Lite + Brite: 31 Good Timey Austin Events 8/4

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We find events to list in this newsletter from a wide variety of sources: we check Eventbrite, Instagram, and Facebook; we subscribe to newsletters for every local cultural institution that sends them; we roam around town and look at flyers; and we take suggestions! For example, tonight there’s a grown-ups only night at a waterpark, which we learned about thanks to one of our fabulous subscribers, who posted about it on the L+B Discord. We don’t list every suggestion, but we are grateful for every one that we receive.

Tonight, we’ve on our way to “unlock the secrets of plant-mycelial communication.” Tomorrow, we’ve got tickets to an old-timey backyard carnival complete with water games, weird marionettes, tie-dye, knife throwing (?), et cetera. Sunday there is a very good chance we will hit up “the queerest kickoff to Austin Pride Month” and/or this event featuring our favorite local celebrities—aka the wrestlers of Slam Portal—who will be judging wrestling impersonations. And obviously Thursday we will be dancing up a storm at our own event, No Lights No Lycra! Scroll down for details on all this and more.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


This coming Thursday, we’ll be at West China Tea House for No Lights No Lycra. We’ll be continuing to dance through the dusk into the dark, and we’ve been using some creative lighting ideas and sunset-appropriate tunes. You can listen to a playlist of music from July’s edition here or scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for a track listing.

This week, the robots of No Humans Allowed are pumping iron in the robo-gymnasium, so Brian made them a playlist of high energy songs about engaging your core, running faster, and fully extending your reps. Listen to Pumping Iron on the KPISS archives, or scroll down for the full tracklist + some of the goofiest episode art yet. NHA is live every Wednesday at 6pm CT on


Friday 8/4

  • Mycorrhizal Myth Machine at the Museum of Human Achievement
    “In the safety of their cars, participants will unlock the secrets of plant-mycelial communication”
  • La Dolce Vita at Club Eternal
    Haven’t experienced a late night italo disco party? We can fix that for you
  • Grown-Up Getaway at Typhoon Texas
    Adults-only night at a water park! No need to dodge munchkins
  • Cat Video Fest at AFS Cinema
    Broke: Cat vids at home. Woke: Cat vids on a big screen with popcorn
  • Malum Malus at the Vortex
    Holiday-inspired “occult-based burlesque performance art”
  • (weekly thru 8/25) Float Films at the Austin Motel Pool
    Float + watch a movie that failed to make JTT into an A-lister

Saturday 8/5

  • The Wooden Nickel Carnival 10 Year Anniversary at 3312 Pecan Springs Rd.
    Sideshow performers, “seed spitting contest,” DJ, game booths + more
  • Imperfect Tennis at Collection Rert
    Artists collaborate on an opening w/solo + collaborative works
  • Babestock at the Metropolis Apartments Pool
    Killer lineup of female and nonbinary DJs spinning poolside + food, raffle
  • Sunlight Gala at First Street Studio
    Support a forthcoming original ballet w/music + dance performance
  • AK’s Pop-Up at the Glassmith
    DJ, live music, comedy, vendors, + free pizza + bevs
  • Good Times Group Exhibition & Zine Drop Party at Moontower Cider
    Art exhibit / zine release ft. optimistic works by female, BIPOC + LGBTQIA+ artists
  • Karaoke Underground at Knomad
    Sing karaoke to your favorite punk, indie + alt classics
  • Open Studios at Canopy
    Hang out at Canopy, enjoy beverages + see art in artists’ studios
  • Cat Video Fest at AFS Cinema
    Broke: Cat vids at home. Woke: Cat vids on a big screen with popcorn
  • Malum Malus at the Vortex
    Holiday-inspired “occult-based burlesque performance art”

Sunday 8/6

  • Summer Bummer Bash at the Liberty
    Wrestler impersonation, meet wrestlers, live music, + taste bud slamming
  • ATX Pride Market at Distribution Hall
    Celebrate Austin Pride w/Vendors, screenprinting, food+drinks
  • Interpol vs. the Strokes Tribute Night at Volstead
    Austin bands cover some prime indie sleaze w/accompanying DJ
  • Poster Swap Sundays and Donnie Darko at the Violet Crown Cinema
    Trade movie posters + watch a classic cerebral horror flick
  • Chunky Dunk at the Austin Motel
    “Ever changing pool party at Austin Motel full of JOY + COMMUNITY.”
  • (weekly) Splash Dance at the Austin Motel Pool
    Poolside aerobics with Austin’s most creative aerobics instructor

Monday 8/7

  • Austin Pride Rainbow Skate at the Playland Skate Center
    Celebrate Pride + roller skating w/DJ Chorizo Funk
  • Monday Night Jammie Jam at Kick Butt Coffee
    Slumber party-themed “magically delicious” burlesque + variety acts
  • Cat Video Fest at AFS Cinema
    Broke: Cat vids at home. Woke: Cat vids on a big screen with popcorn
  • (weekly) Hyperreal Film Club at Hotel Vegas
    Hang out at Vegas + watch an erotic thriller from the 80s

Wednesday 8/9

  • Hoppy Hour at the Manchaca Road branch of the APL
    Unwind with adorable, low-allergy animals from Tiny Tails to You”
  • The Missing Mages at Tiny Minotaur Tavern
    LARP + imbibe in a tavern setting with mushroom-infected mages

Thursday 8/10

No Humans Allowed 158
Pumping Iron

This week on No Humans Allowed, the robots are pumping iron and they have enlisted us to make their gym playlist of high energy songs about engaging your core, running faster, and fully extending your reps. Oil up those servomotors and get ready for the pump.

Stream Pumping Iron

Sparks – Beat the Clock
Discorockets – Running to You
Garth Knight – Activate the Cage (You Have the Power)
De-Regulator – At the Gym
Baby’s Gang – Challenger (David Monaco Edit)
Kano – It’s a War (Serge Santiágo & Tom Neville Edit)
Barry de Vorzon – Theme from the Warriors (Edit du Golem)
Luke Million – Arnold
Adam Funk Club – Alphatown
Chris Blackwell – Sex Drive
Tape Loader – Work That Body!
Brian & Zan – Pump Your Body
Bell Towers – My Body Is a Temple
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn (Alkalino Rework)
ALTC – Frontline Flatline
Luxxly – Sweatbox

Brian Blackout’s award-winningdodgy European news coverage receivingweekly robots-themed radio show on internet station Machine vibes 4 machines. Songs for robots, androids, mandroids, cyborgs, AIs, cylons, skinjobs, roombas, wifi routers, smart devices, anything colored Bondi blue, and virtual assistants. Humans not required. Broadcasts live every Wednesday at 6pm CT on, with over 150 episodes now streamable in the archiveson topics like and Beach SimulationsRoomba dance partiesundersea adventures + Cyber Texas.

No Lights No Lycra ATX 152
w/Brian Blackout

July 27th at West China Tea House

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 152

Chrome Sparks – The Meaning of Love
Elvis Costello – I Wanna Be Loved (Space Duke Edit)
George Clanton – I Been Young
Tear Council – Anywhere
Jo Jo Zep – Losing Game (Golf Channel Edit)
Bread & Butter – Japanese Woman (Swifft Edit)
Aaliyah – Rock the Boat (Satin Jackets Remix)
BB&Q Band – Dreamer
Róisín Murphy – Something More (Soulwax Remix)
Japanese Breakfast – Be Sweet
Gloria Estefan – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You (Benedikt Hammer Edit)
The Naked & Famous – Everybody Knows (Luxxxly Remix)
Charli XCX – Boom Clap (Aeroplane Remix)
Alison Goldfrapp – So Hard So Hot
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day (Jellybean Remix)
Lauren Flax – You’ve Changed ft. Sia
Kennedy – Karate
Christopher Cross – Ride Like the Wind (Henry’s Lost Disco Mix)
ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Rocktakon Edit)
Pardon Moi – Rodeo Star
Prince – Raspberry Beret (Cr/edit Version)
Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight
Sinéad O’Connor – Mandinka
The Breeders – Cannonball
Elastica – Connection
T. rex – Cosmic Dancer
Home – All at Once


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How do we choose which events to feature?

Honestly, it’s pretty random. We might include anything in Austin that we, personally, would conceivably want to go to, generally excluding normal concerts, comedy shows, and movie showtimes because there are many other good resources for finding those. (We especially recommend Showlist for live music, The Darker Side of Austin for goth and metal stuff, and the 60+ Weirdest Things in Austin for exactly what it sounds like). This list is by no means exhaustive; it’s just stuff that caught our eye this week. 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 every second and fourth Thursday of the month. We do some other stuff here and there. We love going out to creative events in Austin, and we want you to join us. Visit us at, and support us on Patreon if you like what we do.