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Rasputina and Hazard County Girls
8 p.m.
Thursday, May 19

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;www.oneeyedjacks.net It is hard to believe that a band with the instrumentation of cello, viola, and percussion can rock so hard, but Rasputina is not your ordinary aggregation. Even sitting down, it has an intensity that grows as the shows -- or as the band calls them, 'recitals' -- go on. There is a precious goth element to the group's presentation with the period costumes and bows, but when members break into original numbers such as 'High on Life' or 'If Your Kisses Can't Hold Him' and covers such as Heart's 'Barracuda,' it's no holds barred. Its latest CD, Radical Recital , is a bursting-at-the-seams recording that features leader Melora Creagers' deadpan funny introductions as well as a sampling of the band's best originals and covers. It's fair to say that there is no one who plays rock 'n' roll like this. Hazard County Girls open. Tickets $12. -- David Kunian


MUSIC

The Raveonettes
10 p.m.
Thursday, May 19

TwiRoPa (Live Room), 1544 Tchoupitoulas St., 232-9503; www.twiropa.com The extraordinarily photogenic duo at the helm of Denmark's Raveonettes -- the dark, brooding Sune Rose Wagner and the long, tall blonde icicle Sharin Foo -- made their mark in 2003 with their full-length debut, Chain Gang of Love . The album is a dense storm of fuzzy guitars and sweet boy-girl harmonies that garnered more than a few comparisons to noise masters Jesus and Mary Chain and contemporaries the Walkmen and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. This month's Pretty in Black (Sony) reins in the distorted sonic assault of the first release, layering delicate, dreamy vocals atop garage-pop melodies to expose a kind of tribute to B-movie Americana viewed through a noir, Nordic lens. Standout tracks include a cover of the Angels' 1963 hit, 'My Boyfriend's Back,' which combines vintage girl-group vocals with a techno beat, and the elegantly constructed, Phil Spector-esque 'Ode to L.A.,' which features guest vocals from none other than Ronnie Ronette. Tickets $13 in advance, $16 at door. -- Alison Fensterstock


EVENTS

Women's Expo
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22

New Orleans Women's Expo, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd, Kenner, 593-1881; www.neworleanswomensexpo.com

Known for mixing classic elegance with urban chic on a tight budget and an even tighter deadline, Edward Walker of TLC's hit show Trading Spaces will be guest-appearing in New Orleans for the Women's Expo. He will also host a 'Design and Dine' pre-party on Friday to benefit Children's Hospital, featuring cuisine from local restaurants, cocktails, live music by the Wiseguys and a silent auction. Members of the American Society of Interior Designers will be in attendance to mingle with the guests. The two-day expo showcases the products and services of more than 200 exhibitors and features a celebrity-chef demonstration area, food court, posh area, cocktail corner, and a fashion and entertainment stage. Benefit tickets are $20; expo tickets are $8 at the door. Free expo tickets are available at various sponsor locations. -- Katie Walenter


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The Allman Brothers
7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17

Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart St., 525-1052; www.saengertheatre.com Duane Allman's been gone for 34 years and Dickey Betts was fired in 2001. But current Allman Brothers' guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks are turning on a whole new generation of fans with their blues-rock fireworks and six-string duels. Haynes' muscular slide-guitar work and Trucks' jazz- and world music-informed excursions have breathed new life into Allman classics such as 'Whipping Post' and 'Revival,' and the duo's started a legacy of its own with incendiary original tracks like the extended workout 'Instrumental Illness' from the current lineup's rock-solid 2003 studio album, Hittin' the Note (Sanctuary). Band patriarch and masterful blues singer Gregg Allman is still soul brother No. 1, front and center for wistful acoustic versions of 'Melissa' and 'Midnight Rider.' Credit founding members and drumming powerhouses Butch Trucks and Jaimoe with keeping the engine stoked. Their punch drives the new material and choice covers in recent setlists such as Dr. John's 'Walk on Gilded Splinters,' Derek and the Dominoes' 'Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad,' The Band's 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' and the Grateful Dead's 'Franklin's Tower.' No opening act. Tickets $45. -- Scott Jordan


EVENTS

State of the Nation
7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.artspotproductions.com On the heels of a successful two-week touring festival in March, ArtSpot Productions returns to its current-home venue of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) with State of the Nation, a monthly series featuring local stage artists. For May's installment, former Urban Bush Women dancer and Tulane University dance teacher Millicent Honnie performs Testamoments , a self-choreographed piece toeing the line between spiritual guidance and social justice. Actress Lisa Shattuck, joined by 84 collaborators, explores maternal instinct in Motherege . Writer Michael Merino returns to New Orleans to showcase his one-act play, The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over the Lazy Dog , a musing on language and meaning that features Karen Anklam, Cissy Burson and Jeremy Yuslum. Recent Tulane grad Jean Ann Douglass directs I Said to B , a dance-theater work that culls together themes of love and loss, community, pop music and water. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students/seniors, free for CAC members. -- Frank Etheridge


MUSIC

Verdi's Requiem
7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19

8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21

Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 523-6530; www.lpomusic.com The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) closes out its 14th season the same way it has for a decade: with Klauspeter Seibel on the podium. The LPO presents Verdi's Requiem, featuring vocalists Susan B. Anthony, Eugenie Grunewald, Fernand del Valle and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. After stepping down from the directorship last year, Seibel has stayed on as principal guest conductor while the LPO searches for his replacement. Orchestra president and trumpet player Mike Bucalo says this year's parade of young and vivacious guest conductors, from Mexico's Carlos Prieto to San Francisco's Edwin Outwater, has only improved the LPO. 'Musically, I think we're on a new level,' Bucalo says. 'The orchestra continues to distinguish itself. Š I think [the guest conductors] keep us on our toes. In a weird way it keeps things fresh.' But having Seibel back in front of the orchestra (and delving into his specialty in Romantic composers) makes it feel like old times, says Bucalo: 'It's been a long relationship, and we know him very well, and he knows us very well. [Verdi's Requiem] is the kind of core serious repertoire that he does really, really wonderfully.' Tickets $13-$62. -- Natalie Brown


EVENTS

Open Studio Day
Noon to 6 p.m. (open studios), 9 p.m. to midnight (performance),
Saturday, May 21

Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, more than 30 work spaces and galleries, 948-4607; www.torrestama.com The Open Studio Artists Collective, including founding members Jose Torres Tama, Pati D'Amico, Bill Warren and Ze daLuz, showcases artwork to visitors in galleries, workspaces and homes for a second Open Studio Day in the Bywater and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods. The collective recently formed to protect the two historic neighborhoods from gentrification and over-development and to embrace the artistic and bohemian culture that characterizes the area. A special event called the Open Studio Performance Salon will be presented later Saturday evening at Venusian Gardens (2601 Chartres St.), featuring vaudeville by Dante, a performance art piece called 'MotioPoem' by Ahda Hahn, a performance by Torres Tama and a presentation of New Orleans Suite by ArtSpot Productions. In addition, civil rights lawyer Mark Gonzalez will be on hand to offer advice to artists about renting and leasing property. Maps of locations are available at the Faubourg Marigny Bookstore (600 Frenchmen St.) or on the Web site. Free admission to studios, $3 for performances. -- Walenter


MUSIC

Eisley
6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE; www.hob.com This Tyler, Texas, family band is opening for New Found Glory and Reggie & the Full Effect in support of Room Noises (Reprise), its first full-length album. The DuPree children were home-schooled by their parents, and they learned to play and sing performing contemporary Christian music. Now, with the oldest -- Chauntelle -- in her early 20s, Eisley's music doesn't sound Christian as much as principled and slightly insular, with poetry and a sense of sibling interdependence that recalls C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles. None of that is clear from one listen; what you hear more than anything else is sweet, melodic pop, the sort that seemed appropriate on bills with Coldplay and Snow Patrol, with whom the band has toured. Room Noises , with four producers, is marred a bit by the sound of money; 2003's Laughing City and Marvelous Things EPs capture a freer, wilder Eisley. Tickets $16.50-$19. -- Alex Rawls


MUSIC

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons
9 p.m.
Sunday, May 22

The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE; www.hob.com Prolific songwriter and touring veteran Jerry Joseph has ventured to New Orleans frequently, starting in the early 1990s during his time with Pacific Northwest-based rockers Little Women. A solid local fan base has become accustomed to Joseph's material, which spins manically around leftist rants and musings on love and remorse -- not to mention skilled work on acoustic and electric guitars. But Joseph's most recent trips to town have found him in different, and intriguing, formats. Last month he headlined an evening of acoustic music at Old Point Bar; fans of this incarnation should pick up Joseph's one-man, all-acoustic 2004 release, Cherry (Terminus). In 2004, he passed through twice with his most recent brainchild, Stockholm Syndrome. Sunday night, Joseph returns with his typical touring band of recent years, the Jackmormons, an infectious collective with drummer Brad Rosen and bassist Junior Ruppel capable of both hard-charging anthems and poignant ballads. Tickets $9. -- Etheridge

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