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Satchmo Club Strut
5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri., Aug. 1
Frenchmen Street;

This musical club crawl celebrating the legacy of Louis Armstrong's music also benefits jazz education and outreach programs throughout New Orleans. It's a great opportunity to stumble down Frenchmen Street all night for a cause. Opening ceremonies kick off in Washington Square Park (corner of Royal and Frenchmen streets) at 5 p.m. with the Rebirth Brass Band. The street pulses all night with a cavalcade of talent, including Lionel Ferbos, Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins at the Blue Nile, the Rob Wagner Trio (pictured) and Good Enough for Good Times at d.b.a., Twangorama at Checkpoint Charlie, and the Panorama Jazz Band and the New Orleans Jazz Vipers at the Spotted Cat. The renowned jazz critic Gary Giddins will also be signing books at Faubourg Marigny Art & Books at the corner of Chartres Street from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. V.I.P. wristbands get you access to balcony parties with complimentary booze and food, plus guaranteed entrance to limited-access shows like Ellis Marsalis' performance at Snug Harbor. Visit the Web site for a full schedule of shows. Tickets $25 general admission, $75 V.I.P. — Alison Fensterstock




Nas with Talib Kweli
8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 1
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

New York-born MC Nas, the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, has been one of the fiercest forces on the mic since debuting with a stone classic, Illmatic , in 1994. Despite dropping out of school in eighth grade, Nas honed a lyrical style that paired fiery, literate rhetoric with a crafty flow, working with star producers like Dr. Dre and Swizz Beatz. Nas (who is married to Kelis, of "Milkshake" fame) notably struggled with Jay-Z for status at the top of the East Coast hip-hop scene after the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. in 1997. After nearly a decade of sparring, the two reconciled publicly at a Jay-Z concert in 2005. This month, Nas dropped the much-anticipated Untitled album, which made headlines for months leading up to its release for its planned title, N***** . Nas is joined by the renowned Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli, who is known for politically conscious lyrics and community activism. DJ Green Lantern and Jay Electronica also open. Tickets $40. — Fensterstock




Amanda Shaw's Birthday Bash
8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 2
Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;

Homegrown roots-rocker Amanda Shaw gets legal in style with this all-star 18th birthday party. It's hard to believe that Shaw already has a decade in the biz behind her. Her latest effort, Pretty Runs Out (Rounder Records), shows her honing her style, bridging Cajun rhythms with pop finesse and evolving attitude. This evening's show will benefit the Voice of the Wetlands Organization, a nonprofit that Shaw has supported passionately for its efforts in restoring and protecting Louisiana's fragile Gulf coastline. Joining Shaw and her reliable Cute Guys tonight is a host of Louisiana musicians, including Voice of the Wetlands founder Tab Benoit, blues-gospel belter Marva Wright, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone and Waylon Thibodeaux, with more surprises promised. You still can't buy Shaw a drink, but you can help her blow out the candles. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Fensterstock




White Linen Night
6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. Aug. 2
Gallery openings in the Warehouse District
6 p.m.-midnight. Sat., Aug. 2
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800;

Photo by Frank Aymami What began as a way to draw people to downtown galleries during the slow summer season has morphed into an institutional summer celebration of art. White Linen Night returns for its 14th year with a linen-clad crowd enjoying art, food and music on the streets of the Warehouse District. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., galleries open new shows. Some of the highlights include new work by Dale Chihuly at Arthur Roger Gallery, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery features paintings and sculpture by Kathleen Branton, and LeMieux Galleries showcase the work of Billy Hassell. Alternative spaces open as well — the law offices of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles display new chairs by students working with YA/YA. The Ogden Museum opens several new shows, as does the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), which hosts the afterparty with music by John Mooney and Friends, a martini bar and food by 5 Fifty 5 and Chops Bistro. Julia Street features music by the Troi Bechet Trio and the Johnny Sansone Duo, as well as cash bars and food from GW Fins, 7 on Fulton and La Divina Gelateria. Phoenix Recycling will help keep White Linen green. Gallery openings are free. CAC afterparty is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. — Allison Good

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