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The mayor, the county judge and arts & social power players turn out to meet CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston

The mayor, the county judge and arts & social power players turn out to meet CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston

002, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Alyce Alston, Mayor Annise Parker, Jim Nelson
Alyce Alston , Mayor Annise Parker , Jim Nelson Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
006, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Lucinda Loya, Perryn Leech, Andrea White
Lucinda Loya , Perryn Leech , Andrea White Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
019, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Bob Ackerly, Phyllis Cole, Ron Marks
Bob Ackerly , Phyllis Cole , Ron Marks Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
022, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Fred Zeidman, Joanne King Herring, Ed Emmett
Fred Zeidman , Joanne King Herring , Ed Emmett Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
007, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Javier Loya, Michael Mithoff
Javier Loya , Michael Mithoff Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
032, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Elizabeth Petersen, Gary Petersen
Elizabeth Petersen , Gary Petersen Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
029, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Alton LaDay, Jonathon Glus, John Guess Jr.
Alton LaDay , Jonathon Glus , John Guess Jr. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
020, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Stephen Newton, Betty Newton, Ceron
Stephen Newton , Betty Newton , Cerón Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
013, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Todd Forester, Kelli Kickerillo, Mary Kickerillo, Vincent Kickerillo
Todd Forester , Kelli Kickerillo , Mary Kickerillo , Vincent Kickerillo Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
031, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Sima Ladjevardian, Christopher Gardner, Rania Daniel
Sima Ladjevardian , Christopher Gardner , Rania Daniel Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
033, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Jared Lang, Maryam Ashfari
Maryam Ashfari , Jared Lang Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
009, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Tricia Dewhurst, Shawn Jones, Joanne King Herring
Tricia Dewhurst , Shawn Jones , Joanne King Herring Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
028, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Pershant Mehta, Nidhika Mehta
Pershant Mehta , Nidhika Mehta Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
005, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Chase Untermeyer, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Jared LeBlanc
Chase Untermeyer , Caroline Starry LeBlanc , Jared LeBlanc Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
025, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Chris Brown, Divya Brown
Chris Brown , Divya Brown Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
014, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Karen Mayell, Mike Mayell, Diane Lokey Farb
Karen Mayell , Mike Mayell , Diane Lokey Farb Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
010, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Dr. John Clemmons, C.C. Conner, Lora Clemmons, Clifford Pugh
Dr. John Clemmons , C.C. Conner , Lora Clemmons , Clifford Pugh Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
027, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Lonnie Schiller, Candice Schiller
Lonnie Schiller , Candice Schiller Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
016, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Isabel David, Danny David, Rosemarie Johnson
Isabel David , Danny David , Rosemarie Johnson Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
008, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Stephanie Cockrell, Estela Cockrell
Stephanie Cockrell , Estela Cockrell Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
026, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Tod Eason, Romy Mitchell
Nick Florescu , Dominique Sachse , Tod Eason , Romy Mitchell Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
002, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Alyce Alston, Mayor Annise Parker, Jim Nelson
006, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Lucinda Loya, Perryn Leech, Andrea White
019, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Bob Ackerly, Phyllis Cole, Ron Marks
022, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Fred Zeidman, Joanne King Herring, Ed Emmett
007, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Javier Loya, Michael Mithoff
032, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Elizabeth Petersen, Gary Petersen
029, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Alton LaDay, Jonathon Glus, John Guess Jr.
020, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Stephen Newton, Betty Newton, Ceron
013, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Todd Forester, Kelli Kickerillo, Mary Kickerillo, Vincent Kickerillo
031, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Sima Ladjevardian, Christopher Gardner, Rania Daniel
033, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Jared Lang, Maryam Ashfari
009, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Tricia Dewhurst, Shawn Jones, Joanne King Herring
028, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Pershant Mehta, Nidhika Mehta
005, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Chase Untermeyer, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Jared LeBlanc
025, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Chris Brown, Divya Brown
014, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Karen Mayell, Mike Mayell, Diane Lokey Farb
010, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Dr. John Clemmons, C.C. Conner, Lora Clemmons, Clifford Pugh
027, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Lonnie Schiller, Candice Schiller
016, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Isabel David, Danny David, Rosemarie Johnson
008, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Stephanie Cockrell, Estela Cockrell
026, CultureMap CEO reception, January 2013, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Tod Eason, Romy Mitchell

It's not often that you find Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, former Qatar Ambassador Chase Untermeyer and Joanne King Herring under the same roof at anything other than official business. But they and a power force of notables merged socially Wednesday night for a CultureMap gathering introducing CEO Alyce Alston.

Lucinda and Javier Loya opened their spectacular Memorial area home for the soirée that enjoyed such energy that it took a dimming of the lights and music to encourage the 100-plus partygoers to say goodnight.

Among this social scribe's observations: the Democratic Mayor congenially sparred with conservative Republican Fred Zeidman. Uber-developer Vincent Kickerillo hinted at a major new project. Herring cheered that her first village in Afghanistan had been fully funded — by Houstonians. Javier Loya maintained Houston Texans optimism saying the 2014 Super Bowl in New York would be the year for his team.

Guests swooned over the Loyas' stunning decor and compelling artwork including sheep that weep and a video installation of a nude woman trapped in an antique travel trunk. 

United Airlines attorney Jessica Rossman shared with Alston, who calls Austin home, that there are 3,000 displaced Houstonians now living in Chicago, all tuning into CultureMap to keep up with life in their hometown. Although he partied at the Loyas for more than half an hour, Houston Grand Opera managing director Perryn Leech said he had to cut his visit short because of the dress rehearsal for Showboat, which premieres at Wortham Theater Center Friday night.

Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson and Tricia Dewhurst conferred on Tuesday's Texas Cultural Trust awards luncheon. Houston Ballet is one of the award recipients. Also from the art world were Houston Arts Alliance CEO Jonathon Glus and partner Alton LaDay and Houston Museum of African-American Art CEO John Guess Jr.

While attentive staff from The Grove passed appetizers and drinks, guests swooned over the Loyas' stunning decor and compelling artwork including sheep that weep and a video installation of a nude woman trapped in an antique travel trunk, a find from the recent Art Basel Miami.

In the mix were CultureMap Dallas general manager Phyllis Cole, CultureMap co-founders Lonnie Schiller and Nic Phillips, Bob Ackerly, Pierce Bush, Cynthia and Bucky Allshouse, Mickey Rosmarin, Betty and Stephen Newton, Michael Mithoff, Liz and Tom Glanville, Vicki Rizzo, Ceron, Elizabeth and Gary Petersen, Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester and so many more.