NIGHTLIFE: OctoTea goes back to its party roots. The Octopus Club is among Austin’s most efficient grassroots charities. One hundred percent of the cash it raises through countless, often informal parties goes into an account from which clients of AIDS Services of Austin can depend, not for services, but just to get by. Brilliant. The OctoTea, which started as a late-afternoon-early-evening tea dance, is the club’s best-known event. Yet over the years, it has grown in size and mission, losing some of its circuit-party sass. Nov. 3, it’s headed to Brazos Hall with an eye to getting back its groove. Went to a lovely, small pre-party and wig contest at John Girard hair salon. A recognizable young man competing under the stage name of Dixie Ryder won the Wig Off contest. (Marvelous way to escape the humidity Sunday afternoon.)

CHARITY: Modest Austin CPA was honored as 2012 Big Giver. In today’s Statesman. "Russell "Rusty" Morrison harbors no grand illusions about his chosen field. "There are glamorous TV shows about lawyers and doctors," the Austinite says. "And even movies about reporters going undercover and finding sources. There are no shows about accountants." In fact, except for his subversive humor, there is almost nothing outrageous about this certified public accountant. "People usually don’t want an exciting accountant," Morrison, 43, says. "They want boring." But wait: There is one thing. This middle-age, middle-class, Houston-born father of two was named last year’s Big Giver. That honor, conferred by the nonprofit umbrella group I Live Here, I Give Here, recognizes his tireless work with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area and other charities." http://shar.es/iIozE(This is one funny good guy.)

MUSIC: 13-year-old Grace London finds focus in music. Reported by Michael Corcoran in the Statesman today: "Grace London’s story — Austin singer-songwriter feels claustrophobic in the local scene and moves to Los Angeles for better opportunities — is an old one, especially the part where she realizes how much she truly loves Austin and returns with a new appreciation. But the difference in London’s homesick blues is that the singer is 13 years old. When her father, Eric, temporarily relocated to the West Coast for a job as development director for Toms shoes in 2012, Grace joined him. "LA was just so competitive," she says. "I wasn’t really into that. It just feels more supportive here in Austin."" http://shar.es/iI2Cu(These stories are reason enough to read the newspaper.)

MEDIA: A handy way to keep up with news with a certain twist. Aggregated by David Estlund on the Austin Chronicle’s website: "The AggreGAYtor: Sept. 16: What happened today in gay. Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news. … Tranimals eat beauty and gender for breakfast. And regurgitate them just in time for brunch. … Russia backs down, labor steps up, and tranimals break loose, as your AggreGAYtor inappropriately appropriates transgressive gender expectation boundaries." http://www.austinchronicle.com(Get some ‘tude with your news.)

BUSINESS: Some employers see advantages in hiring older workers. Reported by AP. "Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need. "There’s no experience like experience," said 82-year-old David Mintz, CEO of dairy-free products maker Tofutti, where about one-third of the workers are older than 50. "I can’t put an ad saying, ‘Older people wanted,’ but there’s no comparison."" http://shar.es/iI2LT(Thank you, AP, for reporting this!)