Happenings

April 19-26


For more on these and other events this week, see Community Listings.


THURSDAY, APRIL 19

THE FRAGILE SUPERPOWER: CHINA IN THE 21ST CENTURY A talk from Susan Shirk, director of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. 3:30-5pm. UT campus, Batts Hall, Room 5.108. Free. www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/spring2007/shirk.php.

THE MEDIA & ISRAEL: FINDING COMMON GROUND Gary Kenzer (U.S. executive director for the British organization Honest Reporting) discusses media impact on public policy regarding Israel. 7pm. JCAA Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 735-8000. www.shalomaustin.org/heritage.


SATURDAY, APRIL 21

DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA TRAINING ACADEMY covers various strategies for communication, fundraising, targeting voters, online organizing, and recruiting and managing volunteers. 9am-6pm. UT campus, Sanchez building, Room 104. $60 ($30, students/low-income). www.dfalink.com/event.php?id=17118.

Saturday, April 14, Austin celebrated It's My Park! Day, as hundreds of volunteers spread throughout town to clean up and spruce up the city's dozens of parks, including these civic-minded folks at Brush Square Park at Fifth and Neches.
Saturday, April 14, Austin celebrated It's My Park! Day, as hundreds of volunteers spread throughout town to clean up and spruce up the city's dozens of parks, including these civic-minded folks at Brush Square Park at Fifth and Neches. (Photo By John Anderson)

LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA WALK You can either participate in the fundraising walk or donate money to someone else who's walking. 10am. Akins High School, 10701 S. First. www.firstgiving.com/lupustx.

AUSTIN GREEN ART EARTH DAY CELEBRATION features an extended-hours Austin Farmers' Market, an Earth Day Expo, conscious-art exhibits, a Solar Jam concert (see Music Listings), and more. Register online. 9am-9pm. Republic Square Park, Fourth & Guadalupe, 743-4245. Free until 4pm; $10, 4-9pm (Solar Jam). www.austingreenart.org.

ENERGY FAIR Get the real low-down on climate change and the city's efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions at this festival. 1pm. Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster, 928-0333.


SUNDAY, APRIL 22

CLEANING UP CAMPAIGN FINANCE A talk from Texans for Public Justice research director Andrew Wheat. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free.

REFUGEE SERVICES OF TEXAS FUNDRAISER Live music and silent auction. 6-9pm. Apple Bar, 120 W. Fifth. $5. daviesrst@yahoo.com.

SEN. JOHN KERRY talks about his new book, This Moment on Earth, which he co-wrote with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. Book-sale proceeds benefit the Save Our Springs Alliance. Noon. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. Free. www.bookpeople.com.

STOP THE COAL PLANT PARADE/POWER PLANT TOUR Join fellow Texans in Waco to protest TXU's biggest and dirtiest proposed coal plant (in Oak Grove). Noon-6:30pm. Heritage Plaza, Waco. www.stopthecoalplant.org.


MONDAY, APRIL 23

WHEN FUN ISN'T FUNNY: RACIST ENTERTAINMENT A lecture from University of Illinois professor D. Anthony Tyeeme Clark. 7pm. Thompson Conference Center, 26th & Red River, 471-1990. Free.


TUESDAY, APRIL 24

COMMUNITY MEETING regarding the Office of the Police Monitor, including its role in overseeing police-misconduct investigations. 6:30pm. Booker T. Washington Housing Development, 905 Bedford. Free.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

BARBARA JORDAN: UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR, POWERFUL VOICE, CHILD OF THE MANSE LBJ School of Public Affairs professor Max Sherman delivers the 12th annual George S. Heyer Jr. Lecture, followed by a reception and booksigning. 4pm. Shelton Chapel, 100 E. 27th (Austin Seminary Campus).

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR ECO-FOOTPRINT Part of a series of educational potlucks sponsored by the Sustainable Food Center, featuring guest speaker Susan Roothaan, who will teach you how to identify your environmental impact and change your lifestyle. Call to register. 6pm. Oak Springs Library, 3101 Oak Springs, 236-0074 x5. Free. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org.


THURSDAY, APRIL 26

ANNUAL HEMAN SWEATT SYMPOSIUM gathers legislators and educators to discuss this year's theme, the State of African-Americans in Texas, with featured speaker Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Thursday-Friday, April 26-27. UT Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto. Free (registration required for some activities). www.utexas.edu/events/hemansweatt.

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