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Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? reading
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
The Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 813-2818; www.chinmusicpress.com


The more cynical reader might think that a Katrina-related book titled Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? might be tapping a little too hard on the clichŽ pedal. But this compact, 156-page hardcover collection of stories and recipes is too promising a work to simply dismiss as a reaction. And at a time when New Orleanians are facing the growing anxiety that they are being left behind, books like this help keep hope alive. Or, as the publisher, the Seattle-based Chin Music Press, puts it, "if the people of the United States knew the current condition of New Orleans, they would still care. (The book) gives voice to writers and artists who are ready to strike back." Those writers include Sarah K. Inman, Dar Wolnik, Colleen Mondor and Jason Berry. This signing and reading also includes food prepared by the authors working from recipes in the book. Donations from the book and drink sales go to neighborhood program Rebuilding Together. Free admission. — David Lee Simmons


MUSIC

"Putumayo Showcase"
9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

Putumayo founder Dan Storper was so taken with New Orleans' music scene that he became a part-time resident in 2003, which is one of reasons for the international-music label's 2005 release, Putumayo Presents: New Orleans . The release was in keeping with the popular label's excursions into various regions and cultures around the world. It was a tidy little 11-song collection that featured performances by Nicholas Payton and the late Doc Cheatham, Dr. John and legends Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima. And while Saturday's showcase features only a few of the performers on the CD, it does feature some of the best in the Crescent City. Kermit Ruffins, who contributed his "Drop Me Off in New Orleans" to the disc, will headline, and Topsy Chapman ("Baby Won't You Please Come Home") will lend her warm vocals. Other performances will come from Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Wanda Rouzan, John BouttŽ and James Andrews. Proceeds go to the Tipitina's Foundation. Tickets $10. — Simmons


FILM

ten18 Films screenings
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 957-3614; wwwtenfilms.com

Back in July, filmmaker Jeremy Campbell began work on a documentary that included shooting footage of the voodoo practice of warding off the belligerent hurricanes during the season through the use of ceremony and ritual. And then that happened, and Campbell — founder of ten18 Films and a former Gambit Weekly "40 Under 40" selection — was going in another direction with his movie, which ultimately became Hexing a Hurricane . The film shows a city trying to get back off its back after a devastating storm and flood, one of surely many to come out this year on the subject. Hexing features interviews with voodoo priestess Sally Ann Glassman, a recently engaged couple returning to their Lakeview home, Harry Anderson and the ubiquitous Irvin Mayfield. This premiere screening will also feature Campbell's previous, Mardi Gras-themed film, Don't Worry Honey, I Live Here , to celebrate the DVD release of the documentary. Tickets $5. — Simmons


MUSIC

Mover Gras 2006
4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 Carrollton Ave., 453-0003/482-3133; www.rockandbowl.com

Y'know, sometimes you people really disappointment me. No , the song "Shakable You" from the Imagination Movers' 2005 release, Eight Feet , isn't about extortion. And no, "Big" isn't about porn. And no, "Seven Days a Week" has nothing to do with Viagra. And certainly not, neither "Do it Myself" nor "Give Me Your Hand" has absolutely anything to do with É oh, never mind. Get your minds out the debris-stained gutter, people!

But seriously, Eight Feet is one of those rather delightfully bizarre moments in New Orleans music history, in which the Movers' third release in three years represents a remarkable arc of development and a work that can be appreciated by adults and kids alike. Whether mining hip-hop, folk, exotica or soul, the Movers have grasped the kind of eclectic approach to music that only a New Orleanian could appreciate. OK, not really; the fact is this group is on the verge of serious national success, having scored a No. 1 hit on XM Radio and positive reviews from Parenting magazine. And in one of those Shrek -like moments, the Movers' musical acumen and non-condescending lyrics transcend generations; no one feels left out.

Scott, Rich, Smitty and Dave survived the storms and are ready for their first New Orleans appearance back from the rains, providing the kind of interactive live show that is nothing but pure energy, fun and community. And that's what Mardi Gras is all about. Keep an ear out for Eight Feet 's Katrina-related ditty, "We Got Each Other," for further evidence. Tickets $7 advance, $10 at the door. For more Movements, visit www.imaginationmovers.com. — Simmons

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