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A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Based upon "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl"

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The University of Texas Wind Ensemble brings Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein to life on the big screen with a live film score. A Halloween costume contest will be held prior to the performance.

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Texas Theatre and Dance presents the haunting, yet inspiring account of a young Jewish girl and her family’s lives during World War II.

Twyla Tharp

Spectrum Dance Theater The Minstrel Show Revisited

50th Anniversary Tour

Donald Byrd, Artistic Director

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Tharp celebrates her 50th anniversary as a choreographer with a program of new works, “Preludes & Fugues” and “Yowzie,” performed by a company of 12 dancers.

Upcoming Performances David Finckel and Wu Han, cello and piano

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Fifth House Ensemble

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David Daniels, countertenor

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New York Polyphony

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

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Jake Shimabukuro

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Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano

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eighth blackbird Hand Eye

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Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, Don Byron

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Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell

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Donald Byrd confronts audiences with the past and present manifestations of racism embedded in American culture and tradition.

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C E N T R O Autumn U Revents B A N O HABLA Austin

Expanding Latino Policy Agenda The Senate Hispanic Caucus and Mexican American Legislative Caucus invite the public to attend the 2015 Latino Summit: Expanding the Latino Policy Agenda. The goals of the summit are to focus on issues concerning the Latino community, including immigration, job and wealth creation, education, healthcare, and civic engagement.  Join Texas policy makers, policy experts, and Latino serving organizations in a dialogue on critical issues and how to expand the Texas Latino policy agenda.  The goal is to continue to build legislation and advocacy as we move towards the 85th Texas Legislative Session. The Latino Summit will be held in the Legislative Conference Center at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Oct. 10. To RSVP register at txlatinosummit.eventbrite.com HABLA con Orgullo Awards The inaugural HABLA con Orgullo Awards and Hispanic Heritage Celebration event on Sept. 16 honored Delia Garza, the first Latina council member in Austin and Alicia Perez-Hodge, the first and only Latina Assistant City Manager, for their outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of the community. The awards are presented during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15).

KLRU to help underserved KLRU will implement early learning partnerships locally to support low-income families. The

Delivering diversity in media to Austin

Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS have received a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. The grant will provide resources to 11 PBS stations, including KLRU, to implement local partnerships in underserved communities in Central Texas. “KLRU is honored to be a part of CPB and PBS’ Ready To Learn-funded project,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO of KLRU. “This grant will help KLRU continue to serve Central Texasarea families with high-quality early learning content and services to set them on the path for a successful future.” KLRU partnerships include schools, childcare providers, public libraries, science centers, and housing agencies that serve high-need populations. The grant will allow KLRU to expand its role in the community through its “Demonstration Station” model of providing digital devices, digital educational media, and quality curricula. Gabriel Garcia Márquez & UT UT’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Harry Ransom Center will host a symposium on Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s life and legacy Oct 28-30. Author Salman Rushdie will deliver the keynote address and author Elena Poniatowska will provide the closing keynote. In advance of the symposium the Gabriel Garcia Márquez archive will open for research at the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room on Oct. 21. Researchers can access the collection by registering as patrons. Learn more at www. hrc.utexas.edu/research/info/. On  Oct. 21, the Ransom Center will also share a small selection of the materials online at  hrc.utexas.edu/ garciamarquez.  Karisha Community benefit Support the Karisha Community and Integrity Academy at a dinner fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. at Casa de Luz. The evening features a three course menu and live music with all proceeds going to support the creation of the Karisha Community, bridging food, medicine and health care. Karisha Community will include four physicians and eight integrative providers of health care, delivered in a nurturing space, and will open memberships to the public in summer 2017 and open its doors in January, 2018.

Volume VII, Number 6

for more than five years, TODO Austin

PUBLISHER/EDITOR // Gavin Lance Garcia gavin@ todoaustin.com

printed journal, and TODOAustin.

ART DIRECTOR // Dave McClinton dmdesigninc.com

com offer news, opinion, cultural

MANAGING EDITORS // Meredith C. Cox, Alejandra Cueva, Katie Walsh, Erica Stall Wiggins

arts and lifestyle stories written

ASSOCIATE EDITORS // Sonia Kotecha, Liz Lopez, Monica Peña, Genoveva Rodriguez, Yvonne Lim Wilson

by, about, and for all ethnic communities in multicultural Austin.

CONTRIBUTING STAFF // Cat Cardenas, Evelyn C. Castillo, Alexandra M. Landeros, Callie Langford, Vanessa Maldonado, Diana Sanchez, Blake Shanley, Lesley Varghese

accent our city’s potential By Gavin Lance Garcia

In October, the winds of social and cultural change sweeping across Austin are more evident than at other times of the year. This month, among our topics in TODO Austin are local AfricanAmericans’ challenges with racial disparities, Día de los Muertos celebrations (scheduled Oct. 17Nov. 7), the second anniversary of the city’s Asian American Resource Center, ACL Music Festival (growing ever dynamic), Tejano Idol, Austin Film Fest and other community events. TODO Austin also welcomes two new Managing Editors this issue. Meredith C. Cox is a local blogger passionate about music – check out Living Loving Maid and her live music reviews. She’s called Colorado, Thailand and China home. Now in Austin, her advice for fans attending outdoor music festivals like ACL ring true (including those attending COTA Fan Fest on Rainey Street, where the mighty Public Enemy, Trombone Shorty, Ozomatli and more will play free shows Oct. 22-24): “In general, just be nice to people … You get to see some cool bands and do some interesting stuff and then at the end of the night we all get to go home and sleep in our own beds (you know, if that’s what you’re into).”

Alejandra Cueva PRODUCTION SERVICES // Anthony Garcia CONTRIBUTORS // Alka Bhanot, Roy Casagranda, Cindy Casares, Jimi Calhoun, Kevin Cokley, Lobo Corona, Nora De LaRosa, Rebecca Gomez, Rose Di Grazia, Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, Mark Guerra, Mari Hernandez, Ora Houston, Yadira Izquierdo, Chaille Jolink, Ryan Jordan, Ali Khataw, Ramey Ko, Harish Kotecha, Julia Lee, Esteban Lopez, Otis Lopez, David Marks, Caitlin Moore, Alberto Nuche, Cristina Parker, Raul Rangel Uribe, Paul Saldaña, Marion Sanchez, Dani Slabaugh, Corey Tabor, Sergio Tristan, Blanca Valencia, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Tara Veneruso WEB DESIGN // TODOAustin.com COVER // Lesly Reynaga, John Gutierrez Photography

Managing Editor Alejandra Cueva recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. As a millennial and a Latina, the Monterrey native says she’s excited and nervous to find out what Austin has to offer. “I have clearly adopted the lifestyle,” she said. “I am now a friend of my local coffee shop barista, attend free yoga sessions at the parks and I never miss a Sunday brunch.” October also marks the beginning of the city government’s new fiscal year. One welcomed development in particular accents the potential for change brought about by new district council members. Several important items on the Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative study were recently given the go-ahead. On the distant horizon is the Asian American Quality of Life Initiative’s comprehensive survey, which launched this past summer (in eight different languages, no less) to better assess the health and service needs of the Asian American community of Austin. Taking a critical look back, the city’s response to the African American Quality of Life Initiative seems lacking. Much needs to be discussed to alter the state of affairs for AfricanAmerican Austin. We can start by paying heed to what Councilmember Ora Houston has to offer. For the present, TODO’s Alejandra reminds that efforts like Austin’s Día de los Muertos celebration will bring positive reflection and closer community ties, “because Austin is so diverse, with October hosting so many great multicultural events.”

Meredith C. Cox TODO Austin // Multicultural Media for All of Austin. TODO Austin is a free print and online journal for all of Austin highlighting our multicultural heritage and promoting the concept of community in an ethnically diverse city. Circulation throughout Austin, from the Westside’s Pennybacker Bridge to the Eastside’s Montopolis Bridge. TODO Austin is published by Spark Awakened Publishing. © 2015 Spark Awakened Publishing. All rights reserved. The views expressed here are the authors and should not be taken to represent those of Spark Awakened Publishing or of any of its associates or partners. ADVERTISING/SUBMISSIONS/EDITORIAL: info@todoaustin.com, 512.538.4115 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 03


Now is the time to end racial disparities in school discipline By Kevin Cokley

There is a conspiracy against black children in our schools. When I say conspiracy, I’m not suggesting there are shadowy figures sitting behind closed doors actively plotting how they can harm black students. Instead, I’m suggesting there is a quietly kept fact among teachers and school administrators that black students are treated differently and disproportionately more disciplined than other groups of students. No place is this more evident than in the racial disparities in school discipline. The harsh truth is that teachers’ perceptions and subsequent reactions to students’ bad behavior, especially the perceptions and reactions of some white teachers, are often affected by the race of the students. Black students do not, as a general rule, receive the benefit of the doubt in instances of bad or questionable behavior, whereas other students do. This lack of consistency essentially results in the criminalization of black students’ behavior. The truth is in the numbers. A recent report found that black students received disproportionately higher rates of suspension and expulsion in 13 Southern states, including Texas. The findings, although not surprising to many people such as myself who have studied racial disparities in school discipline, are nonetheless alarming:

• 1.2 million black students were suspended from K-12 public schools in one academic year.

13 percent of students in Texas school districts across the state, they comprised 31 percent of suspensions and 23 percent of expulsions. The overall picture for Texas is that black students are suspended and expelled at rates of about two times their representation. In the Austin Independent School District, the percentage of blacks suspended is 22.1 percent while the percentage of blacks enrolled is just 9.1 percent These statistics go well beyond what one would expect due to random chance. What can explain these racial disparities in the use of school discipline is two words: implicit bias, or a bias that occurs outside of our conscious awareness and control. Unfortunately many teachers, like the rest of society, have internalized negative stereotypes about certain groups of people, including black students, which can result in a disproportionate response to misbehavior. Some people will dismiss or minimize these concerns as simply reflecting the realities of black students’ disproportionately bad behavior. But research shows that this view does not hold true. The problem is that characterizing behavior as bad always introduces a level of subjectivity. As one study has already shown, black students are penalized more harshly than their white peers when they engage in similar behavior, and black students were disproportionately sanctioned for more subjective forms of misbehavior including “disrespect, excessive noise, threat, and loitering.” As we start a new school year, teachers and school administrators must actively work to not allow their implicit biases to result in the disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of black students. Research has shown that diversity education has successfully reduced implicit and explicit antiblack biases. Texas schools should require that all teachers and school administrators enroll in an intensive prejudice reduction seminar. Pushing black students out of school is a powerful

• 55 percent of the suspensions and 50 facilitator of the school-to-prison pipeline. The percent of expulsions occurred in 13 persistent racial disparities in school discipline is one of the main reasons single-sex schools need Southern states. our support.

• Black students were disproportionately suspended at rates at least five times as high as their representation in 132 Southern school districts. • Black students comprised 100 percent of the students expelled in 77 Southern school districts and 75 percent of the expelled students in 255 public schools.

Among the many psychosocial benefits of singlesex schools is the reduction in discipline problems that often result from the low expectations and negative stereotypes of black students. The consideration of solutions that result in removing black students from traditional schools reflects the exasperation many black parents feel about the treatment of their children. We have the tools to do it, and now is the time to

• It is actually black girls who are the most end racial disparities in school discipline. severely and disproportionately affected by Kevin Cokley is a professor, a Public Voices Fellow discipline policies and practices. The statistics in Texas are not much better. There were 82,231 black students suspended in Texas K-12 public schools. Although black students represent 04 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM

and director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at The University of Texas at Austin. His most recent book is “The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism.”

Whose history is worth preserving?

Not adhering to the agenda can be seen as a delaying tactic in an effort to limit public participation. People who have children or work find it difficult to sit from 7 p.m. to midnight to participate and listen to discussions prior to a vote.

By Ora Houston

People all over Austin want City Departments, staff and Board/Commission designees to operate in a neutral, fair, non-biased manner. People want City systems to be reliable and predictable. Equally important and a value held by Council Members is to encourage residents to participate in public hearings before proposed actions are taken. The above value was not the case during a September meeting of the City of Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission. The meeting was a textbook example of how not to ensure public participation. In my opinion, it was an example of how privilege and power impact systems, policies and procedures of the City. A bit of history for perspective is important. Rosewood Courts, built in 1939, was one of the first public housing properties in America built with federal funds for “working-class individuals.” The land, “Emancipation Park,” owned by Americans of African descent for Juneteenth celebrations, was taken by eminent domain to construct the landmark housing. Austin is known for preserving as much of its structural history as possible. Item #5 on Monday night’s agenda should have been a slam dunk - to preserve an iconic structure. Rosewood Courts speaks to the vanishing presence of Americans of African descent in the only part of Austin that they could call home, after the City adopted the 1928 Comprehensive Plan. In my estimation, the process Monday night was flawed. The proponents of the historic designation of Rosewood Courts were told that the item would be #2 on the Commission’s agenda. On Monday night’s official agenda, the historic property had moved to Item #5. However, agenda Item #7 was taken before the staff’s presentation on Rosewood Courts. It was after 10 p.m. before the discussion on Rosewood Courts began.

In this case, City staff did not support historic designation even though staff agreed the property and the structures met the criteria for Landmark designation. Not only did staff not support the designation, staff went on record in support of the Housing Authority’s “plan” to demolish all but a token number of Rosewood Courts units. The issue for me is: “Why would staff not support the nomination of a site that by their own admission clearly met the criteria for Landmark designation?” I must ask myself and my community a fundamental question: “Whose history is worth preserving?” Austin City Council Member-District 1, Ora Houston, daughter of O.H. Elliott and Thelma M. Elliott, was born in Rome, GA., and has lived in east Austin for most of her life. She attended Blackshear Elementary School, Kealing Jr. High School, the “old” L.C. Anderson High School, and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from Huston-Tillotson University, all in Austin’s newly-defined District 1.


The Carver Branch Library, in partnership with the Austin Police Department’s Office of Community Liaison, is having a National Night Out community kick-off event on Sat., Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Conversations with Contemporary Artists features artist, Professor John Yancey, on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Yancey’s “Ca U See” exhibit runs at Carver through Oct. 17. The artist and panel discussion is free. SMILE on My Face Black and White Photography Workshop is now enrolling for a free 6-week workshop for youth ages 11-19. In the workshop, young people will learn self-exploration,  expression, and discovery. They’ll  examine their lives, communities,  and environment using the camera  as their tool. SLR cameras will be provided to students during class. Spaces are limited. To register, visit  austintexas.gov/parksonline  and search “Carver Cultural Center.” Look for class entitled, “Smile on my Face Photography Workshop.” A mandatory orientation is Saturday, Oct. 3, from 1-3 p.m.  in Carver Classroom. Session dates are Thursdays,  Oct. 8-Nov. 14 (from 4-8 p.m.) and Saturdays, Oct. 10- Nov. 16 (from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). The SMILE exhibit is Saturday, Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m.

Exhibits currently running at the ESB-MACC include in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, “Cosmic Vida,” available for viewing through Nov. 28. The exhibit is curated by Raul Valdez, Gerry Garcia, Ernesto Cuevas, Jr., Adriana Maria Garcia, Cardee Garcia, Alejandro Garcia and Miguel Cortinas. “Cosmic Vida” explores passion, pain, and love as visual emotions. In these works, heritage is used as a means to express the social importance of art and culture. In the Community Gallery, “Art in Austin: The Amate and Tule Project,” by Jose Irigoyen and Wayne Stevens, runs through Oct. 10. The word Amate means “paper made from bark” in the Nahuatl language and is the name given to Amate paper, a traditional Mexican craft. The history of Amate paper dates back to a time when the Aztecs presented it as a tribute. It was also used for civil and ceremonial clothing, for writing codices, as bracelets, and as cut paper in the shape of trapezoids on which symbols of the gods were painted. If you are interested in creating an outdoor or indoor alter for this month’s Dia de los Muertos, go to the website for application info.

Saturday, Oct. 3, the “I Want the Wide American Earth” Smithsonian exhibit grand opening coincides with the Asian American Resource Center’s two-year anniversary open house celebration. The featured guest speaker Konrad Ng, is Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Explore Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of diverse cultures in this traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. Learn how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. Additionally, celebrate the two-year anniversary of the AARC with interactive historical activities, kids’ crafts, cake and refreshments. Activities throughout the day. Free. In October every Wednesday, from 7- 9 p.m., join the Hawaiian and Polynesian dance classes. The Hula Halau Kae’epa Hawaiian Dance Company presents this ongoing class, open to all ages. Please RSVP at keito1@hotmail.com or call 512-440-7171. Saturday, Oct. 10, 1-3 p.m. take part in the Ikebana Class, Session I: Autumn Arrangement. Ikebana, which means “give life to flowers” in Japanese, is a contemplative practice of expressing gentleness and elegance through the art of simple flower arrangement. Create your own Ikebana arrangement with Gregory Gaiser. $20 per person. Register online at www.austintexas.gov/aarc

IMMIGRATION

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition marches on The past couple of months have been transformational for the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC). We’ve reflected on our years of organizing in the Austin immigrant community and deeply evaluated our mission, our service to the community, and our future. For years, AIRC has relied on a promoter and comite model to assure the voice of the immigrant community is heard. This will not change; rather, we are more focused than ever on ensuring the immigrant community is treated with the dignity and respect we deserve to fight policies such as S-Comm, now PEP-Comm. As such, as an AIRC board member and an immigrant myself; I am happy to announce the new leadership of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition. Our combined years of experience and organizing represent over 15 years of serving and working for our community in Austin. Please join in welcoming our new leadership: Antolín Aguirre – Interim Executive Director. Antolin has been organizing for AIRC since the Coalition was founded. He has led  comites representing hundreds of Austin’s immigrant community members. He is a small business owner and helped AIRC lead the Austin Ayuda A Los Niño’s fundraising

By Margarita Campos

campaign in 2014. He is most proud of his 2011 testimony at a Texas Senate committee against SB9, a bill that would have allowed police officers to check a suspect’s immigration status. He chose to testify in Spanish and was famously rebuked by Texas Senator Chris Harris for doing so (https:// youtu.be/MoR3qLgL_uU). Antolin will be leading the  day-to-day  functions of the organization and helping to build and train comites and future immigrant community leaders. He can be reached at (512) 350- 1917.

communities across Texas in the struggle for human rights.

Juan David Alcantar–  Promotor and Board Member. Juan David received his promotor training in 2012 and has been helping AIRC organize for over 3 years. Luz  Martinez–Regional Coordinator of Comites  and Board Member.  Luz received her promoter training in 2010 and has led the North Austin Comite since 2011. We are the immigrant leaders of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition. We are hard at work training new promotores, continuing to grow our comites, and we look forward to adding new comites throughout Austin in the coming months.  In the meantime, we ask you to join us in our fight for immigrant rights. Please feel free to contact

Antolin Aguirre with any questions. We hope to continue to count on your support and our mission to serve the Austin immigrant community. The Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC) promotes human rights and dignity, and social and economic justice for immigrants through community organizing, policy advocacy and public education. As a founding member of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance  and  Communities for Human Rights, AIRC organizes allies and immigrant

In 2010, the Border Network for Human Rights introduced a human rights model of organizing to AIRC and helped us establish our Human Rights Organizing Program, the first of its kind in Austin. Participants in this program complete an intensive training through which they learn to organize around rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each graduate is supported by a veteran leader to form a community-based committee with whom they meet regularly to learn about their rights and plan their engagement in campaign efforts. The dominant discourse on immigration focuses on the immigrant as the “problem,” ignoring the array of political, social, economic and cultural concerns relevant to this “issue.” Accepting this frame impoverishes the discussion on immigration and constrains the solutions needed to address it. AIRC advocates for sensible immigration policies that recognize the dignity of immigrants as human beings. TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 05


ASIAN AUSTIN

Asian American Resource Center celebrates two-year anniversary

Batik demo during CelebrASIA

“The Nonprofit continues to be the voice for people who can’t speak up for themselves,” Chung Martin said. “This is how change happens. We want to do more to serve the community.”

By Yvonne Lim Wilson AARC Marketing Representative

Coming up on its two-year anniversary, the Asian American Resource Center has welcomed close to 50,000 visitors and continues to provide meaningful space, programs and resources for Central Texans to share and celebrate Asian Pacific American cultures, histories and perspectives.

What’s happening at the AARC is only the beginning. “We’ve been seeing double and even triple expected attendance for special events. We will be looking at future phases to accommodate demand,” Beekley said. “We’re on the map now.”

The AARC, located at 8401 Cameron Road, celebrates the special occasion on Oct. 3 with the Grand Opening of “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” a traveling exhibition produced by the Asian Pacific American Center of the Smithsonian Institution. The AARC will be the only Texas location to showcase this groundbreaking exhibition about the history and contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, which will be on display through Nov. 21, 2015. The AARC began as a vision more than 10 years ago when Asian American community members started organizing and working with city officials toward building a facility. In 2006, voters approved a bond package with an investment from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration to fund the facility. The AARC operates under the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, which also oversees the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. As a public facility, many of the AARC’s programs are free or low cost. Since opening its doors Oct. 1, 2013, the AARC has progressed in all areas including expansion of programs, community usage and number of visitors. “Our success is a reflection of the growing and

For more information about the AARC, please visit www.austintexas.gov/aarc and www.facebook. com/aarcatx. For more information about the Asian American Quality of Life Initiative, please visit www. austintexas.gov/asianlifeaustin. To volunteer, email to AAQOLI@AustinTexas.gov. For more information about the AARC Nonprofit organization, please visit www.facebook.com/AARC.TX. AARC Permanent Features

Anti-bullying workshop

dynamic community that we serve,” said AARC Manager Taja Beekley. “Over the last two years, we’ve demonstrated our value. Clearly there was a gap: the community needed a place to gather.”

In addition, the AARC is a facility available for free community meeting space and paid rental reservations. Many local groups utilize the AARC for workshops, classes and cultural festivals.

“LOTUS” SCULPTURE AND FOUNTAIN • Eight to nine-foot tall petals of hand-carved granite with colorful ground mosaic • Created by artists Sunyong Chung and Philippe Klinefelter

CORE PROGRAMS OF THE AARC INCLUDE:

In its second year, the AARC has increased its coordination with the City of Austin’s Asian American Quality of Life Initiative (AAQOL) and the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit organization in serving the Asian American population of Central Texas.

GREAT LAWN WITH BALCONY • Live Oak heritage trees and walking trails • Community Garden

• Recreational and Intergenerational Community Education (RICE) Program • Community Art Exhibition • Children’s workshops and summer camps • Film series • Educational tours • Culinary workshops • Meet the Author book talks • Planet Music concerts • Community Garden • CelebrASIA: AARC’s signature annual event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May

The AAQOL launched a comprehensive survey this summer, available in eight different languages, to better assess the health and service needs of the Asian American community of Austin. The team is also coordinating a series of guided conversations, a Tea in a Box activity and visits to groups and organizations. The AARC Nonprofit organization was responsible for advocating for the facility and developing many AARC programs including free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes provided by Austin Community College, Chromebook lending program, pushing for culturally appropriate meals for the senior program and completing a community health assessment in 2014. “The Nonprofit identified what the needs were in the community and it has really honed in on the heart of what’s going on at the AARC,” said Esther Chung Martin, Executive Director of the AARC Nonprofit.

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programs and advocacy on behalf of the Central Texas Asian American community and is currently working to expand outreach and translation services related to health issues across the City of Austin, offer anti-bullying programs for youth and pro-bono legal services. The Nonprofit is also planning for its largest fundraising event on Nov. 6, the Autumn Lotus Ball.

The AARC Nonprofit continues to provide

COMPUTER LAB • 8 computers for public use during business hours LIBRARY • Books in English and various Asian languages available for onsite usage • Includes children’s books, fiction, cookbooks, citizenship, travel and other Asian- related themes ZEN GARDEN • Bamboo-lined wall, two facing rock decks and Gingko tree • AARC Nonprofit Donor Wall BALLROOM • 300 seated banquet style or 400 auditorium style • Built in AV projector, screen and AV system MEETING ROOMS • 2 Community rooms available for free, public usage • 5 Classrooms available for rental • 1 Conference room available for rental GALLERY SPACE AND DISPLAY CASES • Community Art Exhibitions and special exhibitions including “I Want the Wide American Earth,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution KITCHEN • Expansion underway will upgrade the current kitchen to commercial kitchen status, allowing for expansion of the senior meal program and more options for facility rentals


Oct. 17 – Nov. 7 www.AustinDaysoftheDead.com SPECIAL THANKS TO THE

City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission Join us all for the Viva la Vida/Dia de los Muertos Parade

Oct 31, 2015 Line-up 11–12pm on 6th St. between Chicon & Comal. Parade begins at 12pm, traveling west on 6th St.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Mexic-Arte Museum Saturday, Oct. 31, noon-8 p.m. www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. Long Center’s Dell Hall www.austinsymphony.org

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-7 p.m. www.maccaustin.org

The University of Texas at Austin Monday, Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m. 2400 Inner Campus Drive www.texasbetas.org

Round Rock

Saturday, Nov. 7, 4-9 p.m. Prete Main Street Plaza www.roundrocktexas.gov/diadelosmuertos


of festivities in a continued joint effort to promote Día de los Muertos as a signature event. Austin has embraced the indigenous Mexican holiday in all its rich cultural and artistic traditions since 1984, when Mexic-Arte Museum first marked the day with a community-wide, participatory festival in downtown Austin. Reinterpreting and creating Day of the Dead events has connected the community in the present with long held practices that bring the past to life, making it part of Austin’s present. This year, Austin Días de los Muertos will blend Halloween merriment with the cultural significance and gravity of Día de los Muertos from Oct. 17-Nov. 7.

AUSTIN DÍAS DE LOS MUERTOS 2015 Oct. 17 – Nov. 7 www.AustinDaysoftheDead.com

W i t h Austin’s growing pool of Día de los Muertos events, the Mexican holiday is observed in Texas’ capital like nowhere else. As the epicenter of all things Día de los Muertos, ubiquitous combinations of parties, processions and vigils will celebrate our heritage and culture from mid-October to the first week of November. Día de los Muertos is observed locally with activities taking place in cultural centers, parks, museums, music venues, shops, restaurants, schools and other locales. Organizers have prepared a number

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About Día de los Muertos The Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Mexican American holiday now celebrated around the world whose intricate history is intertwined with the history of Mexico and Mexican culture. Practiced on November 1-2, the Day of the Dead is a period during which the graves of loved ones are decorated, special foods like mole and pan de muerto are made, ofrendas are built to honor the dead, and special festivals and processions are held. The Day of the Dead has its origins in ancient Mesoamerican cultures that blended with those of the Spanish who arrived in Mexico in the early

1500s. During the early 20th century, Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada popularized the skeleton images associated with the holiday by his humorous drawings of calaveras, thereby establishing a uniquely Mexican style of art. Later, the Chicano Movement embraced the Day of the Dead as a way to recover pre-Hispanic and Mexican identities. November 1, called “Día de los Angelitos” (day of the little angels), is dedicated to the souls of deceased children, while November 2 is set aside for the souls of adults. Before the observances, families may clean their homes to prepare for the arrival of the souls of their loved ones. Many also visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of the dead with their favorite items and flowers. Graves and ofrendas are decorated with papel picado, photographs, cherished objects, marigolds (cempasúchitl), and skeletons made of paper or clay. Food and drink are placed on the ofrendas for the dead. It is believed the dead enjoy the tastes and smells of the food. Today, the Day of the Dead projects a healthy, humorous, and celebratory view of life and death as unique as the history from which it came. The holiday continues to be celebrated by not only Mexicans and Mexican Americans, but people from Latin America, Europe, the United States and other countries, from Asia to Africa, which have similar traditions of remembering deceased family members.


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The highlight of the festival is a combination of vibrant, rhythmic Latin, rock, and pop music and cultural performances featuring headliner Emilio Navaira, who has charted more than 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks charts in addition to six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Emilio is also one of the few Tejano artists to have significant success in both the United States and Mexico, and has been called the “Garth Brooks of Tejano.”  Music and performer additions to the line-up feature local and international artists including La Vida Bohéme, Son de Rey, Kinski, Son Armado, Devin Banda, Grupo de Danza Mexica-chichimeca de Austin, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas and DJ Frank Castle. Everyone will be able to join in a special parade led by Austin Samba School and Las Monas. The day’s events features a full day Día de los Muertos experience with

live music, cultural performances, Kid’s Zone activities, vendors, food and drink. The community (individuals or groups) is invited to participate in a special tradition of the holiday with a “build your own altar” contest at the festival with awards presented on site. The event benefits Easter Seals Central Texas, which has served the community for over 78 years. Tod Marvin, President and CEO said, “We were thrilled with the continued success of this event. It is exciting to see Austin embrace a fun, family-friendly celebration of music, food and culture in such a big way and an event where proceeds support a great mission of helping people with disabilities live independently. Pairing live music with the observance of Dia de los Muertos truly reflects Austin’s cultural diversity and our ‘unique’ personality. We are privileged to be present at this celebration of life.” VIP tickets and $15 pre-sale general are available online at www.austindiadelosmuertos. com. Kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult ticket. The event benefits local nonprofit Easter Seals Central Texas which provides support and resources for children and adults with disabilities. www. austindiadelosmuertos.com The Presenting Sponsor for the Festival is EZPAWN. Other sponsors include William Gammon Insurance, United Healthcare, Superior HealthPlan, Google Fiber, H-E-B, El Jimador Tequila, CLS Partners, HPI Real Estate Services, Seton Healthcare Family and Esquivel Events. Media sponsors include KUT/KUTX, Univision Austin TV and Radio, El Mundo Newspaper, Austin American Statesman, Austin 360. com, ¡Ahora Sí! And Do512 Since 1937, Easter Seals Central Texas (ESCT) has been a leading provider of patient-centered services and support for children and adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We are a locally funded and locally governed non-profit organization based in Austin and currently serving 8,500 clients in 21 Central Texas counties.

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Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-7 p.m.

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ESB-MACC Día de los Muertos In 2015, the City of Austin’s Emma S. BarrientosMexican American Cultural Center will have a variety of activities associated with our 6th annual Día de los Muertos event, the biggest annual event at the ESB-MACC, including sugar skull making, altar building and a car show. Our annual Día de los Muertos event will be held on October 24, from 2-7 p.m., at the ESB-MACC. The event is free, open to the public and a great outing for families (feel free to bring chairs). The event will also include live music and entertainment, family art activities, costume contest and more.

6th Annual Día de los Muertos Car and Bike Show ESB-MACC invites you to participate in our annual Day of the Dead celebration by displaying your custom or classic car or bike. This colorful community event grows every year, and it continues to provide an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside a vehicle. Día de los Muertos is an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle through the building of temporary altars to commemorate loved ones who have passed. Display your pride and car or bike this year for a chance to win a special prize. Ofrenda (Altar) Building For our annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, the ESB-MACC invites you to install a temporary altar outside along the perimeter of the zócalo. Día de los Muertos is

an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle. As part of this tradition, altars, or ofrendas, are built to commemorate loved ones who have passed away including family, friends, or even well-known leaders and activists. Ofrendas can also function as artworks in their own right. The ritualistic and artistic processes involved in the creation and display of the ofrendas and their components continue to initiate storytelling and discussion. Please join us in celebrating and honoring the dead through the living tradition of ofrenda building this year. If you would like to participate by building an altar, please go to our website, download and complete the participation form. Sugar Skull Making Workshops The Día de los Muertos program at ESB-MACC has been presented since its opening in 2007. Look for family activities on our website such as Día de los

Día de los Muertos Live Music | Community Ofrendas (Altars) Classic Car & Bike Show Costume Contest | Family Art Activities Oaxaca, Arte en Movimiento Mercado opens at 2pm, organized by the Center for Mexican-American Cultural Arts.

2 - 7pm | Saturday, October 24th Free and open to the public! For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/esbmacc

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Muertos Monotypes classes, mask making classes and sugar skull making workshops, and an altar building specialty workshop. Llearn the traditional art of sugar skull making! During these hands-on workshops, both children and adults are invited to help us create sugar skulls for our annual event. Participants will learn more about the significance of Día de los Muertos and the beginning process of the sugar skull construction. Participants will receive a complimentary sugar skull kit to decorate at home.

2015 SCHEDULE: Oct. 3: Sugar Skull Making - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10: Sugar Skull Making - 10:30 a.m. Call 512-974-3785 to register for the free event.


Saturday, Oct. 31, noon-8 p.m. Mexic-Arte Museum www.mexic-artemuseumevents.org

from Mictlan (the Aztec underworld) to be with the living in joyful celebration of life and death.

Mexic-Arte Museum presents Viva la Vida

The free admission event features a procession, live music, artist vendors, art exhibitions, educational programs, hands-on art activities, a sugar skull piñata float by artisans Monica and Sergio Lejarazu, performances from Tiarra Girls, D.J. Chorizo Funk, and Gina Chavez, and food from Chi’Lantro and Veracruz All Natural Food Trucks.

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In its 32nd year of what has become Austin’s largest and longest running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event, Mexic-Arte Museum presents the Viva la Vida (Long Live Life) Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31, from noon-8 p.m., on the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. Día de los Muertos is an ancient Mexican and Mexican American religious holiday that integrates both pre-Columbian and Catholic customs. It is a time to remember deceased relatives and friends, who “journey back” in celebrants’ memories

This year, the Grand Procession will launch at noon from Sixth Street in East Austin between Chicon and Comal, traveling one mile west to the festival’s venue at Fourth and Congress. A parade component celebrates the history and craft of the piñata. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite piñata props and costumes. Throughout October, the Museum, piñata artisans, Monica and Sergio Lejarazu, will offer float building workshops for the general public. Monica

and Museum educators will hold a workshop on making papier-mâché piñatas, inspired by traditional calaveras (skulls) used in Mexico since the 17th Century. Evening events feature a reception, “El Jimador Salutes Day of the Dead,” with samplings of popular and exotic cocktails and authentic Mexican cuisine (5– 8 p.m., ages 21 and over only; admission is $10 but free for Museum members who RSVP to development@mexic-artemuseum.org). Día de los Muertos Museum Exhibits The Museum will run two concurrent exhibitions from Sept. 12 through Nov. 22, 2015. “Community Altars: Ofrendas Inspired from the States of Mexico” is being shown in the Main Gallery. The exhibition features artists, community groups, and individuals who created commemorative altars, each inspired by the unique customs and celebrations the creator’s

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region of origin. Museum staff will create an altar dedicated to individuals who have contributed to the institution over the past 31 years. The second exhibition, “31 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum’s Día de los Muertos: A Voice of the Community,” is featured in the Annex Gallery. It represents the Museum’s three decade quest to inform the public as to the beauty and significance of the celebration. Traditional and contemporary interpretations of Day of the Dead folk art are displayed, evidencing how MexicArte Museum’s Día de los Muertos  efforts have transformed a Mexican religious holiday into a uniquely central Texas celebration of Mexican and Mexican American life and cultural identity.   On Nov. 7, from 1-3 p.m., the Museum will host a panel discussion featuring Dr. Rachel V. GonzálezMartin, Dr. Patrick Hajovsky, and Ms. Gabriella Scott, M.A., on topics related to the Day of the Dead exhibition.

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Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Central Market (4001 North Lamar) www.centralmarket.com

Central Market’s 8th Annual Día de los Muertos By Kalyn Baur

Central Market presents our 8th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration on  Saturday, Oct 31, from 6-9 p.m. at 4001 N. Lamar. We’ve again partnered with  Acadêmicos da Ópera (Austin Samba School) and Las Monas de San Antonio for a family-friendly parade and dance celebration. Plus a DJ for dancing. Las Monas are renowned for their eightfoot tall traditional puppets that synthesize indigenous Meso-American and European

traditions. Las Monas have enthralled and delightfully stunned spectators with their lavish costumes and spectacular and unsurpassed mobile pieces of art in Día de los Muertos events across Texas, including San Antonio’s Market Square, La Villita, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Austin. Austin Samba School features 130 performers the largest Brazilian cultural organization of its kind in the United States - and lends a distinct South American sound to the festivities. The Acadêmicos da Ópera performs the music and dance of Brazilian Carnaval, from Rio to Bahia. A longtime staple at area Día de los Muertos events and Carnaval Brasiliero, the group, led by Robert Patterson, a.k.a. Tio Jacaré., perform at parades, festivals and special occasions, bringing the music, movement, color, pageantry and joy of Carnaval to the floor. Central Market’s Día de los Muertos celebration is free and open to the public. Come hungry with your whole family to one of Austin’s cornerstone Día de los Muertos events!


Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. Long Center’s Dell Hall www.austinsymphony.org

family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra!

Saturday, Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m. Krieg Baseball Fields www.planetktexas.com

Austin Symphony Orchestra Halloween Children’s Concert

The repertoire includes Richard Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre; Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40; Edvard Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46; Charles Gounod: The Funeral March of a Marionette; Anatoly Liadov: Baba Yaga, Op. 56; Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain; John Powell: How to Train Your Dragon Suite; and John Williams: Theme from Jurassic Park.

Planet K presents Texas Día de los Muertos Fireworks

It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert, Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire

Tickets are $8 per child; $12 per adult. For ticket info please call 512-476-6064 or go to austinsymphony.org

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Join us on “Halloween,” Saturday, Oct. 31, as thousands of spectators will gather with Planet K to rejoice and celebrate the lives of loved ones passed. The fireworks are free and open to the public. Austin spectators will witness an epic display of life affirming fireworks, celebrating Día de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican holiday, Planet K style. We will pay tribute, to those we have lost, by coming together as a community to rejoice in the holiday and kick off Planet K’s special time of giving thanks. On Halloween join us in time for the 9:30 p.m. display behind Krieg Baseball Fields, at 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. The Halloween fireworks display in Austin is a spectator’s event made possible with assistance from our sponsors, the Austin Independent Business Alliance, Horizon Bank, Austin Chronicle, TAG Magazine, BOB FM -103.5, KLBJ FM -93.7, KLQB 104.3, and Unimas TV 31.

Monday, Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m. 2400 Inner Campus Drive www.texasbetas.org

University of Texas Día de los Muertos

This fun event is free and open to the public. There will be performances from local and student organizations, along with altars, an altar building contest, face painting, and free food as long as supplies last. This year the event will also be host to Matachines dances.

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity – Eta Alpha Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting its annual Día de los Muertos event on Monday, November 2, 2015, from  6:00-9:00 p.m.  at 2400 Inner Campus Drive on the UT campus.

The event is sponsored by the Sigma Lambda Beta Educational Foundation, the UT Center for Mexican American Studies, Senate of College Councils, UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and Sorority and Fraternity Life.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 4-9 p.m. Prete Main Street Plaza www.roundrocktexas.gov /diadelosmuertos

Round Rock Día de los Muertos Join the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts and Univision for the third annual Día de los Muertos procession and festival, Saturday, November 7, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main Street. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mesoamerican

holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. There will be crafts and activities for kids and art, craft and food vendors. San Antonio-based Las Monas Performance Group, which includes giant, interactive puppets, will also be at the event. Participants are encouraged to dress up and join the procession to be part of the celebration. Performers include singer Nicole Reyes, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, ballet folklorico groups from Round Rock High School, Stony Point High School and Cedar Ridge High School, Hopewell Middle School Mariachis, Folkloric Dance Collaborative and Latin band Son de Rey. For more information, visit roundrocktexas.gov/ diadelosmuertos

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The AusTin symphony Upcoming events

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October 16 & 17, 2015 in Mo Yang, violin Peter Bay, conductor Long Center’s Dell Hall Concert at 8:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk with Bob Buckalew at 7:10 p.m.

October 24, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. Long Center’s Dell Hall

October 25, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m. Long Center’s Dell Hall

in Mo Yang is soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3. Also that night the ASO will perform Glazunov’s The Seasons: Autumn, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

Come enjoy your favorite classic looney tunes, projected on the big screen, while your Austin Symphony Orchestra performs their exhilarating, original Carl Stalling scores, LIVE! Hear such iconic classics as What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Rhapsody Rabbit, LongHaired Hare, Show Biz Bugs, Duck Amuck, and many others…

Chills and thrills! Just in time for Día de los Muertos and Halloween, this exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra!

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Austin City Limits Fest on the cutting edge of diverse line-ups By Meredith C. Cox

Creating a diverse lineup at a huge festival like Austin City Limits will never be an easy task. It’s a difficult line to walk: there’s the pressure to book well-known, crowd-pleasing (and more mainstream) acts that sell passes, but also the desire to showcase more diverse talent – groups that may include more minorities, women, artists from the LGBTQ community, performers from varied age groups, and different genres that don’t yet have the same broad appeal as

ACL headliners are critic and fan favorites By Cat Cardenas

The ACL Festival has never had a problem bringing music’s top talents to Austin. This year’s headliners are no exception. Despite breaking his leg earlier this year during a performance in Sweden, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has yet to let the injury get him down. Instead, Grohl has called it a “blessing in disguise,” saying it’s made the band play longer and harder than ever. Even with their frontman in a throne, the Foo Fighters will be sure to provide one of the most dynamic and energetic performances of the festival. The headliners are returning to Austin after recording their song,

your standard indie-rock-four-piece. Many festivals like ACL are now making a concerted effort to diversity their bill. It’s still true that most of the recognizable names this year are great bands who fall solidly in the traditional indie rock arena – bands like The Strokes, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Of Monsters and Men. But ACL also uses the festival as an opportunity to push possibly lesser-known but still worthy artists who break away from the traditional lineup and sound. For example, this festival you’ll be able to catch musicians like Jidenna Mobisson, a hip-hop artist with Nigerian roots, right after seeing Waxahatchee, a popular alt-folk group from Alabama. You can also check out Luis Coronel, a boxer-turned“What Did I Do?/God As My Witness,” at KLRU’s Studio 6A in 2014. Featuring a guest appearance from Austin’s Gary Clark Jr., the song was part of the Foo Fighter’s 2014 release, Sonic Highways. Each song drew inspiration from the history and musicians tied to the eight different U.S. cities the album was recorded in. With a combination of Sonic Highways’ songs and Foo Fighter’s classics, the band will provide listeners with a diverse set, making the festival’s oldest act seem like one of its freshest. Since the media blackout following the release of their 2013 album “Comedown Machine,” The Strokes have been keeping a low profile. After a performance in May 2014, the band slowly has made a return, scheduling a handful of performances throughout this year. The band’s set will most likely include songs from their most recent album, which, despite receiving favorable reviews, was seen by many fans as a disappointing departure from their signature sound. Because of this, many fans will likely be looking forward to

banda singer, along with popular hip-hoppers Run the Jewels, neo-soul from Lion Babe, or country blues banjoist Rhiannon Giddens. Even if you stick to rock alone, you’ve still got Alabama Shakes (southern rock), TV on the Radio (art rock), Sounds Del Mar (70s rock with more synth) or Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas (rockabilly), plus others. So while white indie rock tends to dominate at ACL, there are still opportunities to hear blues, hip-hop, soul, Americana, rap, pop and EDM, from a variety of artists with different backgrounds. ACL is also a chance to check out a diverse group of Austin-based musicians who definitely have the talent and showmanship, but are still lacking the exposure to take it further. Seldom do you get to see acts like Asleep at the Wheel, Shakey Graves, Riders Against the Storm, Calliope Musicals, and the band’s older songs. With some of their most famous and acclaimed material belonging to their first two albums, much of their set will provide festival-goers with a throwback to the early 2000s days that made the indie rockers famous. After Drake headlined this year’s Coachella festival, the performer, critics, and festival-goers alike agreed his show was less than stellar. The rapper seemed to make up for his misstep with his set at Ovo Fest in August. With high profile guest appearances from Kanye West and Pharrell Williams and a meme slideshow dissing rapper Meek Mill, Drake came back in full force. Without a feud or guest stars to spice up his performances, it’s not clear what audiences can expect at this year’s ACL. This year, Drake released his fourth studio album entitled “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” Despite being released without warning, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and broke Spotify’s first-week streaming record. This month, the rapper also added a mixtape collaboration with Future to his

Gary Clark Jr. all in one place and playing the same stages as the most popular names in music right now. Big names do draw fans in, but live music from local artists is really what Austin is known for. Of course, there can always be more diversity in a lineup, and more of the underrepresented genres and people showcased. But modern music festivals are moving in the right direction to include variety, not just for entertainment’s sake, but also because for a lot of musicians, all of these qualifiers – things like age, race, background, gender, historical influences – affect their music, which in turn affects and influences their audience. Diversity at festivals is not just something that looks good in a promoter’s PR material. It actually looks good on the stage, too. repertoire, garnering him even more attention. Following a four year hiatus and a self-admitted nervous breakdown, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine emerged bruised, battered and triumphant with her third album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.” Rather than leave her manic emotions in the rearview, the art-rock singer channeled them into a series of raw and impassioned performances that make her a mustsee this year at ACL. Earlier this year, Welch proved she could stand beside some of the festival’s biggest acts when she replaced Foo Fighters at Glastonbury. Her set also included an emotional performance of the Fighters’ “Times Like These” and was praised by festival-goers and Dave Grohl himself. The singer’s powerhouse vocals will resonate with listeners long after they’ve left her show, assuring them that Welch’s struggles have only made her stronger.

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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club: Adios tour By Liz Lopez

What happens when things don’t go as expected during an experiment? You improvise – or at least, that is what happened in 1996 when World Circuit’s Nick Gold, American producer Ry Cooder and band leader Juan de Marcos found themselves with only half of the Mali–Cuba collaborative team of musicians for their musical project. The loose collective of veteran Cuban musicians, who spanned several generations, recorded the Buena Vista Social Club album in the Egrem studio in Havana. In 1997, not only did it win a Grammy, Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer, the Afro Cuban All Stars, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo and Compay Segundo toured extensively. The concerts were a hit and inspired film director Wim Wenders to make an award-winning

feature documentary. By 2008, the album had global sales of approximately eight million dollars and is considered the biggest-selling Cuban album in history. The elder stars, Segundo, González and Ferrer have since passed, but several other musicians continue recording and touring, keeping the Buena Vista legend alive. Omara Portuondo will be joined in touring as part of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club by Guajiro Mirabal, known as ‘The Trumpet of Cuba’ for his distinctive sound; Aguaje Ramos (trombone), is an integral part of World Circuit’s Cuban recordings for the past decade; Amadito Valdés (Cuba’s leading timbales player) and Barbarito Torres (a leading virtuoso laoud player). Portuondo celebrated the 60th anniversary of her singing career with the album “Gracias” (2008). TODO Austin interviewed her recently about the tour that is coming to the Long Center on Sunday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. According to the BVSC website, it is referred to as a farewell tour. TA: What does it mean to you to make this last set of concerts to share your music, assuming this is a real “adios”? OP: Indeed this is our way to thank and

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celebrate our music with our fans around the world. It’s the farewell from the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, but we are going to keep performing with our own projects. TA: What can the audience anticipate to see and hear during the concert that was not included in prior shows during the previous US tours? OP: Well, this tour coincides with the new album Lost and Found with unreleased tracks from Buena Vista Social Club. Some of them are in our repertoire and we have some other surprises and homenaje to all artists that have

To Do Música By Liz Lopez

Gilberto Ozuna Garcia, age 74, founder of Latin Grammy Award nominated Los Dos Gilbertos, passed away on September 21 in Edinburg where he was born and lived all of his life. The leader/vocalist and accordion player for the band had a 45 year career as a musician, and received many distinguished musical awards. He has a legion of fans, influenced many musicians and leaves a great legacy.

Running is Why A routine physical helped save the life of UT student, Abby Moss. Doctors discovered she had Long QT Syndrome, the same undiagnosed disorder that had taken her older sister’s life just months earlier. Hannah suffered cardiac arrest in her sleep while away at college, and her death was a shock to everyone. Knowing this, doctors began testing the rest of her family immediately. Both Abby and her mother tested positive for Long QT and had surgery for an implanted defibrillator and pacemaker. Even though Abby knows she will never get to run for UT, she knows she has a better chance at a long life – the one her sister might have had.

Saturday • October 17th • Long Center • 8AM 5K Walk • 1K Miracle Mile • Competitive 5K Run For more information or to register please call 1.866.430.9255 or visit

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Anthony Ortiz Jr., Crooks accordionist, said on Facebook: “Today, we lost a conjunto legend. You’re music will always live on forever. Thank you for inspiring the accordion community.” Rafael Rodriguez, of A-T Boyz, said, “El #1 De Los Dos Gilbertos RIP one of my all time favorites” Chris Tristan called him “a master accordion player who set the bar for where Conjunto is today.” Austin legend Rubén Ramos & The Mexican Revolution released the álbum, “El Ídolo De Tejas” on Revolution Records earlier this year and it is now a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Tejano Album category. The 16th annual Latin Grammy celebration will be held in November.

been part of the Project. TA: Of all the songs included in this year’s “Lost and Found” album, what is the one song that you feel is the most important or significant one to have been found and recorded for the world to hear and why? OP: All of them are beautiful and special for all of us. It’s incredible to hear again the great voice of Ibrahim Ferrer in “Bruca Manigua” or to remember the recording of the wonderful song of Miguel Matamoros, “Lágrimas Negras” originally to be included in Buena Vista’s first album. Dallas Night Club on Burnet Road, a venue that existed for over three decades and is now closed, had been host to Salsa Nights. Now, Dance Across Texas (formerly Midnight Rodeo) is hosting Havana Nights on Tuesday evenings starting with salsa lessons at 9 p.m. and Rey Arteaga and his Incredible Cuban Band at 10 p.m. 2201 E. Ben White Blvd. Día de la Raza, hosted by Friends of the MACC, celebrate the 30th anniversary with a ceremony, blessings, readings and music by Ben Marines y Salaman, as well as the Raza Awards on Monday, Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m. in the Sam Coronado Gallery at the MACC Ben Marinez, band leader of Salaman, announced that the upcoming CD, “El Gallo de Austin,” is almost complete. His Mariachi Sueño Azteco, has a demo CD titled “A New Dream in Austin/Sueño Azteco.” For updates, visit the Ben Marinez Facebook page. Grammy winning Grupo Fantasma will release their fifth studio album, “Problemas,” produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven) on Blue Corn Music. The single, “Solo Un Sueño,” was released last month. This year marks the band’s 15th Anniversary and they celebrate it with the release of the album Friday, Oct. 30 at Mohawk.


KLRU celebrates HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH KLRU-TV, Austin PBS broadcast 18.1 cable 9 klru.org

Voces on PBS Children of Giant

Arts In Context Shorts:

Barrio Writers

Monday, October 5, at 10 pm

By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it. Online at klru.org/artsincontext

Also This Month

In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. Film by Hector Galan.

Get the complete list at klru.org

American Graduate Day

God & Governing

KLRU will be exploring the dropout crisis in Central Texas and celebrating the people and organizations who are working to keep all young people in our community on track to graduate high school.

The Texas Tribune explores the role Texas lawmakers’ personal religious beliefs increasingly play in their legislative decision-making.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 am to 5 pm

Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1 pm

Civic Summit: Austin’s Asian-American Identity This community town hall focuses on the people who make up a diverse segment of our changing city. The discussion explores the challenges Austin’s Asian-American community face and common misconceptions. Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9 pm; Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 pm; Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 pm

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is community supported. More than 85% of our funding comes from the public. Please consider investing in KLRU.


Tejano Idol returns By Liz Lopez

The Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC), formed in May, 2006, will play host to the 5th annual “Tejano Idol.” The vocal competition serves as a fundraiser to support the organization’s goals and mission to expand, support and promote the Tejano music genre, native to Texas.

singer/songwriter Angel Gonzales, subsequently established his band, Vimana, whose freshman album, “Sin Limites,” has earned praise. He garnered a Top 5 nomination for the Best New Male Artist category at the Tejano Music Awards. His new freestyle cumbia single is “Se Fue Mi Amor.” The band is currently working on a sophomore album due out before the end of the year. Ashley Lauren Borrero, the Tejano Idol inaugural winner,

Texas Conference for Women By Monica Peña

The 16th annual Texas Conference for Women hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth on  Oct. 15  at the Austin Convention Center. The one-day conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.   One hundred-plus speakers will appear at the conference that is the largest gathering for women in the state.  Presenters include AnneMarie Slaughter, Jessica Jackley, Mary Spio, Aliza Licht, Elizabeth Thornton, Azita Ardakani, Gloria Feldt, Major MJ Hegar, and Gloria Mayfield.   Patricia Arquette will appear as a keynote speaker this year.  Arquette, an Academy Award winner for her role in “Boyhood,” currently stars in CBS’s “CSI: Cyber.” Arquette joins Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die ...” project, who will also deliver a keynote at the conference. 18 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM

2012’s runner up, Devin Banda, is working on an album and has released two singles with videos, “Yo Te Dije” and “Si Pudiera Regresar.” Banda has performed showcases with established artists including La Mafia and also portrays a gospel singer in the film, “End of Me,” by director Thomas Jaramillo, where she performs “Praise You.” Sarah Monique, a 2012 contestant, recorded, “Un Sueño Realidad,” and the single, “Te Quiero Solo a Ti.” She was on the industry list of nominees for the Best New Female Artist in 2014. A new single, “En Esta Tumba,” featuring Genyva, was released in May and she is currently working on new material for a sophomore album.

During the past year, auditions were held in Austin and other cities around the state, yielding participants of various ages. Auditions were also accepted by video from around the nation. The ATMC Tejano Idol committee’s selection of the top 15 contestants include one from Michigan. Each will perform at the finale on Sunday, Oct. 18, starting at 2pm at the H & H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd. in Austin. There’s a $5 cover charge at the door. The inaugural event launched in 2011 and since has highlighted new and emerging talent in the industry. First place winners, as well as several runners-up and top contestants, have established themselves as recording artists. A 2010 contestant,

performs locally with Angel y Vimana, and recently launched a solo career. The Austin-based artist is also working on an album.

The 2013 Tejano Idol first place winner, Mario Macias, of Ft. Worth, has performed at several festivals and showcases around the state. 2014 runner-up Robby Garza joined Cañonazo as a lead vocalist shortly after the contest last October. The band released their self titled album in August and has developed a following in Austin and surrounding areas. Ashley Borrero

“Patricia Arquette and Candy Chang embody the bold, creative action that we encourage and celebrate at the Texas Conference for Women,” said Johnita Jones, President of the Board. “Our attendees will receive great advice and wisdom from strong leaders looking to help all women succeed.”   “Good Morning America” co-host and author Robin Roberts will also appear as a keynote speaker. Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Five years later she was diagnosed with MDS and underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year.

Robin Roberts

To join women from across Texas at this year’s conference, register at www. TXConferenceforWomen.org.

This year’s production will feature award winning singer/songwriter, Shelly Lares, as Master of

The Puzzle Emporium Experience By Monica Peña

Room escape games are becoming increasingly more popular across the globe and the latest adventure comes from Out of the Box with The Puzzle Emporium, a puzzle room adventure in North Austin. With its opening, The Puzzle Emporium mixes room escape games, chooseyour-own-adventure stories and interactive theater to create a real-life puzzle solving experience for attendees. “I’m excited to bring The Puzzle Emporium to Austin,” said Joshua Sellers, founder of Out of the Box. “Our puzzle experience takes the proven escape room model and adds an extra unique twist, encouraging participants to step out of their comfort zone, showcase their problemsolving skills and just have fun. The Austin community really centers on teamwork, wit and determination, and The Puzzle Emporium is a great new way to put those traits to good use.”   The Puzzle Emporium provides an interactive experience great for team building or bonding with friends, where participants must rely on each other to solve problems together in order to beat the one-hour, customized mission. Although some of the rooms are dimly

Devin Banda

Ceremonies. Serving as celebrity judges are Stefani Montiel, David Farias, a representative from Freddie Records, and Margarita Perez. The top three winners will receive a cash prize. With the growth and expansion of the contest, this is the second year the first place winner will also receive studio time to record two songs at Freddy Records in Corpus Christi. lit and the backstories to some of the missions may incorporate spooky elements, this is not meant to be a frightening experience. This adventure will not have scary characters jumping towards attendees, nor gory images. The immersive puzzle experience is designed to blur the lines between illusion and reality. To make the experience even more memorable, a cast of improv-trained actors are armed with riddles, back-stories and cryptic clues to help guide participants through the puzzles. 

The puzzle room challenge takes participants through six theatrically-designed rooms where a performance takes place every 10 minutes to provide clues to solve the mission in 60 minutes. During the challenge, participants explore all six rooms to look for clues where they will encounter lock boxes, riddles, hidden compartments and colorful characters.


CELEBRATING

DIVERSITY

SPIRIT OF INDIA LONG CENTER

BRIDGE2BRIDGE From Montopolis Bridge to 360 Bridge, Everything Austin

Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta (also known as ACL) is a one-of-a-kind mini-music festival hosted by Saustex record label and the Hickoids, now in its sixth year. This year features two free nights with the first sporting Mike Watt & His Missingmen and Hamell on Trial as coheadliners. You can attend all four nights for only $15. Oct. 2-3 (at the Gatsby; The White Horse), and 9-10 (at ABGB; Hole in the Wall). saustex.com Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour includes a stop at the Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday, Oct. 13. At age 22, Grande has won an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award and also received a Billboard Women in Music Award as a Rising Star in 2014. Latin Superstar Prince Royce, who recently debuted his first English single “Stuck on A Feeling,” will be a special guest. uterwincenter.com

Travis County is the third-most populated county in Texas for Asian Americans and the community’s cultural contributions are increasing at an unprecedented rate. One demonstration of that rich heritage will be on display this month at the Long Center. From Rajasthan to Mumbai, the Spirit of India brings the lush and exotic sounds of India to Dell Hall as Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India take the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 21. With 17 professional artists onstage, the audience will experience a veritable feast of Indian sounds, featuring a mix of Indian and Western instruments such as bass drums, side drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium and clarinet, and others. The musical extravaganza combines traditional and contemporary music with mesmerizing rhythms and colorful costumes for a show that characterizes the India of today. Centered on hypnotic sights and sounds of the Indian homeland, audiences can experience one of the world’s most fascinating cultures right from their seat. Founded by Artistic Director and Indian legendary artist Rahis Bharti, the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India preserve authenticity while successfully bringing richness and excitement to every performance. Presenting a new direction in Indian live music and dance for the first time, the program combines original aspects of Indian culture mixed with lavish entertainment such as acrobats, sword dancers and fire eaters. Full of energy and emotion, the colorful spectacle will captivate with a whirlwind of entertainment; truly stimulating all senses. For ticket info for the lavish feast of Indian sights and sounds, go to TheLongCenter.org, call 512-474.LONG (5664) or drop by the Long Center’s 3M Box Office at 701 West Riverside Drive at South First St.

St. Elias Orthodox Church’s 83rd annual Mediterranean Festival, one of Austin’s most beloved, delicious and fun-filled, returns Friday, Oct. 16, 6-11 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 17, noon-11 p.m. (free before 4 p.m.). Greek and Arabic dancers, live music featuring Andree Ibrahim and Joe Nashef, foods inc. gyros, kibbee, baklava, spanakopita, mici, kids’ games, shopping bazaar and more. mediterraneanfestival.org A record 300 authors are coming to the Texas Book Festival, Oct. 17-18, including Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs (pictured), Nick Flynn, Linda Gray, Daniel Handler, Gary Hart, Luis Alberto Urerra, Margo Jefferson, Attica Locke, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson, Adrian  Tomine, Sandra Cisneros and more. The list of authors and their  featured books is available at  www. texasbookfestival.org The U.N. named 2015 as the “International Year of Light” and in celebration, POP AUSTIN International Art Show’s “Illumination” will feature a number of lightbased mediums including projection, laser, neon, LED, hologram, ultraviolet and more. POP AUSTIN is Oct. 2325, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Fair Market. Tickets for regular hours $40 per person; children 12 and under free with an adult. popaustin.com India Fine Arts presents an exquisite ballet based on legendary Indian author R.K. Narayan’s novel, “Under the Banyan Tree,” Sunday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. at Westlake Community Performing Arts Center, 4100 Westbank Dr. The dance depiction is a beautiful portrayal in Bharathnatyam language focusing on a creative man’s nightmare, with a cast led by Shijith Nambiar, Parvathy Menon and six dancers. austinifa.org The Austin Jewish Film Festival is Oct. 24-30, providing a cinematic examination of Jewish life and culture, and a forum for student and independent filmmakers. A Shabbat learning opportunity takes place Saturday, Oct. 24, at 4:00 p.m. with the documentaries “Havana Curveball” and “The Other Dreamers.” Sunday is Family Day and Oct. 30, Senior Day. For more info on films/locations, see austinjff.org

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL By Alberto Nuche

This Oct. 29-Nov. 5, Austin Film Festival & Conference will again showcase the very best that the city has to offer – convenient downtown venues, fun parties at Austin’s fine bars and restaurants, and community partnerships – while presenting an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films. Film screenings are complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers. The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival allows patrons the first chance to see all of the great movies everyone will be talking about next year. Barbara Morgan and Marsha Milam founded Austin Film Festival in 1993 to celebrate the art of storytelling through film. For the last 22 years, Austin Film Festival has championed great work from legendary, contemporary and rising talent. Known as the “Writers Festival,” AFF recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. Diligently seeking strong examples of written and visual storytelling, AFF screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films. With over 150 regional, national and world premieres each year, AFF features everything from highly anticipated Hollywood fare to breakthrough independent filmmaking, bringing together cultured audiences, artists and award-winning cinema. This year, screenings will include: “Carol,” “Casual,” “Fallen Stars,” “I Saw the Light,” “Memoria” and “Youth,” among others. AFF includes four days of panels and workshops, and eight nights of films and parties. Movies are shown throughout downtown and the surrounding area at the Paramount Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse Village, Long Center Rollins Theatre, Hideout Theater, and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Musuem IMAX Theater. The Conference panels take place at the Driskill Hotel & Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin hotel. For event and individual movie ticket info, go to austinfilmfestival.com TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 19


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