West by Westwest
By Kate X Messer, Fri., March 12, 1999
March at the March March
That foul, fetid palaver emanating from the capitol orifice of one particular pompous Pampa panderer won't stop The March on Austin March for Our Families, next weekend, Sun, Mar 21. And since you've already got the date circled on your calendar, Lesbian & Gay Rights Lobby of Texas asks you to consider volunteering for the day to help count the people who want to stand up and be counted. They Call for Volunteers for the day of the March march to sign in participants. The march has been organized to protest two insane house bills intended to ban the adoption and fostering of children by people who the state classify to be homosexual. Scary, huh? Sheesh! Next thing you know, they'll be trying to pass a bill saying that religious zealots are unfit parents, too. http://www.lgrl.orgor 474-5475.
The tots and teens and in-betweens will be running rampant in a short few months. What are your summer plans? Endless days in front of the toob, glazing over to the endless Nanny re-runs and Springer run-ins? Our Kids magazine wants to bring kids, parents and the purveyors of Central Texas' many Summer Camp Programs together for an afternoon. This weekend, Sat, Mar 13, 1-5pm, the Northwest Rec Center, 2913 Northland, will be host to Camp Fair '99. There will also be a Summer Job Fair for high school and college types, so make sure big bro or sis come along; there will be food, entertainment, and activities. 236-8417.
Salsa, Herbs & Brew
Friday, Saturday, Sunday! Bing, bang, boom. This pre-Spring Break, pre-SXSW wild weekend starts the Spring season blooming.
- Toqui Amaru and Sazón will make with the phat Latin and salsa beats this Fri, Mar 12, 7-10pm at the Grace Methodist Church, 205 E. Monroe, one block east of Congress, between Riverside & Oltorf) for the Benefit Hurricane Relief Concert & Dance. Bring $5 to enter, a few more for food and fun, and get ready to be salsafied. 442-4731.
- Danny Santos and Los Despeinados will take different shifts at this weekend's Wheatsville Herb Fair, Sat, Mar 13, 10am- 6pm at 3101 Guadalupe. The annual free fair presents many local growers and their wares along with visiting guest artists and speakers. 478-2667.
- Hic! Shawn O'Connor's Irish Fest is this weekend, as well. Proceeds from the annual tribute to green will go to American Institute for Learning (AIL), helping at-risk youth obtain skills and proper education to survive this crazy mixed up world. The fest is Sun, Mar 14, 1-6pm at La Zona Rosa. Adult admission is $7 and kids are free. Does green beer and green Sprite make you pee green? 472-3395.
Hotels Make You Hostile? Try Our Austin Hostel
While our venerable couch-crashers' dreampad Hostelling International-Austin might very well be full-up, no-vacancy sign lit, no-room-at-the-inn crowded for SXSW week, next week, Sat, Mar 13-Sun, Mar 21, it still might be worth a visit for the out-of-towners. The reason is two-fold, maybe even three-fold: First, our Austin Hostel has a monthly (and hopefully soon again weekly) Wednesday Night Songwriters' Series, where live entertainment is booked, so bring a demo. Second, if you have overflow in the couch and floor club of visiting SXSW wanderers, send them over to the hostel. If there is room, they can squeak in. If not, the folks at the Hostel invite weary travellers and those looking for vacancies to use their phone and facilities for their search. It's a great way to check the place out for that return visit, and for the locals, a great way to check out a treasure you might not have known exists. 444-2294.
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