"We're riding on a Grooveline tooooniii-i-ight, ooh, ooh!" (Photo By Ada Calhoun)
This upcoming week promises to be wheely great! Wheeeeeee!
A few weeks ago, we featured roller skating in our "Summer Fun"
issue (May 11). Our recently and dearly departed Screens feature editor/colleague Sarah Hepola
("departed" for southern climes, not to the netherworld, silly) contributed a magnificent essay ... nay, tribute ... to the greatest skate epic of all time: Xanadu
. The piece gave us chills, effectively recalling both the transcendental cheesiness of the flick itself, as well as triggering the requisite cheesy pre-teen skating memories. Reading it again today, we get misty. Not only because of its insightful, totally-relatable-to emotional precision, but because we now associate the piece with our fabulous pal, whom we miss truly. (We direct you now to our editor's "Page Two" column on page 4 for a fine sendoff to Sarah.) A moment of silence, please.
Four- and 8-wheeled fun is popping up all over our burg. The big event (see below) has the potential to greatly affect your world, or at least the skate scene in our town. Why don't you check out the view from atop a set of nicely worn trucks and get your ass rolling to one of these?
You can't get much more "Hot Fun in the Summertime" than this: Next weekend (we are giving you plenty of notice to grease your wheels), Saturday, June 16, 2pm-midnight, Austin will celebrate its first ever Summer Skate & Music Fest at the Dog & Duck Pub (The Dog & Duck Pu-uh-uh-b!), 17th & Guadalupe. The Pup & Quack along with pals Tekgnar Skateshop are the official hosts and promise "TONS" (their emphasis) of keg beer, great food, and other beverages. There will be a demo of local skate Team ATX all dang day, a li'l speech by council-dude Will Wynn (and he did, didn't he?), a huge raffle with "TONS" of great prizes, and music, did we mention music? You gotcher Wannabes, yer Buck Tooth Do Over, yer Get It On Productions, yer Excess Lettuce, and so, so many more. You know that Fritz has been Motorblading his buns all over town putting up posters for this one. Why all the hysteria? Well it's for an enriching cultural cause: All proceeds of this party will benefit the Skate Austin Association, whose prime directive is to build Austin's first public cement skatepark. Tic-tac that. www.austinskateboards.com or 472-7343.
We realize that it might seem corny as all get out to some of you somehow-still-upwardly-mobile-in-this-economy and tidy-types, but we are going to go out on the Cool Quotient limb and still highly, highly recommend this evening of fun, frolic, and falling down. Yes, we are talkin' Rainbow Skate. Rainbow Skate is essentially Austin's semi-regular gay skate night. And what's gayer than summoning the spirits of Xanadu? Bathing in the delicate twinkle of the disco ball? Heeding the beck and call to hustle a hottie 'round the rink for that deliciously magical orbit known as Couple's Skate? Hmmmm? We ask you? We are so excited about this; we might just invite the president's daughters. (It's time those li'l whippersnappers learned about the joys of the natural high -- though we guess if we were in their rollerblades, we'd get as soused as often as we possibly could, too. Wheeeeeee!!!) Here's the poop: Rainbow Skate happens every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, the next one being this week, Wednesday, June 13, and the one after that Wednesday, June 27, 8-10pm. It all happens at Skate World Northwest, 9514 Anderson Mill. Admission is $6, which includes skate rental. Rollerblades are welcome. Proceeds always go to some community charity, with this week's being AIDS Services of Austin. www.austin360.com/community/groups/rainbowskate/ or 491-8797 (event) or 258-8886 (rink).