Friday, Oct. 27
In 1922, “Nosferatu” was terrifying in a way people barely thought possible. A few years before, folks were still scared of seeing oncoming trains on the screen. All of a sudden, there is Dracula and his castle. These days, the film is known more for its modernist visual sense and as one of the perfect films for live musical accompaniment. Years ago, I saw the German band Faust perform a soundtrack for it, complete with plugged-in buzz saws.
Local improvisers Ut Gret, who will be performing to “Nosferatu” on Friday, are only slightly more conventional. The “pan-idiomatic” group freely moves between rock, jazz and the avant-garde. For this performance, they’ll bring along a Moog and a Theremin so as to mess around with familiar sci-fi/horror sounds. This one-time screening and performance will take place at the Floyd Theatre at 8 p.m. Admission is free. —Alan Abbott
U of L Student Activities Center
Free; 8 p.m.
Glassworks’ 5th birthday events
Glassworks sure does know how to throw itself a birthday party. On Friday, Oct. 27, festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Biggest Glass Bubble Blow Competition.
The Birthday Bash begins with an employee-only party at 8, with enough fire-related events to satisfy a true pyromaniac. At 10 p.m., the party opens to the public, with the Fire and Fantasy Dance Party, with Hay DJ and Matt Anthony spinning electronica, hip hop, reggaeton and soul. That one’s 21 and over, and it’s five bucks to get in ($4 if you wear a heat-inspired costume).
On Saturday, Oct. 28, guided tours will be given on the hour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for $5. The Glass Cane Pull Competition is at 12:30 p.m., with a behind-the-scenes tour offered at 2 p.m. ($9; 992-3056 for reservations). And don’t forget to visit their Web site for a Glassworks Gallery $5 off coupon. —Jo Anne Triplett
815 W. Market St.
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 2-5
Winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award in 2001, David Auburn’s “Proof” comes to Southern Indiana. Catherine, a troubled young woman, spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. After his death, she must cope with her own burgeoning madness, along with an odd romance with her father’s former student, who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks the scholar left behind. Catherine struggles to prove that she is indeed the author of a groundbreaking mathematical proof in one of those notebooks. You may recall the 2005 film version starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. —Sherry Deatrick
Robinson Theatre, Ogle Center, IUS
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany
$10 adults, $6 (seniors, students, staff)
‘The Fugitive’ Convention
TV viewers of a certain age remember Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. as “The Fugitive” time. David Jansen was Dr. Richard Kimble, the “innocent victim of blind justice, falsely convicted for the murder of his wife,” desperately pursuing the “one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime … before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture.”
You can re-live those dramatic days this weekend in the company of the Friends United for Great Intelligent Television and an Inspiring Video Entertainment Series (“FUGITIVE”), certainly the most sophisticated and erudite bunch of TV fanatics ever assembled, as they continue their search for redemption, adventure and wicked-cool theme music.
Now in its 15th year, the FUGITIVE Convention meets in a different state every year, as close as possible to sites featured in the show, which twice took place in fictional towns in Kentucky. —Dave and Bill, The Video TapeWorm dudes
Clarion Hotel & Suite
9700 Bluegrass Pkwy.
491-4830 (Clarion); (210) 247-4010 (organizers)
$50/day, $75 2-day pass w/ T-shirt
Oct. 27-Nov. 9
‘ANIMALS — in from the wild’
Too often we are instructed not to touch the art (you have to wait to fondle it in private in a way that might upset proper people). Here’s an art exhibition that is strictly hands-on: Artist Bill Santen has created a forest installation full of birds, animals and fish from his collaboration with Lexington artist Georgia Henkel and the third-grade students of Sayre and the Kentucky School for the Blind.
The show will open during the Oct. 27 F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:30-9 p.m. This is an exhibition where touching is encouraged, so fondle away. —Jo Anne Triplett
Kentucky School for the Blind
1867 Frankfort Ave.
897-1583, ext. 262
Free; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tue.-Thu.), 4-7 p.m. (Thu.)
Saturday, Oct. 28
Dirty Halloween bash
There’s certainly no dearth of Halloween festivities this weekend, but if you’re still seeking something worth doing, check out Dirty’s Halloween Party at Uncle Pleasant’s, which features good rock bands, a costume contest and “other secret surprises.” Pusher, The Glasspack and Stonecutters (who just released a self-titled full-length) provide the tunes. —Stephen George
2126 S. Preston St.
$6 w/ costume; 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Chris Thile and The How To Grow A Band
Even though he’s just 25, mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) has touched a lot of bases during his musical career. On his latest side project, he’s joined by a handful of hot instrumentalists (Gabe Witcher, fiddle; Noam Pikelny, banjo; Chris Eldridge, guitar; and Greg Garrison, bass), and he’s back to something like home base. His new CD, How to Grow a Woman From the Ground, is a grassy affair, with interesting covers (White Stripes, Strokes, Gillian Welch) plus some forays into improvisation that may furrow a traditionalist’s brow while making most music-lovers smile. Thile and the How To Grow A Band perform Sunday in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center. The fire department may want to be on standby. —Cary Stemle
Bomhard Theater (Kentucky Center)
Sixth and Main streets
$25 (table seating) and $20; 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29
St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast
Underground Sounds, perhaps the city’s most eclectic record store, is hosting its second annual “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast.” It’s Sunday afternoon on Highland Avenue between Bardstown Road and Cherokee Road; the alley will be blocked off for the outdoor event. Among culinary offerings are the aforementioned pancakes, “Peaches en Regalia cobbler” and “Burnt Weenie Sandwiches.” Clearly it helps to be a Frank Zappa fan in getting these references. And yes, folks, this time you actually can eat the yellow snow (but you may want to call it a lemonade snow cone).
If you prefer music to breakfast, live bands will play selections from the Zappa repertoire, plus some originals. Underground Sounds will be open, selling its everyday stock of unusual and hard-to-find CDs and vinyl. Spend $30 or more and you get a free commemorative T-shirt, suitable for framing (and wearing). Righteous. —Cary Stemle
2003 Highland Ave.
Free; 2 p.m.
Wares of the World
Indiana University Southeast and Ten Thousand Villages — a non-profit organization that searches to institute decent market value for artisans of disadvantaged or undeveloped parts of the world — collaborate to bring “Wares of the World: An International Market” to Kentuckiana. The event will take place at IUS and features handcrafted gifts and home décor available for purchase. Demonstrations will also occur to illustrate some of the artisans’ resourceful techniques.
Jean Abshire, an IUS professor and director of international programs, explains that this cultural event is a good opportunity to bring different cultures to our back yard, since many people can’t afford their time or money to travel. Take advantage of the situation and jet set around the world in one car ride. —Claudia Olea
IUS University Center South
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany
Free; 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.