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PENIS = Professional Entertainment Networking Industry Society.

Yes, it is real. And, no, I am not making that up. PENIS is also known as a reason for Austin’s entertainment industry to get together every other month or so to have drinks and have fun. It’s hosted primarily by the folks at concert promotion company Capital Sports & Entertainment.

On Tuesday night, the PENIS folks had another gathering at the wonderful Gibson showroom on South Congress. Surrounded by top-of-the-line musical equipment from Gibson guitars to Baldwin pianos, guests dined on terrific Mexican food and a bar stocked with beer and Tito’s vodka…

(Christian Raymond of the Austin Film Society hangs out amongst the collection of guitars on the wall. Christian, a working screenwriter as well as a semi-regular fixture of “The Basketball Diary,” mentioned that his long-lost brother got the update on his current life thanks to this blog. Hey, whatever I can do to bring families together.)

(Me with Dawn Cooper and Margaret Brown. Dawn has been part of the documentary selection committee at SXSW for years, and she currently works wonders for production company, Action Figure. Margaret’s documentary, Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt will be released by Palm Pictures at the end of this year. It was also just announced today that it would be part of the L.A. Film Festival in June.)

(Dan Cofer, right, the manager of Austin’s legendary Dobie Theater, hanging with his girlfiend at the party.)

(The Zellner brothers – David, left, and Nathan, right – stand by as they chat with Cauleen Smith. The Zellners are some of Austin’s most prolific filmmakers, and had short films at both Sundance and Slamdance this year. Cauleen’s feature, Drylongso, played the festival circuit in 1999, and she won the “Someone to Watch” award at the Independent Spirits. She currently teaches at the University of Texas in-between film projects.)

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