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Coa Council Candidate Forums The City of Austin, in partnership with the City’s Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters - Austin Area, continues its series of City Council candidate forums for the Nov. 2018 municipal election. Five Council districts and the Mayor will be up for election Nov. 6. Forums will consist of brief opening and closing statements from candidates and questions from the League of Women Voters moderator. The forums will take place: Oct. 11: District 9, City Hall Chambers, 301 W. 2nd Street, 6 p.m.; Oct. 11: Mayor, City Hall Chambers, 301 W. 2nd Street, 7:30 p.m. Climate Change Awareness Month Though temperatures may be falling, Austin residents know all too well that this summer was a scorcher—the third hottest in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service. The alarming trends of more sizzling summers, extended droughts, increased wildfire risks, and intense rain and flooding are only some of the reasons Mayor Steve Adler and the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability have declared October as Climate Change Awareness Month. The initiative will include a variety of activities to engage individuals as well as businesses. Austin is leading the way in fighting against climate change and has a goal for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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Animal Services Office Recognized The Austin Animal Services Office has been certified as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. ASO was one of only 10 animal welfare organizations across the nation chosen to participate in a Service Enterprise cohort, hosted by Best Friends Animal Society. By becoming Service Enterprise certified, the shelter has been recognized for high level of volunteer engagement to enhance program operations, programmatic impact and operational effectiveness. ASO currently has more than 450 active volunteers who gave over 59,000 hours of service this year.
Rating Agencies Give Coa High Marks The City of Austin has received an ‘AAA’ bond rating and a stable outlook on its ability to repay debt for long-term capital improvement projects for the eighth consecutive year. The ‘AAA’ rating is the highest attainable bond rating that a city can achieve and allows the City to borrow money at a lower cost. Austin has maintained its strong financial position thanks to a strong economy fueled by steady population and employment growth, a diverse employment base, our conservative financial and budget practices, and proven history of balancing needs with available resources,” said City Manager Spencer Cronk. Can Opioids Crisis Dialogue In October, Community Advancement Network will host a series of Community Dialogues focused on the issue of how to address the opioid crisis. Drug abuse in the U.S. has taken a sharp and lethal turn with the rise of opioids - legal pain killers, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, and illegal ones, like heroin. In 2015 and 2016, there were 299 deaths in Austin that were attributed to drug overdose and 191 of these deaths were opioid related. The conversations will take place Oct. 9 at University Presbyterian Church; Oct. 15 at Travis County Admin. Offices (700 Lavaca); and Oct. 23 at Huston Tillotson University.
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Celebrating Latino Heritage Month
By Sabino “Pio” Renteria, D3 City Council Member
Every year during Latino Heritage Month, I remember an occasion in 1988 when my son and I stood on the back of my old pick-up truck with legendary civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez. In solidarity with the United Farm Workers, we were protesting the exposure of families to harmful pesticides used on table grapes being sold at East Austin markets. And I remember Cesar Chavez’ well-known words “the fight is never about grapes or lettuce, it’s always about people.”
Economy Furniture Company strike in 1968 when workers voted to unionize for better pay and working conditions; eventually leading to success in those elections and the rise of the first elected Latino Mayor of Austin, Gus Garcia and our own State Senator, Gonzalo Barrientos. If it wasn’t for the blood, sweat, and tears our community shed, those of us serving in public office now, like Commissioner Margaret Gomez, the first elected Latina to the Travis County Commissioners Court, would not be able to do our work. Today, we have Latino elected officials on school boards, city council, the commissioners court, and at the state capitol fighting to make sure every family has a fair shot in life regardless of their ethnic background or socio-economic status.
Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez fought for the people and are the giants on whose shoulders we stand. But they’re not the only Latino leaders to fight for justice or work for progress.
There are too many battles fought to list here. Among them are the creation of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, the creation of the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the establishment of Central Health.
Since the beginning of our country’s history, Latino leaders have made invaluable contributions to every aspect of American life. Countless Latino leaders in diverse fields like business, arts, religion, military, and public service have defined our national identity.
But the one I would like to highlight was fought for decades - to bring more equitable geographic representation to the City of Austin in the form of the 10-1 system.
The same is true in our own community, where Latino history and culture is woven into the very fabric of Austin’s identity. So what better occasion to reflect on their accomplishments than today. Here, we have our own giants. Last year, we lost Richard Moya the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Ann Richards who became the first Mexican-American elected to public office in Travis County. Later, we lost John Treviño, the first Mexican-American elected to serve on the Austin City Council. The momentum they built is still felt today. But they did not accomplish this alone. It was the result of our community coming together to consolidate what power we had. In their journey, the landmark moment was the CONTRIBUTING STAFF // Anwuli Chukwurah, Rose Di Grazia, Callie Langford, César E. López Linares, Genoveva Rodriguez PRODUCTION SERVICES // Anthony Garcia CONTRIBUTORS // Steve Adler, Alka Bhanot, Rick Carney, Roy Casagranda, Cat Cardenas, Cindy Casares, 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, Octavio N. Martinez, Cynthia Aashi Morales, Cristina Parker, Richard J. Reddick, Oren Rosenthal, Paul Saldaña, Peter Salovey, Marion Sanchez, Sameer Shah, Blake Shanley, Dani Slabaugh, Laura Suggs, Corey Tabor, Rama Tiru, Carola Rivera, Aaron Rochlen, Lesley Varghese, Luis H. Zayas
It allowed us to dismantle the former “gentleman’s agreement” that limited representation on the council to one Latino in a city where we make up about 35 percent of the population. As a result, I was elected along with my two young and brilliant colleagues--Delia Garza, Austin’s first Latina Council Member, former firefighter and an advocate for housing, childcare, and opportunity; and Greg Casar, elected to the council after working in the trenches as a tireless advocate for the rights of workers. The two of them give me hope for the future of our city and our state. They give me confidence that we will not yield the progress we’ve made. And as the fight continues, that our children and grandchildren will celebrate Latino Heritage month with pride and be inspired to become leaders themselves. ONLINE EDITION // TODOAustin.com COVER PHOTO // Donnell Robinson, photo by AJ Vallejo 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 512.538.4115 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 03
‘Taking it to the Streets: Asian American voices of resistance’
City to reinstate Creative Ambassadors Program
The Austin History Center and the University of Texas at Austin Center for Asian American Studies invite the public to “Taking it to the Streets: Asian American Voices of Resistance” panel discussion on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2–4 p.m. in the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery at 810 Guadalupe St. Light refreshments will be served.
The City of Austin Cultural Arts and Music and Entertainment Divisions, part of the Economic Development Department, will reinstate the City’s Creative Ambassadors Program. Open to creative professionals across disciplines, the program provides official City designations and small stipends to Austin artists traveling outside of Texas in promotion of their creative projects. First launched in 2014, the program was temporarily suspended as the City explored how best to incorporate it into its larger cultural tourism strategy. The retooled program, which launches October 1, will run on an annual (versus monthly) cycle and will now provide $1,000 grants for ten artist recipients.
This panel discussion is a companion program to the “Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration” in Austin photo exhibit currently on display at the Austin History Center. Due to the commonly perpetuated “model minority” stereotypes, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activist movements and community members have been widely underrepresented across the country and in archives. The discussion will bring together Austin AAPI community members who have been committed to creating transformational change within the city. Attendees will gain insight into the panelists’ work and have the opportunity to engage in a moderated Q&A. A poetry reading will feature ena ganguly, a Bengali writer, scholar and poet, and Camille
City Bond’s seven propositions worthy of community support The City of Austin has called for a $925-million bond to be considered on the ballot of the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018. In preparation for Election Day, the City has published a number of informational resources including a 2018 bond webpage, an open house schedule and bond brochure to help inform its citizens and share information about the bond with its residents. The seven propositions focus on reinvestment in current city infrastructure and cover a variety of projects and programs. They are divided as follows: • Proposition A: Affordable Housing, $250 million • Proposition B: Libraries, Museums and Cultural Arts Facilities, $128 million • Proposition C: Parks & Recreation, $149 million • Proposition D: Flood Mitigation, Open Space and Water Quality Protection, $184 million • Proposition E: Health & Human Services, $16 million • Proposition F: Public Safety, $38 million 04 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
Park, Creative Director of Silk Club ATX. Panel participants include Surabhi Kukke, an LGBTQ and public health advocate; Banafsheh Madaninejad, an activist academic and visiting assistant professor at Southwestern University; Chau Ngo, an Austin activist and field organizer; and Eric Tang, an activist researcher and Director of the UT Center of Asian American Studies. The moderator is Zack Shlachter, a local writer, researcher and organizer. Attendees are invited to print their own protest photos stored on their phone and add it the “Taking it to the Streets” Community Gallery during the event. Alternatively, participants can submit a photograph through our website: library. austintexas.gov/ahc/taking-it-to-the-streets. “Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin” presents a snapshot look at how the public confronted the political and social issues of their time. Diverse images from a variety of the Austin History Center’s collections highlight Austin residents in their earnest efforts to create social change in their communities. • Proposition G: Transportation Infrastructure, $160 million
BOND WEBPAGE The 2018 Bond webpage (austintexas. gov/2018bond) provides information related to the bond’s contents and development. Also on the site is a comprehensive bond booklet and an abbreviated one-page, as well as voter information and a tax calculator. The bond booklet and one-pager are available for download in Spanish; the one-pager is also available in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Korean, and Vietnamese. OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE A series of community open houses have been scheduled to provide residents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the bond. Community members are invited to attend any of the 10 open houses. The open house schedule is as follows: • District 1: October 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St. • District 2: October 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road • District 3: October 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive
“We are pleased to reinstate the Creative Ambassadors Program,” said Meghan Wells, Manager of the Cultural Arts Division. “This initiative opens new avenues of dialogue between Austin and markets worldwide, and increases the international presence and reputation of our local artists.” “The Music Office is excited to work with the Cultural Arts Division on this collaboration providing capacity for our artists to share their art with the widest audience possible, while • District 4: October 20, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane • District 5: October 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Manchaca Road Library, 5500 Manchaca Road • District 6: September 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road • District 7: October 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m., North Village Library, 2505 Steck Avenue • District 8: October 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Ave. • District 9: September 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street • District 10: October 3, 4:30-6:40 p.m., Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Drive
PRESENTATION AND MATERIALS REQUESTS Those interested in requesting a presentation and overview of the 2018 Bond for their organization or community group may do so by going online and using the Presentation Request Form. A Materials Request Form is also available for anyone seeking physical copies of the bond booklet or one-pager.
fostering new networks with other cities around the world,“ adds Erica Shamaly, Manager of the Music and Entertainment Division. The Creative Ambassadors program is open to artists of all disciplines, including, but not limited to musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and performing artists. Austin-based individual artists and arts organizations who have confirmed plans to travel nationally or internationally to present or promote their work. Applicants will be evaluated on their level of expertise in their chosen discipline, including the number of years they have been working in their artistic area and any prior awards or recognition they have received for their work. The selection panel will also consider how the artists and their proposed project will support the Creative Ambassador Program goals of enhancing Austin’s global profile as center of creativity; supporting the local creative community; and facilitating dialogue between other regional, national and international arts agencies and their communities. The Panel will select a diverse cohort, reflective of many artistic disciplines by artists from all cultural communities, including ALAANA (African American, Latinx, Asian American, Arab American, Native American) artists and arts organizations, plus applicants who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community or the differently-abled community. More information at austincreates.com. VOTER TIMELINE Voter registration ends on Oct. 9, 2018. Early inperson voting begins on Oct. 22, 2018, and ends on Nov. 2, 2018. Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018. For more information on voter registration and polling locations, visit the City of Austin’s election page: austintexas.gov/page/elections-2018.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 1- 3 p.m. Culture and Fashion Workshop: Polynesia And Oceania. Explore Polynesian culture through a fashion lens. Kanani Kawaiolamanaloa, owner of Kimboli St. James Designs, is the owner of over 37 clothing lines. Based in Hawaii and California, her clothing has been featured in Palm Springs and the Southwest Santa Fe fashion events. She will be presenting her personal Hawaiian-influenced collection along with traditional authentic clothing and designs from Hawaii. Free and open to the public. Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Little Seedlings Storytime: Korea. Explore Korean culture through storytelling and crafts! This month features The Rabbit and the Dragon King by Daniel San Souci & Eujin Kim Neilan and Bee-bim bop! By Linda Sue Park & Ho Baek Lee. Crafts include Korean paper fan making, han-bok coloring, and more. Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Hot Pot Comedy and Y’all We Asian - Improv, local Asian American improvisation groups, hosts Loud and Proud Open Mic Night, a quarterly series bringing talent across Austin on stage at the AARC. Come out and share your written work, music, and performances. Award-winning Vietnamese writer Bao Phi will present from his book, Thousand Star Hotel.
Vincent Valdez’s ‘The City’ asks Austin to take a look in the mirror By Lauren Lluveras I ran into a prominent Austin city councilwoman while viewing Vincent Valdez’s panoramic piece, “The City I.” She was leaning against a wall and holding onto her chest as she took in the fourpaneled piece, on display at the Blanton Museum through October 28. The councilwoman looked like she was having a hard time breathing and I asked her what she thought of the piece. She said, “there isn’t a word for it.” Though the painting left her speechless, it’s generated a lot of conversation elsewhere. The painting depicts a present-day Klu Klux Klan meeting at a dump overlooking an unnamed city and has drawn discussion from local activists and critics alike. Some have brought attention to those who felt left out of the year of conversations the Blanton hosted within the community leading up to the piece’s public debut. Debates have centered around whether the work glorifies historical violence, how it represents consumer culture and religion, and the appropriate context with which it should have been presented to the public. On July 17, when “Latino USA”’s Maria Hinojosa interviewed Vincent Valdez, a Mexican American
Thursday, Oct. 4; Friday, Oct 5; Saturday, Oct 6 (8 p.m.); and Sunday, Oct 7 (2 p.m.). Teatro Vivo proudly presents WET: A DACAmented Journey, a Cara Mía Theatre and Ignite Arts/ Dallas Production, written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh, directed by Brisa Areli Muñoz. This is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one: on paper. It chronicles the journey of Anner Cividanis, who has lived his entire life in the United States as an undocumented American. The play captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when being forced to navigate through a broken U.S. Immigration System. This solo performance examines the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in the only home he has known: Los Angeles. Alex Alpharaoh was recently featured in American Theatre magazine. This production is part of a national tour, in partnership with Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas, Ignite Arts Dallas, and ArtsEmerson in Boston. Tickets on sale at teatrovivo.org. Friday, Nov. 2. Día de los Muertos - A day to remember our loved ones who have passed with offerings, music, food, and kids activities.
artist who has also tackled the lynching of Mexican Americans in his work, she described the series as “art that asks a question.” The quandary is implicit in the work’s background: behind the subjects, city lights glisten across meticulously planned streets, serving as a reference to the relationships between white supremacy and segregated housing. For local communities of color, however, the most urgent question has gone missing from the conversation: what does the racial landscape of Austin look like today? In late June, Austin’s luxury shopping center, the Domain Northside, released a promotional brochure meant to attract new tenants to the area that identified their “quintessential” shopper: a “classy, trendy, well-heeled woman” who “carries a Louis Vuitton, Céline, or Givenchy bag” and who is “most likely to describe her ethnicity as Anglo, Jewish, or Asian.” Until recently, Austin was embroiled in controversy over CodeNext, a set of zoning rules that critics argued reinforced the city’s 1928 Master Plan, the set of regulations that forced Black and Latino residents into segregated communities east of interstate highway 35. Just last March, when a series of bombings terrorized the city, communities of color on Austin’s east end were most affected. Tensions rose as Austinites learned that the first three victims were people of color and that the first bombing received relatively little media attention. Black
Thursdays in October, 6:30 p.m. Art In Business. A series of panel discussions organized by the by Capitol View Arts, George Washington Carver Museum and Genealogy Center, TALA and Greater Austin Black Chamber preceded by East Austin Studio Tours. OCTOBER 4, PANEL SESSION 1 — The emerging artists featured in the exhibition, Color and Form, discuss how creative languages grounded in abstraction facilitate the exploration of black womanhood in American society. Moderated by Carre Adams, Exhibitions Coordinator, Carver Museum OCTOBER 11, PANEL SESSION 2 — Visual artists must also function as businesswomen (and businessmen too). Representatives from Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) will provide basic tips to successfully operate your “business.” Moderated by Alissa McCain, Executive Director, TALA. OCTOBER 25, PANEL SESSION 3 — Established female artists presented in exhibitions at the Carver during 2017 and 2018 examine the statuses, roles, and symbolic meanings attached to representations of black womanhood in their paintings and sculptures. Moderated by Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, Site Manager & Curator, Carver Museum. Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. That’s My Face Young Adult Film Series Free Screening. Birth of a Movement (2017). Directed by: Bestor Cram and Susan Gray. Free and open to the public.
and Latino residents felt deprioritized as the police department ruled out racial resentment as a motive early on in the investigation. The Austin Police Department hesitated to call the incidents terrorism.
as our social outcomes demonstrate ongoing racial disparities. Though the city is engaging in dynamic efforts to address its confederate past, its progress on economic and racial segregation is slow.
“The City” series’ presence in Austin acts as a way of making visible the sorts of pervasive and everyday incidents that go unnamed in this city. Long before the Domain Northside’s brochure blunder (pushback prompted diversity training for the agencies that created the brochure), popular Domain bars like the Dogwood enforced a “sneaker ban,” which disproportionately kept Black and Latino people out. Before the package bomb murders of Anthony Stephan House and Draylen Mason, unaffordability and gentrification were pushing communities of color even further east and, often, out of the city altogether.
During his conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Vincent Valdez said the subjects of “The City I” could be anyone under their robes—judges, police chiefs, teachers. He said that he imagines the subjects confronting the viewer. What I love best about the works is that the city in question could be any American city. To me, it’s Austin. The work is holding a mirror up to us, confronting us with an ugly truth. It asks us how we participate in the banality of white supremacy and what, if anything, we’ll do about it.
Austin’s position is a comfortable one: we can be hailed as a city of progressive values, even
Lauren Lluveras is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, housed at the University of Texas at Austin and is a Public Voices Fellow with the Op Ed Project.
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Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Screening: "Wet" The DACAmented story of Anner Cividanis' journey of living his whole life as an American in the United States in every sense of the word except one: on paper. 600 River St., 78701 austintexas.gov/esbmacc OCT 27
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George Washington Carver Museum Soul Food Truck Festival Come feast! One day only, soul-foodtruck gems converge at the Carver in collaboration with the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. 1165 Angelina St., 78702 austintexas.gov/carvermuseum
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Dougherty Arts Center Second Annual Empty Puppy Bowls Help out your favorite local pet rescue organizations by participating in fun activities which will include glazing ceramic plate bowls, doggie paw prints in clay and a photo booth. 1110 Barton Springs., 78704 austintexas.gov/dac OCT 28
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Elisabet Ney Museum Polkapocalypse! Featuring Brave Combo and other bands to rock the boots off your lederhosen!
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One Road Austin kick-off celebrates Austin’s diverse music community EPS Presents (Event Production Services), in conjunction with the launch of EQ Austin, is producing One Road Austin, a kick-off concert celebrating Austin’s diverse music community on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. at 3TEN ACL Live. Tickets are available at 3tenaustin.com. One Road Austin (ORA), a two-week series of city-wide events (Oct 24-Nov 4), unifies and promotes existing events and organizations Oliver Rajamani
that champion diversity, sustainability, civic involvement and education. The purpose of ORA is to connect communities and their stakeholders to local events, organizations, services, and educational hubs that celebrate Austin’s diverse ethnicities, cultures and social movements.
One Road Austin’s inaugural event will be Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3TEN ACL Live at 8 p.m. The concert will feature performances by a number of legendary and up-and-coming Austin artists, including Vallejo, Nakia, Betty Soo, Ruben Ramos, Peterson Brothers, Oliver Rajamani, Lesly Reynaga, Tiarra Girls, a tribute to hip-hop pioneer MC Overlord and very special surprise guests. Headed by musical director Alex Vallejo of the award-winning band Vallejo, One Road Austin will play out like the city’s own version of The Last Waltz by The Band with representation across multiple musical genres. A follow-up event “Women of World Music” will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at One-2-One Bar at 7 p.m. The all-female lineup will feature Leti Garza, Lesly Reynaga, Candiland, Naga Valli and Tiarra Girls. “EPS is very proud of our long history of producing community events in Austin, and in particular, all-inclusive events that are created to celebrate the vast diversity and heritage of the city we live in,” said Jeff Miller, Executive Producer of EPS Presents/One Road Austin. “We are very excited to create the newest signature event, One Road
Austin, and we can’t wait to see to where it takes us together.”
stimulate cultural representation in the creative sector.
EPS Presents has been producing family friendly, community oriented festivals in Austin for over 15 years, with such classic events as Pachanga Latino Music Festival, Trail of Lights, Blues on the Green and Austin’s New Year Celebration.
One Road Austin is sponsored by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Humanitarians in the Arts, and School of Rock (Round Rock). For the complete lineup, updates and more information on both shows, visit www.oneroadaustin.com
Produced with City of Austin support, ORA will also mark the launch of EQ Austin, a new community based non-profit organization with a mission to
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Mexic Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida highlights Dia de los Muertos in Austin Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The free festival, Saturday, Oct. 27, features a Grand Procession at noon, an Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day until 6 p.m. on 100-200 block E. 4th Street. In conjunction, Mexic-Arte Museum presents “Viva la Vida: Celebrating 35 Years of MexicArte Museum’s Día de los Muertos,” through Nov. 25, 2018. The exhibition presents the Museum’s decades-long quest to share and expand the public’s knowledge about Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is a holiday with a historically rich tradition that integrates pre-Columbian and Catholic customs. It is celebrated in Mexico on November 1-2 in connection with the Catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. It is a time to honor and greet the departed as the spirits make their journey back from Mictlan (the underworld) to be with the living each year. Día de los Muertos is a time for families and friends to gather in celebration—a time when the cycle of life and death, rather than loss and sorrow, are embraced. 08 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
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Mexico City to celebrate Día de los Muertos. These experiences later inspired the first Día de los Muertos exhibit, La Muerte Vive, and celebration in Austin, Texas in 1984 at the Arts Warehouse. The Museum has presented exhibitions, performances, street festivals, videos, murals, installations, processions, publications, and other cultural manifestations for decades. During this time, a marvelous transformation has occurred—what was historically a religious holiday has become an expressive commemoration of family and a celebration of Mexican and Mexican American life and culture.
While living in Mexico in 1979 and having interest in Mexican traditions, Mexic-Arte Museum Founders Sylvia Orozco and Pio Pulido visited San Andres Mixquic, a small community on the southeast edge of
For almost two generations, Mexic-Arte Museum has encouraged communal sharing of what were once private expressions of faith; and artists started creating altars as part of art exhibits. Mindful of the day’s historical-religious roots, Mexic-Arte Museum helped transform the celebration by mixing popular with traditional materials, sacred with secular objects, personal with social issues, and popular art with contemporary expressions. The underlying Mexican sense of commitment to honor the deceased
has remained but the public expression has evolved into a voice for the Latinx community. Images of ofrendas created by artists, community, and Museum staff over the years are assembled in a projection in the exhibit. This year with sadness and gratitude, the Museum commemorates the late Pio Pulido, founder of the Museum, who passed away on July 12, 2018. His energy will continue in his art, in the memories he leaves, and the Mexic-Arte Museum that he helped build. Other altars pay tribute to the following: Austin Lowrider family members who participated in the first Día de los Muertos processions, Francisco Gabilondo Soler, CriCri: El Grillito Cantor, a Mexican composer and performer of children’s songs built by Alina Flores and friends of the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, as well as the hundred-plus Mayan peoples of Guatemala whose lives were taken with the eruption of the volcano earlier this year; Felipe Linares and Carmen Caballero, cartoneria artists who immortalized skeletons into beautiful sculptural forms.
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This two-part documentary tells the story of one of the most popular and influential forms of entertainment in American history. Through the intertwined stories of several of the most innovative and influential impresarios.
Follow the creative process as renowned composer Craig Hella Johnson and the Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare use their art to explore how music can be a healing force and lift up voices that are rarely heard.
This four-part series challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe.
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A guide to ACL 2018 By Patricia Sandoval
It’s that time of year again when dozens of music lovers flood Zilker Park for the Austin City Limit’s Music Festival. But before storming the grassy grounds of Zilker Park, there are some things those attending need to be prepared for. Here’s a guide to navigating the largest music festival in town. WHAT TO BRING The first thing to pack in a standard-sized backpack is two sealed bottles of water, which can helpfully be refilled at stations throughout the festival (for a green option, bring empty thermos). Collapsible chairs, towels and blankets are welcome. As for camera policies, bring smartphones and regular cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed). GoPro cameras also allowed without accessories. No professional electronics are allowed. TRANSPORTATION TO & FROM ACL FEST Ride with Uber and get to the festival with your whole crew. From shared rides (like UberPool) to a bigger vehicle to fit everyone (such as UberXL), there’s a ride for any occasion. Get to the festival stress-free with pickup and drop-off around the park.
To Do Música BROWN SOUND NEWS
| By Liz Lopez
The 1st Women in Austin Music Fest presented by Yellow House Records and One 2 One Bar is an inspiring, eclectic, inclusive and fun night of music while empowering women in the music business and great live music in Austin. The festival will feature three well known bands from Austin featuring five accomplished women musicians, songwriters and singers and their male supporters Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 pm – 10 pm. All together fifteen world class musicians on stage, connecting different communities by bringing together Jazz, R&B, Pop and Brazilian music. Paula Maya will be on 9 - 10 p.m. with Bossa Nova / Tropicalia paulamaya.com. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 600. Advance tickets available online at holdmyticket. com. --This is the 13th annual Concert Under the Stars and this year, it is featuring Austin’s own nationally rising star and Americana Music Awards winner, Shakey Graves. Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 8– 10 p.m. at Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. 10 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
When you’re ready to go to the festival, type “Austin City Limits Music Festival” or “Zilker Park” into your app as your destination. This will update your drop-off point to the nearest dropoff point around the festival. After the festival, head east on Barton Springs Road away from Zilker Park. The farther you walk from traffic and road closures, the easier it will be for your driver to reach you. You will still use your app to request a ride as normal. INSIDE OF ZILKER PARK Downloading the ACL Music Festival app is highly encouraged. Although the app does drain phone batteries quickly, it’ll be a great tool in case of an emergency. Be aware, however, that no matter who your provider is your data is going to be nonexistent while at the venue. So, make sure to gather all the information you need before you make it to the park. Bring a backup battery to recharge your phone. THE LINEUP Headliners include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Travis Scott and a few other great acts you can’t miss. Other notable artists for the oldschool fans include David Byrne and the Breeders. For the youngsters, hit makers include Khalid, Bazzi, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Elle King. Although losing Childish Gambino to the lineup, the representation for the hip-hop and rap community at the festival will be on the
This event requires a ticket and general admission ticket information is available at donateway.com. --Southpark Meadows LIVE Concert Series will be featuring Joe King Carrasco on Saturday, October 6 and Galleano on Saturday, October 20, both at 7 – 9 p.m. at The Grove at Southpark Meadows Shopping Center 9500 S I-35. --This October, LIGA MX soccer returns to Dell Diamond for the fourth year when the Tigres take on Chivas de Guadalajara! Buy your tickets today for this friendly international match at roundrockexpress. com. --International drivers will be in Austin this October 19-21 to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more, including headlining performances by Bruno Mars and Britney Spears for ticketholders. circuitoftheamericas.com/f1.
hands of Lil Wayne, Smino, Kydd Jones and an Austin native Nelly. Some familiar festival names will be playing, including Arctic Monkeys, the National, Father John Misty, and St. Vincent (having made an album together, maybe we’ll see Annie Clark and Byrne do a song or two together). While female headliners continue to be underrepresented this year, there does appear to be a noticeable amount of women acts, including Janelle Monáe, Tinashe, Lily Allen, Brandi Carlisle, and Sharon Van Etten.
This year, C3 presents has done a great job by bringing several notable artists representing the Latino community. Fest goers will be singing and dancing along to Residente, Mon Laferte, Flor de Toloache and Superfónicos. And of course, it wouldn’t be ACL Fest without local music representation. Leading the pack is Shakey Graves, followed by Sweet Spirit, Jackie Venson, and Molly Burch. For more details on badges, lineup and FAQs, visit aclfestival.com.
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Indian Fine Arts presents Strains of Divine Music, a concert with Vidushi Gayathri Venkataraghavan (vocal), Vidwan Mysore Srikanth (violin) and Vidwan B. Sivaraman (mridangam) on Saturday, Oct. 6 , 6.30 p.m., at the Blanton Museum Theater. IFA members free; $30 general admission and $20 students, seniors and children above 5). Free parking after 5 p.m in the museum parking lot. austinifa.org. October 2018 marks the fifth year of operations for the City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC). To celebrate, the AARC will host the AARC 5th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1-3 p.m. The AARC is located at 8401 Cameron Road. Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees will enjoy light refreshments and family friendly activities and entertainment including button and pom pom flower making, washi paper wish crafting, mandala making, and a live performance from Sho Ukelele. In addition, visitors will learn more about the future of the AARC, as well as share their input. Sona Shah, the AARC’s new Facility Manager, will provide a brief presentation about her vision for the facility. Interpretation services will be available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Burmese. Community partners for this event include the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Asian American Quality of Life Commission, and the Network of Asian American Organizations. The City of Austin’s newest cultural facility opened its doors in 2013 and is housed with n the Parks and Recreation Department. The AARC has brought in more than 200,000 visitors, collaborated with over 100 artists and local organizations, and served over 20,000 senior meals. The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community continues to be the fastest growing demographic in Austin, making up a total of 8 percent of the population. The purpose of AARC is to serve the greater community and we invite you to enjoy our spaces that are free and open to the public. The AARC features a ballroom, resource library, computer lab, intergenerational Community Garden, Community Meeting Rooms, commercial kitchen, community exhibits and display cases, and a Great Lawn. Visit the AARC website at austintexas.gov/aarc or on Facebook at for additional updates about the event.
Opening Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Blanton Museum of Art, “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” showcases the work of over 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. blantonmuseum.org. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Banger’s Oktoberfest, spanning nights of fun, dancing, eating, and Street, October 18 -20. For more bangersaustin.com.
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The Long Center and Austin Classical Guitar present Vicente Amigo, Sunday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., in Dell Hall. A transcendent performer, composer and producer, Amigo burst onto the major stages of flamenco while still a teenager. Since then, he has earned a shelf full of awards, including a Latin Grammy for Ciudad de Las Ideas (City of Ideas) in 2001. thelongcenter.org. The Texas Book Festival hosts about 250 authors each year and more than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend annually to enjoy readings, panel discussions, live music, local food, children’s activities, and more. This year’s event will be held October 27-28 around the grounds of the State Capitol building. For more information, please go to texasbookfestival.org. The Austin Symphony Orchestra presents a Halloween Children’s Concert Sunday, October 28. The show will introduce your children to the wonders and fun of live orchestral music as they wear their Halloween costumes and listen to this season’s featured piece from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel.” For ticket information, visit austinsymphony.org. Celebrate Halloween and pay tribute to those we have lost by coming together as a community at Planet K’s Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration Wednesday, Oct. 31, Kreig Softball Fields ( 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd ). The fireworks are free and open to the public. More details at planetktexasfireworks.com.
‘Reflections on a Legacy: East 12th Street’
The East Twelfth Street Merchants Association (ETSMA) and Souly Austin, a City of Austin Economic Development Department program, are hosting the premiere documentary screening of the archival film, “Reflections on a Legacy: East 12th Street,” on Saturday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. at Mission: Possible Austin, 1190 Chicon St. The screening, a special feature of the 3rd Annual East 12th Street Return and Discover Festival, launches the East 12th Street Living Archive initiative and serves as its initial installation. The archive will document the cultural history and heritage of the business district and the community’s archive will be housed at Huston-Tillotson University. “Reflections on a Legacy: East 12th Street” captures the powerful stories of three long-time East Austin residents—Volma Overton, Jr., Diane Gilmore Lang and Margaret Wright—as they reflect on their experience of the street as a center of commerce and culture for the African-American community. Their recollections impart how this historic business district profoundly influenced their lives growing up in East Austin and provides the context of the current conditions of the corridor for the community. The film was commissioned by ETSMA and curated and produced by Stephanie L. Lang, Funmi Ogunro and Rachel E. Winston. “Through personal accounts, archival images, and cinematography, ‘Reflections on a Legacy’ paints a moving and provoking account of East 12th street and the important role it played in the larger East Austin narrative,” said Winston. Austin City Council Member Ora Houston, representatives from HTU and ETSMA will kick-off the screening, followed by a discussion including the curators, artists, and representatives of the ETSMA. The Sounds of E. 12th Street, curated by Michael Corcoran and friends, will also play throughout the district. Other featured activities of the fest include an Acton Children’s Business Fair, Altatudes Fashion Showcase, performances by local artists, and food and drink specials. TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2018 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 11
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• Juegos • Dulces • Pintacaritas • Exhibición de una casa espeluznante • Recursos para la comunidad • Y mucho más Upcoming events: OCTOBER 19 & 20, 8:00 p.m. Happy Birthday, Lenny masterworks series at Long center’s Dell Hall music of Leonard Bernstein OCTOBER 27, 8:00 p.m. Oz with Orchestra The Wizard of Oz complete film with live orchestra at Long center’s Dell Hall
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