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Answers About the New Health Insurance Landscape

Not sure if you should be thanking or cursing Obama and his new health insurance plan? Get your questions answered and maybe even get yourself signed up. Go online for times and locations. Free.

www.insurecentraltexas.org

Baratunde Thurston Talk

Cultivated Wit co-founder and bestselling author speaks as part of UT's J-school centennial celebration. 3:30pm.

Belo Center for New Media, 2.106, 300 W Dean Keeton

Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

www.thestoryoftexas.com

First Thursday

Music, food, and shopping. Free.

South Congress

Juegos Rancheros

Juegos Rancheros

Your local indie game collective shows off the cutting edge of game design every month. This week they have the interactive A/V beauty of Panoramical. Afterward is possibly the first unofficial SXSW party: the Bang Pop! Pre-Party with Whiite Walls, Corguroi, Swelta, Zorch, Flying Turns, and Roger Sellers. 7pm. Free.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.juegosrancheros.com

PeopleTalk With Dan Graham Of BuildASign

Dan Graham discusses his road to success. 11:30am. $15.

Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/222-1006

www.peoplefund.org/peopletalk

Rodeo Austin

Rodeo Austin

Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

www.rodeoaustin.com

Shop for International Women's Day

A portion of your purchases goes to nonprofits serving the fairer sex. Events and speakers will be in the store to keep you motivated and informed. Through Fri., March 7.

Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 512/440-0440

www.tenthousandvillages.com/austin

Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

www.socialcyclingaustin.org