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Fleur de Tease Holiday Burlesque with the Red Stick Ramblers
10:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 20
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

The foxy ladies of Fleur de Tease, who've been performing weekly shows all season at One Eyed Jacks, are back with a holiday spectacular that could rival the Rockettes — after all, the venerable high-kicking cuties don't unwrap their goodies. Trixie Minx and her stable of ecdysiastical vixens — Madame Mystere, Natasha Fiore, Leigh-Christine and several new faces — have a whole new revue ready to roll, seasonal theme included. Aerial artist Raven will perform her high-flying fabric act. And because they respect all faiths and creeds, the group has included a Hanukkah-themed striptease that's reputedly hotter than all nine candles on the menorah burning at once. The girls will be accompanied by the Red Stick Ramblers, whose mix of hot '20s jazz, Cajun-fiddle tunes and Western swing has made the Lafayette act a local favorite. Tickets $15. — Alison Fensterstock


Kermit Ruffins' Pajama Jam Holiday Birthday Bash
8 p.m. Tue., Dec. 19
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Who wouldn't want to offer birthday wishes to Treme's favorite ambassador of laissez les bon temps rouler? Very few people, apparently: the stage will be packed to bursting for the laid-back, snappily dressed trumpet-blower's combination Christmas, birthday and pajama party. Kermit's well-wishers will include an A-list cast of New Orleans funk, brass and jazz all-stars, and you can bet the jamming will be long, riotous and rocking. After all, it's a party where a lot of old friends are getting together at holiday time. Listed players include Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, the Rebirth Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield, Shannon Powell, James Andrews, DJ Captain Charles and, of course, Ruffins himself with his BBQ Swingers. Unannounced musical friends are highly likely to drop in. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock


Marva Wright's 7th Annual X-Mas Bash
8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Blues diva Marva Wright is celebrating more than usual this holiday season — the soulful vocalist was able to move back to New Orleans just recently with the help of the New Orleans Musicians' Hurricane Relief Fund. So it's a good bet that her seventh annual blowout at Tipitina's will have an extra zing to it this Christmas night. Along with Wright's powerful pipes shouting the blues and adding her own stamp to gospel and jazz standards, the show features a who's who of New Orleans artists. On the bill are Marva's backing band the BMWs, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, Jo "Cool" Davis, Chucky C, Caesar Elloie, Paulette Wright, James Andrews, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Veda Love, Amanda Shaw, Irvin Mayfield, the Soul Rebels Brass Band and more. Tickets $12. — Fensterstock


Eddie Kirkland at Ogden After Hours
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., Dec. 21
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9612;

New Orleans' Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau — the group behind the annual musical blowout Ponderosa Stomp — have one directive: to celebrate the unsung heroes from the golden era of rock, soul and rhythm and blues by putting them onstage. Their partnership with the Ogden Museum's After Hours series has brought one legendary rock 'n' roller per month to the museum for a cocktail-hour performance and live interview with Mau Mau mastermind Dr. Ike Padnos. Previous spotlights have shone on artists like Wardell Quezerque, Lady Bo and Little Freddie King. This month's guitar and saxophone slinger is Jamaican-born, Alabama-raised "Gypsy of The Blues" Eddie Kirkland, who has lived the life longer, harder and with better credentials than almost any musician still working. Kirkland's bona fides include a '60s stint as Otis Redding's bandleader, nearly a decade touring and recording with John Lee Hooker, plus road tours with stars including Little Richard, Ruth Brown and Johnnie Taylor. His raw, electric sound is stamped with a unique signature. Tickets $10, free for Ogden Members. — Fensterstock

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