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Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?
7:30 p.m. Wed., June 13
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800;

The allure of discovering priceless trash draws droves of pre-dawn risers out of their beds and to the doorways of strangers every weekend morning in America. But the strange subculture of garage sales isn't the only case of our burning desire to come upon something for nothing. It's also the basis for dumpster diving, ubiquitous metal-detecting beachgoers and Antiques Roadshow . The fire gets new fuel with the story of Teri Horton, protagonist of Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? , Harry Moses' hilarious documentary and the June entry in the New Orleans Film Society's 2007 series. Years ago, Horton, a former long-distance truck driver, purchased a large, paint-splattered canvas at a thrift store for five dollars. When an area art teacher suggests to her that Pollock could be the piece's creator, Horton is thrown into a decadelong debate between scientific and aesthetic evaluators over the authenticity of the work. It leads to an even larger, more meaningful question: What the #$&% is art? Tickets $7 general admission, $5 CAC/NOFS members. — Noah Bonaparte Pais





Manu Chao
10 p.m. Wed., June 13
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Combining world beats from Africa to Cuba to Eastern Europe with high-energy rock, reggae and dance rhythms and singing in English, French, Galician, Portugese, Arabic and Spanish, Manu Chao is a living pastiche of global sound. Born in a bohemian household in Paris to a Galician father and a Basque mother, Manu Chao grew up surrounded by all manner of quirky European artists, intellectuals and musicians as well as, he says, many visiting refugees fleeing South American dictatorships. He spent years traveling with a portable recording rig, acquiring snippets and snapshots of music from all over the world, which came together in the uniquely hybrid album Clandestino , his first solo release. His earliest band, Mano Negra, fused his global consciousness with the driving beat of European punk bands like The Clash. The band he currently tours with, Radio Bemba Sound System, takes its inspiration from the urban street music of Central and South America. DJs Paul Harding and Dub Insurgent of Sound Imperium open. Tickets $25. — Alison Fensterstock


Sugar Babies
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., June 15-16, 2 p.m. Sun., June 17; through July 8
Le Petit Theatre, 616 S. Peter Street, 522-2081;

Le Petit Theatre concludes its 90th season with another big musical production — Sugar Babies , the raucous tribute to burlesque. The 1979 Broadway hit, headlined by Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, gave a touch of Broadway glitter to the vaudevillian slapstick and risquŽ burlesque shows of the 1920s and 1930s. Le Petit's production is more of the same, with dancing girls and flashy costumes ushering scene after scene of music and comedy. Sugar Babies dazzles audiences with original tunes as well as hits from radio and Broadway like ÒI Can't Give You Anything but Love,Ó ÒOn the Sunny Side of the StreetÓ and ÒI Feel a Song Coming On.Ó Sonny Borey directs a big cast of locals led by stars Dane Rhodes and Karen Hebert. Tickets $28 adults, $25 students/childen. — Lauren LaBorde


Les Claypool
8 p.m. Sun., June 17
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Bass innovator Les Claypool made his mark in the '90s with the springy, spastic alternative rock act Primus, which also distinguished itself by recording the manically twangy theme song to the adult cartoon show South Park . His absurdist, psychedelic lyrics combined with a thoroughly unique and assertive bass style — which some have compared to flamenco guitar — has garnered him a huge fan base on the jam circuit, and he's collaborated with familiar New Orleans experimental jazz-rockers like Skerik and Mike Dillon, who are both members of his touring band. Besides Primus, he's tried his hand at multiple solo and side projects, including the classic psych-rock revisionists the Fearless Flying Frog Brigade; Oysterhead, a jam act with Stewart Copeland of the Police and Phish's Trey Anastasio; and a collaboration with indescribably bizarre guitar virtuoso Buckethead called Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains. Last year, he released his first concert DVD Fancy — a combination of professionally shot footage and content culled from taping fans. Two Gallants open. Tickets $25. — Fensterstock

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