If you drive past the Asia Society Texas Center at night next Thursday, November 7, you could be forgiven for thinking you've just seen a mirage. That evening, the grassy block of 1300 Southmore adjacent to the Asia Society will be transformed into a Southeast Asian-inspired night market to celebrate the opening of two new exhibits at the museum: Weavers' Stories from Island Southeast Asia and Between History and New Horizons: Photographs of Women, Work and Community in Laos.
From 6 to 9 p.m. that evening, the night market will play host to an array of different food, drinks, crafts, and arts vendors. The team from Goro & Gun will be roasting a whole pig—or lechón—Filipino-style, while Melange Creperie will be on hand with Laotian-style crepes. Caphin—the local coffee company we featured in our September issue—will be offering its sweet, creamy Vietnamese iced coffee, while David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto from Greenway Coffee will be brewing traditional Indonesian coffee and tea.
In addition, look for dishes and drinks from Best of Filipiniana, Flip 'n Patties, It’s a Wrap, Juice It Raw!, MuSuBi, and Nougat Desserts & Confections. You can even get some good old grocery shopping done, just like any night market in Malaysia, Singapore, or Indonesia, thanks to Urban Harvest. A few of the farmers market vendors on-hand include Big Creek Farms, Orchid Obsession, Pat Greer’s Kitchen, Texas T Kobe, the Utility Research Garden, and yaya’s RAW Rah.
On the arts and craft side, look for jewelry and textiles from She Has Hope, an organization that helps rescue and rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking—especially Southeast Asian women—as well as The Community Cloth and Ten Thousand Villages. DJ Sun will be on hand with live music, and there will even be a Kids' Creation Station and magician for the little ones.
The event is free and open to the public, but food, beverages, art, and crafts will be for sale throughout the evening. As a special bonus, Asia Society members are able to register for express passes to the new Weavers' Stories from Island Southeast Asia.