Cruisin’ for a boozin’: Pancakes and Booze offers art, food at annual event

Just a few short days after Fat Tuesday, parade-goers can treat their Mardi Gras hangovers with what else? More booze. Best of all, there will be a pancake bar and more than 50 local artists. On Feb. 17, Pancakes & Booze Art Show will hold its ninth annual event at the Howlin’ Wolf.

Consistent with New Orleans’ “laissez les bon temps rouler” motto, Pancakes & Booze is just about having a good time.

“This is not your typical wine and cheese art exhibit … Many artists don’t fit the mold of a gallery but still have amazing talents that need to be seen,” Tom Kirlin, founder and CEO of Pancakes & Booze, said.

Kirlin came up with the idea in 2009 while working as a cameraman in Los Angeles. Looking for a way to exit the film industry, he opened a small studio for music videos and photo shoots. When the studio was not being rented, Kirlin used the space to hold small art shows for friends and local artists who wanted to showcase their work. To incentivize people to come to the show, he offered free pancakes. For Kirlin, Pancakes & Booze is not only his newest career move, but the realization of a dream he has had since college.

“I had always had the idea to open up a restaurant that served pancakes and booze, so I just put the two concepts together and the event was born,” Kirlin said.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show now travels to more than 25 cities worldwide including New York, Los Angeles, London, Vancouver and, of course, New Orleans.

In addition to the obvious – pancakes and booze – attendees can expect art “from ceiling to floor,” body painters and live DJ sets by The DabMaster, ClassicSteve and Heck.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show will take place at the Howlin’ Wolf starting at 8 p.m. and will run until 2 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $7 here or for $10 cash at the door.

Artists still interested in participating can submit their work here. The full list of artists at this year’s show will be released through social media prior to the show. Follow the event on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to be the first to know.

Art, pancakes, booze — what could be better?

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