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The word “feminine” means many things to many people. “Mark of the Feminine,” first in a series of exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center highlighting New Orleans artists, represents the fluidity of gender identity with works in many mediums from a multigenerational roster of female and female-identifying contemporary artists. The New York-based Regine Basha curated the show, which includes works from visual artists and photographers – plus nontraditional inclusions from performance artists, costume makers and even a rapper. Basha says that she received nearly 400 submissions expressing various aspects and interpretations of femininity. “Focusing on the ‘female’ element complicates our idea of gender assignments and looks more at qualities, rather than categories,” she says. The show is at CAC now until Oct. 4. Information, cacno.org

Dirty Dash

The summer, which in New Orleans signifies many outdoor events calling for specific attire, continues with two of its signature events on the same day. Aug. 9 begins with the New Orleans Hash House Harriers’ Red Dress Run, in which “running” means stumbling from French Quarter bar to bar in crimson clothing. Later that night, the Royal Street galleries host their tongue-in-cheek response to the preceding White Linen Night. Wear your wine-stained white linen from the weekend before, or keep that red dress on – anything goes. Information, NolaRedDress.com and ArtsCouncilOfNewOrleans.org

Doing it for the kids

The Louisiana Children’s Museum hopes to occupy a new space in City Park by 2018, so cherish the current space while you can – luckily, grown-ups have an excuse. They can do just that at the annual CHAIRish the Children auction gala on Aug. 23, known for its auction of chairs decorated by local celebrities and business, is a disco themed affair with food, drinks and more. The patron party features food from James Beard Award-winner Pêche. Information, lcm.org



Aug. 1-7. New Orleans Film Society presents the French Film Festival, Prytania Theater. Information, NewOrleansFilmSociety.org

Aug. 6. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in concert, Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com

Aug. 15 and 28. Saints pre-season games, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information, NewOrleansSaints.com

Aug. 9. YLC Role Models awards gala, Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Information, ylcnola.org

Aug. 13. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in concert, One Eyed Jacks. Information, OneEyedJacks.net

Aug. 16. Sylvan Esso and Dana Buoy in concert, Gasa Gasa. Information, GasaGasa.com

Aug. 16. Gipsy Kings in concert, Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com

Aug. 17. New Orleans Sushi Fest, River City Ballroom. Information, NewOrleansSushiFest.com

Aug. 18. Toto in concert, House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com/NewOrleans

Aug. 21. OneRepublic in concert, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, Arena.Uno.edu

Aug. 24. Boyz 2 Men, Keith Sweat and En Vogue, Champions Square. Information, Superdome.com/Square

Aug. 27-Sept. 1. Southern Decadence, French Quarter. Information, SouthernDecadence.net

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