Escape the Cold at Carnivale

January is one hot month at this spicy Nuevo Latino restaurant

Our drives home on Tuesday night took three times as long as they normally do. And they normally take long enough as it is.  Our hands are dry and chapped, and our lips are miserably cracked.  Life is looking pretty bleak right about now, and the sad thing is, it's only December.  How are we possibly going to make it through the 31 arduous days of January?

Leave it to the bright and vibrant Carnivale restaurant to heat things up in the first month of 2009. Every Wednesday and Sunday throughout January, the bar will feature live music acts and DJs guaranteed to put the sizzle back into our steps.

Here is the line-up:

7:30 p.m.  –  11 p.m.
Jan. 7      Angel Melendez Latin Jazz
Jan. 14     La Temenda Rumba
Jan. 21     Willie Gomez Con Cache
Jan. 28     Angel and the Solar System

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Jan. 4       Max Krucoff Trio
Jan. 11     Diana Mosquera
Jan. 18     Damian Rivero
Jan. 25     Nelson Sosa
And, as an added bonus, Carnivale's expert mixologist Victor Beheza will conduct a hands-on ''Mojito 101'' class on Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Learn how to master the muddled mint in two of Carnivale's signature cocktail recipes – one for a classic mojito, and one for a raspberry variety.  Nibble on appetizers by Chef Mark Mendez while you learn.  $25 per person; call in advance to register.

702 W. Fulton St.

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