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SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR POLLUTION CONFERENCE IN TEXARKANA Friends United for a Safe Environment of national sessions emphasizing the critical dangers of pollution. The Texarkana Conference on Environmental Justice is scheduled for the weekend of February 10 through 12. Twenty groups from around the country have committed to attend. Residents of EPA Region VI \(Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, encouraged to participate, but the meeting is open to all. Write Ronald Burnett, President, FUSE, 1331 Hazel Street, Texarkana, Texas 75501, or call MAYA ANGELOU Poet, playwright, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou will recount her experiences and read from her work at Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, on Tuesday, February 28 at 8 p.m. for ticket information. SONGS OF PEACE Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform songs of racial, social, and political struggles, Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium in Austin. The internationally recognized sevenmember a cappella group’s appearance is part of a Peace and Justice Coalition Fundraiser. Tickets are available at Waterloo, Gaia, Sound Exchange, and Harmony House, in Austin. Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Education Fund and KAZI radio. Call 474-5877 for more information. GLASS AND PAPER The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is hosting two exhibits through February 12, “Glass Sculpture” of Robert Willson, and from the Vista Series, “Works on Paper” of Barbara Elam. The Vista Series is a continuing program featuring the works of living Texas artists. BLACK VISIONARY ART IN AUSTIN Black History/Black Vision: The Visionary Image in Texas, an exhibit of six artists who are self-taught visionaries, relying on dreams, visions, or religious revelations for their inspirations, will run through March 19 at the Archer M. Huntington Gallery at the University of Texas campus at Austin. This exhibition of 75 works from the early 1900s marks OBSERVANCES February 3, 1821 First woman physician in U.S., Elizabeth Blackwell, born. February 6, 1919 32,000 strike Seattle shipyards, leading to citywide general work stoppage. February 11, 1790 First treaty with Iroquois. February 11, 1790 First Anti-Slavery Petition presented to Congress. February 12, 1817 Frederick Douglass, black leader and abolitionist, born. February 12, 1947 First draft card burning in the United States. February 12, 1909 NAACP founded. February 15, 1820 Susan B. Anthony born. February 29, 1980 House of Representatives met in secret session for second time since 1830 to hear testimony on whether Nicaragua had become “Cuba-like.” the celebration of Black History Month. BLACK ART IN AUSTIN Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America, an exhibition focusing on the careers of five pioneering black American artists, opened January 14 at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin. The exhibition includes works created not only during the 1919 through 1929 Harlem Renaissance but also throughout the careers of the artists. There will be more than 150 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and woodcuts. The show is an association of Laguna Gloria Art Museum and the LBJ Library. WOMEN ARTISTS IN TEXAS Women & Their Work is soliciting proposals from women artists living in Texas for exhibitions in the Women & Their Work Gallery. Proposals for individual, group, thematic, art, and performances should be sent to Women & Their Work, 1501 West 5th Street, 477-1064. Deadline for entries is February 27, 1989. DANCE A JIG The Seventh Annual Irish Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at Fair Park in Dallas. Internationally acclaimed Irish musicians including the Clancy Brothers, Greenfields of America, Barley Bree, Rare Air, and Patrick and the Celtic Folk will be performing. Other activities include a children’s fair, dance and music workshops, and 100 artisans and craftspeople. Admission will be $8 for one day and $12 for both. For further information please contact the Southwest 528-6651. INTERNATIONAL LIVING Summer Abroad opportunities are available through the Experiment in International Living, a nonprofit international education and citizen exchange organization. No matter which of the programs to 31 countries that participants choose, all Summer Abroad experiences include a homestay, where students live as a member of a family. The Experiment has been involved in increasing international understanding for more than 55 years. For further information about Summer Abroad programs for 13-to-22 year olds contact: FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION The first national Freedom of Information Assembly will be held in Dallas, February 10 and 11 at Southern Methodist University. The assembly will offer workshops, share information, and help FOIA groups become more effective in protecting and encouraging the free flow of information. Media professionals, attorneys, academics, fundraisers, and all interested people are encouraged to attend. Contact the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation office at 400 S. Record, 6th floor, 6651. HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work, 1929-1934. This exhibition focuses on work of the French photographer that was made in Italy, France, Spain, and Mexico. While abroad he discovered the world of the homeless, the poor, and the illicit. The exhibition of almost 90 black and white photographs will remain on view until February 26. Send news of important events three weeks in advance to: The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th. St. Austin, TX 78701 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 21