Haute Hamlet

Artsy Austin crowd dances the night away at lavish Shakespeare-inspired fête

Artsy Austin crowd dances the night away at Shakespeare-inspired fête

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Left to right: Caleb Campaigne, Jean Prentice Manning, Laura Villagran Johnson Courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons
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Left to right: Hector Perez, Kate Perez, Jane Kellogg Murray, Robert Murray Courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons
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Left to right: Nicole Beckley, Gloria Tsai Courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons
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Left to right: Laura Villagran Johnson, Larissa De Luna Courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons
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Left to right: Adam Kirby, Bryan Azar, Roger Gordon, Kevin Smothers Courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons
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What: Fête*ish

Where: JW Marriott

The lowdown: The city’s most fabulous Ballet Austin supporters celebrated a Hamlet-themed evening of wondrous elegance, delicious bites, and philanthropy on September 18. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails crafted with Shakespearian flair courtesy of Twin Liquors and Bacardi while they danced to live music by Uptown Drive. Indulgent bites including warm fig and gorgonzola and smoked brisket croquets kept attendees merry and bright.

Upon arrival, guests struck a pose at Le Photo Booth and were greeted with bubbly and snacks. The event’s lavish decor included bejeweled skulls, roses, and a giant gold crown fit for royalty. Fête*ish and its precursor dinner event Fête raised nearly $400,000 for Ballet Austin’s community and education programs that reach more than 57,000 Central Texans each year.

Who: Nicole Beckley, Gloria Tsai, Caleb Campaigne, Jean Prentice Manning, Laura Villagran Johnson, Kate Perez, Hector Perez, Jane Kellogg Murray, Robert Murray, Larissa De Luna, Adam Kirby, Bryan Azar, Roger Gordon, and Kevin Smothers.