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July 2014 - Houston

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NIGHT SCENE AT AN EASTERN PARTY PALACE W eeks later, a curated collection of insider Houston dining spots — sponsored by Glen Gondo & Sushic, Boheme Café & Wine Bar, Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Little Soya, Uchi, 13 Celsius and even Texas Hookah Lounge — brought out the beautiful internationals for the ultimate pan-cultural cocktail party, Spotlight Asia. The evening was chaired by it-couple Janae and Kenneth Tsai. DJ Kalkutta, back by popular demand, did the turntable stylings, and Vietnamese-American DJ Baohaus also spun. Lucky couple Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy went home with the grand raffle prize: a pair of business-first round-trip tix to Taipei, courtesy of United Airlines. Scene: Tina and Josh Zulu, Tu Dao, Jasmine and David Aldrich, Sharon and Errol McLaughlin, Yoomi and Oliver Yang, Wendy and Eric Wu, Aparna and Manu Asthana, Steve Hsia, and Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre. DJ Kalkutta at Spotlight Asia Tripp Carter at Tiger Ball Nancy Allen CATHERINE D. ANSPON SURVEYS TWO FUSION SOIRÉES. PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY ANTILL, MONICA VILLARREAL AND GISELLE YEUNG. JULY | PAGE 26 | 2014 TWO BIG NIGHTS OF GLOBAL GLAM Asia Society's LOOKING EAST HAS NEVER BEEN SO CHIC — AND IMPORTANT. CUE ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER, WHICH CELEBRATED YEAR THREE OF ITS GLEAMING YOSHIO TANIGUCHI-DESIGNED BUILDING WITH BACK-TO-BACK FÊTES — ONE FORMAL AND REGAL, THE OTHER SIZZLING AND DJ FUELED: RESPECTIVELY, TIGER BALL AND SPOTLIGHT ASIA. THOSE IN THE KNOW (AND WITH THE POCKETBOOKS TO MATCH) ATTENDED BOTH. POTENTATES AND PAGEANTRY CHANNEL IMPERIAL JAPAN T iger Ball roared into the season and toasted Japan, as honorary chair Ambassador His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae came in from D.C. for a PA, while co-chairs Donna Cole and Glen Gondo joined newly minted director Bonna Kol (her first Tiger Ball!) and deputy director John Bradshaw Jr. in hailing a very international crowd, which ceremoniously arrived attired in Asian glam; saris to kimonos held sway. Cocktails on the lawn segued into sushi in the grand hall, then taiko drummers sounded the dinner bell, and a City Kitchen seated repast greeted more than 650 revelers in separate dining areas throughout the Center's polished galleries, adorned for the occasion in pink hues evoking cherry blossoms. Among the global notables at this record setting night edging to the million dollar mark: benefactress supreme Nancy Allen with daughter-in-law and son Chinhui and Eddie Allen (he, board vice chair), Lily Foster and board chair Charles Foster, Rice's first couple Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Tenenbaum & Co. duo Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield in appropriate threads, Divya and Chris Brown with his dad politico/ architect Peter Brown, Mandy Kao, Muffet Blake, Anne Chao, Ambassador Hushang Ansary and wife Shahla, Zeenat and Ike Mitha, Jo and Jim Furr, and Dallas' Crow Collection director Amy Hofland. JOHN BRADSHAW JR.: Snap, Crackle, Pop! DIVYA BROWN: DJ Zen because I am pretty calm most of the time. NANCY ALLEN: DJ MamaBear. EDDIE ALLEN: DJ Eagle. DUYEN HUYNH: DJ Kabooki, and Marc would be DJ Noh. TONY BRADFIELD: DJ Bling. If you were a DJ, what would your handle be? Josh Zulu at Spotlight Asia Ruchi Mukherjee at Spotlight Asia Pranika Sinha at Spotlight Asia Jason Yang at Spotlight Asia Arati Shah at Spotlight Asia Puya Eshtehardi at Spotlight Asia Harrison Yat at Spotlight Asia Rima Linville at Spotlight Asia Chris Bilton at Spotlight Asia June Xu at Spotlight Asia Charles Foster at Spotlight Asia Nao Kusuzaki at Spotlight Asia Chairman Kenneth Tsai at Spotlight Asia Tina Zulu Co-chairman Donna Cole Sheela Rao Charles Foster Chairman Janae Tsai Sehar Javed Duyen Huynh Y. Ping Sun Susie Criner Anne Chao Sapna Patel Christina Yang Marinel Alas Juliana Bruno Monjula Chidambaram Petrus Yeung Ike Mitha at Tiger Ball Zeenat Mitha Kevin Black Sahar Paz Lily Foster Bonna Kol at Tiger Ball David Leebron at Tiger Ball Robert Gondo at Tiger Ball Co-chairman Glen Gondo Honorary chairman Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae John Bradshaw Jr. at Tiger Ball Ashok Rao at Tiger Ball Shahid Javed at Tiger Ball Tony Bradfield at Tiger Ball Marc Nguyen at Tiger Ball Ravi Chidambaram at Tiger Ball Chris Brown at Tiger Ball Sanford Criner at Tiger Ball Brittney Putnam Divya Brown

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