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Note By Note
9 p.m. Tue.-Thu., May 6-8
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;

Zeitgeist hosts a unique grand opening for this film. Note By Note is a documentary about the construction of Steinway pianos. The exquisite instruments are finely crafted out of 12,000 pieces by 450 artisans. The film follows the yearlong assembly process of a single piano, a Concert Grand piano L1037. The piano actually built in the film will be at Zeitgeist for the screenings, and a concert by a local musician follows each showing. Tom McDermott will play opening night. Local Steinway dealer Hall Piano Co., Steven O. Kichen, Jim Browne and Argot Pictures sponsor the piano appearance. The film ultimately is about the uniqueness of such an object and the related notions of craftsmen and musical artists working in a world dominated by mass production. Tickets $10 general admission, $9 students/seniors, $8 Zeitgeist members. — Coviello




Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers
8:30 p.m. Thu., May 8
Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;

Photo by Rick Olivier

Son of the Zydeco Cha Chas' Nathan Williams (pictured), Lil Nathan got his start playing the rub board in his father's band at the age of 5. Now an accomplished bandleader in his own right, Lil Nathan also majors in jazz studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He released an album of original zydeco compositions, Doin' It Big Time , last year. Musically, it's strongly rooted in his family tradition. He's still country at heart, though the track "We're Going to the Zydeco" is a veritable tour guide to southeastern Louisiana nightlife, listing the names of dozens of music venues in the region like a zydeco Zagat. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock


Benefit for Dress for Success
10 p.m. Sat., May 10
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Photo by Ryan Thornburg

The Big Easy Rollergirls may be vicious on the flat track, but off their wheels, the full-contact skaters are just as sensitive and socially conscious as anyone. League members appear at this benefit for Dress for Success, the charity that provides underprivileged women making their way into the workforce with gently used interview suits and other professional clothing. Also showing their faces — and in some cases more — are members of the Fleur de Tease burlesque troupe, the Pussyfooters marching club and the Halfmoons women's rugby club, which has hosted muddy Mardi Gras tournaments since 1980. Providing music is the doomy, bone-crunching local sludge-metal band Suplecs (pictured) and the all-girl, hard-rock act Manwitch. Tickets $7. — Fensterstock


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