launch party


V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011

Balloon Fiesta

Balloon book launch party pics

Hors d’oeuvres and hot air

Last night I attended a release party for a new book about the history of our beloved balloon fiesta, The World Comes to Albuquerque. The soiree was at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum and it was a pretty swanky affair, with a jazz band and lots of cheese plates. I like to stand by those.

The nice folks at the Balloon Museum gave me a free copy of the book. It’s full of dozens of pictures, plus essays from balloonists and a tad about the history of ballooning. I’ll probably review that later, once I have time to read it.

For now, I will review the Balloon Museum itself: beautiful. Nice, futury layout, cool exhibits and great views. The space is little, for a museum, but worth checking out if you haven’t been. I’m definitely going back sometime when there isn’t a social engagement diverting me.

V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010

Film

G&L Film Festival Launch Party

The eighth annnual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival gets underway Oct. 8. But organizers are throwing an early launch party this Saturday, Sept. 18. This gives fans a chance to interact with organizers and fellow film lovers and to get a sneak peak at what films will be playing and what special guests will be arriving at this year’s week-long, multi-city event. SWG&LFF will be debuting its new schedule at the party and handing out hot-off-the-press copies of the 2010 Program Guide. The booze-and-food-filled event will take place at Scalo Northern Italian Grillin Nob Hill from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets to the Launch Party will be sold at the door for $25. All members of Closet Cinema get a $5 discount. And if you sign up to become a member of Closet Cinema at the party, you get in for free!