Tonight's 'Let Them Eat Art' in Maplewood is a Tasty Art Treat

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Let Them Eat Art, Maplewood’s annual whimsical tribute to Bastille Day, takes place tonight with live demonstrations by more than 35 regional artists and artisans, 30 of Maplewood’s award-winning restaurants offering food and drink specials (including wine tastings and chocolate tastings), live music, and a surfeit of off-the-wall happenings such as hoop dances, tarot card readings, dream interpretations, and even a late-night burlesque show just for grown-ups. The festivities kick off at 6pm and last until 11pm in historic downtown Maplewood.

Mr. Froggie Angela Young Courtesy of the artist

Mr. Froggie
Angela Young
Courtesy of the artist

Live music begins at the Sutton Main Stage with possibly the city’s best cover band, Vote for Pedro, from 5-8pm. The band covers hits from all music genres with a set list that includes modern rock—think Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and The Killers—to such classic rock bands as AC/DC, Tom Petty, Queen and Cheap Trick. They’ll be followed by headliner Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band from 9-11pm who will rock through hits from the ’70s and ’80s (with a few hits from the ’60s thrown in for good measure.) If that music doesn’t fit your taste, there are plenty of other musical acts playing at other venues as part of the festival, including Sarah Bollinger and the B Sides, The Down Home Blues Band, Acoustik Element and many others. All the musical acts are listed on the Maplewood Let Them Eat Art website.

Andi Kozak Courtesy of the artist

Andi Kozak
Courtesy of the artist

Of course, any event called Let Them Eat Art must necessarily feature art. This year’s line-up of artists features many styles by local artists, from the whimsy of JoAnn Houle to the dreamy Van Gogh-influenced work of Lauren Murphy. Living up to the event’s title, the surreal cakes by Kerry Soraci of I Scream Cakes will be on display at The Crow’s Nest, which are truly art you can eat. The complete rundown of participating artists and their locations are listed on the Maplewood website.

Audrey from "Little Shop of Horrors" I Scream Cakes/ Kerry Soraci  Courtesy of the artist

Audrey from “Little Shop of Horrors”
I Scream Cakes/ Kerry Soraci
Courtesy of the artist

For burlesque fans, Show-Me Burlesque presents Lola van Ella, an international burlesque singer, dancer, producer, instructor and emcee who uses the tagline, “The derriere beyond compare.” One of the premier names in burlesque, Ella will perform at The Focal Point beginning at 10:30pm.

For parking information or to download an event or food and drink guide, visit the event website.

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