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Peabody Piano Trio
8 p.m. Wed., March 1
Tulane University, Dixon Hall, 895-0690; or

Friends of Music continues its 2006 season with a concert by the Peabody Piano Trio, the resident faculty ensemble of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md. The world-renowned trio, celebrated for their great exuberance and sensitivity, will perform Mozart's Trio in B flat major (K 502), Beethoven's Trio in D major, Opus 70, No. 1 ("The Ghost Trio"), and Schubert's Trio in B flat major. Peabody members are violinist Violine Melancon, cellist Natasha Brofsky and pianist Seth Knopp. The mission of the all-volunteer staff of Friends of Music is to foster appreciation for world-class chamber music in the New Orleans area and to keep it accessible and affordable for the public. All performances for the Friends' 51st season are possible due to the generosity of the artists who are donating their time. Tulane University's musicologist James Joyce will lead a free pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m. Free parking available. Tickets available at the door: $18 general admission, $10 students, free admission for Tulane students. — Katie Walenter


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, with Elefant and Voyager One
8 p.m. Sun., March 5
The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE;

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rolled into town in 2003 like the gang from the 1953 biker flick, The Wild One , from which the band took its name, with the fuzz-revival anthem "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song)." It gathered rave attention from everyone, including Oasis' Noel Gallagher, hoping a new wired, feral youth was going to come in and scare The Establishment — like The Jesus and Mary Chain did 20 years ago. But much like fellow traveler The Brian Jonestown Massacre, BRMC has mellowed considerably without losing its edge. Last year's Howl (Red Int./Red Ink) trades in the overdrive orgasm of Take Them On, On Your Own for back-porch blues stomp, harmonica-drenched acoustic rock and blessed-out gospel fervor. It is the most sincere record in their burgeoning career, and with Oasis succumbing further to cartoon annihilation, BRMC might just step up and save rock-n-roll from itself one more time. — Alex V. Cook


New Orleans Film Festival's Academy Awards Party
6:30 p.m. Sun., March 5
Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787

Will Brokeback Mountain stay on top of its awards-season roll, or fall to the bottom? Will Reece Witherspoon's womanliness beat out Felicity Huffman's manliness? Is Philip Seymour Hoffman a mortal lock? Will Rachel Weisz look equally hot as a mother-to-be as she did at the Golden Globes? Will Jon Stewart be as irreverent a host as Chris Rock? These are the questions that hang over the 78th annual Academy Awards ceremony, which may well be the guilty-pleasure TV-viewing moment of the year. Not so guilty a pleasure is enjoying the New Orleans Film Festival's hosting of a humble yet sometimes glamorous viewing party courtesy the fine folks at the Prytania. It's a small miracle that either local institution is staying afloat post-Katrina, so this is a great opportunity to help out both while laughing at acceptance speeches, heckling undeserving winners (If Capote or Walk the Line beats out the gay boys for Best Picture I'm gonna hurl), and munching on Savvy Gourmet's appetizers and slurping wine. Dress up, while you're at it, and enter the predictions contest. Tickets $20 NOFF members, $25 non-members. — David Lee Simmons



Bustout Burlesque
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., March 4; through April 1
Tipitina's French Quarter, 2223 S. Peters St., 566-7095
There was a time, not too long ago, when it was cool for singles and couples alike to don their sharkskin suits and flared skirts and flock to a retro burlesque show presented in the French Quarter — usually at the Shim Sham Club/One Eyed Jacks venue on Toulouse Street. The most recent version, Bustout Burlesque, concocted by Rick Delaup, played to sold-out crowds. Good times. Then Katrina washed away most of Delaup's formidable burlesque archives, costumes and props. Undaunted, Delaup and company are at it again, and with slinky performers with names like Trixie Minx and Athena the Seductive Harem Girl (pictured), and songs by the equally seductive Debbie Davis, we're intrigued. Jerry Christopher leads the Big Easy Jazz Band, Johnny Rock provides the MC yucks, Patricia Gorman designs the outfits and former showgirl Dollie Rivas returns as choreographer. This is a worthwhile, fun cause for all involved, especially the audience. Note the new venue: the under-used Tip's French Quarter on South Peters Street. Nice alternative. Tickets $15 general admission, $20 reserved table seating. — David Lee Simmons

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