Party Line: 'Wild Side' unmasked at Cirque du CMom

Jamal Henderson (from left), Brittany Driver, Ava Martin and Bryant Lowry were at Cirque du CMOM Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval.
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Jamal Henderson (from left), Brittany Driver, Ava Martin and Bryant Lowry were at Cirque du CMOM Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval. Photos by Michael Donahue The Commercial Appeal

Alex Smythe, who works at the Children's Museum of Memphis, performed a new task over the weekend: He made 13 gallons of caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian drink, for the museum's Cirque du CMOM party.

The drink, which included sugar cane rum, simple syrup and lime juice, fit right in. "Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval; Unmask Your Wild Side" was the theme of this year's party, which included samba dancers, Carnaval characters, three bands, a fog machine, red carpet, open bars and food from 20 restaurants.

Adults took over the museum Saturday night.

Party Planet and DJ Mark Anderson performed in the Malco 4 Kids section, which was dubbed "Copacabana." The room was modeled after the Magic Ball, Carnaval's premier ball held at the Copacabana in Rio. Footage of Rio played on the walls as guests danced until midnight.

The FedEx Plane area was turned into the "Rio Jungle," with green lights and jungle sound effects.

The Oak Hall tent featured more live music, including cool tunes performed by singer Alston Meeks.

Paul Lemay, who attended with his wife, Pam, said the event attracts "1,000 of your closest friends."

That's 950, to be exact, said JJ Keras, who was event chairwoman along with Jana Tayloe. "The biggest attendance we've ever had," JJ said.

Living Ads

Living Ads, young women representing businesses and organizations, were presented Saturday evening at the Les Passees Cabaret at the Tower Room atop Clark Tower.

Presented this year were Lida Kruchten, Eva Wehr and Emily Booth. Their escorts were Trey Keppen, Cody Brooks and Andrew Ellen.

This year's pages were Bennett Kruchten, Lauren Ledger, Kaitlyn Keppen and Andrew Kruchten.

Suzanne Shelton and Kim Flynn were event chairwomen. Karyn Whittington was the Living Ads chairwoman.

Writers speak

Authors were featured at the third Literacy is Key Book and Author Affair Thursday at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. The event was presented by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

This year's writers were Mary Kay Andrews, author of "Spring Fever;" Courtney Miller Santo, author of "Roots of the Olive Tree;" and Claire Cook, author of "Wallflowers in Bloom." Claire's novel, "Must Love Dogs," was made into the 2005 movie that starred Diane Lane and John Cusack.

Lynn Calzada was chairwoman, and Heather Grosvenor was vice chairwoman. Matthew Hasty was the featured painter, whose work "New Beginning" was the grand prize at the luncheon.

Cover photo: Joe Schmulian and Ava Martin at Cirque du CMOM Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval.

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