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Bastille Day Celebration

When: Tue., July 14, 6 p.m. 2009

Besides being one of the most fun phrases you learn in French 101 — say it with me: le jour de la Bastille — July 14 is a hugely important day in French history. It commemorates the 1789 storming of the Bastille, a prison in Paris that represented Louis the 16th’s (hubby of Marie Antoinette) absolute power. Even though only six prisoners were housed in the prison, the event marked an overthrow of the King’s power and the beginning of the French Revolution. These days, much like our Fourth of July, the day calls for fireworks and parties, and Fish Restaurant is throwing a fête to mark the day in Charleston. Be transported to Paris while listening to live French music featuring an accordion, bass, and a “mystery French guest chanteuse.” Watch the lovely dancers of the Charleston Ballet Theatre give a bawdy can-can performance. Enjoy a $6 French bar menu, a $35 Lyon-inspired prix-fixe menu, and specials on Pernod and Absinthe drinks. You may even get a chance to try your hand at Petanque (the French version of bocce ball). Get there early for a seat, because we have a feeling a lot of Francophiles will be storming Fish Tuesday night. —Erica Jackson

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