Buff Stuff Rebuff
Hippo Birdie Two Ewes!!!
We don't usually use this space for birthday regards, but in this case, we just can't help it; it's part of the event. The Lourdes Perez Annual Birthday Concert, Buffet & Benefit for Chiapas, this Sun, Feb 15, 3pm, celebrates the b'day of one of Austin's most giving performers. Perez is always generously playing for this cause or that. And here she is, giving again... and on her own damn birthday, no less. So come on out and show your appreciation. Donations will be collected for humanitarian aid for the more than 6,000 displaced indigenous people in Chiapas in lieu of actual birthday gifts. The party is at La Casita, 1009 1/2 Cherico bordering Boggy Creek Farm. Happy Birthday, Lourdes! firstname.lastname@example.org or 442-5986.
Also, the Comité de Solidaridad con Chiapas y Mexico will be hosting Chiapachanga - a Gathering for Chiapas, Thu, Feb 19, 8pm featuring Big Game Hunter, Concerto Grosso with Yashi, Roots & Wisdom, and others at the Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th. 416-8885.
Motor Over to PODER
What a yummy way to mark a political, and more importantly, an environmental victory: This Tue, Feb 17, 6:30pm, People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) celebrates their Fifth Anniversary Tank Farm Closure Victory with a Taste of East Austin potluck dinner with samples from area restaurants. It'll be held at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile, with a $7 donation. The environmental justice group focuses on issues relating to public health hazards in communities of color. The "tank farm" was a fuel storage facility at Springdale & Airport. PODER was instrumental in getting it shut down. 472-9921.
Buy Stuff; Help People
You got money to burn, tiger, you can't fool us. You hit the thrifts, yard, and garage sales every weekend. You live for "vintage" owl trivets and pussycat clocks. Your collection of avocado and goldenrod housewares will never be complete. You could never part with that autographed copy of PJ Proby's "Nikey Hokey." Your house brims with kitsch from just about every period of Americana. Well, there are two events this weekend with your name on 'em.
First, Temple Inland Mortgage Corp. is hosting a Huge Garage Sale to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Sat, Feb 14, 8am-3pm at Tamarind Vintage, 104 E. 31st. The corp. says that last year they donated over $150,000 to the House. Whoa. The sale is also featuring a raffle and baked goods. 320-1135.
Then on Sun, Feb 15, 10am-6pm, KGSR & 101X host their annual Rock & Roll Swap Meet & Silent Auction at the Austin Music Hall, Second & Nueces. It's only $3 at the door and discount coupons are available at Tropical Tantrum, Mr. Gatti's, and the K-Geezer studios, 8309 N. I-35. The silent auction will benefit AIDS Services of Austin and will feature all sorts of junk signed by, touched, or otherwise breathed on or affiliated with some famous people. (Okay, if you must know: Bob Dylan, Ben Folds Five, John Fogerty, Big Head Todd, Steve Earle, Melissa Etheridge, BB King, Pearl Jam, Paula Cole, Rod Stewart, and many more.) 462-3333.