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We've got your weekend: Storytelling, Shakespeare and a library fest

Grassroots Artists of New Orleans hosts a live storytelling event in City Park on Thursday evening.

Grassroots Artists of New Orleans hosts a live storytelling event in City Park on Thursday evening.

Thursday / Listen Ya'll : Coalition of grassroots artists Granola hosts a live storytelling event in City Park (at the Windchime Tree near Big Lake near the NOMA entrance to the park) from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The theme of the night will be “Firsts,” with tales from selected storytellers the first half of the evening and from attendees who volunteer, chosen at random from a hat the second half of the evening. The event is BYOB (blanket and beer) and is free and open to the public.

Thursday - Sunday / All Things Shakespeare Show : As part of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, student actors will present a variety of Shakespeare scenes and soliloquies. The 16 featured performers have been have been studying the Bard’s work under the guidance of the program’s director, Silas Cooper. All performances will be held at Tulane’s Lupin Theater -- Thursday - Saturday from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Friday / All Together : Comedy Hub The New Movement (2706 St. Claude) hosts a monthly comedy mash-up -- from improv to sketch to stand-up to storytelling -- from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.. Featured acts include Devin Howard, Co-pilot, LochNess Foot. Tickets are $5 at the door. The event is BYOB.

Friday / Higher Power Wine Ride : Fitness Center Higher Power NOLA (514 City Park Avenue) hosts a wine ride to Bacchanal, then Pearl Wine Company -- with a thirty minute stop and optional drink and snack at each -- and back to Higher Power (approximately 10 miles). Riders are encouraged to bring helmets, water and bike locks; safe riding tips here. The meet time is 6 p.m.; riders will end shortly after 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday / Jefferson Library Literary Festival : At the East Bank Regional Library’s (4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA)inaugural festival, several authors will attend, discussing their books and the impact Katrina had on their lives. One presenter, Photographer David G. Spielman, will discuss graphic novel The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.