Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions


About Spotlight Asia

Host Committee
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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.


Journey with us along the Silk Road, complete with ambient décor, tasty cocktails, global delicacies, and exotic beats.

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.

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Tickets (available at door on night of the event)

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

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Spotlight Asia Underwriters

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)

Charming Charlie
Met Life | Print Sponsor
CultureMap | Digital Media Sponsor

Tea Level Sponsors ($2,500)

Finial Group
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



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Join the Host Committee

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)

Jerry Acosta
Christian Adame
Christina and Matthew Almy
Sujata and Pradeep Anand
Stacy and John Andell
Yoed Anis, Texas Sake Company
Lindley and Jason Arnoldy
Beverly Barrett
Jeffery Beauchamp
Rishi Bhardwaj
Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia
Jennifer Black
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw
John Bradshaw, Jr.
Karen and John Bradshaw, Sr.
Sarah Bray
Amanda Bredbenner
Ting and John Bresnahan
Anne and Peter Brown
Patsy Yoon Brown
Beth Bryant
Lynn Ghose Cabrera, Excalibre Consulting
Matthew Campbell
Payal and Manny Chana
Johnny Chau, re:creative
Therese Hoang and Yun Cheng
Andrew Chung
Alicia Ciccone
Audrey and Brandon Cochran
Marisa and Geoffrey Cormier
Aimee Woodall and Tyler Crabtree
Fred Dahr
Isabel and Danny David
Valerie and Tracy Dieterich
Janie T. Doan
Jen and Steve Dolman
Laura Penney and Jordan Dupuis
Richard Dyo
Colin Eddington, MetLife
Marc Eichenbaum
Luis Elizondo-Thomson
Nathan Reedy and Joshua Espinedo
Nick Espinosa and Carlos Meltzer
Christina and George Ferguson
Carl and Mary Sapp Fischer
Katie Flaherty
Lotty Gautschi
Sam Gianukos
Christina Girard
Usha Gollapudi
Glen Gondo, Sushic LLC
Sara Beth Good
Lacey and Matthew Goossen
Kiran and Pradeep Gupta
Cathy and Charles Halka
Ryan Hildebrand, Triniti Restaurant & Bar
Yen Hoang
Kristyn and Marty Hogan
Eva Sagisaka and Morgan Holleman, Boheme
Karen and Byron Hood
Dorothy Knox Houghton
Jennifer and Brent Howard
Meredith and Ferris Hussein

Saki Indakwa
Aneeta and Malick Jamal
Sehar and Shahid Javed
Olive M. Jenney
Lindsay Johnson
Olivia Junell
Stephanie and Philip Kief
Sharon and Gus Kopriva
Brittany Sakowitz and Kevin Kushner
Hina and Ali Lakhany
Kellye Sanford and Fritz Lanham
Susan and Jack Lapin
Sylvia Le Allen and Mark Allen
Jim Leavens
Caroline and Jared LeBlanc
Lynn Jo and Charles Lee
Teri and Jeff Lee
Geraldine and Kenneth Lehrer
Francis Lim
Rima Paralkar and Cain Linville
Maria Vilchez and Graham Lowrey
Luisa and Chris Ludtke
Reena and Suchit Majmudar
Sergio Marazita
Lori and Neil Martin
Beena and Mukesh Mayekar
Ken Mazzu
Margaret McHattie
Pamela and Matt Merhan
Meghan Miller
Shannon and John Morton
Anjali Mukhi
Laurie Newendorp
Patricia Nieto
Vimla and Ajit Paralkar
Kasteena and Sam Parikh
Neera Patidar, Nosh Bistro
Mary and Ben Patton
Nic Phillips
Erin Pikoff
Lalana Pundisto
Carolyn and James Robertson
Grace Rodriguez
Jacqueline and Richard Schmeal
Jennifer and Justin Segal
Jai Singh
Isabel Song and Steve Knapp
Olga and Roy Streckfuss
Tom Stringer, AJ's Urban Petals
Kate Allen Stukenberg, PaperCity
Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah
Mark Sullivan, On the Mark Communications
Hasti Taghi
Jason and Aitu Taube
Haig Tcholokian
Louis Truong, Glazer's
Gwen and Will Whitehouse
Amber M. Winsor
Eliza Wright
Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre
Beth and Nick Zdeblick
Tina and Josh Zulu, Zulu Creative

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Event Details

Sat 02 Mar 2013
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
Tickets available at door. Asia Society members $75; nonmembers $100. All sales final.
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