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Reverend Glasseye, Humanwine and the Zydepunks
9 p.m. Mon., Nov. 13
Dragon's Den, 435 Esplanade Ave., 949-1750

The raggedy and louche opium-den ambience of the Dragon's Den was always the perfect venue for New Orleans' more eclectic bands. Now with new ownership — the former booker for the punk haven the Hi Ho Lounge is at the wheel — and with the curious 24-hour bohemian coffee shop Z'otz downstairs in place of the old Siam CafŽ, the building is establishing itself as the new home-away-from-home for some of the most interesting underground bands on the circuit. This show is a triple threat of vintage vaudevillian gypsy cabaret with an anarchist bent. Boston's Humanwine and Reverend Glasseye dress Victorian and rock the accordion with a look that's equal parts medicine show and museum of oddities. New Orleans' hometown Zydepunks (pictured), of course, blend Eastern European rhythms from polka to mazurka with punk attitude. Black Flag energy with Black Forest style. Tickets $5. — Alison Fensterstock


Taj Mahal
9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 10
Tiptina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Legendary bluesman Taj Mahal boasts a career that's been anything but dull. A solid country blues guitar slinger and piano banger, his musical experiments have led him to incorporate funk, jazz, and a host of ethnic sounds — Caribbean, Hawaiian, Latin, African and Cuban rhythms — in with the American roots pantheon of blues, folk and zydeco. The multi-instrumentalist and two-time Grammy winner has traveled the world in search of new sounds to incorporate into his lexicon, and after nearly 50 years in the biz, he's a walking, talking, foot-stomping musical encyclopedia with a collaborative resume a mile long that includes luminaries from Sam the Sham to Michelle Shocked. Besides being a straight-up houserocker and an accomplished ethnomusicologist, Taj Mahal is also the man who invented the term "hula blues." The honey-voiced soul mistress Marva Wright and the BMW's open. Tickets $25. — Fensterstock


Zydeco Fest
9 .p.m. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 9-11
Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;

Is a good, loud "Aieeee!" in your ear your idea of a good time? Then practice your two-step and shuffle over to the Rock 'n' Bowl for a three-night celebration of the classic Acadian squeeze-box sound. Thursday night features Keith Frank (pictured) — the "Creole cowboy with a black belt in zydeco" — who mixes contemporary hip-hop and R&B rhythms in with the traditional plaintive puff and wail. On Friday night, it's former Boozoo Chavis sideman Step Rideau and his Zydeco Outlaws, natives of the tiny St. Landry Parish town LeBeau, who have released half a dozen full-length albums of traditional zydeco sounds in their 15-year career. And Saturday night, Chris Ardoin, Lake Charles native and scion of the legendary Ardoin zydeco and Creole music family — he picked up his first accordion at the age of 4, and by age 9 had already played onstage at New York's Carnegie Hall — takes the stage with his NuStep Zydeco Band. Tickets $10 per show. — Fensterstock


Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
20th Anniversary
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767:

It's a cruel irony that Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center is celebrating it's 20th anniversary just as its getting evicted. After seven years on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard sharing space with Barrister's Gallery, Zeitgeist's home is being converted from art space to condos. It's not the first time Zeitgeist has relocated, having used spaces in Bywater, Mid-City, the CBD and on Magazine Street in its first two decades. Through it all, founder and director Rene Broussard has brought a wide variety of films, guest filmmakers, theater, music and performance art to New Orleans, all under the mantra "Something for and against everyone," a stand that celebrates freedom of speech, inclusion and artistic and creative freedom. During November, Zeitgeist is presenting a wide array of programming and return visits by many of the artists and filmmakers who have presented work there. This week features a slate of films by Mark Street and Lynne Sachs, who will be on-hand Friday night to present XY Chromosome Moving Image Project , States of Unbelonging and City Symphony , and Saturday night to present Atlanta , A Year , Noa Noa , Photograph of Wind (pictured), and Sliding off the Edge of the World . The projects cover subjects from raising a child to the cultural divides created by political acts like the partition of Palestine and the West Bank. The week also includes the films American Zeitgeist: Crisis and Conscience in the Age of Terror by Rob McGann, Gaza Strip by James Longley, Three Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo and Tribulations 99: Alien Anomolies Under America . Friday evening's films are followed by a separate program of electronic music. Tickets $6 general admission, $5 students/seniors/unemployed, $4 members. —Will Coviello

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