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Rock-n-Reading: The Words of Musicians

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Storytelling is a staple of all New Orleans music — from "St. James Infirmary" to "Life Under the Scope" — so a spotlight on the words of its musicians seems long overdue. The lineup of this writers' group represents the broad spectrum of the city's other stable of wordsmiths: Mike Williams, rock journalist and guttural voice of metal giants EyeHateGod and Outlaw Order, who dispenses Southern discomfort from his 2005 volume Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of World's End; New Orleanian Malkmus James Marler and 9th Ward bard Luke Allen, frontmen of Rotary Downs and the Happy Talk Band, respectively; and label head, wing chef and bounce chronicler 10th Ward Buck, who shares anecdotes from The Definition of Bounce: Between Ups and Downs in New Orleans. Musician and writer Michael Patrick Welch (aka The White Bitch, pictured) interviews each artist and reads from his 2011 book Y'all's Problem. Tickets $10, free for Ogden members. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Feb. 23

6 p.m. Thursday

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9650; www.ogdenmuseum.org

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