‘The Cradle Will Rock’
Friday through Aug. 22
Cripple Creek Theatre Company presents “The Cradle Will Rock,” a musical that explores the difficulty and necessity of collective action. The show will “herald the outstanding artistry in the play’s history and contemplate its impact for New Orleans citizens today.” 8 p.m., Fridays to Sundays through Aug. 22; Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. www.cripplecreekplayers.org.
Jefferson Parish Library Literary Festival
With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall nearing, the Jefferson Parish Library Literary Festival will bring together authors, readers and any interested parties for an event that will discuss the storm and how it affected the writers’ lives and those people of the region. The event is free and open to the public. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us.
Great American Seafood Cook-Off
Who will wear the crown? It’s anyone’s guess, but the decision will be reached when a dozen chefs from around the country compete in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. The open-to-the-public event is part of the Louisiana Foodservice and Hospitality Expo and features the culinary wizards in an “Iron Chef”-style competition. Chef Michael Brewer, of The Sammich in Riverbend, has the Louisiana spot. The competition starts at 11:45 a.m., with crowning at 4:40 p.m. $5 advance, $10 door. Hall J, Morial New Orleans Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. gasco.eventbrite.com.
The Red Dress Run
It’s time to put on the rouge — dress, that is — for the annual Red Dress Run. The event is an adults-only road race that generates funds for several nonprofits. Sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers (“a drinking club with a running problem”), the event features music, food, an after-party and, of course, the run. An expo at the New Orleans Fairgrounds will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday for registration, $70, cash. Registration Saturday is $80, cash. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Amstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. www.nolareddress.com.
Dirty Linen Night
Shake off that white linen from last weekend (White Linen Night) and get ready to hit the streets of the French Quarter for Dirty Linen Night, an evening of art, music, food and drink specials in this summertime salute to the city. More than 50 galleries, boutiques and food vendors along Royal Street from the 200 block to the 1100 block will enjoy the evening. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Royal Street, French Quarter, New Orleans.