“Runnin’ Down the Mountain,” a performance by NEW NOISE, mixes music, live looping and soundscapes to tell the story of grown siblings Everett and Margaret Riddle, alone on their family’s orchard in the Great Smoky Mountains, trying to recapture a broken tape of their mother’s voice and mourning lost dreams. Starting Phil Cramer and Lisa Shattuck. Opens Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Dryades Theater, 1232 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 27. $15. Go to www.newnoise.org.
The film documentary “Tchoupitoulas,” by Bill and Turner Ross, follows brothers Bryan and Kentrell Zanders as they journey through a night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers and revelers. Opens Friday, Jan. 11, at Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive. Call (504) 304-9992.
Poles apart from a modern strip show, Bustout Burlesque features Evangeline the Oyster Girl in an authentic example of the ribald stage performance of the 1950s, when imagination and style subverted Eisenhower-era repression. Two curtains Friday at House of Blues: 8 and 10:30 p.m. 18 and up, $22 and $50. (504) 310–4999.
It’s racing of a different stripe Saturday at the Fair Grounds, where zebras will compete in an exhibition runoff. The first zebra race ever in the South will be paired with the return of ostrich and mascot racing, which helped to pack the Grandstand in August. Traditional thoroughbreds race at 2 p.m.; wildlife takes the track after 6 p.m. $10. Call (504) 943-2200.
Box of Wine, the do-it-yourselfers’ parade that “dares to go where the big parades roll,” holds a fundraiser at Funky Nola, 1700 N. Broad St., Saturday at 6 p.m. Food, music, wristbands for Mardi Gras restroom facilities. (504) 669-8022. $25.
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