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Al Franken takes center stage at Texas Tribune Festival opening party

Al Franken takes center stage at Texas Tribune Festival opening party

Texas Tribune Festival 2017 Al Franken Book Signing
Sen. Al Franken signs copies of his newest book, Giant of the Senate. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 Opening Keynote Evan Smith Al Franken
An opening keynote conversation between Evan Smith and Al Franken.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Patrick Svitek Kathryn Garza Jay Root James Henson Kathy Grant Evan Smith
Patrick Svitek, Kathryn Garza, Jay Root, James Henson, Kathy Grant, Evan Smith Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Dan Branch Holly Reed
Dan Branch, former Texas House Representative, and Holly Reed   Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Indira Lakshmanan Erin Pelton Susan Rice Jacob Weisberg Charles Skyes
Boston Globe columnist Indira Lakshmanan; Erin Pelton, former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice; Editor-in-Chief of Slate, Jacob Weisberg; American political commentator, Charles Skyes. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ransom Center Avik Roy Deray McKesson Lana Slavitt Andrew Slavitt
President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity Avik Roy; civil rights activist Deray McKesson; Lana Slavitt; and former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andrew Slavitt. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Anya Bidwell Kavitha Bondada Vikrant Reddy Arif Panju
Anya Bidwell, Kavitha Bondada, Vikrant Reddy, Arif Panju Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Sergio Rodriguez Louise Rodriguez
Sergio Rodriguez, Louise Rodriguez Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Jennifer Harris Nathan Glazier Laird Doran Leslie Hollingsworth
Jennifer Harris, Nathan Glazier, Laird Doran, Leslie Hollingsworth Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Jennifer Sarver Bobby Blanchard
Jennifer Sarver and Bobby Blanchard Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Band
Guests enjoyed live music while mingling. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Larry Irving Dr Molly Beth Malcolm
Larry Irving and Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Marissa Evans Sam Degrave
Marissa Evans, Sam Degrave Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Royce Poinsett Bruce Malcolm Laura Dixon
Royce Poinsett, Bruce Malcolm, Laura Dixon Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Judy Maggio Anne Wheeler Tracy Loquay Parker Kassie Navarro
Judy Maggio, Anne Wheeler, Tracy Loquay Parker, Kassie Navarro Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 Al Franken Book Signing
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 Opening Keynote Evan Smith Al Franken
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Patrick Svitek Kathryn Garza Jay Root James Henson Kathy Grant Evan Smith
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Dan Branch Holly Reed
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Indira Lakshmanan Erin Pelton Susan Rice Jacob Weisberg Charles Skyes
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ransom Center Avik Roy Deray McKesson Lana Slavitt Andrew Slavitt
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Anya Bidwell Kavitha Bondada Vikrant Reddy Arif Panju
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Sergio Rodriguez Louise Rodriguez
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Jennifer Harris Nathan Glazier Laird Doran Leslie Hollingsworth
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Jennifer Sarver Bobby Blanchard
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Band
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Larry Irving Dr Molly Beth Malcolm
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Marissa Evans Sam Degrave
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Royce Poinsett Bruce Malcolm Laura Dixon
Texas Tribune Festival 2017 VIP Party at Harry Ranson Center Judy Maggio Anne Wheeler Tracy Loquay Parker Kassie Navarro

What: Texas Tribune Festival Opening Party 

Where: University of Texas campus

The lowdown: The 2017 Texas Tribune Festival programming kicked off with an opening keynote conversation between Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith and former SNL comedian and United States Sen. Al Franken. Afterwards, VIPs, including politicians, journalists, and political activists gathered at UT's Harry Ransom Center to mix and mingle while enjoying live music and food provided by local favorite Uchi.

Who: Evan Smith, Al Franken, Dan Branch, Holly ReedPatrick Svitek, Kathryn Garza, Jay Root, James Henson, Kathy Grant, Anya Bidwell, Kavitha Bondada, Vikrant Reddy, Arif PanjuSergio Rodriguez, Louise Rodriguez