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THE ALTOS. Rocky and Carlo's, Sicilian Room, 613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 277-SHOW (7469). Mob spoof of The Sopranos in comedy murder-mystery. Rosa Di Giovanni directs. Tickets for show and dinner $25. Dinner 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Friday.

BEATLES 4-EVER. True Brew Theater, 200 Julia St., 524-8440. Mikko presents a celebration of the Beatles playing City Park in 1964. Star Greg DiLeo shares memories and performs songs of the Fab Four. Fans invited to bring memorabilia. Tickets $10, $8 students and seniors. 8 p.m. Monday. Open run.

BLACK AND WHITE BLUES. Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812. Musical cabaret exploring New Orleans' obsession with food, presented from the service workers' point of view. Bob Edes and Heidi Junius star. Tickets $21; reduced prices for the service industry. 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Open run.

CROWNS. Anthony Bean Community Theatre, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-PLAY (7529). Regina Taylor's musical about a young black woman from Brooklyn staying with family in the South. Anthony Bean directs Pat McGuire-Hill, Gail Glapion and Leo Jones. Tickets $18, students and seniors $16. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 15.

THE DMV SHOW. Cafe Satora, 3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444. Music and comedy are found in a trip to the DMV. Admission $5. 8 p.m.

DRAMARAMA 11. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800. Showcase of theater, from comedy to burlesque to dance, featuring local and national acts. Tickets $11, $8 CAC members. 6 p.m. to midnight.

THE FEVER. Fine Arts Center, 3916 Baronne St., 914-8861. Big TaDa presents one-person show with character on a journey of self-discovery. Bryan Jeffery Graham directs Michelle Doan Warner. Admission $10 general, $5 students (two-for-one with reservations by phone or email 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 8.

GREASE. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081. Classic musical capturing high-school romance in the 1950s. Brandt Blocker directs Matthew Ragas, Amanda Zirkenbach and Frankie Ford. Tickets $26 adults, $21 students and children. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 1. (Reviewed in this issue.)

HOLLYWOOD HEAVEN. Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812. The Producers Circle looks at the lives of Hollywood stars residing in heaven. Writer-director Ricky Graham stars with Roy Haylock. Tickets $21. 6 p.m. Sunday. Open run.

LIL' BEAUX PEEP SHOW. The Howlin' Wolf, 828 S. Peters St., 529-5844. Burlesque show featuring Sadie Corsette, Madame Femme Petite and others. Tickets $10. 9 p.m. Sunday. Open run.

THE QUEEN OF BINGO. Tony Mandina's Restaurant, 1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 835-6002. Sandi Roads Productions presents comedy about two sisters and their love of bingo. Stars Becky Allen, Sandy Bravender, Michael Sullivan and Doris Methe. Tickets $39 for dinner and show, tax and tip included. Buffet 7 p.m., show 8:30 p.m., through Saturday.

THE SEVEN. The Core, upstairs at State Palace Theatre, 1108 Canal St., 522-4435. Theatre Louisiane presents multimedia look into the children of Oedipus and the battle for the city of Thebes. Writer Amy Woodruff directs Don Guillory, Joy Begnaud and John Tiliakos. Tickets $10. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Feb. 7.

THEATER SONGS. Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812. Acclaimed cabaret artist Karen Akers performs with pianist Don Rebic. Tickets $39. (Thursday night opener is benefit for Mystic Krewe of Satyricon.) 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Feb. 7.

VAUDEVILLE NIGHTS. 735 Club, 735 Bourbon St., 524-4702. Fifteen traditional vaudeville acts from the 1920s, accompanied by the Victorian Echoes jazz band. Skye Jordan directs. Tickets $11. Performance 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 14.

YELLOWMAN. Southern Rep Theatre, The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal St., third floor, 522-6545. Tale adapted from Pulitzer Prize-finalist novel about love and racism within the African-American community. Valerie Curtis-Newton directs Lance Nichols and Karen Kaia-Livers. Tickets $19 previews, $30 opening night, $23 all other shows, with student, senior, theater professional and group discounts. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.



3 RING CIRCUS' THE BIG TOP GALLERY 1638 Clio St., 569-2700 -- Inventory, works by David Rex Joyner, through February.

THE ACADEMY GALLERY New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, 5256 Magazine St., 899-8111 -- Dorothy J. Coleman retrospective exhibit, through Feb. 20.

AGORA 2240 Magazine St., 525-2240 -- Works on display by Daryn Brammell, Shmuela Berg, Susan Brechtel, Elaine Gleason, John Kenny, Nell Mabry, Tony Mose, GVN, Lynette Walker and Kent Walsh.

ARIODANTE 535 Julia St., 524-3233 -- New photographs by Nancy Moylan, through Feb. 6.

ARTEGG STUDIOS 1001 S. Broad St., 822-4002 -- Passing Images, photographs by Fritzie Paine, by appointment, through Feb. 23.

ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY 432 Julia St., 522-1999 -- Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude; As I See It, photographs by Greg Gorman, through Feb. 28.

AXELLE FINE ARTS GALERIE ROYALE 709 Royal St., 299-1666 -- Recent works by Michel Delacroix, Jean-Daniel Bouvard and Jacques Godin, plus new paintings by Albert Hadjiganev, through February.

BARRISTER'S GALLERY 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767 -- Other Voices, Other Rooms, new paintings by Myrtle Von Damitz III, through Wednesday; Das Wunderkammer, works by Patrick Lichty, through Feb. 29.

BOCKMAN DESIGN 4513 Magazine St., 891-8785 -- Carnival 2004, mixed-media works by Heather MacFarlane, and paintings by Andrea Tomasovsky and Frehn Koerner, through March 5.

BRUNNER GALLERY 215 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 893-0444 -- A Study in Figures, large-scale drawings on paper by Ed Whiteman, through Feb. 7.

BRYANT GALLERIES 316 Royal St., 525-5584 -- Paintings and animatronic boxes by John Preble, through February.

CAROL ROBINSON GALLERY 840 Napoleon Ave., 895-6130 -- New paintings in oil by Masahiro Arai, through January.

CARROLL GALLERY Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb College/Tulane University, 865-5361 -- N.O.P.D.: New Orleans Pattern and Decoration, recent works by Nicole Charbonnet, Teresa A. Cole, Brandon Graving and K. Maxx Sizeler, through Feb. 20.

DELGADO FINE ARTS GALLERY Delgado Hall, 615 City Park Ave., 483-4048 -- Ephemera: River With Flowers, monoprint by Brandon Graving, through Tuesday.

COLLINS C. DIBOLL ART GALLERY Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., Monroe Library, fourth floor, 861-5456 -- Christopher Cook: Against the Grain, graphites exhibit, through Feb. 19.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER 900 Camp St., 528-3805 -- Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary, group show of works in all mediums, through March 21.

D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 524-3936 -- New sculpture by Allen Wynn, through March 4.

A GALLERY FOR FINE PHOTOGRAPHY 241 Chartres St., 568-1313 -- Ophelia's Garden, new panoramic series by Josephine Sacabo, through January.

GALLERY CLAIBORNE 2109 N. Claiborne Ave., 949-5300 -- First Offerings, photographs by Gus Bennett, and Eclectic Images, photographs by Eric Waters, through Feb. 28.

HAMMOND REGIONAL ARTS CENTER 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 542-7113 -- Works by Karen Wallsten and Denise Tullier-Holly, through January.

IAN GALLERY 2917 Magazine St., Ste. 102, 894-8385 -- Coastal Living, new photographs by Michael Kahn, through Friday.

JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY 841 Carondelet St., 522-5471 -- Disappearing Acts, works by Kathleen Ariatti Benton, through Feb. 20.

KURT E. SCHON 510 St. Louis St., 524-5462; 523 Royal St., 523-5902 -- European 18th- and 19th-century oil paintings from French Salon and The Royal Academy artists, plus French Impressionists since 1978, through February.

LEMIEUX GALLERIES 332 Julia St., 522-5988 -- Artists in Detail, paintings by Charles Barbier, opens Wednesday, through Feb. 28.

LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS 7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488 -- It's a Small World: Dollhouse China and Glass in the Longue Vue Collection, through June.

MAGAZINE STREET GALLERY 5207 Magazine St., 897-5330 -- Group show featuring works by gallery artists Fred Marchman, Kaye Wall Hoffman, Phyllis Springen, Susan Acree, Mannie Pair and Bruce Larsen.

MARGUERITE OESTREICHER FINE ARTS 720 Julia St., 581-9253 -- Obsessive Masters, works on paper by Stephanie Borns, Orren Kickliter and Tom Huck, through Feb. 28.

MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES 709 Royal St., 588-9020; 433 Royal St., 299-9055 -- A Show of the Masters, works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and others, through January.

NEIGHBORHOOD GALLERY 1410 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 524-8800 -- Works by gallery artisans Richard Lee, Ronald Jones, Judy Dixon, Latefah Ali, Revalasha, John Slade, Brenda McClure, Joseph Gordon and Joseph Parker.

NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS/RIVERFRONT 2800 Chartres St., 940-2787 -- Selected alumni works on loan from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Ogden Collection, on display in the Trusty-Corey Atrium through March 12; Transgenic Miracles, sculpture by Chicory Miles, Feb. 2 through March 19.

NEW ORLEANS GLASSWORKS AND PRINTMAKING STUDIO 727 Magazine St., 529-7277 -- Stained-glass cathedral windows by Michael Deary; outdoor glass and metal aquatic sculpture by Stephen Williams; silver artistry by Gerald Haessig; copper etchings and hand-bound marbleized books by Miriam Martin, through January.

SLIDELL ART LEAGUE GALLERY 1827 Front St., Ste. 201, Slidell, (985) 847-9458 -- The Reflections Show, group show by local artists, through Feb. 15.

SPACE GALLERY 4528 Magazine St., 897-9119 -- XY: Images of Men, group show by local artists, through January.

STELLA JONES GALLERY Bank One Center, 201 St. Charles Ave., 568-9050 -- Black and White, works on paper by Reginald Gammon and Malaika Favorite, through Feb. 12.

SYLVIA SCHMIDT GALLERY 400-A Julia St., 522-2000 -- Ellen Frances Tuchman, Four Seasons; Eve Aranka Kiss, mixed-media works, through Saturday. (Reviewed in this issue.)

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS FINE ARTS GALLERY 2000 Lakeshore Drive, 280-6493 --Scenic Themes, photographs by Christine Catsifas and Kyle Riedel, opens Feb. 2 through Feb. 27; Masters of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of mixed-media works by Nancy Lockyear, through Friday. Closing reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

WAITING ROOM GALLERY 904 Pauline St., 949-1805 -- Photography, paintings and mixed-media works by Lauren Russell and Jason Ellis, through February. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

WINDSOR FINE ART 313 Royal St., 586-0202 -- Original works, limited-edition serigraphs and more by Royo, through Feb. 18.

spare spaces

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK Visitors' Center, 916 N. Peters St., 589-4841 -- New Orleans jazz photographs by L.J. Goldstein, through January.

TURNCOATS 1926 Magazine St., 299-9004 -- Rio-1, photographs by Blake Haney, through Friday.


CABILDO Jackson Square, 568-6990 -- One Nation Under God: The Church, The State, and The Louisiana Purchase, through February.

HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION 533 Royal St., 523-4662; Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., 598-7171 -- Napoleon's Eyewitness: Pierre Clément Laussat in Louisiana, 1802-1804, through March. Reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, symposium: Charting Louisiana: Exploration and Settlement, featuring speakers Douglas Brinkley, John Logan Allen, Jay Gitlin, and John H. Lawrence, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

LOUISIANA ART AND SCIENCE MUSEUM 100 S. River Road, Baton Rouge, (225) 382-3575; (800) LA ROUGE -- Joséphine, Le Grand Amour de Napoléon, illuminating the life of Josephine Bonaparte with more than 150 artworks and personal possessions, through Feb. 1.

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY St. Augustine Church Hall, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., 586-1919 -- The Historic 1811 LA Slave Revolt, The Slave Castles of West Africa, The African Roots of the Underground Railroad.

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM'S PRESBYTERE 751 Chartres St., 568-6968 -- Crown Jewels of Carnival, royal jewels from the 1870s to the 1930s, assembled by Mardi Gras designer Henri Schindler, through Dec. 5.

MADAME JOHN'S LEGACY 632 Dumaine St., 568-6968 -- Goin' Cross My Mind: Contemporary Self-Taught Artists in Louisiana, works by Clementine Hunter, Sister Gertrude Morgan and others, through February.

THE NATIONAL D-DAY MUSEUM 945 Magazine St., 527-6012 -- Upon Other Fields: College Football in World War II, photos and memorabilia of college players who were called to action, through January.

NEW ORLEANS AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART, CULTURE AND HISTORY 1418 Gov. Nicholls St., 527-0989 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art Exhibit featuring works by Adewale Adenle, Claire Foster, Charles Collins, and Cecelia Pedescleaux, through May 22.

NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 488-2631 -- The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, rare ancient art from the Egyptian national collection, through Feb. 25; Inner Cities, photographs by James VanDerZee (Harlem), Alwyn Scott Turner (New Orleans), Robert Doisneau (Paris), and Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexico City), through April 11; Consonance and Resonance: Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Japanese Painting in Edo-Period Styles, through June 15.

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART 925 Camp St., 539-9600 -- The Story of the South: Art and Culture 1890-2003, Chapter One, museum collection of Roger Ogden, on permanent exhibit; Chapter Two, featuring works by William Eggleston, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Stackhouse, glass works from the Penland School and more, through May.

OLD U.S. MINT 400 Esplanade Ave., 568-6990 -- The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today, featuring unpublished photographs by Sam Abell, through May; Nations Within: The Four Sovereign Tribes of Louisiana, photographic exhibit showcasing the Chitimacha, Coushatta, Tunica Biloxi and Jena Band of Choctaw tribes, through March 14.


Tuesday 27

MO WILLIAMS. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 838-1100. Children's author, Emmy-winning writer with Sesame Street, artist and illustrator reads from his work. Free admission. 11 a.m.

Sunday 1

FREDDI EVANS. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600. Local children's book author and storyteller presents program as part of "Sundays at the O" series. Admission $10 adults, $5 students/seniors; free for Ogden members, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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