Weekender: Feb. 18-19

•‘Masquerade’

Saturday, Feb. 18

Mellwood Art Center
1860 Mellwood Ave.
pandoraprods.org
$55 (adv.), $65 (door); 8 p.m.

With an open bar comes great responsibility. Or not — if City Scoot is around. Pandora Productions’ annual benefit party, “Masquerade,” is celebrating all things Mardi Gras Saturday night at the Mellwood Art Center — complete with said open bar, beads, masks and lots more. There will also be a silent auction featuring ceramic Mardi Gras-inspired masks made by local artists, as well as sweet items like airplane tickets, a Steepleton pool table, jewelry and spa packages, just to name a few. With sponsors like Four Roses, Absolut and Schlafly Beer, and entertainment by Robbie Bartlett, it’s gonna be a delicious time gettin’ down for a good cause. Don a mask and be someone different for the night — Tom Cruise did it. —Sara Havens

•Constitution Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 18

U of L Chao Auditorium at Ekstrom Library
2301 S. Third St.
Free; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In case you’ve forgotten the basic principles of our three branches of government, here’s a snippet from a catchy “Schoolhouse Rock” cartoon comparing the separation of powers to a three-ring circus: Well, everybody’s act is part of the show, and no one’s job is more important.
 The audience is kinda like the country you know,
 keeping an eye on their performance.

A panel of experts will offer a slightly more nuanced explanation of our country’s checks-and-balances system of government during an upcoming symposium entitled “Separation of Powers: The Structural Heart of the Constitution.” Local political science professors and attorneys will address topics including the president’s foreign policy powers, whether Congress has strayed from the Founding Fathers’ vision, and the Supreme Court’s intervention (or lack thereof) on issues pertaining to the previously mentioned branches. —Sarah Kelley

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