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Today in NOLA: 9.5.14

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Tony-winning comedy by playwright Christopher Durang, celebrates its New Orleans premiere at Le Petit Theatre tonight. Audubon Park debuts the 2014 season of Music Under the Oaks. Flow Tribe celebrate a brand-new album at Tipitina’s, and local rapper turned national star G-Eazy brings the heat to Republic. The Big Easy autumn arts calendar is heating up:


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 John Mahoney Big Band performs. Food and drink are available for purchase. The music is free, and any donations go to the Audubon Park Conservancy.


Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock (Octavia Books, 6p.m.)

Who stands to benefit from climate change? Who is at risk? (Hint: low-lying coastal cities like New Orleans.) Journalist Mark Shapiro’s new book takes readers into the nuts and bolts of the economic, environmental, and financial challenges posed by a warming world. The author reads this evening at Octavia Books.


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. The idyllic lives of siblings Vanya (Martin Covert) and Sonia (Susan Shumate) —who sponge off their B-movie star sister Masha (Cassie Worley)—are disrupted when she returns to their family home with her newest boy toy, Spike (Jake Wynne-Wilson), in tow. Ron Gural directs. Tickets start at $35.


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.


Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe (Tiptina’s, 10p.m.)

This week’s Foundation Free Fridays show features a CD Release party with Flow Tribe, Cha Waa and Seven Handle Circus. Catch them at Tipitina’s for free-ninety-nine. Bar sales benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation.


G-Eazy (Republic, 11p.m.)

Oakland, CA native and Loyola New Orleans grad G-Eazy, AKA Gerald Earl Gillum, is hot off a #3 album and a summer tour supporting hip-hop superstars Drake and Lil Wayne. Tonight, the rapper returns to the Republic stage where got his start in what will surely be a raucous party. Tickets $20.

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