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As You Like It
7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., June 26-28; 1:30 p.m. Sun., June 29; through July 12
Tulane University, Lupin Theatre, 865-5105 ext. 2;

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane continues its season with a local spin on the classic As You Like It. The time is 1932 and the place is an urban park as the re-imagined magical forest of Arden, a place that director Sean Patterson compares to Depression-era City Park. As hard times force people out of their homes, the situation serves as a metaphor for the current state of New Orleans rebuilding from disaster. The transformative power of love emerges as a major theme. The production features original music by Jefferson Turner and costumes by Cecile Casey Covert. Patterson directs James Bartelle, AJ Allegra, Trina Beck, Laura Grice, Lorenzo Gonzales and others in this combination of Shakespeare and old New Orleans. — Allison Good



Asante Awards Festival
Noon-6 p.m. Sun., June 29
Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St., 269-9233 The Web-based TV station

presents an all-day event celebrating African-American artists in New Orleans, which will feature music and poetry performances, a visual arts and crafts bazaar and an awards ceremony honoring more than 30 musicians, poets, rappers, filmmakers and artists. Kermit Ruffins, DJ Jubilee, Charmaine Neville, Phillip Manuel, DJ Captain Charles, Kalamu Ya Salaam, the Rebirth and Hot 8 brass bands, painter Lionel Milton and spoken-word artist Sunni Patterson are all on the list. Some will also perform at the event. The satiny jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan (pictured) and her quartet, led by brother Marlon Jordan, top the entertainment bill, which also includes African dance performances and drumming. Free admission. — Alison Fensterstock




Tom Jones
8 p.m. Mon.-Tue., June 30-July 1
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Women's underthings will fly — if the historical record is accurate — at this two-night stand from the veteran showman Tom Jones. The hairy-chested, Welsh pop singer (and as of 2005, Knight of the British Empire) has been swaggering across stages, winning hearts and unbuttoning buttons on his shirts since 1963. With a voice like oiled velvet and glimmering like the Vegas strip, Jones belts classic hits like "She's a Lady," "What's New Pussycat?" and the immortal "It's Not Unusual." He also may unearth some of the more interesting covers from his formidable catalog, such as Prince's "Kiss," which he recorded with the group Art of Noise in 1988. Tickets $60. — Fensterstock




Henry Rollins — Provoked
8 p.m., Wed., June 25
Tipitinas, 501 Napoleon Ave., 891-8477;

Henry Rollins is unstoppable. He toured relentlessly with hardcore warriors Black Flag and later with the Rollins Band. He publishes books, both his own and others, on his 2.13.61 imprint. He plays bit parts in movies and TV shows and broadcasts a surprisingly eclectic yet coherent radio show. The last component of his arsenal of art is his spoken word performances, where he opines on topics both personal and political. Given the aggressiveness of his music, one expects that his on-stage ideas would consist of rants, but his perspective also has a nuanced sensitivity and great humor that have been honed in clubs around the world including several tours of Iraq. Expect to hear a well-traveled point of view and to laugh out loud at the truth and manner of his pronouncements. It is billed as "An Evening of Quintessentially American Opinionated Editorializing and Storytelling," and, as Rollins says, "The truth, like humor, is where you find it." $15 general admission, $20 for couples. — David Kunian


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