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Little Toots & Twangs

Most musicians need only go back a generation or two to discover ancestor musicians in their family fronds. Ours goes back two, to a certain Uncle Clyde or "Red" as he was better known, whose gospel and country twangings earned him both a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame and a son-in-law named Pat Boone (which, yes, ties us inadvertently to ol' "White Bucks" -- helluva coming-out tale, eh?).

The point of touting this musical pedigree is to draw the line between generations and culture and impress upon you, dear readers, that the past can inspire the future. It is important for us to invest in the kid musicians of today -- brimming with drive, yet struggling for resources.

The Austin Music Commission is on a mission to match donated instruments with potential virtuosos. Take ol' Aunt Bessie's clarinet out of the attic, let the commission restore it, appraise it (tax break for you!), and hand it on to the next local Benny Goodman. The Musical Instrument Pool Program will find a home for your old guitars, horns, trap sets, etc.

And yes, we think of dear Uncle Red Foley each time we plug the SG into the Big Muff and dream about what our humbuckers could do for "Ol' Shep." 404-4368. Babies Making Babies

You don't have to be a dedicated follower of afternoon TV to know that the stats of teen pregnancy are busting out like a belly in third trimester. Travis County is hovering around the 500 mark for annual pregnancies in females age 16 and younger, which means that many more kids (hello, young males, we know your role in this) are making some serious errors in judgment when it comes to sexual responsibility. The Family Health Unit of the Austin/Travis Co. Health and Human Services will present No Way Baby, two half-day conferences for boys and girls ages 10-15, Wed-Thu, Jul 24-25 at Kealing Junior High. The program will hit hard on two levels: The session on July 24 will highlight postponing sexual activity. The July 25 session will provide comprehensive info on preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. They'll spring for breakfast, lunch, and entertainment in addition to the program. Pre-registration is highly recommended.473-4273.

Everybody's Revolting May Day it ain't, but here's a revolution of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural variations on the Independence Day theme:

[[perthousand]] The All-American Fourth of July en el Barrio celebrates to the sounds of Los Garcia Brothers, C'est La Vie, Rebelde, Fama & Jay Perez, Thu-Fri, Jul 4-5 at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Bergman. Gates open at 12 noon, Thu, Jul 4 and 5pm, Fri, Jul 5. Admission is $5, senior citizens -- $4; and kids 12 and under -- free. Proceeds benefit the Greater East Austin Youth League. 499-6718.

[[perthousand]] The Black Citizen's Task Force is taking their cue from the words of Frederick Douglass: "What to the American slave is your Fourth of July? I answer, a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim." The task force offers an alternative statewide celebration of African culture, called Self Liberation Now, Sat, Jul 6, 9am-7pm at the Doris Miller Auditorium, 2200 Rosewood. Admission is free. 469-6450.

[[perthousand]] Hooray for the rouge, blanc, et bleu! Celebrate the revolution! Liberty! Equality! Fraternity! Fourth? Schmourth! Bastille Day will be done up right at the French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St., Sun, Jul 14, noon--7pm. The Alliance Française hosts the shindig with the sound stylings of Bayou Beaujolais and Christine Albert, plus popular dancing, theatre, and other outdoor frivolities. It's $4 for non-members; members of the Alliance get a buck knocked off; and admission is free for kids under 12 and veterans (Surely, they don't mean of the French Revolution...). 495-9818.

[[perthousand]] See additional Fourth of July/holiday fun listings in both the Music and Calendar sections. Lakewatch Due to heavy holiday boat traffic and the resultant visibility problems, Jet Skis, Wet Bikes, and similar personal watercraft are PROHIBITED on Lake Travis for Fourth of July. The ban runs Thu, Jul 4, 12 midnight -- Fri, Jul 5, 12 midnight. Austin Parks & Rec means it! Violators could be fined up to $500. Or maybe Lt. Mitch Buchannon or his mammarily enhanced pal C.J. will just whack you over the head with their big, rosy... rescue cans. In your dreams, pal... 499-6718. n

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