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We've got your weekend: Naked cycling, local food & in-progress performance

New Orleans' annual Eat Local Challenge returns with a month of local foods-oriented events.

New Orleans' annual Eat Local Challenge returns with a month of local foods-oriented events.

Thursday - Saturday / Sound Off!: NOLA-based New Noise theater ensemble presents the first weekend of their annual Sound Off! Festival, a showcase of works-in-progress theatre productions from local companies and artists, providing audiences with the chance to provide feedback in post-performance forums. The first series of performances (all held at 8 p.m.) include:
“The System is Failing” by UNO Contemporary Theater Class
and “Conversations with Body Language: The Body Monologues” by Mike Spara at the UNO Theatre Lab; “Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound: An Original Adaptation” by Jessie Strauss and
“Broken Doll” by Darci Fulcher at Dancing Grounds (3705 St. Claude Avenue); “Ark” by Mark P Allain Jr., “Evol” by Narcisse| Movement Project, Everything is Sexy” by Jenny Sargent and Sara Brown at Catapult (609 St. Ferdinand Street), after party to follow at 10 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, with a $5 - 15 suggested donation.
 The second weekend of performances will be June 18 - 21.

Thursday, Friday & Sunday / Eat Local Challenge : Less than a week in to NOLA’s Eat Local Challenge -- intended to raise awareness of the benefits of eating locally -- challenge participants, foodies and curious minds alike have half a dozen ways to join the annual celebration. Highlights include a special happy hour at Carmo on Thursday, showcasing Gulf fish that are underrepresented on New Orleans menus; a day-long local foods fest on OC Haley on Saturday, featuring workshops, a whole hog cook out, a second line and more; and a tea farming workshop on Sunday.

Times, locations and fees vary. View the full schedule, as well as individual event details here.

Friday - Sunday / Brothers from the Bottom : Hyperlocally concerned play concerned with gentrification in post-Katrina New Orleans, Brother’s from the Bottom, starring Wendell Pierce, makes its way from New York City, where it originally premiered, to NOCCA’s Riverfront Lupin Theatre (2800 Chartres Street). Beginning this Friday, June 5 the show will run every Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 & 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 & 7 p.m. through June 28.

Tickets $25 - 30. Read more about Brother’s from the Bottom here.


Saturday / World Naked Bike Tour : If you encounter a swarm of nude cyclists peddling around potholes Saturday evening, you’re not, in fact, in the midst of the classic naked nightmare. Annual socially conscious World Naked Bike Ride -- promoting cycling and humanitarian issues -- returns to NOLA for its seventh year. Nude, partially naked and painted cyclists (skates, skateboards and other human-powered vehicles are also okay) will set out from Mickey Markey Park (700 Piety Street) 5 p.m. (cyclists should arrive at 4 p.m.), making their way through the Bywater. Spectators welcome. The event is free and open to the public, with a $10 participation donation suggestion. View full event details and rules here.

Saturday / Shane's shout out : Cardinal Sons at Gasa Gasa, 10:00 p.m., tickets $10

The trio of brothers that make up Cardinal Sons play an instantly infectious brand of indie rock that falls somewhere between the sunny grooves of Wilco and the tight pop of Spoon, with a healthy dose of NOLA swagger to keep the party going. They play Gasa Gasa Saturday night with fellow locals Bantam Foxes and Austin-based rockers Megafauna. Check out Cardinal Sons' mixtape of their favorite tunes and purchase tickets here.