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Thursday, September 21 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Barbecue Feast – SOLD OUT!

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Kick off the Festival with world-class barbecue from LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, cold beer and a compelling conversation about the state of politics and the role of media following the 2016 elections.

Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith will moderate a discussion with Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican political strategist and top adviser to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain; and Donna Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and former campaign director for Al Gore’s presidential run.

This event requires an additional ticket, which can be purchased here.

Presented by NRG Energy. Media support is provided by CultureMap.

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Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

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Donna Brazile

Political Analyst and Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee
Brazile is a veteran Democratic political strategist and served as interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016. She became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign in 2000 after working on several Democratic campaigns since 1976. Brazile has... Read More →
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Steve Schmidt

Republican Political Strategist
Schmidt is a veteran Republican political strategist. He served as a top strategist for President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign and in his administration as his deputy assistant. Schmidt also worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign; Woody Harrelson played... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
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