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AFTERWORD Austin IT SEEMED, on first inspection, like a workable paradise. Not the glitzy kind some mountaintop city of gold with rubies inlaid in every door knob and diamond-studded bathroom fixtures. No, not hardly. This was a low-life kind of paradise, suspended in time and held in place by the dark walls and low ceiling of the Shorthorn Lounge in what was once north Austin. He knew it from the first time he stepped inside from the cool, crisp air of the parking lot that night in late 1982, paid his three-dollar cover, had his hand stamped, and entered the swirling smoke tinted red by the bar lights, found a metal chair by the wall, and leaned into the wall as the Supernatural Family Band started up, with Traci Lamar singing “Together Again.” He knew it as he peered through the smoke, past the dancing couples, toward the pool room, where bikers rested on their pool cues long enough to listen to Traci sing, “My tears have stopped falling. / The long lonely nights / are now at an end,” while her mother Charlene played electric piano behind her, with brother Joaquin on drums, sister Connie on pedal steel guitar, and father Tommy jerking tears from his fiddle, his long gray ponytail wagging behind him. Paradiso, perhaps By Geoffrey Rips SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR Notices of future events must reach the Observer at least three weeks before the event. NICARAGUA COMES TO NORTH TEXAS Dallas CISPES \(Committee in Solidarity present the North Texas premiere of the film, “Nicaragua: No Pasardn,” June 1, Inwood Theatre, 5458 Lovers Lane, Dallas, to benefit the group’s work. The film is an informative portrait of the Nicaraguan people by Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury. Call CISPES PANTHERS IN THE PARK The Austin Chapter of the Gray Panthers, an organization of young and old united for social action, will have a picnicfundraiser June 7, Pease Park, Austin, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; $8 covers barbeque dinner and donation. National Gray Panther convener, Maggie Kuhn, will give a rousing address. Rainplace is the AFLCIO headquarters, 11th St. and Lavaca, tion. JOAN BAEZ: IN CONCERT The Austin Peace and Justice Coalition will present a benefit concert by Joan Baez, June 26, City Coliseum, Austin, 8 p.m., for APJC and the Humanitas International Rights Committee. Ms. Baez celebrates 25 years of performing and promoting pacifist ideals. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 0668, or Brenda Smith, 474-5877, for information on advance sales. OBSERVANCES June 2, 1924 Native Americans were declared citizens by Congressional act. June 6, 1916 The National Women’s Party was founded. June 9, 1871 Lucy Gonzales and Albert Parsons, anarchists and socialists active in the labor movement and the Chicago Haymarket Affair, were married. June 14, 1944 Minnie Fisher Cunningham began her gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Coke “No Comment Coke” Stevenson. June 16, 1873 Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting. June 16 Fathers’ Day W at we owe men is some freedom from their part in a murderous game in which they kick each other to death with one foot, bracing themselves on our various comfortable places with the other.” Grace Paley, 1969 “Hidden History of the United States Calendar,” The Progressive, 1985 RIBBON FOR PEACE The Ribbon for Peace Committee, a grassroots project originated by Justine Merritt to combine creativity with the hope for world peace, urges Texans to participate in producing part of the national ribbon that will be used to encircle the Pentagon August 3, preceding the 40th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Contact the Texas coordina4188 for details. TRAVELING SHOWS The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, will present “Theo Voss: Metalworker, ‘ ‘ detailing the work of the German immigrant metalworker, and “Joe Beeler: In the Cradle of the Cattle Kingdom,” depicting life on the open range in the days of the great cattle drives, through July 21, at the Institute, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. The Institute will also show its exhibits: “Wars on Texas Soil,” Rosebud, through June 20; and, “A Gallery of Texas Originals,” Hallsville, through June 22. TEXAS FOLICLIIII, FESTIVAL Plan now to attend the 14th Annual Texas Folklife Festival, August 1 -4, Institute of Texan Cultures, HernisFair Plaza, San Antonio, to experience a showcase of Texas traditions through the songs, food, dance, and crafts of the 30 ethnic groups who settled and developed the state. Tickets are $5 for adults; $1 for children ages 6-12. Contact the Texas Folklife Festival, Box 1226, San Antonio, 22 MAY 31, 1985