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Mary Gauthier 

Country singer Mary Gauthier writes haunted, roiling songs that often focus on the crumbling landscape of her native Louisiana. The former LSU philosophy major has been celebrated by critics for the poetic, intricate quality of her lyrics. Her complex, lovely songs are a chiaroscuro of emotion, shaded and lit alternately by hope and despair, almost like a darker, starker Lucinda Williams. Gauthier, who wrote her first song in her 30s (previous careers included a stint running a Cajun restaurant), may be something of a late bloomer, but the ultimate effect on her work is, in part, that each song seems carefully crafted and mature in its voice. On his XM program, Theme Time Radio Hour, Bob Dylan recently recited the lyrics to her song 'I Drink" in their entirety " not a bad endorsement. Her 2007 Lost Highway release, Between Daylight and Dark " a quietly celebrated indie favorite that year " dealt masterfully with the devastation of New Orleans, her hometown, by the 2005 levee failures. Tickets $10 general admission, free for Ogden members. — Alison Fensterstock

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 13

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

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