So much entertainment, so little time! The 250 hipsters that poured into the Continental Club for the CultureMap Social Music Edition could've danced all night and it seemed that some did as the sounds of DJ FXBOX and DJ Mishka rocked the scene with an assist from popular saxophonist Eddie Akhmetchine.
For those not into dance fever, guests had their turn at the shuffleboard table, the pool table and vintage arcade games. Mad About Hoops lit up the scene with their glowing hula hoop action. As soon as spirited gals were primped with rock star makeup and hair by beGlammed's personal beauty team, they joined the throng at Smilebooth's Recording Studio, sponsored by Cadillac, for photo booth and karaoke opps.
Every young professional requires sustenance for heavy partying and there were plenty of eats on hand thanks to the Continental Club's mid-Main Street neighbors the Alley Kat, the Breakfast Klub, Natachees, Tacos A Go-Go and Reggae Hut Cafe. (Even Sig's Lagoon, Midtown's only record shop, got into the act offer a 10 percent discount and prize packages for CultureMap guests.) Cool drinks on this hot night came in the form of fancy cocktails by Double Trouble, Stillhouse Moonshine and Atlantico Rum and suds from Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
And for dessert, ice cream sandwiches from Ricca were served from the trunk of a Cadillac.
Partying with a purpose, guests were introduced to the Houston Symphony's Young Professionals Backstage, Houston Grand Opera's Opening Nights, Holocaust Museum Houston's NextGen and the Printing Museum's the MISPRINTS — YP groups aimed at inspiring cultural participation in up-and-coming civic leaders.
Among those heading home with those must-have swag bags, filled with goodies from BirdBriefs and beGlammed, were Sarah Livesay, Alexandria Hodge, Jared Lang, Raquel Meyer, Steven Hammer, Jacqueline Shumate, Robin Berwick, Andy Ho, Stephanie Marten-Ellis, Jackie Horringan, Sofia Frommer and Mel Fahey.