Lite + Brite Newsletter 2/3

Hello, what’s up, and welcome to the Lite + Brite newsletter.

We are whatever on bar crawls, but extremely in for theater crawls, like Hyde Park Theater’s Mi Casa Es Su Teatro, which takes theatergoers inside a number of private residences for site-specific short plays. Hyde Park Theater is also wrapping up Frontera Fest this week with reprises of the best plays of this year’s festival.

If what goes on backstage holds more interest for you, then the Thinkery’s adults-only party is for you: they’ll let you play with professional film gear, make 3-D animations and special effects, get your hair done like a movie star, and generally experience life on the other side of the camera. If that’s still not enough Hollywood glamor for you, then you can go dancing to a live band’s performance of hits from the golden age of Hollywood. Or stay home in your pajamas and watch the Oscars. You do you.

Other events this week that sound particularly intriguing include a Sticker Soireethe Air Sex Championships, and live armadillo racing. If you find yourself bored, we cannot be held responsible.
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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian

DJ Stuff

We’re gearing up to celebrate our one year anniversary of No Lights No Lycra here in Austin this coming Monday, the 10th. Also, it’ll be the 50th(!) time we’ve done NLNL at Guan Yin Tea House (which is sadly closing its doors at the end of the month). We’ll have DJ sets by LeilaBrian Blackout and DJ Phildoesitbirthday cakeparty favors, and of course, dancing in the darkMore info is here.

At last week’s NLNL, we had a fantastic fundraiser for Australian wildlife affected by the recent bushfires, and we danced to a night full of Australian music to celebrate. We’ve got the playlist at the bottom of this email and you can listen to it on YouTube here.

Want to hear what No Lights No Lycra sounds like? Or just want to hear some dope jams? We’ve got a ton of recordings of our resident DJ Brian Blackout’s sets up on Mixcloud you can listen to, and we’re regularly adding more.

Finally, we need your help. Guan Yin Tea House, our beloved home for No Lights No Lycra for the past year, will be shutting its doors at the end of February. (This is not our fault.) (As far as we are aware.) NLNL has become a valuable outlet for many of us, and we’d love to keep it going in a new space. Do you have any ideas for venues? Please send them our way!

What is No Lights No Lycra?
Austin’s weekly judgment-free, substance-free, high-impact dance thing in the dark. It’s a DJ night that’s not at the club, a workout that’s not at the gym, a personal meditation that’s anything but silent. 8:30-10pm every Monday at the Guan Yin Tea House, $5 suggested donation.
Events we’re eyeing Thursday 2/6
Sur/Real: Color Squad Group Exhibition at Creative Action
Opening reception for collaborative mural by youth artists
Hyperreal Film Club’s Family Movie Night! ~ fangs out baby at the Ana Lark Center
Free screening of a secret movie
Behind the Scenes at Thinkery
Interactive 21+ party giving guests a peek behind the Hollywood camera
Cabaret of Curiosities at Kick Butt Cafe
Pulp + horror-themed burlesque

Friday 2/7
Closing Reception con Amor at Mexic-Arte Museum
An art reception, a DJ + a churro bar
Sticker Soiree 2020 at Possum Park
An art show to celebrate all things stickers
The Austin Air Sex Championship at Mohawk
‘Airsexuals’ compete to show you who has what it takes
Birds of Prety Glitter Punk Screening at Alamo Mueller + Barrel o’ Fun
Movie screening, drink specials, karaoke + costume contests
Lovemaker’s Market at Mindzai Creative
Art show, vendor booths + live music
HeART Pop Up at 4th Tap Brewing
Art from local artists and live acoustic music
Die Felicia at Elysium
‘Drag horror revue and party’
Sparkle Party: Celebrating GSC’s 15-Year Anniversary at WCP Ballroom
DJ, live bands + food in celebration of UT’s Gender & Sexuality Center
Paradise Mirage at Sahara Lounge
DJs spinning house + disco

Saturday 2/8
Bronze Age Sword Casting Class at Headwaters School
P.S. I Love You at Cheer Up Charlies
‘A collision of music, prose, and performance’
141st Anniversary at Saengerrunde Hall
‘German singing, dancing, bowling and gemütlichkeit’
Super Retro Challenge SNES Dr Mario and Tetris at Game Over
Dr. Mario and Tetris showdown
Armadillo Races at Krause’s Cafe
This is all the way in New Braunfels, but there will be real armadillos
Hollywood Highball at the Highball
Dance to music from classic Hollywood, played live
Lovebomb 2020: MasQueerade Ball at Cheer Up Charlies
Drag performers, mask-making, raffle + ‘cupids flitting about’

Sunday 2/9
Bronze Age Sword Casting Class at Headwaters School
Mi Casa Es Su Teatro at Hyde Park Theatre
17 theater performances in individual houses
Austin Anarchist Bookfair 2020 at Spider House
Speakers, live music, books + zines
Dope Creatives Love Market at Native Hostel
Listen to DJs and pick up something for your boo
Valentine’s Pop Up Party at the Paper + Craft Pantry
Shop goods from local vendors
Drifters & Seekers Market: Lovers Edition at Cosmic
Southwestern-themed crafts, tarot, facepainting + bbq
Ambrosia at Coconut Club
Daytime DJs, loaned looks + rooftop dancing
Crafternoon: Valentines at the Highball
Valentines-themed crafting

Monday 2/10Punk Yoga at Mohawk
Austin Women’s Cycling Fair & Meet-and-Greet at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop
Door prizes, meeting + greeting local cycling clubs + teams
No Lights No Lycra’s 1st Anniversary Party at Guan Yin Tea House
A dance party in the dark, plus party favors and cake

Tuesday 2/11
FronteraFest 2020 at Hyde Park Theatre
‘Alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre’
VR Austin at the North Door
Play new VR games and mingle with developers

Wednesday 2/12
FronteraFest 2020 at Hyde Park Theatre
‘Alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre’
SXSW 2020 Community Meet Up at the George Washington Carver Museum
Discuss all things SXSW + get badge discounts
Ain’t Love a Drag at Austin Motel
A ‘sultry, sexy, seventies, drag/improv show’
SxSW Picks
 Have you bought your SxSW resident wristband yet?

Every week between now and SxSW, we’ll be sharing bands we’re excited to see at the festival. This week’s recommendations:

Leila’s pick: Partner. They have a song that reminds me a lot of “Stacy’s Mom,” so either you’re into that or you’re not.

Past weeks’ picks: Protex. Classic upbeat punk, in the style of the Buzzcocks and the Undertones, with every song about two minutes long.Shopping. Frenetic, nervy, and fun post-punk from London/Glasgow.The School. Established Welsh indiepop, for fans of the Allo Darlin’, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the Field Mice.Yumi Zouma. Lazy, ethereal pop from New Zealand, sounding somewhere in between Cut Copy and a paper thin version of Sade.Charlie Faye & the Fayettes. For fans of 60s girl-group revival acts like the Pipettes and Lucky Soul–and of course fans of the Ronettes, the Supremes, and the Shirelles.Vistas. For fans of the Wombats, the Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, and other poppy British guitar bands. 

NLNL 049 Playlist

Last Monday, we joined No Lights No Lycra chapters all around the world in raising funds for Australian charities. To mark the occasion, our resident DJ Brian Blackout also played a night of lots of our favorite Aussie music. The playlist and link to listen are below.

Listen on YouTube

Is This How You Feel? (Classixx Remix) – the Preatures
Heart It Races – Architecture in Helsinki
Third World – Paladin
Pizza Guy – Touch Sensitive
Mediate (Eugene Tambourine Edit) – INXS
Second Day Uptown – World’s End Press
Land Down Under – Men at Work
Come Anytime – Hoodoo Gurus
Friday on My Mind – the Easybeats
Red Right Hand (Mojo Filter Carne Creep-Out) – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Sex II – the Metronomes
Tonite – LCD Soundsystem
Shooting Stars – Bag Raiders
I Touch Myself – the Divinyls
Under the Milky Way – the Church
A Forest – the Cure
Let It Happen – Tame Impala
Soap Opera – the Swiss
Do the Job – Use No Hooks
Lights & Music – Cut Copy
Perfect Kiss – New Order
Promises (Plastic Plates Remix) – the Presets
Sometimes – Miami Horror
Love at First Sight – Kylie Minogue
Don’t Change – INXS
All at Once – Home
How do we choose which events to feature?
There is no strategy. We just make note of anything in Austin that we, personally, would conceivably want to go to, generally excluding things like ACL Fest because you probably already know about that, and excluding normal concerts and movie showtimes because there are many other good resources for finding those. If you have an event that you want us to consider including, send it over.

Who are we?
We make this newsletter. We put on No Lights No Lycra each week. We do some other stuff here and there. We love going out to creative events in Austin, and we want you to join us.