Lite + Brite: 33 Styling Austin Events 10/6

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“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” someone once said, but when it comes to traversing media, did they ever consider composing music about sculpture? If you like interacting with sculptures—and who doesn’t?—you should also know that Fortlandia opens this weekend. For more fort content, you can celebrate Sukkot at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, an eastside outdoor oasis that we want to go to now because it’s finally not one thousand degrees.

In general, in this newsletter we list events that we, personally, would be interested in going to. I am strongly NOT interested in going on this mushroom-foraging bike ride because I am scared of mushrooms, but it seems theoretically cool enough that I’ll at least tell the rest of you about it. You can also just tell stories about bike riding, no mushrooms involved, which feels much less threatening. We rarely list events that require you to leave the city limits, but this Lockhart art experience in grain silos seems like it could be a good reason to drive for 45 minutes. Dungeons and Drag is just a fun phrase to say. And we are throwing our own dance party in the dark on Thursday! Scroll down for details on all this and more.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


No Lights No Lycra, our very own dance party in the dark, returns next Thursday at 8pm at West China Tea. The sun is setting at the right time and it’s getting good and dark once again. Wondering what sort of music you might hear? Listen to a playlist of music from our last edition here or scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for a track listing.

No Humans Allowed returned after missing last week due to connectivity issues. The show featured extra helpings of computer-centric songs by Kraftwerk, the Art of Noise, + more. Listen to Don’t Copy That Floppy in the Kpiss archives. NHA is live every Wednesday (as long as the internet is working) at 6pm CT on

What is No Lights No Lycra?
Austin’s twice-monthly, 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. It’s produced by us, your kindly L+B overlords, and usually one or the other of us is on the hook for DJ duties. Read more about us in the Austin Chronicle. You can listen the kind of music we play over on Brian’s Mixcloud.


Friday 10/6

  • The Bat at Coldtowne
    “Surreal comedy” in the dark and, we think, echolocation
  • Learning Secrets at Lolo Wine
    Avant-garde dance + chillout music from DJs with excellent taste
  • SILOED in Lockhart, TX
    “Creativity and grain silos collide” via installation + interactive art
  • Pop-Up Styling Shop at Pershing East
    Prep your ACL lewk w/makeup + hair styling, “custom hats,” + vendors
  • Proyecto Teatro at the Vortex
    A playful retelling of Latinx history in Spanish, Spanglish, + English subtitles
  • Sordid Lives at Ground Floor Theater
    A play involving a drag Tammy Wynette impersonator, small town TX, + dirty secrets
  • (weekly thru 10/27) Tiny Minotaur Fantasy Movie Drive-In at the Museum of Human Achievement
    Watch cult fantasy flicks in a drive-in setting w/the Tiny Minotaur crew

Saturday 10/7

  • Fortlandia Opening Day at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    Annual interactive installation art exhibition w/a play fort theme
  • OktoberFeast / Sukkot Celebration at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
    Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot w/cocktails + klezmer band
  • The Austin Séance at Minx + Muse
    Take part in a Victorian-style séance + learn about their history
  • Moving Picture at the Museum of Human Achievement
    “Experimental shorts, video art + non-narrative film” in a drive-in
  • Ballet Texas Presents: Dracula at Brauntex Theatre
    A balletic retelling of the story of County Dracula + his wives
  • History That Doesn’t Suck at Stateside at the Paramount
    Live story-driven retelling of US history inspired by a podcast
  • Dark Disko at Captain Quackenbush’s Coffeehouse
    Halloween-themed dark dance party w/vendors + “pumpkin of doom”
  • Karaoke Underground at Knomad
    Sing karaoke to your favorite punk, indie + alt classics
  • Open Studios at Canopy
    Artists at Canopy open up their studios to the public
  • An Absolution of Goth at Elysium
    Goth DJs, live music, + runway fashion show
  • Pop-Up Styling Shop at Pershing East
    Prep your ACL lewk w/makeup + hair styling, “custom hats,” + vendors
  • Proyecto Teatro at the Vortex
    A playful retelling of Latinx history in Spanish, Spanglish, + English subtitles
  • Sordid Lives at Ground Floor Theater
    A play involving a drag Tammy Wynette impersonator, small town TX, + dirty secrets
  • (weekly) Come @ Me at Fallout Theater
    Improv comedians tackle the intricacies of online life / social media

Sunday 10/8

  • Viva Fest at the Brewtorium
    Celebrate the life + art of Frida Kahlo w/live music, art, vendors, + costumes
  • Myco Cyco at various central Austin locations
    Meet some of Austin’s weirder trees and hunt for fungal treats
  • Bike Story Night at Radio Coffee
    Storytelling, group bike ride, + check out fancy show bikes
  • Spiritualism and Ouija Board Workshop at Minx + Muse
    Learn the history of ouija and call some spirits
  • Splash Dance at the Austin Motel
    Poolside aerobics w/Austin’s most creative aerobics instructor
  • Sordid Lives at Ground Floor Theater
    A play involving a drag Tammy Wynette impersonator, small town TX, + dirty secrets
  • Proyecto Teatro at the Vortex
    A playful retelling of Latinx history in Spanish, Spanglish, + English subtitles

Monday 10/9

  • Silent Book Club at the Draught House Pub & Brewery
    Silently read books together + optional sharing
  • ATX Short Film Horror Showcase at the Spider House Ballroom
    The films are short + horror-filled, the filmmakers are Texan + of varying heights
  • (weekly) Hyperreal Film Club at Hotel Vegas
    Watch a cult cerebral sci-fi horror flick

Tuesday 10/10

  • (weekly thru 10/31) Dungeons and Drag at Oilcan Harry’s
    We expect what it says on the tin: drag + DnD fantasy fun times

Wednesday 10/11

  • ATXplained at the Paramount
    Learn all about our city in the medium of a live podcast taping
  • Queer Craft Night at The Little Gay Shop
    “Queer pumpkin carving and decorating party”

Thursday 10/12

  • No Lights No Lycra at West China Tea
    Our very own dance party in the dark
  • Sound in Sculpture at 200 E. Dean Keeton
    Musical performances of works inspired by outdoor sculptures on UT’s campus
  • Soap Making Workshop at Buzz Mill Coffee
    Learn how to make soap that smells any way you want it to smell
  • Sordid Lives at Ground Floor Theater
    A play involving a drag Tammy Wynette impersonator, small town TX, + dirty secrets

No Humans Allowed 165
Don’t Copy That Floppy

It’s more fun to compute, and NHA is back tonight with plenty of key tappin jams for you to compile to. Don’t copy that floppy, just press play and prepare for some HD sounds.

Stream Don’t Copy That Floppy

Wendy Carlos – Orange Minuet
Egyptian Lover – Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)
Bananarama – Love in the First Degree (RFX Edit)
Mr. Oizo – Ovoma
Paperclip People – Oscillator
Kraftwerk – Home Computer
The Art of Noise – Paranoimia ’89
Konsumprodukt – Italo Disco Politic Bureau
Supersempfft – Be a Man You Frog
George Duke – Thief in the Night
Rüdiger Lorenz – Francis and Friends
Jamie Jupitor – Computer Power
Recall IV – Contrast (Boing Mix)
Bergheim 34 – Random Access Memory
Fischerspooner – Turn on

No Humans Allowed is Brian Blackout’s award-winningdodgy European news coverage receiving, weekly 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 archives on topics like and Beach SimulationsRoomba dance partiesundersea adventures + Cyber Texas.

No Lights No Lycra ATX 155
w/Brian Blackout

Live DJ set, recorded September 28th at West China Tea House

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 155

Todd Terje – Swing Star
Laura Michelle – You Always Hurt the One You Love
Claudia Telles – Foi como um Sonho (Patchouli Brothers Edit)
Supertramp – Logical Song (Ponty Mython Edit)
Mariah Carey – Emotions
AR Kane – A Love from Outer Space
Nona Hendryx – Why Should I Cry?
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5 (Butch le Butch Remix)
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
Tata Vega – (I’ve Got My) Second Wind
Ce Ce Pension – We Got a Love Thang
The Juan Maclean – Happy House
LCD Soundsystem – Yeah
Out Hud – One Life to Leave
The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
Benny Benassi & the Biz – Satisfaction
Kylie Minogue – Padam Padam
Goldfrapp – Rocket
Depeche Mode – Master and Servant
FM Attack & Vandal Moon – Candlelight
Foreigner – Urgent
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
Home – All at Once


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Recent weeks brought us to a Round Rock parking lot to observe a flock of Purple Martins; the Mesmerize workshop to help build out their Creek Show creation; and the Eureka Room for a closing party. Follow Lite + Brite on Instagram to keep up with our adventures. And come chat with us and the rest of the L+B community on our Discord server!


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.