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State of the Nation III: Restoration 

The State of the Nation III: Restoration is an arts festival but also a sort of summit meeting meant to spur dialogue about both art and restoring not flooded buildings but the community. Performances and exhibits are meant to engage audiences on a variety of issues to foster artistic expression and community healing. Over four days, visual and performing artists, dancers, filmmakers and other creative innovators will present new works developed around the theme of restoration. Some of the special guests include Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women, San Francisco playwright Anne Galjour, author of Okra performed in recent years at Southern Rep, and Philadelphia's oLive Dance Theater. New Orleans is represented by artists from Mondo Bizarro, ArtSpot Productions, which initiated the State of the Nation art and dialogue series, John O'Neal of Junebug Productions, M.U.G.A.B.E.E. and many others. A gallery show and reception kicks off events on Wednesday at Zeitgeist from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by performances at Ashe Cultural Art Center, beginning at 8 p.m., and then it's back to Zeitgeist for a film premiere. Thursday through Saturday follow similar schedules (gallery shows begin at 6:30 p.m.). Artist workshops take place during the day on Friday and Saturday at Tulane University's Elleonora P. McWilliams Hall (room 300). Tickets: $10 per performance/film/workshop, $50 festival pass. -- Will Coviello

6 p.m.-til Wed.-Sat., June 28-July 1

Ashe Cultural Art Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-9070; BarristerÕs Gallery/Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767; or

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