Back to the Boathouse, Pre-Juneteenth at Huston-Tillotson and more
NIGHTLIFE: Back to the Boathouse. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Scott Dinger of AIDS Services of Austin dreamed about gay nightlife from the mid-1980s. But where could a benefit ’80s dance go? The owners of Frank, the meaty eatery on Colorado Street, provided the answer: The Boathouse. The original one. It took surprisingly little to turn Frank back into the Boathouse — take out the furniture, dim the lights, add a disco ball and some fans. And, oh, a deft DJ. Suddenly, it’s 30 years ago. Men and some women couldn’t get enough of it. Some told tales of bacchanalias gone by. Almost everyone agreed that ASA and Frank should revive this dance club for charity at least once a year.
EDUCATION: A competitive campaign can sometimes bring out the best in candidates. Stalwart friends of Austin — Mike Martinez, Sheryl Cole and Steve Adler — all showed up at a pre-Juneteenth benefit for Huston-Tillotson University. Held in the school’s handsomely renovated library, the occasion saluted the Tom Joyner Foundation’s selection of HT for a July promotional outreach. Tom Joyner Jr., son of the famed radio host and head of the foundation, was there to cheer on President Larry Earvin and fundraiser Roderick Smothers as they asked for modest donations to a scholarship fund. All nodded to the historical alignment of Juneteenth with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The three major mayoral candidates worked the crowd smoothly and adroitly.
MUSIC: Austin a good luck charm for the Mastersons. From Peter Blackstock’s story in the Statesman: “In the living room of their modest South Austin home, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore are discussing “Good Luck Charm,” the second record they’ve made together as the Mastersons. Together for nine years and married for five, they have that classic couples trait of finishing each other’s sentences down pat. We’re discussing “I Found You,” an unabashed love song that’s a bit of a departure for the duo. Though they’d shied away from such straightforward, confessional balladry on their first album, “it was sort of a low-hanging fruit,” Chris admits. “To ignore it would be, you know—” Well, we are married,” Eleanor finishes the thought. “That’s part of the deal, part of our story.” The story, so far, goes like this: Texas boy, playing in Jack Ingram’s band, meets Texas girl, playing with Susan Gibson, at a music festival in Colorado. Soon thereafter, they’re together in Austin. Chris, a first-class guitarist with great roots-pop senses, gets a gig playing in Son Volt, while Eleanor, a violinist conversant in both folk and classical realms, starts working with singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves and country couple Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison.” http://shar.es/PRQZg