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CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVALblack-film-festival

Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez; August 25 – August 28

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors or films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF attracts a multicultural audience of filmmakers, artists, industry professionals and film lovers from around the world.

 

GOOD FIGHT (FREE COMEDY)

New Movement Theater, 616 Lavaca St.

Wednesdays, 9:30, FREE

Let Good Fight save your week by joining us at TNM every Wednesday night @ 9:30 for free beer (sometimes) & free laughs with their unique brand of fast, high-energy, no-rules improv comedy. Come check out these spitfires as they set out to conquer Wednesdays for the good of all mankind.

Yesterday’s news

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Happy birds at the Moody Gardens

1942    The Moody Foundation was established under a trust indenture by William Lewis Moody, Jr., and his wife, Libbie Shearn Moody, as a private charitable foundation for the benefit of the people of Texas. The foundation gives grants to qualifying organizations in the areas of education, health, arts and humanities, physical life and social sciences, religion, and community and social services. In recent years, special emphasis has been given to historical restoration, the performing arts, and medical research. From 1960 through 1984, the foundation committed more than $143 million. By the mid-1980s foundation assets were in excess of $320 million.

 

Texas now and then

This week in the Hill Country

PETER MAX IN AUSTIN AUGUST 20-21peter-max-stamp

Russell Collection Fine Art, 1137 W. Sixth St.

August 12 – August 21

Friday Afternoon Picker Circle W/ Hayden Whittington

Luckenbach; August 19, 1:00pm

Open Unplugged Acoustic Jam

Yesterday’s news

1850s    Czechs from Moravia and Bohemia immigrated to Texas in the 1850s and established the town of Praha, where in 1890 they built a church that became the mother parish for surrounding communities. When Czechs from Central Texas gather in Praha on August 15, Mass is celebrated in the historic church, which is Czech in architectural style, Czech food is served, and Texas Czech bands play music for dancing throughout the evening. Another popular Czech festival is Westfest, held each Labor Day weekend in West.

hurricane-alicia1983    Hurricane Alicia August 15–21. Damage, primarily in the Galveston and Houston areas, was estimated at $3 billion. Thirty-two tornados resulted from the 130-mile-an-hour winds, eighteen people were killed, and 1,800 were injured.