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MUSIC

Zydepunks CD-Release Party
9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 5
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

The world's hardest-working, accordion-based, world-punk band, the Zydepunks, is dropping its second full-length album of the year. Finisterre features the band's signature blend of multilingual folk cranked up to the nth degree, which spurs sweaty dance frenzies at shows that are part CBGB's mosh pit, part gypsy hoedown. Frontman Christian Kuffner sings in French, Yiddish, Spanish and Portuguese while the squeezebox and the fiddles pump out a punked-up amalgam of Cajun-, Breton-, Irish-, Ukrainian- and other traditional folk-influenced numbers. On Finisterre , Kuffner leans heavily on the Irish drinking-song idiom, with plenty of prompts to shed tears in your Guinness — as with "Dear Molly," a heart-wrenching nostalgia ballad. The band is joined by Los Skarnales, a Houston-based ska act that melds reggae, surf and rockabilly in Spanish and English. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock

 

 

MUSIC

Theresa Andersson CD-Release Party
10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 5
Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282; www.republicnola.com

The transplanted Swedish songbird Theresa Andersson recently became something of an Internet sensation, when a YouTube video of her performing "Na Na," a track off her latest album Hummingbird, Go! racked up more than half a million views. The video showcases her unique one-woman-band style — playing multiple instruments live and sampling herself to create an ethereal collage of sound scraps. The record itself shows her breathy, angelic vocals paying tribute to vintage Brill Building girl-group pop over sliced and diced sound loops featuring herself on several instruments as well as an admirable gathering of guests. Her high-tech recording techniques manage somehow to produce a sound that's organic and folky. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock

 

 

STAGE

Radio Golf
8 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 5-7; through Sept. 28
Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529; www.anthonybeantheater.com

Money motivates in Radio Golf , but is it a source of renewal or a more compromising temptation? Set in the 1990s, it is the final installment in playwright August Wilson's cycle chronicling African-American life in 20th century America. It's the seventh of Wilson's plays staged by Anthony Bean Community Theater. "What he does strikes a chord with my theater audience," Anthony Bean says. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's drama focuses on the ambitions of Harmond Wilks, who wants to be Pittsburgh's first black mayor, and Roosevelt Hicks, a bank vice president solely concerned with climbing the social and business ladders. The two business partners plan to rebuild a derelict neighborhood with federal grants but find themelves pulled in different directions by history and the promise of wealth. Bean directs Wilbert L. Williams Jr., Gwendolyne Foxworth, Donald Lewis Jr., Lionel J. Jackson and Harold X. Evans. Tickets $18 adults, $16 students/seniors. — Allison Good

 

FILM

Walking on Dead Fish
Opens Friday, Sept. 5
AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 734-2020; www.amctheatres.com or www.walkingondeadfish.com

Appropriately enough, Walking on Dead Fish (PG-13) opens on a Friday night. The documentary about the East St. John High School football team offers an odd look at the aftermath of Katrina through the ups and downs of the fall 2005 season. While the first 20 minutes are awash in the flood and destruction footage that is being replayed everywhere on the third anniversary of the storm, the story gets going when the coaches and players set out to salvage what's left of their season. Many New Orleans families relocated 15 miles west to LaPlace, and among them are some top football players. What may sound like a dream-team opportunity isn't at all simple. St. John's players feel like their seniority matters. New players struggle to compete while learning the system. Former Brother Martin running back Johnny Owens emerges as a star, but at the expense of East St. John's Stanley Jackson Jr. What's at stake isn't just high school notoriety but chances at college scholarships. The team gets on a roll against rivals like Hahnville and John Curtis, but that just intensifies the competition to get playing time. Against the backdrop of ruined homes, displaced relatives and everything else Katrina and Rita wrought, the intense focus on football at times seems like an absurd abstraction from the storm, but it helps the community unite and rebuild. How the players react off the field takes the film in a surprising direction. Louisiana native Terry Bradshaw narrates the film. Reggie Bush is one of its executive producers. Tickets $9.50 adults, $4.75 children. — Will Coviello

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