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Today in New Orleans: 5.9.12

Today, Wednesday at the Square returns to provide a lift from the post-Fest blues, Shakespeare returns to the NOMA Sculpture Garden and a giant gathering of food writers celebrates the release of a new book. On this day in Louisiana history, country singer Jimmie Davis became governor of Louisiana. Of course, this did not slow down his recording career. Now read about your sunshine today:


Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square, 5:00 PM) Just when you thought the Festing was complete, it's Wednesday already! This week, saxophonist and Greyboy AllStars founder Karl Denson brings his Tiny Universe for an extended jam, and soul-jazz singer Robin Barnes serenades the happy hour masses.


As You Like It (NOMA Sculpture Garden, 7:00 PM) The Besthoff Sculpture Garden becomes the Forest of Arden in the NOLA Project's latest Shakespeare staging among the art. Shakespeare's comedy gets an update, as actors break on through to the other side of the Fourth Wall, sing and...was that a choke slam? The story has been shortened, but the comedic core remains, setting up plenty of laughs, and, of course, cross-dressing. Tonight is opening night of a two week run. Look for a full review from Jim Fitzmorris tonight!


The Great Cafeteria Takeover (Louisiana Humanities Center, 6:00 PM) As part of the new HBO documentary series The Weight of the Nation, a companion project spotlights a group of New Orleans kids that succeeded in winning healthier food in school cafeterias. More details here.


Cornbread Nation 6 Release (Octavia Books, 6:00 p.m.) The sixth installment of this anthology of Southern food writing gets a full course release party, as Lolis Eric Elie, Wayne Curtis, Sara Roahen, Bob Marshall and more turn out to talk about their writings. This one will be a food fan's delight.


Acid Mothers Temple (One Eyed Jack's, 10:00 PM) Over more than 15 years, Acid Mothers Temple have been bringing their unique brand of Japanese psychedelia to the Quarter. Tonight, they're bringing the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. with them, and it's their last world tour this year. 



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