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The Wiggles
3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2
Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7222;

In case you didn't know, the Wiggles are so in right now. The World's No. 1 Preschool Band is stopping in New Orleans on its "Sailing Around the World" national tour, which corresponds with its new DVD release. The "Fab Four," with signature colored shirts – Greg in yellow, Anthony in blue, Murray in red and narcoleptic Jeff in purple – have been named Australia's highest-earning entertainers. "A lot of what we do comes from a child's perspective," Anthony Field says on the band's Web site. "It's got a lot to do with what songs are about and the language we use, and I like to think we know how to write pretty catchy tunes." The friends, who were originally studying to be preschool teachers, started out in 1991 and since then have sold platinum albums and created successful children's videos and TV shows. The group and their friends – Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus – combine performances, sing-alongs and audience participation to teach children lessons while letting them have fun. Tickets $15-$30. – Colin Schoenberger


Jasper Fforde reading and signing
6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3
Beaucoup Books, 3951 Magazine St., 895-2663;

Nursery Crime Division have been following inquiries that this was not an act of self-defense but a violent and premeditated murder by three individuals who, far from being the innocent victims of wolf-porcine crime É acted quite beyond what might be described as reasonable self-defense.'" So says Detective Inspector Jack Spratt, wrapping up a failed prosecution before moving on to The Big Over Easy 's central case: the mysterious falling death of one Humperdinck Jehoshaphat Aloysius Stuyvesant van Dumpty. Was the not-so-good egg pushed? Did he jump? And how involved were Mrs. Hubbard, Gretel, Prometheus and a bean-bartering boy named Jack? Anyone familiar with bestselling author Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books will immediately recognize the Welshman's fractured-fairy-tales-for-grown-ups approach and playful subversion of the literary canon, in this debut of a promising new series. Costume contest for those dressed as a nursery-rhyme or literary character.– Shala Carlson


Whitney White Linen Night
6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Julia St. (300-700 blocks) and Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.; 528-3805

Labor Day is coming soon, so what better time to dress all in white? The New Orleans Arts District Association (NOADA) will hold its annual "art walk" Saturday, sponsored by Whitney National Bank. Attendees not only get to wear those requisite white linen outfits, but will also be able to appreciate open art galleries, live music, and high-end food and drinks, all on the streets of the Warehouse Arts District. The celebration now brings in more than 16,000 gallery-goers, giving them the chance to see works by local, national and international artists for free. Everyone will even get complimentary hand-held fans. And for those still standing after the unavoidable heat and drinks, an after-party will continue until midnight at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). The party will feature more food and drinks, music by Fredy Omar con su Banda, and Latin dance lessons. Post-party attendees will also get to see the CAC exhibition The Culture of Queer: A Tribute to J.B. Harter . Free admission for the outdoor event. After-party, $7 admission, free for CAC members. – Colin Schoenberger


Satchmo Club Strut
6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5
Frenchmen Street Arts and Culture District

Those who complain there's not enough jazz at Jazz Fest really should be out this evening as the Satchmo Summerfest spills into the streets of Faubourg Marigny. Frenchmen Street and nearby bars are alive with the sound of É well, you know, and this year's lineup is one of the most varied. There are traditional jazz and brass bands, the cream of the contemporary jazz crop, and wild cards such as Uptown guitar tricksters Twangorama at Check Point Charlie. The inclusive ticket gets music lovers into shows at Cafe Brasil, d.b.a., Blue Nile, The Spotted Cat, Check Point Charlie, Cafe Rose Nicaud, 13 Monaghan, Marigny Brasserie and Bossa Nova to see acts such as Henry Butler, Wess Anderson, Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Kim Prevost & Bill Solley, and Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys. At Bossa Nova, Ray Moore of Brasilliance performs with Trio de Janiero. Some of the highlights include Maurice Brown downstairs at the Blue Nile while Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews – fresh off Lenny Kravitz's world tour – performs upstairs with Orleans Avenue. Cafe Brasil features Henry Butler with his traditional jazz band, the Steamin' Syncopators, at 7 p.m. The evening closes with a 1 a.m. set by Nicholas Payton (pictured) paying tribute to the festival's raison d'etre , Louis Armstrong. Also, d.b.a. has an early set by the Hot Club of New Orleans before the Robert Walter Trio explores the jazz-jam intersection. Ellis Marsalis is as responsible as anyone for the wealth of talent performing this evening, and his trio plays two sets at Snug Harbor. Tickets $25. – Alex Rawls


Need New Body
9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5
TwiRoPa (Tchops Room), 1544 Tchoupitoulas St., 232-9503;

Are Philadelphia's Need New Body innovative artists? Or, is the band weird for the sake of being weird? For that, the people will be the judge. But, man, is Need New Body weird, and its showmanship is outstanding, putting on theatrical shows complete with costumes. This geeky, bearded sextet plays bleeping, buzzing, rollicking dance tunes with considerable gusto, and its newest album, Where's Black Ben? (5 Rue Christine), sounds like a bouncy, schizophrenic Devo. The lineup includes two keyboardists who swagger like mad scientists over their experiments and a drummer who pounds like a caveman. The bass player rocks out, the saxophonist squeals, and the singer/banjo player howls and jerks around like a flea-bitten coyote. The fractured music that comes from all that makes for good fun at the live show. That fun isn't for everybody, though; Need New Body played one of the stand-out sets at this year's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Los Angeles, then dealt with hecklers at a recent New York City show. Tickets $9. – Rob Bryant


Luna Negra Dance Theater
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Loyola University, Roussel Performance Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave.; 522-0996

Chicago's Luna Negra Dance Group proves that Latin dancing isn't just about salsa and tango anymore. The acclaimed Luna Negra ("dark moon") company, founded by former member of Ballet Hispanico of New York Eduardo Vilaro in 1999, incorporates modern styles into traditional Latin dances. Since then, the group has been featured at major dance festivals throughout Chicago with productions that, according to the Chicago Tribune , reshape "those flashy stereotypes into exquisite movement and poetry of heartfelt complexity." Luna Negra has worked with The Friends of New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) to create a show featuring performances by local artists and students as well as the professional dance group. More than 60 students from the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance, ranging in age from 9 to 12, have prepared with the dancers as part of the center's intensive Footbridge summer program, a pre-professional course for school-aged children in New Orleans. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. – Colin Schoenberger


New Libation Orchestra
10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

Like so many bands in New Orleans, the New Libation Orchestra (sometimes known as the New Pleasure Orchestra) is an ever-revolving amalgam – a side project whose members come and go. The brainchild of San Francisco native, bassist Chris Arenas, the funk-fusion ensemble usually consists of Arenas, Jeffrey Raines and Ben Ellman of Galactic, and DJ Quickie Mart. Ellman's saxophone introduces jazz to the otherwise funk-dominated group, and hip-hop fans will enjoy Quickie Mart's scratches and samples. Also adding to New Libation's hip-hop element is emcee Know-One, who joins the band for several numbers. Be on the lookout for guest appearances, as the band likes to include as many musicians as possible. "We rehearsed a couple times, but for the most part it's all jam," Quickie Mart says. "Pretty much every gig we've had, there's one or two musicians that come and sit in. The drummers rotate sometimes, there's a lot of solos and improvisation. It's New Orleans funk." Call club for cover. – Nick Pope


2005 New Orleans Triennial: A Southern Perspective on Prints
Opens Sunday, Aug. 7; through Oct. 16
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 488-2631;

Since its inception in 1886, the New Orleans Triennial has stuck to its founding mission of providing artists the chance to have their work reviewed by a distinguished specialist in contemporary art and also have the work exhibited in a museum for public viewing. Since its founding in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art has hosted the exhibit. For the 2005 Triennial , which focuses on prints, NOMA brings in Marilyn Kushner, department chair and curator of prints and drawings at the Brooklyn Museum or Art, as guest jurist. Kushner has stated goals of expanding the print medium's exposure as well as curate an exhibit that delivers a new definition of a print. A number of works in Triennial were created with traditional printmaking techniques, while others push the parameters of printmaking to the limit, demonstrated in exhibit highlights such as Sadjan Loncar's Self Portrait , in which human form is derived from Styrofoam, and Jenny LeBlanc's Bicycle , where the artists uses linoleum printing images on a bicycle wheel. – Frank Etheridge

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