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Today in NOLA: 9.19.14

It’s Friday! Ease into the weekend with live music at Audubon Park and the Historic New Orleans collection—wine in hand, of course. NOMA hosts an outdoor screening of the noir classic Sunset Boulevard. Adult Swim comedy duo Tim and Eric perform at the Civic tonight. And happy birthday to DJ Soul Sister! New Orleans’ queen of rare funk LPs spins in her own honor at Tipitina’s tonight.


Music Under the Oaks (Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.)

Audubon Park is the latest institution to roll out a fall music schedule. Uptown denizens gather at the Newman Bandstand for four nights in September and October. This week, the Loyola Jazz Alumni Jam performs. Food and drink are available for purchase. The music is free, and any donations go to the Audubon Park Conservancy.


Friday Nights at NOMA (NOMA, 5-10p.m.)

This evening, NOMA hosts an artist, a curator, and the associate producer of Life of Pi for a panel discussion on Ang Lee’s drawings for the film, now on display at the museum. Music tonight by Cindy Scott in the Sculpture Garden and by Wayne Daigrepont in the Great Hall. And at sundown, a screening of the Hollywood noir classic Sunset Boulevard. 


Concerts in the Courtyard (Historic N.O. Collection, 6-8p.m.)

This week, music returns to the scenic Royal Street courtyard at the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter. Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, featuring singer Debbie Davis of the Pfister Sisters and New Orleans Nightingales, open the season tonight. Admission $10, including three complimentary beverages (white wine or beer).


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.


Tim and Eric (The Civic, 8p.m.)

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creators of Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! bring their absurd, non-sequitur-fueled comedy to a live performance tonight. Dial your attention down and prepare to crack up. Tickets $40.


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.


Soul Sister’s 8th Annual Birthday Jam (Tipitina’s, 10p.m.)

In the mood for some dancing? DJ Soul Sister, the host of the Hustle! dance party and WWOZ’s Soul Power, celebrates her birthday this week. The rare groove specialist leads a DJ night at Tipitina’s tonight, along with special guest DJ Maseo of old-school alternative hip hop group De La Soul. Tickets $15.


Debauche, Smoke n Bones (Maison, 10:30p.m.)

Debauche are New Orlean’s only Russian mafia band. What does it take to be a Russian mafia band? For starters: quick-paced Slavic tunes, high energy, propensity for vodka, and a sense of humor. The band is currently at work on a new album to follow up 2011’s Cossacks on Prozac.  Smoke n Bones will ease listeners into the night with some authenic NOLA funk, soul, and R&B.

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