A Boxer Brief
Here Comes the Cool
We're all for the end of this blazing summer. Good riddance, we say. Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance has taken it upon themselves to declare summer officially over at their 1998 Summer Closeout party at La Zona Rosa, Fri, Sep 4, 8pm. The gathering will feature the tuneage of Hot Club of Cowtown, the Humblebums, and Kacy Crowley. Tickets are $8, with proceeds benefitting ALAA. Companies who already belong to ALAA may qualify for free tickets, when re-upping annual membership. 407-8980.
Spice Girls, Out Kino, In
Speaking of hot ... by the time you read this, the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) will be about halfway through its 11th year. From what we've seen, crowds are packin' (perhaps in more ways than one, don't ask us ...) and can't get enough. They also can't get enough of "Kino," the official spokesmodel of aGLIFF, adopted from last year as aGLIFF's permanent mascot. Now, the volunteer dudes insist that Kino is sans gender, an ambiguous usher and friendly host, lighting the way to your seat. The aGLIFF program, however, refers to Kino as a "he" in its welcome. Well, no matter; there's room for all sorts — that is the point, isn't it?
It wouldn't be a festival without schtuff to shill, now would it? You can find Kino on just about everything this year. Here're some of the goodies and prices: Kino stickers, $1-3; Kino keyring, $3.50; Kino blue beer glass, $6; Kino coffeebowl, $7.50; Kino diary, $8; Kino and aGLIFF fest T-shirts, $12, Kino caps and pens, $12.99; and groovy black Kino briefcase, $39. email@example.com or 750-1717.
If waiting in line with all those babes at aGLIFF doesn't get you out of the closet and you can't wait 'til October 10 for Coming Out Day, you might wish to consider joining a Coming Out Group. Coming out to family and friends as gay or lesbian can be rough. Some people have instant personal support. Some do not. Waterloo Counseling Center is offering time-limited, 10-week interval Coming Out Groups at the Cornerstone Gay & Lesbian Community Center. The good news is that the purpose of the groups isn't to force anybody "out" but to create a safe buffer zone for folks to explore issues before telling the world. The bad news is that the enrollment is limited to 10 people in each group and the first two groups are full. However, Waterloo says they'll open groups as needed and are taking names on waiting lists now. 444-9922.
We are tweaking and honing and buffing here in ye ol' Chrondom. As you'll notice, the majority of our new design changes are happening in the "back of the book," as they say in the black & white & read all over biz. Our Classifieds and Calendar Listings sections are seeing facelifts. Well, they had to harvest those skin grafts from somewhere, right? One of them comes right out of your old faithful "Public Notice." The Austin Chronicle"Benefits" section has now moved to the Calendar Listings on our brand new Community page. How does that change things? Well, first, you should check under the Benefits heading to see how to send your info in. As far as "Public Notice" is concerned, look for more in-depth profiles and featurettes, and please feel free to submit art (photos, logos, etc.) with your press releases. Hang in there; change is good ... or something.
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