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ART

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13
Downtown Covington, (985) 871-4141; www.threeriversartfestival.com

It says something about the way we live culturally these days that the organizers of the Covington Three Rivers can both proudly boast of its reemergence in the face of post-Katrina logistics and also ask for volunteers to help host some of the 150 artists in attendance by giving them a place to stay. (Many of the area's recovery workers are housed in local hotels.) Considering that a number of the juried artists have also been adversely affected by the storm and hope that the festival will help get their lives back up and running, it's a fitting plea. The artwork at this festival covers the gamut, from all manner of painting styles and sculpture to photography and functional and art pottery. Every community has discovered a deep-felt need to use events such as this as a way to unite and move forward, whether it's something as large as the rock 'n' roll at the Voodoo Music Festival or as small as a fresh set of readings at the Gold Mine. But this festival should affect an entire city if not much of the Northshore. If you're interested in hosting, contact Karen Whiteside at (985) 898-4725 or (985) 705-7968. — David Lee Simmons


STAGE

Bryan Batt: "Batt at Le Chat"
7 p.m. (sold out) and 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812; www.cabaretlechatnoir.com

Slowly but surely, the cultural touchstones are reopening — maybe not all of them, but enough to provide us with those little moments of encouragement that we're getting at least a little closer to "normal." (I know, I know.) And we can't think of a more fitting way to officially herald the reopening of Le Chat Noir, whose front bar was up and running last week and whose stage is ready to roll. New Orleans' force of nature, Bryan Batt, is coming home from New York City, where he also performed with others in the HeartSong benefit. But this is a locals benefit for locals. Batt is truly one of our homeboys made good, having appeared in such productions as Seussical the Musical and La Cage aux Folles . If he would be good enough to repeat his much-appreciated rendition of "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?" up in New York, then we'll be reminded once again that life is a cabaret. The second, added performance will probably sell out quickly. Tickets $25 general admission, $50 premium seating. — Simmons


STAGE

Callie's Tally staged reading
7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14
LSU's Swine Palace, Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive, Baton Rouge, (225) 578-3527; www.swinepalace.org


As we use the hurricanes to mark our past and future, one of the great cultural crimes committed by said wetness was the delay (and sometimes cancellation) of a much-anticipated theater season by troupes and theatrical venues alike. It had gotten to the point where we were salivating over the friendly competition and contrast between Le Petit and Southern Rep, especially with the world premieres that Southern Rep's Ryan Rilette was ready to launch. But in what could best be called a moral victory for theater lovers, Baton Rouge's Swine Palace has stepped into the breach with a staged reading for the originally scheduled debut production of Betsy Howie's Callie's Tally , a critically acclaimed one-woman show about a careerist who loses control when she struggles with the challenges of motherhood. (Does the word "tally" start to make sense now?) Leon Ingulsrud directs LSU theater undergrad Rebecca Buller (pictured) in this benefit for Southern Rep. Tickets $6. — Simmons


MUSIC

Jesse Moore
6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 9-11, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13
Margaritaville, 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565

While most music clubs in New Orleans feature live music only on weekends, many of the French Quarter clubs commonly thought of as catering to tourists are back with seven-day-a-week schedules. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is one, and the club has had a history of booking some of the city's best blues guitarists to play solo in the intimate front room. Brint Anderson and Dr. John guitarist John Fohl are just two of the many guitarists who have both enjoyed extended residencies at Margaritaville. Jesse Moore is playing there five days a week, and his new album, More Than Itself , (independent) shows why. Anders Osborne produced the album, and it features John Gros on organ, Cassandra Faulconer on bass, Kevin O'Day on drums, and John Fohl makes an appearance as well. Moore's songs don't need such celebrated assistance, though. His blues have a singer-songwriterly aspect to them, but they are uniformly plainspoken and direct — the blues as an expression of what he's thinking with almost no artifice. The performances rely on unobtrusive melodies that allow the warmth in his voice and the lyrics he sings to carry the day. The native New Yorker took an unusual route to New Orleans, spending much of his career in the Far East performing in a number of R&B outfits. Since he moved to New Orleans in 1988, he has become a fixture on Decatur and Frenchmen streets. — Alex Rawls

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