Lite + Brite: 33 Undark Austin Events 3/1

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

We apologize for last week’s blizzard of L+B messages, we hope we gave y’all enough of a break from our hijinx but the weekend is here and there’s a lot going on. As we mentioned in our last (brief) email, we sadly had to postpone our reader meetup from last Sunday until Sunday March 24th. We were (and are) bummed but we still hope to get to meet lots of y’all IN PERSON later this month. Speaking of months, we pushed the March edition of our monthly back a bit to give everyone’s inbox a break, but it will be out on Monday with links to our SxSW spreadsheet and all that jazz. Anyway, that’s next week, and that’s not why you’re here reading this intro.

This week you can tour weird houses or ghosts; you can eat BBQ or Latin foods; you can pet a variety of adorable animals (for free!) or really focus in on pugs. You can enjoy operas both petite and of the fighting variety. And the world’s first ever (?) “FuQusical” is back with a musical takedown of some guy who is inexplicably still the governor of Texas.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


Our next NLNL will be on March 14th, smack in the middle of SxSW, and DJ Phildoesit will once again be gracing us with his two-stepping DJ skills. We have recordings of the most recent edition of NLNL which you can listen to here if you’re looking to hear what things sound like.

After some missed shows and reruns due to travels, No Humans Allowed returned with a show themed around autonomous cars speeding around at night. Soundtrack your night driving by listening here or scroll further down in this very newsletter for a tracklist and art and all that fun stuff. NHA broadcasts live every Wednesday 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 3/1

Saturday 3/2

  • Fight Opera at Austin Beerworks
    “Transcendently weird” pro-wrestlers “Fight 4 Filth”
  • It’s My Park Day at public parks throughout Austin
    Volunteer to improve parks across Austin
  • Great Pug Meetup at Central Machine Works
    Calling all pugs + their owners, can you crack 200 pugs?
  • Body Mechanics at 301 Chicon St.
    DJs happily blurring the lines between a dance party + a fetish party
  • Past Deposits from a Future Yet to Come at the Moody Amphitheater
    Debut of an outdoor video art installation + free concert
  • Dragtivity Day at Cheer Up Charlie’s
    Anger Texas officials w/drag story time + other family friendly activities
  • Intro to Fire Spinning Workshop at Austin Creative Alliance
    Learn how to spin fire without setting yourself or loved ones aflame
  • Ghost Tour at Pioneer Farms
    A haunted hike through 19th century farm buildings
  • House Tour at Casa Neverlandia
    Get a tour of a unique Austin home + the cover of “Weird Homes”
  • Open Studios at Canopy
    Artists at Canopy open up their studios to the public
  • Karaoke Underground at Knomad Bar
    Sing karaoke to your favorite punk, indie + alt classics
  • Alvin Ailey at Bass Concert Hall
    See a performance by one of modern dance’s most storied troupes
  • Sazon Latin Food Festival at Lulu’s
    Sample various cuisine from the Caribbean, Central + South America
  • Texas Early Music Project at Redeemer Presbyterian Church
    “Medieval orchestra” performs 13th century music
  • BBQ Austin at Rodeo Austin
    Tick all yr Texas boxes with: rodeo, bbq, + a petting zoo
  • Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Orchestra at the Museum of Human Achievement
    Everything’s getting smaller these days, even operas, I mean “micro-operas”
  • Undark: A Radioactive Puppet Play at the Vortex
    Puppets perform a play about radioactivity, unfettered capitalism, + factories
  • (weekly thru 4/21) Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade, TX
    Central Texas’ own renaissance faire w/medieval food, entertainment, + dress
  • (weekly thru 5/25) Doom Metal Goat Yoga at Jester King
    “We call out to the beasts of the land to come forth and JOIN US!”

Sunday 3/3

Monday 3/4

  • Young Greg Abbott: A FuQusical at the Trinity Street Playhouse
    Satirically reimagining Abbott’s early days in a musical theater format
  • Records to Read to at Carpenter Coffee Bar
    Local authors read from their books + then curate music for you to read to
  • Monday Night Jammie Jam at Kick Butt Coffee
    Burlesque + variety performers help you kick that case of the Mondays
  • Silent Laughter at We Luv Video
    Watch comedies from the silent film era + laugh unsilently
  • (weekly) Hyperreal Film Club at Hotel Vegas
    Watch a nostalgic 00s flick about school girl super spies

Tuesday 3/5

  • One Page Salon at Radio Coffee & Beer
    Hear local writers read their works in progress

Wednesday 3/6

  • Paws for Public Art at the UT Campus
    Public art + pettable critters combine forces for the ultimate mental health break

Thursday 3/7

  • Cultura Power at KMFA
    Panels, music, + art focusing on amplifying Latino voices
  • Stories on the Lawn at the Neill-Cochran House Museum
    Comedians + storytellers w/Moth-style stories about Lost+Found
  • Venardos Circus at Buck’s Backyard
    Travelling acrobatic-forward circus comes to Buck’s
  • Undark: A Radioactive Puppet Play at the Vortex
    Puppets perform a play about radioactivity, unfettered capitalism, + factories

Our SxSW 2024 Picks

SxSW is nearly upon us, and resident wristbands are still available! $169 for a Music Festival wristband and $120 for a Film Festival Wristband—it’s 1/10th as expensive as a badge, and all of us Austin residents are eligible.

Brian’s Pick
Vitesse X
Sleek, dreamy electropop w/nods to 90s dance from NYC’s 100% Electronica crew

Leila’s Pick
Shoegaze-y jangle-pop with shades of the Sundays

Previous Picks
Imagine if Sonic Youth or Gang of Four loved fun, from NYC
Bleach Lab
Pretty, Mazzy Star-inspired, “sad-core” dreampop out of London
Los Premios
Catchy psych-infused indie rock a la Tame Impala, from Valencia, Spain
Energetic Austin-based threesome reminiscent of a more ironic HAIM
La Securité
Icy female-fronted post-punk from the Great White North
Discovery Zone
Berlin-based Bedroom synthpop with a unique sense of wonder. A highlight from SxSW 2022
The View
Scottish indie rock ‘n’ roll. I last saw this band in 2008 and am so excited to see them again

No Humans Allowed 182
Autonomous Night Driving

This week we’re back with fresh tunes on No Humans Allowed, where we’ll be cruising around neon lit nights in autonomously robotic vehicles filled with italo + dream house tunes.

Stream Autonomous Night Driving

Ksky – Lovevolution
Greetings – Dream at Night
Kross Section – Dusk Driving
Axel F. – Geronimo (Adrian Marth Edit)
Disy – Dynamite (H&S Radio Mix)
Hysteric – Lombardoni (Lipelis Diroyksoppsco Megamixxx)
101 & Jade 4U – Hear Me Coming
Felix da Housecat – What Does It Feel Like (Röyksopp Return the Sun Mix)
Black Spuma – Fracture
Sylvester – Someone Like You (Remix)
Lauer – Ski n Gee
DJ Matpat – Something More

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 163
w/Brian Blackout

Recorded live in the dark at West China Tea House on February 22, 2024.

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 163

Telex – Rendez-Vous dans l’Espace (Morgan Geist Remix)
The Preatures – Is This How You Feel? (Classixx Remix)
Zapp & Roger – Heartbreaker
Japanese Breakfast – Be Sweet
Caroline Rose – Feel the Way I Want
Jean-Philippe Goude – Energie
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
Holy Ghost! – Hold On
C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat
Kate Boy – Self Control
Sophie Ellis Bextor – Murder on the Dancefloor
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5 (Butch le Butch Remix)
Tata Vega – (I’ve Got My) Second Wind
Teddy Pendergrass – The More I Get, the More I Want
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite
Ssion – Comeback
K.W.S. – Please Don’t Go
Everything But the Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix)
Confidence Man – C.O.O.L. Party
La Bouche – Sweet Dreams
Nelly Furtado – Maneater
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks (Cousin Cole re-edit)
The The – This Is the Day
David Bowie & Queen – Under Pressure
Home – All at Once


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Recent weeks found us celebrating “Bouncemas” at UT, partying with Art Island at the Coral Snake, and admiring art lamps at Highland Collective. 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.