GOOD CAUSE: The Lower Eastside Girls Club – a non-profit that builds strong women out of girls by helping them develop skills, talents and community – takes over Element for a Mardi Gras Benefit Celebration Ball. Come by to hail the king and queen of the ’Gras (writer Jonathan Ames and musician/performance artist CuCu Diamantes), shimmy to Dixieland from NOLA’s own Loose Marbles and the Hungry March Band, and gorge on Two Boots pizza. .
WELCOME BACK: When we heard that a fire had ravaged Great Jones Café last year, we steeled ourselves for the end of an era. But like the city that it pays homage to, this
VIEUX CARRE: The Time Out Dining & Libation Society does Fat Tuesday up right at the Flatiron’s Rye House: Mixologists Jim Kearns and Lynnette Marrero will be pouring classic New Orleans cocktails (we smell Sazeracs), while the kitchen will turn out Crescent City-inspired snacks (crab ravigote, shrimp étouffée) to fuel the shaking of your moneymaker along with the boozy, ragtimey Red Hook Ramblers. .
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