Mardi Gras 2015: Happy Fat Tuesday!
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! Tonight's the night. Are you going out to celebrate? Want some suggestions? Last week, we shared our round-up of local Mardi Gras doin's (plus some news about Carnaval) just as we were heading out of town for our own adventure in Galveston.

6:30PM Tue. Feb. 17, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Mardi Gras 2015: Local Gras and a Carnaval Comeback
Austin's best and oldest Mardi Gras tradition, Carnaval Brasileiro, originally hatched by homesick Brazilian exchange students at UT in the mid-Seventies, has been the highlight of the Austin Samba School’s programming for the last 10 years. This year Susanna Sharpe & the Samba Police return to the Carnaval stage, Feb. 28, after a 15-year hiatus.

9:30AM Fri. Feb. 13, 2015, Nina Hernandez Read More | Comment »

First Plates Extra Helpings: Mardi Gras 2015: Good Time Rolls
"Let the good times roll!"? Time to let out that belt notch, and let those belly rolls roll around in this food parade.

9:30AM Tue. Feb. 10, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.2
Our road trip/conversation with Wendy Colonna continues: A few weeks ago, as she and I each headed to separate gigs in Houston, we plugged in our blue teeth and commenced to chatting.

9:30AM Mon. Feb. 9, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

All Hail the King Cake
In New Orleans, king cakes are a regular feature of the Carnival season, showing up for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) and holding a place of honor at parties and celebrations through Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Lent begins.

12:00PM Fri. Feb. 6, 2015, Virginia B. Wood Read More | Comment »

Mardi Gras 2015: Five Ways to Mardi Gras
The closest my people get to Mardi Gras is a spring holiday called Purim where, as saying has it, you’re to get so wasted that you can’t tell the difference between boys and girls. So, yeah, Jews basically invented shit-facery. You’re welcome.

8:00AM Tue. Feb. 3, 2015, Andy Campbell Read More | Comment »

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Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.1
There's a certain quality, one of them-thar je ne sais quois in Wendy Colonna's voice that sends writers skittering around to come up with unique ways to describe it. Margaret Moser already stamped it "smoky" and "alluring." Words like "soul" and "grit" and "honey" and "stomp" and "swamp" have served noble attempts.

10:30AM Fri. Jan. 30, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Mardi Gras 2015: Carnival Digs
Heading out on the Mardi Gras trail? First things, first: If you don't have a place to crash in a Mardi Gras town or have not yet booked a room, planning can be intimidating. Here are some websites and some hints to help you see what's out there.

10:00AM Fri. Jan. 23, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Mardi Gras 2015: Mardi Gai
Gay Mardi Gras is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It's also a little elusive.

9:30AM Wed. Jan. 21, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

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