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9 p.m. Wed., May 30
The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

The riddles in Jaime Meline's music — released under the El Producto epithet or, more commonly, El-P for short — come wrapped in their own mysterious enigma. Half uniter, half divider, part militiaman and part mogul, the underground rapper/producer built his burgeoning anti-empire (which encompasses the resurrection of one label, Rawkus, and the establishment of another, Definitive Jux) on the strength of early production and emcee work with the Queens-based Company Flow. CoFlow's unadorned aesthetic, as defined by the 1997 classic Funcrusher Plus , sounded unlike anything in progressive rap, a claustrophobic antigravity chamber equally abrasive and ahead of its era. It also was almost entirely El-P's creation, a fact revealed when the outfit's 2000 split birthed a similarly groundbreaking solo career. He now boasts three landmarks: Funcrusher , Fantastic Damage (2002) and the masterful, March-released I'll Sleep When You're Dead , the latter of which already tops 2007's list of lauded albums. A convoy of lesser-known hip-hop hopefuls, including Mr. Dibbs, the Mighty Quin, Hangar 18, Yak Ballz and Slow Suicide Stimulus open. Tickets $15. — Pais


Red Elvises
10 p.m. Wed., May 30
Dragon's Den, 435 Esplanade Ave., 949-1750

Probably the best visual expression of the Red Elvises is its cameo in the underground post-apocalyptic rockabilly cult film Six-String Samurai , for which they composed the soundtrack. Over a dune wanders the film's bedraggled hero, wandering the post-nuclear wasteland only to find the band in full sharp suits and exaggerated D.A. haircuts, banging out deranged, balalaika-driven rockabilly for the vultures and mutants as the razor-sharp toes of their alligator shoes scrape the atomically scorched earth. Long before bands like Gogol Bordello infused the Balkan beat with punk rock mania, there were the Elvises: five Soviet émigrés living in California, laying authentically broken English in thick Slavic accents over speeded-up Chuck Berry riffs. Although the press kit claims they arrived from Siberia "just moments ago," their self-proclaimed Russian Rokenrol Revolution has actually been going strong since the mid-'90s. In the band's own words, "strong musical influences include Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla, Chuck Berry, Spice Girls and speeches by Comrade Fidel Castro." Tickets $5. — Fensterstock


5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun, June 1-3
Bruning's Restaurant, 1922 West End Park, 251-4968;

A far cry from the Katrina tours that first took visitors to look at destroyed buildings, Lakeviews is a sunset bus tour that focuses on the people in those neighborhoods, how they lived, coped and rebuilt. The tour takes the audience to Lakefront landmarks where neighbors and artists have created installations of visual art and staged dramatic and musical performances to tell the story of the community. The tour starts and ends at the site of Bruning's Restaurant, which was destroyed by the storm. The school bus odyssey travels to Holt Cemetery, Lakeview Baptist Church, the homes of participating artists and other spots. Some of the performances include "Coming Forward" by ArtSpot creator Kathy Randels and members of Lakeview Baptist Church, "Heroes: Ages 1-91," a series of community portraits created by Jan Villarrubia, Pamela Eveline, Michel Varisco and students from NOCCA/Riverfront and Country Day, "Biography of a House" by Jan Gilbert of the Vestiges Project, "What Would My Father Have Said" by dancer Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, "Generations" by Andrew Larimer of the theater group The NOLA Project and other works. There is a Finale Feast at the end of the tour at Bruning's location and there will be a cash bar. Reservations are required. Suggested donation $15. — Will Coviello


Portraits in a Forgotten City
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., June 1-2
NOCCA/Riverfront, Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St.;

Tsunami Dance continues its fusion of dance and multimedia arts with a program of new pieces titled Portraits in a Forgotten City . Artistic director Kettye Voltz choreographed "Portraits No. 1" about the love/hate rivalry of siblings and "Train Dance in Italian," an athletic, six-member piece inspired by her grandfather's work as an engineer. New cast member Jeffrey Gunshol of Tulane's faculty performs in a piece about vices called "Salty Sweet." The program also includes media artist Denny Juge's piece about living in post-Katrina New Orleans. Collaborating dancers and artists include Erin Healan, Anna Morris, Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown. Tsunami Dance recently won a Big Easy Theater Award for its 2006 concert Orpheus . Tickets $18 general admission, $15 students/seniors. — Coviello

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