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"Singing From the Heart"
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767;

Australian musician Martin Meader (pictured) knows a thing or two about the healing power of music on a large group of people. For years Meader has applied his knowledge in working with organizations both in the community and in the corporate world to find a way to incorporate music into teambuilding. He holds several titles including the music director for the 1,000-member choir of the Perth International Music Festival back in his home country. Meader also served as the co-executive producer of the Fox film, Paradise Road , and will be in town this week for this workshop and fundraiser. As part of the Volunteers of America's Hurricane Rebuilding Project, which helps those trying to get on with their lives post-Katrina and Rita, Meader will show us how it's done. Admission will be by donation only. For more on Meader, visit or This will help Zeitgeist kick off its 2006 season, which this week includes the screening of the critically acclaimed Robert Greenwald documentary WalMart: The High Cost of Low Prices and the companion film This Is Nowhere (Thursday-Friday), and an opening reception for exhibits Katrina, You Bitch and Dirty Work at Barrister's next door. ' - David Lee Simmons



12th Night celebrations
Friday, Jan. 6
Various locations

This Carnival season, just about anyone with a sense of tradition and joie de vivre should be able to put on a 12th Night celebration. For those who support the whole notion of celebrating Mardi Gras this year, the expectations hue more toward the realistic than anything "spectacular." All of which makes these two 12th Night celebrations so special and appreciated. The first one benefits local Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Alfred Doucette and will be hosted by none other than Harry Anderson (pictured) and featuring the music of Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Egg Yolk Jubilee, and a special appearance by none other than Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. The festivities will be held at House of Blues at 9 p.m.; tickets $12. Also, the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon's fourth annual ball will be held in the Uptown home of Ricky Lenart and Tim Jeansonne (1525 Dufossat St.). Songbird Dorian Rush will perform, and treats include a cash bar, buffet and (of course) king cake. Tickets $20; call 525-4498. Kings and queens will be named at each event; costumes encouraged for the former shindig, formal attire for the latter. ' - Simmons



New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra
9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;

They may have to knock out a wall or add risers on the front of the stage to fit the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra in Snug Harbor. Dressed as a dance band on a grand old ocean liner, New Leviathan is every bit the Jazz Fest staple that the Neville Brothers and Zion Harmonizers are, but it explores the less-talked-about part of the history of jazz, one defined by fox-trots, cake walks and other similarly elegant dances. Led by artist and banjo player George Schmidt (pictured) and clarinet player Jack Stewart, the band seems like an attempt to deny that the last 50 or so years of New Orleans music existed, but it does so with such good humor and musicianship that it's hard to read misanthropic motives into the group. More accurately, you get the feeling that New Leviathan is driven by its love of this music and wants to share it. The group's activism for the past doesn't end with its music, though. Stewart is a streetcar enthusiast and led the call for a renewal of the Canal Street line. Their enthusiasm for the past isn't at the expense of modernity, either. At last year's Jazz Fest, they added a theremin player, and the current lineup includes Sam and Jack Craft from local rock band Glasgow on violin and cello. Call club for cover. ' Alex Rawls



Arts Alive
Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 5-8
Warehouse Arts District

The Warehouse Arts District celebrates the comeback of its area museums, galleries, hotels and restaurants with Arts Alive , a four-day event featuring art openings, live music, a block party with marching bands on Julia Street (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday) and more. Ellis Marsalis opens the event with an Ogden After Hours concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday. At 8 p.m. on Friday, Irvin Mayfield performs at the Contemporary Arts Center, when it opens its doors for the first time since Katrina. Warehouse galleries and museums bring back their coordinated openings all day Saturday featuring artist and gallery walkthroughs with staggered times (noon to 3 p.m.). They remain open in the evening for receptions. Also on Saturday, the CAC presents Welcome Back! CAC Limited Editions , 1984-2005, an exhibition opening from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday with performances by Brice Miller's Urban Swing Project at 5 p.m. and Rebirth Brass Band at 8 p.m. The Ogden presents music by Clint Maedgen (pictured) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at its reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The National D-Day Museum presents its new exhibition, We're All in This Together: Images From the Homefront , all day Saturday. A discussion on housing presented in collaboration with Tulane's School of Architecture called "Building Solutions: Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina" closes the event at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ogden. All events are free on Saturday. ' - Katie Walenter

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