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Space party! Aliens, androids and DJ Lady Bunny raise a ruckus at out-of-this-world fundraiser

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147 J. Michael Soliz, left, and Michael Pilie at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
J. Michael Soliz, left, and Michael Pilie. Photo by Morris Malakoff
091 Sally Kolenda, from left, Luis Elizondo-Thomson D.J. Lady Bunny and Chris and Divya Brown at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Sally Kolenda, from left, Luis Elizondo-Thomson. D.J. Lady Bunny and Chris and Divya Brown. Photo by Morris Malakoff
048 Emmelie Kopp and James Bell at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Emmelie Kopp and James Bell. Photo by Morris Malakoff
120 Lindsey George, from left, Will Walsh and Kasi Kubiak at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Lindsey George, from left, Will Walsh and Kasi Kubiak. Photo by Morris Malakoff
010 J.B. and Marita Fairbanks, from left, Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
J.B. and Marita Fairbanks, from left, Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth. Photo by Morris Malakoff
031 Chris Spicks, from left, Amy Tanner Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Sally Kolenda and Luis Elizondo-Thomson at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Chris Spicks, from left, Amy Tanner, Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Sally Kolenda and Luis Elizondo-Thomson. Photo by Morris Malakoff
096 Rebekah and Don Mafrige Jr. at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Rebekah Johnson and Don Mafrige Jr. Photo by Morris Malakoff
117 Carlisse Chatman, from left, Jeff Shell, Tammy Greene Dowe, James Phelan and Heather Yanak at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Carlisse Chatman, from left, Jeff Shell, Tammy Greene Dowe, James Phelan and Heather Yanak. Photo by Morris Malakoff
061 Francesco Conti, from left, Mandy Trichell, Veronica Triplett and Sonja Fulbright at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Francesco Conti, from left, Mandy Trichell, Veronica Triplett and Sonja Fulbright. Photo by Morris Malakoff
057 Nicole Morrison and Jason Bergstrom at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Nicole Morrison and Jason Bergstrom. Photo by Morris Malakoff
015 Rachel Winer, left, and Nancy Wozney at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Rachel Winer, left, and Nancy Wozny. Photo by Morris Malakoff
042 Jared LeBlanc and Caroline Starry LeBlanc at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Jared LeBlanc and Caroline Starry LeBlanc. Photo by Morris Malakoff
020 Jeff Rhino Neumann, from left, Katherine Lott Neumann and Kristina Wilson at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Jeff Rhino Neumann, from left, Katherine Lott Neumann and Kristina Wilson. Photo by Morris Malakoff
121 Jonathan Beitler, from left, Haig Tcholakian and George Cole at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Jonathan Beitler, from left, Haig Tcholakian and George Cole. Photo by Morris Malakoff
044 Tiffa Tiddlywinks and James Glassman at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
Tiffa Tiddlywinks and James Glassman. Photo by Morris Malakoff
007 The venue at Silver Street Studios at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
The venue at Silver Street Studio. Photo by Morris Malakoff
147 J. Michael Soliz, left, and Michael Pilie at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
091 Sally Kolenda, from left, Luis Elizondo-Thomson D.J. Lady Bunny and Chris and Divya Brown at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
048 Emmelie Kopp and James Bell at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
120 Lindsey George, from left, Will Walsh and Kasi Kubiak at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
010 J.B. and Marita Fairbanks, from left, Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
031 Chris Spicks, from left, Amy Tanner Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Sally Kolenda and Luis Elizondo-Thomson at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
096 Rebekah and Don Mafrige Jr. at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
117 Carlisse Chatman, from left, Jeff Shell, Tammy Greene Dowe, James Phelan and Heather Yanak at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
061 Francesco Conti, from left, Mandy Trichell, Veronica Triplett and Sonja Fulbright at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
057 Nicole Morrison and Jason Bergstrom at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
015 Rachel Winer, left, and Nancy Wozney at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
042 Jared LeBlanc and Caroline Starry LeBlanc at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
020 Jeff Rhino Neumann, from left, Katherine Lott Neumann and Kristina Wilson at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
121 Jonathan Beitler, from left, Haig Tcholakian and George Cole at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
044 Tiffa Tiddlywinks and James Glassman at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014
007 The venue at Silver Street Studios at the Fresh Arts Space Ball March 2014

Silver Street Studio (the one on Edwards Street, go figure the name) rocked to the rafters when a wild and woolly coterie of androids, extraterrestrials and other-worldly beings took over for the Fresh Arts "Space Ball."

We know that H-Town is full of costume junkies, but few parties bring out the wonderfully weird more effectively than the annual Fresh Arts bash. On this night in the cosmos, the starry leaders included chairs Libby Cagle, Lauren Taft, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Jared LeBlanc, Kathryn Lott Neumann, Jeff Neuman, J. Michael Soliz and Michael Pilie.

In a nod to those who make advocating for the arts an avocation, the fundraiser honored Don Mafrige Jr., Rebekah Johnson, Chris Johnson and Nancy Wozny.

Contributing a certain edginess to the stellar event were the Havikoro break-dancers and astronaut dancers from Vault. DJ Bunny kept the intergalactic dance floor — looking not unlike the Star Wars Creature Cantina — packed. And then there was that UFO moonwalk spacecraft for floating through the night.

Among the many creative were Jeff Shell as Star Wars' Queen Amidala, Marita Fairbanks as Space Balls' Dot Matrix, Amy Tanner and Chris Spicks as Martians and a group disguised throughout the night as Sesame Street Yip Yips.

Stretching imagination into the outer limits were JB Fairbanks, Divya and Chris Brown, Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre, Emmelie Kopp and James Bell, Carlotta and Trey Hillert, Amy Carl, Jonathan Bietler, Tammy Green Dowe, Rainey Knudson, Michael Galbreth, James Glassman and Christina Solis.

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