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Music at the April 12 Boogaloo event will be provided by The Flamethrowers. (Special to the American Press)

Music at the April 12 Boogaloo event will be provided by The Flamethrowers. (Special to the American Press)

Museum fundraiser inspired by 20th-century musicals

Last Modified: Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:14 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Get ready to get swept away in a whirl of song and dance at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s Boogaloo, on Saturday, April 12, starting at 8 p.m. at the Cash and Carry Events Center on the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Broad Street.

This year’s event, titled “Boogaloo on Broadway,” is inspired by 20th-century musicals, such as Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Hair” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.”

The event is a very important way the museum raises funds. “Boogaloo is our annual fundraiser,” said Susan Reed, the executive director of the ICM.

“It raises about 60 percent of our operating budget, and it helps us bring in wonderful art exhibits, visual art exhibits. It provides those to students and teachers in school groups at no charge or admission.”

Boogaloo will have a cash bar provided by Cousin’s Lebanese Cuisine, a rum tasting by Bayou Rum and a menu that boasts items from different local restaurants such as Mazen’s, Botsky’s Premium Hot Dogs, Casa Manana/Que Pasa, Cousin’s, Bonte Creperie & Cafe and Lili’s Gris Gris.

Music will be provided by The Flamethrowers, who played at Live at the Lakefront on March 21.

“They’re on fire,” Reed said.

During the band’s breaks, classic pieces from musicals will be played. People are encouraged to come in costumes.

“Nothing elaborate,” Reed said of the costumes. “This year, if you’d have a table, you could have a whole table themed, such as ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’ or ‘Cats’ or ‘Hair.’ If not, slacks or jeans. It’s just real relaxed.

“This is our signature event,” Reed said.

“When you come, we always have great food, a great band, and it’s just a fun time for people to enjoy themselves.”

Tickets are limited and cost $50 per person — $40 for museum members — and are available at Gordon’s Drug Store, Paper Smith, and the ICM, as well as online at the museum’s website.

Online: www.imperialcalcasieumuseum.org.

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