Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, Dec. 1 is the 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day. There are several local events taking place to mark the day.
First off, tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 28), BOBFEST 2 takes place at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. This World AIDS Day warm-up is a benefit show for Positively Beautiful, a nonprofit which "exists to assist people living with HIV/AIDS regain their independence and reclaim their identities."
The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. Bands to perform: AIDS Free, Logan Greene and the Bricks, Boogie Nazis. According to a press release, the members of these bands are young, straight and loud. They play to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Next, on Monday, Nov. 30, a number of HIV-positive artists will show their recent works at Rocket Gallery, 270 E. Congress St. and in the Hotel Congress Lobby. Reception at 7:30 p.m.
Then, on the official World AIDS Day (Tuesday, Dec. 1), a free event at Club Congress begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment includes performers Parasol Project, Batucaxé, Namoli Brennet, Sebastian, MetalHead and others. Also on tap: speakers living with HIV/AIDS, hors d'oeuvres and info booths.
And if you are unsure of your HIV status (nearly 25 percent of those living with HIV don't know that they are positive), free HIV testing will be offered in private rooms donated by Hotel Congress through COPE.