The Texas Media Empowerment Project partners with various local groups this weekend for A Hip-Hop Conference Beyond Beats and Rhymes, an innovative cultural exchange that strives to expand the public’s socio-political understanding of urban culture. Friday features an evening of abstract talents and universal consciousness with performances by Lotus Tribe, Public Zoo, DJ Techneek and more, while observers share concrete and vapors with artists Supher, Cien Praey, and Viv Vega. On Saturday, filmmaker Byron Hurt takes an in-depth look at manhood, sexism, and homophobia in rap music and hip-hop culture with a film screening, followed by a panel discussion with local and national hip-hop artists and activists. Free, 8pm-2am Fri, Ruta Maya, 107 E. Martin, 3-5pm Sat, The Esperanza, 922 San Pedro, (210) 228-0201.
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