A decade ago, if someone would have told you that the Beastie Boys would eventually be one of the most active proponents of the "Free Tibet" movement, you would have laughed in their face and mumbled something about "fighting for your right to party." Back when they first came into the national consciousness in 1987, the Beastie Boys were known as a trio of hard-partying, rich-kid rappers who were more likely to tap a keg than do anything socially worthwhile. Now, the band is known as one of the most socially aware groups around. For the past three years, the band has sponsored the Tibetan Freedom Concert, one of the biggest benefit concerts since Live Aid. Last year, one-third of the trio--Adam Yauch, a practicing Buddhist--produced a feature-length documentary about the concert and the Tibetan freedom movement, Free Tibet. The film is more than just concert footage of the bands that played at the concert, including A Tribe Called Quest, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Smashing Pumpkins. It also provides background information on the history of Tibet, the ideas behind Tibetan Buddhism, and the significance of the nonviolent struggle of the Tibetan people against oppression by the Chinese government. It's a powerful film, worth watching even if you aren't a supporter of its cause. Free Tibet screens on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams. Call (214) 827-LAKE.
After a recent trip to the West Coast, we realized that what Texans consider hot is definitely not the same as what Californians do. Proof positive is Chuy's 10th Annual Green Chile Festival. For the next few weeks, the legendary Mexican restaurant will be giving away free green chiles, as well as mixing the chiles into special menu items. Customers can also submit their favorite green-chile recipe for a chance to win $500. Chuy's has two locations in the metroplex: 4544 McKinney Ave. in Dallas, and 3951 S. Cooper in Arlington. The contest lasts until September 27. Call (214) 559-2489 or (817) 784-2489 for more information.