Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions
Advanced purchase ticketing has closed. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. Click here for Spotlight Asia 2013 parking instructions.
The evening will feature New York-based turntablist and producer DJ Kalkutta, affectionately referred to as Bollywood Barbie, whose real life “Cinderella story” only adds to her intrigue. Born in India, her claim to fame is making her way from living in an orphanage in the slums of Calcutta (Kolkata) to finding her niche in the music industry. Kalkutta’s gigs have ranged from rocking exclusive NYC venues such as Tenjune, Greenhouse, and Juliet to spinning for celebs like John Legend, Bruno Mars, Michael Jordan, and the legendary Prince, as well as events with The Kardashians. Her style is Open Format and blends music genres from rock to hip hop to electro and everything in between. With beauty, talent, and a cross-cultural understanding, Kalkutta is seen as an ambassador for all things music, style, and nightlife.
Houston-based vinyl aficionado and producer DJ SUN (Soular Grooves) will welcome guests with his signature sound, described as both warmly nostalgic and space-age cool. With American, Caribbean, Chinese, European, and South American roots, DJ SUN embodies the true spirit of the Texas Center’s current hapa exhibit. For him, music is a universal language, a communication of common experience that bridges both genre and geography. He will be featuring new tracks from his latest album, One Hundred, mixing a hybrid of vinyl and live performance in his set.
Houston’s hottest restaurants including Triniti Restaurant and Bar, Boheme, and Nosh Bistro will offer signature appetizers. In the Detours Lounge, guests can escape for sushi courtesy of Glen Gondo & Sushic and sip the only organic saké traditionally crafted in Texas by Texas Sake Company. An open bar will also be available with signature cocktails.
Yelp's Traders Oasis will offer guests a respite from their travels with refreshing herbal teas, relaxing draws from hookah pipes, and decorative henna body art.
Off the beaten path, guests can explore Texas Center’s current art exhibitions, Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter and kip fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa, or simply relax by the water and take in the skyline views.
Divya and Chris Brown return as chairs for this not-to-be-missed gathering at Asia Society Texas Center. Claire and Rick Thielke and Janae and Kenny Tsai join in the fun as co-chairs, sure to make the 2013 event as memorable as it was at the Texas Center's grand opening in 2012.
Advanced purchase ticketing has closed. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event.
Member tickets $75; Nonmember tickets $100. (Nonmember tickets include a one-year membership to Asia Society.)
For more information on ticketing, contact Jordan DuPuis, 713.496.9907 or [email protected].
Amber Level Headline Sponsor ($25,000)
American First National Bank
Silk Level Sponsor ($15,000)
Glen Gondo and Sushic – The Sushi Company | Culinary Sponsor
PaperCity | Media Sponsor
Yelp | Social Media Sponsor
Incense Level Sponsors ($10,000)
Met Life | Print Sponsor
CultureMap | Digital Media Sponsor
Tea Level Sponsors ($2,500)
AJ’s Urban Petals | Décor Sponsor
Boheme | Culinary Sponsor
Glazer’s | Wine & Spirits Sponsor
Nosh Bistro | Culinary Sponsor
Silver Eagle Distributors | Beer Sponsor
Smilebooth | Photo Sponsor
Texas Saké Company | Saké Sponsor
Triniti | Culinary Sponsor
The print invitation has hit the streets, but join in the fun on the Host Committee. Host Committee members get special access parking, plus member names appear online and on event signage.
Host Committee (as of February 27, 2013)