Lite + Brite: 29 Venerated Events 12/1

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

As you may have noticed from the arrival of our December monthly newsletter in your inboxes earlier this week, the final month of the year is upon us. This means lots of things in the world of events. There’s a big ol batch of holiday vendor markets of all stripes going on, for which you can use our handy guide to gameplan. But the season is not only about shopping, it’s also about Santa photo ops, cowboys + mariachis partying together, horror, potlucks, skateboards, + sustainability.

You don’t have to get festive though. There’s also Wizard Rodeo, a party devoted to Three’s Company’s own Mrs. Roper, luchador-style wrestling, and a gothic fashion experience. Santa wouldn’t touch any of those with a 10 foot candy cane. We should warn you though, Christmas is only going to get more all-encompassing, so maybe strike while the iron is hot if you like your plans holiday-unencumbered.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


Brian has been busy with radio shows this week. No Humans Allowed returned once again to Club Dongle, the imaginary robots-only nightclub, for an evening of house, future funk, + synthwave. Listen to Dongle Dozen in the Kpiss archives or scroll down for more info + a tracklist. NHA broadcasts live every Wednesday at 6pm CT on

Also, Brian subbed for a Saturday show last week and played an hour of disco songs about money, jobs, and other Black Friday-adjecent subjects. Like his regular show, it’s archived for your listening convenience.

Our dance party in the dark, No Lights No Lycra, is monthly due to the holidays until January. Our next date is December 14. In the meantime, listen to a live recording of our last edition here or scroll to the bottom of this newsletter.

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 12/1

  • Under the Big Top at the Courtyard
    Circus-themed activities + drag performers, plus HIV testing
  • Exit Thru the Thrift Shop at Spokesman
    Live music, DJ, trippy live visuals, + beverages
  • Who We Become at the Museum of Human Achievement
    Screening a new Netflix doc set in TX, + Filipino potluck
  • Deck the Walls at ArtUs Co.
    An art show where the canvases are all skateboards

Saturday 12/2

  • Wizard Rodeo at the Long Time
    “Mystical gathering curated by artists + musicians w/a shared vision”
  • Cowboy Xmas in December at Co-Lab Projects
    Live mariachi band, Hyperreal films, + holiday costume contest
  • Lucha Libre Dos at Blue Norther
    Luchador-style wrestling brought to you by the folks at Slam Portal
  • Holiday Sing-Along and Stroll on Congress Ave. between 9th and 11th
    Tree lighting, vendors, food trucks, live music, + Santa photo ops
  • Coming on Christmas at ColdTowne
    “The play that nobody asked for,” a parody of Lifetime Xmas movies
  • Arts Festival at Wheatsville South Lamar
    Food samples, vendors, kids’ activities, + face painting
  • Veneration at Suite 650
    Queer gothic art installation + “fashion experience”
  • Cap City Bop at Pershing Hall
    Live DJs, streetwear vendors, + a breakdancing competition
  • Mural Unveiling at Holly Commons
    Celebrate a new mural honoring Polish-American Art Deco painter
  • German Christmas Market at the German Free School
    German live music, food, + gifts. It’s not Christmas without Glühwein!
  • Open Hours at the Sherwood Forest Zine Library
    Read from Sherwood Forest’s extensive library of zines
  • Karaoke Underground at Knomad
    Sing karaoke to your favorite punk, indie + alt classics
  • Derby After Dark at 1131 S Loop 4, Buda
    Nighttime roller derby from Texas’ Netflix-featured league
  • Mrs. Roper Romp at Kitty Cohen’s
    Dress up to celebrate an unlikely 1970s style + feminist icon
  • Deck the Walls at Almost Real Things
    An art show where the canvases are all skateboards
  • Horror for the Holidays at the Palmer Events Center
    Buy gifts from horror-themed vendors, meet + greet some horror celebs
  • (weekly) Come @ Me at Fallout Theater
    Improv comedians tackle the intricacies of online life / social media

Sunday 12/3

  • Living Funeral Ceremony at 312 W. Stassney Lane
    Embrace your own mortality in a gentle supported environment
  • Cool to Care Christmas Bar Takeover at a secret location
    Sustainability-focused vendors, live music, portraits, + holiday cocktails
  • Plant Swap at Vista Brewing
    Bring some cuttings of your garden friends + obtain new plant buds
  • Hysteria at ColdTowne
    An irreverent comedy show about abortion + benefit for repro rights
  • Horror for the Holidays at the Palmer Events Center
    Buy gifts from horror-themed vendors, meet + greet some horror celebs

Monday 12/4

Tuesday 12/5

  • Aurora Rollout at the Austin Roller Rink
    “Immersive holiday roller skating extravaganza” w/DJ
  • Psychedelic Holiday Potluck at ArtUs Co
    “Connect with Austin’s psychedelic + art communities” w/food + art
  • One Page Salon at Radio Coffee and Beer
    Hear local writers read their works in progress

Thursday 12/7

  • The Watchmaker’s Song at the Neill-Cochran House
    Immersive reinterpretation of the Nutcracker in different styles of dance

No Humans Allowed 172
Dongle Dozen

What’s this? Our dozenth excursion into the imaginary nightclub for robots, Club Dongle? I guess we’d better have some killer dance songs ready for those bots…

Stream Dongle Dozen

Shades of Rhythm – Sound of Eden
RFX – Girl You Know
Blue Hawaii – I Felt Love
Sferro – Deja Vu Decade
S’Express – Theme from S-Express (12” U.S.A. Mix)
Sound Support – The Rock
Cero Rio – Showtime!
DJ Oetker – Oetker Theme
Dérivative – Got to Be Me
Black Light Smoke – The Beat Direct
Out Hud – One Life to Leave
O’Bryan – I’m Freaky (Romeo Erotic Remix)
K Klass – Rhythm Is a Mystery
Boys’ Shorts – Bender (Edit)

No Humans Allowed is Brian Blackout’s award-winning, dodgy 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 158
w/Brian Blackout

Recorded live in the dark at West China Tea House on November 9, 2023.

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 158

Au Suisse – Control
David Joseph – Let’s Live It Up (Rayko Version)
Kate Bush – Watching You Without Me (Chris Woodward Edit)
Aeroplane – Let’s Get Slow
Charli XCX – Boom Clap (Aeroplane Remix)
Saint Pepsi – Better
Black Box – Strike It up
Dérivative – Put Your Hand in Mine (club mix)
Don Ray – Standing in the Rain
Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
Eddie Kendricks – Date with the Rain (PhDJ Edit)
The Clash – Train in Vain (Jimbo Slice Edit)
Scissor Sisters – Fire with Fire (Rory Phillips Remix)
K.W.S. – Please Don’t Go
Phil Collins – Sussudio
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Jacknife Lee, Budgie & Lol Tolhurst – Los Angeles ft. James Murphy (the Dare Remix)
Hot Hot Heat – Talk to Me, Dance With Me
Girl Ray – Murder on the Dancefloor
Discovery Zone – Dance II
Pixies – Debaser
Blue Hawaii – I Felt Love
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
The La’s – There She Goes
Home – All at Once


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Recent weeks found us taking in the Austin Studio Tour’s many wonders, observing collaborative visual + musical artists at Buzzfest, and bathing in neon art at an Ion Art open house. 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 do our own events, most prominently No Lights No Lycra (every second and fourth Thursday of the month). We once got called “local Austin couple” by KXAN. 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.