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Today in NOLA: 6.5.14

This Thursday is the final Jazz in the Park of the season, and the opening night of the New Fangled Festival of Opera at the Marigny Opera House. Plus, a DIY show featuring women and trans musicians. Happy 138th birthday to ragtime piano player Tony Jackson, born on Amelia Street in 1876. Like so much great live music, Jackson’s playing was never recorded. More about tonight:


Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 4-8p.m.)
It’s off season for Mardi Gras Indians, but you can still catch the Wild Magnolias tonight at the last in this season’s series of free concerts at Armstrong Park. All-women brass band The Original Pinettes and the Myene West African Dance & Drum Company also perform. As always, free admission and plenty of vendors offering soul food to go.


Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6 - 8 p.m.)
This week, the Ogden Museum’s evening music series features John Michael Rouchell, the prolific songwriter behind MyNameIsJohnMichael. Plus, an activity table to occupy kids and Miss Linda’s Soul Food to cater to your dinnertime cravings. $10 for non-members.


Madison Turner, Awk.Dog, Black House, MANRS (Hey Cafe, 7 p.m.)
Local DIY label Community Records presents Madison Turner on tour from Tampa. Her debut album life addresses her experiences as a transgender woman. Also playing: Turner’s partner Black House, NOLA newcomer Awk.Dog, and MANRS, local indie pop women also known as MANS and CHIPS. $5 cover. Read NoDef's interview with Turner.


New Fangled Festival of Opera (Marigny Opera House, 8 p.m.)
It’s opening night of the four-day summer opera festival, which promises “a little bit for everyone” with operas ranging from classical to brand new. On stage all weekend: the world premier of Anthony Green’s Alex in Transition, modern operas by Bekah Simms and David Wolfson, plus Mozart’s The Impressario, itself an opera about an opera company. Tickets $20, or $10 for students and seniors.


-Anna Gaca

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