We were tipped that THE place to be on Tuesday night was La Zona Rosa for the Austin Chronicle's party. We scored some invites and off we went after eating far too much Tex-Mex (The Iron Cactus on 5th street).
La Zona Rosa had the usual free food and free drinks, but my belly full of refried black beans limited me to a strict diet of Guinness.
Seth Rogen. photo by clint gilders - staff photographer
Celebrity sightings included Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Stars of Jedd Apatow's followup to The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up. I also ran into director Aaron Wolfe. His documentary King Corn was the recipient of a lot of buzz during the festival. I'd actually met Aaron's proud mom on the shuttle from the airport. What a wonderful woman she was.
Louden Wainright III. photo by clint gilders - staff photographer
The "write home moment" was of course Loudon Wainright III's short performance. Loudon, who has several songs featured on the Knocked Up soundtrack, was introduced as a former member of N.W.A. by Seth Rogen. Loudon treated us to his rapier wit, delicious songwriting, and repetoire of grimaces.
Also on the bill were Austin's own What Made Milwaukee Famous and Voxtrot.