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Get Downtown With Your Bad Selves

By Kate X Messer, November 1, 1996, Columns

While their advance hype is a tad too precious for us (Downtown... setting the precedent for fun!), the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) (née Downtown Management Organization) has the right idea when it comes to getting the general public out in the grid -- entertain them, they will come. Promoters of the Tuesday Noontime Concerts at Regents' Plaza, Sixth & Colorado (uuuh, that would be Tuesdays, at noon...), the DAA heads into the nighttime for their Election Day special First Tuesday Downtown, Tue, Nov 5, 5-9pm, which will feature musicians and dancers, sidewalk sales, art shows, and performance art, among other forms of merriment and mirth all over Congress Avenue from the Capitol Building to Town Lake. 469-1766.

PowWower of the Drum

Last year's AISD American Indian Powwow was an amazing flurry of color and fanfare celebrating American indigenous culture. This year, even more artists, dancers, and musicians from many corners, from many tribes, head to Austin for the nation's largest single-day powwow. Staffed entirely by volunteers, this year's gathering, Sat, Nov 2, at the Toney Burger Center promises to be bigger than ever. Admission is free; remember to leave room for fry bread! 837-2663.

Power Plant to the People

The Friends of the Seaholm would like to see the ol' warhorse put to use and avoid the fate of the wrecker ball. The retired power plant at
800 W. Cesar Chavez recalls the art deco era in Austin's history. The Friends invite the public for a Tour of the Seaholm, Wed, Nov 6, 2:30pm., to support an initiative to ask City Council to ready the facility for cultural use by the year 2000. There is free parking at the south side of the building, where the tour (hosted by Councilmember Beverly Griffith) begins. 442-5282.

Hard-Headed Biker Types

Why restate the obvious? Errr, because the Helmet Law really does suck? The League of Bicycling Voters is working hard to repeal the law, not out of disdain for protective head gear nor out of contempt for social order but instead for the pure, elemental principle of the thing: The government should not intervene in matters of personal responsibility. The League meets Monday nights at 7pm at Scholz Bier Garten. or 441-7869 or check out their website

Chasing the Dream

Well, we don't know (or much care) what appears to you in your dreams, but the suggestive title of the Tail Chaser's Dream Gala & Auction probably doesn't mean what you think. It's a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Austin & Travis County. The sweeping vistas of Citiview Bed & Breakfast, 1406 E. Riverside, will backdrop the Preview Dinner, Fri, Nov 8, 6-9pm, featuring special guest Kinky Friedman (there was a rumor of some humor...). The Gala & Live/Silent Auction is at the UT Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto, Thu, Nov 14, 6-10pm. 837-9985.

Up Against the Wall, Mofo

City of Austin Art in Public Places Program wants you, you wild artist type. The new Ralph W. Yarborough Branch Library is to be housed in the old American Theatre (on Hancock, west of Burnet), and is in need of some artful tarting in the way of murals, environmental graphics, or lightweight sculpture, you know: Public Art. The Project Information Meeting, Sat, Nov 9, 10:30am will be held at the North Loop Branch Library. Architects will describe the project and give prospective winners of the $10,000 commission tours of the site. 397-1455.

Out of the Water?

Come on out this Sun, Nov 3, 4pm for the Save Our Springs (S.O.S.) Victory Celebration to herald the results of the suit in the Texas Court of Appeals and to rally the troops full steam ahead. Jimmy LaFave, Beto y los Fairlanes, and Michael Fracasso star in Rhythm Runs Through It at La Zona Rosa. Tickets are $10. 477-2320.

Wish Upon a List

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