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Dalia Cavazos, from left, Ching Giang, Maria Esqueda and  Connie Chung at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Dalia Cavazos, from left, Ching Giang, Maria Esqueda and Connie Chung. Photo by George Hixson
Karen Farber and Jim Peterson at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Karen Farber and Jim Peterson. Photo by George Hixson
Jordan Dupuis, from left, Corbett Parket and Jason Fuller at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Jordan Dupuis, from left, Corbett Parker and Jason Fuller. Photo by George Hixson
Taylor Foran, left, and Phillip White at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Taylor Foran, left, and Phillip White. Photo by George Hixson
Max Barrett, from left, Will McMullen and Ryan Gurney at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Max Barrett, from left, Will McMullen and Ryan Gurney. Photo by George Hixson
Byron Au Yong and Susie J. Lee at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Byron Au Yong and Susie J. Lee. Photo by George Hixson
The scene at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
The scene at the CounterCurrent Kick off party. Photo by George Hixson
Inprint writing poetry for guests at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Inprint poetry writing for guests. Photo by George Hixson
Guests signing up for CounterCurrent passes at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014 photo by George Hixson
Guests signing up for CounterCurrent passes. Photo by George Hixson
Dalia Cavazos, from left, Ching Giang, Maria Esqueda and  Connie Chung at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Karen Farber and Jim Peterson at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Jordan Dupuis, from left, Corbett Parket and Jason Fuller at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Taylor Foran, left, and Phillip White at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Max Barrett, from left, Will McMullen and Ryan Gurney at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Byron Au Yong and Susie J. Lee at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
The scene at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Inprint writing poetry for guests at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014
Guests signing up for CounterCurrent passes at the CounterCurrent Kick-Off March 2014 photo by George Hixson

What: University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts' experimental festival kickoff gathering.

Where: Moongoose versus Cobra.

The 411: An amicably creative assemblage of adventurous art consumers, administrators and philanthropists convened at the popular craft beer pub as Mitchell Center officials revealed the schedule of the inaugural CounterCurrent Festival, the brainchild of executive director Karen Farber.

While sipping trendy cocktails and frosty suds typical of the Midtown tavern, these scenesters were among the first to get the skinny on free performances, installations and exhibitions set for April 9 through 13 at venues around Houston, including Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, Hermann Park and the Bermac Arts Building. Think Houston's version of Austin's edgy Fusebox Festival.

Bonus? Swag bags and complimentary passes for everyone.

Who: Chatting about their projects were composer Byron Au Yong, visual artist Susie J. Lee, filmmaker Abinadi Meza and multidisciplinary artists Lacy M. Johnson and Josh Okun with a curious group that included Jim Petersen, Jordan Dupuis, Corbett Parker, Jason Fuller, Sixto Wagan, Dalia Cavazos, Ching Giang, Maria Esqueda, Connie Chung, Max Barrett, Will McMullen and Ryan Gurney.

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