Tuesday Hippie Hour: That’s the way it always goes

Probably the longest running steady gig ever in Austin was Toni Price’s Tuesday Hippie Hour at the Continental. It was legendary. For 15 years, the sultry Miss Toni, along with the best band in town, did her thing, then she up and left us. Someone asked why she was moving to California:

“Because it’s got an ocean,” she told a curious fan at her final Continental show, a twinkle in her eye. “When y’all get one, I’ll come back.”

Listening to Toni on the iPod this morning, been thinking about Hippie Hour all day. Only fitting, since it is Tuesday. Thanks for the memories, darlin’.  We’ll keep working on that ocean.

I was as surprised as anyone, believe me

Major announcement here on planet virgotex: it seems that yes, the mermaids are singing to me, yes I do dare to eat that peach, spring has sprung again and love is in the air. And oh yeah, I’m hanging up that lesbian thing and tryin’ on a little May-December number. Well, maybe April-November is more appropriate.

He gets me. He really gets me. What more can I say?

UPDATED: Just in case, for the foolish-impaired,  and to protect the innocent:  yes, this is an April Fool’s joke.  I remain one of Dorothy’s best friends and the splendid man in the photo remains an eligible bachelor.

Maker Faire fotos

Hooking up with the Genius Niece, I ended up unexpectedly attending Make magazine’s Maker Faire in Austin yesterday, along with several thousand other people. The Faire is also going on today, and is highly recommended. These few pix don’t even begin to describe the scope of offerings. Gettin’ there details here. Fun is to be had, I promise. Yay, robots!


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“Fundamental to life” – Special showing of The Unforeseen

If you’re anywhere in the Central Texas area on October 27 or 28, you definitely don’t want to miss this:

The Corral Theatre in Wimberley, Texas, is having a sneak preview of award-winning Austin director Laura Dunn’s new film, “The Unforeseen,” on October 27 and 28

Sponsoring the film is the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association. Tickets for the Saturday screening, which features Dunn in a Q&A session, are $20. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Hays County Community Action Network. Tickets for the Sunday show are $5. The theater opens at 6:30p.m., and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Movie goers may need to bring a sweater and lawn chair for this special screening.

The late Governor Ann Richards in The Unforeseen. “I don’t know what the technology is going to be that saves them.”

On a related note, Ruth tackles the same issue over at Cab Drollery

Pro Life Bomb

Someone taking a quick look at the Statesman today could easily miss the fact that a live bomb was found at a local abortion clinic yesterday. I guess we should be glad they still have a story at all?

A package found Wednesday in the parking lot of a South Austin women’s clinic that performs abortions contained a bomb that could have seriously injured or killed people had it not been spotted by a clinic employee, officials said Thursday.

A terrorism task force made up of local and federal investigators is still trying to determine who left the package near the Austin Women’s Health Center at 1902 S. Interstate 35, north of Oltorf Street, and are reviewing footage from the clinic’s security cameras.

During a news conference Thursday, investigators declined to be more specific about the contents of the package — which was in what Austin Assistant Police Chief David Carter called a “carry-all bag” — other than to say that it contained explosive powder.

Two sources familiar with the contents, who didn’t want to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, said the device also contained nails. Jimmie Oxley, a nationally known explosives expert and chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island, said bomb makers often add nails to devices to make them deadlier.

Amanda has more.

Party on, Eeyore


Joining many other cool and groovy predecessors, including but not limited to Stevie Ray Vaughan and the immortal Terminix Bug, another bit of Austin culture has been memorialized in statuary. On Saturday, this statue of Eeyore, the down-low donkey from A. A. Milne’s Pooh stories, was dedicated in Eastwoods Park. As really old Austin homeys remember (those who still retain a semblance of functional memory), Eastwoods was the original location of the Eeyore’s Birthday party that grew from a small funky celebration started in 1963 by a UT professor into a big ol’ Austin thang. The party outgrew the confines of Eastwoods after a decade, and moped across campus in 1974 to Pease Park, where it is still celebrated every spring.

UPDATED: because ‘statue’ and ‘stature’ aren’t the same thing, and because I forgot to add the link to the history of the event.

Today in Austin: thirtieth annual Capitol 10,000


“I’m from Texas, where Molly Ivins is!”

Homemade video from Rheinhard

Oh my, Rheinhard, this really got to me. It’s got everything: Jim Hightower, a Leslie Cochran namecheck, pathetic evil nemesis Mark Weaver, masturbation, John Henry Faulk, South Austin, and of course, Molly being Molly:

“The important part is at this end. It’s where we start to make this a better country.”