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August 28th

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.
This week ft. Troy Sawyer ($10)


Mark Powell: The Sheltering
Maple Street Book Shop, 6p.m.

Southern author reads from his new thriller


Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens
Superdome, 7p.m.

Pregame the preseason in Champions Square at 4


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Allways Lounge, 8p.m.

Darkly comedic play written by Tracy Letts—final performance


Bishop Allen
the BEATnik, 8p.m.

Lovable indie pop band on tour from NY ($10)


Terence Higgins, Cliff Hines
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Two local powerhouses join forces ($10)


1st Annual Positive Hip-Hop
Cafe Istanbul, 9p.m.

Freestyle battle with a $500 grand prize


August 29th

Mad Decent Block Party
Mardi Gras World, 2p.m.
Ft. A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis & more ($45)


Friday Nights At NOMA
NOMA, 6-8p.m.

Art historians speak on Hale Woodruff’s murals, plus music by Arpa Quartet


Beach Day, Ben Polar One Man Band
Siberia, 6p.m.
Surf-punk from Hollywood, Florida—early show


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.

Local baseball in Metairie


The Producers
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.

The 80s new wave band, live! ($20)


Underdogcentral HeadPhones Release Party
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Ft. Lyriqs Da Lyraciss, Dappa, Kaye the Beast, No Suh, Kash Akbar


Amanda Shires
Freret Street Publiq House, 9p.m.

Texas singer and violinist (and wife of Jason Isbell)


Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Ft. Gravity A’s tribute to the Talking Heads


TNM Presents: The Match Game
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.

The New Movement resurrects the ‘70s game show for laughs ($8)


State of Play: NOLA Theatre 8.26-8.31

Theatre is starting to crank up again in NOLA. An all-star team is staging a concert staging of the iconic post-K work (in progress) Nine Lives. Spuds McConnell is reprising his portrayal of Huey P. Long. On Frenchmen St. Compleat is getting funky. Full listings follow.

Film Review: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

I must concede I would have enjoyed this second Sin City had it run 20 minutes. The complex visual composition of the movie alone keeps your attention for that long. Credit Frank Miller and Robert Rodriquez for having a specific vision for each scene. I often chide films for being cartoons. However, cartoons take skill to create, and this one has been created with consummate expertise.

Lots of Louisiana at Emmys

Hollywood South is lined up for some national recognition this evening. At 7p.m., the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC and locally shot and set shows are in the mix with dozens of nominations.

Intense Experience

New Service Creates Reels for Aspiring Actors

Dream of screen acting? Actor/Director/Entrepreneur Vanessa Cloke suggests finding an agent: no agent, no real acting work. How do you get an agent? That remains tricky, even in a city with expanding performance opportunities. "One of the biggest challenges to even getting an agent out here," Cloke explains over coffee in Mid-City, "because it's becoming extremely exclusive, is if you don't have footage so they can see your acting, if you don't have a resume, if you don't have credits, you probably won't get an agent."

Convent Confidential

Review: Saints and Sisters: Nuns with Guns in Old New Orleans

It’s a good thing feisty, can-do sisters Jessica and Jasmine James have a destiny to fulfill. Otherwise they’d snipe affectionately and banter forever, telling one another things each should already know so the audience can find out too. But a visit to a speakeasy presided over by Pappy, an extremely well-informed bartender (and populated by a batty old drunk lady, for fun) sends them to the door of the Ursuline Convent. There, they are ushered into a hidden society of ninja nuns devoted, so they claim, to the protection of New Orleans, presided over by a mysterious Mother Superior and her lackey priest.

NOVAC Drills PA's at Boot Camp

New Orleans Video Access Center [NOVAC], working with the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, finished a two-day "PA Bootcamp" this weekend. The "PA" means production assistants, who work on movie and television sets, performing a wide-array of duties. "It's really an entry level view of the film industry for people who are interested in getting in, in any capacity," says NOVAC's Executive Director Darcy McKinnon. "So we recommend it highly to anyone who wants to be in the industry."

Today in NOLA: 8.24.14

Sunday is a day of rest, but the actors and directors of Flambeaux Theatre won’t be resting: they’re writing and mounting seven short plays in the space of 24 frantic hours. Come out tonight to see how they did. Tonight’s Boyz II Men concert was cancelled, but you can still dance your cares away with Alligator Chomp Chomp at One Eyed Jacks. Full details tonight:

Filthy Linen Night

Frenchmen Stages Hipper Art Crawl Replete with Free PBR

If you haven’t gotten around to your laundry lately, don’t worry. In fact, go head and air out those threads because tonight (8.23), the second annual Filthy Linen Night hits Frenchman Street and the Marigny. Following, Julia Street’s White Linen Night and the Quarter’s Dirty Linen night, FLN provides an emerging scene with a funkier art crawl, replete with free PBR.

Ndegeocello, Phillips, Neon Trees Announce NOLA Dates

Music aficionados will be happy to hear about a trio of fall announcements with everything from pop to new wave represented. Meshell Ndegeocello will be coming to the CAC. Phillip Phillips is slated for the Saenger. Neon Trees will be coming to the Civic on on October 28th.

DJ PJ: Kajun Kourage

"Please do not sing Total Eclipse of the Heart."  The man known inside Kajun's Pub as DJ PJ would request a moratorium on Bonnie Tyler's 1984 Number  1 hit, but knows he won't get one. The song remains almost a nightly staple, sung as loudly by the audience as the performer onstage.    

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