Thursday, Nov. 13
Cosby Sweater ?with D’Arkestra
2100 S. Preston St., 635-9227
$10; 9 p.m.
The name Cosby Sweater recalls memories of the vomit-colored knits and confused geometric patterns on apparel famously worn by a guy with over a dozen rape allegations against him today. But that’s not his only claim to fame; the sweaters first appeared on television, when the iconic “Cosby sweater” phrase was coined. So how does that translate to music? Perhaps that’s what Indy-based electronic band Cosby Sweater is trying to convey. Their lively electronics are certainly danceable and energetic enough to stay poppin’ under Z-bar’s roof, while additions of live drums, saxophone and guitar seal the deal. The Cosby-cosmos collide to bring you the weirdest electronic band experience with mass appeal. Louisville jazz-rock group D’Arkestra to open. —Lara Kinne
Thursday, Nov. 13
‘Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence’
U of L Student Activities Center
Floyd Theater, 2100 S. Floyd St.
Free; 6 p.m.
The United States sees over 30,000 deaths by gun violence every year. It’s a fact you couldn’t recite to Alex Jones without getting an earful. But the fact remains true: Americans own more guns than any country in the world. And Kentucky ranks in the top 25 states of that list. The new documentary “Trigger” addresses the issue with firsthand accounts from the victims, witnesses and families affected by significant gun crimes in the last decade. U of L hosts a free screening of the film this week. There is also a panel discussion with members of Kentucky Alliance, U of L’s Peace, Conflict and Social Justice department, and Metro Police to expand on these issues in our own community. A Q&A with director David Barnhart closes the evening. —Lara Kinne
Friday, Nov. 14
Stage Hands/The One and Only Matt Miller
2801 S. Floyd St., 294-6366
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, natives Brandon Locher and Matt Miller are part of an art archive/collective called My Idea of Fun. Part of that definition of fun is music. Lochner, half of the duo Stage Hands, plays music that is reminiscent of pop-sensitive Battles, which is layered and often mutated by technology, but never at the sake of a delightful listen. Miller is part of The One and Only Matt Miller, a dreamy, reverb-drenched indie act that privileges slow and beautiful harmonies. Both are playing here this Friday alongside locals Cher Von and Low and Lowe. That both local acts feature non-traditional musicians figures well into what promises to be an evening of broad musical appeal. —Syd Bishop
Friday, Nov. 14
611 S. Fourth St., 583-4555
$20; 8 p.m.
His career makes quite a case for perseverance. It’s not just in his songs, though you can hear it in numbers as disparate as “Watching You Watch Him” and the more recent, anthemic “Tell The World.” The man has stood up and then steadied his standing among pop singer-songwriters — a scene as fickle as they come. But Friday night at Mercury Ballroom, his guy-next-door-but-with-some-edges persona will be joined by an excellent match … or foil. Officially, the magnetic and talented Tristan Prettyman is billed as a “special guest,” and the setlist is sure to emphasize Hutchinson’s fine “Pure Fiction” release. But ticket buyers who understand pop smarts as well as bargains should chase this down and watch these two negotiate the night’s harmony — and balance. —T.E. Lyons
NOVEMBER 14 – 15
Stockholm: Creative Time Summit 2014
21c Museum Hotel
700 W. Main St., 217-6300
Free; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Unless you can fly to Sweden to attend the Creative Time Summit, 21c is the more convenient next best thing. It’s hosting a live-stream screening of the event in collaboration with U of L’s Hite Art Institute and Louisville Metro’s Commission on Public Art. The theme of the summit is how artists relate to cities and the people who live in them. Discussion topics include whom art in the public sphere is for and what it is supposed to do; how art contributes to a sense of the civic; whom the city is for; and how our public spheres and its arts can work together. The screening will be shown from 8:15 to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and local speakers will talk during the breaks. —Jo Anne Triplett
Saturday, Nov. 15
MedWater ON TAP
BBC Tap Room
636 E. Main St., 584-2739
$10 suggested donation; 7:30 p.m.
Chana Gwynette and Darrell Adams founded MedWater to improve access to safe water in underserved communities. They founded Saturday night’s event, MedWater on Tap, to bring in donations for their work in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin and to thank donors with with music by the Misty Mountain String Band, the Bibelhauser Brothers Band and a special set of South American music performed by Fernando Moya Luis de Leon (of Appalatin) and Mario Carvenas. Come for the music — and for the lives that will be changed by your donation. The suggested donation to free your dancing feet and your spirit is $10.—Laura Snyder
NOVEMBER 15 – DECEMBER 4
‘Louisville Noir: Tom LeGoff’
Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E. Market St.
This series of photos of Louisvillians is classical portraiture, but in the tradition started by Julia Margaret Cameron. With each portrait named after an iconic noir role — the femme fatale, the detective, the informant — the subjects are cast as characters in the fictional narrative “Louisville Noir.” Tom LeGoff, a recent transplant from New York City and one of three U of L MFA students, says, “These images were made during my self-imposed residency in early 2014. As an outsider, the name and history of Louisville have always conjured mysterious, romantic imagery in my head. I have always felt it would be where characters in a Tom Waits song or Jim Jarmusch film would be running to, or away from.” The show opening is this Saturday at 7 p.m. —J. Cobb
SATURDAY, NOV. 15
1386 Lexington Rd.
$25; 8 p.m.
Leon Russell’s career has been a rock ’n’ roll daydream: lying about his age at 14 to play with older musicians who later became famous (Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks), being a session musician for Phil Spector and creating a boozy, piano-heavy style that influenced countless others. Then he faded into obscurity, only to be brought back by the one thing that rightfully can: the respect he earned throughout his decades of making quality music. Despite his pop fame and place in the rock royalty pantheon, he never really seemed to care about riding any sort of wave of success — and when the music business became more complicated, he never tried to finagle a contrived adaptation. Now he’s back, as popular as he’s been in years, and armed with the sort of grizzled voice that makes his bluesy, sometimes rollicking style all the more endearing. —Scott Recker
Saturday, Nov. 15
KFC Yum! Center
$47 – $99; 8 p.m.
Katt Williams has made a career out of being Katt Williams. He’s sometimes divisive, sometimes troubled and sometimes controversial, but he’s always fascinating. The comedian, known primarily for his brash, high-energy brand of comedy, is one of the biggest names in stand-up today, regularly selling out arenas all over the country. You’ve seen him in “Friday After Next,” MTV’s “Wild N’ Out,” “Scary Movie 5,” and my personal favorite, as the professional procurer of female company, on the Cartoon Network series “The Boondocks,” where Williams provides the voice of a character called “A Pimp Named Slick Back.” (It’s like “A Tribe Called Quest” — you have to say the whole thing.) Williams will be performing this weekend at KFC Yum! Center. —Brent Owen
MONDAY, NOV. 17
Jessye Norman and Gloria Steinem
501 W. Main St., 584-7777
$10; 5 p.m. book sale, 6 p.m. screening
The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum calls this a “literary event.” I think we can use stronger words than that, starting off by saying Jessye Norman and Gloria Steinem have changed the world for the better. Norman is a world-class opera star with a voice usually classified as soprano — yet she prefers not to categorize herself because she doesn’t like the limitations. She must know; she’s won five Grammys and is currently singing jazz. Her memoir, “Stand Up Straight and Sing!” discusses her journey, including the difficulties of being an African-American singer and the racism she encountered. Steinem, the leading feminist of our age, will interview Norman. Because of the excitement these women bring, the Kentucky Center has added overflow seating and a wide screen. —Jo Anne Triplett
THROUGH DECEMBER 31
‘2014 Women’s Artist Exhibition: The African Heritage Experience’
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 583-4100
In celebration of local African-American women artists, KCAAH is showcasing 11 creatives in what I hope will be an annual event. Although visual art is an equal-opportunity vocation, women — and especially women of color — are underrepresented. Works of note are Barbara Tyson Mosley’s painting “Fade to Black,” Karen R. Davis’ art quilt “The Jockey 1875” and Elmer Lucille Allen’s display of six teapots. While you are at KCAAH, see the other exhibition on Kentuckian Charles Young, who in 1917 was the first African-American to reach the rank of Army lieutenant colonel. There’s a national campaign to promote him to the honorary rank of brigadier general, which he was denied because of his race. —Jo Anne Triplett
THROUGH JANUARY 10
‘Earth-Tones: Art Quilts by Penny Sisto’
Carnegie Center for Art & History
201 E. Spring St., New Albany, 812-944-7336
At one point in my life, I used a stapler to fix the inseam of my pants. It was a disastrous endeavor that left a permanent scar on my body and a more painful one on my psyche. I mention this only to underscore how little I know about sewing and to emphasize the humility of artist Penny Sisto, who considers herself “a lousy sewer.” On the contrary, not only is she a masterful quilter, but also an amazingly gifted artist. Inspired by the fabric remnants her grandmother left behind and the turbulent life she led as a child, Sisto creates a haunting vision of quilted humanity. In this new show, she deals with music and man. Take the time to look it over; I dare you to find a single staple. —Chasson Higdon