UnGala II Cabaret Au Lapin Agile-Paris, a benefit for the future Nursing and Health Sciences Building at Galveston College was held Oct. 14.
The fantastic fall evening had perfect weather for 200 fortunate guests in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the college’s campus. By definition, an ungala breaks all the rules from dress, to food and entertainment.
This was Music Box Theater’s third trip to the island for the college. And once again, The Music Box Theater-Houston stars regaled everyone with their professional score and script about Galveston. This time as a “Port of Possibilities” with songs in French, Italian, Spanish, a little German, great talent from Britisher Sting, Americans songsters Simon and Garfunkel, as well as classic American musicals such as “South Pacific” and “Fiddler on the Roof” and even a bawdy Irish sea shanty.
The group opened with rousing vocals from Luis Lin-Miranda’s “Hamilton” about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was an orphan from Scotland, and yet became our first Secretary of the Treasury. The repertoire remembered the late Galveston College Regent George Black with a loving Hawaiian arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
The group has consistently produced clever, original comedy for the college since 2015. The company plays to standing-room-only audiences almost every weekend in Houston.
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Conference Center generously underwrote the evening’s catered affair with tantalizing haute cuisine from Shearn’s Prime Steaks and Seafood and created the Shearn’s “No Regrets” signature cocktail and “No Bunny’s Fool” signature mocktail.
Kudos to Damon Fife and Kathi Richardson for the use of a sleek Italian Ducati motorcycle, vintage 1967 yellow Corvette convertible, and a Blue Wave fast boat. Also to Galveston Arts League professionals who helped set a relaxed mood at dusk for playful night owls.
“No regrets attire” inspired folks to wear breezy dresses, elegant leather, berets, chic slacks, great-looking jeans, the occasional ballgown, cloche hats and lots of French and American hair flair — chignons, angle cuts, hard-cut bobs and many beards.
Guests were treated to Galveston College Culinary Arts, which had its own Boulangerie and La King’s hand-dipped dark chocolate mint truffle. The “Galerie d ’Lulu Benavidez” showed seven sensational paintings in several mediums for sale with 50 percent of the sale price going to the upcoming Nursing and Health Sciences building.
Co-chairs Sherry Black, Charli and Jim Rohack, with Karen Flowers and Ted Shook, set the tone for what was truly another feather in the college’s cap for an unusual and thoroughly professional event that reminds everyone that higher education for Galvestonians at Galveston College, sets a high bar — now and for the future.
Galveston Arts Center presents three exhibitions opening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 25 with artist talks beginning at 6:30 p.m. In the first-floor gallery, Galveston-based artist Dan Schmahl‘s exhibition, “Surfer’s Beach,” references his favorite surf spot through the re-creation of a lifeguard stand, photographs, video and printed materials.
In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, the exhibition “Entanglement” features paintings by Joan Laughlin. In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa of the Taiguruma Revival Project based in Galveston’s sister-city, Niigata, Japan, reintroduce the lost art of Japanese fish cart lanterns through an installation incorporating lanterns and a radio broadcast of messages from visitors to the exhibition Taiguruma Radio Station. These exhibitions will remain on view through Jan. 7.
Happy birthday to Mike Winburn‘s lovely wife, Barbara Winburn, to Peggy B. Hipple, Toyya Braskey, Bobby Stanton, Martin Coleman, Delma Bennett Arcidiacono, Wendy Young O’Dononoe, Rita Sass Wichlep, Margo Lynn Nieves, John Viggiano, Ryann Duzich Culberson, Vincent Marinelli and Robyn Bushong.