Lite + Brite: 35 Electric Austin Events 8/18

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

We know everyone is over here slogging through August, dreaming of a single day when the high might not crack triple digits. Summer is always brutal in Austin and August is probably the nadir. But that’s ok, we’ve got you with poolside films, poolside DJs + sotol tasting, poolside aerobics, and poolside joy. Are you somehow capable of going outside WITHOUT dipping your toes into a cooling body of water? Sure, I guess that’s a thing. Why not try a mix of puppetry + atrocities, circus artists considering the familiar, burlesque performers considering the cutthroat corporate world, fire dancers hawking wares, a collision of drag and pro wrestling, a screening of a film which is the epitome of 90s kids eco-activism, or a bunch of mysterious chaos?

In a nutshell: Yes, it’s hot, but if you wanna do stuff there is stuff you can do. Let us be your house departure inspo! Read this email and then take a walk, or a dip in a pool, or check out some VHS tapes. That’s what we’re here for y’all.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


On Thursday from 8-9:30pm we’ll be at West China Tea House for the last of No Lights No Lycra’s Summer Sunset Sessions. We’ll be dancing 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 our last edition here or scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for a track listing.

We got to work on our out of office auto replies over on No Humans Allowed, where the songs all provided some measure of escape from the working world, touching upon dreaming, the beach, AM gold, balearic, downtempo + italo disco. Listen to Out of Office Autoreply on the KPISS archives, or scroll down for the full tracklist + art. NHA is live every Wednesday at 6pm CT on


Every Day This Week

  • Free Entry at Austin Public Pools
    Escape our hellish temps in some cool bodies of water
  • Purple Martins Roosting at La Frontera
    Half a million of migratory birds flying in big ol clouds. Nature is cool

Friday 8/18

  • Realms of Fungi at ArtUs Co.
    “Step into the mystical world of mushrooms” w/art
  • Electric Feels at Mohawk
    Traveling 00s-centric indie dance party
  • V. Marc Fort’s All-Star DJ Birthday Bash at the 13th Floor
    Killer lineup of vinyl DJs from KOOP + beyond
  • BLOOM at OFC Creatives
    Curated cocktails, “music, dancing, drinks” + art
  • PowerPints at the Highball
    Make Clippy proud w/comedic presentations + pints of beer
  • Neon Rainbows at Cheer Up Charlie’s
    “The Gayest Little Country Dance Party” ft. a bootload of 90s country
  • Music and Movie Night at Kick Butt Coffee
    Ghoulish horror film, live music, + DJ spinning 80s metal
  • Sunny Days at the Vortex
    Play mixing puppets, war-torn Kosovo, + the TX migration crisis
  • Cirque Vida at Indra’s Awarehouse
    Circus artists, dancers, + acrobats consider the familiar
  • (weekly thru 8/25) Float Films at the Austin Motel Pool
    Remember the 90s poolside with a classic slacker film

Saturday 8/19

  • ASL Slam at the Highball
    Neon-lit visual poetry slam in ASL
  • Drags and Dropkicks at the Highland Lounge
    “Protecting our kings, queens, and in-betweens” w/drag + pro wrestling
  • PrisMagick at Cheer Up Charlie’s
    “Burlesque + drag intersect in a celebration of artistry, diversity, + self-expression”
  • Fridge Fest at Sellers Underground
    Live music + DJs, entry includes open bar, open pizza, open pickles
  • Not Long for this World at the Odin
    “Workshop of biomachines” + “artifacts that integrate biological organs and animals w/technology”
  • Tapefest 2023 at the Windsor Park Branch of the Austin Public Library
    Celebrate analog cassettes + VHS by trading tapes and making A/V art
  • Black & White Masquerade at Lark & Owl
    “Dress in your finest attire” to sip cocktails + celebrate romances
  • Artist Talk at the SARF
    Meet + talk w/costume designer / window artist
  • Ferngully: The Last Rainforest at We Luv Video
    Save the planet and savor Robin Williams as a singing bat
  • Bike-in Movie Night at Austin’s Yellow Bike Project
    Bike to a film about Cuba’s trans population
  • 10 Year Anniversary Party at Haymaker
    Karaoking, screen printing, tattooing, raffling, + beveraging
  • Ghost Tour at Pioneer Farm
    A haunted hike through some 19th century farm buildings
  • Sunny Days at the Vortex
    Play mixing puppets, war-torn Kosovo, + the TX migration crisis
  • Cirque Vida at Indra’s Awarehouse
    Circus artists, dancers, + acrobats consider the familiar

Sunday 8/20

  • Lagers and Literature at Meanwhile Brewing
    “Like books? Like beer? Then boy, do we have the perfect event for you!⁠”
  • Un Verano Contigo at the Line Hotel
    Pool party w/DJ + sotol tasting
  • Chunky Dunk at the Austin Motel Pool
    “Pool parties dedicated to ~joy~ + activation”
  • The Shiny Market and Fire Jam at Shiny Things for Shiny People
    Fire dancers, DJs, vendors, live painters, crystals + mediums
  • Cirque Vida at Indra’s Awarehouse
    Circus artists, dancers, + acrobats explore the familiar
  • (weekly thru 8/27) Splash Dance at the Austin Motel Pool
    Poolside aerobics with Austin’s most creative aerobics instructor

Monday 8/21

Wednesday 8/23

  • Gags to Riches at the Holiday Inn
    DJs, burlesque artists + performers explore the corporate world
  • aGLIFF’s PRISM 36 at AFS Cinema and Galaxy Theaters
    Fest devoted to films about + relevant to the LGTBQ community

Thursday 8/24

No Humans Allowed 160
Out of Office Autoreply

This week, it’s time to fire up the ol’ out of office auto reply. We’ll have a mix of synthpop, italo, + electro that will transport you to another dimension far from the bustle hustle of the work world.

Stream Out of Office Autoreply

George Semper – Universe
Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Ivan – Sueños de Papel (Sunday Afternoon)
Thoty – Love Is (DJ Lloyd Rework)
Michael Franks – When Sly Calls (Don’t Touch That Phone)
Donald Fagen – The Goodbye Look
Genius of Time – Sunsweel
Willie Colón – Set Fire to Me
Hysteric – Portable Dishwasher
Alan Palomo – La Madrileña
Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know
Donny Benét – Konichiwa
Joan Bibiloni – Sobrevivir
Lauer & Dena – Friends
Waffles – 007A
Gary Low – You Dream a Lot (Hysteric Edit)
San Serac – Night Work
Righeira – Vamos a la Playa

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 153
w/Brian Blackout

August 10th at West China Tea House

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 153

Gemma – As Ever (Mr Twin Sister Remix)
P64 by My Side – John Carroll Kirby
Lucifer’s Friend – Stardancer (In Flagranti Edit)
Todd Terje – Swing Star part 2
Róisín Murphy – Simulation
Rudy Norman – Back to the Streets (Flying Mojito Bros Refrito)
The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
Eddie Kendricks – Goin’ up in Smoke
Tony Joe White – I Get Off on It (Flying Mojito Bros Refrito)
Carly Simon – Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) (Young Pulse Rework)
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better (Bit Funk Edit)
B Beat Girls – For the Same Man
The Dare – Girls
Justin Timberlake – My Love (DFA Remix)
Lauer – Make It Stay (Gerd Janson Remix)
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Chicks on Speed – Glamour Girl
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)
Young Galaxy – Body
Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun (Trailmix Remix)
The Outfield – Your Love (Discotech Remix)
The Killers – Somebody Told Me
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
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.