New CounterCurrent festival gets all charged up at kickoff celebration
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.