Happenings

May 8-14

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Thursday 8

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: A CONVERSATION with District Court Judge Charlie Baird, Assistant D.A. Gary Cobb, defense attorney Keith Hampton, and you. 7pm. First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville. Free. www.pflame.org.

CAUSES OF IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION Learn how NAFTA and other economic policies have fueled immigration. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free. www.workersdefense.org.

FREE ELECTION DAY RIDES FOR SENIORS: DEADLINE TODAY Call or e-mail today to schedule your free Lone Star Cab ride, and get yourself to the polls on May 10. 836-4900. skassa1@sbcglobal.net.

Friday 9

CONSIDERING DEMOCRACY: 8 THINGS TO ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE Filmmaker Keya Lea Horiuchi asked people all over the world what they thought of the U.S. and made a documentary about it. Don't miss this week's screenings, attended by Horiuchi herself: 7pm, Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe; Sat. May 10, 7pm, BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar. www.consideringdemocracy.com.

IMMIGRATION & EDUCATION CONFERENCE Dis­cuss immigration and how it affects students and families. 9am-4pm. St. Edward's, Jones Auditor­ium, 3001 S. Congress. Free. www.austincc.edu/immigrat.

Saturday 10

COFFEE BREAK FOR FAIR TRADE Meet people whose lives have been changed by a living wage in undeveloped countries. 2pm. Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 440-0440.

DAY WITHOUT VIOLENCE RALLY FOR PEACE Join students of Lanier High School in learning about violence in our community and bringing it to an end. 11am-3pm. Lanier football field, 1201 Payton Gin.

ELECTION DAY Go vote already! (See austinchronicle.com/election for election news, Chronicle endorsements, and past weeks' riveting play-by-plays on school bonds, ACC/AISD trustees-to-be, and your rascally City Council candidates.) www.ci.austin.tx.us/election.

Sunday 11

HONORING MOTHERS OF SOLDIERS Join Code Pink as they pay tribute today to the mothers of soldiers who have been lost to war. 4pm. Pfluger Pedes­tri­an Bridge, Lamar & Riverside. www.codepinkaustin.com.

ISRAEL @ 60 COMMUNITY FESTIVAL A celebration of Israel's independence, featuring rides, games, entertainment, exhibits, and more. Noon-4pm. Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart, 735-8030. Free. www.shalomaustin.org/festival.

MONday 12

XOFA ECO-VILLAGE PRESENTATION & DISCUS­SION Learn about the XOFA environmental reforestation project. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 586-8749. Donations appreciated.

TUEsday 13

FAITH & FREEDOM Join a rally at the Capitol to learn about poverty in our community at 5pm, then join the Rev. Jim Wallis at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca) at 7pm, for a talk on building social movements. Free (Wallis speech, $5). www.tfn.org.

FAREWELL PARTY FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR CHRIS ELLIOTT 6-9pm. The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 542-9744. $35. www.theoldschool-austin.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING PUBLIC HEARING Bring your thoughts on the General Bond Housing Program. 6:30pm. 1000 E. 11th, 974-3045.

Wednesday 14

CAMPAIGN AGAINST TORTURE A talk from Bonnie Tamres-Moore on the U.S. role in torture around the world. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.

STEPHEN IS ONE IN A MILLION Join local music luminaries in honoring longtime Austin Chronicle writer and Your Style Avatar Stephen Moser. 6pm-2am. Antone's, 213 W. Fifth. $25. www.antones.net.

ONGOING

DEATH PENALTY DOCUMENTARY At the Death House Door, a film that follows the Rev. Carroll Pick­ett, a chaplain for more than 95 executions, screens around town this week. See www.tcadp.org for times and dates. 258-6480. $5 suggested donation.

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