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The Bingo! Show 

Who wants to be a winner? The end of summer welcomes back the French Quarter's favorite interactive game show-slash-circus caravan, the Bingo! Show, after an absence of several months that saw frontman Clint Maedgen and supporting characters, Mr. The Turk, Calhoun Macaluso and Ronnie Numbers, on tour with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 45th anniversary show. The audience interface-heavy show intersperses the vaudevillian antics of the red-, white- and black-costumed band with screenings of original music videos for their songs "I Gotta Harley and a Mail Order Bride" and "Complicated Life" (a Fellini-esque French Quarter bicycle parade) and bingo games wherein any winner gets a dubious minute or so as the star of the show. And of course, the glue holding the whole shebang together is the music, which ranges from creepy squawking through bullhorns in the manner of a newsboy hawking an extra edition of the paper to poignant ballads of downtown New Orleans living. It's a unique combination of old-time carnival hucksterism and serious musical chops. Watch for a new full-length record from the Bingo! crew coming early this fall -- the songs stand firmly on their own, even without the sensory explosion of flashlights in the face and strange characters dancing on your table. Tickets $10. -- Alison Fensterstock 10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 25

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

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