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Today in NOLA: 9.12.14


Two new plays open in New Orleans tonight: Sam Shepard’s family drama A Lie of the Mind comes to Midcity Theatre, and local writer Michael Allen Zell’s dark comedy Thin Walls premieres at the Shadowbox. Maple Street Book Shop celebrates fifty years of fighting the stupids with a golden anniversary soirée. Plus, a songwriter featured on NBC’s The Voice plays on Frenchmen. See more Friday night events:

 

Maple Street Book Shop 50th Anniversary Weekend (Maple Street Books, 7p.m.)

Bookworms of New Orleans love Maple Street Book Shop for its cozy, shotgun layout and its cheeky “Fight the Stupids” tagline. The store celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend with a cocktail party on Friday and a children’s night on Saturday. This evening, enjoy drinks with contributing authors and the editor of Unfathomable City, a unique collection of maps and essays about the Crescent City.

 

Scales and Ales (Audubon Aquarium 7p.m.)

Aquatic spectators looking to release their inner child without children around have an opportunity this weekend. On Friday September 13th, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas hosts its fifth annual event Scale & Ales, benefitting their education and conservation efforts.  With music, 35 restaurants, a long list of Abita beer to taste, as well as wine and specialty cocktails set up throughout the Aquarium and outside on the lawn of Woldenberg Park.

 

A Lie of the Mind (Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.)

Sam Shepard’s landmark drama, about an episode of domestic violence that propels two entwined families through questions of identity, mutual anguish, and intimate jealousies. Joseph Furnari directs. Tickets $20.

 

Thin Walls (Shadowbox Theater, 8p.m.)
The only fall premiere by a New Orleans playwright (until John Biguenet’s Broomstick at Southern Rep), Michael Allen Zell’s comedy-drama concerns a mother-and-daughter pet cemetery whose silent routines are disrupted by the arrival of two sideshow performers and a new handyman. Angela Jo Strohm directs. Tickets $15.

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.)

Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy transplants Chekhovian figures to present-day Pennsylvania. Ron Gural directs the show’s first New Orleans production. Tickets start at $35.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.)

The NOLA Project celebrates the launch of its 10th anniversary season with Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel. Award-winning director Mark Routhier leads the production. Tickets $30.

 

Shane Phillips (Checkpoint Charlie, 9p.m.)

Folk singer-songwriter Shane Phillips overcame serious personal setbacks—his father’s death, a breakup, bankruptcy, and imprisonment—but, through his work with homeless youth, rediscovered the purpose that inspired to make his new album Social Justice and Peace. His talent eventually landed him a spot on NBC’s singing competition, The Voice. Hear him tonight at Checkpoint Charlie’s.

 

Cedric Burnside Project, Luke Winslow King (Blue Nile, 11p.m.)

Cedric Burnside, blues multi-instrumentalist and grandson of country blues artist R. L. Burnside, brings his band to the Blue Nile tonight. Their most recent album is Hear Me When I Say. Upcoming roots songwriter and slide guitarist Luke Winslow King opens the show; his new record is called The Coming Tide.

 

We Live to Eat Restaurant Week (Participating restaurants city-wide)

You don’t need an excuse to try a new restaurant in New Orleans, but perhaps you need a nudge. Through Sunday, the talented chefs at some of the city’s finest establishments will offer special prix-fixe lunches capped at $20 and dinners for $39 or less per person so you can taste the season’s harvest without breaking the bank. Read NoDef’s full preview, and check the We Live to Eat website for the full list of restaurants and their participating menus




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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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