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Today's Events: 1.19.12

Today, the Alabama Shakes bring a dose of old fashioned rock 'n soul to the Quarters, Marigny locals hold a benefit for an outta town DJ and the federal flood is discusses along gender lines. On this day in history, the War of 1812 really ended (really). The conflict's final skirmish even beyond the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette - wrapped up at Ft. St. Phillip in what is now Plaquemines Parish. Don't think today is over before checking these out:


6:00 PM Katrina was no Lady - Tulane PhD. candidate Liz Skilton discusses gender in relation to named storms, and how it shapes the expression of popular culture. Translation: Remember all those times you heard Katrina referred to as "she?" Skilton will talk about how that shapes our perception of the Big One. (Louisiana State Museum)


7:00 PM The Alabama Shakes - We've got a certified buzz band blowing into the Quarter tonight. On the backs of singer Brittany Howard's mighty voice and a Zales commercial to boot, the unsigned quartet from Athens, Ala., is getting all the attention due up-and-comers of the past. They seem built to outlast blog hype and the other trappings of rock nascency because their sound is rooted in the kind of timeless R & B that everyone wants to have around, no matter the occasion. But, really, this lady can belt. Tumbleweeds and Hurray for the Riff Raff open. $10 (One Eyed Jack's)


10:00 PM Jonathan Toubin's Get F*cking Better Benefit - The first of a two-night stand at Siberia to help the Qunitron friend and nationally-followed DJ pay medical expenses after a freak Portland accident. Tonight, it's the NOLA rock revue as King Louie's Missing Monuments, BiPolaroid, Lonely Knights play, and DJs from Pasta to Lingerie spin. $8 (Siberia)


And, as always, Kermit Ruffins plays Vaughn's (now at 7 p.m.), the Soul Rebels laissez Le Bon Temps Roule, Stooges play Hi-Ho, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand team up at Buffa's, and the Ogden Museum stays open After Hours.

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