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Artfully-inspired cocktails and musical performance herald upcoming CounterCurrent festival

Creative cocktails fuel musical night to tout CounterCurrent festival

17 John Guess Jr., from left, Karen Farber, Michael Ray Charles and Divya Murthy at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
John Guess Jr., from left, Karen Farber, Michael Ray Charles and Divya Murthy. Photo by © Dave Rossman
31 Sarah Gish, from left, Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Delicia Harvey at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Sarah Gish, from left, Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Delicia Harvey. Photo by © Dave Rossman
29 Ryan Dennis, from left, Lisa Harris and Landa Harris at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Ryan Dennis, from left, Lisa Harris and Landa Harris. Photo by © Dave Rossman
27 Rex Koontz, left, and Wayne Gilbert at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Rex Koontz, left, and Wayne Gilbert. Photo by © Dave Rossman
24 Melissa Lujan and John Trahan at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Melissa Lujan and John Trahan. Photo by © Dave Rossman
20 Laura Gutierrez, left, and Susan Blair at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Laura Gutierrez, left, and Susan Blair. Photo by © Dave Rossman
16 Jose Solis and Annie Arnoult at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Jose Solis and Annie Arnoult. Photo by © Dave Rossman
32 The venue at Mongoose vs Cobra at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
More than 100 gather at  Mongoose vs Cobra for CounterCurrent kickoff. Photo by © Dave Rossman
13 Jelisa Kocurek, left, and Candies Ponce at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Jelisa Kocurek, left, and Candies Ponce. Photo by © Dave Rossman
12 Jayeesha Dutta and Nick Moser at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Jayeesha Dutta and Nick Moser. Photo by © Dave Rossman
11 Emily and Jeffrey Church, left, with Sabine Church at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Emily and Jeffrey Church, left, with Sabine Church. Photo by © Dave Rossman
5 Andrew Davis and Valentine Waithera at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Andrew Davis and Valentine Waithera. Photo by © Dave Rossman
1 A live performance by Cry You One artists Kathy Randels and Hannah Pepper Cunningham at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
A live performance by "Cry You One" artists Kathy Randels and Hannah Pepper Cunningham. Photo by © Dave Rossman
3 Aimee Heimbinder, from left, Sean Gorman and Karen Farber at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Aimee Heimbinder, from left, Sean Gorman and Karen Farber. Photo by © Dave Rossman
2 Adam Castaneda and Rebecca French at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Adam Castaneda and Rebecca French. Photo by © Dave Rossman
4 Allison Lott, left, and Kathryn Lott at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
Allison Lott, left, and Kathryn Lott. Photo by © Dave Rossman
17 John Guess Jr., from left, Karen Farber, Michael Ray Charles and Divya Murthy at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
31 Sarah Gish, from left, Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Delicia Harvey at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
29 Ryan Dennis, from left, Lisa Harris and Landa Harris at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
27 Rex Koontz, left, and Wayne Gilbert at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
24 Melissa Lujan and John Trahan at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
20 Laura Gutierrez, left, and Susan Blair at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
16 Jose Solis and Annie Arnoult at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
32 The venue at Mongoose vs Cobra at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
13 Jelisa Kocurek, left, and Candies Ponce at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
12 Jayeesha Dutta and Nick Moser at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
11 Emily and Jeffrey Church, left, with Sabine Church at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
5 Andrew Davis and Valentine Waithera at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
1 A live performance by Cry You One artists Kathy Randels and Hannah Pepper Cunningham at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
3 Aimee Heimbinder, from left, Sean Gorman and Karen Farber at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
2 Adam Castaneda and Rebecca French at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015
4 Allison Lott, left, and Kathryn Lott at the CounterCurrent Kickoff Party March 2015

What: CounterCurrent kickoff party.

Where: Mongoose vs Cobra.

The 411: Arts enthusiasts gathered more than 100 strong to get an early dose of things to come when CounterCurrent takes over Houston with audio and visual installations, live performances and participatory events spread across the city. Presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, the festival will include artists from around the world. 

Mitchell Center executive director Karen Farber announced the line-up for the five-day festival that begins April 14 and introduced a video trailer from the 2014 CounterCurrent festival. Further whetting the crowd's appetite for the artistic adventure was a performance by two of the artists, Kathy Randels and Hannah Pepper Cunningham of “Cry You One.”

Crafty bartenders showed their spirit by creating cocktails reflecting the festival performances including the signature CC15, Bitter Sky, inspired by Luke Savisky’s HT/X; Discordant Strings, inspired by Ibrahim Quraishi’s Islamic Violins (ed. II); Dance Steps, inspired by Ten Tiny Dances; and The John Brown, inspired by Dean Moss’ performance johnbrown.

Who: Linda Shearer, Wayne Gilbert, John Trahan, Divya Murthy, Margarita Cabrera, Sean Gorman, Andrew Davis, John Guess Jr., Aimee Heimbinder, Lisa Harris, Michael Ray Charles and Luke Savisky.