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Jean-Eric with Gris Gris Strut 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE

Not only are the mimes talking now, they're dropping F-bombs. "I don't like my shit f—ked up, girl," Jean-Eric, dressed in Parisian stripes and red ties, chanted at the CAC's preview of Fantastic Mr. Fox in February. The single, a militant cowbell-and-bongo dance command dubbed "Bull in a China Shop," couldn't better summarize the showy Shreveport transplants and flagship band of Defend New Orleans' DNO Records. With flamboyant flair, Jean-Eric's abrasive style and increasingly infamous particle-colliding parties are putting the "performance" back in performance art. It's the perfect act to continue the modernization of New Orleans' museums, a welcome trend that's beginning to resemble a highbrow throwdown: NOMA adopted 9th Warders Quintron and Miss Pussycat; the Ogden embraces bounce. For the opening of "Swamp Tours: Exploring the Louisiana Contemporary Collection," featuring "unusual and unexpected acquisitions" by Clementine Hunter, Michael Frolich, Robert Tannen and others, the grande dame clearly wants its shit f—ked up: It's handing the keys to four NC-17 exhibitionists and an in-your-face sidewalk-stepping dance troupe (Gris Gris Strut). En garde, Ogden. Free admission. "Swamp Tours" runs through Aug. 29. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

June 2

Jean-Eric with Gris Gris Strut

6-8 p.m. Wednesday

New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; www.noma.org

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