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Battles of New Orleans

Today the Battle of New Orleans anniversary celebration continues at the Chalmette Battlefield. Oh yes, there will be reenactments and cannon firings, as well as stuff for kids to do, food and more. Starts at 9 am and continues throughout the day. Once the sun sets, the Battle of New Orleans Lantern Tours begin. Admission is $5. The first tour begins at 5:45pm.

Perhaps coincidentally with the anniversary of the big battle, perhaps not, Daniel Rasmussen author of Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt will be discussing his book from 1-3pm at the Garden District Book Shop. Rasmussen is a kind of a big deal scholar and journalist–C-SPAN will be televising the event. Free.


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Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker

Okay, I know, you’re just about over this whole Christmas thing. But, it’s the Moscow Ballet. This is the real deal. Tonight only, the Moscow Ballet is performing The Great Russian Nutcracker–wait, isn’t that what they call Vladimir Putin? Zing! Mahalia Jackson Theater. 8pm. $30-$70.

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Scrooge In Rouge

Still trying to get into the Christmas Spirit? How about a silly send up of A Christmas Carol set in a Victorian music hall.

Tonight Le Chat Noir continues its run of Scrooge in Rouge. Starring Ricky Graham, Yvette Hargis, and Varla Jean Merman.

Here’s a little clip:

8pm. $32 (include $5 drink credit).

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If you were a nerdy adolescent like I was, you are already quite familiar with Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You may even have painfully dorky memories of reenacting the “Knights Who Say Ni” scene with your even nerdier guy friends during breaks in drama class.


Well, if you are a little cooler than I, here is the press release for Spamalot, which runs Tuesday-Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre.

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Based on the Tony Award-winning direction of Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot.

Tickets $25 and up. Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm.

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That’s HAMP, which stands for “HIV Awareness Music Project”. The New Orleans Society for Infectious Disease Awareness has put together its second annual awareness event. Never has getting STD testing been so much fun. 9pm. $15. One-Eyed Jacks.

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The SantaLand Diaries

A one-man show based on the hilarious story about being a department store elf from David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice (perfect stocking stuffer btw)? Sign me up. Here’s the blurb from  Le Chat Noir:

Straight from the hilarious best-selling book Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries tells the story of David, a directionless slacker who decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch.
The Santaland Diaries comes to life on stage as an acerbically witty one man show starring Big Easy Award winner A.J. Allegra and directed by Mark Routhier. It is an evening of Yuletide schadenfreude you won’t want to miss!

Dec. 6, 9 and 13 at 8pm.  Dec. 20 at 10pm. $21 (includes $5 drink credit).


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Snow Girls

I haven’t actually seen this yet, but I can guarantee you that this show is going to be fabulous. I will miss the annual Running With Scissors “Grenadine” holiday show, but this sounds like it could be even better.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

A parody of the so-terrible-it’s-fabulous 1995 movie SHOW GIRLS, SNOW GIRLS follows one brave, ambitious woman on her quest for fame, fortune, and an igloo to call her own. Watch as our heroine, Nomey, braves ice floes, polar bears, and Elvis impersonators to reach the shiny, shimmery, oh-so-wintry North Pole. But life in the big city isn’t all popsicles and snow-cone stands: the town is littered with wannabe stars, all craving the warm glow of the Northern Lights! But Nomey has an advantage over them: drive and ambition. And really good hair.

Armed with just a switchblade and a dream, Nomey starts her climb to the top, boldly strutting across the backs her competition. She dodges the advances of creepy gingerbread men, wise-cracking reindeer — even the villainess of all villainesses, Miss Krystal Berger! But will one holly, jolly man prevent Nomey from reaching the summit she longs for? Or will he meet the fate of every other ho-ho-ho who stood in her way? Bundle up, tune in, and find out!

@ Southern Rep. Thursdays & Sundays: $20, Fridays & Saturdays: $25.


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