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NPAS on Broadway III
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Greater Covington Center, Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson St., Covington, (985) 792-1392; www.npas.info

Swing, madrigals, requiems and hippies — the Northlake Performing Arts Society's (NPAS) 2004-2005 season certainly hasn't lacked variety. But now it's time to close up shop for the summer, and NPAS finishes its 10th season with a third annual tribute to the Great White Way. The NPAS Chorale will perform some of the more popular tunes from such classic Broadway productions as Aida , Cabaret , Cats , West Side Story and Carousel . Chorale members will be the only ones lifting up their voices and singing; for the season-ender, audience participation will be a very good thing. One might even say it's required. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling NPAS or visiting Hugh's Wine Cellar in Mandeville or Braswell Drugs in Covington. — David Lee Simmons

MUSIC

Corrosion of Conformity
9 p.m. Saturday, June 25
TwiRoPa (Live Room), 1544 Tchoupitoulas St., 232-9503; www.twiropa.com

From their hardcore roots in the 1980s through their more straightforward metal sound in the '90s, Corrosion of Conformity has constantly evolved toward In the Arms of God (Sanctuary). While the gigantic riffs are still certainly the focal point, diversity reigns, from the Southern rock psychedelia of the opening bars of 'Stone Breaker' to the acoustic melody of 'Rise River Rise,' resulting not in the schizophrenia of a group dabbling in too many genres, but in the cohesion of a band that has finally defined its voice. The album finds lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter — and these days, New Orleans bar owner — Pepper Keenan at the top of his game both lyrically and vocally. His guitar and Woody Weatherman's bass combine for big, sharp, vertebrae-snapping riffs, and Metairie's favorite son and guest performer Stanton Moore — the engine behind Galactic — brings New Orleans swing to the percussive onslaught provided by the rest of the band. Moore pounds with the best of metal drummers, but his real achievement is giving the music the elasticity that heavy music often lacks. Tickets $16 in advance, $19 at the door. — James Bailey

MUSIC

Travis Morrison 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 26
TwiRoPa (Tchops Room), 1544 Tchoupitoulas St., 232-9503; www.twiropa.com

'How's the tour going? Well, we're playing fantastically, we're incredibly excited about our new songs, and the crowds are glum and confused,' Travis Morrison says, laughing. The singer for indie rock heroes the Dismemberment Plan is frank about life after 2004's Travistan (Barsuk), his first album since the band's demise. Pitchfork.com reviewed it so scathingly that one-time fans became standoffish. His story says more about indie culture than Travistan , which retains the band's literacy and wry wit. The 'Get Me Off This Coin' song series feature ex-presidents protesting the Bush presidency. Morrison envisions Thomas Jefferson smoking weed with Sally Hemmings and declaring, 'I like my nations in constant revolution / and my booty wide.' Live shows focus more on material written with his current band. 'We're more like a dance band than a rock 'n' roll band,' he says. 'No one's feeding back and there's only one guitar. It's like if a Latin band or go-go band got behind Spoon.' (For more on Morrison, see Opening Act 2 online.) Tickets $6. — Alex Rawls

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, June 22 Ð 24; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26
New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 522-5555; www.ticketmaster.com

Last time it rolled through town, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus brought in the acrobatic Bello as its star clown. Now, for the 134th edition, the top banana-slipper is David Larible (pictured), an Italian-born seventh-generation circus performer. The renowned Larible incorporates magic in his act, but otherwise plays a traditional 'Auguste' clown. (In clown lore, the white-faced clown represents power and authority, while Auguste is the bumbling everyman.) As Auguste, Larible isn't overly made-up — which he says helps keep the humanity in his act. In an interview with TIME.com, Larible acknowledged that a lot of kids (and adults) are afraid of clowns. 'It's because they have this image of the American clowns with a big green wig,' he explained. 'I mean let's be honest, they are scary. – When the clown comes out you should never have to think that he comes from another planet. You have to connect with him.' At Ringling Bros., the best opportunity for this connection actually occurs an hour before the circus starts, when audience members can go to the main floor to don costumes and red noses and goof around with the denizens of Clown Alley. (Ninety minutes before showtime, an Animal Open House takes place with the chance to get up close with the circus menagerie.) Other three-ring highlights of the current Ringling Bros. edition include the daredevil Crazy Wilson, aerialist Sylvia Zerbini and the acclaimed China Acrobatic Troupe. Tickets range from $9-$75 and are available through Ticketmaster. — Michael Tisserand

MUSIC

Deacon John
5 p.m. Wednesday, June 22
Lafayette Square, 500 block of St. Charles Ave., 561-8927; www.neworleans.com

At this year's Ponderosa Stomp, circumstances left Deacon John steamed to the gills and one hour late, but he still played for three hours doing his set, then backing up everyone from Betty Harris to Zigaboo Modeliste, running through the gamut from funk to jazz to R&B without a hitch. That professionalism and range is what he has been known for throughout his career. Besides having played on many of the classic New Orleans songs by Aaron Neville, Chris Kenner, and Ernie K-Doe, his own bands over the past four decades have mixed what is popular with what is classic without seeming like they're following every musical fad that arises. Moore knows not only what's hip and cool, but he knows what's hip and cool for him, which these days means he's a big band leader playing jump blues. He performs them with such style and taste that it's hard to believe he ever did anything else. No cover. — David Kunian

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Sixth Annual Muscadet Wine Festival
6 p.m. Friday, June 24
Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; www.royalsonestano.com

As the weather heats up, a glass of dry Muscadet wine can offer some relief. The slightly effervescent white wine from Southern Brittany pairs well with seafood. At the Sixth Annual Muscadet Wine Festival, the French American Chamber of Commerce (2 Canal St., Suite 2426, 561-0070; www.faccla.com) will have cases of cool Muscadet and light seafood from some of New Orleans' top French chefs. Participating chefs include Rene Bajeux of Rene Bistrot (817 Common St., 412-2580; www.renebistrot.com), Philippe Pinon of Begue's (300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.royalsonestano.com) and Greg Picolo of Bistro at the Maison de Ville (727 Toulouse St., 528-9206; www.maisondeville.com). Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Call 529-1232 for reservations. This year's festival celebrates the age of Impressionism. Wear a turn-of-the-century costume and receive a special gift from France. — Todd A. Price

EVENTS

The RAIN Event: Postcards to the CAC
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org

The RAIN Event isn't just one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the Contemporary Arts Center; it's also an opportunity to experience some of the most talented artworks in the city — at a reduced size, of course. Patrons at the shindig will have the opportunity to shop for some 1,000 postcards (4-by-6 inches) of artwork designed by both local artists and area celebrities. The identity of a given artist is revealed upon purchase. (What's in a name, anyway?) Party-goers will also be treated to complimentary vodka cocktails (featuring you-know-whose brand), a souvenir RAIN martini glass, and music by soul blaster Leigh 'Little Queenie' Harris. A VIP ticket earns a free gift bag and an engraved RAIN martini shaker. A local woman of merit will be presented with the RAINmaker Award for her leadership in the community. Cards are priced at $50, or five for $200. Tickets $50 general admission, $25 CAC members. — David Lee Simmons

MUSIC

Liquidrone, Paradise Vendors and Glorybee
10 p.m. Friday, June 24
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE; www.hob.com

After almost a year of activity, Liquidrone took a hiatus while ringleader Clint Maedgen focused on his other project, the now largely defunct, circus-rock outfit Bingo! With that project back on the shelf, things are looking good for Liquidrone. The band dazzled at its first Jazz Fest spot last month, and added live dancers and projected film images to the already spectacular (in the sense of 'a spectacle') live show. With an R&B base augmented by synthesizers, drum machine and found-object instrumentation (including, among other things, a doggie toy and toolbox), a Liquidrone show is as much theater as rock 'n' roll. Ninth Ward performance-rockers Paradise Vendors' Jeanne Stallworth murmurs hauntingly over a lush, dreamy background that is part Getz and Gilberto, part Ennio Morricone and part outer space. Glorybee is also on the bill with its brand of happy digital rock and a retooled lineup, including former bassist Nancy Burga Kang on lead vocals and two new members. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock

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