Thursday, Sept. 1
969 Charles St.
$5; 9 p.m.
Local legend David Grubbs returns to his hometown for a gig at the Nachbar. Grubbs, a founding member of the punk band Squirrel Bait, was a fixture on the Louisville music scene in the ’80s and early ’90s, and has played in numerous local groups. Today, he mostly focuses on solo work, in addition to collaborating with poet Susan Howe on experimental “musical collages.” Their most recent album, Frolic Architecture, has been described as their most exciting yet, “(dropping) the listener into a soundworld that germinates wildly from this most multiple and heterogeneous of Howe’s celebrated collage poems,” or at least, so says their press release. This mixing of poetry and music is par for the course for Grubbs, a modern Renaissance man who composed the soundtrack for Angela Bulloch’s collection at the Centre Pompidou and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. —Jennifer Harlan
Geoff Carr & friends
221 S. Hancock St. • 298-2110
It’s always good to have friends, and Geoff Carr can count some of the best artists in Louisville as his. The gang got together to have a sale and exhibition with more than 20 local greats, such as Rodney Hatfield, Sarah Frederick and Cheryl Chapman. Chapman describes the event as an “exhibit of community artists who came together to highlight the recent opening of a new gallery in the NuLu district and also to assist a fellow artist with unexpected expenses.”
So it’s time to follow the bumper stickers’ advice: Love an Artist, Keep Louisville Weird and Buy Local. The opening reception is Thursday from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display during the First Friday Trolley Hop on Sept. 2 from 6-9 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett
Sept. 1-Oct. 1
Angie Reed Garner & Kim Richardson ?
642 E. Market St. • 641-8086
Angie Reed Garner just happens to be in Louisville now, although she lives most of the time in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. “The expatriations have not been low-impact experiences,” she says. “And how could they be? Louisville and Abu Dhabi are on opposite sides of the planet in more than one way. It’s right there in the paintings …”
Her exhibition mate is Kim Richardson from the not-so-far-away location of St. Louis. Her specialty is self-portraits on discarded wood. “The imagery itself gives expression to the glamour of emotions like love, kindness, charity and self-sacrifice,” Richardson says, “happily living side by side with uglier aspects of human nature.” The receptions, from 6-9 p.m., are on Thursday and during the Sept. 2 First Friday Trolley Hop. —Jo Anne Triplett
Friday, Sept. 2
Riot Skate Park
2510 Plantside Drive
$11; 10:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.
Do you ever fantasize about partying in the Foot Clans warehouse, surrounded by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their cohorts? Well, today is your lucky day — Get Buck Entertainment and Riot Skatepark are making your childhood dreams come true. Riot Skatepark is, as they say, “INDOORS and really fucking cool,” and guests are encouraged to “bust some tricks while live music is pounding your face.” That music comes from 345, Years at Sea, Hipster Blood and more. With their “mad skillz” and “fist-pumping bass lines,” these guys will keep you bumping and grinding all night long, maybe with a little help from the Envy Go-Go Girls. And if you’re looking to score some bonus points (by which we mean $1 off the cost of admission), come decked out as your favorite turtle, footman, villain or friend. It’s 18+ — sorry kiddos. —Jennifer Harlan
Free; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Worldfest is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. The weekend-long event kicks off Friday with the Desperado Steel Band, followed by three days of nonstop music, dance, food and multicultural fun. “With at least 90 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 50 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before,” states the Metro Parks release. “This event is an opportunity to become more familiar with the international community while honoring the traditions of our past and future.” Worldfest celebrates the unique melting pot that is Possibility City, with vendors selling food and crafts from around the world. The fest also includes the annual Parade of Cultures, as well as a naturalization ceremony, with hundreds of people taking their oath of citizenship. —Jennifer Harlan
Sept. 2-Oct. 3
‘Reflecting On Laughter’
Wayside Expressions Gallery
120 W. Broadway
Opening Receptions: Sept. 2 (5-9 p.m.) & Sept. 18 (2-4 p.m.)
Tom Boykin’s artwork is known as “paper painting,” or painting with paper. His paper of choice? Magazines, of course, like the one you’re holding now. “I use scissors, tweezers and rubber cement to create unique collages from pieces of paper cut from color pages of magazines,” he says. At a distance, his work might look like an oil painting or watercolor, but up close, you can see the intricate detail of the piece-by-piece assembly. Boykin is Wayside Gallery’s artist of the month, and his exhibit, “Reflecting On Laughter,” opens Friday. “My first inclination with each piece I do is to say, ‘Not for sale,’ but the walls of my home gallery won’t take any more,” he says. “I have so many more I want to do, and besides, the next one is always my best one.” —Sara Havens
Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Fest
3005 River Road
$7 (before 6 p.m.), $10 (after) (free for children under 10);
5-11 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.), 1-7 p.m. (Mon.)
There are several reasons to be proud of Kentucky (and to try to erase the stink of the Cyrus family) — great music, food, brews and bourbon certainly top my list. First, bluegrass music — seemingly taken for granted at times here in the Biggest Little City in Kentucky, yet one of our finest creations. Native and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, who would have been 100 this year, will be honored, even more than usual. Others will defy him by playing the more modern newgrass style, including Town Mountain and the Fiddleheads (recently seen on one of NBC’s many awful talent shows). There will be burgoo and BBQ from folks like the F.A.B.D., along with an array of local beverages. This is a family friendly (though not pet friendly) event, and we can’t think of a more heavenly way to say goodbye to a globally warmed summer from hell. —Peter Berkowitz
Wednesday, Sept. 7
‘Crimes in Southern Indiana’
2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950
Free; 7 p.m.
When an author titles his blog “Frank Bill’s House of Grit,” you know he isn’t peddling sonnets about petunias. Sure enough, Bill’s métier is the sort of rural noir storytelling frequently found in the works of Cormac McCarthy, Daniel Woodrell and William Gay. Fans of TV’s “Justified” might see that Kentucky-set series as a good complement to Bill’s first book, “Crimes in Southern Indiana,” which will be showcased next Wednesday at Carmichael’s. Many of the stories in this collection are fast-paced in the style of pulp icons like Jim Thompson and Cornell Woolrich — but those old masters didn’t live long enough to see the economic irony of family farms fronting for meth labs. Fortunately, Bill’s an apprentice with talent that’s getting the recognition it deserves: One story from “Southern Indiana” was featured in Playboy, and Farrar Straus & Giroux is expected to publish a follow-up soon with more from this Corydon resident. —T.E. Lyons