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Glowing paper lanterns illuminated the courtyard of the Gibbes Museum on Saturday, where a tantalizing array of Asian-inspired cocktails and nibbles set the theme for the Made in China preview party. A few patrons took their wardrobe cues from the artwork: several ladies sported handbags inspired by Chinese take-out boxes, and chopsticks were used to hold elaborate hairstyles in place. Across town, another group of arts patrons gathered for An Evening at Redux, an ongoing series of special concerts to benefit the nonprofit art center. Several noted local musicians, including Jonathan Gray, Bill Carson, Michael Flynn, and the New Music Collective united to perform Tom Waits' Rain Dogs album, much to the delight of the standing-room-only crowd that spilled into the next room. In appreciation of being named Best New Bar by readers of the City Paper, O'Malley's Bar and Grill offered free brunch to anyone who showed up on Sunday. By mid-afternoon, the line of eager folks snaked around the block. While most were on hand to sample the waffles and omelets, a few feisty revelers were there to get a jump on celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Meanwhile, the spectacular weather throughout the weekend enticed hundreds, if not thousands, to journey across the new bridge. Have a tip for The Scene? E-mail us at chas_nightlife@yahoo.com.

1. Out for a Sunday afternoon stroll across the new bridge 2. Kari Orga, Kareem Abdul, and Jonathan Nash Stone discuss existential themes between sets at the Redux concert 3. Jeff Bach and Lindsay Wolcott wait their turn for free waffles at O'Malley's 4. Jonathan Nicholson, Richard Weld, and Devin Duckes double fist it at Redux 5. The allure of free food drew a long line at O'Malley's on Sunday morning 6. Sandrine Danielson and Barbara Looney support their fellow artists on Saturday night 7. Lindsay Windham and Molly Hayes attend the benefit concert at Redux 8. Sara Miller, Jesse Hendrix, and Christina Bailey light up the Gibbes party with their youthful vitality 9. Greg Bradley enjoys the Gibbes party with his fiancee Sarah Hilsheimer, the museum's new events coordinator 10. Born to ride

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