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MUSIC Kimya Dawson 3 p.m. Tue., March 18

Audubon Park Shelter No. 10 (between Magazine Street and Street Charles Ave.) Kimya Dawson is an earnestly holistic punk mommy whose MySpace page describes her songs as "happy and sad and scared and brave all mixed up together — a lot like something you and your mom can cry to together. Or even you and your grandma. Or your cat. Or a nice friend that usually just likes the radio hits." The page also includes a friendly paragraph on the benefits of cloth diapering. Her spare, wistful indie/folk/punk also helped propel the film Juno to an Oscar win and its soundtrack to the first No. 1 chart spot the quirky Rhino Records label has earned. On her last visit to New Orleans, she played both a musician's aid benefit gig at the House of Blues and a 21-and-up show at a local punk space. This "after-school" show is taking place at a reasonable hour, in a space unhindered by the constraints of rock venues, and for free. Before the Juno boom, Dawson was best known as part of the group the Moldy Peaches. In her solo acoustic incarnation, her smart, intimate lyrics and sunny voice make you feel like she wants to be your friend. Free admission. — Alison Fensterstock MUSIC Master/Slave 10 p.m. Thu., March 20

Saturn Bar, 3067 Saint Claude Ave., 949-7532 Regarding touring musicians, the line between mere dedication and maniacal devotion often can be as minor as a busted radiator. Singer/guitarist Matt Jones, one-half of the animate contingent in San Francisco duo Master/Slave (said "Master Slash Slave"), has crisscrossed the country by car four times in the last three years, each time paired with a different drummer. Sick of the revolving door behind him and tired of carting around a stack of decaying keyboards, Jones pre-programmed his ominous synthesizer accompaniments and recruited a producer/friend, Ephriam Nagler, to helm his one-man rhythm section. The resulting product is a two-piece outfit that delivers the polyphonic bravado of a full-fledged dance band on mini MIDI symphonies like "Someone Else's Blues" and sneering aural assaults like the superb "You Never Write." Master/Slave's debut long-player, Scandal , is due out later this spring. Locals joke-rapper Arajay and distortion rockers the Microshards share the bill. Call club for ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais EVENT Big Easy Theatre Awards 7 p.m. Mon., March 24

Harrah's New Orleans Casino, 8 Canal St., 483-3129 The Big Easy Theatre Awards will announce the winners for performances in 2007 and present special recognition honors at the awards gala Monday night at Harrah's Theatre. Roy Haylock (aka Bianca Del Rio) will host the event, and there will be many guest presenters and performances by individuals and productions nominated in categories for drama, comedy and musicals. Actress/singer Becky Allen (pictured) will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award (See "Role of a Lifetime," p. 59). Playwright John Biguenet, author of Rising Water , will accept the Theatre Person of the Year award, and Southern Repertory Theater's production of his play is nominated in several categories. Acting, directing and technical achievements are celebrated with the annual awards. Productions receiving the most nominations were Le Petit Theatre's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with eight, Southern Rep's Doubt (seven), Dem Boys' production of The Pillowman (six), Le Petit's Pretty Babies (five) and NOLA Project/Southern Rep's The Lieutenant of Inishmore (five). The event includes an open bar and buffet dinner. Tickets $125. — Will Coviello MUSIC Juvenile 9 p.m. Fri., March 21

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com In the '90s, it was the bounce beat-driven star power of the rapper Juvenile that launched the now-iconic local Cash Money label into the national arena with both solo work and collaboration with Lil Wayne, among others, in the group Hot Boys. After leaving the label with a string of gold and platinum records, Juve went on both to bring Dirty South bounce to the world at large and, to a degree, to evolve beyond it. His 2006 Atlantic records debut, Reality Check — which hit hard with both club hits and intense Katrina commentary — left the simple, repetitive formula of bounce behind for a more nuanced, complex sound. His latest recorded output was a guest spot on the title track — and the hottest tune on — Galactic's 2007 album From the Corner to the Block , a funky masterpiece of rhythm that blends street-parade tradition with block-party beats. And from the early samples available online of his upcoming Atlantic album Diary of a Soulja , produced by Cash Money stalwart Mannie Fresh, it looks like the new album will be rife with smooth and groovy R&B slow jams. If it appears from his studio output that Juve (apparently no longer an Uptown villain who don't mind dying) is — ironically — maturing as an artist, it still seems worth hoping that, in his hometown at least, he'll bust out some of that old-school gold. Tickets $30. — Fensterstock

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