Rhinegeist, Lagniappe and Russian operatives? Ya gotta pay the rent!

Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Mannequin, the Over-the-Rhine boutique whose sales benefit eight charities, is holding its fifth annual “Rent” fundraiser.

The evening at Rhinegeist Brewery will feature Lagniappe playing a mix of Cajun, New Orleans jazz, Americana and Eastern European gypsy music. Eats will include Eli’s barbecue and all the sides, plus Bakersfield’s guacamole, LaSoupe’s vegetarian entree and, to wash it all down, Holtman’s donuts.

An eclectic silent auction will include items ranging from a strand of pearls to a week in a Paris flat.

When “Rent” ends at 10 p.m., the unofficial after-party will move to Rhinegeist’s Rooftop (weather permitting) and continue until midnight.

The fundraiser started with the belief by Mannequin founder Moe Rouse that if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes friends to raise the rent so proceeds from boutique sales can go directly to the charities.

Organizations benefiting from Mannequin sales are Caracole, First Step Home, Wesley Chapel Mission Center, Lighthouse Youth Services, FreeStore FoodBank, Tender Mercies, La Soupe and UCAN Nonprofit Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Attire is Russian operative. Said Rouse, “We’ve been hearing so much about this group, I thought, ‘Let’s dress like them: mustache, large overcoat, fedora . . .’”

Tickets are $100 and include unlimited drinks. Available to those 35 and under is a $65 ticket that includes one drink. Valet parking is $5, or the streetcar goes directly to Rhinegeist.


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