A Day With Heart

It's become as regular a reminder of mortality as the smudges of Ash Wednesday. Once a year, shops, galleries, public art displays don sack cloth (black shrouds) over works of art, to honor those dead of the AIDS virus. A Day Without Art & World AIDS Day, Fri., Dec. 1, is observed by these local events open to the public:

[[perthousand]]The Austin Greens protest Texas Education Agency, 1701 Congress, for its handling of AIDS education dollars, 4pm. [email protected] or 707-0804.

[[perthousand]]The Ceremony of Rememberance takes place on the south steps of the Capitol, with opening remarks by State Rep. Glen Maxey, a reading by Marion Winik, and a performance by Kris McKay, 4:30-5:15pm. 370-1381.

[[perthousand]]A Day Without Art/Night Without Light asks folks to gather at the Franklin Federal Building, 111 Congress, 6pm, for a silent candlelit walk to the Capitol, where performance artist Sally Jacques will guide participants in laying side-by-side on the Capitol grounds, creating a dramatic piece of public performance art, Body Count, 7:30pm, culminating in a Celebration of Life featuring Tina Marsh, Lourdes Peréz, and more. 472-5227.

[[perthousand]]Everyone in Austin is asked to participate by darkening all lights -- indoor and outdoor -- for 15 minutes 7:45-8pm.

Death & Texas

Ms. Bettie Roberson speaks out against the death penalty, Thurs., Nov. 30, 7pm at the Jester Center Audiorium on the UT Campus. She is the featured speaker of The Death Penalty in Texas: The Mother of a Death Row Inmate Speaks, held by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, a national network seeking to launch an Austin branch. 371-3426.

No Mud in Jollyville

Has the mighty Jollyville Salamander struck out? It will be interesting to hear what the salamander means to Andy Price, Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist, at the Bull Creek Foundation meeting entitled What the Jollyville Salamander Means to Us, Thurs., Nov. 30, 7pm at the Spicewood Springs Library. 445-3018.

The Bryce Is Right!

Actually, he's a little left, but who's keeping score? The Austin Chronicle's own (and need we say nationally published?) Robert Bryce presents the forum Environmentalists, Developers & Politicians: Understanding the Languages of the Environmental Debate, Fri., Dec. 1, 6:30pm at Scholz Garten. C'mon down.

They're Jazzed to Help

Austin Rape Crisis Center is thrilled to accept the support of some local jazz luminaries at the Holiday Jazz Music Special, Sun., Dec. 3 at Top of the Marc. The evening's program features Mady Kaye, Pam Hart, and Hope Morgan & the George Oldziey Trio, with special guest Tony Campise. Proceeds to benefit the center, reeling in the wake of recent federal, state, and local funding cuts. Advanced tickets are $15 and available at Waterloo Records; the price is $18 at the door. 499-0660 or 440-7273.

Tee Martoonis ta Moony

Remember those shocking smash-'em-up movies from Drivers' Ed class? Whatever happened to those? It seemed for a while there that most of the footage was stock, vintage, Jayne Mansfield-era recycled b&w oook with the poignant shot of the deanimated Chihuahua lying next to the scotch bottle and the same harrowing baritone narrator punctuating the gore... but we digress. In all seriousness, the Travis County Attorney General's Office hosts Austin EMS/STAR Flight DWI Awareness Program, a graphic, 50-minute, free program, Tue., Dec. 5, 2-3pm (Building G, ACC Riverside), to drive the point (and you safely) home: 1,170 people were killed and over 34,000 were injured in DWI accidents on Texas roads in 1994. Happy, and most importantly safe, holidays to you and yours. 473-4229.

We Are Family

Honoring the holidays, Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus devotes this month's meeting to family issues: Should the gay community center its political focus on family topics such as domestic partnerships, marriage, adoption, child custody, health care, and other such basic, elemental human rights that so many other folks take completely for granted? Guest speaker Andrew Sullivan, editor of the New Republic, is featured, Tue., Dec. 5, 7-9pm at MCC Austin. 474-0750.

Blue Lights Anonymous

It's so American to expect to get when you give. Oh well:

*Check out the Do the Wright Thing Art Auction, Sun., Dec. 3, 5pm, 200 Colorado St. Esther's Follies' Amos Ewing (does the name just scream auctioneer or what?) will make with the going once-going twice SOLD! Steven Dorster and Will Sexton play while complimentary chow is scarfed. The free event features 100 works by Austin artist David Erickson. The sales benefit the HIV Wellness Center and the 125-year-old Wright Home which the organization is currently renovating to use as rent-free, new offices. 469-7885 or 472-7253.

*We promised more details about this year's Holiday Bizarre Bazaar at City Grill (through Dec. 23, 5:30-10:30pm, nightly); so here goes: Over 150 area businesses contribute gift certificates ranging from $5 to $150 for the month-long sale. You pay the list price of the certificate (redeemable for an equal amount of goods), and every dollar benefits ASA's Paul Kirby Fund, the emergency account for the over 1,000 folks living with the AIDS virus here in Austin. Here are some of the goods: Emerald's clothing $50; Austin Futons $100, an evening of fun at the Carousel Lounge $100 (that's a lot of fun at the Carousel); and some of the joints: Hilton, Louie's 106, NW Vet Hospital, Toad Hall, Brio!, and Whole Earth Provision, among many others. 479-0817.

*Wheatsville Arts Festival, Sat. & Sun., Dec. 2 & 3, 10am-dusk, 3101 Guadalupe, features live tunes and 65 booths with hundreds of cool holiday gift/works of art from the woodworking, weaving, painting, metalworking, soaping, and kilning disciplines, and then some. 478-2667.

*The folks at Women & Their Work remind you that they have some swell (actually, their press release says, "wacky") gifts -- ceramics, glassware, lamps, cards, jewelry, and many hand-made contemporary goods -- perfect for the holidays. The gift shop even says so with a big scrawl of swirly letters right outside their nice, new digs on Lavaca. The works are open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat. 10am-4pm. 477-1064.

*Critter Buddies holds a Dog & Cat Adoption Day, Sat., Dec. 2, 2-6pm, 1628 Ohlen & Research. 281-2687.

*And also on the puppy/kitty tip (or lick) there's Pictures With Santa to benefit NW Austin/Cedar Park SPCA. Yup, the Jolly Bearded One will pose with puss or pup for a holiday pic. There are two locations and many dates and times. 335-6300.n

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