Come Mardi Gras time, you're probably going to stumble down to Soulard, drink a hurricane or five, and do things for beads that you normally wouldn't do for cash money. And you know what? That's OK. But why not class up your partying a smidge by also attending Grupo Atlantico's celebration of Carnival? Like Mardi Gras, Carnival is a grand festival that allows everyone to let loose before the somber Lenten season begins (or, depending on your religious inclinations, before the crushing hangover begins). Grupo Atlantico, a local organization that educates St. Louisans about Caribbean culture in the Americas, honors the Carnival tradition of Barranquilla, Colombia, through art. You can help get the party started Friday, January 14, at The Heights Community Center (8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights). Partake of wine and cheese from 6 to 8 p.m. while enjoying photographs of traditional Carnival garb by Biljana Erdeg and Carnival-inspired paintings by Colombian-born artist Margarita Sierra. The free event marks the beginning of Grupo Atlantico's six-week celebration of Carnival (make sure to check out the Parade of Carnival Costumes on January 29 and the Carnival dances and children's workshops on February 26). And don't worry, Drunky McSlosh, there's hardly any conflict with the Soulard parties. It's a win-win situation! For more information call... More >>>