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Haiti’s RAM headlines Bal Masque gala 

Link Stryjewski Foundation highlights food and music Jan. 19-20

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RAM (pictured), the percussion and horn band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, performs at the Link Stryjewski Foundation's carnivalesque fundraiser Bal Masque at Sugar Mill Jan. 20. Named for founder Richard A. Morse, RAM performs mizik rasin, a fusion of Haitian folk rhythms and instruments with influences from American rock and funk. Bal Masque also features music by Lost Bayou Ramblers, who were nominated for a Grammy for Kalenda, an album exploring links between the roots of Louisiana and Caribbean music. Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa and Roots of Music also perform.

  Bal Masque features food by chefs Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama, John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi, Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Nina Compton of Compere Lapin, Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina and others.

  There's a four-course dinner Friday, Jan. 19 at Calcasieu featuring food by Nancy Oakes, chef and owner of Boulevard Restaurant and Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco. Oakes won a James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2001, and the Beard Foundation named Boulevard the best restaurant in the nation in 2012. Tickets start at $300 for Bal Masque only. Visit www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org for information. Bal Masque. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Sugar Mill, 10 Convention Center Blvd.

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