by Rob Faubion
ArtErotica Erotic Art Show & Auction to Benefit ASA
According to the folks at AIDS Services of Austin (ASA), erotic art has found a new purpose. Austin artists partnered with the Octopus Club to produce the second annual ArtErotica, an erotic art show and auction raising funds for those living with HIV/AIDS, at Blue Genie Art Galleries on Sat., Feb. 21 from 9pm until midnight.
ArtErotica promises to satisfy all the senses, with tantalizing desserts, beverages and rousing music to accompany a diverse display of erotic pieces ranging from the mildly sensual to the wildly indiscreet. Many artists have donated their work to the Octopus Club for this event, including pieces from an exclusive collection of erotic art by local artist Kent Kobert, along with work from Amalia Litras, Patty Mora, Brian Frisbee and other Austinites.
"With so many creative people involved, it’s the most fab way to raise money for a vital program like the Paul Kirby Fund," said Jay Billig, Head Octopus.
As with every other Octopus Club event, ArtErotica directly benefits ASA’s Paul Kirby Emergency Assistance Fund. The program is funded almost entirely by Octopus Club events, and exists solely to provide for the urgent needs of Central Texans living with HIV/AIDS.
Individuals receiving assistance from the Paul Kirby Fund have exhausted all of their other options, and need assistance in paying for food, medications, rent, utilities and nutritional supplements. During the past 15 years, Octopus Club events have raised more than $720,000 for the program.
ArtErotica’s concept initially conceived in 1988 as the AcmeArt Auction at the AcmeArt Co-op space on 6th Street in downtown Austin. It combined an art auction with a wild party. The amount of erotic art increased over the years until the early demise of the event in 1992 when the Co-op lost its lease on its second location. When the Octopus Club resurrected the event as ArtErotica in 2003, it proved an immediate hit, raising more than $16,500 last year for the Paul Kirby Fund.
Advance tickets to ArtErotica are $25 and are available for at Waterloo Records (6th & Lamar), Lobo Bookstore (3204-A Guadalupe Street) and AIDS Services of Austin (7215 Cameron Road, 406-6157). Tickets will also be available at the door. Every penny spent at the event will go directly to the Austin AIDS Emergency (Paul Kirby) Fund. To donate art, become a host or volunteer, or for more information about ArtErotica, visit www.octopusclub.org or call 512.496.2465.
Austin Catches Mardi Gras Madness
The Third Coast City has caught Mardi Gras fever this year. Several of Austin’s clubs and establishments plan to celebrate the weekend of Bourbon Street-style debauchery in true Cajun/Texan style.
Sidekicks and Xtreme, the big dual club located at 110 Riverside, is creating a three-day Texas Gay Mardi Gras party weekend from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 20 through 22. The event starts off Friday night with "Revelry: The Beginning" where the King Cake Queen and King Cake King will be crowed around 9pm. The night winds up with great dancing, bead throws, and a special Midnight Show by Queen of Queens 2004 Chevelle Brooks, plus Goldie Haynes and the Xtreme Dancers.
Then on Saturday, the big masquerade ball Hidden Fantasies kicks off with the Cabana Boys, go-go gods and goddesses, a strip show, a bead toss and an evening filled with entertainment. On Sunday from 4 to 9pm, the leather t-dance Day of the Leopard gets into high action, followed later that night with the Mix It Up pageant for drag kings and drag queens. For more information, call the club at 512.804.2707 or visit www.sidekicksaustin.com.
Over at Dick’s Deja Disco at 113 San Jacinto, the spirit of Mardi Gras grips the club for several days of entertainment and events. On Friday the 20th, the Mardi Party 2004 swings into full gear with the hot Mardi Party dancers, delicious libations, and shower shows at midnight all weekend long. On Saturday the 21st, the United Court of Austin turns the club into Mardi Gras 50’s Fest with the Happy Days Are Here Again sock hop at 8pm, to benefit the Wright House Wellness Center. Then on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24, join Dick’s for the end of Mardi Gras, with dancers, décor, hand-mixed hurricanes, and a special Cajun buffet. For more information, call the club at 512.457.8010.
Mardi Gras goes country at the Rainbow Cattle Company, 305 West 5th Street, with a full weekend of dancing, drinking, and French Quarter-inspired frivolity. The party excitement will return on Feb. 27, when owner Andy Redmond celebrates his 26th birthday with $2.25 anything-in-the-house drink specials all day and all night, along with special surprises throughout the night. For more information, call the Rainbow at 512.472.5288 or visit on-line at www.rainbowcattleco.com.
Midtowne Spa of Austin at 5815 Airport Blvd. next to Highland Mall, gets into the celebratory mood with their Second Annual Jock Strap Contest on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24. All members can wear jocks all day and night. The evening will feature a special contest at 10pm, with cash, prizes, memberships and merchandise for first, second, third places and runner-ups. Plus the Spa will have free Mardi Gras beads, giveaways and festivities all day and night while supplies last. For more information, call 512.302.9696 for more information.
aGLIFF at the Oscars Rolls Out the Red Carpet Feb. 29
The 76th Academy Awards are the buzz of Hollywood, and Austin is getting caught in the glow of the little golden statuette. The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) fetes Hollywood’s most celebrated night with their Annual Academy Awards Party on Sun., Feb. 29, at the Dell Jewish Community Campus in the JCAA Community Hall, 7300 Hart Lane.
The red carpet rolls out at 6:30pm where Oscar party attendees will be greeted on the red carpet by our own Joan Rivers-type personality. Glamour wear or costuming reflective of nominated movies is encouraged, for Austin’s own Auntie Joan will greet and critique each arriving Oscar guest’s wardrobe.
Then at 7pm, aGLIFF will present a live broadcast of the 75th Academy Awards, projecting the show on two of the largest screens available in Austin. During commercial breaks, Austin’s media maven and local celebrity filmmaker, Jenn Garrison, will entertain awards viewers along with showings of past Award highlights and bloopers.
Last year, 350 film lovers gathered to celebrate and cheer on the nominees and winners. This year’s attendees will enjoy complimentary pre-show Chandon Champagne toasts, a buffet of delicious treats from smoked salmon to pork tenderloin, chicken satay to citron shrimp and more - courtesy of Kurant Events catering - plus a cash bar and a plethora of more than 75 treasures in the silent auction.
Admission is $30 for general admission, or $28.00 for aGLIFF members. Reserved tables with seating for up to eight people per table are available for $220. Advance tickets can be ordered on line at www.agliff.org. Call 512.302.9889 for more information.
Stonewall Democrats of Austin Endorses Candidates in the March 9th Party Primary Elections
Stonewall Democrats of Austin recently with the Austin Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby and issued endorsements for the following candidates in the Democratic Party primary election March 9th:
President: Howard Dean
US House of Representatives, District 25: Lloyd Doggett
200th District Court: Gisela Triana
345th District Court: Stephen Yelenosky
Travis County Court-at-Law #5: Nancy Hohengarten
Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 1: Cecilia Israel
Travis County Sheriff: Greg Hamilton
Travis County Constable, Precinct 4: Maria Canchola
Early voting for the Austin races runs from Mon., Feb. 23, through Fri., March 5.
The Stonewall Democrats of Austin (SDA) is a group of gay, lesbian and bi-sexual citizens of Austin and friends of the same who are committed to working with and within the Democratic Party to further the cause of equal rights. SDA is part of a national group of Democratic activists who carry on the legacy of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 against intolerance, bigotry and oppression directed at New York City’s gay community.
The next SDA meeting is scheduled for Wed., March 3, beginning at 7pm. The location tentatively scheduled to be at the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby, 602 W. 7th. For information and meeting updates, contact Stan Main at 512.266.7952 or visit the SDA web site at www.stonewallaustin.org.
Mark Your Calendars!
Fri., Feb. 20 - Crowning of the Texas Gay Mardi Gras King Cake King and Queen at 9pm at Sidekicks, 110 Riverside, followed by a special show starring Queen of Queens 2004 Chevelle Brooks; call 512.804.2707 or visit on-line at www.sidekicksaustin.com for more information.
Sat., Feb. 21 - "ArtErotica" erotic art show and auction at Blue Genie Art Galleries from 9pm until midnight, benefiting ASA’s Paul Kirby Fund; for more information, visit www.octopusclub.org or call 512.496.2465.
Sat., Feb. 21 - The United Court of Austin presents "Happy Days Are Here Again," a 50’s style sock-hop show at Dick’s Deja Disco, 113 San Jacinto, to benefit the Wright House Wellness Center; call 512.457.8010 for more information.
Fri., Feb. 27 - Owner Andy Redmond celebrates his 26th birthday at the Rainbow Cattle Company, 305 West 5th Street, with $2.25 anything in the house and surprises all night; call the club at 512.472.5288.
Sat., Feb. 28 - Austin’s all-grrrl party Club Skirt returns to Xtreme, 110 Riverside, from 7 to 11pm, with a $7 suggested donation at the door, benefiting Animal Trustees of Austin and the Gina Estrada Minority Breast Cancer Foundation; for more information, visit www.austinclubskirt.org.
Sun., Feb. 29 - aGLIFF’s Annual Academy Awards Party at the Dell Jewish Community Campus in the JCAA Community Hall, 7300 Hart Lane, beginning at 6:30pm; call 512.302.9889 or visit www.agliff.org for tickets and more information.
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