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Today in New Orleans 4.16.14

Wednesdays at the Square continues tonight with Bayou Americana, and local late night host John Calhoun invites local artists and activists to the hot seat. At Gasa Gasa, rising indie folk star Noah Gundersen is performing. Today, April 16, is the date New Orleans was officially founded in 1718. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 


Shotgun Cinema (Marigny Opera House, 7 p.m.)

Tonight, the film series presents Lithuanian psychosexual sci fi thriller Vanishing Waves. Director Kristina Buožyte mixes reality and fantasy with a strong visual component. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $7. 


The Goodnight Show with Luke Winslow-King, (Café Istanbul, 8 p.m.)

John Calhoun hosts New Orleans’ late night talk show, featuring a number of guests this week. Jacinta Gonzales, the lead organizer of Congreso de Jornaleros (Congress of Day Laborers) is one of tonight’s interviewees. Local visual artist Bruce Davenport Jr. is also one of tonight’s guests. Luke Winslow-King is providing the music, and Dante the Magician offers extra entertainment. 


Honey Island Swamp Band, (Lafayette Square, 5 p.m.)

Roots rock meets “Bayou Americana” in this local quintet, whose latest album Cane Sugar recently made a national release. Local songwriter Bill Iuso and his band, “the Restless Natives,” open up tonight’s free performance. Proceeds from food and drinks at Wednesday at the Square go towards the Young Leadership Council.  


Noah Gundersen feat. Armon Jay, (Gasa Gasa, 8 p.m.)

At only 24, Gundersen has established himself in the neo-folk genre. Gundersen’s debut album Ledges blends religious imagery with secular themes, creating a powerful and melodic sound. Tickets are $10.    


Big Fat & Delicious CD Release, (Siberia, 10 p.m.)

Kansas City-based, Southern rock band BFD is celebrating the release of their new album “Eureka.” Local acts include garage punk band the No Shows, and frontman of punk band The Pears, Zach Quinn, are opening. Cover is $6.   



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