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subUrban angst

It's always fun to have first crack at a locally shot and produced feature film. When your hipster pals from the Northeast or L.A. call you in a few months to snoot about this great flick shot in Texas, you can be all blasé and yawn, "Yeah, I saw that last winter. Did you see that dude in the Pontiac 6000? I know that dude!" Our very own Austin Film Society is proud to host the benefit-premiere of Austin writer-director Rick Linklater's (we feel silly putting one of these parenthetical thingies here since only three people in town don't know that he directed Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and Before Sunrise) subUrbia at the Paramount, Mon, Feb 10. The gala, a premiere in Houston (Mon, Feb 3), and Dallas (Thu, Feb 6), benefits the Texas Filmakers` Production Fund. AFS members have first crack at tickets; general sales begin Thu, Jan 30. 322-0145.

Dive In!

Media Grrls, Filmic Wimmin, Video Editrixes, and similarly synergistic sisters heed the call: Women's Access to Electronic Resources (WATER) is taking applications for new board members. Nomination deadline is Fri, Feb 21. 444-1672.

Laissez Le No Tooth Decay

The good times will indeed roll at this year's Mardi Gras Masked Ball Gala, Sat, Feb 8, 8pm-12:30am at the Four Seasons Hotel. Last year's ball provided enough dough to cover approximately 20% of the total operating costs and free patient services (and we're not talkin' beads and doubloons) of the Jack Sansing HIV Dental Clinic, Central Texas' only service of its kind which provides dental and oral care at little or no cost to HIV infected patients. Tickets are on sale through Thu, Feb 6 and include a New Orleans-style buffet, open bar, silent and live auction and live music by Hot Cakes. 478-8040.

Green Build It; We'll Come

The University of Texas School of Architecture and the Texas State Energy Conservation Office host William McDonough, award-winning architect, who will give a keynote address, "A Declaration of Interdependence, Humanity, Nature, and Technology," Wed, Jan 29, 9:30-11am, at the LBJ Auditorium on the UT campus. Part of the Texas Sustainable Building Professional Training Seminar, the free lecture which will emphasize strategies to minimize human impact on the environment through complementary design, is free and open to the public. 928-4786.

Speaking of Speakers

The UT Distinguished Speakers Committee presents Dr. Abraham Verghese, professor at Texas Tech Medical Center in El Paso and author of My Own Country: A Doctor's Story, who will relate his experiences working on the frontlines in the battle against HIV, helping AIDS patients in rural Tennessee. Dr. Verghese will present the free-and-open-to-the-public speech, My Own Country, Thu, Jan 30, 7pm in the Texas Union Ballroom. 475-6630.

Like Bikes?

Whoa! It's a wacky concept. We don't pretend to fully understand how it will work, but like you (or at least we hope you are), we are curious. So, we are going to make a point of heading down to Wheatsville to check out the new bike-share plan being implemented by our benevolent bike buds, Bikes Not Bombs (BNB). Here's the deal: Beginning Sat, Jan 25, BNB will release the first two dozen of what they hope to be many free, community bikes, not unlike successful programs in Amsterdam, Portland, Boulder, and a bunch others. The Yellow Bike Program involves the distribution of public bikes that are free for you to take and ride and then leave, unlocked, in a public place for the next person. 916-3553.

In wheelated news, Bicycle Austin! Week is coming up in May and both the Bicycle Advisory Council and the City of Austin Bike Program would like community input for some upcoming projects. Turning certain streets in the downtown grid into "bike boulevards" is but one of the topics and ideas being tossed about. 453-0438 or 505-5606.

We Have Three Words for You

Girl Scout Cookies. Mmmmmmm. 453-7391.
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