After a Fashion

Is a punt better than a drop kick? Check out these exciting calendar listings, courtesy of Your Style Avatar.

(L-r) Shannon, Mitchell, and Elle model T-shirt designs by Text & Object.
(L-r) Shannon, Mitchell, and Elle model T-shirt designs by Text & Object. (Photo by Dustin Downing)

TIME TRAVELING Unbelievably, there I was on Saturday night on East Sixth Street. Imagine, me on Sixth Street. I loathe Sixth Street and all it represents. When I was a pioneer resident of Downtown, having moved into the Littlefield on Sixth and Brazos when it first opened in 1980, East Sixth was charming and attractive, with outdoor cafes, art galleries, florists, gift shops, and a few clubs. Now it's an eyesore and looks like a slum. But it didn't stop me from dropping by Gat5's Text & Object party, where the art collective unveiled its printed T-shirt collection. Christ, it was like a reunion from 2002 as we partied with Neil Diaz, Charles Ferraro, Summer Lawson, and Heather Hill. But if I was really partying like it was 2002, it would not have been complete without dropping in to see my good friend John, owner of the multi, multi "Best of Austin" award-winning dance club Elysium. Time had truly slipped away – so many of the faces were exactly the same, just older, and yet there was also an entirely new generation there that seems to have been born since 2006. No, I don't mean there were 6-year-olds drinking and dancing, but, dear God, it made me feel like someone's grandfather. But that's the magic of Elysium: You just put yourself in their hands, and away you go into a never-never-land of dreamy altered states. Be there, or be Cher.

THE AGENDA Okay, socialistas, I've received our marching orders for the next few weeks – sorry, but it is that time again when our fashionable fall outfits really get a workout on the slippery slopes of the Swish Alps. And it begins tonight, Thursday, Aug. 21, with the first ever Ladies Night Out happy hour, 5:30-7:30pm at the chic Beauty Bar (617 E. Seventh), to raise money for the Octopus Club's Octo Tea 13, coming up Sept. 21 at the Long Center. Sponsored by Equality Texas and the Octopus Club, ladies of both sexes are invited to this happy hour with special drink prices on the fabulous Octotini and on well drinks. More information at littleyarnshoppeofhorrors@gmail.com... Also beginning tonight, Thursday, Aug. 21, Oilcan Harry's welcomes back the youngsters with its Back to School Weekend. Tonight is Freshman Orientation; Friday, Aug. 22, DJ Bryan Konrad spins at the New Student Mixer; Saturday, Aug. 23, the brilliant DJ LiciousTheDiva spins at OCH's Welcome Back Party; and Sunday, Aug. 24, is Talent Show Night, featuring the sexy Aussie Bum Underwear Fashion Show at 7pm, followed by the lovely ladies of the La Cage show at 9:30 and 11:30pm... Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Off Center (2211 Hidalgo), 7pm-12mid, the Rude Mechs bring us the annual Evil Eye Ball fundraiser, with DJ Graham Reynolds and terrific live- and silent-auction items at every price point. Tix are $40 per person, $70 per couple. For more info, go to www.rudemechs.com/evileyeball.htm... Also on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Austin Music Hall, 6-11pm, Heart House, which provides afterschool programs for school-aged children in high-risk neighborhoods, presents Angels on the Runway. Tix are $100-250 and can be purchased at Keepers (Sixth and Congress) or through www.hearthouse.org/angels... Already in progress, applications for Blackmail's Little Black Dress Design Contest are available at Blackmail (1202 S. Congress). Your finished project is due by Sept. 30, with judging, awards, and celebration to take place on Friday, Oct. 3. For more information: 326-7670 or info@blackmailboutique.com... Coming up Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30am at the Renaissance Hotel is the glamorous annual Beauty of Life brunch and shopping extravaganza, benefiting Hospice Austin and featuring Carson Kressley of Bravo's Queer Eye, a silent auction, and mimosas. Tix and info can be had by calling Grace Holland at 342-4753 or through the events link at www.hospiceaustin.org. Later that night, Tribeza presents the pièce de résistance of its annual Style Week with the glittering fashion show at the Music Hall. Further info and tickets are available at www.tribeza.com/styleweek.

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