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Organizing for reproductive justice :
METRO EVENT | Before Roe & Now: Panel Discussion on August 13

Event: Before Roe & Now
What: Panel Discussion
When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: IBEW Local 520
Address: 4818 E. Ben White Blvd., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78741
Sponsor: Austin DSA Feminist Action Committee
Admission: Free

AUSTIN — On Tuesday, August 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Austin’s Democratic Socialists of America Feminist Action Committee is sponsoring a panel discussion on Organizing for Reproductive Justice: Before Roe and Now. Panelists Alice Embree and Barbara Hines will focus on the movement that made Roe v. Wade a possibility. Younger activists from the Lilith Fund and Fund Texas Choice will discuss the organizing taking place now to defend abortion as a health care choice, and just as importantly defend all reproductive choice. The event is on Facebook.

The DSA Feminist Action Committee organizes around an Austin chapter priority of reproductive justice that includes work on reproductive education in schools, free period products, access to birth control, parental leave, universal child care, Medicare for all, and access to abortion as a health care choice.

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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | Thorne Dreyer’s Birthday Bash August 1 is NJP, ‘Rag Blog’ benefit

Event features jazz singer Sarah Sharp and Bruce Melton’s Climate Change Band.

Event: Thorne Dreyer’s 74th Birthday Bash
What: Benefit for New Journalism Project
When: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: The High Road on Dawson
Address: 700 Dawson Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-442-8535
Bands: Jazz vocalist Sarah Sharp; Climate Change Band
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation

AUSTIN — Thorne Dreyer’s 74th Birthday Bash is Thursday, August 1, 6-9:30 p.m., at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson Road in Austin. Featured performers are jazz vocalist Sarah Sharp and Bruce Melton’s Climate Change Band.

The event benefits the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NJP publishes The Rag Blog, sponsors Rag Radio, and publishes NJP Books. The event is open to the public with a $10 suggested donation. Cash Bar, pizza, birthday cake, books, t-shirts, and Hawaiian shirts will be available.

Anne Lewis will give a brief report on the border situation, Bruce Melton will discuss his recent Yosemite Park environmental expedition, and Alice Embree will talk about the NJP book project, and there will be some poetry reading.

Thorne Dreyer, a pioneering ‘60s underground journalist and longtime Austin activist, is editor of The Rag Blog, host of Rag Radio, and an editor at NJP Publishing.

See the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | Akwasi Evans: ‘Speaking Truth to Power, a Tribute’

Event: Celelebration of Akwasi Evans’ life
What: Evening of art, poetry, music
When: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
Address: 1106 E. 11th, Austin TX 78702
Bands: Riders Against the Storm (RAS), Harold McMillian and Friends, SHERi Mogul.
Admission: Open to the public
Sponsors: SouthPop, DiverseArts, and Six Square

Also see “Akwasi Evans: Poet, Publisher, and Born Rebel” by Mariann G. Wizard on The Rag Blog.


AUSTIN –Friends and family will celebrate the life of beloved Austin journalist and activist, Akwasi Evans, this Sunday, June 23, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.

Evans was a steadfast voice and champion for East Austin with his newspaper, NOKOA: The Observer.
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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENTS | Two cultural happenings in Austin shed light on the Palestinian cause

April events include Palestinian/Arabic music and a screening of ‘Beyond the Frontlines.’

Beyond the Frontlines to be screened in Austin, April 28, 2019.

Event:  Palestinian Solidarity Event
What: Palestinian/Arabic Music, Performance
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
Address:  4140 Governor’s Row, Austin, TX  78744
Tickets: Tickets online at Ticketbud.
Sponsored by: Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee of Austin


Event:  Beyond the Frontlines
What: Film screening and reception
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Address: 14311 Wells Port Drive, Austin, TX 78728
Tickets: Free
Sponsored by: St. Andrew’s Social Justice Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Austin, CAIR Austin, and Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights


AUSTIN — Two Austin events in April highlight the Palestinian cause.

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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENTS | Open Canopy is tour of leading artist studios

Open studio event on April 19 is sponsored by Austin’s Canopy and Big Medium groups.

Art aficionados attend monthly open studio event.

AUSTIN — Arts organizations Canopy and Big Medium are having their monthly open studio event –- known as Open Canopy — on Friday, April 19, from 7 pm to 10 pm. The event, which takes place at 916 Springdale Road, Austin, near the intersection with Airport Blvd., is free and open to the public.

Artists Cecilia Colomé and Fernando Muñoz have invited Rag Blog readers to visit their studio in Building #1, Studio 105.

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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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