Lamar Smith

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (right) speaks to San Marcos Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bondy at a roundtable discussion held July 31, 2015. JJ Velasquez

With 2018 Congressional midterm elections more than a year and a half away, several Texas Democrats say they want to take over the 21st Congressional District from a man they say has been denying climate change’s existence.

Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has represented the 21st Congressional District—which covers parts of Austin and San Antonio—for three decades, and his opponents say it’s time for him to go.

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Hit up a new sports bar, celebrate  an Irish pub’s anniversay or see a World War II re-enactment this weekend in Central Austin.

Friday

1. Pluckers Wing Bar pre-opening
Pluckers Wing Bar, a new sports bar in The Linc shopping center, is set to open Tuesday, May 30. The restaurant is hosting a pre-opening event Friday with 10 chances for people to win free Pluckers for a year. Pluckers will fill the restaurant with the first 350 people in line, who will all be in the running to win free Pluckers for a year and will also receive a complimentary meal. 3:30 p.m. 6406 N. I-35, Ste. 2949. www.pluckers.com

Saturday

2. Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant 20th anniversary
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant celebrates 20 years of business with live music from the Blaggards and drinks. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free (admission). Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth St. 512-457-0172. www.fadoirishpub.com/austin

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