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Today in NOLA: 9.4.14

Jazz in the Park kicks off its sixth season tonight with To Be Continued Brass Band and the Shannon Powell Band at Armstrong Park. The NOLA Project’s new production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens at NOCCA. Plus, a jazz trio at the Ogden and two more chances to check out restaurant-themed items from the vaults of the Louisiana State Museum. Get all the details for Thursday:


Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 4-8p.m.)

This week’s jam in Armstrong Park features To Be Continued Brass Band and the Shannon Powell Band. The Landry Walker Marching Band will perform on the kids’ stage. The outdoor Marketplace at Armstrong Park opens at 3p.m., and over three dozen food and craft vendors will be available to provide concertgoers with snacks and gifts.


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea (Octavia Books, 6p.m.)

Katy Simpson Smith’s new novel tells a family history through three generations, set against the romantic and troubled backdrop of the American Revolution. The author was born in Jackson, MS and resides in New Orleans. This evening, the author reads at Octavia Books. Hardcovers are $27.


Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition (Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.)

The Louisiana State Museum celebrates its new exhibit at the Old U.S. Mint, featuring artifacts and ephemera from homes of classic New Orleans cuisine like Antoine’s and Galatoire’s. By the time this tour is over, you just might want to go out to dinner. Two nightly tours; reservations recommended, as tour groups are limited to 20 people. Tickets $20.


Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6-8p.m.)

This week, the Ogden Museum’s evening music series features Mike Dillon, James Singleton, and Johnny Vidacovich. Plus, an activity table to occupy kids and Miss Linda’s Soul Food to cater to your dinnertime cravings. Admission $10.


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

NOLA Project celebrates the launch of its 10th anniversary season with Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of the Ken Kesey’s novel about raucous Randle McMurphy (Alex Wallace) a free spirit who butts heads with the authoritarian Nurse Ratched (Amy Alvarez) after he finagles his way into a mental hospital rather than serve prison time. Award-winning Balm in Gilead director Mark Routhier leads the production. Tickets $30.

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