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METRO EVENT | It’s a Rag Blog Happy Hour and you’re invited! With special guests Jim Hightower & Ellen Sweets

Rock out with us at Maria’s on Saturday, May 9, with our favorite populist pundit, Jim Hightower, and Ellen Sweets, author of ‘Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins.’

Event: Rag Blog/Rag Radio Happy Hour
Special Guests: Jim Hightower and Ellen Sweets
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 4-6:30 p.m.
Where: Maria’s Taco Xpress
Address: 2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Cost: Free (donations welcome); Cash bar & food
Who can come: You!

AUSTIN — Please join the Rag Blog/Rag Radio community for an informal Happy Hour gathering Saturday, May 9, from 4-6:30 p.m., at Maria’s Taco Xpress in South Austin. It’s free and everybody’s welcome.

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Jim Higtower, in his signature hat, with Rag Radio’s Tracey Schulz, left, and Thorne Dreyer, on March 16, 2015, in the KOOP studios. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Our special guests are progressive writer, radio commentator, and political activist, Jim Hightower, for years a major force on the populist left, and journalist Ellen Sweets, author of Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins.

Hightower and Sweets were recent guests on Rag Radio — on consecutive Fridays. Hightower discussed what he sees as a “growing populist rebellion against our corporate plutocracy,” and Sweets, who is the newest member of the Board of Directors of the New Journalism Project, shared her culinary adventures with Molly Ivins and her recent trip to Cuba where she covered the Guantanamo trials.

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Ellen Sweets on Rag Radio, March 13, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Jim, a former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, is the author of Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow and Thieves in High Places. Sweets is an award-winning journalist who has written about topics ranging from food and culture to race, class, and gentrification.

Maria’s Taco Xpress is located at 2529 S Lamar Blvd in Austin. Maria’s Tex-Mex food and full bar will be available (including those mango margaritas!). And we’re doing this one on Saturday so we can all avoid the weekday rush hour traffic.

It’s free and all are welcome (though a small contribution to the New Journalism Project would not be refused!). The NJP is a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit that publishes The Rag Blog and sponsors Rag Radio.

Go to the Facebook event page here.

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