Happenings

September 13-19


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FRIDAY 14

BILL CLINTON The former president stops in Aus­tin to talk about his new book, Giving. 11am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. Vouchers available in-store, for free, with $27.01 purchase of the book. www.bookpeople.com.

DIEZ Y SEIS WEEKEND KICKOFF LUNCHEON Join Mexican Consul General Rosalba Ojeda, City Council Member Mike Martinez, and others in the historic Republic Park. Learn the history of the area and its ties to Austin's Hispanic heritage while you eat and enjoy live music. 11am-2pm. Republic Square Park, Fourth & Guadalupe, 974-6700. Free.

SATURDAY 15

AUSTIN IMPEACH & PEACE MEGA MARCH & RALLY Bring noisemakers and banners for this rally – in conjunction with the sister rally in Washington, D.C., – calling for a City Council resolution in support of impeaching the president. 2pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. www.austinimpeach.org.

MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER GRAND OPENING The long-awaited Hispanic community center and arts hub celebrates its grand opening. Events kick off with talks from the architects involved in the long process that resulted in this cultural gem, and festivities continue with tours, exhibits, and performances all day long. 11am-10pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., 478-6222. www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/macc_index.htm.

TREASURE CITY THRIFT FUNDRAISER With fire-spinning, dancing, and music from Benko, Many Birthdays, and DJ Dr. Bullet, this fundraiser benefits grassroots resource TCT, suffering from a recent catastrophic fire. 9pm-2am. Rhizome Collective, 300 Allen, 775-0800. $5-10. www.rhizomecollective.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: ACCESSIBILITY INTER­NET RALLY invites volunteer teams of Web professionals to compete in building accessible, standards-compliant websites for area nonprofits. Winners will compete in a tri-city tournament to see who has built the most accessible site in Texas. www.knowbility.org/air-austin.

SUNDAY 16

HONOR CEREMONY FOR CHOCTAW CODE TALK­ERS The Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I were the predecessors to the more well-known Navajo who communicated in code during World War II. Today, the Code Talkers' families will receive Lone Star Medals of Valor in honor of these pioneering achievements. A special exhibit will be dedicated in their memory, as well, followed by a reception. 2pm. Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th, 782-6242. Free. www.agd.state.tx.us.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM SERIES: AUSTIN POLICE CHIEF ART ACEVEDO Learn about Austin's new police chief from the man himself. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.

MONDAY 17

NFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS DEVEL­OP­MENT CONFERENCE & EXPO Local businesses that deal with technology are invited to learn about business-development services, minority- and women-owned certification, becoming a city vendor, and more at this city-sponsored conference. 8am-4pm. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Confer­ence Center, 10100 Burnet Rd. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/it_expo.

PUBLIC HEARING: CAPITAL METRO FARE INCREASE Tonight's meeting is your final chance to give input on the new proposal for increasing the bus fare from 50 cents to $1. See www.capmetro.org/fares.asp for more. 5pm. Capital Metro Administration Building, 2910 E. Fifth (along the Silver Dillo line and bus routes 17 and 300).

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN & ACADEMIC FREEDOM UT journalism professor Robert Jensen leads this discussion of why Finkelstein, a scholar and activist known for his critical positions on Israel, lost his tenure at DePaul University last June. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free.

TUESDAY 18

MICHAEL OLIVAS University of Houston Law Center director discusses and signs copies of his book "Colored Men" and "Hombres Aqui": Hernandez v. Texas & the Emergence of Mexican American Lawyering. Noon-1:30pm & 6-7:30pm. UT campus, Texas Union, Santa Rita Suite. www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas.

THURSDAY 20

CONSTITUTION CELEBRATION Learn about the U.S. Constitution, and join a lively debate and discussion about the rights it dictates. 6-8pm. ACC Eastview, 3401 Webberville, 223-5173. www.austincc.edu/cppps/news.php#constitution.

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