Sign of Love
When we were kids husking coconuts in South Florida, we went to the old House
That Walt & Mickey Built more times than any adult should care to admit (in
the 100s, if you must know). Of course, part of every Disney jaunt included
that veritable Benetton-ad of a boat ride, the mesmerizing (at age 10),
charming (by age 12), cute (by age 15), and (by the time we reached 19) totally
obnoxious It's a Small World ride, which featured hundreds of little
mantra-singing dollies dressed in the clichéd finery of many nations of
the world. Aaaaarrrgh! Now we are old and delight in the sort of
nostalgia and irony that the ride spawns. The International Children`s
Festival, Sat, Oct 19, 11am-6pm at Central Park, 38th & Lamar, promises
a fun-filled, cultural celebration for the little ones, sponsored by our
Austin Children's Museum (ACM), which means it will be groovy in that
multi-culti way without all the cloying corporate new world order ick. Since
it's ACM, expect world-class entertainment, storytimes, and hands-on activities
and playworks -- all for only $4! 472-2499.
The fine folks of the Mathews Elementary PTA have sent out lovely
hand-colored invitations (ours by student Maya Akin... Cool job, Maya, thanks!)
to their "ultimate Austin experience" or Octoberama, as they call it,
Sat, Oct 19, 11am-3pm at the school, 906 West Lynn. The fall fest features
games, silent auction, music, international foods, and entertainment by the
Melancholy Ramblers, Sean Phillips, Shannon Sedgewick, Herman Bennett &
David Christy, The Taptations, Daniel Llanes, Kim Soo Karate, and more.
Another kool kid event is in the works: The Discovery Fair, Sat, Nov
16, 10am-6pm will be held at (and benefit) the Children's Discovery Center,
4112 Duval. They already have a sketch of their line-up of entertainers,
activities, and food vendors, but are looking for more. So if any of you artist
or musician or culinary types are interested in helping the local preschool
out, please call. 458-1891.
Discover Your Inner Child...
Helmet Law making you feel like a loyal, childlike subject of a benevolent
dictatorship? ... one of the new traditionalists? Well, there's this swell
flyer circulating our fair berg which sums it up so well. We reprint it here in
its entirety for you: "Are we not kids? Coming [Sun,] Oct 20,
Mandatory Helmet Fashion Show, 35th & Guadalupe at Ozone Bikes.
Finally you get to vote! Prizes for most outrageous and disturbing. We are
...and Your Outer One
Big, bad über deejay Jenn Garrison says that she has "always been
disturbed by that imaginary line we seem to have musically drawn through
downtown Austin. Yup... I-35." So the eager-beaver station manager of UT's
student station KVRX is doing something about it and will be hosting the
KVRX Shindig at the Victory Grill, Waller & 11th, Fri, Oct 18, 8pm,
featuring the Golden Arm Trio, Glosso Babel, 90% Effective, and Brown Hornet.
Blurring Imaginary Lines
Hey sassy range riders, if'n y'kin keep yr feet outta them stirrups long
enough, y'kin scoot yr boots over to the Buckaroos & Cowgals Ball,
Sat, Oct 26, 8pm-midnight at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Emcee Bama Brown from
KVET and Don Walser'll be there with his Pure Texas Band and you can chew on
some exotic barbecue (we're talking ostrich, antelope...). The evening is a
fundraiser for the HIV Wellness Center and presentation ceremony of the
1996 Red Ribbon Awards which pay tribute to outstanding examples of champions
in the fight against HIV and the caregivers of those living with it. Tickets
for the buckaroo blowout are $60 per cowpoke and $110 for tandem riders.
467-0088 or 418-8708.
Money for school is as good as gold if you are struggling to pursue a higher
education. The talent, the drive, the skill might be there, but when the bucks
don't line up, you're looking at matriculation through the wrong end of the
telescope. Austin's American Business Women's Association host Denim
& Diamond, their annual auction/fundraiser Dollars for Scholars
benefit, Sat, Oct 19, 7pm, at the Austin Country Club, 44080 Long Champ.
Tickets are $25 for entertainment by Tom Allen's Music Machine, dancing,
fajitas, and more. 343-1014 or 706-6378.
A Student's Best Friend
The national goal is to raise $10 million to fight a disease which affects
over four million Americans and to assist those affected. The local event is
the 5K walk which is one of the many events happening across the country in
conjunction with the 200 Alzheimer`s Association community chapters.
Local chapters provide such services as professional seminars, support, and
monthly orientation groups, and more. Alzheimer's Association Memory
Walk, Sat, Oct 19, departs from the Lakeline Mall Food Court Entrance at
Here's a call-up: Austin's local coalition of people living with HIV needs
officers or will cease to exist. The Voice began as a group in the
spring of 1994 and has hosted forums devoted to issues of concern to the HIV
community. The current secretary/treasurer Clifford Ueltschey is the last
officer of the organization and wishes to inform the community of his
intentions to close the organization on December 31, 1996. "It is possible that
there is presently no need... for the Voice. But I feel uncomfortable
closing... without letting people who might be interested to know that these
possibilities exist." 320-7527.
Listen; Be Heard
We're assuming that you know about tonight's (Thu, Oct 17, 6pm) Costume
Creation Carnival at Top Drawer Thrift Shop (see column last week)
to benefit Project Transitions. We're also assuming that you are scoping
out all of the chilling Halloween events to show off that bloody get-up. Well,
here's one to wake the dead: Waterloo Counseling Center throws its
annual Halloween Costume Ball, Sat, Oct 26, 9pm-1am at the Radisson
Hotel downtown. This is one of those "see & be seen" deals (and what better
way than in cognito?!) This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the
local counseling center which provides a variety of sliding-scale mental health
care services to the gay community. 329-9922.
You Go, Ghoul!
The Lesbian Avengers don't just want your daughters, they want your
cash! They want you to come to the Electric "Lady" Lounge, 302 Bowie, and have
a gas with them, Girl Robots (9pm), Quatropaw (10pm), Horsies (11pm), 66 Shasta
(12mid), and Stealin' Dirt (1am), to help "fund politicalness" (their words,
not ours) Fri, Oct 18, 9pm. Why? Because they love you. 469-2915.
Sing the Ladies Electric!