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ARTS & CULTURE

FEBRUARY 14 | ARTIST INC ALUMNI EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION

The Artist INC Alumni Exhibition features artists who participated in the 2014/2015 Artist INC Live Austin program, a nationally-recognized arts entrepreneurship program offered by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Exhibiting artists include: Thomas Athey, Jess Bee, Cindy Debold, Autumn Ewalt, Valerie Fowler, Kelsey Jenkins, Lawrence Jolly, Kelli McDonald, Teruko Nimura, Mark Puente, Quinten Rhea, Daniel Rivera, Philip Rogers, Terri St. Arnauld, Liana Tomchesson, and Alison Young. This event is free and open to the public.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7700

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FEBRUARY 14 | THE MYTH OF BLACK INTELLECTUAL

Join KAZI 88.7 FM Book Review host Hopeton Hay for a discussion with Dr. Kevin Cokley about The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism on Sunday, February 14, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library, 1008 Pfluger.

Kevin Cokley is a Professor of Counseling Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies at the UT-Austin and the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. His research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.656.9576

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FEBRUARY 15 | DIASPORA TALK WITH QUINCY MILLS

Diaspora Talk with Quincy Mills

"Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America"

Mon, February 15, 2016 | Gordon White Building (GWB) 2.206, 210 West 24th Street

3:00 PM

FMI: web | tel: 512.471.1784

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FEBRUARY 16 | RIVERDANCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR AT THE LONG CENTER

The Long Center presents Riverdance: 20th Anniversary Tour, February 16-18 in Dell Hall.

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, which is celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show.

The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.

Tickets starting at $29

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.474.5664

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FEBRUARY 19 | BLACK WOMEN'S LITERARY SOCIETY BOOK CLUB

Folktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society will start our 24th year on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6pm at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina.

Our first book of the year is Leonard Pitts’ GRANT PARK.

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to expand your world – join us. We meet monthly to discuss works by African American authors. It is a chance to make new friends, expand your world and engage in great conversation.

FMI: email

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FEBRUARY 20 | CELEBRATE URBAN BIRDS AT ELISABET NEY MUSEUM

Come to the Elisabet Ney Museum on Saturday February 20 to learn more about our feathered friends, specifically those who also call cities home!

As you’ll learn, it’s a much richer community than you may expect. More than grackles and pigeons, from Warblers to Hawks, many can be found in an afternoon at a Certified Wildlife Habitat like the one at the Ney. Join experts from Travis Audubon as they lead us in an hourly bird count, part of a special program sponsored by Cornell University.

Become your favorite bird at our face painting booth! Construct an elaborate bird house from recyclable materials; recreate colorful feathers and clay bird feeders!

FMI: tel: 512.458.2255

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FEBRUARY 21 | EAST CENTRAL TEXAS DANCE HALLS

Join the Austin History Center and author Stephen Dean for a discussion of his new book, Historic Dance Halls of East Central Texas.

Dean will talk about the historic dance halls of Central Texas and their importance to our storied past and future. Stephen will bring archival and new photos of the halls, musicians, food, and culture surrounding this vast subject.

There will also be a live performance by Czech Melody Masters that will demonstrate the changing styles of music from the early days of Texas settlement. A book signing will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7480

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FEBRUARY 26 | THE PEOPLE'S GALLERY 2016 OPENING RECEPTION

The 2016 People’s Gallery exhibition features over 100 artworks from Austin-area artists and organizations. Enjoy artworks displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall, music in the Atrium, and light refreshments. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage; however, we encourage visitors to bike, walk, or ride the bus.

Visit the website for more information about the People’s Gallery.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7700

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FEBRUARY 29 | A SCREENING OF "BLACK AND CUBA"

For Black History Month, we've teamed up with Austin Public Libraries to screen a film that explores Black history, the present-day Black experience, and how we can shape the future of Black lives at home and abroad.

"Black and Cuba" is an award-winning documentary that follows street-smart Ivy League students, who are outcasts at their elite university. The students band together and adventure to the enigmatic Caribbean island of Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Their enthralling journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago reveals rarely seen aspects of Cuban life and allows them to discover connections between Cuban and American perspectives on human rights, race, and revolution. After the film, join us for a discussion exploring the themes raised by the students and their experiences.

Join us Monday, February 29, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library - 2200 Hancock Drive.

FMI: web | email

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MARCH 1 | LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO AND SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK

In 2014, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and leader JOSEPH SHABALALA – celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within this music are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual spirit that has touched a worldwide audience. Their musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people, organizations and countries.

In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge,and many others. Their film work includes a featured appearance in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker video and Spike Lee’s Do It A Cappella. They’ve provided soundtrack material for Disney’s The Lion King, Part II as well as Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America, Marlon Brando’s A Dry White Season, Sean Connery’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, James Earl Jones’ Cry The Beloved Country and Clint Eaastwood’s Invictus. A film documentary titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Sweet Honey In The Rock is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey’s audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/education/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and differing abilities.

FMI: web | tel: 512.457.5119

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MARCH 4 | THE LONG CENTER PRESENTS VOCALOSITY

The Long Center presents Vocalosity, March 4 in Dell Hall.

Vocalosity is the all-new live concert event that celebrates the wonder of the human voice from the creative mind of a cappella guru Deke Sharon (vocal producer for Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off). This fast-paced production features 12 dynamic voices singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements too incredible to miss.

No genre of music is off limits in the world of a cappella and Vocalosity will explore them all – from tenth century Gregorian chant and classic choral, to barber shop quartet and bouncing doo-wop all the way to The Beatles and Bruno Mars. Combine that with movement and choreography from Sean Curran (Stomp original cast member) and you have an exhilarating evening of song unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard, live on stage.

It’s the aca-perfect concert experience!

FMI: web | tel: 512.457.5119

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MARCH 5 | THE BEACH BOYS AT THE LONG CENTER

The Beach Boys are regarded as the most iconic American band and one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time, while AllMusic stated that their “unerring ability… made them America’s first, best rock band.”

The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have received one Grammy Award for The Smile Sessions (2011).

The Beach Boys return to Austin this March in their Long Center debut! Don’t miss the musical legends as they rock Dell Hall.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.457.5119

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MARCH 12 | CAROL BURNETT ON STAGE AT THE LONG CENTER

The Long Center presents Carol Burnett, March 12 in Dell Hall.

Carol Burnett, an award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film, and Broadway, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history.

FMI: web

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COMMUNITY

FEBRUARY 19 | NTUMA'PA FASHION DESIGN & APPAREL PRODUCTION SKILLS BOOT CA

RunWay Underground presents our winter 2016 NTUMA'PA Fashion Design & Apparel Production Skills Boot Camp Workshops 19 February - 8 March with Lead Guest Instructor Professor-Dr. Aziza Braithwaite Bey, PhD.

Early/Pre-Registration: thru 7 February. Late Registration: 8-13 February. A limited number of reduced fee scholarships available. Scholarship Application Deadline: 5 February.

NTUMA’PA Boot Camp is an 18 day intensive series of workshops open to emerging, established and experienced fashion designers, apparel technicians, stylists, curators, merchandisers, photographers, producers, and other fashion industry professionals of ALL ethnicities and levels!!!

More info about NTUMA'PA, the Boot Camp and to pre-register visit us online.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.650.8281

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FEBRUARY 19 | SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF “THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE

Film Screening and Discussion of “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer” at the Carver Museum - Boyd Vance Theatre from 6-8.

Screening and panel discussion with filmmaker Robin Hamilton in collaboration with the Carver Library.

FMI: email | tel: 512.974.3671

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FEBRUARY 20 | AUSTIN TRAILBLAZERS BRUNCH FEAT SUSAN L. TAYLOR

The Second Austin Trailblazers Brunch will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Westin Domain (11301 Domain Drive). This event is hosted by the Black Austin Democrats.

The Keynote Speaker will be Ms. Susan L. Taylor of National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor Emerita for Essence Magazine.

Brunch Honorees include: Ms. Lisa Byrd - Executive Director Black Heritage Cultural District , District Judge Brenda Kennedy, City Councilwoman Ora Houston, Ms. Cheryl Reese - Travis County Voter Registration Coordinator, and Ms. Ayana Flewellen - community volunteer/organizer.

Tickets are on sale now.

FMI: web | tel: 512.895.9556

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FEBRUARY 23 | TEXAS CASA CHAMPION RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

At the Champion Recognition Luncheon Texas CASA will recognize the Honorable Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott for their longtime efforts to improve the lives of children in Child Protective Services.

Join us in listening to former foster youth tell their stories. To purchase your ticket, please visit the website online.

FMI: web | email

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FEBRUARY 23 | TEXAS CASA CHILD WELFARE POLICY PRIMER

This year's Child Welfare Policy Primer will consist of two educational panels covering trauma-informed care and collaborative family engagement. The Child Welfare Policy Primer is designed to educate those in the child welfare community on important issues.

CASA volunteers, staff and board members as well as legislators, legislative staff, Child Protective Services staff, family court judges and attorney ad litems are all invited to attend this educational forum. To register for the free forum, please visit our website.

FMI: web | email

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FEBRUARY 26 | ST.EDWARDS UNIVERSITY BLACK EXPO

The Austin community is invited to join the students at St. Edwards Unive at a space where Black Businesses and organizations can meet and network with the Black Student and non-black Student population.

The Expo will be on Friday February 26th from 11am-2pm at St.Edward's University (3001 South Congress Ave) on Ragsdale Lawn. Vendors please contact us for space availability.

FMI: email | tel: 832.436.8501

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FEBRUARY 27 | FREE HOME BUYING CLASS

If you are thinking about purchasing a home now or in the near future this class may be helpful. If you do not understand the home buying process from beginning to end this class is exactly what you need!

Prepare to receive the best training from an experience agent with a wealth of resources for this market, as well as information from a respected lender. We find it is important for people to have as must knowledge as possible before making a life changing purchase. Free breakfast provided! Please RSVP. Spaces are limited. Call or email to get additional details.

FMI: email | tel: 512.417.7131

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FEBRUARY 27 | MANOR GIRLS MATTER! MOTHER/DAUGHTER CONFERENCE

Save the date for the Manor Girls Matter Mother/Daughter Conference to be held on Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Manor ISD Performing Arts Center.

All 6th - 12th grade girls and moms are invited to attend! This free event includes presentations regarding common issues that moms and daughters encounter and other topics that influence young girls.

This year's keynote speaker will be Manor High School Girls' Athletic Coordinator Jennifer Pillich. Additional sponsorship presentations will be made by GENaustin, SafePlace and Con Mi Madre. The Manor ISD Food Services department will attend the event and have a cooking exhibit promoting healthy food choices. In addition, a Zumba instructor will teach zumba movements to stay physically fit.

Girls and moms will also have the opportunity to get their hair, make up and nails done. All mothers/daughters are highly encouraged to RSVP to Joan Grace by Monday, February 22.

Light refreshments will be available!

FMI: email | tel: 512.278.4890

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MARCH 10 | LEGACY OF GIVING PRESENTS BLUE SKY LUNCHEON

Join us at the Blue Sky Luncheon on Thursday, March 10, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Four Seasons Austin to celebrate empowering children through philanthropy education and youth philanthropy programs to become
more engaged in improving their communities and world.

Enjoy this year’s Keynote Speaker: R.J. Mitte – an actor, model and philanthropist best known for his role as Walter White’s son, “Flynn” in the Emmy award-winning series “Breaking Bad”.

For more information about tables and sponsorship opportunities, visit our website.

FMI: web | email

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

MARCH 13 | THHIS WILL BE! AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIBUTE TO GREAT DIVAS

The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. takes time out to remember two legendary vocalists of jazz and R&B -- Natalie Cole and Phyllis Hyman. This will Be!...an evening filled with soft soul, gutsy R&B plus smooth and traditional jazz as Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield, Pamela Hart, Sondra Johnson and Valarie Scott pay tribute to these great singers with sweet melodies from the 70’s and beyond that will last our lifetime. This Will Be! An Unforgettable Tribute to Great Divas will be held on Sunday, March 13 at One World Theatre.

Tickets are $20, $30 and $35 plus fees, available online.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.258.6947

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PROFESSIONAL

FEBRUARY 16 | ROADMAP TO SUCCESS: HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

You would never start out on a long road trip with no directions, so why would you start your business with no map to take you where you want to go?

This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business. Upon completion, a business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation.

Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis. This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. Registration fee is $50.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 17 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM at the John Henry Faulk Central Public Library, 800 Guadalupe St.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 18 | ROADMAP TO SUCCESS: HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

You would never start out on a long road trip with no directions, so why would you start your business with no map to take you where you want to go? This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business.

Upon completion, a business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis. This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $50 registration fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 23 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Workforce Solutions - Lone Star Room, 6505 Airport Blvd.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 23 | SBA ACCESS TO CAPITAL - 504 PROGRAM

Financing session on SBA's Guaranty Loan Programs and the SBA 504 program provides long-term fixed rate financing for acquisition of land, buildings and equipment.

Join us from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 25 | USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS

Social media like Facebook and Twitter are not only a great ways for people to stay in touch with one another, they're also a great marketing tools when implemented well.

Businesses throughout the world want to use social media to: -Increase their brand image and awareness -Develop stronger customer relationships -Improve ROI This workshop is designed to familiarize you with social media itself, the do's and don'ts of social media, and best practices in social media.

Through discussion, application exercises, and case studies, participants will understand how to best employ social media like Facebook and Twitter to better position their businesses in their markets.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. Registration fee is $50.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 26 | QUICKBOOKS - INTERMEDIATE

This course is a more advanced look at how to use QuickBooks Pro to best meet your business' accounting needs.

This course covers these advanced topics: sales tax, payroll setup and processing, billable expenses, time tracking, budgets, estimates, sales orders and year end closing procedures using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. QuickBooks Pro is one of the most cost effective and best supported small business accounting software application on the market today.

This class will teach you how to use the more complicated features that QuickBooks can perform.QuickBooks 2015 software will be loaded onto the PCs provided for you during the class session. Software or Mac computers are not provided for students during this training session. You must already be proficient as a QuickBooks user in order to benefit from this QuickBooks Intermediate session. The Small Business Program also offers Introduction and Advanced QuickBooks classes.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $95 registration fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MARCH 12 | PLAY CASHFLOW 101 WITH FRIENDS

"At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence." - Dr. Booker T. Washington

Free Financial Education - Learn how our Grandparents did so much with so little. Cashflow 101 is a game that introduces people to investing unlike any other.

Come join us for this free event and have fun with family and friends.

- Learn the concepts that the rich know about money, concepts that do not teach you or a school or a university.
- You will learn to leave the "rat race" and that money work for you instead of working for money.
- You will learn to run "risk" investment is not risky when you know what it does. - Improve your CONTEXT related to money

Join us from 1p - 3:30pm on a Saturday, at the Virginia L Brown Recreation Center - 7500 Blessing Ave.

FMI: web

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SPIRITUAL

MARCH 12 | ATX GOSPELFEST & CD RELEASE CONCERT

The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. and My Praise Outreach, Inc. will host the ATX Gospelfest & CD Release Concert on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. James Episcopal Church, 1911 Webberville Road. The concert features The Levites Laboratory, Alesia Snipes Minnis, Dion Arnold and Anthony Snipes.

Tickets are $15 and available online.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.751.0715

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YOUTH

FEBRUARY 15 | ATX YOUTH SUMMIT 2016

The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. will host the ATX Teen Summit 2016 on February 15 at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Registration begins at 8:00 am.

The Summit is free to the public. The purpose of the ATX Youth Summit 2016 project is to provide an artistic learning experience for Austin youth between the ages of 8 and 18 by having them participate in the following activities;

1. Born Again Bodies – Health and Fitness
2. Music from Around the World
3. Dancing with Ballet Afrique and Ashe Academy
4. Let’s Make a Film
5. Women in Jazz Performance Workshop and Concert

Lunch and snacks are provided. Register online.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.258.6947

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MARCH 12 | ATX GOSPEL NOW MUSIC YOUTH WORKSHOP

The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. and My Praise Outreach, Inc. will host the 1st Annual ATX Gospel NOW Music Youth Workshop on Saturday, March 12, 10:00 am. at the Carver Museum and Culture Center, 1165 Angelina Street.

The Gospel Music Workshop is designed to bring churches together to strengthen their Music Ministry for effective worship and to educate the youth and young adults on the importance of keeping gospel music alive.

Presenters for this grand event are Minister Alesia Snipes Minnis, Pamela Parker, The Levite Laboratory, and Pamela Hart. The workshop will culminate with a concert featuring the youth and young adult choir, directed by Shedrach Rowry at the ATX Gospelfest Concert that night.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.751.0715

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FURTHER OUT

MARCH 18 | LEGENDARY GHETTO TWIINZ 20TH YEAR CELEBRATION

Legendary Ghetto Twiinz 20th year celebration concert with special Guest Artists, Lyrical Mindz Entertainment, Swaggd Out Boyz, Clay-Doh of TamaEntertainment, Ayo Princess, GStatKeedy, Young Sarge, and More.

March 18 & 19, 2016 3pm-11pm both days. Get your tickets online.



FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.554.7834

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MARCH 19 | PASSPORT TO AFRICA

Fashion show of various designers, stylist and vendors who will display their work through fashion.

March 19, 2016 from 1pm-10pm at the
Asian Resource Center, located at 8401 Cameron Road.

FMI: email | tel: 512.888.1250

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MARCH 19 | SECOND LINE MUSIC MARCH - BLACK LIVES MATTER AUSTIN

Black Lives Matter Austin will be having a Second Line Music March at SXSW starting at the historic Victory Grill on March 19th at 10:16 AM, yes, 10:16 AM for the 16 shots fired at Laquan McDonald. Be prepared to turn it up and bring the noise. Make sure to bring your musical instruments.

FMI: web link | email |

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MARCH 20 | 2016 INDIE MUSIC AT SEA CRUISE

2016 INDIE MUSIC AT SEA BLAQUELINE LIVE presents "Indie Music at Sea" a one-of-a-kind music and vacation experience featuring 7-days of music aboard the luxurious Carnival Magic cruise ship.

2016 will mark our first sailing dedicated to indie artists from around the globe. It is our plan to grow this annual event into a mega music vacation at sea, strictly for indie artists and music lovers alike. The 2016 cruise will have ports of call in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Cozumel, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. The Carnival Magic boasts some of the best music venues, lounges and events you can enjoy on one ship around the clock. BLAQUELINE LIVE will host theme nights and just an all around fun musical vacation at sea.

Get ready to visit beautiful tropical islands, jam out with the best indie artists AND network and meet some of the coolest fans. It's easy to see why BLAQUELINE LIVE is set to be the most anticipated annual event for indie artists. We hope to bring you a new experience every year.

Come join us on the Carnival Magic and experience the adventure for yourself! MARCH 20, 2016. DEPOSIT DUE10/22/2015.

FMI: web link | email |

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MARCH 23 | VICENTE AMIGO

The Long Center and Austin Classical Guitar present Vicente Amigo, March 23rd in Dell Hall.

Vicente Amigo is one of the most famous flamenco guitarists of all time. Austin Classical Guitar and the Long Center team up once again for this thrilling FlamencoAustin event. Since the beginning of our flamenco series, Vicente Amigo has been one of our most-requested artists, his troupe’s appearance in Austin will be epic. See you there!

FMI: web link | email |

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APRIL 9 | PLAY CASHFLOW 101 W FRIENDS

"At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence." - Dr. Booker T. Washington

Free Financial Education - Learn how our Grandparents did so much with so little. Cashflow 101 is a game that introduces people to investing unlike any other.

Come join us for this free event and have fun with family and friends.

- Learn the concepts that the rich know about money, concepts that do not teach you or a school or a university.
- You will learn to leave the "rat race" and that money work for you instead of working for money.
- You will learn to run "risk" investment is not risky when you know what it does. - Improve your CONTEXT related to money

Join us from 1p - 3:30pm on a Saturday, at the Virginia L Brown Recreation Center - 7500 Blessing Ave.

FMI: web link | email |

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APRIL 29 | THE LONG CENTER PRESENTS BLACK VIOLIN

The Long Center presents Black Violin, April 29th at 8:00 PM in Dell Hall.

Black Violin blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Accompanied by a drummer and a DJ, Black Violin (declared one of the hottest bands of SXSW), has been performing to standing room only crowds. Named after an album by African-American preeminent jazz swing-era violinist Stuff Smith Wil B and Kev perform an average of 200 shows per year and brought their music to 49 states and 36 countries. Black Violin recently inked a major label deal with Universal Classics, and were invited to perform at both TEDx and Google’s Meeting of the Minds event, Zeitgeist.

Black Violin has performed at the Presidential Inauguration Ball for President Barack Obama, NFL celebrations for three Superbowls,US Open at Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks, SXSW Opening Keynote performance, and for US troops in Iraq.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.457.5119

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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 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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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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