In a fit of thoughtfulness, out of respect for the bonfire tragedy at Texas A&M, Statesman
columnmeister John Kelso
cancelled his answer to public space dance performances, Remote
, where a bunch of guys stretched out on barcoloungers were to perform a post-feast pas de deux
, complete with frenetic fast-forwards and rewind re-enactments. Kelso's idea was a reaction to the Bridge
, a public dance performance held on the Congress Avenue Bridge. The good news (for sincere artist-types and jokesters alike) is that Body Count
, the annual pile up of dancers and performers created by local dancer/activist Sally Jacques
is still happening on Wed, Dec 1, at Barton Springs in honor of World AIDS Day
. Also to commemorate the day, the Interfaith Care Alliance
will participate in the Service of Remembrance & Hope
, Wed, Dec 1, 6pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1610 E. 11th. There will be a Candle Lighting Ceremony
at 5:45pm. The mission of the multi-denominational alliance is, refreshingly, not to evangelize or convert, but instead to care for and serve the seriously ill as a demonstration of their faith. 459-5883.
Please don't hurl any more full beer bottles (or empties, for that matter--) at 101X morning jock Jenn Garrison
. It wasn't Jenn on the air the morning the Aggie Bonfire news broke. It was a team of inexperienced staff auditioning for the morning crew position vacated when station manager Sara Trexler
announced her "retirement" into disgruntled housewifery (just kidding, Trexy). The team on the air at the time broke the story, perhaps attempting to approximate typical 101X sarcasm and irony, probably not realizing the scope of the tragedy, and probably not realizing that cuing up "Texas Fight" was in incredibly bad taste (we are probably being a bit generous). Unfortunately, since Garrison & Trexler have all but redefined that popular 6-10am radio slot, many a bleary-eyed Austin listener assumed it was Garrison, since she has been flying solo during Sara's absence, save for these ill-conceived audition slots (Radio Suit Yes Man #2 to Radio Suit Boss Man #1: "Hey! I've got a great idea! Let's put total novices on the air during one of our most popular shifts, when our most loyal listeners are tuned in!!"
Hope that guy got a raise -- ). No, Garrison wasn't even on the air last Thursday morning, but she and Trexler took control of the situation on Friday, issuing a public apology for the station and inviting the two errant deejays on air to apologize for themselves. Apparently, however, it seems that the word has not yet gotten out. On Saturday night, Garrison reports that a dude in his early 20s threw a full beer bottle at her. She ducked (and fortunately wasn't hit) as he yelled, "That's for what you said on the air about A&M, bitch!" Dork. 832-4000.
While we're at it, let's plug the Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas at 4300 N. Lamar. While the Drive to Replenish the Depleted Supplies at A&M is wrapping up, our local center is still in need of all types, but specifically O Negative. For the holidays, they will be opened today, Wed, Nov 24, 8am-6pm; then they will be closed Thu-Fri, Nov 25-26 for Thanksgiving and will reopen Sat, Nov 27, 8am-2pm. 206-1266. Don't forget that this Fri, Nov 26 is Buy Nothing Day. Buy nothing. Shouldn't be too hard. It's the day after Thanksgiving -- only the biggest retail day of the year. Just say no, baby. While you're at it, check out the Adbusters' ("official sponsors" of the day), the magazine of the social activism thinktank the Media Foundation in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. http://www.adbusters.org or 800/663-1243. Give it a rest, okay? Stop the rat-race treadmill just for one day, wouldya? Relax. Take the day off. The city of Austin is. And here are their Official Closings for Thu-Fri, Nov 25-26: The Austin Public Library (all branches) and all Austin Recreation Centers will close on Wed, Nov 24, 6pm and will remain closed Thursday and Friday. The city of Austin museums and utility offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. Solid Waste Services will be closed on Turkey Day, so Thursday garbage and recycling customers will receive service Fri, Nov 26 and Friday customers on Sat, Nov 27. Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed Wed, Nov 24, and the City Landfill will not open on Thanksgiving, but will resume regular operations on Friday. Electric emergencies, 322-9100; Water problem, 912-6000.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!