The City of Austin in partnership with the City's Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters will conduct a series of City Council Candidate Forums for the November 2014 single-member district election. Other forums in the series are: District 1, Sept. 4; Districts 4 & 7, Sept. 11; Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 15; Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 16; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 30; Mayor, Oct. 1.6-9pm.
The gaming arm of the Fantastic Fest is free and open to the public. A who's-who of independent games comes out to showcase their creations with scads of custom arcade cabinets and laptops loaded with fun. Panels and tournaments are littered throughout the four-day fest. The whole shebang concludes with a Barfcade contest, awards ceremony, and closing party. See their website for a complete schedule. Check out our interview with Kyle Reimergartin and Ben Esposito to get you hyped. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 18-21. Free.
In addition to being a Geshe (the highest degree of monastic training in Tibetan Buddhism), Geshe-la founded the Universal Compassion Foundation. As a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, and in his other work for peace and social justice, he’s a significant figure in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be speaking at various venues around town. See website for detailed schedule. Wed.-Sat., Sept. 17-20.
As part of the Social Impact of the Arts Project, Mark Stern is conducting a multi-city study to explore how arts and culture influence the economic and social well-being of urban neighborhoods. Come hear about SIAP’s multidimensional approach to well-being, some Philadelphia findings, as well as plans for Austin, one of the cities under study. 6:30pm.