‘In which bicycles have personalities’

Goat in the Road Productions debuts a radio performance serial, “This Sweaty City,” in a live performance at the Shadowbox Theatre. The serial is a “magical realist story about the inhabitants of a water-laden city ... in which bicycles have personalities and bureaucratic offices operate on moving steamboats.” Twelve episodes are planned over three years. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., 2400 St. Claude Ave. Tickets are $10; go to www.goatintheroadproductions.org.

Rapunzel, ’60s style

Director Ricky Graham and the Rivertown Theaters bring the children’s fairy tale into the future, but not all the way, with a 1960s-inspired version originally produced at the Children’s Corner of Le Petit Theatre. Music by Fred Palmisano, starring Meryl Hahne and Madeleine Bourgeois. At the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., opening at 7 p.m. and continuing through April 21. $12-15. Call (504) 461-9475.

Jazz at the Playhouse

Take a break from the bustle of French Quarter Fest, but not from the music: Victor Atkins, Steve Masakowski and Ed Peterson perform at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St. Call (504) 553-2299 or go to www.sonesta.com

The Cowboy Rides Away

Country duo George Strait and Martina McBride visit the New Orleans Arena on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, billed as Strait’s farewell, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. www.ticketmaster.com.