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ARTS & CULTURE

AUGUST 13 | 3RD ANNUAL CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) will begin this year with a special event entitled Harlem Lights! in Austin, reception at 6:30pm with show starting at 7:30pm, on August 13, at the Palmer Events Center.

Harlem Lights!, which highlights the history of African Americans in film, will feature live music, rare photographs, film clips, local actors and will be hosted by film, television and theater veteran Julius Tennon.

This historical presentation honors Austin’s own Harlem Theater in its heyday, along with the actors and the history that made the Harlem Theater what it was. During the evening, lifetime achievement awards will be given to Austin's own Tennon, actress, comedian, music performer “Damita Jo” LeBlanc, and jazz musician Gil Askey, one of the architects of the famous Motown sound.

This year’s Festival will begin at 6:30pm, Thursday, August 13, 2015 with the opening night reception Harlem Lights! and continue through Saturday, with 60 film screenings, interactive industry workshops, panel discussions, and more. To view the full schedule and purchase tickets, visit our website.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.301.4141

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AUGUST 14 | BABY GIRL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS "TOTALLY COMMITTED"

Ryan and Morgan are a couple who seemingly have it all. Great careers and a wonderful marriage and are the envy of most. However, what glitters ain't always gold. When there's the pressures and drama of life, is it possible to remain Totally Committed?

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.814.8362

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AUGUST 20 | KANSAS ON STAGE AT THE LONG CENTER

The Long Center presents Kansas, August 20 in Dell Hall.

KANSAS has spent than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers. The band’s first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974:

“From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so.”

Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70’s, what seemed to be “different,” was actually ahead of its time.

FMI: web

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AUGUST 23 | FREE AUSTIN ARTS BLOCK PARTY

Ten of Austin’s best and brightest arts organizations invite you to an unprecedented joint effort - the Austin Arts Block Party celebrating the 2015-16 arts season.

Never before have so many of Austin’s leading arts organizations collaborated on this scale, inviting the public to preview upcoming productions, enjoy performances, a Kids’ Zone, and exclusive tours.

All visitors will have the chance to enter a Grand Prize Giveaway which includes tickets to dozens of performances in the upcoming seasons of all of our participating organizations, a nearly $15,000 value!

This free event is open to the public and offers some of the year’s very best discount ticket opportunities. RSVP for a fast-pass to get the all access lanyard required for entry.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.476.0594

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AUGUST 23 | CENTRAL ARTS IN AUSTIN BLOCK PARTY

For the first time ever, the Long Center is partnering with the Austin Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Shakespeare, Ballet Austin, Conspirare, Pollyanna Theatre Company, Tapestry Dance Company, Umlauf Scultpure Garden & Museum, and ZACH Theatre for the Central Austin Arts Block Party.

Ten of Austin’s best and brightest arts organizations invite you to an unprecedented joint effort celebrating more than 150 shows, concerts, exhibits and events through the 2015-16 season.

Never before have so many of Austin’s leading arts organizations collaborated on this scale, inviting the public to preview upcoming productions, enjoy performances, a Kids’ Zone, and exclusive tours as well as special deals and offers good for only one day!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.474.5664

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COMMUNITY

AUGUST 6 | NON-GMO HEALTH WORKSHOP

Non-GMO Health and Wellness Coach Cathy Harris, an Austin Newcomer, will discuss the Food Supply System and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The workshop is FREE and the location is at Strange Brew Austin Coffee Shop, 5326 Manchaca Road from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cathy Harris will also discuss how to rejuvenate and reenergize your body through regular detoxification; How to clean up your environment; How to bring down your numbers; and how to reach your maximum level of health.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.909.7365

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AUGUST 15 | COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: MEN DISCUSSING REAL ISSUES

Friday 7:30pm & Sunday 10:30am for Everyone - Encouragement For The Whole Family

Saturday 9:30am Men Only Workshop "Hurts, Hang-Ups & Habits" Men Discussing Real Issues (Free Continental Breakfast & Lunch)
-Representatives will be present from the TX Attorney General Child Support, The Banking Industry, & Representatives to discuss health issues.

FMI: web | email

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AUGUST 22 | TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFFS REVERSE RAFFLE FUNDRAISER

The Travis County Sheriffs Office will host our 3rd annual TCSO Explorer Post 1099 Reverse Raffle and Fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday August 22nd at 12112 Old San Antonio Road (The Wild Onion) from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The $100 Raffle Ticket purchase includes admission to the Silent Auction, Door Prizes and Drawings and Dinner for 2.

The Grand Prize is a $3,000 Visa Gift Card. Runner Up Prize is a $2,000 Visa Gift Card and 2nd Runner Up Prize is $1,000 Visa Gift Card.

The TCSO Explorer Post is comprised of a group of young adults age 14-20 who aspire to be in law enforcement. They learn a lot more than law enforcement related duties. They are taught life skills, discipline, respect and responsibility as well as serve the community through various community service events and projects.

Contact Deputy Derrick Taylor for more information.

FMI: email | tel: 512.854.4315

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AUGUST 29 | RAS DAY 2015 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

On August 29, get in on the FRESHEST, FUN HIP HOP FAMILY jam! Volunteer for Riders Against the Storm (RAS) DAY and let your efforts be your ticket to free MASSAGE, YOGA, FOOD, DIVERSE LIVE AUSTIN MUSIC and more!

Volunteers needed to help in all areas such concessions, admissions, youth village, merchandise, clean up and Mmore!

View the Facebook page for more info about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1606582822916937/

To sign up, submit your information online or send us an email.

FMI: web | email

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

AUGUST 5 | SISTAS IN BUSINESS: A DECADE OF POWER TO FEAT LYNN WHITFIELD

Sistas in Business will celebrate their 10th Anniversary in San Antonio starting August 5th with their Founder's Day Luncheon.

Keynote Speaker will be Actress Lynn Whitfield. Lynn Whitfield is known for role as Josephine Baker, Madea's Family Reunion. Join us in celebrating Sistas in Business Connecting Women to Business Opportunities across the country.

Visit our website for more information.

FMI: web | email | tel: 210.802.6638

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AUGUST 8 | KAZI PRESENTS SUMMERFEST 2015

This Summerfest festival will continue to serve as a symposium of community activities and resources. There will be live music featuring V.I.C.(The Wobble,) Endurance, Melissa Morgan, Music4Life, Big Cynthia, The C.I.T.Y. LeJit, Marques Callaway and J.J Callier. There will be Gospel, Christian Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Funk, Zydeco and R&B - and plenty of great food!

The community is invited to come join us at the Travis County Expo Center Arena, 7311 Decker Lane. Tickets are $15 Early Bird, $20 Gen Adm. Vendor Space is available.

KAZI has been serving Austin and the metro area for over 33 years with the latest in news and educational programs, which highlight cultural experiences to the Austin Metropolitan area.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.836.2887

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AUGUST 11 | EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE: KEEP YOUR BEST CUSTOMERS

Understanding how to gain and keep your customers is vital for any small business owner. This workshop is designed to raise the level of awareness with regard to customers - who they are, how they should be treated and how to influence others within your organization by promoting customer conscious attitudes.

This course will help you to establish a customer service culture or help you to improve the existing customer service culture within your own business by focusing on service, attitudes, and consistency.

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 14 | STARSTRUCK: THE OFFICIAL CCBFF FRIDAY AFTERPARTY (EPISODE II

The Plot
The Capital City Black Film Festival is back for a third year! On Friday, August 14th, we invite Austin's beautiful people to join actors, writers, directors and producers from across the country for the Festival's official afterparty. Get ready to be Starstruck!

The Script
Running Time: 10:00pm til the Credits Roll
Wardrobe: Black Carpet Sexy (no sneakers, ball caps, tall tees or athletic attire)
Set: On location at the Brass House Ballroom
Soundtrack: The World Famous DJ Phife
Rated M for Mature Audiences
Complimentary Appetizers & Hors d'Oeuvres

Be sure to check out the panels and screenings throughout the weekend!

FMI: web | email

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PROFESSIONAL

AUGUST 4 | ROADMAP TO SUCCESS: HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

You would never start out on a long road trip with no directions, so why would you start your business with no map to take you where you want to go?

This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business.

Upon completion, a business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis.

This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

This is a two-part class held on 8/4 and 8/6. Students should bring the class material handed out on Tuesday to their class on Thursday.

Join us from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $45 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 7 | QUICKBOOKS - ADVANCED SESSION

Now that you’ve mastered the processes of entering sales, expenses, payroll, sales tax and inventory, it’s time to take your QuickBooks usage to the next level.

The QuickBooks Advanced seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business. This seminar covers troubleshooting topics such as cleaning up paid invoices and bills still showing up as unpaid on reports, handling bounced checks, and writing off bad debt, as well as ways to make QuickBooks more efficient by using Online Banking, Memorized Transactions and more.

QuickBooks 2015 software will be loaded onto the PCs provided for you during the class session. Software or Mac computers are not provided for students during this training session.

You must already be highly proficient as a QuickBooks user in order to benefit from this QuickBooks Advanced session. The Small Business Program also offers Introduction and Intermediate QuickBooks classes. Review the document here http://www.austinsmallbiz.com/WebCOE/documents/wcify.pdf to see which class is right for you.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 Fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 11 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview to opening a small business or evaluating an established business for productive growth in Austin. Orientation includes a detailed overview of the small business services provided by the Small Business Program.

Our primary objective is to help entrepreneurs identify local no-cost or low-cost technical assistance in addition to basic business planning concepts.

Join us for this seminar from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 12 | SETTINGS GOALS FOR SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence provides a hands-on, step-by-step instructions for establishing goals and strategies, defining core values.

The purpose of this class is to provide business owners with exactly what they need to discover their most important goals and how to go about achieving them. This course will teach you how get a clear long-term vision while also experiencing short-term motivation. It's time to set some non-negotiable core values and a business introduction that invites opportunity.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $25 fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 13 | USING STRATEGIC PRICING TO DRIVE GREATER PROFITABILITY

Pricing is the fastest and most effective way for companies to increase profitability. Studies show that a 1% increase in pricing has a greater positive impact on profitability than does a 1% increase in sales volume or a 1% decrease in costs.

Unfortunately, too many companies think tactically about pricing and do not effectively price for profitability. This workshop is designed to help small business owners and managers to understand common mistakes that companies make in pricing and learn best pricing practices that will enable them to maximize company profitability.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 19 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview to opening a small business or evaluating an established business for productive growth in Austin.

Orientation includes a detailed overview of the small business services provided by the Small Business Program. Our primary objective is to help entrepreneurs identify local no-cost or low-cost technical assistance in addition to basic business planning concepts.

Join us for this free orientation from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM at Yarborough Branch Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr,

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 19 | BIZOPEN ORIENTATION

The BizOpen Orientation provides a general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin's development process.

The objective is to help you identify which processes are relevant to your business location development, and how to navigate the steps in a timely and efficient manner. Material will cover the following: Development Assessment, Land Use and Zoning, Site Plan Review, Building Plans and Permits, and Inspections and Certificate of Occupancy.

Join us for this free orientation from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at Client Services Room, One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd. 13th Floor.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 25 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview to opening a small business or evaluating an established business for productive growth in Austin. Orientation includes a detailed overview of the small business services provided by the Small Business Program.

Our primary objective is to help entrepreneurs identify local no-cost or low-cost technical assistance in addition to basic business planning concepts.

Join us for this free orientation from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 25 | SBA 8 (A) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The SBA 8 (a) Business Development Program can be an essential instrument for eligible small business men and women who are interested in selling their products or services to the various federal government agencies.

Join us for this free orientation from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 26 | SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING

Accounting provides the framework to evaluate the financial health and success of a business.

Small Business Accounting is a practical introduction to basic accounting concepts and the primary financial statements. By learning some basic accounting knowledge and skills, small business owners will be better able to evaluate new opportunities, manage current operations, ensure timely and accurate tax compliance and attract new partners or investors.

This course provides a foundation for using accounting concepts as an essential tool in managing a small business.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 fee includes a light breakfast.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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AUGUST 28 | QUICKBOOKS - INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a brand new user looking to master the fundamentals of QuickBooks, or an existing user wishing to take your QuickBooks knowledge to another level, the QuickBooks Basic seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business.

This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Don't waste time through trial and error learning. If you want to reduce frustration, and increase accuracy in your business, this training is for you.
QuickBooks 2015 software will be loaded onto the PCs provided for you during the class session. Software or Mac computers are not provided for students during this training session.

Don't forget! The Small Business Program also offers Intermediate and Advanced QuickBooks classes. Review the document here http://www.austinsmallbiz.com/WebCOE/documents/wcify.pdf to see which class is right for you.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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SPIRITUAL

AUGUST 7 | JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA WITH CHRIS SPIVEY IN CONCERT

SpyV12 Creative Group presents Stellar award winner James Fortune and Fiya with special guests Chris Spivey and Nu Destiny at Mt.Sinai Worship and Arts Ministry!

Come join us August 8th at Mount Sinai Baptist Church at 2157 Burnet St. in San Antonio.

FMI: web | email | tel: 210.393.3959

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AUGUST 29 | SUMMER JAM 2015 FEATURING THE WALLS GROUP

Generations Department presents Summer Jam 2015 featuring Grammy & Stellar Award Nominee: The Walls Group.

Other Special Guests include Victorious, Kayla Freeman and Devin Black. Come experience a praise and worship like no other at St. James Baptist Church, 3417 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at 6pm.

Tickets are $10 Advanced and $12 Door (A Group Rate is available.)

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.928.2753

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FURTHER OUT

SEPTEMBER 10 | SAVE THE DATE: AAUL EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AWARDS GALA

The Austin Area Urban League is delighted to extend this invitation to you to join us at the 38th Annual Equal Opportunity Awards Gala on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m., at the Hilton-Austin Convention Center located at 500 E. 4th St.

A memorable evening to honor our local champions of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice. This event is an opportunity for us to recognize and honor corporate and individual champions of equal opportunity.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.478.7176

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SEPTEMBER 13 | CASA SUPERHERO RUN

Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes!

Run, walk or fly to the 2015 CASA Superhero Run where you can be a superhero for children who've been abused or neglected. Join us for this 5K and Kids 1K with a superhero costume contest, special superhero guest appearances and lots of fun family activities!

The CASA Superhero Run supports the CASA programs of Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe & Hays Counties. CASA speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.539.2981

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SEPTEMBER 13 | PROJECT PINK RUNWAY PRESENTS "PINK ICE" LAUNCHING NEW DIM

On September 13 at 2:00 pm, at the beautiful Renaissance Austin Hotel, Project Pink Runway plans to showcase the best of the best in fashion from the world’s top designers.

This year marks the eighth time the AKA Association for Community Development, Inc. (ACD) and the Beta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. have partnered with various organizations to host a large-scale fashion extravaganza in Austin, Texas.

This year’s luncheon and show, dubbed “Pink Ice” Launching New Dimensions of Style, will feature local designers and businesses while celebrating the contributions of community leaders. At least one graduating high school senior will be presented during the luncheon with a scholarship for use towards college expenses.

Project Pink Runway is AKA ACD’s major fundraiser. Proceeds will support our signature program, Project GREEN. Ticket cost is $85 per person ($25 of ticket price is tax deductible). Purchase tickets online or see any Beta Psi Omega member to purchase your ticket.

FMI: web link | tel: 210.274.0254

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SEPTEMBER 17 | PROPHETIC PEOPLE ARISE

Prophetic People Arise follows suit with John Eckhardt's release Prophets Arise to help uncover and release the prophetic destiny of prophetic people by helping to equip them with biblical revelation and wisdom keys on the prophetic realm.

The conference sessions will be strategic in uncovering, uplifting and unifying prophetic voices to live out their prophetic destiny by being established and rooted and grounded in the word.

Special musical guest and local artist will accompany the dynamic duo to help usher in a prophetic grace and anointing.

Join us at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center, 12500 North IH 35, Sept 17th and 18th Thursday 7pm-11 and Friday 10am-11pm. Registration is limited to the first 300 people only.

A Leaders Summit will be held on Saturday from 10-4pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin North, 12400 North IH-35 Building C. Registration is limited to 75 leaders.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.574.8840

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SEPTEMBER 23 | JARROTT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS FREUD’S LAST SESSION

This fall Jarrott Productions will present "Freud's Last Session" at the Trinity Street Theatre, at 901 Trinity in downtown Austin.

It will play from Wednesday, September 23rd through Sunday, October 18th. Wednesday through Saturday performances will begin at 8p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2:30p.m.

Tickets are $20 for general admission or $15 for seniors (60+) and students with valid IDs. Patrons can purchase tickets online.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.970.2813

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MARCH 20 | 2016 INDIE MUSIC AT SEA CRUISE

2016 INDIE MUSIC AT SEA BLAQUELINE LIVE presents "Indie Music at Sea" a one-of-a-kind music and vacation experience featuring 7-days of music aboard the luxurious Carnival Magic cruise ship.

2016 will mark our first sailing dedicated to indie artists from around the globe. It is our plan to grow this annual event into a mega music vacation at sea, strictly for indie artists and music lovers alike. The 2016 cruise will have ports of call in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Cozumel, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. The Carnival Magic boasts some of the best music venues, lounges and events you can enjoy on one ship around the clock. BLAQUELINE LIVE will host theme nights and just an all around fun musical vacation at sea.

Get ready to visit beautiful tropical islands, jam out with the best indie artists AND network and meet some of the coolest fans. It's easy to see why BLAQUELINE LIVE is set to be the most anticipated annual event for indie artists. We hope to bring you a new experience every year.

Come join us on the Carnival Magic and experience the adventure for yourself! MARCH 20, 2016. DEPOSIT DUE10/22/2015.

FMI: web link | email |

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