Events: Oscar parties & Mardi Gras

Updated 2/27/2014

Take the party from Hollywood to New Orleans.

Last year’s Oscar Experience at Union in downtown Minneapolis.
Marlin Levison


Oscar parties

Make your own Oscar-worthy red-carpet entrance at the Twin Cities’ long-running Oscar bash, the Oscar Experience. The 21st annual, officially sanctioned event is held at Muse in the North Loop, with TV personality Laura Schara and "The Makeover Guy" Christopher Hopkins hosting. A ticket includes the live Oscar telecast, a silent auction, predict-the-winner ballots, free appetizers and a one-way trip from Uber, with proceeds benefiting the Aegis Foundation and the Smile Network. A VIP ticket includes dinner and all-you-can-drink bubbly. Black-tie is technically optional, but dressing up is kind of the point, isn’t it? (6 p.m. Sun. $40-$125. Muse, 107 3rd Av. N., Mpls.

The Minneapolis Movie Bears, a social group geared toward the LGBTQ community, is back with its free Oscar party at the Chatterbox in St. Paul. Plan on an Oscar trivia contest, giveaways and a silent auction with proceeds going toward the 2013 MN AIDS Walk. (5 p.m. Sun. Free. Chatterbox Pub, 800 S. Cleveland Av., St. Paul. 651-699-1154.)

Another free option is at Brit’s Pub, where they’ll show the ceremony on a big screen in their clubhouse lounge along with drink and food specials, movie trivia with John Cosgrove, a guess-the-winners competition and free popcorn. (5 p.m. Sun. Free. Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-332-3908.) Jahna Peloquin



Mardi Gras events

Whether or not you’re giving up something for Lent, Mardi Gras is as good an excuse as any to party down, New Orleans-style. Saturday’s Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will take over downtown Minneapolis, with stops planned at 10 bars, including Cowboy Jack’s, Gay 90’s, Mason’s, Aqua and the Pourhouse. A wristband gets you free admission, drink specials all night, DJs and live performances by “The Voice’s” Mark Andrew and hip-hop group Crunchy Kids. (8 p.m. Sat. $15-$25. Check-in at the Rouge, 411 2nd Av. N., or the Pourhouse, 10 S. 5th St.

On Fat Tuesday proper, Indeed Brewing is hosting a Mardi Gras beer dinner at its taproom, featuring a New Orleans five-course feast from Cajun 2 Geaux, with beer pairings and live music by Southside Aces. (6-9 p.m. Tue. $75. 711 15th Av. NE., Mpls.

Icehouse’s Fat Tuesday bash includes live performances by Minneapolis-based reggae band the Socaholix, whose members hail from Trinidad, Jamaica, the Congo, Tanzania, St. Croix and the United States. (10 p.m. Tue. $7. 2528 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. 612-276-6523.)

The Minneapolis Eagles Club in Seward will throw its annual Fat Tuesday party with live music and Cajun food. (6 p.m. Tue. Free. 2507 E. 25th St., Mpls. 612-724-9714.)

Next Thursday, the Cabooze hosts “Minne Gras,” with toe-tapping live music from Mustache Jim, the Brass Messengers, Papa John and the Hot Club and Cadillac Kolstad and the Flats, plus burlesque from Rosie Palmer and a voodoo zombie magic show by Joe Lyon, Magician of the Living Dead. (9 p.m. March 6. $5. & older. 917 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. 612-338-6245. J.P.