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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM DISTRICT 9

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.austintexas.gov/event/city-council-candidate-forum-district-9

Fantastic Arcade

Fantastic Arcade

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.

The HighBall, 1142 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

www.fantasticfest.com/arcade

Geshe Thupten Phelgye

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.

Various locations

www.drdavidzuniga.com/geshe-la-in-austin.html

Imagine Austin Speaker Series: Mark Stern

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.

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron

www.austintexas.gov/event/imagine-austin-speaker-series-mark-stern

Science Under The Stars

Rachel Wright discusses the importance of coral reefs and the variety of factors leading to their decline. 7:30-10pm. Free.

Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.

www.scienceunderthestars.org

The Contest: A Seinfeld Quiz About Nothing

It's a Festivus miracle! So grab five of your fellow fans to help you proclaim your trivia dominance. Binge watching? Absolutely nothing wrong with that. 8pm. $5.

Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress, 512/707-0237

www.facebook.com/events/324676434366124/

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

ONGOING

PARD Main Office Call for Names

90-day period for public comment begins.

www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation

Zilker Park Clubhouse Call for Names

90-day period for public comment begins. Contact Victor Ovalle.

512/974-6745