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We've got your weekend: Pitches, performing arts and Carnival

2013 PitchNOLA: Community Solutions semi-finalists line up to hear the judges' deliberation. (Photo: Propeller)

Propeller and Tulane University host the 2015 PitchNOLA: Community Solutions competition Wednesday evening. (Photo: Propeller)

Wednesday / PitchNOLA Community Solutions: Hosted by Propeller and Tulane University, PitchNOLA: Community Solutions is a live pitch competition that serves as a platform for community members to propose their solutions to local challenges with the chance at seed funding, project support, and media coverage to make it happen. At the pitch-off, ten semi-finalists will present their ideas to an audience; a panel will then award the top four pitch presenters with cash prizes, and the audience will vote on a favorite, whom will also be awarded with a monetary prize. The event, held at Tulane University in the Woldenberg Art Center Freeman Auditorium, will run from 6 - 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5.

Learn more about making the semi-finalists here and the components of a winning pitch here.

Thursday / Hidden Treasures of the Louisiana State Museum: The Friends of the Cabildo and LSM open up a normally off-limits Carnival Collection to the public, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of historic Mardi Gras costumes and artifacts. The tour, which winds through the LSM’s storage rooms, will be guided by the museum’s curator of costumes and textiles, Wayne Phillips.

Tours are offered at 6 and 7 p.m. at LSM Collections Building (1000 Chartres Street). Reservations ($30 / $20 for Friends of the Cabildo) required, available by calling 504-523-3939.

Thursday / The Moth Grand Slam : National live storytelling organization and podcast The Moth presents its GrandSLAM competition, at which ten previous winners from its smaller, monthly competitions, StorySLAM (held at Cafe Istanbul), will face off in a battle of words. As with all Moth storytelling, the tales will be delivered without notes and will encompass a diverse range of topics and tones.

Tickets $20 available online and the box office. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at The Joy Theater (1200 Canal).

Friday - Sunday / Dance out Loud 7 : Local not-for-profit performing arts organization D’Project presents Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud 7, a dance festival featuring performances from a skilled, yet diverse group of choreographers -- seasoned and emerging choreographers, local and international -- including Synergy Dance Productions, Fantasia Ballet (from Abu Dhabi), N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company, and others. The festival will also include masters classes (character, African, contemporary and belly dance) that are free and open to the public. View the full schedules here.

All performances ( Friday 8 p.m./ Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m./ Sunday 2 p.m.) will take place at the CAC (300 Camp Street). Tickets are $20 general admission / $18 for CAC members (15% discount for tickets purchased for both showcases).

Saturday / Shane's shout out: Sun Hotel with All People and Pope at One Eyed Jack's, 9:00 p.m. Tickets $10

For the past five years, the guys that make up Sun Hotel have become something of ambassadors for the local indie rock scene. All good things must come to an end, though, and this show marks their final performance together and the release of their final album. Head over to Toulouse after Krewe du Vieux to toast the band as they rock One Eyed Jack's one last time.