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Be There, Love Them

By Kimberley Jones, September 2, 2009, 3:05pm, Under the Covers

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

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