Issue February 4, 2014

Staffpicks

12 things you should know about this week

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Thursday, Feb. 6

Mind Over Mirrors

Dreamland

810 E. Market St.

dreamlandislouisville.org

$10; 8 p.m.

Mind Over Mirrors is made up of one solitary harmoniumist/electronicist, Jaime Fennelly. His fourth album, When the Rest Are Up at Four (on Immune Recordings), followed his previous releases with Digitalis, Hands in the Dark and Aguirre/Gift Tapes. Fennelly was a founding member of Peeesseye and participates in the jazz band Acid Birds. He’s now a resident of Chicago, after moving from his home on a remote island in the Salish Sea in Washington State, where Mind Over Mirrors originated. With his skills on the Indian pedal harmonium and his talent with electronics, such as his master use of tape delays, oscillators and synthesizing processors, Fennelly manages to turn repetitive melodies into deep sonic valleys and stunningly unique pieces. —Chloe Gaines-Hall

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Feb. 6-8

‘The Vagina Monologues’

U of L’s Playhouse

1911 S. Third St.

louisville.edu/peacc

$8-$10; 8 p.m.

As part of U of L’s participation in V-Day, a global movement that seeks to end violence against women, students and guest celebs will perform Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.” Organized by Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC), the play is an annual event at U of L that aims to celebrate women’s sexuality and strength. Some of the more well-known parts of the production include “My Angry Vagina,” “The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could” and “Reclaiming Cunt.” “The audience generally comes away awakened to the story their own body has to tell,” says producer Sally Evans. “Through humor and honesty, both men and women are activated by feminine energy and sexuality, and the global injustices often committed against the female body.” Consider my vagina intrigued. —Sara Havens

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Friday, Feb. 7

Robby Davis’ ‘Snakes ’N’ Stuff’

WHY Louisville

806 E. Market St.

whylouisville.com

Free; 5 p.m.

“Snakes ’N’ Stuff” is the name of the newest show by Robby Davis, a local artist who should, by all standards, be rich and famous by now. He’s done illustrations for us and other (lesser) publications, shirts for WHY Lou, and might be best known (outside of the art scene) as the guy who did all them awesomely gnarly drawings seen inside the Against the Grain brewpub. For this First Friday Trolley Hop opening, WHY Lou 2’s Electric NuLu walls will display Davis’ latest offerings, “a lineup of new paintings exploring simplicity by stripping things down to their basic elements,” with titles like “Snake & Bone,” “Snake & Dagger” and “Snake & Tits.” ’Cause aren’t we all just animals? But how many of us are drawn so well? —Peter Berkowitz

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Feb. 6-March 3

‘Reconstructed Lore’ by Patrick Donley

CRAFT(s) Gallery

572 S. Fourth St. • 550-2035

craftslouisville.com

Patrick Donley is a popular fixture among the local visual art and music communities. You can spot his colorful mixed-media pieces a mile away. His latest work, “Reconstructed Lore: The Memento Series,” is composed of paint, objects and photography, all mixed together to tell a story of an imagined memory. “The ‘Mementos’ center around found old photos, usually,” says Donley, “and evolve into a testament or imagined story that might surround the foundation image … numbers, broken eyeglass frames, etc. The evocative, even touching nature of the work carries an intimacy that is playful and inspiring.” So forget the flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day — a Donley “Memento” is a much better love letter. The artist reception is during the Feb. 7 First Friday Trolley Hop from 6-10 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Friday, Feb. 7

‘Appalachia 2050’

Clifton Center

2117 Payne St.

ralphdavis.com/appalachia2050

$5 (suggested donation); 7 p.m.

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” particularly focused on Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, the region remains mired in poverty and looking for a way out. In the documentary “Appalachia 2050,” filmmaker and native eastern Kentuckian Ralph B. Davis asks leading Appalachian residents about the victories and defeats in this 50-year effort, as well as their thoughts on how to defeat poverty in the region over the next few decades. The film’s public premiere will be followed by an hour-long Q&A with the director, who hopes the documentary inspires conversations about a new path forward for Appalachia. Donations will go toward the Jefferson County chapter of KFTC, sponsoring the event as part of their “Louisville Loves Mountains Week.” —Joe Sonka

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Feb. 7-9, 12-16, 19-23

‘Ages of the Moon’

Bunbury Theatre

604 S. Third St.

bunburytheatre.org

$10-$21; various times

Bunbury Theatre has managed to lure Emmy-nominated actor Patrick Tovatt out of retirement for its next production, Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon.” After a 15-year absence from the Louisville theater scene, Tovatt is reuniting with director Steve Woodring and actor Matt Orme. You might recognize Tovatt from his various roles in soap operas — as Cal Stricklyn from “As the World Turns” or Zane Lindquist from “Another World.” He last appeared in the Broadway production of “Proof.” “Ages of the Moon” takes place on the porch of a Kentucky fishing shack, where a man named Ames resides after his wife throws him out. It’s described as a quiet, whimsical meditation on the passage of time and personal loss. Chloe Gaines-Hall

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Saturday, Feb. 8

Tytianna N.M. Wells Smith

A Reader’s Corner

2044 Frankfort Ave.

areaderscorner.com

Free; 11 a.m.

For children of all ages, author and illustrator Tytianna N.M. Wells Smith will read from her first picture book for children, “Sweet Pea & Sugar Tea’s Country Family Adventures, Volume 1: A Collection of African-American Poems” at this special appearance. It’s special because every child who attends will receive a free book. Also, we hear refreshments will be served. Free? Refreshments? And a not-yet-jaded writer spreading happiness to families? Educator Michele Hemenway says, “With innocence, humor and charm, these characters capture the folklore our children need to hear.” Local publisher Honey Tree has already had success with the book, a brightly illustrated collection that is as entertaining as it is educational. The stories have lessons and values embedded in them, but go down as smoothly as honey butter biscuits. —Peter Berkowitz

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Saturday, Feb. 8

‘Cuteopia’ & ‘XXX’

Revelry Gallery/Ultra Pop

980 & 960 Barret Ave.

revelrygallery.comultra-pop.com

Free; 7 p.m.

Shop for VD presents and enjoy the best of innocence and maturity on one block tonight, as friendly neighbors and offbeat arts ’n’ gifts shops Revelry and Ultra Pop host one-night-only competing/complementary shows of art focused on cuteness (Revelry) and “adults-only subject matter” (wink wink) (Ultra Pop). For the opening of Ultra Pop’s third annual “XXX” show, you’ll have to come inside the box-like store to see the naughty bits (“an erotic smorgasbord of wanton debauchery”), as the windows will be covered up to protect innocent eyes from being tainted. Revelry offers their second annual “Cuteopia,” with “ridiculously adorable art” pieces by 14 or so talented women, including Melody Dennison, Lyndi Lou, Mary Levinsky, Sarah Smith, Miss Happy Pink and more. —Peter Berkowitz

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Sunday, Feb. 9

Kate Lebo

Carmichael’s Bookstore

2720 Frankfort Ave.

carmichaelsbookstore.com

Free; 5 p.m.

I once worked at a place where, one day, everyone lost their job. Of course, there is a long story behind this, but what you need to know is what my (former) co-workers and I did in response — we made pie. It seems odd, but if you think about it, baking was the perfect activity. We ate up time, cheered up and, in the end, had a gooey treat to soothe our troubles. Kate Lebo’s new book, “A Commonplace Book of Pie,” taps into this gastronomic camaraderie. Recipes are included along with the personality types of certain pie preferences. If you are a woman who “likes sun hats” and “tolerates baseball,” you probably like cherry pie, while a man who prefers key lime “works fast, so he might deserve a rest.” A former judge at the Iowa State Fair Pie Contest, Lebo will be present to sign copies of her book, unassuming hardbacks packed with charm and wit. —Mali Anderson

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Sunday, Feb. 9

‘David’

Clifton Center

2117 Payne St. • 896-8480

cliftoncenter.org

Free; 7 p.m.

What happens when an 11-year-old son of the imam of a Brooklyn mosque accidentally befriends a group of Jewish boys under the false pretense of being one of their orthodox classmates? That’s the premise behind “David,” an independent film about interfaith barriers in America. The Clifton Center hosts a screening of the movie this weekend as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a program of South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization determined to enhance the public value of the arts. A discussion with director Joel Fendelman will follow the screening. Both events are free, though donations are suggested and greatly appreciated. —April Corbin

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Through Feb. 21

‘Winter into Spring’

Gallery Janjobe

Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center

1860 Mellwood Ave. • 899-9293

galleryjanjobe.com

Gallery Janjobe’s new exhibition, “Winter into Spring,” seems like wishful thinking since it’s 20 degrees outside as I write this. But maybe these paintings by Patricia LeFevre and Mary Sue Klusman are exactly what we need. I’m all for rushing past the snow scenes to stare at the flowers in bloom. LeFevre, an expressionist of positive emotions, feels her “goal is to help you find joy in what you are looking at.” Says Klusman about her gallery partner, “Pat’s and my approaches to painting complement each other, giving the viewer a wide range of creativeness that encourages the viewer’s imagination.” In other words, this is a show where you can use your imagination to already enjoy spring. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Through Feb. 28

‘Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks’

Muhammad Ali Center

144 N. Sixth St.

alicenter.org

Curators at the Ali Center began the process of bringing “Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons” to Louisville months ago while scheduling Black History Month programming. When news broke that Nelson Mandela died on Dec. 5, they knew the exhibit would feel especially relevant, a fitting way to honor the beloved human rights leader and one of his contemporaries. The traveling complement to a permanent exhibit at the Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa, “Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks” features letters written by children to the anti-Apartheid icon and Civil Rights figure Rosa Parks. The simple beauty in the letters reflects how easily grasped the concepts of freedom, equality and respect are before the world complicates them with politics, history and hate. Children can also visit a letter-writing station and pen their own message to Mandela, Parks, Ali or other inspiring figures. —April Corbin