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Get Your Mardi On

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 4, 2008 5:30PM

Fish on Fridays and denouncement of vices may be just for Catholics in the upcoming Lenten season, but luckily the preemptive celebration of Mardi Gras seems to span all religious sects. And this Tuesday’s celebration is set to pack an extra punch considering it’s not just Fat, it’s Super. If your presidential pick is pulling up the rear and you need a place to drown your sorrows, check out our choices for the best Mardi Gras bashes in town.

The Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble is coming a little south to host a Mardi Gras Celebration at The Spot in Uptown. At this singles mixer, a $25 ticket buys you a two hour open bar, beads, possible door prizes and a chance to play the “Mardi Gras Hookup.” Not many details are provided about this speed-dating game, but we have a funny feeling it involves mime.

We all know Boystown brings the party, and Mardi Gras will be no exception. (Although expect boobs to be featured less prominently.) Kit Kat Lounge will be the hot spot on Tuesday where they’ll be serving half-price martinis, colossal Hurricanes and a Cajun dinner menu. Worth the trip alone are the Kit Kat Divas set to perform. These lip-syncing “ladies” put on a jaw-dropping drag show that would make Rupaul proud. Female guests should prepare to suddenly feel the need to work on their runway walk.

Finally, Pizza joint Piece in Wicker Park won’t make you choose between political responsibility and shameless debauchery. With Hurricane in hand, you can keep up with the Primaries on any of the bar’s 12 screens. Get there early because they’re giving away free candidate masks while supplies last. Although we can’t imagine they’re really going to run out of Kucinich.

Thanks, Alison!