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.