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An Evening at Bastille Café

When: Fri., July 16, 8-11 p.m. 2010

It always sucks when the good holidays fall on a weekday. Not the church-goin’ holidays, but the ones that center around heavy drinking. Like St. Patrick’s Day. This year, Bastille Day — a French revolutionary celebration ­— falls on a Wednesday, which is a total bummer. But if you’re a Society 1858 member (or merely a diehard Francophile), you can celebrate at the Gibbes on Friday instead. An Evening at Bastille Café is hosted by the organization, which is comprised of young professionals dedicated to the museum, and will be held after the Palette & Palate Stroll. The courtyard will be decked out with Parisian street lamps, benches, and umbrella tables. You can even hang out at the Eiffel Tower — well, an eight-foot replica of the landmark. Heddy Rae will perform live jazz, and Rue de Jean will supply the hors d’oeuvres and boissons, including mussels, carcuterie, and absinthe (which you should drink in moderation). Guests can also participate in a French-themed art scavenger hunt in the museum. They’ll also have a contest for the city’s best pommes frites. Go for a taste test at the four participating restaurants — The Glass Onion, Blind Tiger, La Fourchette, and Rue de Jean – before Friday’s party; a randomly selected winner will receive free fries for a year. The event is free for anyone that attended Society 1858’s first party in May. —Susan Cohen

Price: $25

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