“A Discussion of Porn Culture” Slide Show

Date: September 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The group Decoding Porn is presenting “A Discussion of Porn Culture,” an interactive slide show about the increasing violence against women in mainstream pornography, the representation of women in the media, and how porn culture shapes the way both women and men are viewed and expected to act. This presentation includes sexually explicit and violent images, as well as discussions of sexual violence.

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Location: Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St., Austin, 78701

Forum on “Building Green Justice”

Date: September 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 am  to  4:30 pm

Huston-Tillotson University is sponsoring a forum on environmental equality in our community, featuring: a panel of community organizations, including Austin Youth Riverwatch, Cooperation Texas, and the Texas Campaign for the Environment, moderated by Dominique Bowman of HT; a presentation on environmental justice and Austin’s demographic shifts by University of Texas professor Eric Tang; a workshop on consensus building led by Rockie Gonzalez; and a workshop on community environmental information available online with the Environmental Protection Agency. HT students with Green is the New Black will give campus tours, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

More information and RSVP online.

Location: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin, 78702

El Salvador Sister Cities Speaking Tour

Date: October 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Catie Johnson, a U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities representative in El Salvador, and Edith Portillo, who works as the Coordinator of the Women’s Programs for the Association for the Development of El Salvador, will discuss significant developments in El Salvador, such as electoral transparency, youth work, violence and gangs, and improved medical services to women and people in rural areas.

For more information contact: Jennifer Long,

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin 78723

An Evening with Dan Barber on “The Third Plate”

Date: December 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:30 pm

Dan Barber will speak about his best-selling new book The Third Plate, which moves beyond farm-to-table to offer a revolutionary way of eating. Barber is co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY, also home to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit farm and educational center. His writing on food and agricultural policy has appeared in the New York Times; he has received multiple James Beard awards; and in 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Regular tickets are $40 ($30 for students), which includes reserved seating for music by Michael Fracasso at 7 pm and Barber’s presentation at 7:30 pm, and a post-show Farmers Market and book signing with Barber at 8:30 pm.

VIP tickets are $135, which includes a 6 pm reception with Barber featuring food from local chefs, drinks, and music; reserved mezzanine seating for the show; a signed copy of Barber’s book; and garage parking.

Information and tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, online or (512) 474-1221.

The evening is part of Edible Austin’s “Eat/Drink Local Week,” with proceeds benefiting the Paramount Theatre, Sustainable Food Center, and Urban Roots.

Location: Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701