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ART OPENING & LISTENING PARTY with DAVE ENSMINGER’s AUSTIN PUNK ART N TALK – SATURDAY, 1/18/20 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

December 19, 2019

David Ensminger is a trained folklorist, punk historian, English Instructor, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in Thirsty Ear, Magyar Taraj, Artcore, Trust, Maximum Rock’n’Roll, M/C Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Houston Press, among others.

AUTHOR SESSION – SHEA SERRANO – SATURDAY, 11/16/19 @ 3:00 PM

November 5, 2019

#1 New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano is back, and his new book, Movies (And Other Things), combines the fury of a John Wick shootout, the sly brilliance of Regina George holding court at a cafeteria table, and the sheer power of a Denzel monologue, all into one. Movies (And Other Things) is a […]

AUTHOR SESSION – TRACEY ANNE HART – FRIDAY, 11/15/19 @ 5:30 PM

November 5, 2019

Up close and personal with one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists . . . It may be difficult to say anything about Stevie Ray Vaughan that hasn’t already been said. The skinny kid from Oak Cliff, on the south side of Dallas, who followed his older brother Jimmie in and out of local blues […]

AUTHOR SESSION: ALAN PAUL & ANDY ALEDORT – TEXAS FLOOD – FRIDAY, 10/25/19 @ 5:30 PM

September 9, 2019

TEXAS FLOOD: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan (St. Martin’s Press; August 13, 2019; $29.99 hardcover) by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, is the first definitive biography one of music’s last great bluesmen. This book is the culmination of three decades of work and hundreds of interviews with the people who knew Stevie Ray […]

BOBBY SULLIVAN “REVOLUTIONARY THREADS” – SATURDAY, 8/24/19 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

July 10, 2019

Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics (Akashic Books) is the new book penned by Bobby Sullivan, whose band Soulside was one of the Dischord (a label as important as SST and Alternative Tentacles) bands of the mid-1980s, alongside Scream and Fugazi, that committed themselves to the politics of punk as much as the […]

DAVID ENSMINGER “OUT OF STEP: WASHINGTON D.C. PUNK INTERVIEWS” – SATURDAY, 8/24/19 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

July 10, 2019

Out of Step: Washington D.C. Punk Interviews (Left of the Dial Books) is a tribute to the potent underground music scene of Washington D.C., which bridged zealous, era-defining musical power with political and social consciousness. It archives Ensminger’s collection of interviews and gig reviews from the last thirty years, including some original DIY layouts from […]

AUTHOR/DJ SESSION – RENE VILLANUEVA – WEDNESDAY, 3/6/19 @ 5:30 PM

February 4, 2019

“When Love Ends, Be The Water is autobiographical. A musical interpretation [of] one of the weirdest weekends of my life,” says Rene. “We didn’t want to approach the story head-on like a musical, but to support each song with the context of my life and what it meant to us.” At the heart of When […]

BOOK RELEASE PARTY – JACK GRISHAM (TSOL) – THURSDAY, 11/1/18 @ 7:00PM

October 25, 2018

Rock’n’Roll Decontrol is a huge collection of Do-It-Yourself punk flyers and photographs by the noted punk author and musician David Ensminger that spans thirty years of underground music. Ensminger was the editor for Left of the Dial; currently a writer for Razorcake, Trust, Maximum Rocknroll, and many other zines; and the author of such books […]

AUTHOR EVENT with BILL SULLIVAN – SATURDAY, 9/29/18 @ 2:30PM

September 11, 2018

Bill Sullivan will be at Cactus Music on Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m. for a discussion and signing of his new book, Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements. A raucous tour diary of rock ’n’ roll in the 1980s, Lemon Jail puts us in the van with the Replacements in the early […]

MEET THE AUTHOR – BOB RUGGIERO – SATURDAY, 8/25/18 @ 3:00PM

August 4, 2018

Author and longtime Houston Press music writer BOB RUGGIERO will sign and discuss his unauthorized biography of the band WAR, Slippin’ Out of Darkness. There will also be a special musical performance by the legendary HOWARD SCOTT, with an onstage interview/audience Q&A. Howard is the original singer/guitarist/co-writer of such hits as “The Cisco Kid,” “Slippin’ […]

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