Thursday, October 9, 2008

We've Got October Covered


1. Delta Rhapsody featuring Nadine Mozon- one night only on Saturday 10/11
2. The Oyster Club - Launch Party on Sunday 10/12
3. Grrl Action Year-Round kicks off soon, we're still accepting GRRLS!!!
4. Thrill the World with Rude Mechs, Flash Mob Austin and Alamo Drafthouse
5. Rude Mechs Season Sponsors

1.BAM Festival at The Off Center
a new play written and performed Nadine Mozon
directed by Madge Darlington

October 11, 2008 at 8pm at The Off Center

presented by Pro Arts Collective as part of their festvial, BAM! (Black Arts Movement)
co-produced by Rude Mechs as part of our Rude Fusion series
Tickets: All tickets for BAM Festival are sold through The Long Center for the Performing Arts ticket office. Click here to purchase tickets.

NADINE MOZON is an actor, poet, dramatist, and teaching artist whose work has been produced for the stage. Such work includes her one-woman show, “Confirming the Search: That Girl’s Still Here Somewhere,” which received critical recognition in New York and Los Angeles, and “I.D. Please,” an ensemble theatre piece commissioned and presented in New York. Other acting credits include regional theatre, film, and television (Esther in "Intimate Apparel," Rose in “Fences,” Lily in “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” Shaft, Two Weeks Notice, guest appearances on Law & Order and One Life to Live, Third Watch). Her poems have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies, among them, Essence, Ms., Clarity, Lungfull, and A Gathering of the Tribes. She has been a featured artist and collaborative partner with dancers, choreographers, singers, and musicians in New York venues from Nuyorican PoetsCaf√© to Lincoln Center; around the U.S. and Bermuda, at festivals, and hosted as guest artist at colleges and universities. Ms. Mozon continues to conduct poetry and theatre workshops in libraries, schools, and museums for participants of all ages, as well as readings at events featuring new work and her book of poetry, Kiss it Up to God.

2. Join the club and support cross-pollination of the arts! Kick-off event and Rude Mechs' fundraiser THIS SUNDAY, October 12, 5-8 pm.

Rescheduled from our previous date due to Hurricane Ike, the Oyster Club hosts a kick-off event Sunday, October 12, 5-8pm, that includes a mini-road trip to The Plant at Kyle—a dramatic architectural landmark tucked away on 17 Hill-Country acres just 30 miles from downtown Austin. Your $100 donation gains you access to this amazing Launch Party and the soon-to-be launched members-only website. Membership guarantees invitation to events taking place throughout the year in months that contain the letter "R" (there's eight of 'em). Modest per-event fees will apply for future events, but this one is on us!

Rude Mechs is wildly grateful to all of the amazingly generous vendors contributing to this event to ensure party perfection. Fresh Gulf-coast oysters from local seafood vendor Roberto San Miguel of San Miguel Food will be in the culinary spotlight. With assistance from co-event-underwriter Ross Smith, Edible Austin magazine, and local Chef Jim Doss, San Miguel will dazzle the crowd with oysters on the half-shell, oysters à la mac (cocktail sauce and Monterey Jack cheese), oysters Rockefeller and smoked oysters on skewers. Gulf shrimp and freshly caught red snapper will also be prepared for the non-oyster lovers in attendance.

Local spirits will be in abundance as well, featuring Tipsy Texan mixologist David Alan serving up his signature Oyster Club cocktail (a perfect pairing for the feast made with Texas's own Treaty Oak RumThe Austin Wine Merchant) and Paula Angerstein mixing Paula's Texas Orange and Lemon with local fave Savvy Vodka. Another perfect pairing with the oyster feasting will be selections from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Dr. Oolong himself, Jeffrey Lorien of Zhi Tea, will be serving a special blend of iced tea from their fabulous tea bar as well. To top off the evening, delectable desserts will be concocted by Rude Mechs company member and gourmet caterer Leilah Stewart. Plus tastings from Cocao Pura's Tom Peterson.

The music for the event will be provided by DJ Manateeman and will include a five-minute preview remix of the new Rude musical, "I've Never Been So Happy!"

We invite you to take a refreshing dip in the pool as you soak in the atmospheric Hill Country breezes. So bring your beach towel and swim gear too if the weather cooperates!
and a secret ingredient from
The Oyster Club’s name is based on the popular misconception that oysters are only safe to eat in those months. (This may have once been a good guide before modern refrigeration made it safe to eat oysters all-year round; it’s ongoing validity is now hotly debated.)

Rude Mechs, whose theatrical productions have toured around the globe, are now positioning themselves as more than playmakers. With the launching of the Oyster Club, the Rude Mechs are now tastemakers celebrating local, live culture. Join the Club today to experience even more of what makes Austin unique!

WHEN: Sunday 10/12, 5 pm to 8 pm
WHERE: Directions will be provided upon purchase of membership
TICKETS: Reservations are required. Space is limited.

3. There's still time to sign up a fabulous GRRL for Grrl Action's Year-Round Mentoring Program

Year-Round Grrl Action kicks off October 18th. There's still time to sign up!
We are looking for girls between the ages of 13 and 16 with a desire to express themselves through a creative project. Grrl Action Year-Round includes:

An opportunity to create a personal artistic project while working with a professional female artist, a mentor who will provide one-on-one guidance;
Fun workshops on autobiographical writing and performance;
Guest workshops with local professional artists;
Field trips to many of Austin's exciting performances and cultural events; and
A weekend retreat in the Spring to explore artistic projects.

Final projects will be presented to the public at Grrl Wrap in late Spring.

When: Two Saturdays each month. Our next meeting is Oct. 18, 2008, 2-4pm.
Where: At The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo St., Austin, TX.
Tuition: $500 includes all classes, workshops, field trips, and retreat. Can be paid in installments. Full and partial scholarships are still available.

For more information, see or contact Madge Darlington and Meg Sullivan at

4. Thrill the World with Rude Mechs, Flash Mob Austin and Alamo Drafthouse!

Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Thousands of zombies around the world will dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time in an attempt to break last year's world records. Austin will proudly join 83 other cities in 12 nations on 4 continents in this record-breaking event.

When: Austin’s “Thrill Time” is 1pm on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Registration to participate in the ‘official’ record attempt will begin at 10am and close at 12:30pm. Participants must already know the dance by 10am Saturday in order to be counted toward the ‘official’ attempt (see below for information on learning the dance).

Where: Stay tuned to

Who: Anyone who has ever wanted to learn the "Thriller" dance will have their chance this year! In order to prepare Austin zombies for this massive performance, there will be seven FREE zombie dance workshops in the two weeks prior to the event. No prior dance or zombie experience required. Just show for all or part of any workshops.

Workshop Dates/Times/Locations:

Saturday, October 11, 1-4pm, Gallery 5619
Tuesday, October 14, 6-10pm, The Off Center
Saturday, October 18, 1-4pm, Gallery 5619
Sunday, October 19, 6-10pm, The Off Center
Tuesday, October 21, 6-10pm, The Off Center
Thursday, October 23, 9:45pm MJ sing-along followed by Learn the Dance, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown
Friday, October 24, 6-10pm, The Off Center

There are also videos available on line so you can learn the dance in the privacy of your own home, if you prefer. Go to (Click on ‘Learn the Dance’.)
We hope to have over 1000 zombies join us for our Thrill the World Austin attempt to break the world record.

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