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Underwear was modeled at ArtErotica as a record-breaking amount of money was raised.
Underwear was modeled at ArtErotica as a record-breaking amount of money was raised. (Photo by Seabrook Jones/

WE LOVE LUCI Such sad news about Luci Baines Johnson and her diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome – fortunately she is at the excellent Mayo Clinic, surrounded by her tight-knit family. I intend to show my support for her hard work on behalf of her mother's legacy by attending the always fabulous and always beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Gala and Silent Art Auction on Friday, April 30 (all info at Seeing the Johnson clan is always a wonderful part of the event. I was so fortunate to meet Lady Bird herself a couple of times at these events, and she is missed greatly. What an incredible legacy. The gala is the big fundraiser for the center, and it is one of the best fundraisers in town. Drawing friends and fans from all over Texas and beyond, it's also an eco-friendly fundraiser, showcasing the Wildflower Center's beautiful gardens and its leadership work in environmental sustainability through the use of native plants. And that's marvelous work. But the sheer beauty of what has been accomplished is awesome. No, I don't mean awesome like, "That's an awesome T-shirt," I mean awesome like the Grand Canyon, the Milky Way, and any other jaw-dropping wonders. This wonder has had a little help, of course – help from the Johnsons, help from the Wildflower Center, and help from you. Be a good Texan, and buy your tickets to the gala today.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is out of this world!
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is out of this world! (Photo courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

EROTICA EXOTICA I couldn't quite believe how excited I was in the car on the way to this past weekend's ArtErotica. Yes, I always go, and yes, I attend hundreds of events, but to be really excited about going was a bit of a change for me. It's a production by the Octopus Club benefiting AIDS Services of Austin, and organizers Tim Young and Scott Ballew and dozens of volunteers did a kickass job in making a cavernous industrial space into a gallery of titillation and earthly delights. Wall-to-wall supporters in all manner of exotic and erotic ensembles sipped Famous Rose cocktails (Austin's own Famous Rose Vodka with agave nectar, lemon, cucumber, strawberry, and mint) and paraded like peacocks through the venue. The Octopus Club was not about to let a little rain spoil things. A little hay in the puddles, stilettos, platform shoes, and chunky boots were all that was needed to brave the elements. The juried art exhibit and auction was astounding, with sculpture, painting, installations, and objets d'art that made the mind spin with their creativity. Sexy men and women were the real decorations, and ArtErotica offered erotic, exotic art in every form possible. Fabulous event.

JUST DO IT Every week there's something worthwhile to attend. The Umlauf Garden Party is tonight (Thursday, April 22). For me, this event is another of Austin's wonders. The location, decor, food, and camaraderie wrapped around a great cause make this event unforgettable and unmissable. Go to to get your last-minute tickets. Friday night is the Women and Their Work gala. Talk about an astounding presentation of art! The visuals at this grand affair will not soon be forgotten either. Go to for complete info. Saturday is another must-do: The Hill Country Ride for AIDS. It's not too late to sign up to ride or work on one of the crews (I'm in pit stop No. 1 and will be performing as a fortuneteller for our sideshow theme). Hang out in funny costumes with your friends, help raise money, and have a hell of a good time doing it. Go to for registration details.

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