Be There, Love Them

Screening of the Townes Van Zandt doc Be Here to Love Me to benefit the Austin Bat Cave

Be There, Love Them

We're big fans of the Austin Bat Cave, the West Lynn-based literacy nonprofit that offers tutoring and arts programs for kids. ABC's mission statement is to connect "a diverse population of young writers and learners with a vibrant community of adult volunteers" who are working professionals culled from the local arts and media scene.

Past volunteers have included Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Texas Monthly's Editor in Chief Jake Silverstein, and yours truly, which means we can say from first-hand experience and with absolute authority that in addition to saying the darnedest things, kids also see the world in ways that are disarming, delightful, and a bonkers kind of brilliant, and they should be encouraged and nurtured at every turn to continue doing just that. Which is exactly what the Bat Cave has been doing.

But this sort of laudable enterprise doesn't pay for itself. To that end, the Bat Cave is teaming up with the Austin Film Society to throw a fall fundraiser on Sept. 10. The evening kicks off with an Alamo Ritz screening of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, to be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Margaret Brown and then closed out with a party at the Paradise Bar at 9pm.

Advance tickets and more info can be found at

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Austin Bat Cave
'Ice' and Slice
'Ice' and Slice
Carnival o' Pizza and Rick Moody on the horizon

Kimberley Jones, Nov. 18, 2011

Push! Push!
Push! Push!
Austin Bat Cave thisclose to Kickstarter goal

Kimberley Jones, Nov. 9, 2011

More by Kimberley Jones
We Have an Issue: Getting Into the Weeds
We Have an Issue: Getting Into the Weeds
Celebrate 420 with our dive into Luck Presents, cannabis culture and reform, and some locally made CBD products to mellow you right out

April 16, 2021

We Have an Issue: The Revolution Will Be Embroidered
We Have an Issue: The Revolution Will Be Embroidered
In this week’s cover story, Jessi Cape explores the resistance potential in cross stitch

April 9, 2021


Austin Bat Cave, Margaret Brown, Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, Jake Silverstein, Will Sheff

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle