Thursday, June 1
Louisville’s Lost and Found
Once upon a time, Louisville had a thriving recording studio known as SAMBO (the name may seem dicey now, but it derived from the principles’ names, and the moniker stood for Sanders, Allen, Martin Booking). In the studio’s heyday, several local and regional bands laid down tracks that made it onto radio. It may be hard to fathom in today’s digital world, but most of the other songs they recorded never made it anywhere — those were the days of singles (two songs got released — an A side and a B side — and the rest were surplus). So it’s always been a bit of lore as to what happened to all of that extra material. The truth is, it sat around in storage, deteriorating, until two familiar impresarios — Marvin Maxwell and Ed Amick — made a deal with Ray Allen to buy it lock, stock and barrel.
Since then, Amick has undertaken the highly tedious task of repairing the tapes and transferring them to CD. There’s much left to transfer, but more than enough to start bringing the music to the listening public. Which is the whole point of a new show that starts tomorrow on WFPK-FM. On the weekly “Louisville’s Lost and Found,” Marvin Maxwell and WFPK’s Duke Meyer (with a big assist from FPK producer Jeff Leonard) will spin some of those tasty R&B, soul, rock and psychedelic tunes each week. They’ll also feature a weekly interview with someone who was involved in the scene. The first show features Lonnie Mack.
All told, it sounds like a nice little bit of cultural anthropology, Louisville-style. —Cary Stemle
Louisville’s Lost and Found
Thursdays, 8-9 p.m.
British Bash Car Show
For those mourning the end of a little British invasion action at last weekend’s Abbey on the River Beatles fest, the 22nd annual British Bash Car Show will wipe away your tears. Head over to St. Joe’s Children’s Home this weekend to go ga-ga over more than 200 British and British-inspired cars. I love me some MINI Cooper and have been assured they’ll be on display in all of their MINI glory. (How does a girl get a free ride around here?) There’ll also be food, beer, kids’ activities and more. —Sara Havens
St. Joe’s Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Ave.
Free ($5 parking charge/donation)
Fri.: gates open 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 10:30-3:30 p.m.
Birth in the Bluegrass
Worried about what to expect when you’re expecting? Have no fear; just make your way to the fourth annual Birth in the Bluegrass, presented by the Birth Care Network. The conference includes lectures on midwives, how to overcome the fear associated with childbirth, breast-feeding and new parent discussion panels.
The Birth Care Network is also presenting “Birth, the Play,” written by Karen Brody. Based on more than 100 interviews with new mothers, it chronicles the birthing experiences — both good and bad — of seven women.
So if you’re anxious about what to expect before, during and after childbirth, make like a baby and head out to hear informative lectures on the topic and learn from the experiences of others. —Stephanie Salmons
‘Achieving Balance in Childbirth’ Conference:
Saturday June 3
Executive Inn, Canterbury Room
978 Phillips Lane
9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
‘Birth, the Play’:
316 W. Main St.
$15; 8 p.m.
Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays
A mere two months after one acclaimed theater festival of new works, the Humana Festival, opened in Louisville, another one promises three weekends’ worth of new plays. Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays, presented by Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, Kentucky’s only professional African-American theater, has been gathering steam for the past six years and boasts the participation of 40 artists in this year’s event. The festival is divided into three programs, named Red, Black and Blue. Each focuses on a different theme, whether it’s African-American families, Kentucky playwrights or bridging past African-American experiences to the present. In addition, founding director Lorna Littleway, with Broadway director Sue Lawless, will lead ”Imagining and Improvisation” workshops each Saturday before the performances. —Rebecca Haithcoat
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W. Main St.
Tickets: $10/play readings, $15/workshops
Packages: $50/Jamboree Play Pass; $18/Weekend Play Pass; $35/Workshop Pass
Performances: 8 p.m.; Workshops: 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 3
Asian Water Festival
Water is essential to life, and no one knows that better than the people of Southeast Asia. That is why the Crane House is hosting the Asian Water Festival Family Day Saturday on the Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include martial arts demonstrations from Brown’s Traditional Korean Tae Kwon Do and Joe Aikido club, with performances by Mei Li Yang Guang Chinese Dance Troupe, Rudy Davidson’s Tai Chi Group and the Crescent Moon Dancers. Local eateries Mai’s Thai and Kim’s Asian Grill will provide food. Other activities include boat-building, hands-on activities, water-splashing and plenty of children’s games. —Michael Lichvar
Harbor Lawn, Waterfront Park
Free; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Highlands Douglass Art Show
I suppose there could be a few art-inclined folks in the Highlands. The organizers of the inaugural Highlands Douglass Art Show are banking on Highlands residents coming to peruse artwork from more than 50 local and regional artists, while enjoying live music and food. The show is sponsored by the Highlands Neighborhood Association and, depending on its success, is slated to become an annual event. The show will benefit the neighborhood through beautification projects and improvements to the Community Center planned by the association. Booth applications are still being accepted. —Nathan Thacher
Douglass Park Community Center
2301 Douglass Blvd.
Free; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
‘Little Women — The Broadway Musical’
The “Little Women” have made it to the big time. Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel has already been the basis of a Hollywood hit starring Susan Sarandon and Wynona Ryder. Then it made its move to Broadway.
PNC Broadway Across America is bringing “Little Women — The Broadway Musical” to the Kentucky Center next week. This version of the story stars Grammy-nominated singer Maureen McGovern as Marmee March. McGovern, who has also starred in the Broadway production of “The Pirates of Penzance” and the national tour of “The King and I” (among many others), has gotten rave reviews for her performance as the leader of the March family.
Be sure to catch a performance if you can; these Little Women won’t be hanging around town for long. —Stephanie Salmons
$21.75-$56.75; various times
Through June 24
Joel Pinkerton and Myra Silva
We’re people who need people, or as artist Myra Silva elegantly says, “Our sight is more sensitive to the nuances of the face and figure than to anything else.” In her current exhibit at the Zephyr Gallery, which is titled “figure,” both she and sculptor Joel Pinkerton tackle this subject matter but go off in different directions from that shared starting point.
Silva has created representational graphite drawings, sketched from live models on handmade Nepalese lokta paper. The quiet stillness of her work is in direct contrast to Pinkerton’s active assemblages. His life-sized sculptures are made from found objects, which all once had a function different from what it’s being used for today. Check out the reception during the June 2 First Friday Gallery Hop from 5-9 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett
610 E. Market St.
Free; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat.