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. www.realcommunity.ning.com.
CENTRAL WEST AUSTIN LAND USE PLANNING WORKSHOP 6:30-9pm. LCRA Red Bud Facility, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 974-2857. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/central_west_austin.htm.
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SUMMIT Thu.-Fri., Jan. 29-30. McCombs School of Business. $75. www.utsummit.com.
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. www.esi.utexas.edu.
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. www.patagonia.com/austin.
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. www.esoa.org.
TEXANS AGAINST REAL IDS MEETING 3pm. Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe Ste. B (downstairs), 480-2503. Free. www.beatthechip.org.
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. www.cityofaustin.org/water/cer2.htm.
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. www.resistenciabooks.com.
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). www.nwpc-tx.org.
AUSTIN ENERGY TOWN HALL MEETING Discuss AE's plan for meeting electricity demands through 2020. 6:30pm. Assembly Room, 721 Barton Springs Rd. www.austinsmartenergy.com.
ENGAGE SPEAKER SERIES Local experts discuss the emergence of Austin's entertainment districts. 7:30-9am. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones. $25 ($20, members). www.leadershipaustin.org.
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. www.theragblog.blogspot.com.
HERITAGE/WINDSOR HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD BRAINSTORMING SESSION 6:30-8:45pm. Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg.
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. www.caritasofaustin.org.
CONFERENCE ON LATIN AMERICA Thu.-Sat., Feb. 5-7. Thompson Conference Center, Red River & Dean Keeton, 471-2933. Free. www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/conferences/ilassa_09/index/.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEETING Help determine Austin's funding priorities for the 2009 fiscal year. For more info, see www.cityofaustin.org/housing/conplan_09-14.htm. 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220.