Fundraiser Screening of INFRA-MAN for Stephen Romano TONIGHT at the Village Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

This is a fundraiser screening of a 35mm print of INFRA-MAN for Stephen Romano.

Stephen is a fixture on the Austin scene. A published novelist and screenwriter, he’s more passionate about his work than any artist I know. He’s also a dear friend and family member to many people around the world. On April 18th, he was walking on North Lamar Blvd. and a truck jumped the curb, hitting him at full force.

His injuries were profound; he has no insurance. He needs our help, friends.

To donate directly to Stephen now go here. This money will provide Stephen with as much help with incidentals as humanly possible.

Of course you can give a donation at the screening as well. Please come out and continue to spread the word about Stephen’s fund.


About the Film
A lazerblasting supernatural kung fu robot epic from legendary martial arts purveyors The Shaw Brothers? Wrap your brain in a diaper and tear off your eyelids! The 10,000,000-year-old villainous Princess Dragon Mom awakens and sets forth to enslave the entire human race with her army of day-glo dancing rubber monster buddies!

Fortunately, modern science has just completed construction of the ultimate cyborg defender: INFRA-MAN! All other ultra-powered crimebashers can hereby go home, because this nuclear atrocity is the most wacked-out non-stop hyperspazzblastular live action superhero monster movie the Earth has ever survived!

See our favorite creature- crushing robostar use roundhouse kicks, sonic lightning beams and random inexplicable explosions to defeat ultimate evil! When the plotless no-rules cartoon mayhem of Godfrey Ho collides with the martial arts mastery of Bruce Lee…Ho/Lee shit!!! (Zack)

Director Shan Hua
Year 1975
Starring Danny Lee, Terry Liu, and Hsieh Wang
Rating PG
Run Time 90min
Age Policy 18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed

The Stephen Romano Recovery Fund

Stephen Romano

One of my best friends was recently struck by a Ford F150 truck that jumped the curb, hitting him hard, sending him up and over the vehicle. Every bone but one was broken in his right leg and he is covered with bruises, abrasions, cuts, and road-rash. He’s lucky to be alive. My friend is Stephen P. Romano, a noted science-fiction / horror author who is one of the most creative people I know and one of the biggest inspirations in my life. And now I have even more to be inspired by in his amazing strength moving forward with his recovery from this terrible incident.

But he needs our help and so I hope you will consider donating to his Recovery Fund at

Support my friend’s Recovery Fund: Author Stephen Romano Needs Our Help

Fundraiser Screening: INFRA-MAN | Austin | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

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Event in Austin: An Exploration of Mind and Life After Death – June 17th at 6:30pm

Consciousness/Life After Death?
An exploration of Near-Death
Presented by Janice Holden, Ed.D.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:30–9 p.m.
Austin Center for Spiritual Living (map)
$5 non-member donation appreciated
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“Consciousness/Life After Death? An exploration of Near- Death Experiences”

Presenter: Dr. Janice Holden

DATE: Tuesday June 17, 2014

TIME: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Austin Center for Spiritual Living
5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite D-115
Austin, TX

Sponsored by Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies (INACS) -
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Near-Death Experience (NDE) refers to a usually lucid, real experience of altered consciousness during a close brush with death–one that involves altered perception of the material world, often from a perspective outside the body, as well as perception of and interaction with non-material environments and entities. The classic “scientific” argument is that this phenomena is more a neurological/physiological brain response than a non-physical/spiritual experience.
Our speaker, Dr. Jan Holden, draws from 40 years of research and makes clearthat a great controversy exists in the medical and psychological fields concerning NDEs.
• Can physiological mechanisms explain all aspects of NDEs?
• What do NDEs suggest about whether the brain produces consciousness or whether the brain is more a receiver/transmitter of consciousness–a limiter and filter of essentially independent consciousness rather than a source of it?
All of these ideas and more are discussed in this unique presentation by Dr. Holden.

The traits of a classic pleasurable NDE are as follows:
• A sense/awareness of being dead.
• A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness.
• Positive emotions.
• A sense of removal from the world.
• A sense of one’s consciousness functioning apart from the physical body.
• Perceiving one’s body from an outside position.
• Sometimes observing doctors and nurses performing medical resuscitation efforts.
• A sense of rapid movement through a structure, such as a tunnel, or a void.
• Immersion in, and communication with, a powerful Being of Light.
• An intense feeling of unconditional love.
• Encountering deceased loved ones and spiritual entities.
• Experiencing a life review.
• Memories of past lives; glimpses into the future in this lifetime and/or future lives
• Receiving knowledge about one’s life and the nature of the universe.
• A decision by oneself or others to return to one’s body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return.
• Connection to the individual’s cultural beliefs, which seem to influence the phenomena and/or how the experiencer interprets it (From Holden, Greyson, & James (Eds.), The handbook of near-death experiences: Thirty years of investigation. Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2009)

Dr. Janice Holden
In 2009, leading near-death experience (NDE) researchers published The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation, a collection of comprehensive, critical reviews of all NDE research for the 30 years since NDEs came to public and professional attention.
Dr. Jan Holden, lead editor of The Handbook , will present a summary of the book, including updates since 2009. She will illustrate her presentation with an on-camera, in-depth interview with a young woman who had her NDE in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Holden will welcome comments and questions both throughout and following her presentation.
Dr. Holden is professor of Counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling & Higher Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, and she is editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the scholarly publication of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.

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From Pecan Street to Dirty Sixth – Austin’s ‘Street of Dreams’

Crown Tailors at 408 E. Sixth St. circa 1950. Left is master tailor Eli Gonzales. Right is owner Hyman Samuelson. (Courtesy Austin History Center).

Austin’s ‘Street of Dreams’: From Pecan Street to Dirty Sixth

by Michael Corcoran

“A big rat came out of one of the old buildings and scampered into an alley. A discarded newspaper fluttered against a parking meter in the early morning breeze. Keys grated in locks and doors opened and the smell of hot coffee came into The Street. East Sixth Street was open for business.”    – Dan Grover, Austin American Statesman, July 1953

Austin’s most famous street has earned the nickname “Dirty Sixth” over the past few years, with a boozy, unruly Bourbon Street-like atmosphere and a YouTube driven reputation for violence. You almost forget the history of the street whose majority of buildings, even those housing tattoo parlors, frat bars and gawdy gift shops, were erected in the late 1800s.

The mob that mills between the barricades on weekends tripled during South by Southwest and became menacing, with street brawls and cops in riot formation. “SXSW has lost Sixth Street” was my shortest tweet of the week, as I gave up trying to see a band that was just two blocks away. The few, miserable-looking badge-wearing registrants I saw moved through the roving street gangs and drunken frats like they were navigating chest-high swampwater. This was not in the brochure!

The proximity of clubs on Sixth, many of which change to live music venues for a week to catch a whiff of the windfall, was a key to the appeal of SXSW in the early years. But during this past fest, two forays into the fray reminded me of that line from Apocalypse Now: “Don’t get out of the boat.” Absolutely goddamn right. Why would I ever leave South Austin during the third week of March?

Austin’s ‘Street of Dreams’: From Pecan Street to Dirty Sixth by Michael Corcoran

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