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SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR TWENTIENTH CENTURY ART IN HOUSTON The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will open Twentieth-Century Art in the Museum Collection: Direction and Diversity on May 21. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the Museum’s collection tracing the history of modern art in the 20th century. It will run through September 4, 1988. For more 526-1181. TEXAS OBSERVERSPONSORED POLITICAL DEBATES Beginning on May 23 the Texas Observer will be sponsoring bi-weekly political debates to be broadcast live on KLBJ-AM 590 from Scholz Garden in Austin. The debates will be held on alternate Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. At Observer press time the first four issues to be tackled are: the death penalty, the existence of a Communist threat in Central America, the merits of making English the “official language,” and the political direction the Democrats should take to become a winning party once again. Authorities on both sides of each question will argue their cases moderated by an Observer editor or exeditor. Audience participation is encouraged, so come out for lively, insightful discussion of the pressing issues of the day. For more information call the Observer 0746. AUSTIN ART AT LARGE invites Austin artists to enter the “Art at Large” billboard art competition. The purpose of “Art at Large” is to stimulate a greater public awareness of the visual arts and to provide a medium for the growth and development of local artists. Three winning artists will have their original paintings enlarged and reproduced on roadside billboards in Austin, beginning in July 1988. The works will be displayed for a minimum of six months. The entry deadline is May 27, 1988. For more information contact the AVAA office at 1501 472-3826. URBAN LEAGUE HOUSING CONFERENCE The National Urban League will convene a conference on “Housing Opportunity OBSERVANCES May 9, 1988 Sasha Maniscalco Rips born in Austin. May 21, 1981 Senate approves $20 billion program to return U.S. to fullscale production of chemical and nervegas weapons. May 24, 1983 Congress approves $625 million for research and development of the MX missile. May 25, 1932 The Bonus Army, thousands of World War I veterans, marches on Washington, D.C., demanding promised service benefits. May 30, 1741 31 blacks and four whites executed for plotting New York City slave revolt. May 30, 1937 Police shoot ten workers during Republic Steel strike in Chicago. June 2, 1863 Harriet Tubman frees 750 slaves in raid. June 2, 1924 Native Americans declared citizens by act of Congress. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. Native American proverb and Community Development: Meeting the Challenge,” in Miami, June 1 and 2, 1988. It is clear that in the 20 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Act, equal housing opportunity has not been achieved in the U.S. The goal of this conference is to explore the relationship between community development and fair housing in achieving housing opportunity. Among the topics to be discussed are: community development and the role of communitybased organizations; the state of lowincome housing and the role of the Community Development Block Grant opportunity; and the significance of the public sector in realizing fair housing opportunity. The conference will be held at the Miami Hyatt Regency. For more information call Karen V. Hill at the TEXAS BIOREGIONAL CONGRESS Realistic Living of Dallas is organizing the Second Congress of Texas Bioregions to be held at the DuBose Natural Farm June 9 through June 12. The Bioregional Congress is designed to bring together people who are committed to an ecologically sustainable society. Registration for the day of workshops and information sharing costs $35 for adults, $25 for children between the ages of 5 and 12, and children under five are admitted free. The registration price includes one meal a day for the three days and conference material. The Austin Children’s Museum is planning activities for the older children but child care will not be provided for the younger kids. For a registration form contact Realistic Living, P.O. Box 140826, Dallas, 75214. SHAMUS FLICKS IN AUSTIN Laguna Gloria Museum will sponsor a Summer Outdoor Detective Film series, “From the Shadows: Hollywood’s Hardboiled Detective Films,” from June 10 through July 22. The films will begin on Friday evenings at 9 p.m. in the Museum’s amphitheater. Admission is $2 and $1 for members. For more 7742. MONTESSORI TRAINING IN IRVING Rainbows Preschool in Wharton will sponsor a Montessori teacher training course to be held in Irving, Texas, beginning on June 15. The course costs $55 and university C.E.U. credits will be available for the course. For more information send a stamped, selfaddressed envelope to: Montessori Course Sponsored by Rainbows Preschool, 115 Santos Court, Fremont, California 94536. CENTRAL AMERICA TRIP The Austin Central America Peace annual summer trip to El Salvador and Nicaragua from June 20 to July 2. The group will have the opportunity to meet with government officials, church people, refugees, labor officials, human rights workers, opposition groups, farmers, and other rural representatives. The tour’s itinerary is not yet final and is open to suggestions from participants. The cost is $1,035, which includes round-trip airfare from Houston, food, lodging, administrative expenses, guides, translators, and information packet. A $150 deposit is due by May 25. For more information write or call CAPI at 1022 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703, THE TEXAS OBSERVER 21