The Tracey Fragments

9:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu., June 18-19; Sat.-Sun., June 21-22; Wed.-Sun., June 25-29

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;

Split screens are a filmic technique nearly as old as the medium itself, but The Tracey Fragments is something new: a movie told almost entirely in split screens as well as in nonlinear time, with handheld cameras. Challenging, perhaps, but critics have " mostly " loved it. Bruce McDonald directs indie-film ingenue du jour Ellen Page (Juno), who, as the Tracey of the title, once again plays a teenager in over her head " riding a city bus totally naked, wrapped in a curtain, searching for her brother and narrating the events that brought her life so low. It's a role that won Page Best Actress awards at both the Vancouver Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors or unemployed, $5 Zeitgeist members and children 14-under. — Kevin Allman




Chris Ardoin and NuStep

8:30 p.m. Thu., June 19

Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;

In New Orleans, the whomping sound of brass bands and the clatter of Mardi Gras Indian percussion lie at the core of our homegrown hip-hop rhythms, inextricably linking the city's musical past to its future. In the heart of Cajun country, the same bridge is being built between zydeco and hip-hop, with rising Lafayette and Lake Charles groups introducing the vocoder and drum machine to the scrubboard and squeezebox. Chris 'Candyman" Ardoin, grandson of the legendary Creole musician Bois Sec Ardoin, grew up holding an accordion, and played Carnegie Hall at the age of 9. On his January release, V.I.P. , Ardoin slicks up the old-school two-step with rap breakdowns and the smooth, Cristal-in-da-club groove of contemporary R&B. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock




The Roots

9 p.m. Thu., June 19

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Philadelphia hip-hop maestros the Roots broke ground in the 1990s by using live instrumentation to create their signature funk- and jazz-infused grooves. The pioneering collective, led by drummer Ahmir 'Questlove" Thompson and rapper Tariq 'Black Thought" Trotter, paired its innovative sound with a social conscience at a time when paeans to the thug life were more in vogue. Their latest album, April's Rising Down, takes its title from a seven-volume political treatise on violence; on it, Trotter and Thompson " who campaigned door-to-door for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential-primary bid in California earlier this year " address the war in Iraq, apathy, drugs and violence in the black community. On a more musical note, Thompson also recently produced the latest album from soul seducer Al Green, Lay It Down, for the Blue Note label. Soulful singer-songwriter Dan Dyer opens. Tickets $33.50. — Fensterstock




Eddie Izzard: "Stripped"

7:30 p.m. Mon., June 23

McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., 522-5555

Stand-up comedian and self-proclaimed 'executive transvestite" Eddie Izzard is a winner of Emmy and Tony Awards and has received plenty of additional critical acclaim. But did you know that he has a long history of charity work? The outrageous Izzard will bring his comic style to Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium Monday, Jun. 23, as part of his 'Stripped" tour, with all proceeds going to the Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans. Izzard began his career in the U.K. in the 1980s as a street performer, and later morphed into a stand-up comedian. In between his various tours, he has molded himself into a quadruple threat, mastering his craft in stand-up comedy, theater, film and, most recently, in his FX Network series The Riches " a drama co-written by Izzard, which tells the story of a family of Irish Travelers and con artists trying to adapt to American suburban life. His stream-of-consciousness style and aversion to working with scripts have earned Izzard the nickname 'The Lost Python" by Monty Python member John Cleese, and 'Stripped" is done in that spirit, including everything from pop culture critiques to self-deprecating humor on the subject of cross-dressing. Tickets $25-100. — Allison Good