12 things you should know about this week
Thursday, Feb. 23
Drag Queen Bingo
120 S. Floyd St.
$15; 7 p.m.
Hurricane Summers is a force to be reckoned with while on stage at Connection’s nightly drag show. She’ll call you out without hesitation. She’ll make fun of sorority girls on annoying bachelorette parties, gay boys on parade and lesbians on the hunt. But I wonder how good of a ball-handler she is. Of course I’m referencing bingo balls — which she’ll be manhandling Thursday night for Drag Queen Bingo, a quarterly event that benefits the Louisville Youth Group. Joined by queen Terri Vanessa Coleman and drag king Corey Castle, Hurricane will emcee the highly entertaining evening. A $15 cover charge gets you access to all the bingo games, and prizes include gift cards to local restaurants and shops. Call my number, Hurricane! —Sara Havens
U of L Jazz Fest
Comstock Concert Hall • 852-6907
$5-$7 (students), $10-$17 (general); 8 p.m.
The University of Louisville’s Jazz Fest combines top-notch teaching with evening concerts open to the public. The concert schedule is: Thursday, Fábio Calazans Sexteto (Brazilian jazz); Friday, bassist Eddie Gomez with Stefan Karlsson (piano) and Jason Tiemann (drums); Saturday, saxophonist Lou Donaldson with Akiko Tsuruga (organ), Randy Johnston (guitar) and Joseph Farnsworth (drums). Gomez rose to fame at age 21 with The Bill Evans Trio. He has played with flutist Jeremy Steig and with Chick Corea for decades, in addition to leading his own groups. His partnership with Karlsson is long lasting, and their playing should bring improvisational interplay of the highest order. Donaldson, at 85, is still blowing soulful and swinging hard bop, with a legacy of recordings for Blue Note going back decades. His compositions “Blues Walk” and “Midnight Creeper” have become much-loved jazz standards. —Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.
Conference on Literature
U of L Ekstrom Library & Strickler Hall
Free; 11:30 a.m. (Thu.), 5 p.m. (Fri.)
It’s the 40th time around for “The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture,” and once again U of L will be chockfull of the literary avant garde and those who study their peculiar and fascinating ways. This year a few of the featured talks will be open to the general public (and free), and two are of particular interest. Thursday morning brings Karen Tei Yamashita, whose most recent triumph “I Hotel” mixes meta elements and a unique look at civil rights concerns. Friday afternoon brings New York Times writer Tom McCarthy, who willfully and enchantingly plays with reader expectations in his own novels. Others coming for the conference include philosophy professor Simon Critchley, Ecuadorian poet Natasha Salguero and English professor Adalaide Morris. Check the website for times and locations. —T.E. Lyons
Feb. 23-March 3
‘Beyond the Blue Mountains’
422 W. Oak St. • 638-2559
$10-$15; 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. matinee)
Happy Women’s History Month — you have died of dysentery! OK, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company’s new original play “Beyond the Blue Mountains” isn’t about our favorite old-school video game (though perhaps points will be tallied at the end of each performance depending on how many skilled laborers are in the house?), but there’s plenty of historical hardship and triumph to be had in this adaptation of Kentucky writer Jane Wilson Joyce’s book about one Boyle County family’s experiences on the fabled Oregon Trail. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, the production stages Joyce’s evocative poems in Looking for Lilith’s signature storytelling and movement style to explore how the lives of women were turned upside down in their search for a better life out West. —Erin Keane
Friday, Feb. 24
Children of Bodom
2900 S. Seventh St. • 636-3532
$20 adv., $22 DOS; 6:30 p.m.
Children of Bodom are facing the bitter side effects of success in heavy metal. Having stripped down their sound the last few years, they’ve gained a wider audience yet lost many longtime fans along the way. This shift was wisely addressed in last year’s Reckless, Relentless, Forever, which recaptured some of their past glory, buzzing with a freshness that’s hard to find by a band’s seventh full-length. Music this technical can easily become butchered live. Luckily, Alex Laiho plays flawlessly, appearing zen-like as his fingers become a blur amidst hyper-shred devotion while screaming lead vocals — a true talent. Joining them are technical thrash fiends Revocation, whose live rage and other-worldly solos will leave your jaw dropped and stomped on. A show of involuntary headbanging awaits, guaranteed to cause a bangover, though probably a non-sexual one. —Austin Weber
Saturday, Feb. 25
Victory Over Sound
2117 Payne St. • 896-8480
$10; 8 p.m.
Though there are four musical acts on this bill, the only thing hardcore about it is how hardcore awesome it’ll be. New Yorker and former Louisvillian Diane Williams — known to some of y’all as d.w. box — returns with her new project, Victory Over Sound, to art your rock up. The all-star production involves members of Wax Fang, Whistle Peak, Dane Waters, Ultra Pulverize, FattLabb and more. She’s also invited The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Robert Bozeman’s group dedicated to keeping medieval choral, chamber and organ music alive and well. Local soulful rockers Silver Tongues (also featuring members of Wax Fang and d.w. box) and up-and-coming all-star riff-monsters Old Baby complete the cast of this inspired evening, which will be filmed for a DVD. —Peter Berkowitz
Sunday, Feb. 26
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‘A Musical Afternoon’
The Bach Haus
4607 Hanford Lane • 895-4319
Free (by reservation); 3:30 p.m.
The League of Women Voters of Louisville presents “A Musical Afternoon” Sunday to launch a capital campaign to revitalize the League’s Lang House headquarters and meeting hall. “The Musical Afternoon” takes place at The Bach Haus, a special recital hall at the home of Melvin and Margaret Dickinson. The program features a cello quartet, headed by promising young Louisville cellist Anne Richardson, joined by Brooke Hicks, Anne Monson and Bonnie Avery. (YouTube clip to click: Anne Richardson Cello Intermezzo.) Also, Mrs. Dickinson will perform on The Bach Haus’ renowned Gottfried Reck tracker pipe organ. All in all, an unusual musical event to benefit an unusually admirable organization. —Bill Doolittle
Sunday, Feb. 26
‘Amazing Race’ party
Hooters in Jeffersonville
700 W. Riverside Drive
Free; 7-10 p.m.
So, did you watch the new “Amazing Race” last Sunday? I’m sure you saw the new team from Kentucky — Bopper and Mark. They seem like decent enough guys — perhaps a bit red around the edges. The Manchester, Ky., team is certainly more entertaining than the clown couple — or those douchebags from Jersey. Bopper Minton and Mark Jackson will be in town Sunday at Kent and Vyxsin’s viewing party for the next episode of the “Race.” Kent and Vyxsin, as you recall, were on two past seasons of the show and represented Louisville well. This might be the only viewing party this season, so make your way over to Hooters in Jeffersonville to meet the new team. It’s all ages and free. —Sara Havens
Monday, Feb. 27
‘Feel the Love’ benefit
2230 Frankfort Ave.
$20 (donation); 7 p.m.
The Troubadours of Divine Bliss might just be the hardest working band in Louisville. They play gigs in and out of town every week, host Church on the Rocks open mic night on Sundays and organize the annual Mighty Kindness Hootenanny. Anytime there’s a benefit or money to be raised for a good cause, they are usually part of the lineup. This time, however, they need your help. Aim Me recently had knee surgery, and the ladies’ tour van broke down. Needless to say, the bills are piling up. A benefit concert has been planned by family and friends Monday night, and the lineup includes Leigh Anne Yost, Kri and Hettie, Katy Rene, Tom Boone & the Back Porch Pickers, Hippy Head, Jenrose Fitzpatrick and comedian Scott Nutter. Hmm, this karma thing might actually be for reals. —Sara Havens
Through March 11
1253 S. Preston St. • 581-8277
Old age has its privileges. People stand up and give you a seat. You’re sought out for advice and wisdom. But most importantly for an artist, you’re celebrated for your body of work. Maybe Ivan Schieferdecker has reached his 77th year by painting every day in his studio. Whatever he’s done, it’s resulted in admiration. He was thrust into the spotlight in 1964 when he exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He then went on to influence budding artists for 36 years at Western Kentucky University. “From the subtle and delicate color and mark making to the exuberant, energetic pushing, masterful manipulation of the paint … Ivan Schieferdecker is a painter's painter,” says Billy Hertz, artist and director of Galerie Hertz. —Jo Anne Triplett
Through March 25
‘Testimony of the Pavement’
The 930 Art Center
930 Mary St. • 338-5857
A new adventure for Joel Sheesley’s artistic form creates paintings of seemingly innocuous puddles situated on imperfect pavement, creating a mirror image of above. The perspective of looking downward gives hope as the sights depicted in the serene water are those from a positive, upward direction. Sheesley’s use of texture, shadows and imagery gives a figurative voice to stagnant water on pavement; the pavement reflects unaltered visions, a sense of “heaven” and “earth” meeting in a two-dimensional space. Recent works use complex lighting schemes to showcase varying perspectives on inanimate, everyday objects. “The world offers an endless supply of facts,” he says. “We are pressured to understand how they are important to us.” With an extensive resume including a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from University of Denver, Sheesley’s work has been seen across the country in exhibits and collections. —Allison Ray
930 Baxter Ave. • 742-6129
“A city has so much vibrancy, we have to tune out most of it.” So says David Walinski, an artist who defines his job as an “attempt to capture a few of those moments permanently.” Walinski loves Louisville, and it’s apparent in his work. His photorealist paintings are snapshots of our surroundings — past, present and, hopefully, future. He sees what we don’t have the time to see. “You drive down a street each day, going to work,” he says. “At a stoplight, you glance over at a restaurant. You see it every day, but you really don’t pay much attention to it. If someone later asked you to describe it, you fumble for words. But thousands of isolated moments define our experience of the city each day.” —Jo Anne Triplett