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World Leader Pretend's 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Musica

10 p.m. Wed., Nov. 22

Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Local indie-rockers World Leader Pretend hit it big in 2005 with their Warner Bros. Records debut, Punches , which garnered major critical acclaim. The band made it back to town for the Voodoo Music Experience last month and are coming back again to stage their second annual Thanksgiving musical at Tipitina's. Their costumed review is a fantastical reimagining of the story of Thanksgiving, with guest appearances from high-profile friends like the Pleasure Club's James Hall, Basin St. Records' golden girl Theresa Andersson and Cowboy Mouth's main mouth Fred LeBlanc. Word has it that outer space will somehow involve itself in the classic tale of breaking bread and cautious friendship between the stern Calvinist Pilgrims and the well-meaning Indians, with whom they shared both smallpox and yams with marshmallows. The spectacle promises to be a weird and wonderful kickoff to turkey day. Tickets $12. -- Alison Fensterstock


One Mo' Time

8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 24-25; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 26; through Dec. 17

Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081;

Vernal Bagneris (pictured) is back in a reprise of his now classic musical One Mo' Time , which debuted at the Toulouse Street Theatre (now One Eyed Jacks) in 1978, at first for a one night show, and then a few more nights, and then months, New York and a world tour. At first, Bagneris was just going to direct this show, but then decided to join the cast as well. "They asked me to do the show several months ago," he says. "They wanted a real audience-pleasing show for the holidays." Fans of the original will still find it familiar, but it's undergone a bit of tweaking in rehearsal. "We always adapt lines for the people we're working with. We tailor it to them. But all the original designers are back." The show is set in 1926 New Orleans as a vaudevillian production including the songs "Kitchenman," "The Right Key but the Wrong Keyhole," "After You're Gone," and "Darktown Strutters Ball." Tickets $28 general admission, $25 students. -- Will Coviello


Jimbo Mathus and the Knockdown Society 10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 25

The Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

According to his Web site, Jimbo Mathus first came to town when he was released from juvenile detention in Columbus, Miss., and lived behind a witchcraft shop on St. Philip Street. He's come a long way since then, having been a big part of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, a band that was much better than the swing fad that bore them. These days he's running a studio in Clarksdale, Miss. And he tours with his band, the Knockdown South, or as Buddy Guy's second guitarist. Knockdown South has a little bit of all the Mississippi blues sounds. There's the drone from the Hill Country, the plaintive wail of the lonely crossroads, and the dirty, raucous stomp of the juke joint. His live sets are great for barrelhouse carousing and dancing. But Buddy Guy can get any guitarist in the world to play with him, and he chooses Jimbo. If Jimbo is good enough for Buddy, then he's good enough for you and me. Tickets $7. --David Kunian



El Vez 10 p.m. Mon., Nov. 27

The Republic, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282;

El Vez stands as one of the most interesting Elvis Tribute Artists (that's ETA's, to you) working today, with his flamboyant performances and exaggerated Speedy Gonzales accent. Instead of replicating the King's look and stage show, the brown-and-proud El Vez rewrites Elvis classics to give them a Viva-la-Raza ring, like his "I've Never Been to Spain (So Don't Call Me Hispanic)," and "Lawdy Miss Lupe," a tribute to Le Virgin of Guadalupe Ñ with album titles like Graciasland and Gi-Ay-Ay-Ay Blues . The tunes stay topical as well, exhorting safe sex in his version of "Rubberneckin'" and border crossings in "Immigration Time." Add the jumpsuits, the fog machines and the lovely El-Vettes, Priscillita and Lisa Maria, and you've got a stage extravaganza more than worthy of the International Hotel stage. This version of the show is his Mexican Merry Mexmas show, which promises plenty of seasonal cheer. Opening up is the equally conceptual local act Clockwork Elvis, which performs faithful interpretations of the Elvis catalog with lead singer DC Harbold sporting the derby hat and white outfit made notorious by Malcolm McDowell in the Stanley Kubrick classic. Tickets $15. -- Fensterstock

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