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

As a general rule, concerts are good, plays are good, ballets are good, but there is nothing that catches our eye so much as a truly weird performance. If it's got interactive components, a nontraditional performance space, or uncategorizable media, we are so in. Fortunately, this week has any number of such events: the Vortex is hosting their annual dog circus; Ventana Ballet is staging a jazzy interpretation of The Nutcracker in and around a historic house museum; and the Museum of Human Achievement with be celebrating Christmas in the year 2060 with what is maybe a... musical? Or not? There's only one way to find out!

Also, if you haven't yet finished your Christmas shopping, this weekend provides you opportunities to buy or otherwise acquire witchy presents, vintage T-shirts, VHS tapes, and a whole bunch of other stuff. If you have already finished your Christmas shopping, then get on your bike and buy presents for needy children.

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Let's do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian
liteandbriteatx.com

P.S. The Omicron variant is doing its thing, so we're returning to our practice of adding cacti next to events that we know are outdoors. Use this information as you see fit.

DJ Stuff

Our dance party in the dark, No Lights No Lycra, has wrapped up for the year. We'll be back on January 11. You can listen to a recording of the final 2021 event here. (tracklist below). And make sure you're following NLNLATX on Instagram or Facebook for updates.

In the online world, No Humans Allowed, Brian's weekly robot-themed internet radio show on Kpiss.fm, did a show around some of 2021's best synthy tunes.
Events we're eyeing
 
Friday 12/17
  • Die Felicia! at Elysium
    Holiday-centric drag performers + photo booth
  • re:connect at dadageek
    Free beverages and conversing with self-described geeks
  • 🌵The SoCo Stroll at Music Lane
    South Congress is flexing its festive shopping muscles
  • The Watchmaker's Song at the Neill-Cochran House Museum
    Socially distant site-specific dance performance
  • 🌵Winter Wonderland at the Austin Motel
    Austin Motel's holiday decorations + a floating film
  • Christmas Carol 2060: Tanline Steamroller at the Museum of Human Achievement
    It's the year 2060 and Christmas carols have gotten real dark
  • 🌵Armadillo Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center
    Take in art, shopping, music + drinks in a new outdoor mode

Saturday 12/18
  • House of Mab at Elysium
    Formal/goth ball w/DJs, aerialists, live music + more performers
  • Bike Zoo at Republic Square
    "Creatures that are part bicycle, part puppet and part performance"
  • Vintage T-Shirt Con at the Austin Convention Center
    Buy/sell/trade some vintage tees
  • Austin Witches Market at Buzz Mill
    Buy some last minute witchy artisan goods
  • 🌵Toy Ride at 2501 E 6th Street
    Ride some wheeled vehicles + give toys to a good cause
  • Block Party at Spider House Ballroom
    "DJs, tattoos, tooth gems" + vendors
  • 🌵Holiday Open House at the French Legation
    See historic re-enactors cooking food + tour the French Legation
  • 🌵The SoCo Stroll at Music Lane
    South Congress is flexing its festive shopping muscles
  • The Watchmaker's Song at the Neill-Cochran House Museum
    Socially distant site-specific dance performance
  • 🌵Winter Wonderland at the Austin Motel
    Austin Motel's holiday decorations + a floating film
  • The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at the Vortex
    The Nutcracker but w/rescue dogs instead of dull old human dancers
  • Christmas Carol 2060: Tanline Steamroller at the Museum of Human Achievement
    It's the year 2060 and Christmas carols have gotten real dark
  • 🌵Armadillo Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center
    Take in art, shopping, music + drinks in a new outdoor mode
   
Sunday 12/19

Monday 12/20
Tuesday 12/21
  • Talent Show at Radio Coffee & Beer
    Do you have what it takes to perform a talent &/or watch?

Wednesday 12/22
Thursday 12/23
  • 🌵Hoppy Holidays at the Neill-Cochran House Museum
    "Holiday concert with Tinsel Singers, cocoa, pastries, and beer"
  • The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at the Vortex
    The Nutcracker but w/rescue dogs instead of dull old human dancers
  • 🌵Winter Wonderland at the Austin Motel
    Austin Motel's holiday decorations + a floating film
  • 🌵(weekly) Thursday Night Social Ride at Festival Beach
    Bike around town in the dark with hundreds of other cyclists

No Humans Allowed 084
It Was the Year 2021

We’ve almost made it through 2021, so let’s stick around and listen to some 2021 jams. Since No Humans Allowed is the radio show for robots + smart devices, we compiled a list of some of the most device-friendly jams to come out in 2021 and here they are, in no particular order.

Stream It Was the Year 2021

Tracklist
Riton & Gucci Soundsystem - Let’s Stick Around ft. Jarvis Cocker
Chrissy - Aww Baby
Black Marble - Ceiling
Cold Beat - Mandelbrot Fall
Nation of Language - Across That Fine Line
Fantastic Man - Cloud Manager
Magou - Round Round
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero’s Death (Soulwax Remix)
Lauer - Make It Stay ft. Dena (Gerd Janson Remix)
Chris Polcyn - Breathe
Coyote - Wonderful ft. Woolfy
What is No Humans Allowed?
Brian Blackout's weekly robots-themed radio show on internet station KPISS.fm. 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 kpiss.fm, with over 50 episodes now streamable in the archives on topics like and Beach Simulations, Roomba dance parties, concrete jungles + Cyber Texas.

No Lights No Lycra
ATX #122

On Tuesday December 7th, Brian Blackout returned to West China Tea House with another No Lights No Lycra set full of new tunes, classics, and unearthed ephemera. We recorded that set live, so whether you missed it or you want to relive the music, you can listen to it on Mixcloud here.

Tracklist
M Like Moon - Sunlight (Daniel T. Edit)
KZA - Electronic University
Flash & the Pan - Hole in the Middle (Cosmo Vitelli Edit)
Free Energy - Something in Common
Primal Scream - Screamadelica (Ooft Music Edit)
Happy Mondays - Step On
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Dino - I Like It
Neon Indian - Slumlord
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero’s Death (Soulwax Remix)
Erotic Dissidents - Move Your Ass and Feel the Beat
M/A/R/R/S - Pump up the Volume
Stereo MC’s - Elevate My Mind
The Alan Parsons Project - I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You (Cr/edit Carry-on Rework)
Charli XCX - Boom Clap (Aeroplane Remix)
My Name - What You Need
Phil Collins - Take Me Home
The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?
The Outfield - Your Love (DiscoTech Remix)
Jacques Dutronc - Les Cactus
The Left Banke - Evening Gown
The Breeders - Cannonball
Peaches & Munk - You Can’t Run from My Love
Blur - There’s No Other Way
Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
Home - All at Once
Follow Lite + Brite on Instagram to keep up with our adventures. Recent weeks brought us to a makers fair (with drag Santa!) at the Little Gay Shop, a big outdoor Art Island party, and a robot at Sky Candy's holiday market.
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, dance.atx for DJs, and 101+ Weird Austin Things to Do 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 put on No Lights No Lycra each week. 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 liteandbriteatx.com.
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK, CHAMPIONS.
 
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