DESIGN VOICE KICKOFF brings architects and Austinites together to discuss housing advocacy and community building (see "Naked City" for more). 6-7:30pm. Center for Arch­itecture, 801 W. 12th.

CENTRAL WEST AUSTIN LAND USE PLAN­NING WORKSHOP 6:30-9pm. LCRA Red Bud Facility, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 974-2857. Free.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SUMMIT Thu.-Fri., Jan. 29-30. McCombs School of Business. $75.

TULIA DOC SCREENING Join Nate Blakeslee, author of Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, for a discussion and screening of the new documentary Tulia, Texas. 7pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., 478-6222.



FROM SILENT SPRING TO SILENT NIGHT Award-winning biologist Tyrone Hayes (pictured) on the effects of agricultural chemicals on frogs and the implications for humans. Activities/exhibit at 5:45pm, lecture at 7pm. UT campus, Welch Hall, Rm. 2.224, 779-2102. Free.

LAND, AIR, & WATER CONCERT/SILENT AUCTION benefits the Green Corn Project, the Colorado River Foundation, and Environment Texas. 4-8pm. Patagonia, 316 N. Congress, 320-8383.


ETHICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTIN Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger discusses environmental issues facing the Texas Legislature. 10am. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 835-9008. Free.

TEXANS AGAINST REAL IDS MEETING 3pm. Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe Ste. B (downstairs), 480-2503. Free.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM The deputy director of the Texas Freedom Network discusses the debate over the science curriculum in Texas public schools. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free.


ECOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE SERIES Learn about local and national environmental issues and their effects on local water policy. Noon. Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th. Free.

IMMIGRATION SPEAKER SERIES UT clinical law professor Denise Gilman and Che Lopez of the Southwest Workers Union discuss the increase in migrant deaths and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. 6pm. Resistencia Book­store, 1801 S. First, 416-8885.

MOVIE & DISCUSSION Director Michelle Garcia screens her film Tell 'Em Who You Are: In Defense of Land and Family, followed by a discussion about the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 7-10pm. Thompson Conference Center, Red River & Dean Keeton, 471-2933. Free.

WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS ROAST Reps. Valinda Bolton, Dawnna Dukes, Donna How­ard, and Diana Maldonado better check their egos at the door. 6-8pm. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 S. I-35, 590-1527. $65 ($45, members).


AUSTIN ENERGY TOWN HALL MEETING Discuss AE's plan for meeting electricity demands through 2020. 6:30pm. Assembly Room, 721 Barton Springs Rd.

ENGAGE SPEAKER SERIES Local experts discuss the emergence of Austin's entertainment districts. 7:30-9am. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones. $25 ($20, members).


JUNTO IN AUSTIN meets to discuss Thomas Friedman's latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. 6:30-8:30pm. Howson Library, 2500 Exposition.

RAGBLOGAPALOOZA The Melancholy Ramblers play this benefit concert to support local progressive bloggers at the Rag Blog. 6-9pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 474-1958. Donations appreciated.



POVERTY ROUNDTABLE focuses on employment and working toward self-sufficiency. Call or e-mail to RSVP. 8:30am-1pm. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa, 646-1277.


CONFERENCE ON LATIN AMERICA Thu.-Sat., Feb. 5-7. Thompson Conference Center, Red River & Dean Keeton, 471-2933. Free.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COM­MIS­SION MEETING Help determine Austin's funding priorities for the 2009 fiscal year. For more info, see 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220.

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