By Lyndsey Beaulieu
ln this week’s episode, “Dippermouth Blues,” Annie (Lucia Micarelli) and pianist Tom McDermott play a gig that seems like just another uptown social gathering. There, she happens to run into Davis’ (Steve Zahn) parents, Roger and Ramona McAlary (Marco St. John and Ann McKenzie), and his Aunt Mimi (Elizabeth Ashley). But this particular party has its roots in religious observances; this party is a Twelfth Night party. For the rest of the Christian world, January 6th, or the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrates the visitation of the Three Wise Men to the Christ Child. It marks the end of the Christmas holiday when folks are finally getting back to some sense of normalcy, putting away decorations and throwing out Christmas trees. But for New Orleanians, red and green ornaments are replaced with purple, green, and gold ones (yes, on the same tree that was once for Christmas). That’s because the end of Christmas is actually the beginning of our Mardi Gras -- and Twelfth Night is how we usher it in.