Public Notice

Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

Break out the spangles, Babs. Let bad taste be your guide at Viva Las Vegas, the annual funder for AIDS Services of Austin, happening Saturday, April 26, 8pm-midnight, at the Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces. Besides DYI fashion action, look for faux gambling, live and silent auctions, the "Love Me Tender" Wedding Chapel presided over by the King himself, plus a raft of extravagant door prizes, including airline tickets, theatre comps, and a spanking new Honda Civic.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $20 if you wanna get in on the Honda drawing. This year's proceeds are earmarked for the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, ASA's pro bono legal arm. 406-6173 or 406-6115.

Do We Hear Slumber Party?

Feeling a shade under after last night's Vegas romp? Tough tatas, missy, because Sunday morning puts you right back at the scene of the grime. Through a cruel twist of scheduling, the Austin Music Hall is also the site of Workout for Hope, Sunday, April 27, 208 Nueces. Registration opens at 10am and the so-called fun starts at 11am -- a three-hour workout with the indefatigable Cathy Ryden and other well-known sadists, ah, fitness instructors. Money raised will help fund research for HIV/AIDS and related cancers at City of Hope, a national medical and research facility. 320-7010.

Tie Dye For

The fourth annual Austin Bob Marley Festival livelies up itself Sunday, April 27, noon-10pm, at Auditorium Shores. Admission is free, but they're asking everyone to bring two cans of edibles for the Capital Area Food Bank. You'll also want to pack some cash for your own care and feeding: Cajun, Ethiopian, and Caribbean foods head the vendor list this year and, of course, there'll be the usual round of jewelry, crafts, and Marley chatchkas. Scoff now. After the third round of No Woman, No Cry, you'll be ready to tie-dye the dog.

Wild Thang

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, don't miss the prelims of the 5th Annual Miss Universal Thang Drag Beauty Pageant this Sat, Apr 26, at 'Bout Time, 9601 N. I-35. Hopefuls hit the stage at 10:30pm, with the vivacious Miss Augusta Blush officiating. The event finals are on for May 10, same time and place, so mark your calendar accordingly. Proceeds help support Project Transitions, which provides hospice, housing, and support services for people with AIDS.

The Rest of You Just Skip Ahead

We always feel a bit giddy mentioning $150/plate dinners, but remarkably, some of our readers can actually afford these things. If you're one, consider the Share Our Strength benefit dinner, slated for Sun, Apr 27, at the Shoreline Grill. You know the drill: cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner at 7pm, silent auction ongoing throughout. This year's sale focuses on a series of handpainted platters and chairs donated by over 40 local artists and designers, so you should be able to pick up a snazzy accent piece over the hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit Caritas and the Sustainable Food Center. 477-5584.

He Put the Out in Takeout

Last-minute notice on Gary Wu, a Chinese gay and lesbian rights activist, who'll speak at UT, Thu, April 24, 7:30pm, in the Education Building, SZB 104. Wu has published and produced two books and a video on gay and lesbian life in China, and is a co-founder of one of only two gay organizations on the mainland. No dry theorist, he was also jailed for organizing a lesbian disco at the international women's conference in Beijing. Along with his talk, Wu will screen his film Comrade: A Record of the Survival of the Lesbian and Gay Community in Beijing, 1995-1996. The event is free and open to the public.

Are You or Have You Ever Been a Craftsperson?

Finally, the Clarksville/West End Jazz and Arts Festival is accepting vendor applications for its ninth annual fest, coming June 14-15 in Pease Park. Interested? 477-9438.

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