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STAGE

All About Eve staged reading
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 606-9903; www.norunningwithscissors.com

If last year's staged reading of Valley of the Dolls is any indication — with its scene-chewing and multimedia bizarreness — then this fundraiser for Running With Scissors promises to be one helluva cat-fight. It will also be one helluva reunion, as former regulars Flynn De Marco and Brian Peterson will return from their new home in Atlanta to join special guests Ricky Graham and Sean Patterson joining regulars Jim Jeske, Dorian Rush, Elizabeth Pearce and Lisa Picone for this send-up of the 1950 Oscar-winning classic. Who will play the fading, put-upon and embittered Margo Channing immortalized by Bette Davis? Do you have to ask? Who but Ricky Graham could play her? De Marco co-stars as the titular Eve, trying to steal Graham's and Margo's thunder. Fasten your seat belts, indeed, because bumpy doesn't begin to describe this ride. Richard Read directs — is that "referees"? Tickets $20. — David Lee Simmons


MUSIC

"Thursdays at Twilight" concert series
6 p.m. Thu., April 6; every Thu. through Aug. 31
City Park, Botanical Garden, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, 482-4888 or 483-9386; www.neworleanscitypark.com or info@nocp.org

City Park, despite sustaining quite a bit of damage, has continued to run its traditional scheduled programming. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Bestoff Sculpture Garden are both open and are healing the people who visit. It's no surprise, then, that the much-loved "Thursdays at Twilight" concert series is resuming as usual with an opening performance by singer, songwriter and pianist Paul Soniat. The popular 4-year-old music series offers a selection of classical, jazz and, this year, Latin-American music from local and visiting performers. Milton Scheurmann and Thais St. Julian are the artistic coordinators for this festive series set in the beautiful Pavilion of Two Sisters, where mint juleps, wine and soft drinks are for sale. Future performers include Tony Green, Patrice Fisher and Arpa, Betsy McGovern, Angel Rios & Black Men Soul, Stu Farber and Tom McDermott, the Last Straws, Scott Perro, Musica da Camera, John Rankin, and Philip and Ellen Frohnmeyer. Tickets $6 general admission, $2 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4-under. — Katie Walenter


STAGE

Over the Tavern
7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., April 7-9; through April 23
Teatro Wego!, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 885-2000; www.jpas.org.

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents Over the Tavern for the fourth production of its 2006 season. So far, JPAS has been hitting it's stride with large turnouts to all three of the previous productions, and tickets to this show are going fast. Tom Dudzick's comedic drama is set in Buffalo, N.Y., during the idealized Eisenhower years of the 1950s and follows the lives of the Pazinski family. Rudy, the precocious 12-year-old protagonist, creates quite a stir when he begins questioning family values, the Catholic Church, and his less-than-happy home life, which is centered in a crowded apartment above his father's tavern. Gary Rucker directs Ethan Andersen in his role as Rudy, and Bob Scully, Angie Joachim, Natalie Boyd, Maryflynn Thomas and Dominic Lloyd. A buffet by the chefs at Salaville Perk is served prior to each performance ($19 for adults, $12 for kids). Free transportation from East Jefferson High School (400 Phlox St., Metairie) to the theater is available. Tickets $25 general admission, $24 seniors, $12 students/kids. — Walenter

 


COMEDY

Stand Up NOLA benefit
7 p.m. pre-show reception, 8 p.m. New Orleans showcase, 10 p.m. main show Fri., April 7
The Howlin Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF; www.standupnola.com

Stand Up NOLA, the entertainment company that doubles as a charity group, formed after the storm to promote rebuilding in New Orleans. The group has been hosting an open-mic night above Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar every Wednesday, with the occasional special guest. But this event marks its first major fundraising event. VIP ticket holders and investors are invited to a pre-performance reception, which includes food and drinks. Stand Up NOLA and the Houston Comedy Festival will then hold a showcase of New Orleans comedians who are competing for a spot to represent our city at the 2006 festival in Houston. The main show begins with our very own Bill Dykes, who not incidentally is a former native of Houston. Dykes has been a professional stand-up comedian for eight years, as well as an actor in local theater productions. He is followed by Bryan Callen who is an original cast member on Mad TV, and has many television and film credits, including Bad Santa. The headliner is Air America radio host Marc Maron, who mixes comedy, politics and culture on his Los Angeles-based radio show. Chris Rose acts as guest emcee for the evening. Proceeds go to United Way, which will allocate the funds for New Orleans schools. VIP tickets $30 (includes reception and reserved seating), general admission tickets $15. — Walenter

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