Aug. 31-Sept. 2
WorldFest is a massive annual celebration of Louisville’s many vibrant international cultures, with more than 50,000 people expected to crowd onto the Riverfront this year. The two-day event is a profusion of music, dancing, food and craft presented by people from all ethnic backgrounds, as it has been for the past three years. Though this year, there is a bit more food for thought, with the introduction of WorldFeast on Thursday, a primer for the event featuring food from local area restaurants specializing in international fare. De La Torre’s, Café Lou Lou, Asiatique, Jarfi’s Bistro, The Irish Rover, Limestone and the Bristol are among the many participants. Your $50 ticket includes the International Tasting Experience and two wine/beer tickets. A cash bar will also be on location. WorldFeast will benefit the Kentucky Center’s world music and dance programs, Louisville Originals and the Louisville Office for International Affairs’ music programs. —Nathan Thacher
WorldFeast (Aug. 31):
The Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St.
$50; 6-9 p.m.
WorldFest (Sept. 1-2):
Free; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 1
Billy Ray Cyrus
We can all breathe easy now. Billy Ray Cyrus isn’t trying too hard for startling comebacks anymore. But he’s also not trying to do penance by going lo-fi rootsy (which would be the only way Cyrus could stay alive and please some of the LEO faithful — you’re holding alternative journalism in your hands, after all). Cyrus is now behaving like a proper quasi-Nashville veteran — with some gospel, some novelty songs, modest attempts at grit and attempts to hitch his wagon to retro-Southern rock. He might actually learn a few things from his opening act at Coyote’s. Floord came out from amidst the Hilltoppers down in Bowling Green and seemed to be getting ready for big alt-country things. Instead, they suddenly disbanded, and after a spell they came back with a more kick-ass style. So you could say that both halves of the lineup have ghosts gnawing at their careers — but the openers have taken a more direct path toward becoming satisfied with just making satisfying music. —T.E. Lyons
116 W. Jefferson
$15 & up; 7 p.m.
Fright Night Film Fest
“Dead Moon Rising” is a locally filmed debut, a flesh-eating zombie sensation that employed a 100 or more extras a few weeks ago filming on a weekend morning at Coyote’s. The finished print is not yet ready, but those eager to see themselves onscreen might head down to the Airport Holiday Inn South this weekend for selected scenes from the movie. Alongside this preview will be panel discussions and geeky schmoozing. Horror film pioneer and Kentucky native John Carpenter will be in attendance as well as critic Joe Bob Briggs and the guy who played the original Leatherface in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and a passel of other horror- and B-film stars. There will be short films and amateur submissions. Advance interest was high enough that the event has been moved from the Waverly Hospital site (where it was originally set) to the Airport Holiday Inn. Bear that in mind. —Paul Kopasz
Airport Holiday Inn South Convention Center
Saturday, Sept. 2
Labor Day 5K Run/Walk
I hear Americans are getting fatter, so you better get off that couch you’re reading this from and go help out a good cause. The 23rd Annual Labor Day Weekend 5K Run/Walk is this weekend with all the proceeds benefiting Links for Life, an organization that raises money to fight breast cancer in Louisville. It starts Saturday at 8 a.m., rain or shine, at the Seneca Park baseball fields, and progresses into Cherokee Park. If you haven’t signed up, you’ll have to pay $25, but hey, it goes to a good cause. Race director Melinda Miller said they’ve seen every type of runner, walker and jogger imaginable. So don’t worry if your gut hangs over your belt line or if your dog’s stomach touches the ground. Come out and take a hike … er, walk. —Michael Lichvar
8 a.m.; $25
Saturday, Sept. 2
“Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth.” Indiana Jones said that. Let me pause for a second so you can grasp its meaning … got it? Seriously? Come on! Well, I guess you could always try Archaeology Day, Saturday at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. It’s sponsored by the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society and offers a day of archaeological activities for adults and children of all ages. You’ll get the chance to pose questions to professional archaeologists (sadly, not Indiana Jones), learn how an archaeological site is formed, and participate in a mock dig and a ton of other archaeological-themed activities. Plus, Gwynn Henderson, staff archaeologist and education coordinator at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, will give a lecture, “Prehistoric Lifeways of the Ohio Valley,” in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. You won’t be searching for biblical relics, or ancient cults, or outsmarting Nazis, but if you’ve watched the Indiana Jones trilogy a million times as I have, Archaeology Day might be a good way to push those viewings to the next level. —Michael Lichvar
Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 W. Riverside Dr., Clarksville
Free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
9/11 Photographs at the Library
The world is different now. Before Sept. 11, 2001, paranoia didn’t grip us nearly so tightly. We didn’t live with the everyday thought in the backs of our minds that this could be the day. When the two towers of the World Trade Center came down in the aftermath of a gruesome terrorist attack, many things came down, our collective peace of mind not the least of them. From Sept. 5-30, the Louisville Free Public Library marks the fifth anniversary of the WTC terrorist attacks with “Here is New York: September 11 Photographs,” an exhibit of some 500 photographs of the Sept. 11 scene taken by both professionals and amateurs. Presented without titles or commentary, the photos capture the event and its aftermath in stark reality. The images will be presented in the library’s “Ground Zero Gallery,” which features chain-link fences and stark, job-site lighting as a simulation of the site during the extensive cleanup. Charles Traub, who helped compile the collection, will present a program on the worldwide impact of the photographs, at the Main Library on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. —Kevin Gibson
Louisville Free Public Library
301 York St.
Through Sept. 30
‘Underground’ by Dan Pfalzgraf
You might remember Dan Pfalzgraf’s sensational “Ohhh …” horse-odalisque exhibition from a couple of years ago. Well, he’s back, with an installation show that plays on the various ideas of the word “underground.”
He starts off with relating cave paintings to graffiti art, then takes his ideas a step further with conspiracy theories. “Showing in an underground space isn’t completely coincidental either,” he recently explained to me. “OK, so that may sound like a bit much, but it will be fun to just look at, too.” Be sure to go “underground” during the Sept. 1 First Friday Gallery Trolley Hop. —Jo Anne Triplett
Swanson Reed Contemporary
638 E. Market St.
Free; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Through Sept. 30
‘The Yoyo Sisterhood: Four Perspectives, One Pattern’
The toy is what most of us think of when we hear the word “yoyo,” but to a fiber artist, it’s a fabric circle used to make a quilt. Traditionally, quilts have three layers, with a decorative top, batting and a plain back cover. That’s not the case with a yoyo quilt, where the fabric circles are gathered into puffs that are stitched together without the batting and backing.
Denise Mucci Furnish, co-owner of the Garner-Furnish Studio, asked fellow fiber artists Jane Burch Cochran, Jane Lloyd and Rebekka Seigel to do works inspired by the yoyo for the Studio’s first invitational show. There will be a reception during the Sept. 1 First Friday Gallery Trolley Hop from 5:30-9:30 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett
642 E. Market St.
Free; 12-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.