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Today in NOLA: 9.20.14

Dr. John pays a house call tonight with a hometown show at the Joy Theatre. Big Sam’s Funky Nation comes to Blue Nile, and Tiptina’s prepares to kick off Saints season (first home game is tomorrow!). Plus, a conservation official from the African Wildlife Trust lectures at the zoo. Details tonight:


Pratik Patel of the African Wildlife Trust (Audubon Zoo, 6p.m.)

Tanzanian wildlife official Pratik Patel believes in a proactive approach to conservation. This evening, the founder of the African Wildlife Trust will appear at Audubon Zoo to discuss the intelligence and law-enforcement tactics that can halt international wildlife trafficking before it starts.


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.


Dr. John & The Nite Trippers (Joy Theater, 9p.m.)
A New Orleans legend returns home from tour tonight, playing with a selection of special guests from his new album Ske-Dat-De-Dat. The supporting lineup is impressive: Terence Blanchard, Barney Floyd, and Telmary Diaz, among many others. Catch them tonight, because the hardworking Doctor will be back on the road next week to visit the rest of the South.



Afghan Whigs (Civic, 9p.m.)
Following a decade-long band hiatus, Cincinnati alt rockers the Afghan Whigs recently released their first new album in 16 years. See them again—or catch up on your first time—at the Civic tonight. Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and local R&B and soul band King James and the Special Men open. Tickets $30.



Black & Gold Kick Off Party (Tipitina’s, 10p.m.)

In case you were not aware: the Saints play their first home game of the regular season tomorrow. Get in the black-and-gold mood with Dumpstaphunk, Good Enough For Good Times, and Gypsyphonic Disko at Tipitina’s fifth annual Who Dat celebration tonight. Kickoff isn’t until noon on Sunday, so you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in. Tickets $17.


Big Sam's Funky Nation (Blue Nile, 10p.m.)

After getting his start with Stooges Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, "Big Sam" Williams struck out with his eponymous Big Sam’s Funky Nation. The band is bold, tight, brass-forward, and unafraid to innovate. Get funky at Blue Nile tonight.







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