What: Lott Entertainment Presents' first fundraiser, "Spotlight Houston."
Where: Warehouse Live.
The scoop: The non-profit offshoot of Lott Entertainment shined the light on Houston talent pushing the city's art scene forward, in contrast to its mission of bringing edgy, outside talent to the city. The night starred DJ Sun, presenting a set inspired by his Chinese ancestry; singer songwriter Brant Croucher (headed to Joe's Pub in New York); Jawwaad Taylor on trumpet; and singer Lyric Michelle. Serving as emcee to the power-packed event was Asli Omar of The Tontons.
Sustenance came compliments of Lee Ellis' Cherry Pie Hospitality, which provided chicken wraps from State Fare, Lee’s famous dill pickle dip with housemade chips, Jim Mills’ Southwest Caesar salad with pulled pork, and Mexican chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream from Lee’s Creamery. The hit of the night were Lee’s donut ice cream sandwiches. It was no coincidence that Ellis chaired the fundraiser with Jonathan Beitler and Stuart Folb.
Lott Entertainment Presents founders Kathryn Lott and Allison Lott were beaming not only with the $20,000 raised, earmarked to bring in outside talent, but also with news that the upcoming season performances will be held in the Alley Theatre's Neuhaus Theatre. That thanks to Alley managing director Dean Gladden, so taken with the concept that he arranged for the theater availability.
Who: Board members Mark Sullivan, Janet Phelps and Lindsey Brown, plus Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Claudia Solis, Julie Soefer and Chris Vandewater, Ceron and Todd Fiscus, Jason Reeves, Christina Pappas and William Boffa, Cindy and Ron Soefer, and Sharon and Rich Maloney.