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Surreal evening at the Menil brings hot models, cool paintings and crazy hats

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Karen Penner, Bailey Heaps, Alisa Philo, Keith Ellison
Karen Penner, from left, Bailey Heaps, Alisa Philo and Keith Ellison. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Claudia Falk and John Falk at M Penner Magritte party
John and Claudia Falk. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
M Penner Magritte party, Andrew Nguyen, Tomas Wan, Issa Chou, Fifi Phy, Vincent Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen, from left, Tomas Wan, Issa Chou, Fifi Phy, Vincent Nguyen. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Desiree Edge at M Penner Magritte party
Desiree Edge. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Alden Davenport shakes hands with Butch Layne at M Penner Magritte party
Alden Davenport shakes hands with Butch Layne. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Daniel Ortiz and Kahlia Castellanos at M Penner Magritte party
Daniel Ortiz and Kahlia Castellanos. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Corky Hillhouse, Belinda Hillhouse, Scott Bailey, Kimberly Bailey, Darryl Thomas
Corky and Belinda Hillhouse, from left, Scott and Kimberly Bailey and Darryl Thomas. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Seneca Dunmore and Covina Pee at M Penner Magritte party
Seneca Dunmore and Covina Pee. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Naveen Jaggi, Murry Penner, Anuja Jhingran
Naveen Jaggi, from left, Murry Penner and Anuja Jhingran. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Kevin Lupton and Laura Littlejohn at M Penner Magritte party
Kevin Lupton and Laura Littlejohn. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Laura Umansky, Michael Umansky, Mary Davenport, Jimmy Davenport, Fulton Davenport.
Laura and Michael Umansky, from left, Mary Davenport, Jimmy Davenport and Fulton Davenport. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Neil Tofsky, Murry Penner, Gary Mercer, Stephen Skoda, Barrett Skoda
Neil Tofsky, from left, Murry Penner, Gary Mercer, Stephen Skoda and Barrett Skoda. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Dr. Stuart Weil reading magazine
Dr. Stuart Weil. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Josh and Murry Penner
Josh Penner, left, and Murry Penner. Photo courtesy of © Rena O. Productions
Karen Penner, Bailey Heaps, Alisa Philo, Keith Ellison
Claudia Falk and John Falk at M Penner Magritte party
M Penner Magritte party, Andrew Nguyen, Tomas Wan, Issa Chou, Fifi Phy, Vincent Nguyen
Desiree Edge at M Penner Magritte party
Alden Davenport shakes hands with Butch Layne at M Penner Magritte party
Daniel Ortiz and Kahlia Castellanos at M Penner Magritte party
Corky Hillhouse, Belinda Hillhouse, Scott Bailey, Kimberly Bailey, Darryl Thomas
Seneca Dunmore and Covina Pee at M Penner Magritte party
Naveen Jaggi, Murry Penner, Anuja Jhingran
Kevin Lupton and Laura Littlejohn at M Penner Magritte party
Laura Umansky, Michael Umansky, Mary Davenport, Jimmy Davenport, Fulton Davenport.
Neil Tofsky, Murry Penner, Gary Mercer, Stephen Skoda, Barrett Skoda
Dr. Stuart Weil reading magazine
Josh and Murry Penner

What: The Surreal M Penner magazine preview event.

Where: The Menil Collection.

The 411: More than 200 well-dressed Houstonians turned out to view Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, and celebrate the M Penner spring magazine, which features Houston models wearing the latest spring fashions and in poses similar to the paintings on display in the blockbuster exhibition. In proper Magritte fashion, the first 100 guests received bowler hats to wear throughout the evening and everyone got a copy of the magazine so they could compare photos with the paintings. Table on Post Oak provided light bites, including prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe and salted caramel truffles, accompanied with white wines from the Nice Winery.

Who: M Penner owners Murry and Karen Penner, Josh Penner, Judy Penner, Claudia and John Falk, Corky and Belinda Hillhouse, Scott and Kimberly Bailey, Darryl Thomas, Laura and Michael Umansky, Dr. Stuart Weil, Naveen Jaggi, Anuja Jhingran, Desiree Edge, Andrew Nguyen, Tomas Wan, Issa Chou, Fifi Phy and Vincent Nguyen.

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