It's a powerhouse tour de force! A superstar lineup! David Bernsen! Tom Ramsey! Sherry Boyles! Who? Okay, sometimes it's easy to forget the down-ballot candidates, but they're still running for important seats. Maybe the name Marty Akins rings a bell: He used to play football for the Longhorns, and earlier this campaign season was running for governor. Now he's the Democratic nominee for comptroller; Bernsen, land commissioner; Ramsey, agriculture commissioner; and Boyles, railroad commissioner. The Texas Democratic Party wants you to "celebrate our Democratic downballot dynamos!!" Friday, Aug. 16, 6-8pm, at the Radisson Hotel (at the corner of Congress and Cesar Chavez). Tickets range from $25 to $250, with proceeds going to the Texas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. RSVP the Texas Democratic Party at 478-9800. -- L.N.
Last week Mayor Gus Garcia proclaimed Saturday, Aug. 17, Deep Eddy Day, in honor of the historic Eilers Park pool. To celebrate, the Friends of Deep Eddy are sponsoring an event to honor the hundredth anniversary of the opening of Deep Eddy Bathing Beach. The festivities include music by local bands Descartes' Belief and Poeta, speeches by local politicians, entertainment by the Austin Angelfish synchronized swimming team and Fire by Jenny and Adam fire spinners, and more. (Not to mention swimming.) 6-10pm. A minimum $2 donation is requested; all proceeds will benefit the restoration of the historic Deep Eddy bathhouse.
Speaking of gubernatorial candidates, Green Party nominee Rahul Mahajan will discuss his latest book, The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism, Sunday, Aug. 18, 4-6pm, at 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. in the LCRA Hancock Building Conference Room. With the Travis Co. Libertarian Party as sponsors, this is a minor-party collaboration of sorts. Call 413-5928 for more info.
For ardent free-marketeers: A Bill of Rights Rally will take place Sat., Aug. 24, 1-3pm, at Wooldridge Square next to the Travis Co. Courthouse. Speakers include Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Scott Jameson; Republican Travis Co. Commissioner nominee Mike Hanson, Peggy Venable of Citizens for a Sound Economy (presumably to present CSE's version of the recent textbook wars), and others. Call 799-8200 or visit www.badnarik.org/rallyflyer.html for more info.
After a 20-year absence from Austin, MIT linguistics professor and noted U.S. foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky will be the keynote speaker at the Texas Civil Rights Project's 12th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner, Oct. 19 at the Red Lion Hotel. A 7pm dinner will follow a 6pm reception. Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston will emcee, and activist and former legislator Sissy Farenthold will introduce Chomsky. For ticket info, go to www.texascivilrightsproject.org or call 474-5073.