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The Insiders: Time to bring the Mardi Gras party to New Hampshire

Did you miss your chance to go to Fat Tuesday?

Well, don’t worry because the Capitol Center for the Arts has got you covered. Tonight is your chance to get in on the fun and party like you’re on the streets of New Orleans. The Spirit of Mardi Gras takes over the Capitol Center with the high energy sounds of Slippery Sneakers, a Zydeco dance band that brings together traditional and contemporary Cajun/Zydeco roots music originating from Southwest Louisiana. And it all begins at 8 p.m.

According to the Capitol Center’s website, “their sound is a spicy mixture of up-tempo Zydeco, blues and soul, Cajun waltzes, creole, and a bit of rock ’n’ roll, with a heavy emphasis on ‘the groove’ to keep crowds dancing.” Now if that doesn’t get your toes tapping, we don’t know what will.

In addition to the sweet Louisiana sounds, there will be Cajun food and a cash bar. All the proceeds benefit the Capitol Center for the Arts. Cost is $25, or $20 when buying eight or more tickets, which will be available at the door.

If a movie is more your speed for this Friday evening, the NHTI film society will be showing Everyone’s Going to Die at 7 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium. It’s a British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone. Tickets are $10, but free for NHTI students.

And tonight at 5, Gibson’s Bookstore will host young adult author Shannon Hale. Hale will be on hand to promote her latest book, Dangerous. We haven’t read it, but with a description that includes action, romance and science fiction, it’s got to be intense.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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