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Nutria Design Fashion Show 

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With their wicked orange fangs, beady eyes and appetites for destruction, nutria have all the makings of a public menace. So it's easy to overlook the swamp creature's one redeeming quality (and in Louisiana, its original raison d'etre): plush pelts. Fifteen designers will change that when they showcase ratty couture during the Righteous Fur Nutria Design Challenge Fashion Show. This "nutria-palooza," as nutria tooth jewelry designer and Righteous Fur mastermind Cree McCree calls it, features nutria-centric performances intended to raise public appreciation of the "guilt-free" fur. Screenings of Miss Pussycat's North Pole Nutrias and Ted Gesing's Nutria open the evening, which includes interpretive dance and poetic tributes to Louisiana's most notorious rodent. Cellist Helen Gillet performs in a nutria-fur bikini alongside the Mystic Herd of Nutria drum corps, while models present the latest in nutria fur fashion. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation's coastal restoration efforts. Tickets $10 at the door; $15 for reserved tables and VIP seating. — Missy Wilkinson

Righteous Fur Nutria Design Challenge Fashion Show

8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 8

AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778;

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