You know what to expect: drums, dancing, and scantily clad folks shaking and shimmying their inhibitions away. The organizers claim the event is the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras party on the planet. Maybe, maybe not, but it's a biggun one way or the other. 8pm-2am. $48 ($38, advance).
Donated designer and name-brand gowns will be on display with the proceeds going to help those impacted by cancer. Various wedding related vendors will also be on hand to get you amped about the big day. Spend a few bucks to get in on Friday for some VIP treatment. Fri., Feb. 1, 6-9pm; Sat.,Feb. 2, 10am-5pm. Free ($30, VIP hours on Friday).
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 512/478-1111
Remember all those wonderful sounds stomping through our town last March. Well, HONK!TX is coming back for another round of marching band mayhem. But it doesn't happen for free. The show features the Minor Mishap Marching Band and newcomers Dead Musical Capital Band playing to raise money. 9pm-2am. $10.
Enjoy flapjacks and all the trimmings accompanied by the sounds of Gary Knippa & the Friends with the proceeds going to the Austin Sertoma Club and its efforts to assist deaf and hard of hearing students in Texas. 7:30am-1pm. $6 (kids, free).
Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 940-0977
You local pagan organization invites you to celebrate Brigid, goddess of healing. Bring your cold-weather cloak if the temperature demands it and don't forget a dish to share for the feast afterward. Nonperishable food donations will also be accepted for SafePlace. 7pm. Free.
Foundation Communities is providing free tax-preparation services to income-qualifying individuals and households this spring, and it's also offering low-fee refund-anticipation loans. See www.communitytaxcenters.org for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.
Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.
Believing the ChildrenIn 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution