September 28, 2008
For 17 years, Dave Steakley has been infusing Austin's Zach Scott Theatre with the kind of creative energy that has increased the theatre's audience from 25,000 to more than 150,000 annually. Dave is a true innovator in terms of creating mainstage opportunities for African-American artists in Central Texas, and he is a pioneer in the concept of theatre as a force in community building. Dave sits down with OutCast for the first show from our new studios on September 28.
Also joining us in our new studio is Bob Wolff with Capital City Men's Chorus to fill us in on the upcoming Midnight Cabaret 6 at the Vortex on October 3-4.
September 28, 2008
Dorsey Barger and Lew Aldridge were among the core group of Austinites who literally created this city’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They each took their knowledge of the city and their passion for life and put their unique twist on fundraising ideas that to this day are pumping much needed funds into the programming resources of Austin’s leading AIDS services provider. Lew, Dorsey, and the dynamic, energetic Mark Erwin were all here to talk about the 16th annual Dining for Life and the 13th annual Octo Tea Dance.
18 years ago, Austin entrepreneur Lew Aldridge took a novel fundraising concept and ran with it. It was called the Octopus Club, an organic, grassroots and uniquely Austin entity which over the years has raised more than one million dollars for AIDS Services of Austin’s Paul Kirby Emergency Assistance Fund. Mark Erwin is another Austin entrepreneur who is currently serving as one of several head octopi, the leaders of this incredible all volunteer group. Mark is heading up the organizational efforts for this year’s 13th Annual Octo Tea Dance, the group’s banner annual fundraiser.
Dorsey Barger is one of the geniuses behind Austin’s fabled Eastside Café. She took her knowledge of the Austin restaurant scene and enlisted a small band of other volunteers to create Dining for Life, an event that taps into the generosity of our city’s restaurateurs and for 16 years has been raising money for AIDS Services of Austin.
Plus, we may have been stood up by Ike, but that didn’t stop OutCast essayist Douglas Plummer from thinking back to another unforgettable hurricane experience...
September 7, 2008
Atticus Circle educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT partners, parents, and their children. To accomplish this goal, Atticus Circle focuses its efforts on education and policy development. We will be joined by Jodie Eldridge, executive director of Atticus Circle, who will talking with us about 7 Straight Nights for Equal Rights a nationwide week of action September 14th-20th.
Also in the studio, Donna Rose, co-chair of the 2008 Out & Equal Workplace Summit which is being held in Austin on September 10-13th. The 2008 Out & Equal Workplace Summit will take place at the Austin Convention Center. As the world's premier conference on LGBT workplace equality, the Summit will once again create opportunities to unite and share the information needed to advance LGBT workplace equality.