You Go-Go Girls
We see a theme developing here. But then, you know us, we see babes everywhere, in everything: clouds, wallpaper patterns, the way leaves gently brush against one's cheek as one traipses aimless and nude in the forest ... Oh, pardon our reverie.
First up is Friday, Dec. 8, 8pm, as Gaby & Mo's hosts a Gogirlsmusic.com Showcase of local lady-rocker-types, like the feudal Lord Douglas Phillips, the Merv-elous One Fifth Griffith, the more than seaworthy Pirate Jane, and the ... heck, Amee Chapman and Elizabeth White can pick their own derivative adjectives, to benefit AIDS Services of Austin. www.gogirlsmusic.com or 457-9027.
Then the Secret to Self-Esteem Symposium for teenage girls will feature R&B star MYA (see photo: ahhhhh!), 2000 Olympic diving champ (and once UT-er) Laura Wilkinson, plus WNBA stars Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, Saturday, Dec. 9, 8:30am-4pm, at the McCullough Theatre, 510 E. 23rd, on the UT campus. 203/243-2719.
Later that night, Saturday, Dec. 9, 5pm, the black-tie dinner, auction, and concert featuring Taylor Dayne, Abigail, and Margaret Wright, Christmas Benefit 2000, benefiting the Pediatric AIDS League of Austin, happens at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave. 915/332-3400.
Okay, okay, we are big softies. You public service organization types can have an extra week to get your Year 2000 Holiday Wish Lists in. But please don't forget to do it. This is one list that really gets results!
When You Wish Upon an Extended Deadline --
Here's the deal: Send a list of Five Items (excluding cash, computers and computer accessories, and volunteer call-ups, which are needed by everyone and will be stated in the introduction) in the body of an e-mail by 6pm next Friday, Dec. 15. You must include an organization name, address, and phone number, plus the name of a contact representative (and that contact's phone number for verification and questions, if different from the number to publish), and we will publish your list over the two holiday issues. People do read these things and they do give (so we've been told). So do it now! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your holiday shopping out of the way early. Shop, drop, and plop down some $$ on these cool concerns:
Support an Austin landmark and get the word out that Barton Springs Still Needs You to Protect Her. This holiday season, the Save Barton Creek Association has great gifts for you and yours. They have note cards, videos, books, and even CDs. 328-2481.
In a similar vein, next Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30-9:30pm, Save Our Springs presents Marcia Ball and the SOS Silent Auction at the Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal, between Oltorf & Ben White. www.sosalliance.org or 477-2320.
One more week to order your choice of pork, chicken, and/or jalapeño Holiday Tamales from Manos de Cristo (the low-cost dental care to low-income folks). Deadline for ordering is Dec. 12, for Dec. 15 pickup. 477-7454.
Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 7, 9am-9pm, is the Women & Their Work Gift Shop Tax Free Thursday all-day shopping day. Support the sisters and local artists. 477-1064.
Are you still mulling over our suggestion from last week asking you to consider Adopting a Sea Turtle? The Sea Turtle Survival League and its parent Caribbean Conservation Corporation want to involve folks in the quest to save the seas' lumbering loggerheads. www.cccturtle.org or 800/678-7853.
Since You're Gonna Spend the Money Anyway --
AGLIFF is running the Austin Premiere of 24 Nights (some gay Christmas thing ...) this Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm, at the Arbor Theatre. Sign up and become a member and get cheaper tickets. 458-1515.
A Benefit Show for the Single Parent Resource Network featuring the sounds of Oliver Rajamani and Kanal happens tonight, Thursday, Dec. 7, 8pm at the Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe. 476-2906.
More Last Minute Things Happening Tonight!
Food Bank Volunteers are still needed for the entire holiday season at AIDS Services of Austin. Commit as few or as many hours as you wish helping in their pantry. Call for times, etc. 406-6167.