Thursday evening en Francaise!
February 4, 2006 - 02:58.
Thursday often turns out to be my favorite night of the week because ever since college, it has felt like the beginning of the weekend. Usually I hang out at Marysburg Books Coffee Emporium & Wine Bar, where Jon de Vaal plays piano and the microphone is open to anyone who wants to sing jazz standards and showtunes.
But this particular Thursday night took on a French twist, starting with a private, curator-guided tour of The Grand Salon, the newly installed period room at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Thanks to associate curator Jason and birthday girl Amy Rolando for the honor of joining you! Gotta love 18th-century Paris….
Before leaving the MIA, I took a swing through the exhibit in honor of Gus Gustafson, who may have departed P3, but who is very much alive in the hearts of all who knew him.
After the Salon, it was off to meet friends Ann and Jenney at Salut, the latest culinary addition to The Shoppes at 50th & France. Despite a two-week waiting list for prime-time reservations, we were ushered to a center table by Jenny’s friend and überserver Elio (fanning myself at every exposure to his gorgeous image), who also sent over an amazing chocolate cake for dessert. Our short ribs, coq au vin, and zinfandel also were tres bon!
Tune in Saturday for guest co-host T. Mychael Rambo and his reflections on music, theater, and New Orleans, as we celebrate Black History Month on Night & Day.