What: The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts ninth annual Encore for Excellence luncheon.
Where: River Oaks Country Club.
The 411: HSPVA's 2015 Distinguished Alumnus photographer Mark Seliger held the ballroom of the more than 370 guests intrigued as he shared tidbits from his photo shoots. He spoke on his experiences with rock stars Keith Richards, David Bowie and Kurt Cobain; comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Will Ferrell; and film stars Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and John Malkovich.
HSPVA students jump-started the luncheon with their rendition of “We Built This City/We’re Not Gonna Take It” mashup from Rock of Ages.
Luncheon chairs Gina Fish and George Lancaster were over the moon when the bidding on a portrait photo session with Seliger went for $25,000.
Who: A host of performing arts leaders including the Alley Theatre's Dean Gladden, Houston Grand Opera's Perryn Leech, Society for the Performing Arts' June Christensen, Houston Ballet's Jim Nelson, Houston Arts Alliance's Jonathon Glus plus Cheryl and Bob Boblitt, Nic Phillips, Jo and Jim Furr, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Jack Massing and Carolyn Farb.