Bastille Day celebrations take over Kansas City

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Le Fete Nationale - the day that French citizens honor the storming of the 1789 Bastille prison - is always July 14th, but some Kansas City restaurateurs like to give the holiday a few extra days of festivities.

Pastry chef Carter Holton may be better known for his creme brulee than his vocal talents, but he'll be belting out a few numbers from the musical Les Miserables this Sunday, July 14, when he joins the cast of performers (including astrologer Brenda G. Smith who will also be reading tarot cards for patrons) at Le Fou Frog (400 East 5th Street), where owner Mano and Barabara Rafael have pulled out the stops for Bastille Day for nearly two decades.

Le Fou Frog gets so into the Bastille Day theme that it will be hosting some kind of festivity each of the weekend nights - Friday through Sunday - at the restaurant. For details, call 474-6060.

But wait, there's more!

The Brookside Aixois (251 East 55th Street) will host its own festivities on Sunday, July 14 beginning at 4 p.m. and featuring cocktail specials, picnicking on the grassy lawn adjacent to the restaurant, a "Let Them Eat Cake" cakewalk for adults and children and traditional French music.

Bastille Day festivities actually begin tonight (with a special three-course pre-fixe menu) at the Westport Café and Bar, 419 Westport Road, and ends on the actual day, Sunday, July 14. The Sunday event is from 4 p.m. to midnight.

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