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Doubt: A Parable
8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Oct. 17-20; 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21; through Nov. 18
Southern Rep Theatre, The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal St., third floor, 522-6545;

Unrelenting suspicion and unyielding certainty combine to become a hazardous force in John Patrick Shanley's award-winning play Doubt: A Parable . The witty, nuanced script is set at a Catholic school in a working-class Bronx neighborhood in 1964. The domineering and strict Sister Aloysius comes to suspect that a popular, charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is too close with a young boy in the flock. As she strives to expose him, her own unwavering judgment becomes suspect. Is she acting prudently or overzealously? The 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Best Play is being presented for the first time in Louisiana by Southern Rep and All Kinds of Theatre. Carl Walker directs Jamie Wax, Clare Moncrief, Andrea Frankle and Donna Duplantier. Tickets $21 for previews Wednesday-Friday, $35 for opening night on Saturday, $29 Sunday.— Lindsey Netherly




Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
10 p.m. Wed., Oct. 17
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361

The beguiling British export Holly Golightly entered the mainstream, seemingly out of nowhere, on a whimsical duet ("It's True That We Love One Another") with Jack White on the 2003 album Elephant . In fact, the smoky-voiced songstress has been quietly — and benevolently — reigning as queen of the underground sounds since the early '90s, when she headed up the fierce garage-rock girl group Thee Headcoatees, a sister group to Billy Childish's rough, rootsy Headcoats. She's also collaborated with Detroit's Greenhornes, Mudhoney, Dan Melchior and Rocket From The Crypt. Despite the company she keeps, Golightly's solo sound veers from the raw trashiness of straight-up garage-rock into a more seductive, dimly lit place. Her latest project, You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying — a collaboration with her American bandmate Lawyer Dave, who is, de facto, the Brokeoffs — is a torchy, seductive confection of honky-tonk, blues and vintage soul that sounds like it's boiled in bourbon and frosted with heartache. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Alison Fensterstock




Gogol Bordello
10 p.m., Sat., Oct. 20
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-TIPS,

Around the globe, musicians are taking up the world/folk/punk banner. From Manu Chao to Bedouin Sound Clash to the Zydepunks here in New Orleans, people are realizing again that violins and accordions can make a ruckus. The flagship band of this movement, Gogol Bordello, takes these instruments and infuses them with gypsy melodies and an inclusive passion. Started by Ukrainian frontman Eugene Hutz in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Gogol Bordello's music celebrates radical, ribald politics in songs like "Think Globally, F*** Locally." "Illumination" calls for unity of the underclasses of different nations. The songs "Ultimate" and "Tribal Connection" on the latest CD, Super Taranta!, address the clash of high and low culture in the era of globalism. The band's live performances are frenzied, riotous, drunken, dancing spectacles with audience participation, as people who watched Live Earth may have seen when Gogol Bordello got up with Madonna and stole the show. At a club on a more human scale such as Tipitinas, there may not be a wilder or more fun show all year. Tickets $12 — David Kunian




Reds, Whites and Blues
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thu., Oct. 18
City Park, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, 483-3129

With fall finally ushering in cooler evenings, it's the ideal time to indulge the senses at a tasting party in City Park. Red, Whites and Blues features more than 200 wines, hors d'oeuvres and music by Troi Bechet (pictured) and The Harry Maronne Trio. The fifth annual event gives wine lovers the opportunity to sample from a mammoth wine selection and enjoy gourmet cuisine provided by 528, Byblos, Cochon, La Rosetta, Lakeview Brew Coffee Café, Restaurant LÜke, The Delachaise, Jean Lafitte's Rendezvous Steak & Seafood, The Pelican Club, The Red Maple, Riche by Todd English, The Steak Knife and Tony Moran's Italian Cuisine. The event benefits the Big Easy Awards Foundation, which supports local music, theater and classical and performing arts organizations through gifts and grants. It also recognizes individual achievements of artists each spring. The evening will include a raffle with a chance to win a collection of more than 200 hundred bottles of wine as well as other prizes. Tickets $60 in advance, $70 at the door, with a $10 discount for groups of six or more.— Netherly

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