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Fun, fun, fundraising!

In case you haven’t already heard, the economy is tough. Ready for another shocker? Entertainment venues around Austin are hit hard when people’s purse strings tighten. So, aside from just putting on shows and hoping ticket sales will help their bottom line, theatres have to get creative about fundraising. Here are a few fun upcoming events that will help keep Austin stages running:

What will you wear to the apocalypse?

On Wednesday, February 29, Glass Half Full Theatre will throw a launch party for its 2012 season. The “Apocalyptic Handmade Bikini Fashion Show” will feature the works of local designers who will create outfits that could survive an apocalypse – made from rubber, plastic, Cheez Whiz, and the like. Tickets range from $10 to $20, but if you show up in a costume made from recycled materials, you’ll get in for a mere $5. There’ll be drinks, music, hors d’oeuvres, and maybe even a few fashion-conscious zombies. The event takes place at The Fort, 301 Chicon Street, Unit G.

On Friday, March 23, Natalie Douglas tributes Lena Horne in support of Austin Cabaret Theatre. The show will take place at Shoal Crossing. Tickets for dinner and the show are sold out, but there are still $49 tickets available for the show and silent auction. Call 512.666.1228 for more information or click here to purchase tickets.

Austin’s Zach Theatre will hold its annual Red, Hot & Soul Gala on Saturday, April 21 in the Downtown Hilton’s Grand Ballroom. The event will take its theme from Zach’s upcoming production of Xanadu, based on the 1980s movie of the same name. Think glitter balls, roller disco, big hair, and padded knees and shoulders.

Tickets are $300 and include drinks, dinner, entertainment, and dancing the night away. And maybe even getting your picture in the newspaper – this is one of those spectacular events that capture the attention of social scene reporters. Check out the photos from last year’s event, which was themed around the musical Hairspray.

There’s more to theatre than what’s on the stage – enjoy all you can!