After rockin' debut, Curtis Hixon Park party tent chills

Published Aug. 30, 2012

When all the rock stars cleared out of Curtis Hixon Park's 1 Oak pop-up pavilion on Tuesday, they may have taken with them some of the venue's rock-star vibe.

A "Women to Watch" party cosponsored by The Hill newspaper, Beam and Skinnygirl Cocktails was sparsely attended Wednesday night. By far, the biggest name to appear was Fox News icon Bill O'Reilly ... who stuck his head in, looked around, posed for a couple of photos, and split.

The spacious venue itself seems better suited to a concert, anyway: bright, largely wide-open, with a few leather sofas and tables arranged throughout. Patrons looking for a cozier place to chill could retire to one of two elevated seating areas or a smoking lounge for a hand-rolled cigar.

The vibe was similarly suspect at another party across town. Rumor had it Internet Meme Hall of Famer Chuck Norris would appear at a fashion show at the Channelside IMAX theater, but no dice. Instead, the big name in the house was fitness and infomercial guru Forbes Riley.