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Gambit Weekly's guide to fall concerts, shows and events.

Just like the Saints preseason, the entertainment schedule for fall heats up in August. From Satchmo Summerfest in the French Quarter and White Linen Night in the Warehouse District this weekend all the way through to caroling in Jackson Square, there's plenty to fill your calendar. Gambit Weekly provides this preview of entertaining options including feature film releases, major concerts, home sporting events, theater, dance, festivals, galas and more. Mark your calendars and contact event sponsors and ticket outlets for further details about times and prices. Enjoy.

Film Releases
Release dates are national. Films may not open immediately in local theaters.

Frozen River
Two single moms are tempted to make ends meet by getting into immigrant smuggling on the United States-Canadian border.
Sony Classics
Aug. 1

Midnight Meat Train
A photographer obsessed with the dark side risks everything to pursue a serial killer who stalks the subways in the middle of the night.
Lionsgate
Aug. 1

Swing Vote
Democracy is in a sad state when disinterested citizen and devoted beer drinker Kevin Costner must decide an election.
Disney
Aug. 1

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Based on the novels of Ann Brashares, four young women remain close as they graduate from college and go their separate ways into adulthood.
Warner Bros.
Aug. 6

The Perfect Game
Based on a true story, a Little League team from Monterrey, Mexico, defies the odds as it pursues the Little League World Series title in the United States.
Lionsgate
Aug. 8

Pineapple Express
A couple of pot heads get in big trouble with a drug gang in this action comedy.
Sony Pictures
Aug. 8

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
George Lucas launches the first animated installment of the Star Wars saga.
Warner Bros.
Aug. 15

Vicky Christina Barcelona
Two women have an adventurous vacation in Barcelona, Spain, with a married painter (Javier Bardem) in this Woody Allen-directed exploration of love.
Weinstein Company
Aug. 15

Hamlet 2
A failed actor conceives of an outrageous musical sequel to Hamlet for his high school students to perform.
Focus Features
Aug. 22

The House Bunny
A Playboy Bunny tries to teach a sorority of awkward women about men, only to learn a few things about them herself.
Sony Pictures
Aug. 22

I Served the King of England
An ambitious young Czech endures absurd reversals of fortune as he survives World War II only to be vilified by the new Communist regime.
Sony Classics
Aug. 22

Traitor
Don Cheadle stars in an espionage thriller about an agent caught up in a web of terrorists and mysterious agents.
Overture Films
Aug. 27

Disaster Movie
Disaster Movie joins the genre spoofs Scary Movie, Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans.
Lionsgate
Aug. 29

Babylon A.D.
Vin Diesel stars as a mercenary in an action thriller set in a post-apocalypse world.
Fox
Aug. 29

Bangkok Dangerous
Nicholas Cage is a cold and heartless assassin who becomes personally entangled in a job in Bangkok, Thailand.
Lionsgate
Sept. 5

Burn After Reading
John Malkovich, Brad Pitt and George Clooney star in a Coen brothers spy comedy about a CIA agent who misplaces his memoir.
Focus Features
Sept. 12

Towelhead
A young Arab-American girl struggles to fit in to a Houston suburb.
Warner Independent Pictures
Sept. 12

Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys Together
Two very different families find themselves inextricably linked in local filmmaker Tyler Perry's latest feature film.
Lionsgate
Sept. 12

The Duchess
Georgiana Spencer plays the Duchess, a British woman who has great power and influence, except with her husband the Duke, played by Ralph Fiennes.
Paramount Vantage
Sept. 19

Lakeview Terrace
A couple of newlyweds move into a California neighborhood only to find that a neighbor doesn't like their interracial relationship.
Sony Pictures
Sept. 19

My Best Friend's Girl
Dane Cook is the worst date ever, but ruins his streak when his friend sets him up with Kate Hudson.
Lionsgate
Sept. 19

Choke
A dark comedy about a mother and son and his odd career at a colonial theme park.
Fox Searchlight
Sept. 26

The Lucky Ones
A trio of servicemen struggle with the realities of coming home.
Lionsgate
Sept. 26

Miracle at St. Anna
This Disney feature follows four African-American soldiers serving in Europe during World War II.
Disney
Sept. 26

Nights in Rodanthe
Adrienne Willis escapes to tend a friend's inn as she pieces her life back together, but then a gentle stranger checks in as a storm approaches.
Warner Bros.
Sept. 26

Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Chloe the ritzy Beverly Hills Chihuahua becomes lost while traveling in Mexico and must make her way back home.
Disney
Oct. 3

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
An unlikely couple share little more than a love of music in this romantic comedy.
Sony Pictures
Oct. 3

Religious
Borat director Larry Charles films Bill Maher as he interviews people about God and religion.
Lionsgate
Oct. 3

What Just Happened
Robert DeNiro stars in a comedy about a Hollywood producer who's having troubles juggling his life.
Magnolia Pictures
Oct. 3

Body of Lies
Ridley Scott directs a thriller in which Leo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe seek to thwart terrorists.
Warner Bros.
Oct. 10

Quarantine
A news crew is caught in a quarantined area and leaves behind the only evidence of what happened in this horror thriller.
Sony Pictures
Oct. 10

W
Oliver Stone wastes no time in profiling the 43rd president up through his decision to invade Iraq.
Lionsgate
Oct. 17

The Secret Life of Bees
Set in South Carolina in 1964, a young girl is haunted by the memory of her late mother.
Fox Searchlight
Oct. 17

High School Musical 3
Troy and Gabriella return for their senior year at East High.
Disney
Oct. 24

Passengers
As a young therapist, Anne Hathaway counsels survivors of a plane crash and discovers mysterious circumstances about the accident when she falls for one of them.
Sony Pictures
Oct. 24

Saw V
The Jigsaw legacy must not die, and surely won't in the fifth installment of the slasher series.
Lionsgate
Oct. 24

Rocknrolla
Everyone wants in on the action when a Russian mobster disrupts London's underworld.
Warner Bros.
Oct. 31

Quantum of Solace

James Bond must resist the desire for vengence as he is drawn into a plot that has already resulted in the death of the woman he loved.

Sony Pictures

Nov. 11

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was when Harry Potter once again faces Voldemort's threat.

Warner Bros.

Nov. 21

Bolt

John Travolta and Miley Cyrus lend their voices to an animated film about a dog who thinks he has super powers.

Disney

Nov. 26

Milk

Sean Penn stars as murdered San Franciso gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Focus Features

Nov. 26

Transporter 3

This special agent action/adventure series continues as Frank Martin moves to Paris to work as a no-questions-asked delivery man.

Lionsgate

Nov. 26

Coraline

Dakota Fanning stars as a young girl who walks into a fantastic alternate reality and may be stuck there.

Focus Features

December

Punisher: War Zone

A vigilante goes after a mob boss and begins a massive battle between the underworld and the FBI.

Lionsgate

Dec. 5

Defiance

Defiance is a story of honor, vengence and salvation, based on actual events during World War II.

Paramount Vantage

Dec. 12

Seven Pounds

Will Smith stars in a drama about a man who will change the lives of seven strangers.

Sony Pictures

Dec. 12

Yes Man

Jim Carrey stars as a man in a self-help program who changes his life by saying 'Yes."

Warner Bros.

Dec. 19

The Spirit

Comic/action hero the Spirit returns from the dead to fight the crime figure, The Octopus, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Lionsgate

Dec. 25

Revolutionary Road

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are a young couple trying to find fulfillment in an age of conformity.

Paramount Vantage

Dec. 26

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

Years after a mining accident and a murder spree, a town is still cursed by its survivors.

Lionsgate

Jan. 23, 2009

Additional Films " Fall Release Dates TBA

Australia

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in a romantic adventure set down under.

Fox

Game

Deathrow inmates and convicts play an online videogame in a gladatorial-like spectacle until they devise a way to use it to break out.

Lionsgate

Last Chance Harvey

Dustin Hoffman stars as an aging jingle writer who's down to his last chance.

Overture Films

Morning Light

Teens from disparate backgrounds come together as a crew on a trans-Pacific sailing race.

Disney

Righteous Kill

Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino star in a psychological thriller about cops hunting a vigilante killer.

Overture Films

Concerts
Tickets available through Ticketmaster (522-5555; www.ticketmaster.com) or venue box office.

Paramore

Sugar Mill, 1101 Convention Center Blvd.

www.sugarmillevents.com

Wed., Aug. 6

Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd

New Orleans Arena

Fri., Aug. 8

Toots and the Maytals

House of Blues

Tue., Aug. 12

Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes: The Poets and Pirates Tour

New Orleans Arena

Thu., August 14

Staind, Hinder, Theory of a Deadman

UNO Lakefront Arena

Fri., Aug. 15

The Melvins

One Eyed Jacks

Wed., Aug. 20

Chicago presented by Harrah's

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Sun., Sept. 21

New Kids on the Block

New Orleans Arena

Sat., Oct. 10

Voodoo Music Festival

City Park

www.thetenthritual.com

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 24-26

Bootsy Collins

House of Blues

Oct., 25

The Mystic Orchestra

New Orleans Arena

Fri., Nov. 7

Sammy Hagar

House of Blues

Sun., Nov. 16

Black Crowes with Buffalo Killers

House of Blues

Tue., Nov. 18

Gino Vannelli

Harrah's New Orleans

Nov. 19, 21 & 22

Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands

Louisiana Superdome

Fri., Nov. 28

Celine Dion

New Orleans Arena

Sat., Jan 10, 2009

Naturally 7

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Sat., Feb. 28, 2009

Sports

New Orleans Zephyrs

All home games at Zephyr Stadium

6000 Airline Drive, Kenner

Remaining 2008 Home Schedule

July 30-Aug. 2 vs. Tucson Sidewinders

Aug. 3-6 vs. Las Vegas 51s

Aug. 16-19 vs. Iowa Cubs

Aug. 29-Sept. 1 vs. Nashville Sounds

Zephyrs Box Office

734-5155; www.zephyrsbaseball.com

New Orleans Saints

All home games at the Louisiana Superdome

Preseason

Houston Texans

7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 16

Miami Dolphins

7 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28

Regular Season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Noon Sun., Sept. 7

San Francisco 49ers

Noon Sun., Sept. 28

Minnesota Vikings

7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 6

Oakland Raiders

Noon Sun., Oct 12

San Diego Chargers

Noon Sun., Oct. 26

Green Bay Packers

7:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 24

Atlanta Falcons

Noon Sun., Dec. 7

Carolina Panthers

Noon Sun., Dec. 28

Saints Box Office

731-1700; www.neworleanssaints.com

Tulane Green Wave Football

Home games at the Louisiana Superdome unless noted

East Carolina

2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13

Louisiana-Monroe

2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20

SMU

2 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25

Army

At Tad Gormley Stadium

2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 4

Rice

2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25

LSU

At Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge

7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1

UAB

2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 15

Tulane Box Office

861-WAVE; www.tulane.edu

LSU Tigers

All home games at Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge

Appalachian State

4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 30

Troy State

7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 6

North Texas

7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13

Mississippi State

Sat. Sept. 27 — time TBA

Georgia

Sat. Oct. 25 — time TBA

Tulane

7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1

Alabama

Sat. Nov. 8 — time TBA

Ole Miss

Sat. Nov. 22 — time TBA

LSU Box Office

(225) 578-2184; www.lsusports.net

New Orleans Hornets

Preseason begins in October.

Schedule TBA

525-HOOP; www.nba.com/hornets

Bowl Games

State Farm Bayou Classic

Louisiana Superdome

www.statefarmbayouclassic.com

1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29

New Orleans Bowl

Louisiana Superdome

www.neworleansbowl.com

7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Louisiana Superdome

www.allstatesugarbowl.com

Fri. Jan. 2, 2009

Festivals & Events

Satchmo Summerfest

French Quarter, Old U.S. Mint and French Market

522-5730; www.fqfi.org

Thu.-Sun., July 31-Aug. 3

Al Copeland Memorial Powerboat Races

Laketown Park, Kenner

www.alcopelandfoundation.org

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 1-3

White Linen Night

Warehouse District, CAC

www.cacno.org

Sat., Aug. 2

Louisiana State Hot Air Balloon Championship

6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

www.laballooning.com

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 8-10

Dirty Linen Night

French Quarter

Sat., Aug. 9

Red Dress Run

French Quarter

http://neworleanshash.tripod.com

Sat., Aug. 9

Krewe of O.A.K. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade

Riverbend, starts at Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St.

www.kreweofoak.org

Sat., Aug. 23

Southern Decadence

French Quarter

www.southerndecadence.net

Wed.-Mon., Aug. 27-Sept. 1

Oktoberfest

Deutsches Haus, 200 S. Galvez St.

www.deutscheshaus.org

Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Oct. 25

St. Tammany Parish Fair

St. Tammany Parish Fair Grounds, 1309 Columbia St., Covington

Tue.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 5

Gretna Heritage Festival

Huey P. Long Avenue at the Riverfront, Gretna

www.gretnafest.com

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 3-5

Steam Train Bluegrass Festival

Audubon Park by the river, 6500 Magazine St.

897-2464; www.lasta.org

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 4-5

Art for Arts Sake

Art galleries citywide

Sat., Oct. 4

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

Armstrong Park

www.jazzandheritage.org

Sun., Oct. 5

New Orleans Film Festival

Citywide

www.neworleansfilmfest.com

Fri.-Thu., Oct. 10-16

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square

www.jazzandheritage.org

Sat., Oct. 18

Fall Garden Show

City Park Botannical Gardens

www.neworleanscitypark.com

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 18-19

Swamp Fest

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.

581-4629;www.auduboninstitute.org

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 1-2

Mirliton Festival

Bywater, Markey Park

www.bywaterneighbors.com

Sat., Nov. 8

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Festival

Contemporary Arts Center

www.jazzandheritage.org

Sun., Nov. 9

Words & Music Festival

French Quarter

www.wordsandmusic.org

Wed.-Sun., Nov. 12-16

New Orleans Bookfair

Frenchmen Street

www.nolabookfair.com

Sat. Nov. 15

Three Rivers Art Festival

Columbia Street, downtown Covington

www.threeriversartfestival.com

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 15-16

Down by the Riverside Gospel and Brass Festival

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

www.jazzandheritage.org

Sun., Nov. 23

Caroling in Jackson Square

523-7047; www.patioplanters.org

Sun., Dec. 21

Theater

HeartSong Two: A New Orleans Concert for Iowa

New Orleans cabaret stars perform in a benefit for Iowa flood victims.

Le Chat Noir

July 31

Oklahoma!

It's the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about love on the plains.

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Dixon Hall

July 31-Aug. 3

A Place in the Sun

Running With Scissors puts a campy twist on the film classic about a man torn between two women.

Le Chat Noir

July 11-Aug. 3

Give Up Da Funk

Anthony Bean wrote and directed this musical featuring more than 70 young performers.

Anthony Bean Community Theatre

Aug. 1-3

Gutenberg! The Musical!

In this play within a play, Bud and Doug write a musical to earn a one-way ticket to Broadway.

Southern Rep

Aug. 1-10

What, This Thing Appeared Again Tonight

Playwright Jim Fitzmorris created this tale for and about the NOLA Project, whose actors came to New Orleans after Katrina to stage theater productions.

Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

July 25-Aug. 16

Goin' To Jackson

Jamie Wax returns with his one-man comedy about mental health.

Le Chat Noir

Aug. 8-17

Rabbit Hole

This 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about a couple dealing with the loss of a parent as an odd sibling tries to lift their spirits in her own way.

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

Aug. 14-30

Voices of Louisiana

Shine Productions presents its satirical tribute to Louisiana history.

Le Chat Noir

Aug. 21-30

Thrill Me

Marigny Theatre

Aug. 29-Sept. 28

Speech & Debate

This off-Broadway hit is the raucous story of a high school shaken up by three students who set out to expose corruption, sex scandals and more.

Southern Rep

Sept. 3-28

He Loves and She Loves: The Music of Gershwin

Amy Alvarez and Jefferson Turner star in this musical showcase.

Le Chat Noir

Sept. 5-21

Radio Golf

August Wilson's final play about the African-American experience in the 20th century focuses on politics, money and access to privilege.

Anthony Bean Community Theatre

Sept. 5-28

Rent

Young artists struggle to survive in New York and cope with modern problems while following their passions.

Le Petit Theatre

Sept. 9-Oct. 12

Laughing Wild

Laughing Wild is a story about stress and modern times seen through the eyes of two people who have overlapping dreams.

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

Sept. 12-27

All Shook Up

In this musical version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Elvis Presley breaks out the rock and roll as soundtrack for the comedy of mistaken identities.

Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS)

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre

Sept. 13-Oct. 5

Die Mommy Die

Running With Scissors continues to remake the classics.

Le Chat Noir

Sept. 26-Oct. 19

Dracula — The Whole Story

Rene J.F. Piazza continues his work on the saga of Count Dracula.

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

Oct. 2-25

Nunsense

The Little Sisters of Hoboken put on a talent show to raise money for a funeral in this off-Broadway hit.

JPAS

Teatro Wego! Dinner Theatre

Oct. 10-26

Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine

Anthony Bean Community Theatre

Oct. 17-Nov. 9

Michel Lauziere

The 'Master of Unusual Comedy," Lauziere is best known for his unique work on HBO and Comedy Central mixing music, performance art and humor.

JPAS

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Oct. 18

History Boys

This six-time Tony Award winner is about a rambunctious group of seniors in a British boarding school jostling for acceptance to college and growing up as they near graduation.

Southern Rep

Oct. 17-26

Fearnot

Fearnot is a children's play about a boy who explores the meaning of fear.

NOLA Project

Oct. 17-Nov. 2

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the regional premiere of this musical take on Shakepeare's The Tempest as a 1950s sci-fi cult film.

JPAS

Westwego Performing Arts

Oct. 28-Nov 16

One Piece

Marigny Theatre

Oct. 31- Nov 16

The Seafarer

Set in Dublin, two brothers set out to play poker on Christmas Eve and end up meeting a mysterious stranger.

Southern Rep

Nov. 5-Dec. 7

To Kill a Mockingbird

Actor's Theatre stages Harper Lee's classic tale of injustice and racism.

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

Nov. 6-22

The Little Dog Laughed

A filmmaker tries to make it in Hollywood with the help of " or in spite of " his interfering agent.

Le Petit Theatre

Nov. 12-Dec. 21

New Plays Festival

Le Chat Noir

Nov. 14-23

Side Man

The NOLA Project and InSideOut Productions team up to stage a drama about a jazz musician and his family.

Nov. 14-30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A struggling replacement director must cast the worst behaved children ever if he is to stage the annual Christmas pageant. Enjoy an all-child cast in this offbeat holiday story.

Teatro Wego! Dinner Theatre

Nov. 29-Dec. 7

Miracle on 34th Street

A child's faith in Santa Claus inspires holiday spirit.

JPAS

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Dec. 4-14

Jamal's Christmas at the Crawfords

Marigny Theatre

Dec. 4-21

A Christmas Carol — The Whole Story

Actor's Theatre reprises Rene J.F. Piazza's take on the Dickens classic.

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

Dec. 5-21

Scrooge in Rouge

Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman and Yvette Hargis reprise their take on the Dickens classic.

Le Chat Noir

Dec. 5-28

Playhouse Disney Live! On Tour

UNO Lakefront Arena

Dec. 12

Special Christmas Gift

Anthony Bean Community Theater

Dec. 12-21

Renew Revue

Ricky Graham reprises his musical tribute to rebuilding.

Jan. 2-18, 2009

As You Like It

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane reprises its summer version of the Bard's classic set in 1930s New Orleans.

Jan. 7-16, 2009

All Shook Up

In this musical version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Elvis Presley breaks out the rock and roll for the comedy of mistaken identities.

Le Petit Theatre

Jan. 16-Feb. 8, 2009

Dying City

After her husband dies while fighting in Iraq, Kelly tries to start over with her life and encounters his twin brother.

Southern Rep

Jan. 14-Feb. 8, 2009

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

A cast of national and local talent present the Broadway version of Disney's popular tale.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

JPAS

Jan. 24-Feb. 1, 2009

Mahalia! A Gospel Musical

New Orleans' own legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is celebrated in song in this special tribute.

Westwego Performing Arts Center

Jan. 30-Feb. 15, 2009

Wild Mushrooms

Members of the mob come for dinner and enjoy a special ingredient in this comedy.

Teatro Wego! Dinner Theatre

March 6-22, 2009

Sick

Paranoid about germs and health risks, a family isolates themselves from the world until a visitor bursts their bubble.

Southern Rep

March 11-April 5, 2009

Crimes of the Heart

Three sisters try to reconcile family differences after one of them shoots her husband in this dark comedy.

Le Petit Theatre

March/April 2009

Scandalous! The Life and Times of D.H. Lawrence

Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the U.S. premiere of this profile of author D.H. Lawrence and his controversial works.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

March 21-29

Midlife: The Crisis Musical

Enjoy convalescing into middle age with this salute to kissing youth goodbye.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

March 27-April 18, 2009

Altar Boyz

A fictitious Christian boy band harmonizes on its 'Raise the Praise" tour in this musical.

Southern Rep

April 10-19, 2009

Shotgun

After Katrina, a white father and son move into half a shotgun double owned and inhabited by a black woman and her father and the city's racial tensions bubble to the surface.

Southern Rep

May 6-31, 2009

The Producers

A couple of Broadway producers try to make money by staging a flop " if only things were that simple.

Le Petit Theatre

July 2009

Opera

Madame Butterfly

An American naval officer marries and leaves a young Japanese woman in this tragic opera.

JPAS

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Sept. 20-21

Manon Lescaut

A French country girl chooses the glamour of Paris over the devotion of a convent in Puccini's first successful opera.

New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)

Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium

Oct. 17 & 19

Don Giovanni

Mozart's masterpiece brings the story of Don Juan to the stage in this exploration of the dark side of love.

NOOA

Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium

Nov. 14 & 16

Placido Domingo

The world-renowned tenor performs at the reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. The stage will be officially named in his honor at the event.

NOOA

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

Jan. 17, 2009

Carmen

Carmen is a beautiful gypsy woman who conquers men's hearts in one of the most popular operas ever produced.

NOOA

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

March 20 & 22, 2009

La Traviata

Verdi's opera tells the tale of a Parisian couretesan who gives up the man she loves to protect his family's reputation.

NOOA

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

April 17 & 19, 2009

BOX OFFICE

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

4539 N. I-10 Service Road, Suite 200, Metairie

456-4111; www.actorstheatreofneworleans.com

Anthony Bean Community Theater

1333 S. Carrollton Ave.

865-7529; www.anthonybeantheater.com

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

1118 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie

885-2000; www.jpas.org

Le Chat Noir

715 St. Charles Ave.

581-5812; www.cabaretlechatnoir.com

Le Petit Theatre

616 St. Peter St.

522-2081; www.lepetittheatre.com

Marigny Theatre

1030 Marigny St.

218-8559; www.marignytheatre.org

New Orleans Opera Association

529-3000; www.neworleansopera.org

Southern Rep

The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor

522-6545; www.southernrep.com

Dance

Street of Crocodiles

Tsunami Dance Company

NOCCA Riverfront, Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St.

Oct. 10-11

Ballet Hispanico

Presented by New Orleans Ballet Assoc. (NOBA)

Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Oct. 24-25

Trey McIntyre Project

Presented by NOBA

Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Nov. 21-22

Nutcracker

Delta Festival Ballet

Slidell, Northshore Harbor Center

100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell

Dec. 6-7

Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Dec. 19-21

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Presented by NOBA and NOCCA

NOCCA, Lupin Hall

Jan. 30-31, 2009

Houston Ballet's Marie

With the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Presented by NOBA

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

March 27-28, 2009

Diavolo

Presented by NOBA

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

May 9, 2009

Museum Exhibitions

Treasure of Napoleon

Louisiana State Muesum, Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 568-6968; www.lsm.crt.state.la.us

Through Aug. 3

New Orleans: A Sense of Place

Views of New Orleans. Organized by the Historic New Orleans Collection.

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), City Park, 658-4100; www.noma.org

Through Aug. 31

A Tribute to Cole Pratt: His Gallery's First Fifteen Years (1993-2008)

A collection of works by artists whose careers were fostered by Cole Pratt.

NOMA

Through Sept. 21

The Baroque World of Fernando Botero

The first major United States retrospective of the Colombian artist's work.

NOMA

Through Sept. 21

Surrounded by Water: New Orleans, the Mississippi & Lake Pontchartrain

Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc.org

Through Sept. 28

City Stage

Visual art about music and performance art

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org

Through Oct. 5

Peter Sarkisian Extruded Video Engines 6, 7, 8 and 9

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org

Through Oct. 5

Gentlemen Callers

Works by Paul Cadmus and George Dureau from the collection of Kenneth Holditch.

NOMA

Through Oct. 12

Stuart Klipper: Louisiana Purchase

Photography

Ogden Museum, 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.org

Aug. 2-Sept. 30

Southern Masters Series: Robert Tannen

Mixed media

Ogden Museum

Aug. 2-Sept. 30

New Orleans Art Pioneers: Charles and Ethel Hutson

Paintings, watercolors and sketches

Ogden Museum

Aug. 2-Sept. 30

Ersy: Hommage to the Society of St. Anne

Sculpture

Ogden Museum

Aug. 2-Sept. 30

University of New Orleans 50th Anniversary: Paintings by Tom Young & Southeast College Art Association Annual Exhibition

Ogden Museum

Aug. 2-Sept. 30

Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland (1897-1939)

Captured moments of a Jewish community shortly before the onset of the Holocaust. National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum.org

Sept. 27- Jan. 11, 2009

A Closer Look: Photographs of Antebellum New Orleans by Jay Dearborn Edwards, 1858-1861

HNOC

Oct.1-Feb 20, 2009

Sally Mann: What Remains

Photography

Ogden Museum

Oct. 4-Dec. 30

Paintings by Margaret Evangeline

Ogden Museum

Oct. 4-Dec. 30

Lisa Silvestri: The New Orleans Portrait Project

Ogden Museum

Oct. 4-Dec. 30

Objects of Desire

Faberge jewelry and objets d'art from the Hodges Family Collection.

NOMA

Nov. 8-Jan. 18, 2009

Objects of Desire

NOMA

Nov. 8-Jan. 18

The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photographs

A show of 175 works by top contemporary photographers.

NOMA

Feb. 7-April 26, 2009

A Collector's Gift: A Century of Glass from Jack M. Sawyer

NOMA

May 16-Aug. 2, 2009 Classical Concerts For Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

523-6530; www.lpomusic.com

Opening Night: Osorio & Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Thu. & Sat., Sept. 18 & 20

First Baptist Church, 16333 Hwy. 185, Covington

Fri. Sept. 19

A Bohemian Rhapsody

First Baptist Church, 1400 Williams Blvd., Kenner

Wed. Sept. 24

The Rat Pack " A Symphonic Celebration

Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Sat. Sept. 27

Beethoven II

First Baptist New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd.

Thu.-Fri., Oct. 2-3

Beethoven III

First Baptist New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd.

Thu.-Fri., Oct. 23-24

Russian Revolution

First Baptist Church, 1400 Williams Blvd., Kenner

Wed., Oct. 29

Symphonic Tango

Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Sat., Nov. 1

Brahms Piano Concerto

Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Thu. & Sat., Nov. 6 & 8

Beethoven IV

First Baptist New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd.

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 20-21

Holiday Concert

Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner

Thu., Dec. 4

Christmas Oratorio

Thu. & Sat., Dec. 11 & 13

Handel: Messiah

First Baptist New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd.

Wed., Dec. 17

First Baptist Church, 16333 Hwy. 185, Covington

Thu., Dec. 18 Galas and Fundraisers Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Fundraiser

Performances by George Duke, Norma Miller and others

Club 300 Jazz Bistro, 300 Decatur St.

(225) 223-5225; www.club300jazzbistro.com

Wed., July 30

Al Copeland Big Bash

Sponsored by the Al Copeland Foundation, the event benefits the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Fund. Music by Irma Thomas

Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie

620-3727; www.alcopelandfoundation.org

Fri., Aug. 1

The Summer Cure

Chefs' wine dinner with Brett Breaux (New Orleans Grill), John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.), Tariq Hanna (Sucré), Kim Kringlie (Dakota) and Donald Link (Herbsaint) to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a national organization that raises funds for breast cancer research

Windsor Court Hotel, 200 Gravier St.

455-7310

Sat., Aug. 9

Role Model Gala

Benefits the Young Leadership Council. Music by the Wiseguys

Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St.

585-1500; www.youngleadershipcouncil.org

Sat., Aug. 23

Hope Gala

Benefits the American Cancer Society

The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St.

833-4024; www.cancer.org

Sat., Aug. 23

CHAIRish

Benefits the Louisiana Children's Museum. Music by Patrice Fisher and Arpa. Hosted by Lee Zurik and Jay Batt.

Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St.

586-0725; www.lcm.org

Sat., Aug. 23

Pasta & Puccini

Benefits Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Harrah's New Orleans, 4 Canal St.

885-2000 ext. 205; www.jpas.org

Fri., Sept. 12

Winners and Spinners

Benefits Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, New Orleans Jewish Day School, New Orleans Hillel. Music by The Spinners. Lee Zurik hosts auction.

Harrah's Casino

897-0143; www.winnersandspinners.com

Sat., Sept. 13

Art Venture 2008

Benefits Louisiana ArtWorks. Music by Ronnie Kole and others

Louisiana ArtWorks, 725 Howard Ave., 571-7373; www.louisianaartworks.org

Sat., Sept. 20

Love in the Garden

Benefits Walda and Sydney Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Music by Boogie Men and the John Rankin Trio.

Walda and Sydney Besthoff Sculpture Garden

658-4121; www.noma.org

Fri., Sept. 26

Circus, Circus, Circus

Benefits 3 Ring Circus

Big Top Gallery, 1638 Clio St.

569-2700; www.3rcp.com

Sat., Sept. 27

A Debut on the Avenue

Benefits House of Broel Foundation

2220 St. Charles Ave.

522-2220; www.houseofbroel.com

Sat., Sept. 27

ENCORE!

Benefits Le Petit Theatre. Hosted by Bryan Batt and Patricia Clarkson. Performances by cast members of Rent.

Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St.

522-2081; www.lepetittheatre.com

Sat., Sept. 27

Evening at Emeril's

Benefits Covenant House

Emeril's Restaurant, 800 Tchoupitoulas St.

584-1132; www.covenanthouseno.org

Thu., Oct. 2

Ten Outstanding

Persons Gala

Benefits Family Service of Greater New Orleans

Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.

827-4002; www.fsgno.org

Thu., Oct. 2

Justice For All Ball

Benefits the Pro Bono Project. Music by Deacon John & The Ivories

Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave.

581-4043

Fri., Oct. 3

Blue Rose Ball

Benefits St. Michael Special School. With music by Bobby Cure & The Summertime Blues

Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.

524-7285; www.archdiocese-no.org/stmichael

Sat., Oct. 4

Annual Gala

Benefits the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.

525-2495 or 525-2499

Sun., Oct. 5

Safe Sex in the Big Easy

Benefits Planned Parenthood.

Food by Joel and music

by The Last Straws.

Private residence

897-9200

Thu., Oct. 9

Golf Ball

Benefits Fore!Kids Foundation (Zurich Classic)

Hilton Riverside,

2 Poydras St.

342-3000; www.forekidsfoundation.com

Fri., Oct. 17

Look Who's Talking Now

Benefits Chinchuba Institute/Kid Speak Learning Center. Music by Benny Grunch and the Bunch. Hosted by Roop Raj.

Preservation

Resource Center,

923 Tchoupitoulas St.

263-2067

Sat., Oct. 18

Feast with the Stars

Benefits Parkway Partners. Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave.

620-2224; www.parkwaypartnersnola.org

Sun., Oct. 19

O What a Night

Benefits Ogden Museum. Arthur Q. Davis will be honored with Opus Award.

Ogden Museum

of Southern Art,

925 Camp St.

539-9600;

www.ogdenmuseum.org

Sat., Oct. 18

La Fete

Benefits Ursuline Academy

2635 State St.

861-0592; www.ursulineneworleans.org

Fri., Nov. 7

Odyssey Ball

Benefits New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park

Music by Allen Toussaint

658-4121; www.noma.org

Sat., Nov. 8

Historic Houses Gala

Benefits Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses

Held at a private residence. Call for details.

525-5661; www.hgghh.org

Thu., Nov. 13

Carnivale du Vin

Benefits Emeril Lagasse Foundation

212-2222;

www.carnivaleduvin.com

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 14-15

Pajama Jam

Benefits Pajama Program of Louisiana

Tipitina's French Quarter, 233 N. Peters St.

494-2538;

www.pajamaprogram.org

Sat., Nov. 15

Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

Benefits City Park Botanical Gardens. Music by Rockin' Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, Bag of Donuts

483-9415; www.celebrationintheoaks.com

Fri., Nov. 21

Signature Chef Gala

Benefits March of Dimes. Music by Blue Meanie

Marriott New Orleans,

555 Canal St.

836-2087; www.march-ofdimes.com/louisiana

Sun., Nov. 23

Tocqueville Society honors Emeril Lagasse

Benefits United Way for Greater New Orleans

Sugar Mill, 1101 Convention Center Blvd.

293-2647;

www.unitedwaynola.org

Thu., Dec. 4

Kingdom of Sweets Gala

Benefits Delta

Festival Ballet

Rivertown Museum,

Kenner

888-0931;

www.deltafestivalballet.com

Fri., Dec. 12 Concerts and EVents Beyond New Orleans 311 with Snoop Dogg

Baton Rouge River Center Arena

Tue., July 29

Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus

Cajundome, Lafayette

Thu.-Sun., July 31-Aug. 3

Al Green

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fri., Aug. 1

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Wed., Aug. 6

Jeff Foxworthy

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Sat., Aug. 16

Clarence Carter and Percy Sledge

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fri., Aug. 22

Michael Bolton

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Fri., Aug. 22

B.B. King

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Fri., Sept. 19

Gretchen Wilson

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fri., Sept. 19

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette

Sun., Sept. 21

3 Doors Down with Hinder and Finger Eleven

Lafayette Cajundome

Tue., Sept. 23

Bill Cosby

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Fri., Sept. 26

Styx

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Sat., Sept 27

Rick Springfield

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fri., Oct. 24

Four Tops and Temptations

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Fri., Oct. 24

Jeff Dunham

Baton Rouge River Center Arena

Fri., Nov. 7

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Heymann Performing Arts Center

Mon., Nov. 24

Carlos Mencia

Baton Rouge River Center Theater

Tue., Dec. 9

Lonestar

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fri., Dec. 12

Venues

Baton Rouge River Center

275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge

(225) 389-3030; www.brrivercenter.com

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss.

(228) 386- 7111;www.beaurivage.com

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss.

(228) 374-ROCK; www.hardrockbiloxi.com

Heymann Performing Arts Center

1373 S. College Road, Lafayette

(337) 291-5555; www.heymann-center.com

Lafayette Cajundome

444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette

(337) 265-2100; www.cajundome.com

click to enlarge Alexis (Kate Hudson) falls for the wrong guy in My Best Friend's Girl. - 2008 WARNER BROS
  • 2008 Warner Bros
  • Alexis (Kate Hudson) falls for the wrong guy in My Best Friend's Girl.
click to enlarge Staind plays the UNO Lakefront Arena on Aug. 15. Photo by Chapman Baehler (Lil Wayne) Lil Wayne will headline the Voodoo Music Festival in October.
  • Staind plays the UNO Lakefront Arena on Aug. 15. Photo by Chapman Baehler (Lil Wayne) Lil Wayne will headline the Voodoo Music Festival in October.
click to enlarge The New Orleans Ballet Association brings Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet to New Orleans.
  • The New Orleans Ballet Association brings Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet to New Orleans.
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  • Teams prepare for the Hot Air Balloon Championship in Baton Rouge.
click to enlarge The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane reprises its version of As You Like It, set in 1930s New Orleans. - BRAD ROBBERT
  • Brad Robbert
  • The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane reprises its version of As You Like It, set in 1930s New Orleans.
click to enlarge Bryan Batt (Mad Men) and Patricia Clarkson (Vicky Christina Barcelona) will host Le Petit Theatre's gala ENCORE! Photo by John B. Barrois Outside NOLA
  • Bryan Batt (Mad Men) and Patricia Clarkson (Vicky Christina Barcelona) will host Le Petit Theatre's gala ENCORE! Photo by John B. Barrois Outside NOLA
click to enlarge B.B. King appears at the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino on Sept. 19.
  • B.B. King appears at the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino on Sept. 19.
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