NIGHTLIFE: Royalty visits Austin. During the Texas Burlesque Festival at Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 85-year-old Toni Elling emerged radiantly from a dressing room to greet one of her newest fans, an Austin journalist. "I loved the story in the paper," said the burlesque queen, who was scheduled to dance later that evening. "Except for one word: Acrobatics. I don’t remember saying that." She did. Elling’s elocution is immaculate. And the word fit perfectly her criticism of today’s club stripping. Meanwhile in the theater, a largely female audience hooted and hollered for acts that featured novelties such as obsessions with bacon and, separately, with the sewing crafts. The first involved long strips of fabric in bacon hues, the second sparkling shears and a full bustle fashioned like a pin cushion. (A credit to creativity and to the vast variety of erotic themes.)

CHARITY: People toss around the phrase "museum quality" too lightly. That said, Sharon and Ted Lusher have put together a collection of Borderlands artifacts that would be welcome in any museum of the Southwest. They’ve preserved only the highest quality saddles, spurs, maps, apparel, weapons, paintings, furniture, pottery from Mexican, American and Native sources. And they added a wing to their hilltop home to house hundreds of objects in handsome cases. About 50 guests were given a peek thanks to the St. David’s Foundation and its Taste of the Town series of benefit parties. After 30 years, the experiential series raises about one third of the money for more than 200 Kocurek Scholarships in the health sciences. Each year, the foundation plows $1.2 million into these grants that can extend for eight years and come with befitting mentors. (As you can guess, I hope to profile this magnificent collection. There’s nothing like it to my knowledge.)

POLITICS: Obama’s recounting of LBJ’s early civil rights record accurate. From W. Gardner Selby’s story in the Statesman: "At a summit at his presidential library, President Lyndon B. Johnson was lauded as a Lincoln-esque groundbreaker for civil rights by four successors, but President Barack Obama also noted that Johnson long hewed to the objections of the white Deep South. "Now, like any of us, he was not a perfect man," Obama said in speech Thursday. "His experiences in rural Texas may have stretched his moral imagination. But he was ambitious, very ambitious, a young man in a hurry to plot his own escape from poverty and to chart his own political career. And in the Jim Crow South, that meant not challenging convention."During his first 20 years in Congress," Obama said, "he opposed every civil rights bill that came up for a vote, once calling the push for federal legislation a farce and a shame." http://shar.es/TWtWB(Important to remember.)

CITY: Austin, San Antonio among solar power leaders. From Aamena Ahmed’s story in the Texas Tribune: "Two Texas cities are among the nation’s leaders in solar power, a new report says. San Antonio ranks sixth among U.S. cities in installed solar capacity, and Austin ranks 16th, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Environment Texas. San Antonio utilities and residents had installed 84 megawatts of solar capacity through 2013, while Austin had installed 12 megawatts, the report said. Nationally, one megawatt of solar powers an average of 164 homes. The U.S. has more than 200 times as much solar power capacity installed today as it did in 2002, according to the report. That’s largely because improved technology has driven down prices. "For a long time, the question has been when, not if, solar becomes competitive with fossil fuel energy," said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas. "That time seems now." The top five U.S. cities for solar power installations were Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, San Jose and Honolulu." http://trib.it/1egzgpe(More, more, more.)