Entertainment

Enjoy Chris Isaak’s soaring falsetto voice on Saturday, Sept. 23, when the 61-year-old musician performs at the Grand Event Center inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, La., at 8 p.m.

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Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue returns to the Logon Café on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. The group was at the vanguard of New Orleans’ now-thriving country scene when forming over a decade ago, combining evocative songwriting, impeccable musicianship, and a twinge of punk sensibility with infectious Western swing energy. “The Gal” is Vanessa Niemann, an Appalachian-born songstress who has lent her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence to various musical projects in New Orleans and around the country.

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Ray Johnston

Jerry Nelson’s Backyard Dance Hall has teamed up with Kinsel Ford to host a free concert this Friday, Sept. 22 — Texas Strong — featuring a headlining performance by the Ray Johnston Band with special guests Jamie Talbert & The Band of Demons and the John Thibodeaux Band. Johnston signed with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks in 2004 but was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after and he focused his attention on music. Johnston now performs more than 120 shows per year and has seen seven of his songs enter the Texas Music Chart.

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Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin St.) looks to have you up out of your seat and singing Friday, Sept. 22, with a Grease sing-a-long at 7:30 p.m. The 1978 musical stars John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. The two meet in the summer then happen to attend the same school, Rydell High, back in the 1950s.

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First things first. This is not a horror film in the true sense of the genre. It’s masquerading as a horror movie because it defies any kind of traditional category other than “carnival ride.” I haven’t had this kind of “WTH” response to a movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” which in the end, I decided, was an elaborate practical joke executed purely by the filmmaker for his own pleasure.

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