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Hi, how are you?

Monday, January 22, 2018 by Katy McElroy

It’s a common phrase that, thanks to Daniel Johnston’s Jeremiah the Frog mural on the Drag, has become emblematic of Austin. However, more than just a cute selfie opportunity, the iconic mural can be thought of as a reminder of how easy it is to reach out and let someone know you’re thinking about them. This simple idea is behind Hi, How Are You? Day, which calls for citizens of the community to take a moment and check in on someone who might need a call. Today, alongside members of this foundation and the city’s Music and Entertainment Division, Mayor Steve Adler will officially name Jan. 22, which is also Johnston’s birthday, Hi, How Are You? Day. The idea for the day was developed by Courtney Blanton and Tom Gimbel, and they created the Hi, How Are You? Foundation in partnership with Johnston’s family to promote education about and awareness of mental health issues throughout the city. And, of course, the occasion will be celebrated Austin-style with a party at the Mohawk nightclub, at 8 p.m. The event promises a full lineup of bands playing Daniel Johnston covers as well as their own music, and art by Johnston and other local artists will be on display. Find tickets and the full lineup here. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and there are VIP packages available for an early reception. All proceeds will go the HHAY and SIMS foundations.

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