Things are gearing up in public service-land for Austin's sizzling summer. Here are a few things to do this weekend, plus a jump on next, to boot.
Don't walk, don't saunter, don't slink, don't slouch, don't skulk, don't slither, don't creep, don't crawl, don't toddle, don't tippytoe, don't stroll, don't wander, don't ramble, don't amble, don't traipse, don't circumambulate, don't wiggle, don't squiggle, don't pad, don't canter, don't shuffle, don't slog, don't wend, don't trek, don't promenade.
Instead, run, barrel, beat it, bolt, bound, hustle, scamper, scurry, scoot, hasten, and hie like lightning, will you, to see Leslie Bonnell, jazz siren and diva extraordinaire with her new all-star trio at the Cabaret Benefit for Rude Mechanicals Theatre Collective this Thursday, May 24, 7pm at Green Pastures, 811 W. Live Oak. There will be comestibles and a cash bar to get you in the mood. We quote one of our own to drive the point home: "Leslie Bonnell's version of 'The Man That Got Away' was the real deal. Like Ella and Billie, she knows how to massage a note, to make it break and tumble while you wait, breathless, your heart aching." -- Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle. Oh, ache, sweet thumper! Thump, thump! www.rudemechs.com or 440-0712.
Next week we'll focus on events surrounding the two big events, Pride and the Bike Rally. In the meanwhile, here's a quick roundup of other things going on next weekend:
Okay, the flame is on our tail. It's deadline time and we are overdue. Damn, there goes our chance at "Editor of the Week." So, in the interest of covering what we want to cover and getting this to the proofers on time, we are going to seriously paraphrase the following:
Grrl Action 2001, an innovative summer program for girls, will take place Monday, June 4-Friday, June 29, on the University of Texas campus. Twenty girls between the ages of 13 and 15 will write, create anthologies of their writing, and transform their creative autobiography into a public performance. The goal is to give girls the space and skills to gain a public voice while they build confidence, interact with professional women artists and performers (like media maven K. Bradford, fine slam poet Susan Somers-Willett, teacher, writer, and performer Thesesa Burke, and Madge Darlington of the Rude Mechanicals), and make new friends from diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. Public performances are scheduled for Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1.
The Action honchos are currently seeking applications for 20 spots, and urge folks to pass on this message to any young potential action babe who might be interested. There are 10 full scholarships available. Tuition for the remaining 10 spots is $200 per girl. email@example.com or 894-7334.