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Low and Behold
7:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 16
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org

Shot in and around New Orleans in May and June of 2006, this directorial debut from Lafayette filmmaker Zack Godshall follows the on-the-job follies and epiphanies of young, sensitive Turner Stull (played by area-native Barlow Jacobs, who also shares co-writing credits with Godshall). He's an insurance claims adjuster imported by a crass uncle to help out with the boom in business after Hurricane Katrina. Through Stull's eyes and ears in the field, viewers are exposed to the raw destruction of the Gulf Coast — captured unerringly by Daryn DeLuco's documentary-style cinematography — and the many quirky characters who populate the region, many of whom are played by actual residents and nonprofessional actors. While Jacobs and Eddie Rouse (who portrays Nixon, an enigmatic hanger-on and eventual friend to Stull) provide fine work, the real star of Low and Behold is DeLuco's camerawork, which stands alone as its own artistic statement. The astounding photography, at once effective and profoundly affecting, tells a truer story than any real or imagined media to emerge from south Louisiana since September 2005. Tickets $8 general admission, $6 CAC/New Orleans Film Society members. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

 

 

 

MUSIC

Silver Jews
9 p.m. Wed., Sept. 17
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

Photo by Pylon Shadow David Berman is a storyteller first and a songwriter second. On Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City) — the sixth LP from his long-running, shape-shifting country/rock collective, Silver Jews — choruses and verses exist mainly as odd constructs for the exploits of some very odd characters battling, as Berman puts it, "Tennessee tendencies and chemical dependencies": there's "Aloysius, Bluegrass Drummer," who gets wrapped up in a crime of passion to feed an insatiable lady crooner and wakes up to "blood in the bedding, forks in the ceiling and bones all over the lawn"; or the unnamed hippie couple from "San Francisco B.C.," who proclaim romance to be "the douche of the bourgeoisie" and whose own love splinters into botched burglaries and last-minute twists. Throughout the strange, slow-growing album, Berman, who is also an accomplished poet, speak-sings noirish non sequiturs in a deadened baritone like Johnny Cash doing dramatic readings of Tim Burton, while wife Cassie delivers the lively, lovely June Carter harmonies. James Jackson Toth opens. Tickets $10 advance purchase, $12 at the door. — Pais

 

 

 

MUSIC

Sonny Landreth CD-Release Party
10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

Photo by Sandro Guitar god Eric Clapton once called Lafayette guitarist Sonny Landreth "the most underestimated musician on the planet." But here in southern Louisiana, we've been giving the ace slide guitarist due props for nearly 30 years. The Grammy-nominated artist electrifies his bayou-soaked blues sound with virtuosic twang, and his sound has been mined for recordings by stars including Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy and John Hiatt. Most recently, he lent licks to Louisiana music legend Bobby Charles' warm, rootsy 2008 release Homemade Songs . Landreth celebrates the release of From the Reach , his ninth album, which features a pantheon of distinguished guitar-slingers, including Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Jimmy Buffett, plus Dr. John on vocals and piano. The tracks ricochet from warm exotica to distorted, barreling blues rock, mixed with Landreth on the left and his guests on the right to create a conversational groove. Considering who's talking, it's a chat worth listening in on. Tickets $15. — Alison Fensterstock

 

 

 

MUSIC

Marc Cohn 8
8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 22
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

Pop troubadour Marc Cohn is best known for his signature 1991 hit "Walking In Memphis," a wide-eyed, evocative ode to Southern music that earned him a Best New Artist Grammy that year and was, oddly, covered by Cher, who had a Top 20 hit with it on the U.K. charts four years later. After that promising takeoff, Cohn's career suffered some stops and starts due to pretty terrible luck. After a painful divorce, the singer battled writer's block for nearly a decade. Attempting to emerge from his rut, Cohn set out on tour in 2005, having not recorded in seven years. After a gig in Denver that August, he was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking. During his convalescence, Hurricane Katrina hit, which had a strange effect on him: "I'm in the middle of my own crisis, and now I'm watching all these haunting images on television of thousands of people suffering through a far more horrific event. And then something I never could have predicted happened. It was like my song writing receiver got flipped into the on position." The result was 2007's Join the Parade , a textured, soulful album co-produced by Charlie Sexton. Proceeds from Cohn's performance benefit the Tipitina's Foundation. Tickets $25. — Fensterstock

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