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Preview: Faux/Real Festival shows 

The theater, culinary and literary fest continues across New Orleans

click to enlarge Appalachian Spring Break

Appalachian Spring Break

The Faux/Real Festival of Arts is a three-week festival of theater, culinary and literary events at venues across the city. Here are four shows opening this week.

10 Cent Whore
11 p.m. Nov. 12-13 & 21; 5 p.m. Nov. 14 & 20-21; 9 p.m. Nov. 19 & 22; Mags 940, 940 Elysian Fields Ave.
  Chicago actress Aislinn Kerchaert's one-woman show features a 1920s "flo-ozy" who in a past life was a priestess, among other characters. She navigates the world of perceptions surrounding women's sexuality as they express their freedom and independence. The piece incorporates vaudevillian humor, spoken word and audience interaction.

Appalachian Spring Break
9 p.m. Nov. 13; 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Nov. 14; 7 p.m. Nov. 15; Dancing Grounds, 3705 St. Claude Ave.
  Performance artist and choreographer Scott Heron and composer Brendan Connelly present their alternate take on choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland's collaboration, Appalachian Spring. The composer and performer meet onstage in a piece incorporating disparate cultural references and objects littering the stage, including a bucket and old clarinets.

The Destruction of Dusty Blue
8 p.m. Nov. 12-15 & 19-22; The Happyland Theater, 3126 Burgundy St.
  In Nari Tomassetti's (Welcome to Desire) rambunctious Western musical, murderer Dusty Blue is shaken by one of her own rampages, but she isn't sure if she's ready to lay down her guns. The work is a wild ride with Western swing and disco, acrobats, aerialists and dance with music by Matt Bell and His Orchestra.

Once Upon a Dream
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Nov. 12; 7 p.m. Nov. 15; New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
  In Melange Dance Company's new work, a man wishes to reunite with a former lover, a journey his spirit explores in a web of memories, dreams and nightmares.

For more information, visit the box office at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) or visit

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