DIFF After Hours with PSD: Opening Night Gala

13 04 2012

Words by Kara Brock

For the past six years, Dallas has been ushering in spring with the finest independent films. But it’s not just the late night screenings and concession stand dinners that have caused all Dallas movie lovers to make their bosses shake their heads when they stroll in late to work, coffee in hand, and desperately in need of a nap. Don’t get me wrong, the films are great but in the words of the great R. Kelly “after the show is the after party and after the party it’s the hotel lobby.” These words rang true once again after last night’s opening night screening and gala.  This year, don’t just go to the movies and call it a night. Follow the after hours scene with Pearl Snap Discount.

After watching Liberal Arts in our best dresses and bow-ties at the Majestic Theatre, the star power sauntered down the street to the Aloft hotel for the opening night gala. As we strolled past Mr. Mayor and some passed hors d’oeuvres, we made our way to the fully-stocked bar.

The bottles were not popping, but the Grey Goose was certainly flowing. Some chose the Stella Artois (an offish sponsor of the festival), which if you are trying to pace yourself and make it through the two week festival, was a strong choice.

Barefoot Wine was also available for the winos in the crowd.

There was also a trio of specialty cocktails featuring the Goose. Le Citron Cooler was the first drink to flow in my glass. The cocktail featured Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka served with equal parts Sprite and soda served on the rocks. With drink in hand, there was plenty of room to move freely about the subterranean event space, although the crowd stayed pretty close to the bar.

As the night moved on, some hit the dance floor to jam out to the over-the-top wedding DJ that played what I can only imagine would be featured on the worst jams of the 90’s CD (a CD which we probably own). After hearing some Ace of Base, it was time for another drink.

The Perfect Pear seemed like the perfect drink to drown out the pulsing. The Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, soda with a splash of cranberry juice served on the rocks did the trick. Some exploring led me through the art galleries where I found a delightful four piece instrumental band that made me feel like I had landed in a Woody Allen film. I’ve always wanted to be in a Woody Allen film.

Unfortunately, there was no bar near the band so it was back inside the large room for L’Orange Cosmo. The sweet drink with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka and cranberry juice served on the rocks was the perfect complement to a sweet night. How often do you get to spend an evening rubbing elbows with the mayor, Michael Cain, Twilight star (and PSD friend) Ali Faulkner, all while watching Drew Waters from Friday Night Lights (who by the way is a pretty good dancer) dance across the floor.

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