Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a night of film, music and southern food, Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm as Clinton Street Theatre kicks off an evening of living it up. Costumes and masks are welcome.

There’ll be jamabalaya, gumbo and cornbread for a small donation as the theatre screens two classic documentaries from the great Les Blank, famous for films about Southern culture.

Blank’s 1973 film Dry Wood is about Lousiana life and culture–a glimpse into the life, food, and Mardi Gras celebrations of black Creoles in French Louisiana, featuring stories and music of “Bois Sec” Ardoin and Canray Fontenot. a continual round of barbecues, sausage-making, and demonstrations of gumbo preparation.

1978’s Always for Pleasure, is an insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations, Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers and more. A “glorious, soul-satisfying film”.  See cstpdx.com for more.