Lite + Brite: 29 Blacklit Austin Events 4/26

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

There will be no No Lights No Lycra this week because we are on our way to Tulum! We haven’t been before, so if you have any Tulum recs, send ’em our way. While we’re excited to swim in cenotes and embarrass ourselves with our high school Spanish, this vacation does mean we’re missing some Austin-area highlights, including Buda’s annual wiener dog races. (This year’s theme is “Wune,” as in “wiener dog Dune.” To quote their radio ad: “Come see wieners faster than a giant sandworm!”) We’re also missing Eeyore’s Birthday Party, another annual delight.

Fortunately we should be back in time to catch the latest edition of the Austin Salon—which will be focusing on the future of food—and some performances by the Acro-cats. We have attended a number of the Acro-cats’ previous performances, but we never pass up the opportunity. We saw them in 2015 and they did like 70% of their tricks, it was amazing, and then the next night they went on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and refused to do anything. In true feline form, they could tell this was an important show and went full Bartleby. Hoping to see a repeat performance this time around.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


As mentioned above, No Lights No Lycra is off this week as we’re traveling. Our dance party in the dark returns May 9th. We recorded Brian Blackout’s DJ set from the last edition and you can listen to that here or scroll down for more info.

On Brian’s radio show, No Humans Allowed, this week, he focused the show on music that had been released very recently, including songs by Donny Benét who played earlier this week at Mohawk, Johnny Dynamite and the Bloodsuckers, who headlined a show at Cheer Ups last weekend, and Austin’s own Holy Wire who have played a lot of great shows recently and are playing this weekend at Hotel Vegas. These groups plus many more recent indie, electro, + italo tracks feature on the show. You can stream it from the Kpiss archives here or scroll down for the tracklist. NHA broadcasts 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 4/26

  • Put Baby in the Corner at the Museum of Human Achievement
    A thirsty celebration of Dirty Dancing for charity w/costume contest + dancin’
  • B-Scene at the Blanton
    Celebrate Japanese pop culture at the Blanton w/live music, drinks, + dancing
  • Local Film Showcase: BYDESIGN at We Luv Video
    Watch a local short film about skaters
  • Line Upon Line at Crashbox
    Contemporary classical percussion performed w/the composers present
  • The Amazing Acro-cats at the Long Center
    Watch as acrobatic cats act catty + sometimes do tricks (if you are lucky)

Saturday 4/27

  • Eeyore’s Birthday Party at Pease Park
    Uniquely Austin celebration w/body painting, jam sessions, live music
  • Austin Book Trail at independent bookstores throughout town
    Hunt for books in a crawl at booksellers across Austin
  • Sunset Valley ARTFEST at the Toney Burger Center
    Art n food vendors, live music, family activities + a bike zoo
  • Touch the Art at Almost Real Things HQ
    “Finally, you can touch all of the art on the walls” – couldn’t agree more
  • Emerge at Cloud Tree
    DJs, B-boys + b-girls, + live graffiti painting
  • Tequila Mockingbird at a secret Austin location
    Classical musicians perform avian-inspired music in a private home
  • A Love Letter to Austin at LuxeArt
    Live music, drone show, aerialists, + many more performers
  • Blacklight at dadaLab
    Immersive laser light show by an internationally known laser performer
  • Rhymin’ Drive-in at the Museum of Human Achievement
    Live music paired w/curated short films + surprises
  • Living Funeral Ceremony at Yoga Common Studio
    Embrace your own mortality in a gentle supportive environment
  • Transcendent Reality at the Future Front House
    “Femme-powered” art that transcends + DJ and open bar
  • Whiskey Riot at Fair Market
    Sample from 200 whiskeys and whiskey cocktails
  • The Front Market at Distribution Hall
    Art, DJs, food, + vendors showcasing women and LGBTQ+ creatives
  • Wiener Dog Races at the Buda Amphitheater
    The crown jewel of Buda: the speediest wieners you ever did see
  • The Amazing Acro-cats at the Long Center
    Watch as acrobatic cats act catty + sometimes do tricks (if you are lucky)
  • (weekly thru 5/25) Overheard on a Train at the Downtown CapMetro Station
    Participate in immersive theatre while exploring public transit
  • (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!”
  • (weekly) Open Hours at the Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation
    Meet, greet, adopt, + pet stuffed animals

Sunday 4/28

  • Austin Witchfest at the Palmer Events Center
    “A day full of workshops, shopping, divination, entertainment + more”
  • Opun Mic Night at Coldtowne
    Comedy and poetry open mic plus improv games + optional nineties theme
  • The Front Market at Distribution Hall
    Art, DJs, food, + vendors showcasing women and LGBTQ+ creatives
  • Wiener Dog Races at the Buda Amphitheater
    The crown jewel of Buda: the speediest wieners you ever did see
  • The Amazing Acro-cats at the Long Center
    Watch as acrobatic cats act catty + sometimes do tricks (if you are lucky)

Monday 4/29

  • (weekly) Hyperreal Film Club at Hotel Vegas
    Watch a wild film about 19th century pop music phenom starring Roger Daltry

Tuesday 4/30

  • Austin Salon at 1109 Angelina St.
    Talks about the future of food, capitalism, + inflammation
  • Games of the Month Meetup at the Museum of Human Achievement
    “It’s like a book club, but for games”
  • (weekly thru 6/18) Bike Night at COTA
    Whiz around COTA’s raceway on your own bicycle

Wednesday 5/1

  • The Amazing Acro-cats at the Long Center
    Watch as acrobatic cats act catty + sometimes do tricks (if you are lucky)

Thursday 5/2

  • Testify at Barrel O’ Fun
    Storytelling with a musical theme
  • The Amazing Acro-cats at the Long Center
    Watch as acrobatic cats act catty + sometimes do tricks (if you are lucky)

No Humans Allowed 188
Upgrade 3.0.1

Upgrade your listening with all-new synth jams this week on the newest edition of our Upgrade series. 75 minutes of modern electro, indie, synthpop, italo + more. 

Stream Upgrade 3.0.1

Juanpalitoschinos – Me Hago Mal
Johnny Dynamite & the Bloodsuckers – Abasement Tapes
Le Couleur – Moderne, Transgressive, et Excessive
Donny Benét – So Long
Flamingosis – Feel Yourself ft. Mark Rebillet
Antonio Barret – 2 AM
De Lux – Timing
Luxxury – Strangely Familiar
Tiger & Woods – Chicken Bone
Desire – Silver Machine (the Hacker Remix)
Nuovo Testamento – In My Dreams (powerhouse mix)
Luke Million – The Cat Dance
Nabihah Iqbal – Sunflower
Blue Hawaii – Belly Ring
Discovery Zone – Ur Eyes
Holy Wire – Lost

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 166
w/Brian Blackout

Recorded live in the dark at West China Tea House on April 11, 2024.

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 166

Risqué – Starlight
Studio – Self Service
Lisa Edwards – Cry (Seedy J. Tearjerker Edit)
Prince & the Revolution – Pop Life
Taylor Swift – Lavender Haze (Pepsi Sine Rework)
Dusty Springfield – Baby Blue (Horse Meat Disco Re-edit)
Claudia Telles – Foi como um Sonho (Patchouli Brothers Edit)
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Remix)
C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat
Queen Latifah – Come into My House
Ssion – At Least the Sky Is Blue (Johnny Jewel Remix)
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5 (Butch le Butch Remix)
Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman
Quando Quango – Love Tempo
Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
The 2 Bears – Ring My Bell
Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight
Sophie Ellis Bextor – Murder on the Dancefloor
Scarlet Fantastic – No Memory ’14 (Luke Million Remix)
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
The Midnight – Gloria
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark (Arthur Baker Mix)
The The – This Is the Day
David Bowie & Queen – Under Pressure


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Recent weeks found us watching brass bands at HONK!TX, watching the eclipse at Bobo’s Snack Bar, and watching dancing forklifts at The Way of Water at Onion Creek. 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 are Leila + Brian. We make this newsletter. We do our own events, most often No Lights No Lycra (every second and fourth Thursday of the month), + also BYOT, a party where we share very good YouTubes (here’s a playlist from the last one). We go very hard seeing bands at SxSW (here are playlists of our favorites from 2024). 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.