Houston’s socialites, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others dignitaries from around the world were on hand for Tiger Ball 2012, Asia Society Texas Center’s annual gala, which is part of a four-day Grand Opening of the Texas Center’s new 40,000-square-foot home. Attendees sipped champagne and sample Asian hors d’oeuvres in the elegant surroundings of the Texas Center, designed by the distinguished Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, before moving across the street for dinner in a block-size party pavilion. The evening paid tribute to the cultures and accomplishments of Asia — from Japan to Iran and Central Asia to New Zealand — as it celebrates the approaching completion of ASTC’s new $48 million center in the Museum District.
Local Odissi Indian Classical dancer Shipra Mehrotra offered gatherees a glimpse into the traditional art form of India. The Mountain Music Project, a Nepalese and Appalachian music group, offered a rendition of their local musical traditions. Riyaaz Qawwali, performed South Asian Sufi devotional music led by Sonny Mehta.
Over two days, April 14 – 15, at 12.00pm – 6.00pm, the Asia Society Texas Center will opens its doors to the public with a lively weekend overflowing with performances, art-making workshops, storytelling, demonstrations, and art exhibitions. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
For grand opening events, visit www.ASTCGrandOpening.org. For more information call 713-496-9904.