Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Oyster Club


1. The Oyster Club - Kick Off Party on Sunday 10/12
2. Thanks to everyone for making The Evil Eye Ball such a success

1. Join the Oyster Club - Kick Off Party on Sunday 10/12

The Oyster Club is a new members-only club for Austinites with adventurous tastes to discover the pearls of local music, performance, film, food, art and architecture. Rude Mechs will lead this renegade culture club to backstage access, private parties, and once-in-a-lifetime spectacles. Meeting once in every month whose name contains an "R" (September - April), the Oyster Club will keep its members active without making them busy.

The kick-off party takes place on October 12th at The Plant at Kyle, a dramatic architectural landmark tucked away on 17 acres of hill country just 30 miles from downtown Austin. The Plant at Kyle was designed by Lake | Flato Architects and has won several awards including the AIA 1992 Institute Honor Award. The event will also invite attendees to take a refreshing dip in the designer swimming pool at the Plant as they soak in the atmospheric Hill Country breezes, so dress in beachwear and don’t forget your beach towel and swim gear.

Fresh Texas-coast oysters from local seafood vendor Roberto San Miguel of San Miguel Food will be in the culinary spotlight. With assistance from co-event-underwriter Ross Smith, Edible Austin magazine and local Chef Jim Doss, San Miguel will dazzle the crowd with oysters on the half-shell, oysters à la mac (cocktail sauce and Monterey Jack cheese), oysters Rockefeller and smoked oysters on skewers. Gulf shrimp and freshly caught red snapper will also be prepared for the non-oyster lovers in attendance.

Local spirits will be in abundance as well, featuring Tipsy Texan mixologist David Alan serving up his signature Oyster Club cocktail (a perfect pairing for the feast made with Texas's own Treaty Oak Rum) and Paula Angerstein mixing Paula's Texas Orange and Lemon with local fave Savvy Vodka. Another perfect pairing with the oyster feasting will be selections from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Dr. Oolong himself, Jeffrey Lorien of Zhi Tea, will be serving a special blend of iced tea from their fabulous tea bar as well. To top off the evening, delectable desserts will be provided by Rude Mechs company member and gourmet caterer Leilah Stewart. The music for the event will be provided by DJ Manateeman and will include a five-minute preview remix of the new Rude musical, "I've Never Been So Happy!"

Membership in Rude Mechs' Oyster Club includes not only this event, but access to a members-only website where you can sign up for other events taking place throughout the year in months that contain the letter "R" (there's eight of 'em). The Oyster Club’s name is based on the popular misconception that oysters are only safe to eat in those months. (This may have once been a good guide before modern refrigeration made it safe to eat oysters all-year round; it’s ongoing validity is now hotly debated.)

Rude Mechs, whose theatrical productions have toured around the globe, are now positioning themselves as more than playmakers. With the launching of the Oyster Club, the Rude Mechs are now tastemakers celebrating local, live culture. Join the Club today to experience even more of what makes Austin unique!

WHEN: Sunday 10/12, 5 pm to 8 pm
WHERE: Directions will be provided upon purchase of membership
TICKETS: Your $100 membership fee to join the Oyster Club gains you access to the Kick Off Party and the soon-bo-be launched members-only website. Sign up for events is first-come, first-served and modest per-event fees will apply for future events, but this one is on us!


2. Thanks for making The Evil Eye Ball such a success!

A giant thank you to everyone who came out to support Rude Mechs' 13th birthday at The Evil Eye Ball. Here are some links to photos in case ya missed it, or in case you were there and can't remember what happened...uh huh.

Rude Mechs' Flickr page

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