VOLUME IX / MARCH 2018
Commemorating 1928 Master Plan Council Members call for release of asylum-seeker The Long Center unveils new look Urban Music Festival 2018
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Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
Independent Lens Dolores
Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago.
This Ken Burns film tells the story of Jackie Robinson, who rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America.
Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice becoming one of the most defiant feminist activists of the 20th century.
March 6th at 7 pm; March 11th at 5 pm; March 13th at 10 pm
Part 1 March 19th at 8 pm; Part 2 March 20th at 8 pm
March 27th at 8 pm; March 30th at 8 pm
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C E N T R O U R B A N O HABLA Austin Planning for the future
Dialogue and Friendship Dinner The Dialogue Institute Austin Chapter’s annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner is March 1, 6 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center. “In the current world of strident rhetoric, it is vital we work together in the spirit of earnest compassion, cooperation and community service,” reads a statement from the organization. “We must act with a deep sense of urgency to broaden our impact across all levels of society.” This year’s dinner honoree is Catholic Charities of Central Texas. The keynote speaker is Laila Muhammad, a sixth generation African American Muslim and a leader within the interfaith community. Austin world music treasure Atash will also perform. For more info go to thedialoginstitute.org AISD and civil war heroes As with parts of our nation, the Austin community similarly struggles with how to find resolution for the Confederate namesakes on public school buildings and other landmarks. East Austin Coalition for Quality Education is a community group seeking robust dialogue about the critical issues important to Austinites throughout the City, and the group is facilitating a community dialogue Feb. 28 at Huston-Tillotson University. Panelists include Austin ISD School Board Trustee Ted Gordon; Nelson Linder, NAACP Austin Chapter President; AISD School Board Trustee Ann Teich; Lanier and Reagan High School students; and moderator Judy Maggio. Cultural Arts SXSW showcase The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, and SXSW welcome the UNESCO Media Arts Showcase at SXSW, March 12-13. The showcase comprises a mini-exhibition of media art installations and a companion panel discussion highlighting the global initiatives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Continuing its commitment to foster the next generation of public artists, Cultural Arts’ Art in Public Places is calling for proposals for TEMPO, its annual temporary public art exhibition, through March 15. One commission will be awarded in each of the City’s 10 Council Districts at a maximum budget of $10,000 per area. Austin’s MULTICULTURAL media source for EIGHT YEARS • Find us at TODOAustin.com
By Mayor Steve Adler
Now, more than ever, I value opportunities for us to take stock of a year’s progress and to measure ourselves against the needs of the future.
In this last year, your City Council and City Staff laid an important foundation for that future in many ways, chief among them on traffic, affordability, racial and economic inequality, homelessness, and climate change. This coming year we are poised to build further on that foundation in even bigger and more transformative ways.
In these turbulent times, we must deliberately and seriously speak and act in a way true to who we are. Our city continues to face formidable challenges. We cannot pretend we don’t see them. We need to act and to plan for what the future will bring.
At its 10th anniversary, local nonprofit Con Mi MADRE, which serves mother-daughter teams, presented U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Libby Doggett with the Corazón Award. The Doggetts were honored for their lifetime commitment to and empowerment of Latina youth. “They have their hearts in our cause,” said Dr. Teresa Granillo, Executive Director.
The question you should be asking is whether your Council has the will to seize the moment and to act on the scale of our challenges. The answer to that question, when you look back a year and look ahead a year, is “yes.” Ten years from now… 20 years from now… a new generation of Austinites will ask us what we did, at this time of great risk, to preserve and protect the magic of Austin. This is our moment. We must act with our eyes focused clearly on the future.
Mexic-Arte Museum mural project In conjunction with Casa Mexico during SXSW, Mexic-Arte Museum will host Mexican artist March 6-9. Antonio Triana in the creation of a mural as part of the Museum’s #ElMeroMuro Mural Project. Known as Cix Mugre, the famed muralist works with vibrant colors to depict elaborate indigenous iconography, and will explore the theme of unity and interconnectedness when the question is posed: What does it mean to say “We Are All Mexico”?
Last year, I said that if the world completely lost its mind, we’d still be Austin, Texas.
PARD workout for brain power Austin has been rated 87 percent out of 100 percent, as one of the healthiest places to live in America, but also one of the best for older adults. braincardio has partnered with the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department’s 50 Plus Services Division to teach an ongoing series of exercises that have been proven to increase memory, energy, self-esteem, clarity, curiosity, ambition, emotional stability and well-being. The next free session is March 6, 6:30 p.m. at the South Austin Senior Activity Center.
The Austin metropolitan area added 30,000 jobs last year. We’ve got the lowest unemployment rate in two decades. In fact, we have the secondlowest unemployment rate in the whole country. We’re still the safest big city in Texas. We lead the state in startups, venture capital, and patents. We’re the best place to start a small business in the country. And the best place to live in America.
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I did not mean that as a challenge, but the world certainly held up its end of the bargain. It seems our country is losing its way in the world. Here in Austin, though, we know who we are. And if we remain true to ourselves, we will always find the solid ground on which to build our future. We know the state of our city is stronger than ever. And this past year, we repeatedly re-affirmed who we are… In fact, we shouted to the whole world, we are Austin, Texas.
But in Austin, we should never measure our progress by how well we are doing compared to other cities. We can only say the state of our city is strong if we are affirmatively building a future in which we preserve the spirit and soul of Austin. CONTRIBUTING STAFF // Rose Di Grazia, Callie Langford, César E. López Linares, Genoveva Rodriguez, Diana Sanchez PRODUCTION SERVICES // Anthony Garcia CONTRIBUTORS // Steve Adler, Margaret Bassett, Alka Bhanot, Roy Casagranda, Cat Cardenas, Cindy Casares, Evelyn C. Castillo, Lobo Corona, Nora De LaRosa, Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, Mark Guerra, Mari Hernandez, Ora Houston, Yadira Izquierdo, Chaille Jolink, Ryan Jordan, Ali Khataw, Ramey Ko, Harish Kotecha, Sonia Kotecha, Julia Lee, Isabel Lopez-Aguilar, Art Markman, Cristina Parker, Carola Rivera, Paul Saldaña, Marion Sanchez, Sameer Shah, Blake Shanley, Dani Slabaugh, Corey Tabor, Rama Tiru, Carola Rivera, Aaron Rochlen, Blanca Valencia, Lesley Varghese, Lichen Zhen ONLINE EDITION // TODOAustin.com
Many wonder what the future holds for our great city. So let me say this clearly: Austin can, must and will lead in this new century. Indeed, the complexities and connections of today’s world have yielded a new Austin moment, a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways. It is a moment when those things that define us as a community — that is, our openness, innovation, and creativity, our determination and devotion to core values of compassion and sustainability . . . and yes, our keep-Austin-weird, risk-taking attitude — have never been more needed. This is a moment that must be seized through hard work and bold decisions, with an eye on the future as we lay the foundation for lasting, and more equitable, prosperity for decades to come. Yes, we’re still Austin, Texas. COVER PHOTO // Moyo Oyeloa 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. © 2018 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: email@example.com, 512.538.4115 TODO AUSTIN // MAR 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 03
Austin’s 1928 Master Plan unleashed forces which still shape Austin today
What do I hope the City of Austin gains from remembering the 1928 Master Plan? My basic hope is Santayana’s: to learn from history. Austinites new to the city as well as those who have lived here all of their lives, must remember our past. Through remembering we will avoid repeating our mistakes and replicate our positive actions. The declarations of the 1928 Master Plan to create a Negro District, should never be a surprise to Austinites. The knowledge of what was intentionally done 90 years ago should help us avoid harming members of our community today and tomorrow.
By Ora Houston, District 1 Council Member
March 22, 2018 is the 90th anniversary of Austin’s “1928 Master Plan.” Austin City government adopted the 1928 Master Plan and created a “negro district” in what is now Austin’s City Council District 1. The plan was a shameful event in Austin’s history. The negative legacies of the 1928 Master Plan continue to shape Austin in 2018.
I am proud of the progress Austin has made since 1928. However, we must also realize that today’s Austin does not treat all Austinites with equal respect and concern.
In the decades after the Civil War, up to the beginning of the 20th century, Austin’s negroes lived in 15 freedmen communities they established throughout the city. Many of the freedmen communities included Mexicans and poor whites. Freedman communities located west of East Avenue (today’s I-35), included Clarksville, Kincheonville, the Wood Street Settlement at Shoal Creek, and Wheatville. Many descendants of former slaves also resided in the area east of East Avenue.
Commemorating the 1928 Master Plan should energize Austinites to participate in city government and in their community. The foundation of my service on city council is to encourage citizens to engage their local government. I hope that knowing what our city was capable of doing 90 years ago will arm and alarm all Austinites to monitor the actions at City Hall. We should watch out for our own self-interests but also protect the rights of all Austinites.
In 1917 the Supreme Court ruled zoning laws that segregated were illegal. Interested cities, like Austin, had to develop other ways to segregate the growing population of negroes. The “1928 Master Plan” was funded by the City of Austin to define a citywide land use blueprint. The plan was written by outside consultants Koch and Fowler. Their plan recommended all of Austin’s negroes be moved to one area to save money and to solve Austin’s desire to segregate the races. The all-white, all male, City Council adopted the Master Plan on March 22, 1928. PAGE 57 OF THE 1928 MASTER PLAN STATES: “In our studies in Austin we have found that the negroes are present in small numbers, in practically all sections of the city, excepting the area just east of East Avenue and south of the City Cemetery. This area seems to be all negro population. It is our recommendation that the nearest approach to the solution of the race segregation problem will (be) the recommendation of this district as a negro district; and that all facilities and conveniences be provided the negroes in this district, as an incentive to draw the negro population to this area. This will eliminate the necessity of duplication of white and black schools, white and black parks, and other duplicate facilities for this area.
Why bring up this inexcusable act from the past? Why include this detail in our conversations about our city 90 years later? George Santayana said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We all – all hues of Austinites – must confront the facts of how our past has shaped our present and will shape our future. We must also learn from history to build a better, more just future for all Austinites. Creation of the Negro District on the land targeted in the 1928 Master Plan was enforced 04 TODO AUSTIN // MAR 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
by the city’s land use regulation. The legalized segregation of negroes by the 1928 Master Plan evolved into the effective and real segregation of blacks and Hispanics in East Austin. Both forms of segregation kept Austin’s minority populations “out of sight and out of mind.” The master plan publicly acknowledged that it would save the city money. The plan had two specific effects. Negroes were isolated in the Negro District. The plan also took control of property owned by negroes outside the Negro District. Negro land and homes in other parts of Austin were made available to white land speculators and developers for pennies on the dollar. The land use blueprint of the 1928 Master Plan shaped Austin’s future – our city today. The 1928 plan was the architecture of a city which Austin City Council wanted land for the growing center city and a city without minorities. Minority
rights and minority wealth were sacrificed for the “greater good” – as defined by Austin’s powerful. Today a similar change is occurring. The legal force of the 1928 Master Plan has been replaced by economic forces. Economic forces the city either encourages or does not discourage: increase density, increased value of the land, and population growth. The proposed CodeNEXT master plan is not the 1928 Master Plan. However, CodeNEXT will legitimize the economic, social, and political forces which drive density, maximum land values, and population growth. As proposed, CodeNEXT will accelerate, amplify, and increase the displacement of individuals and the transfer of their residences and land. The major impact of both plans is the same: minorities and the less affluent lose their property and homes today and their opportunity to build wealth for tomorrow.
Austinites should understand a land use plan is important. CodeNEXT will shape Austin’s future, just as forcefully as the 1928 Master Plan shaped our city. CodeNEXT is not some mysterious plan drawn up by consultants and staff. We must be aware of what consultants are proposing in 2018 proposals that will shape the future of our city, just as Koch & Fowler did in 1927. CodeNEXT requires our careful inspection and our understanding of its consequences. Commemorating the 1928 Master Plan should motivate all Austinites to assess and judge CodeNEXT’s land use plan. Finally, I hope remembering the 1928 plan will encourage us to think about caring for each other. Remember, we are members of the same vibrant, exciting, optimistic city. We are part of one race – the human race. Each individual must consider how government actions, or inactions, can harm our fellow Austinites. Or how government can improve our lives and our city.
Pampered in Pink Brunch. Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mother-daughter information session on early detection with Women Empowerment guest speaker, Carla Johnson. Please call to RSVP for brunch 512-974-4926. Exhibit Opening: Punk Noir- Dawn Okoro. Thursday, Mach 8, 7 - 9 p.m. Come celebrate the Dawn Okoro and the debut of Punk Noir. Don’t miss out on a special performance by BLXPLTN. The opening reception will be on March 8 and the exhibit will run through July 21, 2018. Stay tuned for a list of public program offerings. The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512) 974-3914. Curren Exhibit. Juntos/Together: Black & Brown Activism In Austin, Texas from 1970 - 1983.This exhibition is cosponsored by the FotoATX2018 Festival, The Museums and Cultural Programs Division of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. An exhibition co-curated by Alan Garcia and Rachel E. Winston on view at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center through April 6.
Book Reading. Wednesday, March 21. “Everyone Knows You Go Home,” by Natalia Sylvester, is the story of a Mexican American family visited by the spirit of their patriarch every Day of the Dead. The book explores themes of immigration, physical & invisible borders. It will be released on March 13. An evening reading and discussion of the novel with author in attendance to speak about the inspiration behind the story, the process of writing it, and read some passages from the book. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A Tribute To César Chávez: “Dolores” screening. Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m. Each March our center pays tribute to César Chávez by presenting documentary films that deal with Chicano/Latino civil rights in the U.S. This year’s film is Peter Bratt’s “Dolores,” which tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Introduction by Dr. Lilia Rosas and postfilm panel discussion with Dr. Rosas, author Ire’ne Lara Silva and more.
Council Members Casar, Garza and Renteria call for ICE to immediately release Laura Monterrosa
THE LETTER READ AS FOLLOWS:
By TODO Austin staff
As you know, over the last three months, Ms. Monterrosa has stated that she has suffered sexual assault by a guard inside the facility. Community members have informed us that she has faced solitary confinement and that she reported threats from officials if she did not recant her statement. We understand that she has made an attempt on her life and remains suicidal, and that the FBI has an active investigation into her alleged sexual assault.
On February 24, Austin City Council Members Greg Casar, Delia Garza, and Sabino “Pio” Renteria sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement requesting ICE allow public officials access to the T. Don Hutto Detention Center to visit with Laura Monterrosa after Austin City Council Member Greg Casar was refused a visit with Ms. Monterrosa on Tuesday, Feb. 20. They also called on ICE to immediately release Monterrosa, an immigrant woman who has been detained at the center for nine months and has faced solitary confinement and threats from officials if she does not retract her testimony about her sexual assault by a guard inside the facility. She has already made an attempt on her life and remains suicidal. The letter expresses freedom of speech and transparency concerns due to ICE refusing a visit to public officials and calls for Ms. Monterrosa’s immediate release.
“We write you to express deep concerns about the contined detainment of Laura Monterrosa, an asylum-seeking LGBT woman from El Salvador who has been detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas for nine months.
First, we are writing to ask that you release Ms. Monterrosa immediately. Following national media coverage of Ms. Monterrosa’s ordeal, Austin City Council Member Gerg Casar attempted to visit her, and he was denied entrance by staff of CoreCivic, the private prison company that operates the facility, even though other members of the public are allowed
Little Seedlings Storytime: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! (Bilingual). Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. In this month’s Little Seedlings Storytime, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day with an AARC twist: reading Dr. Seuss’s stories in Chinese, Korean and English! Join in and hear some familiar stories, while learning new languages without any worries. Recommended ages: 1-6. FREE. Community Room 8. Art Vibes: Chigiri-e Japanese Collage Workshop. Tuesday, March 13 / Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Chigiri-e (ちぎり絵) is a Japanese art form in which hand torn paper is used to create watercolor-like images and collages. Join in for Art Vibes: Chigiri-e workshop taught by artist Surapsari. This class includes a lesson on how to make your own Chigiri-e collage followed by a brief Japanese art and calligraphy lesson. Ages 8+. $25 registration fee. Now Open: Summer Camp Registration. June - August, Multiple Dates and Times. Cultural adventures await youth and teens this summer at the AARC! Join in for Coding and Animation, Creative Mindfulness, and Asian Adoptee Camps. Registration is now open.
to enter at their convenience. At the time of his visit, Council Member Casar was told he was not allowed to visit the facility because of the media attention on the matter. Second, we call on you to immediately allow access to public officials to visit Ms. Monterrosa. To bar officials from entering a detention center because they represent the public, or because they may speak to the media about what they see, raises dire questions about freedom of speech and the transparency of these facilities. We understand that you have sent Council Member Casar paperwork to fill out and additional procedures in order to allow him entry; these procedures culd bar him and other elected officials from visiting Ms. Monterrosa for weeks. We do not believe it is right for elected officials to face additional barriers, applied selectively to some members of the public and not others, to enter a federal facility on such an urgent matter. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned that continued detention will be harmful for Ms. Monterrosa’s health and call on you to release her immediately from detention. In our community, we strive to welcome refugees and asylum seekers.
Our non-profit community has stepped and offered to support Ms. Monterrosa if ICE releases her. Please, consider the health and well-being of the 23 year-old woman in your custody, who up to this date has been convicted of no crime. There is no legal or moral justification for her continued detention.” Greg Casar
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March 8th, 1pm-4pm George Washington Carver Museum Punk Noir Dawn Okoro Exhibit Dawn Okoro’s acrylic works explores contemporary images of the black punk
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Inside Out Museum Exhibit Featuring installations by Steve Parker, free lounge space, local history lessons 409 E 5th St., 78701
March 24th, 1-4pm Elisabet Ney Museum- More information at: austintexas.gov/elisabetney Third Annual Short Short Fiction Festival Austin’s robust short fiction community will feature extra-short fiction! 304 East 44th St., 78751
March 24th, 6-9pm Asian American Resource Center Beyond Bollywood- A Night at the Museum Film screening in collaboration with SAAM highlighting history of Indian Americans
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Mélat is back for SXSW with new album ‘Move Me II: The Present’ By Lesly Reynaga
It’s South By Southwest season again, and Austinite rising star Mélat is back with several performances lined up as well as a brand new album. The alternative R&B singer released “Move Me II: The Present” last month, which debuted in the top 10 of the R&B iTunes chart. The album comes after a major year for the soulful songstress, which included an appearance at ACL Music Festival. The album is a completely independent release, and serves as a follow-up to her 2014 EP “Move Me.” Like the first project, “Move Me II: The Present” was produced by Los Angelesbased producer Jansport J and deals primarily with the concept of love in 10 soulful tracks. “I think of ‘Move Me I’ as the first stage of love, where there’s a lot of rosy, ideal moments,” Mélat stated. “’Move Me II’ is more grounded in the reality of love in all its forms. It’s taking the good with the bad; it’s landing back on Earth and maneuvering through every emotion.” Last year was a busy one for the singer, culminating with a City Proclamation for Mélat Day. “The most exciting part [of 2017] was when the City of Austin gave me my own day,” she said. “Not only did I get to cap my year off with a performance at city hall during a council session, Mayor Steve Adler presented me with the proclamation, and I had my first Prosperity Dinner at Habesha Restaurant benefitting American Gateways. What made it all so amazing was being able to reflect on the entire Melat and Jansport J
year — playing SXSW, ACL, recognition not only internationally and specifically here in my hometown — and sharing that experience with friends, fans, and family. It’s been a journey with blood, sweat, and many tears so it really felt amazing to be recognized for it.” For Mélat, the daughter of Ethiopian parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s to escape a brutal communist regime, being different comes naturally. In a city that struggles with genre diversity, Mélat has persistently overcome these barriers and courageously continues to represent women of color and urban music alike. “It’s a role I am very aware of and take very seriously,” she declared. “I know growing up I didn’t see any role models here in Austin that I could relate to, so I understand that the moves I make have the power to inspire and educate the people of this city and beyond. I share my experiences and thoughts every chance I can, as genuinely as I possibly can. I feel like Austin is in a renaissance period where voices that haven’t been heard before are rising to the mainstream of our creative community. I celebrate it, acknowledge we have much further to go, and advocate for us to live up to our self-proclaimed status of Live Music Capital of the World.” Mélat expressed her excitement about SXSW shows this year, which include appearances at KUTX’s morning broadcast live from the Four Seasons on Thursday, March 15, VuHaus at the Austin Convention Center and Clash Magazine at Empire Control Room on Friday, March 16. All exact times and dates will be up on beholdmelat. com/dates soon. Additionally, she will perform live at Stubb’s on Friday, April 6. Later this year, audiences can expect the singer to take her new music on the road. “I’m excited to show the rest of the world what can be born and bred here in ATX!,” she said.
SXSW Conference and Festivals 2018 By TODO Austin staff
South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of three industries: interactive, film and music. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities.
CONFERENCE Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Some categories that SXSW Conference attendees will enjoy March 9-17 include Brands & Marketing, Entertainment Influencers, Film & TV Industry, Making & Promoting Music and Startup & Tech Sectors.
INTERACTIVE FESTIVAL The evening networking events that make up the SXSW Interactive Festival range from parties to award presentations — and almost everything in between. On Friday evening, March 9, don’t miss the Interactive Festival Opening Party. This event provides a great venue to make connections that will serve you for the next few days — and beyond. Award ceremonies that are part of the SXSW Interactive Festival honor some of the industry’s most important innovators. Catch the winners at events such as the Interactive Innovation Awards, Accelerator Awards, Release It Awards, and Community Service Awards. Then conclude the Interactive Festival portion of SXSW on Tuesday, March 13 at the Interactive Festival Bash.
FILM FESTIVAL Now in its 25th year, the 2018 Film Festival will host nine days of screenings from March 9-17. Featuring a high caliber and diverse film lineup, programming ranges from independent films by new filmmakers to Hollywood comedies and genre standouts. Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and 08 TODO AUSTIN // MAR 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
music industry experts. The full lineup will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 5 U.S. Premieres.
MUSIC FESTIVAL Each year the SXSW Music Festival hosts a curated mix of artists performing in bars, clubs, parks, churches, hotels, and more. This year’s festival will take place March 12-18. Not limited in genre or regional focus, audiences can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW. Last year, new, developing, and established Showcasing Artists from 63 countries were represented amongst the 2,000-plus official performers. Showcases are curated by record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and more, drawing on a pool of artists looking to enhance their careers by reaching new audiences. SXSW music and platinum badges enjoy primary access to official showcases, conference programming, and more, encouraging networking, discovery, and exposure for participating musicians to industry attendees. Film and interactive badges also have secondary access to these opportunities. There are a number of unofficial parties and free showcases for those without badges as well. SXSW allows guests to sign up for updates on free events through their website, and places like Do512 and Eventbrite provide listings with a wide array of free events that might only require attendees to RSVP. Other event categories that have continued to grow in the last few years include comedy and gaming. With a packed day-to-night schedule from March 9-13, and nightly shows March 14-17, SXSW Comedy features a diverse lineup of rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests. All badges, film and music wristbands are welcome to all SXSW Comedy events. Gamers will get to experience the best in gaming culture featuring a sprawling Gaming Expo, a one-of-a-kind awards show, unmatched industry programming and more March 15-17. For full schedule of events, badges and more, visit sxsw.com.
To Do Música BROWN SOUND NEWS
| By Liz Lopez
Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Accordion Program is conducting auditions across Texas, searching for the top youth accordionists in Texas. All genres of accordion music are welcome, among them Conjunto, Zydeco, Cajun, Polka and more. Accordionists who cannot attend an in person audition can submit an audition video by March 23 at 11:59 p.m. Finalists will be announced in April and will perform at the Big Squeeze Finals at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on April 21. For more info., visit texasfolklife.org --Haydn Vitera announced the release of a music video for the song “Breath” shot and directed by Gibby Designs (Gilbert A. Villaseñor Jr.). “This one goes out to all of you who find yourselves feeling lost and alone this Valentine’s Day...whether you are recently single or have otherwise lost someone you cared for deeply. It’s about the other side of love...the pain of memories and the darkness that tries to consume you...and about finding the strength to keep living your life.” To read the lyrics and view the video, visit his Facebook and Instagram pages. --ATX Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018 with a night of world music and movement and community building on Thursday, March 8. Renowned world music performers and band leaders Julie Slim, Leti Garza, Paula Maya, and Rakefet Laviolette have teamed up with Rattletree School of Marimba to host Austin’s IWD celebration with featured performances by Mafaro Marimba (7:25-8:10), Slim (8:40-9:25), Garza (9:55-10:40) and Maya (11:00-11:45). Speakers announced to date include Olga Campos and Cristina Tzinzún, with more speakers and vendors to be announced. Local women’s wellness expert Dr. Deb Kern will emcee. RSVP on Facebook. Doors 6 p.m. The lineup includes Chulita Vinyl spinning an opening set and later in the evening. Advance tickets are $10 ($5 for children) and $15 at the door. The show is open to all ages and all genders. Rattletree School of Marimba, 2401 Thornton Rd. Unit 3. atxinternationalwomensday.com. --Austin-based Maria y Cien Grados will be headed to the Tejano Music Awards to perform Saturday, March 17 from 12:45 p.m. -1:15 p.m. at the B-Net stage, then will have a meet and greet/ autograph session from 2-3 p.m. This is a free event for all ages with over 200 bands scheduled to perform from March 15-18 at Market Square in San Antonio. --The 5th annual South By East Side (SXES) free event returns on Saturday, March 10. Featured bands are tthe Castaneda Project, Jennifer B and the Groove, Oscar Ornelas, Hayden Vitera, among others. Doors open at 3 p.m. at Kickbutt Cofffee, 5775 Airport Blvd. Sponsored by Rockstar Magazine, KOOP 91.7 and others. For more information, call (512) 897-7823. --Patricia Vonne is offering the pre-order of her
seventh studio album, “Top of the Mountain,” produced by Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos. The release includes co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco, Willie Nile, and Steven Medina Hufsteter from the Cruzados. Guest artists include David Grissom on guitar, Johnny Reno on saxophone, Scott Plunkett (from Chris Isaak’s band) on piano, Grammy award winners Joe Reyes on guitar and Max Baca of Los TexManiacs on bajo sexto. Through PledgeMusic you can choose from a list of exclusives tickets and merchandise. For example, you can purchase two Meet and Greet VIP tickets to the Austin CD release party on May 26th at the Continental Club. --Adrian Quesada received the Best Producer Award (as voted by the public) at the Austin Music Industry Awards on February 25. The following is an excerpt of the thanks he posted on his Facebook page: “My sincerest thanks to all who voted and in general to those who support and play my jams. Thanks to the Austin Chronicle for continuing to recognize local talent and my wife Celeste Quesada for her wisdom, patience (hall of fame patience), and inspiration. The industry awards were a blast last night, Kevin Curtin and Mike Weibe were killin it as was the best band that doesn’t exist, the Berkshire hounds (Jim Campo and Spencer Garland, et al). Thanks to Corey Baum Wins for introducing my Haydn Vitera
wife...I mean, me, and letting me produce your awesome record. The Austin Music community is special, having received congratulatory notes from a few other producer nominees this morning reaffirms how much I love this city. Congrats to chris burns, Chris John Smith, Bryan Ray and Good Dannys for kicking ass as well and congrats to all the other winners.”
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Brazilian keyboardist, singer-songwriter Paula Maya will be performing a collection of songs, both in English and Portuguese, every first Thursday of the month only at the Milonga Room, 1201 E 6th St. 9 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are highly encouraged! paulamaya.com. --The 80Hproject provided a list of their Austin shows for March (with more to be posted), including Sunday, March 11, 6 - 8 p.m. at One2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 600. They also listed performances at the 2018 RedGorilla Music Festival, March 14 – 16 at various locations. For up to date details on their shows, visit www. redgorillamusic.com. --The 10th edition of the Brasil Daytime Showcase takes place on Saturday, March 17 at the Sahara Lounge. This is the spot for you to check out the Brazilian artists coming to town for the SXSW Music Festival, performing alongside Austin-based musicians under one roof. This is one of the most vibrant showcases for the fans of Worldbeat and Brazilian music and has become a must-go daytime event. The 2018 lineup announced to date includes Silibrina (Sao Paulo, BR - jazz), Tita Lima (Sao Paulo/LA pop), Frederico7 (Austin/Sao Paulo soul/funk), Muntchako ( Brasilia Afrobeat/ Latin jazz), Ley Line (Austin, Folk), Tio Chico (Piaui/Austin MPB/Carambo rock), Luneta Magica (Amazonas, Rock/pop) and Paula Maya (Austin/ Rio mpb/jazz). More artists TBA and no wristbands needed. 2-8 p.m. $7 at the door. Free parking in
the lot next to the building with overflow parking at the Webberville Baptist Church next-door. Street parking is also available. 1413 Webberville Road. --Flamingo Cantina is the place to be on Tuesdays for the 11-piece Timberos del Norte, Austin’s ambassadors of timba, mix elements of salsa, American funk, R&B, and Afro-Cuban folkloric music. DJ La Bestia (Vanessa Burden) spins the music break. Doors open 9 p.m. Music at 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. No cover charge for ladies, $5 for gentlemen. Parking is free downtown on Tuesday evenings. For more information, visit flamingocantina.com. --Cafe con Letras presents the guitarist, composer and singer/song writer Cecilia Zabala from Argentina, visiting us for the second time. Cecilia has combined the interpretation and creation of music, with the guitar and her voice, mixing sensitivity, expression, technique and intuition. In her musical language, different styles are crossed, such as Argentine folklore, jazz and Brazilian music. Twenty years touring the world with international tours in Europe, North America and Latin America, this concert is not to be missed. Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. at The Blackerby Recital Hall, 1111 West Anderson Lane. For more information, visit Cultura en Austin (Alianza Cultural Latinoamericana) on Facebook. --The Texas Whiskey Festival is an event for people who love whiskey and those that make it. A menagerie of Texas distilleries will host the inaugural celebration as an opportunity for whiskey enthusiasts to meet the distillers and master blenders that make Texas whiskey among the best of the best. Music by 8-time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel on March 31, 7 10:30 p.m. at the Bullock State History Museum. texaswhiskeyfestival.com. TODO AUSTIN // MAR 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 09
The Long Center unveils new look and feel in celebration of 10th anniversary
The Long Center, Austin’s world-class performing arts center located in the heart of downtown, debuts a new brand and message to ring in its 10th anniversary. This campaign is the culmination of a year-long research and development initiative to identify a renewed vision for the center to set the course to further expand its impact on the community for the next 10 years and beyond.
The Long Center underwent an intensive rebranding process, in partnership with local independent ad agency Archer Malmo, to better understand its current audience, its perception, and how it could more fully serve the city. The first step was to survey a broad array of the community in which over 1,500 Austinites took part, and the results were both affirming and revealing. Through
Bon appetite: Spring into the season with pastries from La Patisserie
you won’t find that here. Boy, was I lucky on this visit: it happened to be National Mint Chocolate Day! So everyone who walked in was given a delicious treat to indulge in. It just so happened on that day the place was packed with folks of all ages. In time they may need a larger space. It was noon and a dozen or more people filled this two-table shop.
By Rose Di Grazia
North and South Austin are one the same when it comes to La Patisserie pastry boutique. In fact, Austinites are lucky to have two locations of this pastry shop. I first discovered the one located at 602 West Annie Street on my way back from the Vet in South Austin a few years back. But I am happy to say there is also one located at 7301 Burnet Road in my neck of the woods. This boutique is a wonderful respite from the busier cafes down the street.
This quaint cafe has two small tables and a long counter for most of its customers and a few tables outside. The place is small but well worth the wait. Black and white photos of Europe adorn the walls along with a chalkboard with the words “Bon appetite” written across it. A case with delectable pastries sat across from me. The little ones who had entered the shop were jumping up and down in front of it pointing to the goodies they so desired. The selection was enormous. There was no shortage of pastries here — for me that is a deal breaker and a reason to walk out of a cafe. The shelves were lined with chocolate hazelnut cake, éclairs, champagne cake, four kinds of cookies, scones, croissants of all kinds, orange honey almond buns, etc. The macaroons are too numerous to mention and divine. You must come in and see for yourself.
Upon entering this heavenly bakery the smell of chocolate baking was in the air. Yum! The sound of Tony Bennett singing one of his love songs filled this quaint tiny shop. It was so nice to walk into this gem of a place. I have been disappointed by cranky baristas For my lunch, I had a choice of a yummy elsewhere who get disgruntled if you ask chicken salad sandwich and chips or a hot for a glass of water with your java. Luckily, ham and cheese. I chose the chicken salad 10 TODO AUSTIN // MAR 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
research and discovery, the Long Center identified these main pillars that are now the newly reflected brand values: community as the cornerstone of its purpose; diversity in programming; and a commitment to the live arts. The collective vision going forward is to cultivate remarkable entertainment and live arts that truly reflect the diversity of perspectives in the Austin community. This commitment is taking shape in current Long Center programming with the incorporation of additional musical acts, like The Avett Brothers, José González, and Black Violin; high-profile speakers such as Annie Leibovitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and George Takei; and dynamic family shows for audiences of all ages such as the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Cirque Éloize, and Paw Patrol, to provide the widest variety of entertainment and live arts in Austin. The 10th anniversary year will also continue with the Long Center’s popular free community events during the summer and a special public celebration day scheduled for fall 2018. “Throughout this process, we have been surprised and enlightened by the feedback we received – it inspires our vision for the future and now shapes our promise to our community,” said Cory Baker, President and CEO of the Long Center. “The landscape of Austin is changing in many ways and so are we. The most immediate changes you’ll see are in our programming, wherein we’re diversifying in order to set the stage for the next generation of artists. We’re taking inspiration from the city as a
and chips. For dessert, the creamy champagne cake was calling my name. I topped off my delicious lunch with a cup of hot coffee. I knew this place was my cup of Joe when I spotted the stainless steel espresso machine shining in the window with real china cups on top. That’s one way to know whether you will get a great coffee drink or not. Coffee drinks galore are yours for the taking. For those of you non-coffee drinkers, choose from chai
whole and creating new invitations to come visit us at the Long Center. All of which shows that we have saved you a seat on ‘Austin’s Front Row.’” The campaign will roll out across a variety of channels throughout the year beginning with the 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 3, with a Gala event featuring The Avett Brothers and Asleep at the Wheel at 8 p.m., followed by a festive After Party. The new, integrated brand campaign will serve as a re-introduction of the Long Center to current patrons and newcomers alike, with inspiration taken from the city itself – Austin’s skyline, its residents and neighbors, and the Long Center’s iconic terrace, characteristic columns, and breathtaking view. The campaign will also unveil a unique font that could only be created here in Austin. The Long Center will share a first-of-its-kind community font as the premiere font for the brand. By taking a collection of more than 500 handwritten script samples from Austinites, the Long Center worked closely with a typographer to aggregate the handwriting samples and develop a font that truly represents the community, who we hope will help us tell the story of the next 10 years. For more information about the Long Center, please visit thelongcenter.org.
tea, lemonade, hibiscus sunrise, zhi tea, and iced tea. This wonderful place is open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you don’t have time to sit and drink your cares away, order your java and pastry to go. Everything comes in a cute little brown gift box, which is appropriate given that desserts here are a gift. Come treat yourself or someone else to the gift of a fabulous dessert. For more information, go to lpaustin.com.
BRIDGE2BRIDGE From Montopolis Bridge to 360 Bridge, Everything Austin
The first Friday of every month is Reggae Night at Stinson’s University Park. Junior Vibes and guest DJs promote the local island community with the sounds of bashment reggae, Afro Beat, dancehall soca and more. Enjoy a comp Jamaican cuisine menu with admission including jerk chicken, rice, peas, and cabbage. Hosted by Paige VII, doors at 9 p.m. $10 men; women free before 11 p.m. stinsonsbistro.com
Rodeo Austin Travis County Expo Center
Over the years, Rodeo Austin has grown from a show featuring 16 animals into one of Austin’s premier events, featuring pro rodeo events, daily concerts, livestock show and more. Rodeo Austin hosts over 100 live music performances during the 15-day Fair and Rodeo, and is proud to bring a concert series to the Live Music Capital of the World that truly has something for everybody. From Texas country to punk rock, Rodeo Austin boasts a tremendous lineup featuring a variety of world class concerts every fan can enjoy.
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE INCLUDES: March 10 – Josh Turner; March 11 – Duelo (Dia Del Vaquero); March 12 – Ludacris; March 13 – Cody Johnson; March 14 – Chris Janson; March 15 – Young the Giant; March 16 – Josh Abbott Band; March 17 – Justin Moore; March 18 – Tracy Lawrence; March 19 – LANCO; March 20 – Gladys Knight; March 21 – Lee Brice; March 22 – Dwight Yoakam; March 23 – Turnpike Troubadours; March 24 – Kevin Fowler Tickets can be purchased at RodeoAustin.com or by calling 877-987-6487. Rodeo and Concert tickets start at $20. Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Austin hosts one of America’s top 10 ProRodeos as top ranked athletes in each event compete for the title of champion. In an action-packed two hours, fans enjoy extreme competition, bull fighting entertainment and the fan-favorite Mutton Bustin’. The Fairgrounds offers Austin’s largest carnival, shopping, food and a variety of shows and special attractions. The carnival offers more than 60 rides and games for the whole family. One the most popular destinations, Kidstown, includes an expansive petting zoo and pony rides. Rodeo Austin offers unique shopping opportunities across the fairgrounds. Vendors are located in the Exhibit Hall, Rodeo Arena Mezzanine and in various outdoor locations. Fairgoers can buy everything from cowboy boots and hats, to furniture and children’s toys. For more info go to rodeoaustin.com
Urban Music Festival AUDITORIUM
One of Austin’s best-known rites of spring, the ABC Kite Festival, is a family tradition dating back to 1929. Daylong activities for all ages is highlighted by the traditional kite flying contest and showcase, a fun run and MossFest, a children’s music concert. People and pets are welcome to bring their kites, build one on site, fly and gaze. Free admission on Sunday, Mar. 4 (rain date is Mar. 11). abckitefestival.org. Black Violin is classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multigenre sound that is described as “classical boom.” Having shared stages with Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty and collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, they perform Wednesday, Mar. 7 in Dell Hall. thelongcenter.org Celebrate International Women’s Day with a night of music and movement-building on Thursday, Mar. 8 at Rattletree School of Marimba. Showcasing an eclectic mix reflecting the music of Brazil, Africa, France, the Middle East and Pan American countries, Paula Maya, Mafaro Marimba, Leti Garza and Julie Slim perform while attendees connect their stories to others around the globe. $15 at door. Celebrate authentic Irish culture on Saturday, Mar. 17 at St. Patrick’s Day Austin from 12-7 p.m. at Pioneer Farms. The largest such event in Austin features traditional live music from local and international performers, colorful dances, storytelling, workshops, food and beverage, children’s activities and more for the entire family. Tickets $15 for adults and $6 for children. For more info see stpatricksdayaustin.com. Austin Symphony Orchestra presents “Ode to the Organ,” featuring Cameron Carpenter performing Mar. 22–23, in Dell Hall. The organist phenom has his debut with the ASO performing pieces by Joseph Jongen and Camille Saint-Saëns. The Jongen is called a tour de force for organ and orchestra. Saint-Saëns’ immortal Symphony No. 3 in C Minor is also on the program. austinsymphony.org Marking its 23rd annual celebration, Ramanavami Utsavam music and dance festival is Saturday, Mar. 24. Talented vocalists, dance teachers and students will perform a free South Asian cultural program on themes selected from the Ramayana. Call 512-918-1351 for details. On Sunday, Apr. 1, India Fine Arts presents Bombay Jayashri and guest artists ($30 GA) at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. austinifa.org
The Urban Music Festival celebrates its 13th year with high energy performances on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31. This year’s festival promises to be another fun-filled weekend full of great entertainment and community participation, with headline artists En Vogue, Vivian Green and Texas Jazz Explosion on Friday, and Johnny Gill anchoring the Saturday line-up with Dave Hollister and Zapp. More than 15,000 music revelers will converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin’s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music. Today, UMF is a landmark event and a testament to a committed joint effort by music fans and producers. From its start, UMF has played a significant role in the community as a part of the Austin Quality of Life Initiative. It is arguably Austin’s signature event highlighting African-American cultural contributions to the city. UMF has managed this feat by focusing on breaking new boundaries each year and continues to reach the hearts of urban music lovers. This year’s performers join an impressive list of 500 artists who have performed on UMF’s stages over the years. Affectionately known as the “original funky divas,” Friday’s closing act En Vogue are recognized as one of the top five highest selling American female music groups in history with over 20 million albums sold on the strength of R&B and pop smashes like “Hold On” and “Free Your Mind.” In 2018, the group is presenting their most creative music yet with the release of “Electric Café.” Johnny Gill is an American R&B musician, songwriter and singer best known as a successful solo recording artist and as lead singer of platinum-selling boy band New Edition. Tickets for UMF range from $40.99 to $159.99. Friday, March 30th gates open at 3 p.m. and the night’s events end at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, gates open at noon with the show ending at 10:30 p.m. TODO AUSTIN // MAR 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 11
PRESENTED BY ESB-MACC & KLRU-TV Free Screening on Thursday, March 29 | 7PM Introduction by Lilia Rosas, Ph.d
A TRIBUTE TO CésAR ChávEz Each year in March our center pays tribute to César Chávez by presenting a film about Chicano/ Latino civil rights in the U.S. This year’s film is the long-awaited and overdue story about Dolores Huerta.
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