Conference on the Couch 1: Nasty Fruits, Bad Apples
@ OUThouse (3702 Robinson Ave.): 11:00am – 1:00pm
WORKOUT! with Erica Nix:
Dancing Tour Edition
Meet @ VORTEX: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tour Downtown Austin! with Erica Nix
Maybe you have heard of Austin’s local Body Positive Queer Aerobics Celebrity Erica Nix, but did you know she’s also a passionate tour guide? Nix has lived in Austin for over 20 years and loves to share sweet Austin gems with out of town guests. She also loves to break a sweat, but when is there time?!
Now there’s time for everything you need with Nix’s New Downtown Dance Jog Tour! Here’s your chance OUTsider OUT-of-Towners to get a taste of Austin by dance, by bus, and by silent disco headphones. If you are local, there’s still something for you. You may know these attractions, but have you danced through them with Erica Nix? She says, “No! So No More Excuses! Get off that couch! Take a minute away from your crazy stressful life and come Workout with ME!”
Meet Erica at the bus stop across the Manor from the Vortex at 2pm sharp. Wear clothes you can move in and good shoes for your feet. Bring $2.50 for a bus pass and maybe an extra $5 for a sweet treat along the way. If you don’t have the cash, don’t worry it’s Erica’s treat! It’s the least she can do for you joining her on a dream come true!
Vintage spandex and wild outfits encouraged!
The Transform mobile will be available for three individuals that may want to join in the fun, but don’t have the mobility. Reach out to Erica Nix 512 923 5859 for more information.
MY FATHER, MY MARTYR AND ME:
Postcolonial Instructions for Loving the Palestinian Body
@ VORTEX (Tent): 6:00pm – 7:30pm
A solo performance in poetry by Fargo Tbakhi, My Father, My Martyr, and Me asks audiences to engage in the project of unlearning the criminality always already layered onto the Palestinian body. Using an invented method called “unarcheology” to examine Fargo’s life, his father’s life, and the life of Sirhan Sirhan, the performance seeks to decolonize possibilities for solidarity, support, and love towards the survival of the Palestinian people. Through a nonlinear, queer, decolonial approach to text and to aesthetics, the performance ultimately asks: in the face of decades of colonization, erasure, and colonization, how can we love each other better?
My Father, My Martyr and Me was first performed at the Empty Space Theater at ASU under the direction of Artistic Director Jennifer Linde.
THE LYNCHING SUITE
@ VORTEX (Main): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
The Lynching Suite is a chamber horror for male soprano and synthetic strings. It is the first known composition of classical music devoted to the legacy of lynching in the United States. Guided by the visionary work of black liberation theologian James Cone, the Suite is a liturgical cycle of dirges. Musically, the Suite draws from the structures and colors of the Negro Spiritual and symphonic black metal. Its libretto unearths and airs the cannibalistic ritual and psychosexual biopolitical dimensions of lynching, exploring the inescapable implications of the castrations, dismemberments and trophy-collecting that were a recurring feature. The libretto also explores resurrection, overcoming, and Armageddon.
Silky Shoemaker, Paul Soileau, Lex Vaughn
@ VORTEX (Main): 10:00pm-11:30pm
Time to slap tha turkey high an take a leap of faith oh my! its here its here a dainty deer be ramblin in your nugget patch! Shaboom! Shaboom! a Clowne Towne room be layin out bologna paths for you to skip along to find such wonder that will leave you blind! So take a chance an drop your pants and show it up to smell tha prize yes we three spleens will stretch our means to polish up your night light bright!