6:00PM – Met friends at Mahatma. The new location looks great but could maybe use better signage as I had to look relatively hard to find it. If I weren't looking, it would have been easy to blow right past. The store is about 3 times as large as the old location, but appears to hold about the same amount of inventory, just merchandised a little differently. The selection also appears to be slightly more upscale than before.
6:30PM – dinner at Jean Ro's Bistro. Entree: Swordfish w/vegetable frittata and spinach wrapped in fried potato strings. Mmmmm, fried potato strings. When I called for reservations on Thursday, they said 6:30 was the latest available. However, the restaurant was significantly less than 1/2 full at 7:30 this evening. The bar area held several people but it was by no means packed when we left around 8:30
8:30PM – Palomino's Hop Around was in the bar area only. Tried the chickpea fries. Interesting texture and large portion for $4.95. Not too many people in bar area.
9:45PM – Mr. Pitiful's was also less than busy. Good music, just not enough people listening to it.
10:15PM – CAC for Silk & Spice after party. Lots of people waiting for their cars at the valet stand when we arrived. Maybe 150 people inside, a few dancing, a few by the bar, most appeared to be people who attended the gala and very few were sporting glam rock attire. (Kudos to the guy in the sequin cape.) Some people may have glam rock confused with 80's. The party was isolated to the 1st floor… smart move to give the appearance of a packed house. Had a good time, ran into the usual suspects and was more than ready to go by 12:30AM.
Overall – Hop Around turnout didn't seem to be as large as in the past. Glam Rock is fun but also requires a lot of hair product.