Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Feb. 21

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s Fat Tuesday. Or as I like to refer to it, Nothing a Little P90X Won’t Fix Tuesday. Stuff yourself silly before before Lent starts tomorrow and you resign yourself to no alcohol and/or Facebook for 40 whole days. True masochists will give up both.

Most of the Mardi Gras events took place over the weekend, but there are still a few places you can celebrate this evening. Over on SideDish, Carol gave you a list of restaurants doing special things for the holiday. Fish City Grill has New Orleans barbecue, beads, crawfish, and shrimp at all their locations (but don’t forget, the Henderson restaurant closed Sunday). Bridge Bistro features gumbo and shrimp and crawfish enchiladas as menu staples. And finally, for those with a well-stocked home bar, Hayley has a list of drink recipes that of course includes a traditional Hurricane. Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen has a $30 Cajun buffet (think jambalaya, gumbo, and fried catfish) that includes a complimentary Bacardi Hurricane, other drink specials, and live music. Folks in Plano can get a similar buffet at KB’s WoodFire Grill, but for $25 instead of $30.

But as I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I’m not a big fan of seafood. So I may skip the Creole-inspired cuisine tonight and catch up on something that I’ve woefully neglected: the Oscar-nominated short films. The Magnolia is screening both the live-action and animated selections, but as separate programs. You might have to make a choice. Personally, the short I’m most interested in is the The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Animated it is. At the risk of sounding un-Fat Tuesdayish, I’d try Union Bear right across the street in West Village for dinner. I’ve sampled the nanobrewery’s beer selection, but I’ve been meaning to go back for the food. You can get a good idea of what to expect from the photos in our nightlife gallery.

For more to do tonight, go here.