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ARTS & CULTURE

MAY 2 | PEACE & JUSTICE DAY

Peace & Justice Day: From Jim Crow to Gentrification in Austin. Hosted by AADS Community Internship Course

Mon, May 2, 5:30pPM in the Gordon White Building (GWB 2.206).


FMI: web | email | tel: 512.471.1784

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MAY 4 | DIASPORA TALK WITH DR. LISA ZE WINTERS

Diaspora Talk with Dr. Lisa Ze Winters. Resisting the archive: Intimacy, privacy and diaspora in New Orleans


Wed, May 4, at 3PM in the Gordon White Building (GWB) 2.206, 210 West 24th Street.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.471.1784

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COMMUNITY

MAY 13 | DR. BOYCE WATKINS: 10 COMMANDMENTS OF BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWER

One of the leading black scholars in the world, Dr Boyce Watkins is on the forefront of leading a black economic revolution in America. Dr Watkins will be hosting an event called "The 10 Commandments of Black Economic Empowerment."

In this powerful event, Dr Watkins provides the blueprint for black prosperity, helping millions of African Americans learn the secrets to understanding how to control their wealth, guide their spending and keep money in their communities. During this event you will be able to ask Dr Watkins questions and he will lead a discussion on how to build your brand and move toward your financial objectives.

Dr Watkins has a PhD in Finance and has taught at the college level for over 20 years. He's also the founder of The Black Business School and The Black Wealth Bootcamp. You can learn more about Dr Watkins by visiting BoyceWatkins.com.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church Franklin Chapel 1817 E. M Franklin Blvd. Doors open at 6:30pm Tickets are $25.00

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.736.8055

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MAY 14 | COMMUNITY FIT-BLAST

Come on out and MOVE at the 3rd Annual Community Fit-Blast, set to take place from 10AM to 1PM at Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th St., Austin, TX. This event, featuring fitness instructor Jabari Warfield and Born Again Bodies, is FREE and open to the public.

The event purpose is to promote greater health and wellness in the East Austin community. Proceeds will benefit the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) health promotion programs such as Project Breast CARE,
Living Healthy on the Eastside and other worthy community initiatives.

The Fit-Blast is for ALL AGES. There will be Zumba, kid’s activities, chair exercise and MEN's fitness.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.222.7118

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

MAY 20 | JUSTIN MOORE

Skyline Theater Presents Justin Moore with special guest David Nail, May 20, 2016.

Arkansas native and 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore recently released his newest single, “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”This follows his second consecutive #1 album release with OFF THE BEATEN PATH. The project produced Justin’s fourth and fifth GOLD-certified #1 hits, “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.” Combined with two previous GOLD–certified albums, he’s sold over 7 million digital downloads. The Valory Music Co. recording artist has been featured on The Voice, Nashville, NFL Rewind, The Washington Post, People Country, Fox and Friends, USA Today and more. He has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations. Justin will join Brantley Gilbert’s TAKE IT OUTSIDE TOUR this summer.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.474.5664

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MAY 20 | ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT IN CONCERT

Producer, songwriter, and Blue Note Recording Artist Robert Glasper allows his developing affinity for pop, jazz rock and hip-hop to inform his musical sensibilities. With a unique fusion of R&B, Jazz, and Hip-Hop the Grammy-Award winning album, Black Radio, was heralded by the media outlets nationally and internationally.

The release of the movie MILES AHEAD, Don Cheadle’s wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis, will be accompanied by this new soundtrack featuring musical highlights from Miles’ career and new recordings overseen by Robert Glasper. This music score further exemplifies Glasper's remarkable skill as a producer and musician.Robert Glasper Experiment perform in concert Friday May 20th 8pm Trinity University Stieren Theater in San Antonio Texas.

FMI: web | tel: 210.223.8624

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MAY 21 | INTERNATIONAL NATURAL HAIR MEETUP DAY AUSTIN TEXAS

International Hair Meetup Day presented by made beautiful!

This event will be hosted by Carnecia Penson (Glam_gladiator) and Leticia Rivera-Clemente (naturalbeautee7)
International Natural Hair Meetup Day is an annual one-day event. Its purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day. Natural hair meetups are events designed to share information, techniques, inspiration and products to aid individuals in their natural hair journey.

This event will consist of the following:
Motivation and Inspiration for the natural hair community
Natural hair beauty bloggers
Swag bags
Great Vendors
Giveaways
Raffles
Q&A Discussions
Natural hair showcase for youth
Networking and more

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.689.8903

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MAY 26 | SIP & SLAY: PAINTING SERIES

Ladies, come and celebrate your inner Picasso at the Sip & Slay: Painting Series! Enjoy local bites & beverages as you slay your way through this 2 hour painting series. Connect with other vibrant women from #ATX and prepare to fulfill your #SquadGoals. You won't want to miss this opportunity to network & socialize with Austin's best--AND take home a one-of-a-kind piece that you've created! *Exclusive giveaways from some of Austin's freshest brands.*

{Bites & beverages are included in the ticket cost.}

#SipAndSlayATX

FMI: web | email

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MAY 28 | AWARD WINNING VIOLINIST ERIC STANLEY IN CONCERT

American violinist and composer, Stanley presents improvisational violin performances.

As of May 2015, his YouTube channel has more than 116,000 subscribers and over 16 million total views. See him Live for One Night Only at the Tobin Center For the Performing Arts in San Antonio.

FMI: web | email | tel: 210.779.2669

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PROFESSIONAL

MAY 2 | DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY

Attention small businesses of ALL TYPES (marketing, catering, cleaning, printing, etc.)! Are you taking advantage of the opportunity to sell your services to the City of Austin? Attend this workshop to learn how to use the City’s vendor portal and gain a better understanding of the City’s processes. City representatives will describe how to use the City’s vendor portal, Vendor Connection, and provide an overview of the procurement process. This will include information on the procurement models used, such as: Request for Quote (RFQ), Invitation for Bid (IFB), Invitation for Bid Best Value (IFBBV) and Requests for Proposal (RFP).

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 3 | HIGH-IMPACT MARKETING: 10 LOW-COST STRATEGIES FOR BIG SALES

High-Impact Marketing: 10 Low-Cost Strategies for Big Sales Returns provides practical, step-by-step instruction in how to use low-budget marketing techniques to get your message out to your customers on a regular basis, and watch sales revenue grow. Because your customers need to hear your message at least seven times to influence their buying decisions, low-cost marketing techniques help to stretch your marketing dollars and repeat your core message often enough to make an impact. This class is taught by a University of Texas Instructor and counts toward the 6 course requirement needed to earn your Business Success Skills Certification.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $40 fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 3 | SUPERVISORY EXCELLENCE

Supervisory Excellence plays a critical role in any organization's success. Many people are selected or choose to pursue a management role because they have mastered a particular set of skills for a job. Regardless of the reason, the additional responsibility and accountability of supervising requires a new or different skill set than your previous one. This course is designed to help you to better understand the full range of management responsibilities, learn what employees and other managers expect of you, and help you to assess your management style to make improvements that will help you to achieve personal and professional success.

Join us from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin | 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 5 | LEGAL LAUNCH WORKSHOP

The Legal Launch Workshop provides an overview of the business requirements to legally start a business in Austin including the necessary steps, documents, explanation of business structures, and registration procedures at the federal, state, and city levels. This workshop provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear presentations and interact one-on-one with experienced attorneys and government officials to ensure their business is setup properly.

Join us from 8:30AM - 12:30PM at ACC Highland Business Center, Room #201.1 | 6101 Airport Blvd.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 6 | ANGEL INVESTOR PITCH EVENT

The Small Business Program will be hosting its biannual Investor Pitch Event as a part of Small Business Festival. In partnership with the Texas Entrepreneur Network, this initiative aims to educate entrepreneurs on the fundamentals of identifying and attracting investors to their small business. Observe Austin-based small businesses execute live presentations to real investors.

Join us from 9:00AM – 12:30PM at the Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street. Validated parking in City Hall Garage (enter on Guadalupe Street) – bring parking ticket inside.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 11 | ARTIST INC WHAT WORKS WORKSHOP

What works for successful artists and musicians? Find out 10 easy rules at the Artist INC info session Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00 pm at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin. Seats fill up fast, so be sure to RSVP!

Applications are open for Artist INC May 2- June 27, 2016. This 8-week seminar in September- October provides tools and support for artists to achieve career success! Find out more visit: http://austintexas.gov/artistincatx
Free!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 17 | ARTIST INC ALUMNI PECHA KUCHA INFO SESSION

What is a Pecha Kucha anyway? Find out and more at our special Artist INC panel and alumni Pecha Kucha presentation night at the Dougherty Arts Center Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm.

Artist INC alumni will participate on a panel about how Artist INC impacted their creative career and share a Pecha Kucha style presentation about their art practice. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about Artist INC and other resources offered by the City of Austin's Small Business Program and the Dougherty Arts Center.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 24 | ARTIST INC WHAT WORKS WORKSHOP

What works for successful artists and musicians? Find out 10 easy rules at the Artist INC info session Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm at the Spicewood Springs Library Branch. Seats fill up fast, so be sure to RSVP!

Applications are open for Artist INC May 2- June 27, 2016. This 8-week seminar in September- October provides tools and support for artists to achieve career success! Find out more visit: http://austintexas.gov/artistincatx

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 1 | ARTIST INC WHAT WORKS WORKSHOP

What works for successful artists and musicians? Find out 10 easy rules at the Artist INC info session Wednesday, June 1 at 3:00 pm at the Cepeda Branch Library. Seats fill up fast, so be sure to RSVP!

Applications are open for Artist INC May 2- June 27, 2016. This 8-week seminar in September- October provides tools and support for artists to achieve career success!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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SPIRITUAL

MAY 6 | SOUL SESSIONS: SHATTERING THE MYTHS OF MENTAL HEALTH

Join us for #SoulSessions on Friday, May 6th as we #ShatterMyths of Mental Illness. The goal of this month's program is to raise Awareness, promote Acceptance and offer Aid to those who may need it. However, don't worry...there will still be captivating performances in the form of spoken word, song, and more as we explore the topic of mental health.

If you have never attended #SoulSessions before, it is designed for people who are in different stages of their walk with Christ. Anyone is welcome as we understand that there are #NoPerfectPeople! Whether you are just curious about God or have already made him an important part of your daily life, this event is for you! Complete with creative expressions, engaging conversation, fun and friends, these events are sure to keep you engaged and entertained.

#SoulSessions is held at Space 12 at 3121 E. 12th St, a unique building in the heart of East Austin.

Join us as we continue to #ShatterMyths at the last #SoulSessions of this semester! Tell a friend to bring a friend.

FMI: email

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MAY 28 | ELGIN PRAISE IN THE PARK

It's not a competition, it is just a good ole time in the Lord. Need something to do on Memorial Day Weekend? Why not come out to the Elgin Praise In The Park event. There will be Praise & Worship, dance and other talents. Prayerfully we will have some local food vendors and others as well. Come out...and help pass the word.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.945.3438

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FURTHER OUT

JUNE 5 | CHEF JACQUES PEPIN

The Long Center Presents, in partnership with the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, world-renowned Chef Jacques Pepin, June 5th in Dell Hall.

Jacques Pépin is world renowned as the host of his acclaimed and popular cooking programs on public television, and as a prolific author, respected instructor, and gifted artist. Pépin was awarded the highest honor by the French Government and holds the title of Chevalier de L’ordre National de la Legion D’Honneur.

FMI: web link |

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JUNE 11 | BOSTON

Skyline Theater Presents BOSTON with Dennis DeYoung, and the Music of Styx, June 11, 2016.

Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, BOSTON prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the extraordinary sound that is faithful to their studio recordings. BOSTON became an iconic classic rock fixture when they joined the music scene with their self-titled album in 1976.

With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock radio staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, Don’t Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.”

With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time. Fans can expect to hear all the classic songs they have grown to love, and will be treated to wild Hammond organ work, soaring harmony guitars, and exceptional vocal arrangements, as well as BOSTON’s unique visual stage presentation and plenty of extra-terrestrial sounds heard nowhere else on earth.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.474.5664

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JUNE 18 | TEXAS YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION

The most elite young composers Texas has to offer come together for one night to premiere their compositions for all of Austin to hear. These remarkable pieces of music will be performed by your Austin Symphony Orchestra under the baton of ASO Music Director Peter Bay.

You don’t want to miss this electrifying concert showcasing some of Texas’ talented young composers. Before each piece is performed, you’ll hear what the composer’s thought process was behind their composition. The ASO will then perform their piece live for the first time!

FMI: web link | tel: 512.474.5664

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JUNE 21 | IN THE SHADOW OF THE DOME: SLAVE LIFE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

On June 21 at 6:30pm, the Austin History Center invites you to 'In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin, Texas'. Andres and Juanita Tijerina, currently at work on an upcoming book by the same title, will speak about slave life and emancipation in Austin, as evidenced in the Travis County Slave Narratives that were recorded in the 1930s.

This program will serve to increase our understanding of the historical roots of the Juneteenth celebration. The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The Austin History Center is located at 810 Guadalupe Street.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7480

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JUNE 24 | URBAN CAMP WEEKEND

Whether you're looking to relax, network, make new friends or just mingle with other like-minded professionals, Urban Camp Weekend is for you.

Picture you and your friends at a house party or BBQ...now add a tent, a river, some games, food, sand volleyball, games, a DJ, surprise events, additional outdoor recreational activities and you have now successfully envisioned the best camping experience yet. Early sign-up and arrival is strongly encouraged...Enjoy!!! Stay tuned for the 2016 Agenda!

FMI: web link | email | tel: 214.577.8326

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JULY 26 | STEVE MILLER BAND

Skyline Theater Presents the Steve Miller Band, July 26, 2016.

Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ’60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music -­‐ and, indeed, society -­‐ could be in the years to come. Then, in the ’70s, Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was polished, exciting and irresistible -­‐ and that dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “Take The Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love,” among them. To this day, those songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio -­‐ and impossible not to sing along with. Their hooks are the very definition of indelible. Running through Miller’s distinctive catalog is a combination of virtuosity and song craft. His parents were jazz aficionados -­‐ not to mention close friends of Les Paul and Mary Ford -­‐ so, as a budding guitarist, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from that musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, eventually moving to Chicago, where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield. In recent years, Miller has immersed himself in the blues once again. And, as always, whether he was riding the top of the charts or exploring the blue highways of American music, he is playing and singing with conviction and precision, passion and eloquence, and making records that are at once immediately accessible and more than able to stand the test of time.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.474.5664

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SEPTEMBER 2 | URBAN EXCURSION WEEKEND TO ST. THOMAS

Urban Excursion Weekend is a fun filled island party where you can escape the monotony of everyday life while you island hop, indulge in some of the hottest themed parties and activities all while networking with Urban professionals.

You will also get a chance to explore the island and visit many duty free shops and malls where you can spend up to $1600 on items tax free. No where else is this offered. With a mix over 30 available excursions, tours and sites to choose from, Urban Excursion Weekend, will show you a new way to party!

FMI: web link | email | tel: 214.577.8326

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SEPTEMBER 18 | CASA SUPERHERO RUN

Run, walk or fly to the 2016 CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids 1K where you can be a superhero for children who've been abused or neglected. You choose what kind of superhero you will be: register for the race, donate to kids, fundraise for the cause, or do all 3!

Race day will feature our annual superhero costume contest, an obstacle course by BAM Academy to test your super strength and agility, special superhero guest appearances, villains to defeat, bounce houses, tasty food, amazing photo ops and lots of fun family activities!

CASA speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. The CASA Superhero Run helps nearly 2,500 children through the CASA programs of Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe & Hays Counties.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.539.2981

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OCTOBER 23 | NEEDTOBREATHE

Statesman Skyline Theater presents NEEDTOBREATHE with special guests Mat Kearney, Parachute and Welshly Arms, October 23, 2016.

NEEDTOBREATHE will celebrate “H A R D L O V E” with “TOUR DE COMPADRES 2016,” an epic US headline run with a stop at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on October 23. The second annual “TOUR DE COMPADRES” sees NEEDTOBREATHE bringing along some of their closest musical friends as support, including special guests Mat Kearney, Parachute, and Welshly Arms.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.474.5664

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