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STAGE

Henry V
7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., June 7-9; 1:30 p.m. Sun., June 10; through June 23
Tulane University, Lupin Theatre, 865-5105; www.neworleansshakespeare.com

Tulane's Shakespeare Festival kicks off with Henry V , the story of a drunkard-turned-king called to assume the throne after his father's untimely death. Henry rises to power in war-torn 15th century England, a country rife with political turmoil. To gain the respect and trust of his subjects, Henry vows to forsake his wild past — and consequently his drinking buddies — and become completely committed to the throne. His determination turns to arrogance when an insult from the French prince prompts him to wage war against France — a decision lauded by English nobility but loathed by his low-class friends. Henry is left to rely on his pride as he faces a plot against his life and finds himself severely outnumbered by French at the pivotal battle at Agincourt. Lorenzo Gonzales directs Nick Slie, Randy Maggiore and Jerry Lee Leighton. This year's slate of dramas revolve around the issue of leadership and include Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Macbeth and local playwright Jim Fitzmorris' Vote Lear: A Theatrical Manifesto . Tickets $25 adults, $22 students/teachers/seniors, $12.50 children. — Lauren LaBorde

MUSIC

Twangorama CD-Release Party
10 p.m. Fri., June 8
Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., 865-9190

It only took 10 years for New Orleans' virtuoso guitar gang Twangorama to put out a full-length studio recording — and it may have been worth the wait. The five-piece band has been playing Uptown with its full-on string assault for a decade now, with members Phil deGruy, Jimmy Robinson and Cranston Clements — recognizable from guitar stints with Dr. John, George Porter Jr., Boz Scaggs and others — on guitar, as well as the able rhythm section of Paul Clement on bass and Mark Whitaker on drums providing the bedrock rhythms for the trio's flying fingers. The self-titled album is more studied and subdued than rocking live sets like the one they let loose with the second weekend of Jazz Fest on the Allison Miner Music Heritage stage. For the most part, it showcases the awesome assemblage of talent without getting too showy or studious as it runs through a dozen diverse tracks. "Mode Rage" is a moody creeper with a foreboding twang, while Clements' "Beck and Call" is a beautifully plain, almost classical-sounding exercise. Free admission. — Alison Fensterstock

MUSIC

Dan Deacon 7
7 p.m. Fri., June 8
The Green Space, 2831 Marais St., 578-0888; www.noladiy.org/gp

Photo by Bob Jones Forgetting our way with plastic beads and pain perdu, no one in their right mind would include recycling among New Orleanians' finer attributes. The Green Project, a multi-use community center situated in the Bywater, aims to change popular opinion. The Project collects building materials and surplus paint supplies along with the familiar paper and aluminum products. (No plastic or glass, please; "no one in the city can pick it up," reports the Web site.) Seemingly aware that area residents need more incentive than mere karmic rebates, the prescient nonprofit has begun devoting upstairs real estate to art and music showcases, and the so-called Green Space hooks its biggest catch yet with the booking of Dan Deacon. The Baltimore-based electronic artist tenders beats-per-minute as a kind of boundless currency on Spiderman of the Rings (Carpark), his bat-sh** crazy May release. For an overexposed Polaroid of Deacon's warped purview, witness the dangerously ecstatic staircase climbed on "The Crystal Cat," Spiderman 's top track and a superlative dance-floor single. Fellow homeboys and sonic collagists Videohippos open. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

EVENT

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival & New Orleans Seafood Festival
Noon-7p.m. Fri.-Sun., June 8-10
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 558-6100

Photo by Rick Olivier As if we were somehow short of annual festivals, two new celebrations debut this year in conjunction with one another: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival, a project of New Orleans Cultural Festivals. While the bounty of the Gulf meets various delicious ends in cooking demonstrations from culinary all-stars like Paul Prudhomme and Susan Spicer, festival goers can hear more than 20 Louisiana acts that draw from traditional Acadian sounds on two stages daily. The umbrella of Cajun and zydeco stretches a little — in a good way — with acts like Kermit Ruffins' brassy swing, Bob French's traditional jazz, Vavavoom's gypsy rhythms and the street parade beats of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Also appearing are gutbucket blues guitarist Little Freddie King, world-beat genre-blenders the Zydepunks, multigenerational swamp pop from Li'l Band O' Gold and Houma blues from Tab Benoit. Bringing the squeeze box and the parlez-vous are acts like Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bruce Daigrepont, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Pictured). Free admission. — Fensterstock

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