Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free Sex and More! Coming Right Up!

Hello You Six!
Pardon my absence. Despite all vows to the contrary, I have already allowed a packed calendar dominate my world in 2010. Along those lines, I have two events coming right up, one regarding what happens between the sheets, the other to what happens on top of them.

First things first, I've got a reading at BookWoman on Tuesday, January 26th, at 7 pm. This is to celebrate Quilting Art, which I woefully neglected to promote last year when it came out, as I was under a shit-ton of pressure to finish up another quilt-related book. I have to say that Quilting Art is just gorgeous, a fact I attribute to a) the designers at Voyageur Press and b) the many, many photos that Warren shot for the book. (I will attempt to drag his behind to the reading so he can talk about the thrills of traveling the country with me to work on the book, pre-hysterectomy, when I was so on edge from fibroid pain I would hiss at him for "sleeping too loudly.") I ask that you please help me get the word out about this reading, which will actually be more of a discussion. I invite all comers to bring along their own quilts to show off. BookWoman is at 5501 N. Lamar, north of North Loop on the East side of the street.

Second-- this year, I did not hold the KickAss Awards, as I needed a break from all that planning. This is sort of like how, for the past two years, I stopped hosting Free Sex in Public with Spike Gillespie and Friends, a show I put on for I-don't-know-how-many-years at BookPeople. I started it, I think, during the Seven Year Break, when I dated no one. The tongue-in-cheek idea was that this way I would for sure have plans for Valentine's Day, and not be subjected to... well whatever bullshit pressure imposed by self and society this occasion sparks. To be frank, my divorce in 2007, the last year I hosted the event, pretty much ruined everything. I allowed my estranged husband to perform at that show anyway, despite the fact he'd walked out on me, and he arrived, got loaded, and talked loudly through the whole event. Total bummer. So I just lost my enthusiasm.

But now, my enthusiasm has returned! I am reviving Free Sex in Public with Spike Gillespie and Friends, and we'll be returning to BookPeople, on Sunday, February 14th, at 7pm. You can't get tickets-- it's a free show-- but it will "sell out" so to speak, as we typically have a spillover crowd. There will be readings and performances by many of Austin's best, brightest, bitterest, etc. Among them more than a few of my comrades from The Dick Monologues. Southpaw Jones and Paul Klemperer will be providing music for your ears. And if I can get my shit together, maybe I'll kick in for wine and chocolate for everyone. Unless one of you six wants to volunteer to cover this part.

As with the book reading, I ask that you help spread the word. Hope to see you there. I'm thinking I'll do a series of haiku about The Great Refrigerator Magnet Spat of 2010. Sexy, I know.

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