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Ruthless! The Benefit

By Kate X Messer, January 17, 1997, Columns

Zachary Scott Theatre takes a hard look at manipulation, drive, aggression, and greed, with a story of ambition-gone-mad. Hmmmmm... Sounds like it could be about the publishing industry.... Well, this special benefit performance of Ruthless! The Musical does benefit our locally produced, statewide gay newspaper The Texas Triangle, and premieres (tonight) Thu, Jan 16, 8pm on Zach's Kleberg Stage, but the award-winning ("Best Off-Broadway Musical") satire actually skewers the behind-the-scenes tarpit that the theatre can sometimes be. So expect the usual pushy stage moms, heartless critics, and grating kiddie actors in this tale of one tike's hike to the top. This Dave Steakley production (Dreamgirls, Forever Plaid,... Heck, what hasn't he done??) promises cruel amounts of fun with a stellar line-up of overly ambitious... errrrrrrrr... we mean overly talented theatre-types like Meredith Robertson, Maddie Gatling, Barbara Chisholm, Meta Rosen, Janis Stinson, Kristen Holmstrom, and Joe York. Now, get up on stage you li'l nippers and sing your li'l hearts out! 476-0541.

Season With Love

Here's warm news to melt the chill of this icy week: Our pals at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) are happy to announce that there will be plenty of Food for All Seasons. CAFB, which is actually a network of many food banks, invites you and yours to the groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the opening of their new distribution center at 8201 S. Congress (apx. 3/4 mile north of Slaughter), Sat, Jan 18, 1-4pm. They promise an afternoon full of live music, games, prizes, free food, and four seasons of family fun. If summer is included in the deal, count us in! 448-2111.


UT's African-American Cultural Committee is bringing keynote speaker Dr. Sterling Lands to the LBJ Auditorium, Mon, Jan 20, 7pm as a part of Dream 2000, A New Harvest, the community festivities which also feature an essay contest, gospel music, a march, and a rally in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 475-6666.

Anonymously Yours

This Sun, Jan 19, Overeaters Anonymous celebrates its 37th birthday. No parade, no balloons, no fanfare... just a quiet passing of time, commemorating 37 years of service and fellowship for overeaters around the U.S. Locally, the group has a chapter, plus a central Texas regional coordination effort exists, called the Heart of Texas OA Intergroup. The intergroup provides resources to OA groups in central Texas which assist folks in recovering from compulsive eating. The principles of OA seem to be based on the AA 12-Step paradigm. Each month Heart of Texas OA publishes a newsletter listing not only a full page of Austin-OA activities, but also all of the meetings of the outlying groups, as well as other recovery resources. 327-2802.

Cost in Space

Don't forget: Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance of Austin (ALAA) is hosting a free seminar, Art in Cyberspace, this 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 and other issues. 476-4458.

Up the Creek

Quick!! There are only a few hours left to take advantage of 5% Day at both Whole Foods Markets (Sixth & Lamar and Gateway). Until 11pm (tonight), Thu, Jan 16, for every dollar spent, 5cents goes to the Save Barton Creek Association to help create the Barton Springs Education Center at Zilker Park. 328-2481.

Live Through This

Take charge of your life. Maintain health. Live through this! If you are or know someone who is HIV positive, call AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) and find out all you need to know about Taking Charge: Strategies for Healthy Living, the three-part support series, Tuesdays, Jan 21, 28, and Feb 4, 6:30-9pm at ASA's office. 406-6162.

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