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017, at University United Methodist Church in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bob Breihan’s name to University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705; to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104; or to a charity of your choice.
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Steve Rossignol :
METRO | ‘Dam’ scary: The ghosts of LCRA

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.

By Steve Rossignol | The Rag Blog | October 31, 2017

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.
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Dave Zirin :
METRO | SPORT | Houston stadium grift comes home to roost as Harvey hits

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.

By Dave Zirin | The Rag Blog | September 5, 2017

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.
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