While Rice University's Baker Institute plans an elegant, sophisticated 20th anniversary celebration on Nov. 8, the center for public policy lets down its hair Nov. 9 with a rocking "Club Berlin" themed night targeting young professionals.
And while former President George W. Bush will be the headliner on Friday, Jenna Bush Hager will be the big name on Saturday. Hager and husband Henry Hager are serving as honorary chairs of the YP night with co-chairs Kristen and Lee Nix, Cody Sutton and Molly Ward.
Perhaps the real newsmaker of the evening will be wicked New York City DJ Kiss, who will be on the turntables in the Rice University party tent that is also the site for the anniversary gala celebration.
Organizers explain that the "Club Berlin" theme, subtitled A Night Awash in Digital Graffiti, is a nod to the role that former Secretary of State James A. Baker III had in the fall of the Berlin Wall. Playing off of the anticipated energy of this event, the invitation calls for "punk chic: chaos to cocktail" attire.
Not your ordinary on-a-budget YP event, Club Berlin will feature specialty foods from two James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Bryan Caswell of Reef and Philip Speer of Uchi as well as Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse, who was nominated to serve as a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York. To wash down the fab food, Grey Goose Vodka is stepping in with a specialty martini bar and Grey Goose Harvey Wallbangers. For those preferring bubbly, Comte de Mazarey is providing Cote Or champagne.
Tickets at $100 each are available here.