Issue July 30, 2013

Staffpicks

10 things you should know about this week

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Wednesday, July 31

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

Waterfront Park, Big Four Lawn

wfpk.org

Free; 6 p.m.

This month’s Waterfront Wednesday headliners hail from bonny green Ireland, so the wind and rain that have plagued this summer’s concerts should be nothing new to these guys and gal. Little Green Cars’ roster reads like the leprechaun brigade, with Stevie Appleby, Dylan Lynch, Donagh Seaver O’Leary, Adam O’Regan and Faye O’Rourke bringing their indie folk-rock to the likes of SXSW, Coachella and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” since 2008. Listing Bowie, The Walkmen and The Smiths among their influences, LGC released their first full-length album, Absolute Zero, in March, with tracks ranging from alt-country to growly female-fronted rock; The Guardian dubbed them “A Cranberries for Brooklyn veganites.” Openers The Randall Bramblett Band and Quiet Hollers kick off tonight’s show. —Jennifer Harlan

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July 31-Aug. 1

48-Hour Film Project

Village 8 Theaters

4014 Dutchmans Lane

apextheatres.com

$9; 7 p.m.

The 48-Hour Film Project is a relatively straightforward concept: Over the course of one weekend, each registered team must complete a short film — writing, shooting, editing and all. However, there is a twist. At the beginning of the weekend, each team receives a genre, character, prop and a line of dialogue, all of which they must incorporate into their movie. This weekend has come and gone, and now, these teams and their movies stand to trial: The projects premiere this weekend at an event open to the public. Votes will be cast, and these movies stand to win some serious prizes — most impressive of which is the opportunity to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2014. —Natalie French

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Thursday, Aug. 1

Art for the Animals

Mellwood Arts Center

1860 Mellwood Ave.

shamrockpets.com

$75; 6-9 p.m.

Combining artwork and animals usually ends poorly. As wonderful as those forever companions are, pets usually don’t understand the difference between a creative masterpiece and a scratching post meant to be ripped up. Luckily, the Shamrock Pet Foundation knows how to combine art and animals in a way that highlights — and protects — both. Their 17th annual Art for the Animals features a juried selection of regional and national artists, a live and silent auction, live music, on-site adoptable animals, food from several local restaurants, a constant flow of beer and wine, and even a bourbon tasting. All proceeds benefit the volunteer-run nonprofit, which seeks to end pet overpopulation. —April Corbin

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August 1 – 11

Naked Boys Singing!

Henry Clay Theater

604 S. Third St.

pandoraprods.org

$25; 7:30 p.m.

Nudity can be a lot of things to a lot of people — sexy, scary, shameful. In the latest, nakedest offering by Pandora Productions, nudity is, above all else, a celebration of the male body. True to its name, Naked Boys Singing! features eight freeballing male cast members singing 16 musical numbers. Pandora Production lists it as their most-requested production of all time. Don’t write that honor off as horny gawkers looking for a silly sideshow spectacle of swinging junk; You’ll be surprised how quickly seeing the au naturale becomes natural, and how liberating the experience can be, even for the fully clothed audience. —April Corbin

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Aug. 2-Sept. 28

‘Modern Dictionary of Electronics’

Flame Run

815 W. Market St.

flamerun.com

Free, 6 p.m.

This is where technology, science fiction and art intersect. Sculptor W.G. Rickel focuses on the way society and not-so-modern technology interact in Flame Run’s latest exhibition, “The Modern Dictionary of Electronics.” Rickel’s work looks like something inspired by the steampunk genre with pieces that use batteries, broken radios and other bits of technology. Rickel’s technological contraptions also combine glass, wood, copper and metal. “A bit of mystery goes a long way,” says Rickel. “If I create mystery or a conundrum, people focus on it longer because they are trying to figure it out,” The exhibition’s opening night reception begins Friday and includes a demonstration at 7 p.m. —Charles Bowles

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Through Aug. 3

‘B-Side’

Spot5 Gallery

2005 Frankfort Ave.

spot5artstudio.com

Emily Denlinger and Ryan Paluczak, both from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., are colleagues with a shared mission: to create “art that is accessible and helps foster a sense of community.” The exhibition “B-Side” at the Spot5 Gallery features their collaboration that uses different techniques and styles to achieve the same message. Denlinger leans toward “popular culture iconography and the shared macrocosm of human history,” while Paluczak “studies microcosms, small groups of individual, and explores shared personal experiences within those communities.” Are you a fan of coloring books? Denlinger and Paluczak are, so they created drawings for viewers to take home to color. It all goes back to their mission and personal beliefs of what art can achieve. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Saturday, Aug. 3

Beer, Bones & Catnip

Apocalypse Brew Works

1612 Mellwood Ave.

Free; 4 p.m.

I’d like Louisville to become a more dog-friendly city — we should be able to bring our furry friends to bar and restaurant patios throughout the Metro, but sadly, many are banned due to strict health-code laws. Still, there are a handful of spots in town that allow them, and Apocalypse Brew Works is one. On Saturday, they’re hosting a benefit for three animal-specific charities — The Arrow Fund, Derby City Dog Rescue and Alley Cat Advocates — along with The Blue Umbrellas, who haven’t played in town for quite some time. They tapped their friends in St. John’s Wort, Bridge 19 and Kathleen Hoye & the Reel Deal to play as well, and there will be plenty of food trucks on hand if you get hungry. It’s recommended you bring a chair and your dog. —Sara Havens

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Sunday, Aug. 4

Fresh Fest

The Belvedere

500 W. Main St.

louisvillefreshfest.org

$25; 6 p.m.

Hip-hop and R&B’s flyest acts are descending on Derby City this weekend as part of the first Louisville Fresh Fest. Featuring performers from Chubb Rock and Monie Love to Kwame, Dana Dane and Special Ed, and headlined by the Grammy Award-winning Illtown trio Naughty by Nature, the event is modeled on the original Fresh Fest of the ’80s (think Run-D.M.C. and the Fat Boys, but for the 21st century), bringing back old-school hip-hop for a decade-spanning musical extravaganza. Hosted by former “Yo! MTV Raps” VJ and Sirius/XM radio personality Ed Lover, Fresh Fest promises to be one helluvah party. The festival’s organizers optimistically expect more than 1,500 patrons at this “family oriented” event, so bring your kids (if they’re over 18), bring your wife, bring everybody! —Jennifer Harlan

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Sunday, Aug. 4

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

Kentucky Center for the Arts

501 W. Main St.

makechangetogether.org

$30; 7 p.m.

Local singing/songwriting icon Bonnie “Prince” Billy has been touring around the globe with his current (and recurring) partner, vocalist Dawn McCarthy (otherwise best known for leading the beautiful and mysterious Faun Fables), as they promote their album of Everly Brothers songs, What the Brothers Sang. The tour ends with this very special episode, a benefit for the nonprofit Network Center for Community Change (NC3), co-presented by WFPK. NC3 unites more than 5,000 members who together are striving to improve some of our most-in-need neighborhoods. The evening begins with a set by the All-Star Power Member Revue — music, dance and spoken word by NC3 members, including Amber Burns, Aubrey Clemons and Marcellus Love, among others. Come help The Signifying Wolf make a significant difference. —Peter Berkowitz

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Through Sept. 1

‘The 7 Borders’

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

715 W. Main St.

kmacmuseum.org

Did you know Kentucky is the only state with seven borders? The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft used that little-known fact to organize an exhibition with art from our border states of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. “The 7 Borders, an Exhibition Mapping Kentucky’s Regional Identity” proposes that there’s an art world with Kentucky as its nucleus. The artistic connection between the states is so strong that, according to curator Joey Yates, “Kentucky is positioned as a center for artists who have woven the narratives of this region into their work, examining shared histories and common threads. Geographically, Kentucky is situated in the Upland South, giving it equal historical claim as an eastern, western, northern and southern state.” Admission to the museum is free during the Aug. 2 First Friday Trolley Hop. —Jo Anne Triplett