by Eric A. Crabtree
for Austin Guhls & Goblins
Halloween is here and it's time we all sought out some good treats or is that tricks? The Austin Tavern Guild clubs will be hosting upcoming holiday events. At `Bout Time, it's their Haunted House from Thurs. - Sat., Oct. 29-31 benefiting Project Transitions and Austin Breast Cancer Resource Center. Charlie's Austin will be hosting a Return to Oz Halloween party celebrating the re-release of the Wizard of Oz movie with a costume contest at midnight with $175 in cash prizes. At Rainbow Cattle Company they will hold a Halloween costume contest night and balloon drop at midnight with cash prizes. Oilcan Harry's has their own diva disco Studio 54 Party complete with red carpet treatment and Momma & dancers surveying the crowds. They will also host a costume contest with cash prizes at midnight. The Forum features a Hunky Halloween Party on Fri., Oct. 30 with great drink specials. On Halloween, look for their Halloween Post-Nuclear Party with Exotic/Erotic Armageddon Dancers and a costume contest at 11:45pm for cash prizes. Midtowne Spa hosts their Flashlight Party at 10pm. Rhythm House features the live band of Ted Roddy and Friends. At Splash Video Bar, it's a White Trash Halloween with Witches Brew specials. Dick's will host a triple XXX SEX Halloween Party, and The Edge will feature a House of Horrors, both featuring cash costume contests on Halloween night at 1am. At Chain Drive, it's the Dr. Frankenstein's Leather Workshop Party.
for Nov. 3rd General Election
At a Candidate Forum and Endorsement meeting on Wed., Sept. 30, members of the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus voted to endorse the following candidates in the Nov. 3 general election. The Austin Gay and Lesbian Community is urged to go out and vote Nov. 3rd for the endorsed candidates: Garry Mauro - Texas Governor; Elliott Naishtat - State Representative, District 49; Dawnna Dukes - State Representative, District 50; Glen Maxey - State Representative, District 51; David Van Os - Texas Supreme Court, Place 3; Jerry Scarbrough - Texas Supreme Court, Place 4; Charles Baird - Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1; Wil Flowers - 147th District Court; Lora Livingston - 261st District Court; Jan Patterson - 3rd Appeals Court; Jan Breland - County Court-at-Law, #6; Sam Biscoe - Travis County Judge; Ron Davis - Travis County Commissioner's Court, Precinct 1; Karen Sonleitner - Travis County Commisioner's Court, Precinct 2; Nan Clayton - Travis County Commissioner's Court, Precinct 3; Margaret Gomez - Travis County Commissioner's Court, Precinct 4; Dana DeBeauvoir - Travis County Clerk; Dolores Ortega-Carter - Travis County Treasurer; Richard Anton - Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2; Elena Diaz - Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.
In the race for Texas House of Representatives, District 51, both incumbent Glen Maxey and Republican challenger Fred Ebner are running as openly Gay candidates and both addressed the ALGPC membership during the Candidate Forum. Representative Maxey, however, received the endorsement of the Caucus.
Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who, two years ago failed to receive the endorsement of ALGPC after his votes for the Defense of Marriage Act and failure to co-sponsor the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act after having pledged to the Caucus that he would do so, did not request an ALGPC endorsement this time. More information on the Austin Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus (LGPC) may be obtained by writing to them at ALGPC, PO Box 822, Austin, TX 78767 or by calling 512.474.0750.
Hate Crime Vigil Held for Matthew Shepard
Over 300 Austinities gathered recently at the Texas State Capital grounds for a candlelight vigil held in memory of Matthew Shepard who was a victim of a hate crime in Wyoming last month. As an idea started via the Internet to meet and hold a vigil by Austinite Felipe Campos and friends, two days later all of Austin seemed to come together to share thoughts and feelings. Special guests included Texas Representative Glen Maxey who is openly Gay in the Austin community.
"This vigil is not about Gay vs straight, hate crimes or special rights. It is about Matt Shepard. It is about all of us coming together to say we have a right to live and we are not ashamed," stated Austinite David Sweeney.
15th Annual TGRA Rodeo
Set for San Antonio, TX
On Nov 5-8, the Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) will be hosting its 15th Annual Rodeo. Location for the event is actually near San Antonio in Seguin, TX at the Guadalupe County Fair Grounds. Rodeo tickets can be obtained with weekend packages at $35. In addition to the rodeo, a dance competition will be held. Dancers need to contact 210.9GO-SPUR to find out how to enter a dance competition to compete at the rodeo's dance camp .The rodeo is sponsored by Miller Lite and sanctioned by the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). A complete listing of the rodeo schedule of activities may be found via the Web at www.tgra.org or by calling TGRA at 210.9GO.SPUR.
Drag Diva Sale Nov. 7
On Nov. 7 from 2 till 6pm, Alpha Tau, a chapter of Tri-Ess International, will be holding a Crossdressers Sale for all interested parties. Several vendors will be on hand to help assist people with hair, makeup, and other things like clothing and shoes. The sale will be held at 3004 South 1st. St. in Austin at the Cicada Recovery Services Building. Alpha Tau is a group for heterosexual crossdressers and their wives/SO's. They meet on the 4th Sat. of the month and require a screening before divulging the meeting place. More info may be found on the Web at www.angilfire.com/tx/atau.
Roaring 1920's Party
Benefits Local Charities
Step back in time to the 1920's and a Gala at the Cotton Club called Another Moment in Time coming up on Nov. 8th. This event is sponsored by the United Court of Austin who will host a benefit dinner, live art action, raffles and show at the 1920's Club located at 918 Congress Ave. The benefit starts at 5pm with dinner at 6pm and the show starting at 7pm. Cost to patrons is $25 per ticket with limited tickets/seating available. Tickets are on sale now by contacting Imperial Princess Topaz at 512.451.3676 or Lord Edward Ochoa at 512.797.8528. All proceeds go toward Pediatric Aids League (PAL) and Breast Cancer Resource Center.
"First Call" CD Released
by DJ Dig'M in Austin
First Call is the title of the first in a series of CDs by DJ "Dig'M" of Oilcan Harry's Fame in Austin. The compilation CD features many of the top and popular hits including, "I Will Survive" by Diana Ross, to "I Want You Back," by N'Sync to Celine Dion singing "My Heart Will Go On" to Brian McNight's "Anytime." The music is mixed well and the sounds are the right dance beat, stated DJ Bang. Some 9 recordings by popular artists are included within the CD which are on sale by DJ Dig'M at Oilcan Harry's located at 211 W. 4th in Austin, TX. DJ Dig'M also states the CDs will be available at Camelot Music Stores in Austin or by contacting him at 512.636.6515. This CD is produced by Funkin' Bitch Studios by DJ Bang, for Dig'M Entertainment, both of Austin.
Austin Duo to Play Atlanta
Ginger Leigh and Sarah Dashew, a magnetic acoustic duo from Austin, TX are exciting audiences from coast to coast. Recently returned from a five week California tour, the two women are headed out to Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA for a quick musical stint. Sarah and Ginger play original soulful, acoustic pop, layered with intricate lyrics and thick harmonies. Their unique jazzy-blues musical styles mix with an on-stage comic flair that results in a must-see show. Leigh and Dashew met by coincidence in May of this year at an all-women jam at The Rhythm House, a favorite hang-out in Austin. Improvised lyrics, smoky voices and sparks flew...and the crowd went wild! They spent the summer honing their show, and have just finished their first duo CD which will be out by December. Both Sarah and Ginger currently have individual CDs available, both of which have been favorably reviewed by the Austin Chronicle. The duo will be headlining at The Other Side, Nov. 6th & 7th, in Atlanta, at 8pm.
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