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May 2014 - Houston

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BREAK OUT THE GINGHAM AND JAMMIES H ope Stone Dance's anti-gala, Breakfast for Dinner, deserves kudos for its clever, unexpected and deconstructed theme. This year's chair, Anna B. McCullough, added a side of country, going with a Country Fried Breakfast motif — to tasty results. Thanks to decor chair Denise Skorka, Silver Street Studios was decked out to resemble a barn, a perfect venue for the dance troupe's performance of Squared Dancer by the Hope Stone Kids, ages 6 to 13. Getting into the hoedown mode: company founder, prez, CEO and artistic director Jane Weiner in a knitted bedtime cap, chatting with board chair Kathy Harrison; C.C. Conner in a memorable muscular-cowboy-adorned robe; auction chair Emma Moon and co-chairs Emily Weinstein and Tara Kelly; Elizabeth Swift Copeland, whose Swift + Company whipped up the bacon-and-biscuit supper; Kathy and Harry Masterson in elegant white caftans; emcees prima ballerina Lauren Anderson and Linda Lorelle; Maria Bassa in chic Western duds; Debbie Festari opting for red satin PJs; the MFAH's Valerie Greiner, snuggling up to a teddy bear and her husband Rick Greiner; and board member and blogger Beth Muecke, pairing kaleidoscopic finery with white lace-up kicker boots. CRAZY CATHERINE D. ANSPON COVERS THE COIFFEUR KINGDOM AT LAWNDALE, A COUNTRY-FRIEND PJ PARTY FOR HOPE STONE AND A DEEP-SPACE SCI-FI BASH FOR FRESH ARTS. MAY | PAGE 58 | 2014 Creatives THE RETURN OF … GASP … HAIR BALL A qua Net ruled the night, alongside some wild wiggery, when Lawndale Art Center teased up a sensational soirée. The evening of raucous costumery reached its crescendo in the hairdo department — after all, this was the return of Hair Ball. Reigning over the inventive manes, beehives, ducktails, bouffants, flips and 'fros were chairs Jenny and Mark Johnson, who both sported sky-high strands. We also loved the Magritte-inspired 'stached duo of Alton LaDay and Jonathon Glus; Kate McConnico as Phyllis Diller (definitely against type) with beau Brian James; Hair Ball co-creators Victoria and Marshal Lightman, she as a sweet '50s deb, he as a founding father à la 1776; Lawndale's Dennis Nance as a prancing cat; and emcee Frank Billingsley, who presided over a parade of outrageous 'dos with his own funnel-cloud wig; and the cerulean-haired Kasi Kubiak, with a corseted outfit ornamented with Big Bird, Ernie and other Sesame Street faves. And can I tell you a secret? My own hair was teased to such perfection by Venus Hair that the locks remained in place for days and days. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY I n a galaxy far, far away … well, actually at the newly minted Silver Street Studios, a smart and outrageous contingent of young and restless and young-at-art came together to enact the perfect theme for our town and Fresh Arts. The futuristic night was christened The Space Ball, and with chairs like Libby Cagle and Lauren Taft, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, Kathryn Lott Neumann and Jeff Neumann, J. Michael Soliz, and Michael Pilie on the bridge, fellow revelers easily attained warp speed. Adding to the frivolity was a PA by DJ Lady Bunny and, natch, some far-out honorees — denizens of culture Mr. Orange Show Don Mafrige Jr., Rebekah Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Nancy Wozny. Headed into orbit: Jeff Shell as Star Wars' striking Queen Amidala of Naboo; Fresh Arts founder/honorary chair Marita Fairbanks as a comely golden android with husband J.B. and pal Rainey Knudson as a silver moon maid, with Art Guys husband Mike Galbreth channeling a cosmonaut; Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre as Trekkers; Preservation Houston's Stephanie Jones transformed into a cute green Martian complete with antennae; and Emmelie Kopp and James Bell armed with ray guns and dressed in out-of-this-world silver galactic threads. PC PARTY MOMENT AT LAWNDALE'S HAIR BALL, TOWERING, WILLOWY DRAG QUEENS ATTIRED AS CANDY STRIPERS, ALL TRESSED UP IN PEPTOL BISMOL-COLORED WIGS, FROLICKED AROUND, PASSING OUT HAIR EMERGENCY KITS (FILLED WITH SOME REALLY COOL BUMBLE & BUMBLE PRODUCT), COURTESY OF CRAFT SALON. AND THE EMPRESS OF CRAFT, AKA CARA CRAFTON, WAS TURNED OUT TOO, IN HER OWN HEAD-NURSE REGALIA. PHOTOGRAPHY MORRIS MALAKOFF PHOTOGRAPHY EMILE C. BROWNE, DANIEL ORTIZ PHOTOGRAPHY JEFF FITLOW Alton LaDay at Lawndale Harry Masterson at Hope Stone Kathy Harrison at Hope Stone Valerie Greiner Rick Greiner at Hope Stone Lou Gregory at Hope Stone Linda Lorelle Jane Weiner Kathy Masterson Nicole Romano at Lawndale Dennis Nance at Lawndale Cara Crafton at Lawndale Cabe Nowlen at Lawndale Christine Ussher at Lawndale Michael Galbreth at Fresh Arts Tom Glanville at Fresh Arts J.B. Fairbanks at Fresh Arts Jeff Shell at Fresh Arts Stephanie Jones Rainey Knudson Liz Glanville Honorary chair Marita Fairbanks Jenni Rebecca Stephenson Honoree Rebekah Johnson at Fresh Arts Marshal Lightman at Lawndale Lindsay Wilson at Lawndale Christine West at Lawndale Kasi Kubiak at Lawndale Lia Rodi David Rodi at Lawndale Chairman Mark Johnson at Lawndale Barbara Davis Jonathon Glus Mauney Mafrige at Fresh Arts Honoree Don Mafrige Jr. Frank Billingsley Victoria Lightman Honoree Nancy Wozny at Fresh Arts Sally Kolenda at Fresh Arts DJ Lady Bunny Luis Elizondo- Thomson Chris Brown Divya Brown Chairman Jenny Johnson

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