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We've Got Your Weekend: Writers and zombies

Shane's shout-out: Lost Bayou Ramblers and Coyotes at 10 p.m. Saturday at Gasa Gasa; $10

Lost Bayou Ramblers bring their energetic zydeco-rock fusion to one of the best rooms in the city to celebrate the release of their live album (recorded in the same room earlier this year) with support from local rockers Coyotes this Saturday.  If you have yet to check out Gasa Gasa on Freret, get yourself over there and see what all the fuss is about with this excellent one-two punch of young and talented Louisiana bands.

Four writers from the International Writing Program. Clockwise, from top left: Gerdur Kristny (Iceland), Ahmed Shafie (Egypt), Bernice Chauly (Malaysia), and Sabata-mpho Mokae (South Africa).

Four writers from the International Writing Program. Clockwise, from top left: Gerdur Kristny (Iceland), Ahmed Shafie (Egypt), Bernice Chauly (Malaysia), and Sabata-mpho Mokae (South Africa).

Wednesday / World literature: Distinguished authors from around the globe will gather Wednesday in New Orleans to share their words, as part of their participation in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. In partnership with the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, Rm 220 will present a reading at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Black Box Theater on NOCCA's Bywater campus (2800 Chartres St.) featuring Bernice Chauly from Malaysia, Gerdur Kristny from Iceland, Sabata-mpho Mokae from South Africa, and Ahmed Shafie from Egypt. Each of these authors is highly accomplished and well-known in his or her own country's literary circles. For more information about their work, visit Room 220. Oh, and it's free, too.

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Wednesday / Cocktails and lunacy: It's certain to be an evening of DEBAUCHERY! when New Orleans only live, ongoing soap opera takes to the stage. In this episode, Cartier exhibits the effect of her encounter with motivational speaker and life coach, Zachery Pow! Pow! Power!; sweet, kind Chanel has transformed into a hateful mess; and sexy Bentley Heat shakes things up in ways that you'll have to see to believe. The Southern Rep production starts at 7:30 p.m. at Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse.  Tickets are $10 at the door.
Thursday / On tap: Heidi Malnar, founder of Gulf Coast Theater on Tap, revives time-honored New Orleans tap traditions in "Neutral Ground," an exuberant new show to be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lupin Theater on the NOCCA campus at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students with valid IDs. Read Mary Rickart's story about the show here.
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Friday / If it's the last thing you ever do: The House of Shock's final Halloween season is under way, with a 25,000-square-foot haunted house, 400 volunteers, full service bar, live music and creepy horror show. Check it out any Friday or Saturday during the month of October from 8 to 11 p.m. at 319 Butterworth Street in Jefferson. Buy tickets (general admission $25) online here.
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Saturday/ Brunch bunch: Liberty's Kitchen launches its first-ever pop-up brunch series on Saturday, at its new digs next to the Whole Foods Market at 300 N. Broad. Chefs Bart and Jeff of Crescent Pie & Sausage will be dishing local favorites from 9 a.m. to p.m. Enjoy fall weather on the patio while you sample shrimp and grits, huevos Rancheros, smoked brisket hash and veggie omelets. A portion of proceeds will benefit Liberty's Kitchen; no reservations are necessary.
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Saturday / Yes, there's an Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum. And if you didn't know that, you might not be aware of the Algiers Folk Fest, taking place this weekend. The free event showcases regional folk art, complete with artists' tents, music by (among others) Little Freddit King and Bruce "Dunpie" Barnes, and food trucks (yes!). A bicycle second line from the Algiers ferry, led by Dancing Man 504, kicks off things at 1 p.m., with fest events at the museum at 207 LeBoeuf Street, facing the levee.

Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]