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Spider House Is Home
Endorsed, adored, and sealed with the Kate & K8 kiss of le'gaypproval, it's the patio coffee-shop-by-day/hipster-bar- by-night, where queer writers (my office equals wobbly table outside) can snag some wireless and frothy coffee drinks slung by queer kids, family, sigh, who put a little extra, well, love into it.

Spider House: Queer friendly and so hot right now. So hot.

12:37AM Mon. Mar. 12, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

It's Like She Was Reading Our Horns
If Sarah Silverman can let go of the Brad Pitt quote about gay marriage, I guess we can defer to her about the Unicorns.

Austin expat Tig appeared in a recent episode of The Sarah Silverman Program as a hot cop for whom Sarah has the … hots.

11:43PM Sun. Mar. 11, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

The Mountain Goats Gruff
The first time I heard John Darnielle's voice, he ripped my heart out and made me cry cubicle tears. It was that voice – kinda nasally, totally passionate – that moved me. At the time, I streamed Seattle radio to my mouse-click of a job, an act of silent headphone rebellion that aided in my rapidly diminishing sanity. Perhaps it was my attempt at irony, the rainy-day radio station mocking the utter beige quality of my paper work-day. Perhaps it was even ironic that it was raining that day in Austin, where I was listening to the Mountain Goats, Darnielle's band, which is really just him and a few rotating friends and musicians; this time he was appearing solo, an umbrella morning, and Darnielle plucking acoustic, rainy-day, not-quite-love songs in the KEXP studio.

Toward the end of his live set, he unfolded a piece of paper (you could hear the crinkle if you craned your ear a bit) and cleared his throat to perform a song he had written a few nights before. It was unpracticed; you could tell he was still trying it on for size, stretching into the cozy corners of where the art really comes from. But it was simple and beautiful, perhaps ironic or prolific or dramatic enough to bring actual tears to my eyes. His lyrics were new to him, but spoken like his dreams must've had no other soundtrack for the past week. I remember, at that moment, thinking, wow, that John Darnielle; he really puts himself out there.

I told him so.

11:28PM Sun. Mar. 11, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

No Fruits Among the Fruits
We were picking out grapes, my sweet girlfriend and I, comtemplating green or red, giving sweet little kisses, nuzzling lovingly as we grocery shopped. Nothing too shocking. No tongue. No gropage. Just love. Sweet love.

Mean Man's Voice (His name tag said Richard, I shit you not): You guys can't do that here. There are, uh, lots of families and kids and stuff, and well, you just can't do that here.

Me: Oh, really? Does this, ahem, acronymed grocery store have a written policy that touts discrimination and homophobia? Do I need to file a complaint, better yet, a lawsuit?

10:24PM Sun. Mar. 11, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

Bareback Mountin'
As if SXSW, the UIL, and the Maya Meetings ain't enough to rope your proverbial calf, the Rodeo's in town.

You were expecting better Brokeback jokes? That's sooooooo last year.

10:13PM Sun. Mar. 11, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Cloud Cult Following
Talked on the phone with Craig Minowa. He blew me away, first off, with just how simply Fargo his voice was. (Minne-so-ta.) I choked back giggles and totally had a chat with the Cloud Cult lead singer-songwriter, the decent, peaceful man behind this up-and-coming indie band (and Earthology Records, a nonprofit label recycling a shit-ton of jewel cases and greening all energy used during the recording process), these hippy-dippy kids with thick accents, coming to Austin for their South by Southwest "comin'-ups", with their new album, art on the stage, and a whole heap of love. Love, love, love.

Read the whole thing. This is just part one. We'll post part two this week. Craig kicks ass. Like, as a person, man. See him and the rest of the CC kids at the ol' South by, and dance like a happy hippie hippo with longnecks and all the damn pellets.

8:56PM Sun. Mar. 11, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

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Blue Grass Pride
Both Kates dig on KY... errrr, Kentucky. Tattoo it on the wrist, cuz pride overrides in Thoroughbred country. Nay, neigh, bitches.

So props to the home state (proper) for keeping Fairness alive and well, even in the most toothless of territories. (Ya ever seen some of them hillbillies? Sum ain't got no teef.)

The Happs: Kentuck Legislators all ninny-flexxed and tight in the knickers wanted to put a ban on domestic partner benefits. Slowly but surely, the bill was defeated, albeit narrowly. The way we see it, neither institutionalized homophobia nor hillbilliphobia has a place in this world ... not even in Kentucky.

Read More Here for a KY POV.

7:31PM Sun. Mar. 11, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

Masters of Our Domain! Part 2
The pedestrian-friendly Domain – like so many other pedestrian-friendly Austin destinations, a place people have to drive to get to – has spiffed their digs with the works of local artists/craftfolk. So far, we've seen butterfly benches by Bill Twitchel, some frenetic kinetic art sculpture by Wimberley artist LaPaso, and "container installations" at the new Polo store by Big Red Sun.

Tonight is the official Grand Opening.

1:26PM Fri. Mar. 9, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

John Inman, 1935-2007
John Inman aka Mr Humpries in the Seventies Brit sitcom Are You Being Served?, passed away yesterday.

Let us take a moment and hum along with the cash register in the show's theme song that all but launched collage electronica …

"Are You Being Served?"

Ground floor: perfumery
stationery and leather goods
wigs and haberdashery
kitchenware and food. Going up!

First floor: telephones
gents ready-made suits
shirts, socks, ties, hats
underwear and shoes. Going up!

Second floor: carpets
travel goods and bedding
material, soft furnishings,
restaurant and teas. Going down!

First floor: telephones
gents ready-made suits
shirts, socks, ties, hats
underwear and shoes. Going down!


Listen! to the original theme song here!

7:31AM Fri. Mar. 9, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

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