It’s time to break out your finest Mardi Gras accoutrement and celebrate Fat Tuesday right here in Portland with a night of film, music and great southern food. Clinton Street Theatre and KBOO radio’s annual Fat Tuesday celebration has it all including two of Les Blank’s films about life in the south. It all takes place Tuesday February 28 at 2522 SE Clinton St. beginning at 7 pm

There will be jamabalaya, gumbo and cornbread on hand for a small donation. Costumes, masks, beads and krewes are welcome to help live it up before Lent even if you don’t observe that rite.

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

A scene from Les Blank’s Always for Pleasure

Always for Pleasure from 1978 brings the heart and soul of New Orleans – Blank’s home city for many years. and is a true insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and culture. This movie is full of second-line parades, crawfish boils, jazz funerals, and music legends Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and the Neville Brothers and more.