THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

  • BICYCLE TOUR: 9 a.m., Sophie Wright Park, 1941 Magazine St., New Orleans. Tour and bicycle, $37; tour, $25.
  • GARDEN DISTRICT WALKING TOUR: 1 p.m., Outside The Defend New Orleans Store, 1101 First St., New Orleans. $25.
  • BESH STEAK SEPTEMBER WINE & DINE: 7 p.m., Besh Steak, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. Four course meal with wine. $75. harrahsneworleans.com/restaurants/besh-steak.html#.UqvGELfUdG8.
  • “UNCLE ARNEL AND THE SWAMP WITCH” AUTHOR EVENT: 5 p.m., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Author Allison Lane will read and give a mini-presentation on local history.
  • GRADUATE STUDENT SOCIAL INNOVATION NETWORK KICKOFF EVENT: 5:30 p.m., Oak Wine Bar & Bistro, 8118 Oak St., New Orleans. Connect with graduate students from across disciplines interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Light food provided. oaknola.com.
  • OPEN MIC NIGHT: 6:30 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 125 Bourbon St., New Orleans. hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans.
  • IT’S BURLESQUE: 9 p.m., Parish Room at the House Of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. The opening night of the sixth annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. $22 general; $28 reserved seating. houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans.
  • NOMA BOOK CLUB: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, Collins Diboll Circle. Discuss art-related fiction and nonfiction. Members may purchase selections at a discount. (504) 658-4117.
  • KREWES FOR COPS: 7 p.m., Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St. Food, music, prizes, an auction and bowling. Proceeds benefit New Orleans Police Department detectives. $40.
  • THE POETRY CAFE: 7:30 p.m., The Den, 3112 La. 11, Slidell.
  • BRAIN FOOD — MICHAEL STEELE: 7 p.m. The first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee speaks at the Dillard University President’s Lecture Series. Dillard, 2601 Gentilly Blvd. Free. (504) 816-4800.
  • INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE: Noon to 9 p.m., Through Sept. 21, Esplanade Mall, Kenner. Dress For Success event to benefit over 500 disadvantaged women.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19

  • DARIUS RUCKER: 7 p.m., Champion Square, Superdome, New Orleans.
  • DRIVING MIZ DAISY, WITH A. GAUTIER AND M. MARTIN: 8 p.m., The Allways Theatre, 1030 Marigny St., New Orleans. Production of Alfred Uhry’s modern classic. $12 to $25. (504) 948-4167.
  • FRIDAY NIGHT LAUGHS: 10 p.m. to midnight, La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Free.
  • BUENA VISTA SOCIAL LATIN NIGHT: 8 p.m., Dragon’s Den, 435 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.
  • BAD GIRLS OF BURLESQUE: 11 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. Part of the sixth annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. $22. hob.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans.
  • BURLESQUE BALLROOM FEATURING TRIXIE MINX AND ROMY KAYE: 11:59 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans.
  • MONDO BURLESQUE: 8 p.m., Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans, Part of the sixth annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. $33 to $38. adt.com.
  • MASQUERADE: 8 p.m. to midnight, The Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. Fundraiser for the New Orleans Opera with a Spanish theme. $75 in advance; $80 at the door. (504) 267-9527 or neworleansopera.org/junior-committee.html.
  • FALL GARDEN SYMPOSIUM: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Journey Fellowship Church, 30042 N. Dixie Ranch Road, Lacombe. The St. Tammany Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter host a series of three talks titled “Harvest to Home” related to fall gardening. $10, but seating is limited. (985) 875-2635.
  • WALK 4 RECOVERY : 8 a.m., City Park Festival Grounds. A 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Action Against Addiction. (504) 780-2766 or www.walk4recovery.org
  • WALK IN THE WOODS: 8 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 Highway 190, Mandeville. Learn about trees, ferns and edible plants. $5. (985) 626-1238
  • LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BEACH SWEEP: 9 a.m. Help clean up the lake basin. joann@saveourlake.org.
  • “TINY TOT THEATRICS” ACTING CLASS: 10 a.m., Impact Modeling & Talent Agency, 10001 Lake Forest Blvd., New Orleans.
  • SALON DE JEANNE D’ARC: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Loyola University, Danna Center. Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc presents a conference about Joan of Arc. “Jeanne d’Arc: The Transformation” at 3 p.m. Call (504) 251-5046 or joanofarcparade@gmail.com for details.
  • BRIDAL CRAWL: 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Galvez Restaurant, 914 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Party in style and raise money for Covenant House.
  • LAFOURCHE CENTRAL MARKET: 8 a.m. to midnight, Lafourche Central Market Pavilion, 4484 La. 1, Raceland. Free. (985) 438-1231.
  • SHAQ AT MASQUERADE NIGHTCLUB: 9 p.m., Harrah’s Casino, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. “Game Time,” an event featuring an appearance by former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.
  • LPO’S PLAY DAT! PARTICIPATION EVENT: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Xavier University Convocation Center, 7910 Stoelitz St., New Orleans. Open to amateur players 16 and up.
  • DERPYCON SOUTH: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the New Orleans Hampton Inn and Suites, 1201 Convention Center Blvd. A convention of fans of “My Little Pony.” www.derpycons.com.
  • FLEUR DE LEAP SCHOOLING HORSE TRIALS: 13349 Verger Road, Folsom. sedariders.org.
  • CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES — POACHING: 7 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. A discussion about efforts to save Africa’s endangered wildlife by Pratik Patel, founder and CEO of the African Wildlife Trust. Free admission and parking, $5 suggested donation. bwalkenhorst@auduboninstitute.org.
  • STORYQUEST “LATIN AMERICAN FOLKTALES”: 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. StoryQuest combines professional authors, actors and artists to bring the world of children’s literature to life. Family activities are also offered after each StoryQuest. Free with museum admission.
  • “CROSSING THE ICE” AUTHOR EVENT: 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3414 La. 190, Mandeville. Local author Jennifer Comeaux will sign copies of her romance novel about two pairs of figure skaters bound for the Olympics and competition.
  • CAJUN FAIS DO-DO: 4 p.m. The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St. (504) 371-5543
  • NOLA BLUE DOO RUN: 6 p.m., Tulane University. 2-mile walk and run to raise money to combat prostate cancer. www.prostaterun.com
  • THE QUEEN OF BURLESQUE: 7:30 p.m., Harrah’s Casino Theater, Canal Street, New Orleans, The main event of the sixth annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. $48 general; $53 reserved seating. harrahs.com.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21

  • DERPYCON SOUTH: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Hampton Inn and Suites, 1201 Convention Center Blvd. A convention of fans of “My Little Pony.” www.derpycons.co
  • MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS: 1:30 p.m., City Park Movement and Art, 4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans. For ages 4 to 6.

DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE FESTIVAL: 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M., ASHE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, 1712 ORETHA CASTLE HALEY BLVD., NEW ORLEANS. THE CITY’S FIRST OUTDOOR, SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL.

MONDAY, SEPT. 22

  • CEDRIC GERVAIS: 10 p.m., Generations Hall/ Metropolitan Night Club, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.
  • LOYOLA WRITING INSTITUTE FALL CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Eight noncredit community creative writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting taught by published writers. (504) 865-2475 or loyno.edu.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23

  • “GREEN IN JUDGMENT; COLD IN BLOOD” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Peter Abadie will sign his book that looks at assassination and four sets of brothers whose desire to rule was paramount in most of their decisions: the Kennedys, the Bundys, the Castros and the Ngo Dinhs. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • “THE COTTONCREST CURSE” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Michael Rubin will discuss his journey within a sweep of treachery and family rivalry ranging from the Civil War to the civil rights era. octaviabooks.com.
  • NEW AUTHORS EVENT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Three local authors will be presented.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24

  • EMFAM SHOWCASE/NETWORKING: 7 p.m., Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Featuring performances by 3RD Degree, Dyzpute, Whittney, Crucial and Cassius K.
  • 6X6: 7:30 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Six staged readings of new 10 minute plays exploring themes close to the heart of New Orleans. $10. (504) 488-1460.
  • CAROLINA GALLOP’S FASHION DESIGNERS & ARTISTS 4 HONDURAS FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. Featuring designers Carolina Gallop, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Keno Koutoure, John Delgadillo and Alita Edgar. $15. (504) 948-BLUE.
  • HUMP DAY HOUSE PARTY: 7 p.m., Masquerade Club-Harrahs New Orleans, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25

  • TONE MADE EASY: 6 p.m., Guitar Center, 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., New Orleans. Free class all about guitar tone.
  • BAYOU TITLE CHARITY BUNCO TOURNAMENT: 7:30 p.m., Farhad Grotto, 2310 Hickory Ave., New Orleans. $10. A nonprofit charter formed to provide Amtrykes, as well as, wheelchair ramps to area children and young adults with special needs.
  • HOW TO DRESS WELL: 10 p.m., The Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. hiholounge.net.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25

  • “THE ART OF GAMAN” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., The Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were ordered into barbed-wire enclosed internment camps, allowed to bring only what they could carry. The book relates how the internees practiced the discipline of gaman, enduring the seemingly impossible with patience and dignity by creating objects of beauty and utility out of scrap and found materials. Author Delphine Hirasuna presents. 504-528-1944 x 229.. www.stagedoorcanteen.org
  • FOOD AS MEDICINE: 7 p.m., New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Emery Van Hook Sonnier, Associate Director of Market Umbrella (Crescent City Farmer’s Market), will deliver the first in a series of lectures slated for the library in the 140-year-old club. Free. (504) 525-2375.
  • PARKVIEW RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 to 7 p.m., 872 Taft Place, New Orleans. Tour the renovation of a circa 1941 California-style bungalow and hear from the owners about renovation challenges and strategies. Sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center. $10. (504) 581-7023 or www.prcno.org.