by Eric A. Crabtree
"The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius"
When the Moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter Aligns with Mars / Then Peace Will Guide the Planets and Love Will Steer the Stars...." In celebrating Ambush's own Eric A. Crabtree's life begins at 40, all are welcome and invited to the many festivities consisting of 12 birthday parties in 7 separate days from Feb. 4 - 14, in Austin, kicking off the birthday week in on Feb. 4 - Sun. at Rainbow Cattle Company with the "Hoe - Down Drag Queen Jamboree Party" from 9pm - 11pm. The night features the Austin Babtist Women and Mr. & Mrs. RCC 2000-2001 - Colton Courville & Jamie LeShae, the United Court & many guest performers. The show benefits Austin's Project Transitions with free champagne & cake served. Going into the next week on Feb. 8 - Thurs., up at 'Bout Time, it's "The Dawning of the Age Party" from 8pm - 10:30pm with DJ Nick and free champagne & cake. Rounding out the night will be Charlies.Austin with the "Peace Will Guide the Plants Party" from 11pm - 2am with Ashley Collins Diva Drag Show & DJ Tony and free champagne & cake.
On Feb. 9 - Fri. at the 1920's Club, it's the "Jupiter Martini Party" from 6:30pm - 8:30pm with a cash bar and free champagne & munchies. Later that night at the Forum the "Mystic Crystal Revelations Party" takes place from 10pm - 4am with DJ Roland 'Ro' Belmares (LA) and hosting free champagne & cake and munchies. The next day on Feb. 10 - Sat., Crabtree hosts at Splash the "Golden Living Dreams of Visions Party" from 10pm - 4am with DJ Joe Gauthreaux (New Orleans / Oz) and free champagne & cake. Rounding out that morning is the party at Midtowne Spa with the "Onward Through the...Fog Party" from 12am - 6am with free flashlights & return passes given away. Take a breather on Sun., Feb 11 to recover for the next week's 5 events. Starting on Feb. 12 - Mon. at Dick's, Crabtree hosts his "Love Will Steer the Stars Party" from 8:30pm - 11pm featuring the Austin Babtist Women's "Love Shack" Show with many guest performers including Victoria Weston (NYC), DJ Lil' Debbie and free champagne, cake & munchies. The show benefits Austin's Project Transitions. On Feb, 13, Tues., at Gaby & Mo's, it's the "Happy Hummus Party" from 6:30pm - 8:30pm with live music by the Ginger & Sarah Band (Austin) from 7pm - 8pm with a cash bar & food and free champagne & cake. Tues. concludes at Chain Drive with the "Mind's True Liberation Party" from 10pm - 2am with DJ Don Engle and free champagne & cake.
On Feb. 14 - Wed., Crabtree's Valentine's Day Birthday, he celebrates and invites all to Oilcan Harry's for the "Harmony Party" from 9pm - 11:30pm with DJ Licious and Mailbox Night with free champagne. Capping off the 12 parties in 7 days will be the Boyz Cellar with the "Let the Sunshine in Party" from 11:30pm - 2am featuring the Jame' Perry's Midnight Show and DJ Tiger. The bar hosts 75> Shiner Bock Draft specials and free champagne & cake for the birthday celebration. Coors of Austin will be supplying beer specials at participating bars and clubs.
The reason I am hosting so many parties is that I wanted to include all the Austin bars and clubs I support throughout the year from Ambush. It makes it special to share my 40th, (or is that 39th because we are in 2001 and I get to subtract a year) with everyone from every walk of GLBT life in Austin. I hope all will come out for the frolics and fun of the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius." For more info. e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club Skirt Hosts Benefit Dance
Austin' s Club Skirt's Jan. events give attendees the opportunity to choose the charities and non-profits that will benefit from its next year of fundraising. Over the past four years, Club Skirt's benefit dances have raised over $100,000 and helped a variety of groups that range from Hospice Austin to Meals on Wheels. The Jan. vote will determine beneficiaries from Apr. through Mar., 2002. All Jan. attendees are invited to vote. Come join the ladies and do the ballot boogie beneath the stars on the shores of Town Lake. Club Skirt will convene on Sat., Jan. 20, from 7pm until midnight, at the Fiesta Gardens Clubhouse. Suggested donation is $15, but those arriving before 8pm will only be asked to contribute $10. Contributions in Jan. go to benefit the Humane Society and the Metropolitan Community Church. (MCC) There is free food, beverage and dancing for all. To learn more, visit the Club Skirt.
Circuit Party Updates
Upcoming in Chicago, FireBall 2001 Weekend explodes from the Hearts Foundation during Feb. 16 - 18 with many hot circuit DJs spinning. The weekend line-up includes on Fri., Feb. 16, the Opening Party with DJ David Knapp at the House of Blues from 11pm - 4 am. Tickets are $35 at the door or weekend pass. Sat., Feb. 17 kicks it with Fireball 2001 "Celestial Bodies" with DJ Manny Lehman at the historic Aragon Ballroom from 11pm - 6 am. Tickets are $85 advance/$95 door or weekend pass. Fireball concludes on Sun., Feb. 18 with the Tea Dance by DJ Mark Vallese at Excalibur from 4pm - 10pm. Tickets are $25 advance/$35 door or weekend pass. A limited number of tickets and VIP passes are available. VIP pass gives you VIP treatment, including priority admission to all Fireball weekend events (no waiting), access to VIP areas and VIP Coat check: $195 advance only. The weekend pass gives you admission to all Fireball weekend events, $145 advance / $155 door (if available). The host hotel is the Renaissance Chicago. Call 1.800.HOTELS-1 or direct at 312.372.7200 and say you are part of the FIREBALL 2001 special rate of $119. All profits from the weekend will go to Chicago HIV/AIDS, Gay and Lesbian community organizations. Cumulatively, almost $2 million has been raised from Fireball/Hearts Party events. For more info, visit thefireball.com or heartsfoundation.com.
Austin will play host to several circuit DJs coming this Feb. At Splash, circuit DJ 'Ro' Belmares (Austin/LA) returns on Sat., Feb. 3 from 10pm - 4am. On Fri., Feb. 9, Ro returns home to the Forum for the "Mystic Crystal Revelations Party" celebrating my birthday from 10pm - 4am. Lastly, DJ Joe Gauthreaux (New Orleans) will be spinning at Splash on Sat, Feb. 10 the next night for the "Golden Living Dreams of Visions Party" from 10pm - 4am, also celebrating my birthday. Coming in May for Memorial Weekend -Meltdown 2001 - Ben Parsley and Splash Productions hosts "Tribal Rain" which kicks off the summer in Austin during May 25-27. Confirmed DJs so far include Roland Belmares (Austin / LA), Phil B (San Francisco), Don Bishop (Palm Springs), Michael Tank (Houston), Troy Sands (Dallas) with more DJs TBA. Info. on Meltdown 2001 may be obtained via Splash Productions at 1.888.558.1791 or www.partyaustin.com. Lastly, looking for local or other circuit parties in the US? Check out JustCircuit.com for your Circuit Search. They host an online Circuit Party search engine here.
New Year's Eve Celebrations Go Wild
New Year's Eve parties this past 2000-2001 were plenty and wild as many Austinites braved cold and wet weather locally or traveled elsewhere in the country or the world for festivities. Austin hosted many festivities from `Bout Time to Chain Drive and everywhere in between. The weekend started as I could not drink all weekend due to a stomach virus but made visits to Chain Drive, Dick's, Charlies.Austin and `Bout Time. The venues were all still decorated for Christmas with some New Year's Eve flair thrown in and fun was had by all. New Year's Eve day & night on Sun. started with cold weather and rain, however the rain subsided by nightfall. Quick stops again into Charlies.Austin and the 1920's Club held festive decorations inside Charlies.Austin and food prepared by Farhad at 1920's with a great diva show and dancers. Next it was off to Rainbow Cattle Company where the cowboys and cowgirls were whooping up the holiday flare in style and boots. My date for the evening was a local named Rich and we also traveled to Boyz Cellar for their elaborate decorations, red lava lamps and crowds aplenty. Next door at Oilcan Harry's we noticed the great #1 Ice Sculpture representing 2001 and balloons and streamers that adorned the club. Over at Splash, we met and danced to DJ Troy Sands (Dallas) with a festive crowd. By the time 11:30pm hit, it was off to the Forum to ring in the New Year with their great buffet and rooftop fun as Rich and I kissed in the New Year on the cold rooftop with fireworks bursting off in the distance. We never made it to 6th St. where 1000's reveled and missed the great drama of the New Year's ball breaking from the crane and swinging loosely above the crowd's heads but nobody got hurt. The rest of the night was spent bar hopping throughout Guytown until we retired at 2am. We missed the great parties of Jason & Chad's and also the New Year's Eve sling party up in north Austin.
Over in Palm Springs, CA for New Year's, DJ Joe Gauthreaux hosted "Boys with Bad Habits" while "It's All About You" also took place with DJs Don Bishop and Roland Belarmes. Austinite Marty Bender met friends from Phoenix and San Francisco while David Wilson, Paul Hardy and Steve Barteck also attended. Marty said the DJs were so fabulous that at one time, he was almost killed by a falling piece of chandelier caused by the vibrations from Roland's FAB music. In Miami, many Austinites gathered for Jeffrey Sanker's "Beach Ball" with DJs Brett Henrichsen and Tracy Young. "Federation," also by Sanker, had DJs Boy George & DJ Ra. Lastly in Miami, DJs Abel, Manny Lehman, and Mark Anthony rang in New Year's Eve 2001. Dr. Mike Escobedo from Austin attended these events and claimed he had a blast along with 1000's of others. Across the seas in Amsterdam, friends and former Austinites JJ and Scott rang in the New Year in style at the Cock Ring among other places.
Down across the border in Acapulco for New Year's Eve celebrations, Austinites David, Jordan, Jed, Jimmy, Andy, Mitch, Steve, Chad, Mark, Cleve, Brandon, Brent, DeWayne, and Tom had wild fun. Rumors about their trip have surfaced and aside from the cabana boys that came with the guesthouse and were used frequently, a couple of other stories made interest from their trip. There were dick dancers and the party favor incident with the boyfriend, the three travelers who made one Austinite make his way back to their hotel to proceed in a compromising position when one of their boyfriends walks in and the encounter turned out fruitless. The original Villa the 14 were staying in sold before they got there, so the group scattered to many accommodations rather than stay in the other house provided that was in a state of disrepair only added to great New Year's Eve favor across the border. This was in addition to the one Austinite who was kicked out of their hotel for bringing home an underage man of 15 years. Most of their trip was spent getting massages and buying useless trinkets from the beach or drinking toxic margaritas. It seems all the boys made it back from all over the World as we all met up at Splash last Sat., Jan. 6 for DJ Ro's guest spinning. A New Year's countdown was even done for all on the dance floor when midnight came around bringing all of Austin back home in celebration of the New Year. New Year's Day was spent NY many in recovery or with family & friends and lots of black-eyed peas and football. Merry New Year 2001.
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