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Houston Mayor Breaks Into Slam Poetry, Ballet Dancers Embrace Hip-Hop and a Blonde Jumps Into a Giant Champagne Glass in a Wild Art Night

Moulin Rouge Never Seemed So Fun

BY // 10.19.21

It was the liveliest of nights when the Houston Arts Alliance took over the Majestic Metro theater for its “Moulin Rouge, Immerse” gala. A night that saw Mayor Sylvester Turner doing slam poetry; Houston Ballet gents combining hip-hop moves with jetés; and party girls donning fishnets, feather boas, bustiers and ruffles. All of that and more, including an art show of emerging artists’ works, spotlighted the variety of the city’s creative forces.

The entertainment began as guests, many in top hats and sequins, arrived at the 1926 theater where a buxom blonde in spangles gyrated in a mammoth champagne glass in the gilded foyer. And, yes, the champagne and other libations flowed as the throng paraded in  Moulin Rouge-inspired finery.

In the hands of chairs Drs. Duyen and Marc Nguyen and Melissa and Michael Mithoff, the event raised $283,960 for the Houston Arts Alliance‘s Disaster Resilience fund, which advocates for and provides resources to meet the needs of local artists and arts workers who are  impacted by natural disasters. As board chairman Craig Massey noted in remarks, the arts, entertainment and related services were the most deeply among all sectors affected by the pandemic.

To that end, proceeds from the event were an all-time record, a significant part of that total raised through the live auction of a Houston city skyline painted on site by famed Houston multi-disciplinary artist Gonzo247. It went for $10,000. Houston Arts Alliance CEO John Abodeely praised the city’s generosity and loyal support of the arts and artists.

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Melissa & Michael Mithoff at the Houston Arts Alliance Moulin Rouge themed gala at Majestic Metro theater. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)

The vibrant Lauren Anderson was responsible for the colorful lineup of entertainment that included Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Dean, who cajoled the mayor into joining him in a bit of Houston-centric poetry; as well as poet laureates Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and Leslie Contreras Schwartz. The lineup included songbird Marium Echo and her band, a fabulously futuristic fashion show by House of Enid, a rollicking Can-Can presentation, and a finale by soprano Cassandra Black who warbled the most appropriate “La Vie en Rose.”

PC Seen: Stacey and Al Lindseth, Megan and Luke Morris, Angel Rios and Richard Flowers, Beth Muecke, Dr. Penelope and Lester Smith, Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt, Melanie Lawson and John Guess Jr., Cathy Echols, Elizabeth and Peter Cook, Tatiana Green, Sir Mark Haukohl,  Vernique and Mark Francis, James Glassman, Ed Kachinske, and Ashley Smither Langley and Curt Langley. 

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