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Zeitgeist — The Movie
7:30 p.m. Sat., March 15
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.;

After a brief residency at Tulane's School of Architecture and a short hiatus, Zeitgeist Multi-disipilinary Arts Center has found a new home in its old Central City neighborhood. This weekend, Zeitgeist reopens on Z-Day, the official release date of Zeitgeist — The Movie (not related to the venue), a film of politics and conspiracy theories previously available in downloadable parts on the Internet. It's followed by a program of short films (10 p.m.). Sunday features the James Singleton String Quartet (8:30 p.m., admission $10) with violinist Matt Rhody, violist Dave Rebeck and cellist Helen Gillet. Zeitgeist inaugurates a series of international films on Monday with the first part of award-winning Tunisian filmmaker Nacer Khemir's desert trilogy. Wanderers in the Desert (pictured) is a fable set against golden desert backdrops. Khemir is interested in sufism, a branch of Islamic mysticism (that rejects fundamentalism), and this film blends elements of myth and spiritual contemplation in an isolated community. Films $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members. — Will Coviello




A Place to Bury Strangers with Holy F***
10 p.m. Sun., March 16
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Typically, one should avoid heckling any band called A Place to Bury Strangers, but at this show the truism takes on added heft. Scheduled to perform eight times in four days thanks to South By Southwest — the orgiastic coup d'etat plotted annually by the music biz on poor, unsuspecting Austin, Texas — the youngish-yet-yeoman group still includes a New Orleans stopover on its string of cross-country gigs with the Toronto electro collective Holy F***. If any band can withstand playing the same set nine times in 99 hours without any trace of mold or fatigue, it's likely this Brooklyn-based trio, whose unerring, decibel-pushing sensibility is matched only by its unflagging vitality. Punishing punk rock and metronomic rhythms commingle with dark sheets of pedal-distorted noise on its eponymous 2007 debut: Manhattan minimalism circa 1980 (Suicide, the Ramones) meets British Isles shoegaze circa 1990 (Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine) and the two bear a loveless lovechild. Opener Holy F*** imbues analog synthesizers and standard drum patterns with primordial space-age soul. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais




Dick Darby's World Hip-Hop Night
10 p.m. Sun., March 16
Dragon's Den (downstairs), 435 Esplanade Ave.

The underground local rapper Dick Darby gained notice in New Orleans shortly after Katrina with a homemade Internet TV show that chronicled both his evacuation to New York and early forays back to his Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, with commentary on the storm's impact on the hip-hop scene and the black community at large. The post-Katrina episodes of the show were collected on a DVD he released on his own Ghettodreamz label and served as a unique primary document of the storm and its aftermath. Now, Darby, who has appeared on local hip-hop — compilations with artists including the Lil Wayne collaborator Dizzy and the alternative MC Truth Universal — has curated a hip-hop night whose aim is to expand the definition of rap far beyond the borders of the Dirty South. This first in a month of weekly shows, which he calls "import" nights, features DJs spinning tracks from MCs the world over — including, he says, Croatia, the Ukraine, the U.K., France and South Africa. This event will feature an as-yet-unconfirmed lineup of visiting MCs and DJs in town for the annual Core DJs Retreat conference. Free admission. — Alison Fensterstock




The English Beat
10 p.m. Wed., March 12
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Almost 30 years after the band's inception, it's clear that the assertion was true: The English Beat, in fact, "just can't stop it." The gang of working-class punks formed in Birmingham in 1978 to play an infectious blend of ska, pop and soul, and it gained impeccable street cred from its original sax player, Saxa, who was twice any band member's age then and had honed his chops playing in Jamaica with rocksteady originators like Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker. Before the band's first breakup in 1983, it dropped three albums and scored multiple top-10 hits in the U.K. with tracks like "Stand Down Margaret" (probably the most danceable protest song of the decade), "Hands Off She's Mine" and the '80s-night staple "Mirror in the Bathroom." After the split, the band divided its membership between the acts General Public, Big Audio Dynamite and Fine Young Cannibals, and it didn't reunite to tour until 2005. One version of the band, fronted by toaster/vocalist Ranking Roger, tours in Europe as the "New English Beat." The group coming to Tip's is led by original lead singer Dave Wakeling. RX Bandits and Outlaw Nation open. Tickets $20. — Fensterstock

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