Chaps & Lassos... Yeeee-Haw! The Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) is hosting a Yard Sale, Sat, Nov 29, 9am-3pm at 1803 Temple (3/4 mile east of Airport on MLK). They promise lots of tasteful (gay cowpokes?! How can ya go wrong?) and quasi-tasteful items. The buncha bullriders have raised over $1.5 million for groups like Project Transitions, Pediatric AIDS League, Center for Battered Women, and more. Donations for the sale will also be accepted. 928-2776. Toward No More World AIDS Days Art's power to communicate, express, and stimulate is sacrificed each World AIDS Day, December 1 for the Day Without Art to symbolize the significance of every life lost to AIDS. This Mon, Dec 1 resurrects our annual community tribute, Body Count, a performance/non-performance to gather people together to remember those we have lost and to send a message of hope and support to those currently living with HIV. Body Count begins at 6pm at Cesar Chavez & Congress, where folks meet to begin a silent walk up Congress Avenue. The walk ends at the Capitol Building, where participants lie down on scattered flower petals on the walkway. After the audience participation, local performers including Andrea Beckham, Tina Marsh, Lourdes Pérez, Boyd Vance, and more will bring art back to the people, where it belongs. 447-6222.
Also, the American Red Cross is hosting four Free HIV/AIDS Courses in four different locations and times to honor the day with education and awareness (all sessions are 7-9pm): Mon, Dec 1, Hays County Service Center, 215 W. San Antonio, San Marcos; Tue, Dec 2, Williamson County Service Center, 1106 S. Mays, Round Rock; Wed, Dec 3, Red Cross HQ, 2218 Pershing; Thu, Dec 4, First United Methodist, 1101 Bluebonnet, Marble Falls. 800/928-4271. As If MacDonald's Doesn't Already Rule the World... Hear about the proposed "next step" toward creating a global economy and bask in the chill of the invasion of the multi-nationals. The Austin Alliance for Democracy and the Texas office of Public Citizen present a Public Forum on Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), Wed, Dec 3, 7-9pm at the Texas AFL-CIO, 11th & Lavaca. Some are calling MAI "NAFTA on steroids." Texas Observer founder Ronnie Dugger and Public Citizen's James Scott will speak. 453-0777 or 477-1155. Does Turkey Make You Trot? Don't forget! ThunderCloud Subs annual Turkey Trot is at 9am, Thanksgiving morning, Thu, Nov 27. The 5 mile competitive and fun run, 1.2 mile fun walk, and kids' run starting at the Zilker Soccer Fields is to benefit Caritas of Austin, who will have their hands full doing what they do best -- caring for Austin's working poor, homeless, and legal refugees throughout this busy holiday season. 479-8815, ext. 401. A Place at the Table Out Youth is making sure that there's room at the table for everybody, Thu, Nov 27, 2pm, Thanksgiving Day. It's a safe, welcoming, and free Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch for gay and lesbian youth at Cornerstone, 1117 Red River. You don't even have to bring a dish. Area eateries are donating the grub, and adult and younger volunteers are still needed for set-up. Please call if you'd like to help or attend. 708-1234. ...And for Dessert Local Camp Fire Boys & Girls are taking to the streets, armed with boxes of diet-destroying almond roca, mint patties, P'Nutties, almond caramel clusters, and more, Selling Candy now through Thu, Dec 11. If you can't find them in front of a hardware store or grocery, call for details. 462-2777. B'ball en la CASA! Raise da Rooooof! Pro basketball is hitting the boards here in town as the Austin Cyclones play their first home game, Fri, Nov 28 at the Toney Burger Center. A portion of the night's proceeds will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the folks who provide a child's "voice in court" for kids removed from homes in abuse or neglect cases. This time, though, the court has a basket at each end, two teams of squeaking sneakers (Austin plays the El Paso Flames), and a home team section of screaming fans. For tickets, 469-SHOW or 478-DUNK; CASA, 459-2272. Be a Pal Pediatric AIDS League needs all you budding Saint Nicks and Nicoles. They need to provide Christmas for approximately 250 kids this year. Their goal is to provide each child with three gifts (toy, socks/undies, stuffed animal, etc.). You can either donate new items or elect to Adopt a Family for Christmas. 892-4776. Little Wings & Bat Wings Here are two opportunities to donate canned and packaged goods to help the Capital Area Food Bank and to help yourself to some silly fun. First, the Electric Lounge is the site for the Jimi Hendrix Birthday Party, Fri, Nov 28 (a day late, due to Turkey Day), 8:30pm. Admission is two canned goods. Then attend any of the Ice Bats first five December home games at the Travis County Expo Center, Dec 4-18 and donate for a chance at some great prizes. CAFB, 282-2111; Electric Lounge, 476-FUSE; or Ice Bats, 927-PUCK. Chick Rock Rules! Some of Austin's finest girl rockers (and rockers who just wish they were girls...) come out in force, Sat, Dec 6, 9pm at the Hole in the Wall for an estrocentric night of Chick Rock paying homage to female rock & rollers from the past four and a half decades of rawk. Handful, Bigfoot Chester, Scarlitt, Shindigs, Ant Man Bee, members of the Pocket FishRmen and Wannabes, and more, will get all yonnic to benefit Blue Santa. Pour us a stiff one, D.