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Intown Rundown: Feliz Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2011 - April Diodato
Ay dios mio! It's Cinco de Mayo but it feels more like Cinco de Marzo (March). What better excuse is there to start the weekend on a Thursday? Let’s not waste any time.
DRINK OF THE WEEK
The fifth day in May is when the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War is commemorated. Cinco de Mayo is actually a bigger deal in the United States than it is in Mexico, according to the History Channel’s website – it’s not a federal holiday there. In the U.S., it has become a widely celebrated holiday honoring Mexican culture and heritage, or for those so inclined, an excuse to pound margaritas. Either way, here are a couple other festive drinks to try this Cinco de Mayo (found online):
- The Mexican Prairie Fire shot: half tequila and half Tabasco sauce.
- Once you have been burned by tequila, the result is oftentimes a bad break-up that cannot be repaired by time or a calm, reasonable conversation. For those who instantly vomit at the mere thought of tequila (and let’s not even talk about the smell), I suggest the “Havana Holiday.” For one serving, muddle six mint leaves and two orange wedges in 1.25 oz. gin. Add ice, a lemon wedge, 4 oz. tonic water and garnish with a mint sprig.
- The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, calling for headpieces that rival what Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie wore to the royal wedding. The Dunkirk Elks Lodge will hold a Kentucky Derby party on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres, drink specials and prizes awarded for the best and most unusual hats. Members and eligible guests are invited to attend. Another Kentucky Derby party is scheduled for Saturday evening at the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center on Third Street in Jamestown, with dinner and a show – call the center at 484-0800 for details.
- Tara Graves will play the First Ward Falcons Club on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., open to members and eligible guests.
- Valentine’s Place will feature the Porcelain Bus Drivers at 10 p.m. on Saturday.
- 41 West will have live music each night this weekend from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with Side Effects on Friday and Rinky Dink on Saturday.
- The Dom Polski Club will feature Lana on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., open to members and eligible guests.
- BJ’s is having Cinco de Mayo festivities starting at 10 p.m. Expect total madness, as usual.
- Former White Inn regulars rejoice! As some of you may have heard by now (especially if you’ve read Sunday’s OBSERVER), the White Inn lounge is back open for business. Newly named Squire White's, the lounge reopened last weekend. I will report back on this after I’ve had a chance to examine it firsthand. Fredonia hasn’t been quite the same since the old lounge went defunct.
- There are only a few shopping days before Mother’s Day on Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
- The new movie “Thor,” which comes out on Friday, is garnering an astonishingly high number of positive reviews. Movie-lovers unable to make it to the theater could settle for the neglected cousin of “Thor,” the SyFy Channel’s new made-for-TV movie called “Almighty Thor,” that happens to premiere on the same weekend. It will be on SyFy Saturday at 9 p.m.
- For “American Idol” fans that like to skip all of the preliminary nonsense and get down to the good stuff, it’s finally down to the final five. I’m still not sold on the new panel of judges.
- “30 Rock” will have a Cinco de Mayo season finale at 10 p.m. on NBC. If we’re taking Alec Baldwin at his word, next year’s could, sadly, be the series finale. While we’re talking finales, during the next two weeks, practically everything on primetime will be concluding. Perhaps by that time it won’t be raining and 40-something degrees on the daily.
- “The Amazing Race” reaches the finish line on Mother’s Day at 8 p.m. on CBS Sunday.
WHAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS
I have some serious road rage this week. Within a handful of days, I have nearly gotten into two potentially serious accidents and on Wednesday morning, witnessed some sheer idiocy that stopped traffic on a busy Fredonia street. It's time for an airing of grievances.
April Diodato is the OBSERVER Lifestyles editor. Send comments and events to firstname.lastname@example.org