12 Years A Slave - A Public Roundtable & Discussion

Roundtable discussion of the debate around Steve McQueen's film. 5pm. Free.

UT Austin, Texas Union Building, Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502)

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.

Beauty Goes Red

Wear red for the American Heart Association and enjoy beauty and pampering from a bevy of local companies along with some accessory shopping. 6-9pm. $10.

CAAAD Lunar New Year Celebration

The Capital Area Asian American Democrats honor local activists and legislators with awards while also honoring the Year of the Horse with food and cultural performances. 6-8pm. $10.

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700

Commercial Recycling Lunch & Learn

Austin Resource Recovery trains property owners and managers on new Universal Recycling Ordinance requirements. noon-1pm. Free.

City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-1884

Concordia University's Conversations With… Speaker Series

Brand Inclusion CEO Donna DeBerry talks about marketing and branding for diversity. noon. Free.

Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University, 512/313-5302

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 Congress, 512/936-8746

First Thursday

Music, food, and shopping. Free.

South Congress

Pedal-Powered Machine Workshop

Learn about turning that beat-up bike into a useful machine and see how these inventions are helping Mexican and Central American communities. Thu. & Fri., Feb. 6 & 7, 6-9pm; Sun., Feb. 9, 11am-5pm. Free.

Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd., 512/524-5299

Rock Ball With Blue October

Dress in "punk cocktail" attire and enjoy an acoustic performance from platinum-selling artists Blue October. Proceeds go to the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 6:30-11:30pm. $115-150.

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/330-9500

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

We Got Hoodwinked: The Problem Is Drug Policy, Not Drugs

Dr. Carl Hart speaks about the myths behind the war on drugs. 7-9pm. Free.

St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd.

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