Issue February 5, 2013

Staffpicks

12 things you should know about this week

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Wednesday, Feb. 6

‘Changing Art World’

U of L’s Business School

634-2759 • speedmuseum.org

$5 (free for members); 6 p.m.

“Value” has multiple meanings — yielding 14, to be exact, with a look at a dictionary. It’s the same when talking about the value of art. Exactly what do you mean — are you talking about how much it costs or its importance? With the most expensive painting clocking in at over $250 million (the Royal Family of Qatar spent at least that to purchase Cezanne’s “The Card Players” in 2011), there’s no doubt art can be costly. But that’s its monetary value. What about the other meanings? While the Speed Art Museum is closed for renovations, its outreach program “Speed About Town” is presenting a public lecture on the value of art with curators/artists Matthew Higgs and Janice Guy and hosted by Suzanne Weaver, the Speed’s director of modern and contemporary art. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Wednesday, Feb. 6

Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet

Bird Hall, U of L

louisville.edu/music

$5-$15; 7:30 p.m.

Jeff Coffin is a musician’s musician, gaining prominence as a Flecktone and saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, all while pursuing his own projects and conducting clinics. Coffin is enthused about his colleagues, including bassist Felix Pastorius (“He’s absolutely his own bass player … incredible”), trumpeter Bill Fanning, keyboardist Chris Walters, and drummer Roy “Futureman” Wooten (“Hearing him on the drumset takes him home; every night Bill and I stand to the side and just say, ‘Wow!’”). Coffin says, “My biggest influences have been the people I’ve played with.” Coffin is committed to education, working with youth, “helping to inspire them, and it’s also important for me to give back.” His concerts “are all over the board — we may do a New Orleans tune, straight-ahead, Gypsy, funk …” —Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.

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Thursday, Feb. 7

Iris DeMent

Clifton Center

2117 Payne St.

cliftoncenter.org

$25-$28; 7:30 p.m.

She released three albums of jaw-dropping folk/country revival music between 1992 and 1996, winning fans like Merle Haggard, John Prine and Emmylou Harris from word one … and then she became the Axl Rose of Americana. Though Iris DeMent continued a regular tour schedule, testing her fans’ patience as she continued singing the same songs year after year, no new material developed. A 2004 album of gospel tunes included one new song but was hardly enough. Finally, last October, DeMent released her fourth proper studio album. Sing the Delta proved worth the wait, a gorgeous reflection on family, religion and home; she’s simultaneously a true artist, writing uniquely personal songs that don’t invite listeners in too easily, and a highly relatable down-home maker inviting you to join her on the porch for a spell. —Peter Berkowitz

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Feb. 7-17

‘Love Letters’

Bunbury Theatre

604 S. Third St. • 585-5306

bunburytheatre.org

$10-$21; 7:30 (plus 2:30 Feb. 10)

Bunbury Theatre is back with A.R. Gurney’s two-person piece that celebrates the lost art of letter writing, and if it’s anything like those movies (fine, chick flicks) featuring romantic correspondence, the audience may celebrate the art of crying. Actors Jane Welch and Matt Orme play the two letter writers who are not lovers, exactly — they were close friends who grew up together but stayed in touch over the years, and the show consists of them reading their letters aloud to one another. Not only is this freakin’ adorable and perfect for a Valentine’s Day date, the show promises compelling work in character study, since the actors only have the text of the letters to convey a full, lifelong relationship. —Jane Mattingly

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Feb. 7-23

‘Book of Liz’

Alley Theater

1205 E. Washington St. • 713-6178

thealleytheater.org

$20; 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17)

Sister Elizabeth Dunderstock has a problem. A lifelong member of the Squeamish religious order, she has sustained her community for years with sales of her renowned cheese balls. But when a visitor, Brother Brightbee, threatens to learn her secret recipe, Elizabeth runs away from Cluster Haven and ventures out into the real world, a surreal landscape filled with alcoholic waiters, llama-restricted parking lots and Ukranian immigrants in Mr. Peanut costumes. This quirky, uproariously funny comedy is the brainchild of brother-sister duo David and Amy Sedaris, who bring their unique wit, snarky zingers and sidesplitting humor to this latest offering. The Huffington Post writes, “Combining the Sedaris siblings’ creative genius yields nothing short of a spectacle.” A charming tale of religious iconoclasm, self-discovery and uncontrollable sweating, “The Book of Liz” promises to leave you rolling in the aisles and craving a smoky cheese ball. —Jennifer Harlan

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Feb. 7-March 30

‘Etch’

Flame Run

815 W. Market St. • 584-5353

flamerun.com

Artists love to play because it stretches their creative muscles. That’s what “Etch” is all about — creative play between artists who work in different media. In this case, it’s printmaking and glass and how they respond to each other. Louisville’s Justin Kamerer is best known for his posters, merchandise and album covers, as well as his work with Crackhead Press. Glass artist Rick Schneider and printmaker Nikki Vahle, a husband-and-wife team who have been collaborating on glass sculpture for 14 years, live near Minneapolis. “Some art speaks to each other even if they are not the same medium,” says curator/gallery director Tiffany Ackerman. “You put these artists together and they make a nice conversation.” The reception is Friday from 6:30-9 p.m., with a demonstration by Schneider at 7 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Friday, Feb. 8

Cheyenne Mize

BBC Bourbon Barrel Loft

300 W. Main St.

bbcbrew.com

$10-$15; 7 p.m.

Let’s say you don’t enjoy music and you’re a teetotaler. That’s OK, there’s still one great reason left to go see music by Cheyenne Mize (proven as one of our finest, with a new record promised soon), Joan Shelley and an acoustic version of Go Mordecai! in the beautiful BBC venue near the Yum! Center. The evening is a benefit for Saving Sunny, the local education organization that “aims to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animal victims of criminal abuse, neglect and those in danger of euthanasia.” And for those who embrace imbibing, you can enjoy some fine local craft beers (the Dark Star porter pairs especially well with music). The bartenders are also giving their tips to the cause, so tip well. —Peter Berkowitz

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Friday, Feb. 8

Rogue Vogue

Zanzabar

2100 S. Preston St.

zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com

$5; 11 p.m.

Local DJs Narwhal and A-Bell of OK Deejays aren’t just two of the most popular DJs in the bi-state area, they’re also the promoters most responsible for bringing in other DJs from around the globe to help them take their Friday night dance parties at Zanzabar to a whole new level. This time, Chicago house DJ Rogue Vogue joins OK and fellow local Sleepy T. Trained as a drummer, Mr. Vogue (aka Jonathan Marks) is a percussion-loving, analog synth-armed beat-maker well aware of his hometown’s deep-dish dance music history (Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, etc.), and he’s put in his time crate-digging throughout what once were Chicago’s many fine record stores. Now he’s coming to Louisville with the pure and simple intention of making you sweaty. —Peter Berkowitz

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Feb. 8-9, 15-16

Va Va Valentine

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road

headlinerslouisville.com

$20; 8 p.m.

Well, it’s getting close to the big day, but don’t worry. You can always come out to Headliners this weekend to celebrate Va Va Valentine’s Day — and if you don’t have anyone special yet, make all the Vixens your Valentine this year. They’ll be taking the stage in their annual love fest doing all of the sexy, flexible and acrobatic acts that have made them local legends. The lovely, scantily clad ladies will be pulling out all of the old school “speakeasy” tricks, feats of extraordinary human endurance and, of course, their world-famous kissing booth. It really is a show you can’t grasp until you see it, so come out and celebrate the season of love with nothing more than the Vixens and the bare necessities. —Brent Owen

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Saturday, Feb. 9

Puppet Prom

School of Sharks Theater

770 Eastern Parkway • 636-1974

squallispuppeteers.com

$10 (minimum donation); 6-11 p.m.

Man, the Squallis Puppeteers have always freaked me out. It’s almost an uncanny valley reaction (look it up) on my part, and yet that can’t really be, can it? But one thing I can’t knock the Squallis Puppeteers for is their desire to help the community through kids’ camps and other outreach — enter the 10th annual Puppet Prom, a fundraiser for the group and a chance for you to not only help the cause, but to get out and have some fun yourself. The event will feature the requisite puppet characters mingling with the crowd, plus the Lil’ Cheezers food truck, a cash bar, live kissing puppet show, DJ Matt Anthony and live music from local band Lady Pyramid. (Note: Anyone who is easily terrified by 10-foot-tall, surreal-looking creatures may just want to make a donation by mail instead.) —Kevin Gibson

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Saturday, Feb. 9

Derby City Rollergirls

Champs Rollerdrome

9851 Lagrange Road

derbycityrollergirls.com

$11; 8 p.m.

I once thought about trying out to be a roller girl. I had fond memories of Skateworld as a child, and I’ve always wanted to trip people and knock them against walls. And then someone said of the sport: “It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when.” So I threw myself back into happy hours and morning mimosas. And being a spectator. The Derby City Rollergirls have their first game of the season Saturday against the Glass City Rollers from Toledo, Ohio. If you’ve never been, it’s highly entertaining to watch and cringe as the ladies fly around the track and elbow the competition out of the way. The match starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. —Sara Havens

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Tuesday, Feb. 12

Vision Louisville Road Show

Louisville Free Public Library

301 York St. • visionlouisville.com

Free; 6:30 p.m.

What do you want Louisville to look like in 25 years? A utopia of green buildings, mass transit and walkable, tree-lined neighborhoods? Or maybe you’d be satisfied with better bike lanes and a reliable bus system? Whatever your vision, you can share ideas about the city’s future during a community planning session for Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Vision Louisville,” a yearlong initiative aimed at creating a smart blueprint for the city. The Green Convene, a coalition dedicated to advocating sustainable public policy, is hosting the event, the focus of which will be — you guessed it — sustainability. So strap on your bike helmet, arrange a carpool or hop on TARC, and head to the downtown library to share your thoughts on how to create a greener Louisville. —Sarah Kelley