SOUTHERN FRIED POETRY SLAM
The 21st Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Wednesday through June 8, brings the word to various locations in New Orleans. Poets recite original works for cash prizes, and each performance is judged by five randomly selected members of the audience. Free to $7 per event and $10 for a nightly all-access pass. Visit http://www.southernfried2013.com.
World Oceans Day
at the aquarium
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas celebrates World Oceans Day with activities and exhibits from Louisiana’s own Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program and the Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries program, as well as a new IMAX film on the great white shark. By admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Aquarium of the Americas.
DIRT ROAD BLUES
Using vintage instruments, musician Spencer Bohren narrates the evolution of a song through America’s history and culture, from its roots in Africa to its performance by the Rolling Stones. Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993. $12.
Singer and actress Megan Hilty starred as Ivy in the TV hit “Smash,” and appeared in “Wicked” and “9 to 5” on Broadway, among other musicals. She sings in the Broadway in New Orleans series at NOCCA on Saturday. 7:30 p.m., 2800 Chartres St., (504) 940-2787. $50.