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Party Like It's 1997

Whhhooooooo Hoooooooooooooo! It's time to get naked and... oops... sorry! That was last year. Heh-heh. No, the theme for this year is moderation... and sensible celebration. Yeah, right. As we have said many times in this column: If you're going to get stinky, get stinky for a good cause. Look right over there to your right, to the Benefits column, for two of the New Year's best bets benefiting Christopher House and KOOP Radio. Then get a Safe Ride Home, should the need arise! 434-7788.

Ethereal Arti$t$

The debate over who owns what in the art realm has been raging since the first sabre-toothed human chiseled the first © next to his or her name. So, why should our latest evolutionary step be any different? The Internet is the new playground for artists known and unknown and artist wannabes flexing their mouses for the whole wide world to see. And usually for free. Who determines when and how artists, writers, musicians, etc., are compensated for their work on the Web? Artists` Legal & Accounting Assistance of Austin (ALAA) is hosting a free seminar, Art in Cyberspace, Sat, Jan 18, 1-4pm at the UT Law School Auditorium. The afternoon program will explore the ramifications of all sides of the intellectual property debate; the Internet as a source of income; technical aspects of doing business on the Net; and the pitfalls of cyberspace as art forum. The half-day seminar will feature artists, legal eagles, and Internet pros dealing with these issues. 476-4458.

Our Fair Planet

Trade shows are trade shows, right? You go, you pick up a few pens embossed with some company's logo, some handy standard & metric rulers imprinted with some company's logo, and one or two of those fuzzy troll things to stick on your computer, prominently displaying... you guessed it, some company's logo. Some guy with a belly peeking over his Sans-a-belt approaches and patiently you sit through the sales pitch nodding sincerely and doing your damnedest to look like you give a goddamn about his latest widget, all the while distractedly sizing up his swag situation. Finding that belly guy has no trolls, no pens, no funny wooden nickels with his company logo, dejectedly you head for the next trick, the next vendor in hopes they might offer some free Hershey's Huggsreg.. It's an exhausting process, but for some reason, you keep going. Maybe it's that satisfaction of dumping out your goody bag afterward like some greedy kid with rotting teeth on Halloween. Or maybe you really like widgets.

Now, we're not saying that this particular trade show is going to be any different. No, despite the fact that the Eco-Fair Texas has been an Austin fixture for six years, we have never gone. No, we haven't. And we love trade shows. We are planning on going this year. The fair encourages ecologically as well as economically sound farming, ranching, landscaping, and gardening practices, such as sustainable agriculture, organic farming and holistic livestock management, composting, native plants, and recycling. We bet Suzy Banks goes to this fair. We are really going to go this year. This year, the fair is Fri-Sat, Jan 24-25, 9am-6pm at the Palmer Auditorium, our favorite place for trade shows! 418-8708.

Thumbing Through

Every month, we receive newsletters from local public-service organizations. Most memberships to these groups come with subscriptions to their newsletters. Here are a few of our favorites which have crossed the desk in the last month or so....

Vaccine Reaction is the bi-monthly publication of the National Vaccine Information Center. Sound stuffy and scientific? Well, it carries news of interest to folks who think that mandatory vaccination is a crock of shots. Write to: NVIC, 512 W. Maple Ave., #206, Vienna, VA 22180. 703/938-0342 or

Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization (ALLGO) offers ¡ALLGO Pasa!, chock full of news of note for local joto/as. Our fave is a feature called "Chisme y Mas," a dishy little rundown which... well, let's let it speak for itself:

"What local Director crashed the bath house open house to scope out the new digs... aren't you ever off the clock?... What local bar fly continues to insist that the hickey on his neck was from the Chupacabra itself??????...".

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