Wednesday, Nov. 8
Clarence Greenwood is Citizen Cope, a musical amalgam who defies easy categorization. His determined, slinky sound includes traces of blues, soul and hip hop, with nice turns of phrase and plenty of inspired social consciousness. Think G. Love but more pointed. Cope’s touring (with a hot band) behind his third album, Every Waking Moment, and he’s built a nice following through a number of previous Louisville appearances. Alice Smith, whose debut album mixes rock, soul and R&B, opens the show tonight at the Brown, presented by WFPK-FM and Production Simple. —Cary Stemle
W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre
315 W. Broadway
$25; 7 p.m.
Health & Beauty Expo
This year Rite Aid is promoting good health for the Kentuckiana community by sponsoring its Health and Beauty Expo. The event takes place at the Kentucky International Convention Center and features free health screenings and special guest appearances by celebrities, including Stacy Keibler of “Dancing With the Stars” fame, Tae Bo expert Billy Blanks, Tom Arnold, “General Hospital” star Jacklyn Zeman, “Guiding Light”’s Ricky Paull Goldin, “Sopranos” star Steven Schirripa, NBA hall-of-famer Dominique Wilkins and more.
Celebrities aside, you should attend the Expo to take advantage of the free health screenings and counseling by healthcare professionals that can cost up to $300. Screenings offered are for lung capacity, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density and vitamin profiles. Assessments include diabetes risk, smoking cessation and weight management. To participate, all you have to do is bring one perishable food item for Dare to Care. —Claudia Olea
KY International Convention Center
Free w/ 1 canned good; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.)
Saturday, Nov. 11
Stereo Deluxe is an Indianapolis outfit that has been putting in time at clubs and smoky bars all around the Midwest, eventually winning over a pretty solid fanbase after their self-titled release earlier this year. Their sound is hard to pinpoint, which is a good thing. Catchy power-pop with playful lyrics by way of Weezer? Sort of. They almost sound like OKGo before they sold out and jumped on the treadmills. Anyway, Jennica’s is the perfect place to catch a band like this on its way up. The intimate, dim and cozy atmosphere will certainly be cranked up a notch or two Saturday night. Go to www.stereodeluxemusic.com and listen to a few tunes for free — my favorites are “Bomber Jacket” and “Too Much Time.” —Sara Havens
Jennica’s Wine Bar
636 E. Market St.
$3; 9 p.m.
Nov. 11-Feb. 3
‘Bernheim Shrine’ by Hiromu Saiki
Japanese artist Hiromu Saiki is Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s latest artist-in-residence. His art and life are well grounded in nature as a result of the philosophy of Shino and Sotai, a form of alternative medicine based on Japanese folk remedies. “Through art, I have dedicated my life to teaching others about the importance of comfort and balance within all relationships between all things,” he says in his artist statement. “I have … learned that there is no difference between traditional and untraditional methods of art as every artist strives to reconcile his or her perceptions of the world and, ideally, improve it as a whole. Art makes your body and mind better.”
His goal at Bernheim is to create a shrine of 30 towers that he says, “will embody the spirits at Bernheim.” Fellow artists and visitors are welcome to help with the installation on Saturdays in November from 1-4 p.m. The opening reception is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Hwy. 245, Clermont, Ky.
Free (weekdays), $5 per car (weekends); 7 a.m.-sunset
Sunday, Nov. 12
Louisville Youth Orchestra
The Louisville Youth Orchestra presents a “New Frontiers” concert Sunday at the Brown Theatre featuring the Kentucky premiere of “Made in America,” by noted contemporary composer Joan Tower. The work was commissioned by a consortium of 65 orchestras from all 50 states, and funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The Louisville Youth Orchestra is one of just five youth symphonies premiering the piece. Other works on the program also reflect nationalistic themes, including “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, and “Dawn at San Juan Mesa” by New Mexico composer Michael Mauldin. —Bill Doolittle
315 W. Broadway
$12.50; 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12
MERF 25th anniversary benefit
Surely you’ve seen the shirts somewhere along the line — the black tees with the big white hand that say “MERF” in a bold font. That acronym means Musician’s Emergency Resource Foundation, and it’s a stellar idea: A fund to assist Louisville musicians during their hardest days, whether they’re sick and need help paying the medical bills or their gear got stolen and they can’t afford to replace it, MERF has swooped in to help countless times. Show ’em some love this Sunday — tons of great bands are playing their 25th anniversary show, including Dallas Alice and Tim Krekel. They’re spread over seven stages at two places. —Stephen George
Phoenix Hill Tavern/Jim Porter’s
644 Baxter Ave./2345 Lexington Road
$7; 7 p.m.
John Waters films & art
In anticipation of John Waters’ descent into Louisville in a couple weeks (Nov. 18 to be exact — as part of the LEO Presents A Little Off Center Series at the Kentucky Center — but more on that next week), a couple venues around town are hosting Waters-themed events, including a film festival at Comedy Caravan and an art show of Waters’ work at 21C Museum Hotel.
One of Waters’ most insane comedies, “Polyester” will be shown Sunday night at Comedy Caravan, and, my all-time favorite, “Serial Mom” starring Kathleen Turner as a perfect Betty Crocker suburban housewife who happens to be a serial killer, shows Monday evening, both free of charge and both showing at 7:30 p.m. And some of Waters’ recent photography and illustrations are currently on display at 21C. Check ’em out for free. —Sara Havens
1250 Bardstown Road
Free; 7:30 p.m.
21C Museum Hotel
700 W. Main St.
‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
English professors Pam and Rick Butsch were so inspired by the Lexington production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” last summer, they decided to bring the show to Louisville even though it wasn’t on the scheduled tour. “We feel strongly that the play is so powerful and deals with such universal concepts — like searching for self-acceptance and love — that we wanted to be able to share the experience with our students and the community in general,” says Pam Butsch. Thanks to the Butschs, who put their own money where there mouth is, Louisvillians can catch this fun rock musical about a German transsexual named Hedwig (David Colbert) and her rock band. —Sherry Deatrick
Jefferson Community and Technical College
1000 Community College Drive
$10; times vary
National Contemporary Print Show
The Louisville Visual Arts Association is displaying the National Contemporary Print Show from Nov. 10-Feb. 5. Some of the events associated with the exhibit start this Tuesday, when printmaker Rosemarie Bernardi is the speaker at the next Food for Thought Luncheon and Lecture Series. Bernardi, one of the artists in the exhibition, has an international reputation, with prints in the permanent collections of such museums as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. “Passion and Process: The Printmaker’s Art” begins at noon. The cost is $20 and reservations are required by noon on Monday.
An Art Safari featuring a demonstration by Bernardi at IU Southeast is on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6-10 p.m. The price is $35 for LVAA members, $40 non-members, and includes dinner, drinks and transportation. The artists’ reception, which is free and open to the public, is on Friday, Nov. 17 from 5-7 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett
Louisville Visual Art Association
3005 River Road