Public Notice

They're Heeeeeerrre...

The out-of-towners are taking over. So why not here, too? This week's column is dedicated to our throng of guests (and all that luscious green they bring to our Austin spring).

It's the Arts

Hello, new-to-towners! Welcome to Austin, Texas, and welcome to The Austin Chronicle's "Public Notice," as far as we know, the only column of its sort in this wacky world of alternative newsweeklies. Every week, we give Austin our snappy little assessments of the public service scene and make snappy little remarks about local charity events. This week, we've decided to focus on introducing you foreigner-types to the side of Austin's public service community which reflects your interests: music, film, multi-media... the arts. First, though, we thought we'd offer this handy phone list of services reflecting some of your other interests. You may need these while you are here.

Phone Home

EMS: 911

Correct Time & Temp.: 973-3555

Weather Forecast: 476-7744, 451-2424

Austin Tourist Info: 478-0098, 463-8586

Capital Metro Buses: 474-1200

To Locate Cars Towed by Police: 480-5001

Health Services -- People's Clinic: 478-8924

Texas Wildflower Hotline: 832-4059 (from March 16 on)

Dial-a-Prayer: 259-2760

Dial the Atheist: 458-5731

Sex Addicts Anonymous: 440-1494

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Info: 474-6789

Drug Abuse Hotline: 800/662-4357

U.S. Probation, Parole Office: 482-5761

U.S. Secret Service: 916-5103

Legal Aid of Central Texas: 476-7244

Taking Care of Our Own

Austin is a town as dedicated to public service as it is to maintaining its title: "Live Music Capital of the World." It only stands to reason that these communities intersect.

* Artists' Accounting & Legal Assistance (AALA) exists to provide up to 10 hours of pro bono accounting and legal services to artists for arts-related matters. They help demystify the twisted maze of legalese, assisting in things like contract negotiation, copyright, accounting, tax laws, and more. The organization also sponsors a number of seminars open to the public. 476-4458.

* SIMS Foundation was formed in memory of local musician Sims Ellison, who committed suicide with a shotgun in June of '95, two weeks after his band Pariah officially was dropped from Geffen Records. Like many musicians, Sims felt he was on his own to deal with stress, depression and an unfulfilled creative drive. Is it really better to better to burn out, than to fade away? Where does one turn for help? The foundation responds to the needs of musicians and artists in trouble and assists in providing mental health care at affordable costs. 494-1007 or

* Austin Free-Net is a cooperative effort involving Austin educational, civic, and corporate entities that provides community computing resources and on-line access for the benefit of citizens of the Austin area. 326-9084 or

* Women's Access To Electronic Resources (WATER) House says it all in their name. In this case, "electronic" means film, video, sound recording, and multi-media. 444-1672.

* American Institute for Learning (AIL) takes high school drop-outs and at-risk students and gives them hands-on experience and job training in multi-media, business, and/or construction. 472-3395 or

Church of Subtle Genius

Bob Newhart was "Bob" way before the be-piped Bob was "Bob," and this week, you have the rare opportunity to see the original slack-master himself at a benefit for Any Baby Can, Thu, Mar 20 at the Austin Music Hall. See Ken Lieck's groovy recommendation in this week's Calendar Listings for more info!

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