I don't know about you, but this weekend in Charleston is right up my alley. Food, fashion and more ... sounds pretty good, right?

While Mardi Gras in New Orleans isn't until March 4, the Holy City is celebrating this weekend.

The Krewe of Charleston, billed as the only official krewe on the East Coast, will be hosting their events this weekend (see My Charleston Weekend on Pages 16-17 for details), and the monthly Second Sunday on King Street is getting in on the action with beignets.

Beignet (pronounced "ben-YAY") is the French word for fritter and was declared the official state doughnut of Louisiana in 1986.

Traditionally served with a dusting of powdered sugar, the doughy treat gets a local twist as Holly Herrick will be doing a beignets and raspberry sauce demo at the Le Creuset Signature Store, 241 King St., as part of February's Second Sunday.

The demonstration from her book "The French Cook: Cream Puffs and Eclairs" will take place at 1 p.m.

Second Sunday runs 1-5 p.m. and a portion of King Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.

For more information or to print out a free parking voucher, go to www.2nd sundayonkingstreet.com.

For those eagerly awaiting this year's Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week (March 18-22), you can get a jumpstart on your inspiration at the latest Charleston Museum fashion exhibition series titled "Fashion Flashback."

The five-part accessories series continues with its Fashion Accessories: Purses exhibition, featuring handbags, purses and reticules from the museum's textile collections.

Many reflect the popularity of the times, such as the colorful beaded bags of the 1830s, the delicate mesh bags of the 1920s or the sturdy framed bags of the early 20th century.

On display through June 15, the exhibit features more than 200 years of handbag history. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, go to www.charlestonmuseum.org or call 722-2996, ext. 235.

The Charleston Music Hall is again hosting its Film Series but is shaking things up a bit.

Held once a month, Sunday's event will highlight and celebrate local filmmakers.

With doors opening at 6:30 p.m., attendees will be able to catch eight presentations for $5 and have a chance to meet the makers.

The films, in order of appearance, will be as follows:

"If You Return," directed by Zac Breitengross (15 minutes)

"Johnny Delaware 'Saralinah' Music Video," directed by Kirby (4 minutes)

"Wrench," directed by James Edward Tilden (narrative, 13 minutes)

"What Remains," directed by LeAnn Cannon (3 minutes)

"Nothing," directed by Kyle Perritt (24 minutes)

"Camgirl," directed by Charlotte Savage and Greg Hornak (9 minutes)

"Rachel Kate 'Lost' Music Video," directed by Landon Phillips and Jenny Kleiman (5 minutes)

"A Place to Stay," directed by Henry Snyder (narrative, 60 minutes)

For more information, go to charlestonmusichall.com or call 53-2252.