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Whirlybones Circus Arts Spectacular with Wazozo
9 p.m. Wed., May 28
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

For the second year, the aerialists, stripteasers, clowns and myriad mischief makers of the Whirlybones Variety Arts Collective bring their circus antics to the stage for a variety show spectacular. Performers from local groups including the Fleur de Tease burlesque troupe, the New Orleans Bingo! Show's rock 'n' roll cabaret, the Aurora Aerial trapeze ensemble and other theatrical organizations have pulled together an evening of beguiling human tricks including, but not limited to, comedy, stilt-walking, acrobatics, gymnastics, clowning, hula-hooping, dance, sketch theater and other conventions of the vaudevillian stage and carnival tent. Haunting chansons and musettes are provided by Wazozo, a group with shifting membership and numbers headed up by the winsome improvisational cellist Helen Gillet. Tickets $8. — Alison Fensterstock




Rebirth Brass Band 25th Anniversary
10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., May 30-31
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF;

It's tough to believe that brothers Keith and Phil Frazier have been anchoring the Rebirth Brass Band for a quarter-century now. The venerable group's weighty funk sound — held down by the Fraziers' bass drum and tuba — is as fresh as ever, with proof available on a weekly basis at the more-than-a-decade standing Tuesday night Maple Leaf gig. The Rebirth has put out a dozen albums, including the groundbreaking 2001 release Hot Venom , which added hip-hop flavor to its street-parade funk, and last month's aptly titled 25 . The Friday night show invites an all-star cast onstage to join the celebration, including band alumni like Kermit Ruffins and Shamarr Allen, plus Kirk Joseph, John Gros, Troy Andrews and DJ Captain Charles. Saturday's show is all Rebirth, all night. Tickets $20 Friday, $15 Saturday. — Fensterstock




Katrina, Katrina: Love Letters to New Orleans
8 p.m. Sat., May 31
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800;

Artistic directors Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig spent a couple of years in residence at Tulane University working with community dancers toward a site-specific piece to be performed at the downtown riverfront before Katrina wiped out their project. The couple returned to New York devastated but quickly regrouped and started choreographing a new piece about New Orleans. The company recently debuted Katrina, Katrina in Washington, D.C., and after this performance will take it to other American cities. It's a multimedia piece incorporating video, which is updated as the tour progresses. In its 20-year history, PearsonWidrig Dance Theater has gained a reputation for absurd and kinetic performances, involving props like hundreds of oranges spilling across the stage, and smashing giant blocks of ice during a piece. Tickets $25 general admission, $20 students, $15 CAC members. — Will Coviello




C.C. Adcock with Lil Buck Sinegal
11 p.m. Thu., May 29
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731;

Lafayette rocker C.C. Adcock balances between the roots of the bayou sound and its future, with his effects-laden, fuzz-damaged solo project Lafayette Marquis and the Lil Band O' Gold, the all-star swamp-pop revue that last year backed Robert Plant on a pair of tracks he recorded for the Tipitina's Foundation tribute to Fats Domino, Goin' Home . For this show, he plays dueling guitars with Louisiana treasure Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal, who honed his chops for years as a session player for Nashville-based Excello Records and in Clifton Chenier's band. He also recorded a few sizzling instrumental sides, "Cat Scream" and "Monkey in a Sack," for the La Louisiane label in the late '60s. Lately, with his group the Top Cats, he's been the secret-weapon backing band for many of the vintage rock legends booked by the Ponderosa Stomp. Expect an evening of red-hot, electric swamp-blues mayhem. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock


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