Arts After Hours at LynnArts Saturday

The Daily ItemLYNN ? Arts After Hours (AAH) returns to Downtown Lynn for its fourth bi-monthly event called Bourbon Street on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 7-10 p.m. at The Little Gallery Under the Stairs and LynnArts Inc.?s Neal Rantoul Vault Theater, both located at 25 Exchange St.Arts After Hours is an independent, cooperative venture dedicated to invigorating Lynn?s creative economy, and its next event brings a taste of the traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration to Lynn. The will include music, jazz, poetry, fire performers, art, food, beverages, and more.The Kings of New Orleans, featuring Elephant Wrecking Ball, will draw from the traditional brassy sounds of the New Orleans style to provide the evening?s music. The nationally award winning Stake Airbrushing will be on hand to do body art, and Artists and Craftsman Supply Store will have a printmaking booth so that guests can participate in hands-on art making. Local artists will also have tables featuring their wares for sale.The Blue Ox and Chef Matt O?Neil will provide Blue Ox-style cuisine with a New Orleans twist, and Turbine Wine Bar will provide beer and wine from their award winning wine list. Food and alcoholic beverages are $5 each. ?We are very excited to have the crew from The Blue Ox take part in our inaugural Bourbon Street event,? says Arts After Hours Managing Director Corey Jackson. ?We know Chef Matt O?Neil will come up with some unique treats to complement the evening.?Immediately following Bourbon Street, Spiral Glyphics, a locally based fire performance group, will perform outside of the LynnArts building on the corner of Exchange and Union Streets. ?We are excited about Spiral Glyphics returning to our programming,? says Arts After Hours Artistic Director Jocelyn Almy-Testa. ?They performed at our first event, and they have developed an entirely new routine since then.?Bourbon Street will also include the presentation of the first AAH Award to honor a local artist revered in his or her field who contributes to and supports the local art scene. The first AAH award recipient is Elizabeth McKim, jazz poet and Lynn resident. Author of numerous poetry books including The Red Thread, McKim is also Poet Laureate of the European Graduate School for Expressive Art Therapy in Switzerland, a teacher in Lesley University?s Department of Creative Arts and Learning, and national guest lecturer on poetry, writing and creativity. McKim will be named ?The People?s Poet of Lynn? since the city has no official poet laureate appointment process. ?We hope to change that in the future,? says Almy-Testa.Admission for the event is $8 per person. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets online at http://www.artsafterhours.com. At 9:30 p.m. the event moves to Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square for the after party.Arts After Hours is sponsored in part by The Daily Item, Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton, the Economic Development Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC), the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) and State Representative Steve Walsh.

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