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The Lieutenant of Inishmore
8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., July 25-28; 3 p.m. Sun., July 29; through Aug. 19
Southern Rep, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 522-6545;

Southern Rep and The NOLA Project's dual efforts started off with a children's show and now take aim at more mature audiences. Absurdist, Monty Python -esque comedy meets Kill Bill in The Lieutenant of Inishmore , the murderous, Tony-nominated comedy that painted the stages — and some unsuspecting audience members — of Broadway and London with gallons of fake blood. To insure that the Southern Rep version gets the Tarentino treatment, Waldo Warshaw, the man responsible for the Broadway version's bloodbaths, is on the job. After Irish Liberation Army enforcer Mad Padraic learns of the murder of Wee Thomas, his kitten companion, he goes on an Uma Thurman-style homicidal rampage that drives the rest of the high-octane show. Even those with weak stomachs will enjoy the deadpan humor and insight into the lives of Irish terrorists. Noel Wilson directs Peter McElligott, Andrew Larimer, Will Connolly, James Bartelle, A.J. Allegra, Dane Rhodes, Kathlyn Tarwater and George Sanchez. Tickets $18 previews, $30 opening night, $20-$24 Sunday. — Lauren LaBorde




Ernie Elly Quartet with Chuck Badie
8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Thu., July 26
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;

Septuagenarian drummer Ernie Elly (pictured) usually anchors several dependable traditional jazz acts at the Palm Court, including his own Slickshots and Lars Edegran's Palm Court All-Stars. At this gig, both the moldy figs and the hipster night owls will get a treat, as Elly's rhythm section is rounded out by legendary bassist Chuck Badie. Badie regularly plays trad jazz around town, but rock 'n' roll historians will recognize his name as a linchpin of Allen Toussaint's studio band and, thusly, an architect of the New Orleans R&B sound as heard on iconic recordings like Jessie Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Doo," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law," Barbara George's "I Know" and Chris Kenner's "Something You Got." If that's not enough New Orleans music cred for you, Badie was also one of the original executives on Harold Batiste's musician-owned collective A.F.O. (All For One) Records. The eighty-something Badie's resume also boasts stints as a regular with Lionel Hampton, Sam Cooke and Dave Bartholomew's bands. Catch this gig and watch legends at work. Tickets $15. — Alison Fensterstock


Gravy Train!!!
10 p.m. Thu., July 26
Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

If ever there was a rock-ish outfit that is happy to be alive, it's the Bay Area-based Gravy Train!!! Not only is it exuberant enough to maintain not one, not two, but three exclamation points, it's an explosion of positivity in nearly every way. Far more about joy than about talent, the chubby, mostly gay quartet — Hunx, Chunx, Funx and Junx — play ebullient, unsophisticated Casio-based butt-shaking dance-pop that's cheerful, dirty and glows with weirdly innocent joy. Its message is that sex is both fun and funny, and worth talking (and singing) about a lot. It's of the Peaches school of potty-mouthed dance music, which explains why Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat — New Orleans' favorite analog electronic dance-music purveyors and frequent Peaches tourmates — have brought them to New Orleans for this gig, which is also a birthday party for pastel-clad puppeteer Miss Pussycat. Quintron and Pussycat will follow the Gravy Train!!! with a set of organ and maraca rock. Also on the bill are the local bleep-and-twitter dance duo the Buttons and Houston's DJ PRKL8R. Tickets $7. — Fensterstock


Rasputina with My Brightest Diamond
9 p.m. Sun., July 29
The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

The stately, hypnotic chamber-rock of Rasputina — woven into a Victorian tapestry with multiple electrified cellos and percussion — is a unique example of dignified, audibly compelling anachronism. Fascinating, then, that first chair cellist and bandleader Melora Creager, who's deliberately crafted her aesthetic out of channeling the past, has turned to the immediate present for inspiration on her latest album, Oh Perilous World . Atop and among intricate and textured electric strings are songs Creager penned over two years of obsessive news-watching, which uses a translated speech by Osama bin Laden and addresses CNN prime-time issues like child soldiers in Africa and the destruction of Fallujah — along with a fantasy narrative about a dystopian alternate political universe starring Mary Todd Lincoln that's best left to firsthand listening. Appearing with the drawing-room rockers is My Brightest Diamond, a whimsical freak-folk act from Sufjan Stevens' boutique Asthmatic Kitty Label. The classically trained Shara Worden has brought various supporting artists together to record and perform under her Diamond umbrella, but she'll be playing her chamber and cabaret-inflected avant-guitar-rock here solo. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock


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