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Justin Timberlake
7:30 p.m. Thu., March 1
New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3663

Former tightly choreographed N'Sync-er Justin Timberlake has been trying to assert his grown-upness, it seems, ever since ditching the Mouseketeer-ish, squeaky-clean boy-band image that came with the group that made him a teen idol in the '90s. The most recent evidence of this is his musically expressed mandate to "bring sexy back," never mind where it might have gone to — or what it's coming back from, for that matter. Points in favor: the album is called Future Sex/Love Sounds , he's wearing a suit on the cover, he took home a pair of Grammy awards for it, and he has seen Britney Spears naked, although these days, who hasn't? Points against: he still can't seem to grow facial hair and he was also nominated by the 'tween set for a Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award. Only history will give us the verdict here. In any case, the funky disco-pop beats on Future Sex/Love Sounds are exactly the kind of tasty dance-club confectionery his former kiddie fans will want to sweat to now that they're of age. Tickets $54. — Alison Fensterstock


New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., March 3
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;

Were it not for the absurd talent of the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra's theremin player (more on that later), the coolest looking thing at one of the group's performances would undoubtedly be the avuncular bandleader's formidable snow-white walrus mustache. The anachronistic lip decoration is perfect for the 18-piece revival orchestra's sound. Named for a combination of a transatlantic liner's renowned dance band and a brief dance fad from the 1890s, the band plays authentic swingingly recreated versions of rags, fox trots, hot jazz, Tin Pan Alley numbers and forgotten vaudeville beauties. A great example of the former is "When Rebecca Came Back From Mecca," written to take advantage of the 1920s craze for all things Arabic after Rudolf Valentino hit the silver screen as The Sheik . The song is about a poor girl from the Lower East Side struck with Middle Eastern mania, told through clever couplets and even more obscure pop culture references of the time ("Have you heard of Theda Bara / She was bare, but Becky's barer.") And, of course, it is a rare and delicious treat to hear a genuine virtuoso on the theremin, the bizarre and futuristic electronic instrument that sounds like flying saucers landing on a musical saw. Tickets $20. — Fensterstock


And Then There Were None
8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., March 2-3; 2:30 p.m. Sun., March 4; through March 18
The Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 468-7221

In Agatha Christie's classic mystery And Then There Were None , 10 strangers stranded on Indian Island are murdered one by one. The island guests are each accused of getting away with murder and are sentenced to death by an unknown killer who uses the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" as a guide for dispensing justice. Classic mystery-genre characters, like the beautiful-yet-guilty Vera Claythorne, provide comic relief in the suspense-filled production. The 10 eccentric castaways prove to be the island's only residents, so one of them must be the killer. Gary Rucker's version of the play follows Christie's original adaptation for stage, but does promise some new surprises. Rucker directs and stars along with Ashley Ricord, Michael Santos, Jackson Townsend, Michael Cahill and others. A pre-performance buffet catered by Messina's will be available for $18 with advance reservations. Tickets $22 adults, $20 seniors/students, $10 children under 12. — Emily Hohenwarter


Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards Gala
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue., Feb. 27
Monteleone Hotel, 214 Royal St., 483-3129

Recognizing achievement in classical music, opera and dance, the 2007 Tribute to the Classical Arts awards honor both artists and visionaries who led in rebuilding the arts after Hurricane Katrina. This year's gala recognizes performances from 2006 and, because no awards were given last year, qualifying 2005 productions. Special honorees include composer and pianist Faina Lushtak for lifetime achievement, Betty Brooks Doss (pictured, center) for her support of the New Orleans Opera Association in staging its grand production "A Night for New Orleans," featuring Placido Domingo, and the New Orleans Ballet Association for arts education. Babs Mollere will receive special recognition for her leadership in preserving the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and forging new opportunities for the organization in the wake of Katrina. Best Classical Music Performance, Creative Achievement in Opera and Best Ethnic Dance Presentation are just a few of the award categories. The Tribute to the Classical Arts has celebrated creative achievement annually since 1994. Angela Hill hosts the event, which is sponsored by Gambit Weekly , WWNO Radio, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, Hall Piano Company and Adler's Jewelers. Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table for 10. For information and reservations, contact executive director Gloria Powers at 483-3129. — Hohenwarter

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