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Today in NOLA: 8.2.14

Saturday evening is White Linen Night in the Art District on Julia Street. Satchmo SummerFest plays on at the Old U.S. Mint, and the French Film Festival continues. Big History and I, Octopus each play a goodbye show, and Ex-Cult and Mykki Blanco cause a ruckus tonight. Learn how you could conceivably spend the entire afternoon, evening, night, and early morning seeing live music in New Orleans:


Satchmo SummerFest (Old U.S. Mint, all day)
What’s the best way to separate the true New Orleans festival-lovers from the tourists? Hold one in August. The second day of the Fourteenth Satchmo Summerfest features Glen David Andrews, Brass-A-Holics, Topsy Chapman, and many more. Come early for free seminars on the life and times of Louis Armstrong. Free admission; food and drink vendors on site. See the full schedule here.


French Film Festival (Prytania Theatre, beginning 12p.m.)
Serious cinema lovers turn out early this afternoon for the second day of the French Film Festival. At noon, Le Chef, a comedy set in the kitchens of French haute cuisine. At 1:45, Marius, a new adaption of a 1931 drama about a couple seperated by wanderlust. At 3:45, Mr Leos CaraX, or Mr. X, a documentary about mysterious French director Leos Carax. And finally, at 5:30, Tom at the Farm, a psychological thriller by Québecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan. (Prytania shows Begin Again and Snowpiercer after that.)


White Linen Night (CAC & 300-600 blocks Julia St., beginning 6p.m.)
The biggest night of the year for the Warehouse District art scene begins at the CAC and stretches all the way down Julia Street as galleries throw their doors open for the white-clad public. The opening reception for Mark of the Feminine, a new show of local artists, lasts from 6 to 9 at the CAC, with DJs Bouffant, Bouffant and DVRA hosting after-party until 11. Admission to the CAC $10; free admission at galleries throughout the Arts District; numerous food and drink vendors on hand.


Dying City (Shadowbox Theatre, 7:30p.m.)
After losing her husband to the Iraq war, the young woman at the center of Dying City is startled to meet his twin brother for the first time. The Shadowbox Theatre presents a production of Christopher Shinn’s play, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Tonight is the show’s final performance. Tickets $20.


Ex-Cult, BABES, Giorgio Murderer (Saturn Bar, 10p.m.)
Voraciously loud and snarly Memphis post-rock band Ex-Cult should be right at home at Saturn Bar—they’re known for putting on a rowdy show. With local fuzz punks BABES and Giorgio Murderer, the twisted synth version of Buck Biloxi & the Fucks. Plus DJs Gris Gris and Felici Asteinza. Tickets $7.


Big History Hiatus Show (Tipitina’s, 10p.m.)
Big goodbye to beloved local pop band Big History, who perform so rarely they might well be said to be on hiatus already. With bilingual Louisiana folk pop band Sweet Crude and local indie scene stalwarts Vox and the Hound. Tickets $10.


I, Octopus, Sunrise:Sunset, Dead Marshes (Siberia, 10p.m.)
Big History aren’t the only band saying goodbye: tonight will be the final performance by experimental instrumental rock band I, Octopus. “A FAREWELL TO ARMS!” bids the band. “Eight of them, to be exact.” With Sunrise:Sunset and Dead Marshes. Tickets $7.


Mykki Blanco (One Eyed Jacks, 12a.m.)
Gender-bending hip-hop performance artist Mykki Blanco is a one-of-a-kind talent. Check out the video for “She Gutta”—part faux-documentary, part rap performance, part sexy and violent night on the town. Playing a late show at One Eyed Jacks tonight. Tickets $12.

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