The Alameda National Center for Latino Art and Culture presented a fabulous fundraising gala Thursday night commemorating the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Alameda Theater. The gala was titled “La Epoca de Oro” referring to the Golden Age of Mexican cinema between 1935 to 1959.
The party started with cocktails and appetizers in front of the historic Alameda Theater overlooking Milam Park. Music was provided by David Aman and Hot Sauce Sound. The sidewalk was lined with posters from classic Mexican movies.
We then followed a woman on horseback to dinner. The formal dinner was set up in an unfinished space on the ground floor of the new Vistana apartment building. The Paul Elizondo Orchestra played boleros from the gilded age of Mexican Cinema during dinner. My favorite part of the meal was Mi Tierra’s Famous Pollo en Mole. Our table had fun passing around and posing with the towers of cotton candy that were served for dessert.
Guests of Honor included Vicente Fox Quesada, former President of Mexico, and his wife Marta Sahagun de Fox. During dinner women dressed as Frida Kahlo, D0lores del Rio and Maria Felix visited the tables.
Following dinner an after party presented by Neiman Marcus was held inside the Alameda Theater. A DJ played dance music and Cartier jewelry was on display. My pictures don’t do justice to the beautiful designs on the walls of the theater. All in all a fabulous party for a good cause.