Becker Elementary Pachanga Dance Party

El John Selector will be your DJ, and Flamencura Music & Dance will show you how it's done. Crafts, photo booths, and some info on the local elementary school will help you cool down from the dance floor. 5-7:30pm. Free.

Becker Elementary, 906 W. Milton, 512/414-2019


Christianity: Good Or Bad for Mankind?

Dinesh D’Souza vs. Andrew Bernstein, aka conservative Christianity vs. atheism. Who will walk away with the trophy in this debate? 7-9pm. $30 ($8. students).

Hogg Auditorium, West 24th Street & Whitis Avenue, 949/485-1840


Citywide Work From Home Day

The Social Good Summit of Austin wants to get 10,000 cars off the road for a day to take one small step in improving air quality in our city. (Maybe run the plan by your boss first, just to be safe.)


Dinesh D'Souza vs. Andrew Bernstein

"A top Christian intellectual will debate a top Objectivist intellectual on the nature and value of Christianity." Brought to you by the Objective Standard and the UT Objectivism Society. 7-9pm. $30 ($8, students; $5, livestream).

Hogg Auditorium, West 24th Street & Whitis Avenue, 512/471-1444

www.theobjectivestandard.com/events/dsouza-bernstein.asp, cbiddle@theobjectivestandard.com

Forever Jung

It's all Jung Jung Jung with these guys. Well, they are the Jung Society after all. This month they decode the American psyche through myths. 7pm. $15 ($8. students).

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 553-3784


Gulf Coast Grape-Grower Field Day

This annual meeting will offer presentations by experts on topics of great interest to Texas wine-grape producers. It includes morning and afternoon seminars, a catered lunch, and a meet-and-greet wine reception with vendor booths. Preregister online or the day of the event. 8:30am-5pm. $30.

Agriculture Society Hall, 13035 Hall Rd., Cat Spring, 281-855-5608


IndieCade Annex

IndieCade Annex

Get psyched for the International Festival of Independent Games in NYC with this chance to check out a handful of games that fall under this month's theme: Love. Naturally there will be a multiplayer gaming lounge for group loving. 8-11:30pm. Free.

1310 Broadmoor


Jigglewatts Burlesque: Secret Rendezvous

The shimmying troupe does what its name implies. Fridays through Feb. 22, 8 & 11pm. $20-25.

Maggie Mae's, 323 E. Sixth, 512/478-8541


Manos de Cristo All You Need Is Love Gala

This elegant affair touts a gourmet meal, live music, dancing, and a live auction in an effort to raise funds for Manos de Christo's community services. 7pm. $100 and up.

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 477-7454


Speakeasy Soiree

Come dressed to break the law of Prohibition with casino games, silent auctions, and, of course, drinking. Proceeds to to the Texas Child Study Center Endowment at the Dell Children's Medical Center. 7:30-11:30pm. $50.

Max's Underground, 207 San Jacinto


Spiritual Discussion

Discuss spirituality, religion, or the lack thereof at these casual, weekly meet-ups. Fridays, 6:30pm. Free.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 453-0331


Texas Hill Country Wineries Kickoff Tasting

The first Friday of the monthly Texas Hill Country Winery Trail kicks off at Woodrose Winery where guests can sample wines from as many as 10 area wineries as well as culinary offerings from chef Ross Burtwell of Cabernet Grill. Purchase tickets online or at the door. 6-8pm. $30 ($25, advance).

Woodrose Winery, 622 Woodrose Lane, Stonewall, 830/644-2539


Texas Sustainable Farming Conference

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts this conference to bring practical information to consumers and producers alike, on everything from product labeling to urban homesteading. Keynote speaker is Jim Hightower. $90-$165.

Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 New Airport Dr., 512/385-6767



This anime and Japanese pop culture convention is for folks 18 and over, so we can only assume there's going to be some of that naughty anime going on. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 8-10. $35.

Wingate Inn, 1209 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/341-7000



Barton Springs Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Austin's favorite swimming hole. All you have to do is download the audio files and map from the Save Our Springs Alliance website, and off you go.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080


Central Market Cooking School

Whether you need to brush up your knife skills or throw together a romantic Thai dinner for two, these guys have you covered year round with an eclectic array of classes spanning all skill levels.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000


Community Tax Services

Foundation Communities is providing free tax-preparation services to income-qualifying individuals and households this spring, and it's also offering low-fee refund-anticipation loans. See www.communitytaxcenters.org for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.

2600 W. Stassney

Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.



Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


Helping Hands Center

needs strong, dependable males to help load/unload groceries twice monthly.

Helping Hands Center, 1151 San Bernard St., 472-2298

Human Potential Center

Join the various gatherings throughout the month. Events range from explorations of meditation practices to discussions of film to dream interpretation. Go online for a complete schedule of meetings.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988


Travis County Sheriff Volunteers

Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.