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Carnival/mardi Gras 2002

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Hey all. It's been a while since I posted anything anywhere, so Happy New Year too.

"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"

So goes the French saying at this time of year. The season of Carnival is here, and like always New Orleans is in full drink-flash-&-drown party mode (check http://www.mardigras.com). Of course having SuperBowl XXXVI certainly helps a lot, too. Now we all have discovered the joys of this wacko-wild pre-Lenten celebration of boobs, beads & booze.

Here's a thought: let's post all our hometown's events related to Carnival/Mardi Gras. This is what my hometown is doing. Read on...

GROUNDHOG DAY (Sat 2 Feb 02): It all begins tomorrow night at Touch Supper Club (2710 Lorain Avenue; 216-631-5200; http://www.touchsupperclub.com) in Ohio City with "SALSATURATION," a night of the best in Latin jazz, salsa and Brazilian grooves. Salsa lessons are available at 8PM, followed by the Robert Ocasio Latin Jazz Project at 11PM. Contact Touch for more information. Later that night, head down to Metropolis (2325 Elm Street; 216-241-4007; http://www.club-metropolis.com) for the Mardi Gras 2002 celebration starting at 9PM for drum & bass from local stars Tik-Tak, Still Life, Lotus Child and Groove Tech, plus 7Up vs. Elysium on the "Four Turntables Of House" alongside Thai-ger, Shag-E, John Doe, Velvet Jones and Xavier. This year's gala is also a CD release party, so watch for giveaways throughout the night. Tickets for Metropolis are $10 advance (at all Ticketmaster outlets & http://www.ticketmaster.com) & $12 at the door. Call 440-352-9931 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

TUESDAY 5 FEB 02: Superdank, Lithium Clothing, URB Magazine, Cleveland Underground and Grand Poo-Bas Record Shoppe (http://www.poo-bas.com) proudly present TERRENCE PARKER at the turntables, with Zeb Kabat & Bob Szabo. All will perform at Peabody's Cencert Club (2083 East 21 Street; 216-776-9999) at Cleveland State University. Tickets are available at Peabody's box office and all Ticketmaster locations, or go to http://www.peabodys.com.

WED 6 FEB 02: Full Cycle Crew artists SUV and MC TALI will visit the North Coast for the first time by healining at Spy (1261 West Sixth Street; 216-621-7907; http://www.spycleveland.com) in the Historic Warehouse District. Opening acts are Still Life and Elysium. Presented by Baseheads

Cleveland, URB Magazine, Cleveland Underground and LITHIUM Clothing. Admission is $10 for 21 and over, $15 for ages 18-20. Proper attire please.

FRI 8 FEB 02: Pangea Productions starts the final weekend before Mardi Gras with a PRE-CARNAVAL PARTY on Fri 8 Feb 02 at Touch Supper Club in Ohio City. DJ Mazi spins Brazilian rhythms all night long starting at 10PM sharp. Come dance with the State of Ohio's first samba group, Aquarela Do Mundo Escola De Samba, as they rehearse for their Carnaval show on Saturday. Admission is $6.

Contact Pnagea by e-mail at [email protected] for more information.

SAT 9 FEB 02: The main celebration of Carnival/Mardi Gras Cleveland is BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL 2002: "A Tropical Adventure", presented by the Brazilian Charitable Foundation at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Please call 216-228-5868, 261-761-0284, 216-932-0410, or 440-526-2585 for more information and tickets to this incresingly popular event, which this year features a stellar show from Aquarela Do Mundo Escola De Samba, the very first samba group in the State of Ohio. New this year is the MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum at North

Coast Harbor. From 7:30PM to 12:30AM, enjoy beer, beads and a band (Lil' Brian & The Zydeco Travelers), all for $55. A special $65 room rate is also available through the Holiday Inn Select (1111East Lakeside Avenue; 216-928-3235)--just say "Rock Hall Mardi Gras." Tickets are

available at the Rock (http://www.rockhall.com) and all Ticketmaster outlets.

TUE 12 FEB 02: Le Jour De Mardi Gras! Tonight's the night of nights so start EARLY!

1. Jimmy's (1061 Old River Road; 216-566-1460) in the Flats East Bank features tons of buns, boobs, beads, booze and more boobs (a wet T-shirt & best buns contest is featured). 21 and over, please.

2. Club Twelve Ninety-Six (1296 West Sixth Street; 216-566-9621) in the Historic Warehosue District will have a two-day celebration on Sat 9 Feb & Tue 12 Feb with cash giveaways & drink specials.

3. Fat Fish Blue (21 East Project Avenue; 216-875-6000; http://www.fatfishblue.com) in the Historic Gateway Neighborhood starts at 4PM sharp and will have TWO bands: Crazy Marvin's Blues Express and Bad Habits, plus magician Kevin "Scotty" Marshall. Special hotel room rates are available through

FFB at the Radission Hotel @ Gateway and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.

4. Live entertainment and a "Nawlins" menu all day long will be found at the aptly-named Mardi Gras Lounge & Grill (1423 East 21 Street; 216-566-9094) near CSU & Chinatown.

5. Capsule (13376 Madison Avenue; 216-227-7853) in Lakewood's Madison Village has an authentic Creole dinner & dessert specials, plus festive giveaways, beads & masks, New Orleans drink specials and DJ Ron Cass from WRUW 91.1 FM spinning zydeco, blues & Dixieland music.

Due to the popularity os some of these events, it will be wise to plan ahead before heading out as "sold out" signs may appear soon.

"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"

So goes the French saying at this time of year. The season Carnival has

arrived, and like always New Orleans is in full drink-flash-&-drown party

mode (check http://www.mardigras.com). Of course having SuperBowl

XXXVI certainly helps a lot, too. Now an increasing number of American

cities have discovered the joys of this wacko-wild pre-Lenten celebration

of boobs, beads & booze--including the New American City. As of now,

this is the lineup of North Coast parties for 2002:

GROUNDHOG DAY (Sat 2 Feb 02): It all begins tomorrow night at Touch Supper Club (2710 Lorain Avenue; 216-631-5200; http://www.touchsupperclub.com) in Ohio City with "SALSATURATION," a night of the best in Latin jazz, salsa and Brazilian grooves. Salsa lessons are available at 8PM, followed by the Robert Ocasio Latin Jazz Project at 11PM. Contact Touch for more information. Later that night, head down to Metropolis (2325 Elm Street; 216-241-4007; http://www.club-metropolis.com) in the Flats West Bank for the Mardi Gras 2002 celebration starting at 9PM for drum & bass from local stars Tik-Tak, Still Life, Lotus Child and Groove Tech, plus 7Up vs. Elysium on the "Four Turntables Of House" alongside Thai-ger, Shag-E, John Doe, Velvet Jones and Xavier. This year's gala is also a CD release party, so watch for giveaways throughout the night. Tickets for Metropolis are $10 advance (at all Ticketmaster outlets & http://www.ticketmaster.com) & $12 at the door. Call 440-352-9931 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

TUESDAY 5 FEB 02: Superdank, Lithium Clothing, URB Magazine, Cleveland Underground and Grand Poo-Bas Records proudly present TERRENCE PARKER at the turntables, with Zeb Kabat & Bob Szabo. All will perform at Peabody's Cencert Club (2083 East 21 Street; 216-776-9999) at Cleveland State University. Tickets are available at Peabody's box office and all Ticketmaster locations, or go to

http://www.peabodys.com.

WED 6 FEB 02: Full Cycle Crew artists SUV and MC TALI will visit the North Coast for the first time by healining at Spy (1261 West Sixth Street; 216-621-7907; http://www.spycleveland.com) in the Historic Warehouse District. Opening acts are Still Life and Elysium. Presented by Baseheads

Cleveland, URB Magazine, Cleveland Underground and LITHIUM Clothing. Admission is $10 for 21 and over, $15 for ages 18-20. Proper attire please.

FRI 8 FEB 02: Pangea Productions starts the final pre-Mardi Gras weekend with a PRE-CARNAVAL PARTY on Fri 8 Feb 02 at Touch Supper Club in Ohio City. DJ Mazi spins Brazilian rhythms all night long starting at 10PM sharp. Come dance with the State of Ohio's first samba group, Aquarela Do Mundo Escola De Samba, as they rehearse for their Carnaval show on Saturday. Admission is $6.

Contact Pnagea by e-mail at [email protected] for more information.

SAT 9 FEB 02: The time has come for the main celebration of Carnival/Mardi Gras Cleveland is BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL 2002: "A Tropical Adventure", presented by the Brazilian Charitable Foundation at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Please call 216-228-5868, 261-761-0284, 216-932-0410, or 440-526-2585 for more information and tickets to this incresingly popular event, which this year features a stellar show from Aquarela Do Mundo Escola De Samba, the very first samba group in the State of Ohio. New this year is the MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum at North Coast Harbor. From 7:30PM to 12:30AM, enjoy beer, beads and a band (Lil' Brian & The Zydeco Travelers), all for $55. A special $65 room rate is also available through the Holiday Inn Select (1111East Lakeside Avenue; 216-928-3235)--just say "Rock Hall Mardi Gras." Tickets are available at the Rock (http://www.rockhall.com) and all Ticketmaster outlets.

TUE 12 FEB 02: Le Jour De Mardi Gras! Tonight's the night of nights so start EARLY!

1. Jimmy's (1061 Old River Road; 216-566-1460)in the Flats East Bank features tons of buns, boobs, beads, booze and more boobs (a wet T-shirt & best buns contest is featured). 21 and over, please.

2. Club Twelve Ninety-Six (1296 West Sixth Street; 216-566-9621) in the Historic Warehouse District will wrap up its two-day celebration (Sat 9 Feb & Tue 12 Feb) with cash giveaways & drink specials.

3. Fat Fish Blue (21 East Project Avenue; 216-875-6000; http://www.fatfishblue.com) in the Historic Gateway Neighborhood starts at 4PM sharp and will have TWO bands: Crazy Marvin's Blues Express and Bad Habits, plus magician Kevin "Scotty" Marshall. Special hotel room rates are available through

FFB at the Radission Hotel @ Gateway and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.

4. Live entertainment and a "Nawlins" menu all day long will be found at the aptly-named Mardi Gras Lounge & Grill (1423 East 21 Street; 216-566-9094) near CSU & Chinatown.

5. Capsule (13376 Madison Avenue; 216-227-7853) in Lakewood's Madison Village has an authentic Creole dinner & dessert specials, plus festive giveaways, beads & masks, New Orleans drink specials and DJ Ron Cass from WRUW 91.1 FM spinning zydeco, blues & Dixieland music.

For more information, try http://www.cleveland.com or cleveland.citysearch.com.

Enjoy!

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