Through Oct. 21
I’m not telling you anything new when I say myths and fairy tales are full of humanity’s dark side, or the “shadow selves,” as photographer Mary Yates calls it. “There isn’t always a happy ending,” she states in the press release about her work. “If a pleasant conclusion is reached, there has been much turmoil and grief suffered to attain the fruits of victory. Malevolence, suffering and the hope for divine reward — the shadow lurks in all scenarios.”
Photographs by Yates are in this exhibition along with works of Siouxziey, Suzanne Edds and Gary Bell, Crystal Wiley and Laura Roth. Just remember to follow Hansel and Gretel’s example and leave breadcrumbs as you venture down into the UnderGround. —Jo Anne Triplett
UnderGround Art Space
Louisville Tattoo Co.
1235 Bardstown Road
Free; 12-5 p.m., Wed.-Sat.
Through Oct. 28
First Artist Appreciation Show
We all like to be appreciated and artists are no different. If anything, artists need it more, because they make a living off your “appreciation.” Tracy Bond, owner of Deven 7 Studios, decided to exhibit some of the artists who frequent her framing shop. The 10 local artists in the show (Geoff Carr, Rodney Hatfield, Bryce Hudson, Heather Hunter, Laura Faber, Caroline Courtney, Nancy Reynolds, Dessie Pickens, Richard Rink and Meredith Maney) are certainly appreciating the appreciation. Deven 7 Studios is also exhibiting the winners of the “Celebration of Life” photography contest. —Jo Anne Triplett
Deven 7 Studios
825 S. Floyd St.
Free; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.
Wed., Oct. 11
Is he the new Tom Waits?
Well, no, because no one is or ever could be. But Jesse De Natale, a new darling of the indie/alt-country world who was on “World Café” four days ago and has been heralded as a phenomenon by Waits himself, has that kind of swagger and bravado. His voice is thick and filled with gravel; his songs are bouncy rhythm and blues with lyrics as dark as a blind turn. And he’s playing with Bootsie Anne and Jamie Barnes, two of the city’s finest singer-songwriters. —Stephen George
2126 S. Preston St.
$8; 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12
MTR benefit at the Jazz Factory
Myriad issues are worth your money, and rarely do we presume to tell you how to spend. In Kentucky, though, we are endowed with natural beauty and majesty, from rolling hills to massive, jagged mountains. That’s worth preserving, many would agree. But in Kentucky, like other states that share the Appalachian Mountains, the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining — or blowing apart mountains one level at a time to reach coal seams in a more cost-efficient, less employee-heavy way — is systematically destroying the mountains. The environmental fallout — acid mine drainage in the water, explosions that rock houses from their foundations, and so forth — has quickly deteriorated the quality of life for people who live in the hollers and towns in and around the mountains.
For Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a social justice organization, MTR is a flagship issue. They’ve been pushing against it for years, and tomorrow they’re sponsoring a benefit at the Jazz Factory featuring live music, readings and a photo exhibition from artists connected to the cause. The Betweeners and Zach Brock are among the live music performers; Ed McClanahan, Anne Shelby, Erik Reece, Gwyn Hyman-Rubio and others will read. Author Silas House is the emcee. —Stephen George
815 W. Market St.
$10; 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Squeeze-bot at the Rud
Todd Hildreth, the jazz multi-instrumentalist who’s dazzled players and listeners in this city for quite some time, has had this project called Squeeze-bot going for a while now, which is good for any side project that, by its own concept, seems to have a brief shelf-life. It seemed gimmicky at first: a jazz outfit with an accordion at the center. But Hildreth’s accordion has blossomed into something extraordinary, and with Mick Sullivan (formerly of Fire the Saddle) on the banjo, the band takes on a rather mystic sense of exploration, American jazz topped with some kind of spicy, exotic finishing sauce. Tomorrow at the Rud, the band will unveil some new tunes the members recently demoed. —Stephen George
422 W. Oak St.
$TBD; 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 13
Philip Brisson performs at his “home” organ Friday in the season-opener of the Cathedral of the Assumption Concert Series. The series showcases acclaimed local and national organists and is sponsored by the Kelty Endowed Organ Recital Series. Brisson, who is the organist and director of Music Ministeries at the Cathedral, is a native of New York City, with an extensive concert performance background. He will perform works by Bach, Liszt, Franck and others. The event is free. —Bill Doolittle
Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S. Fifth St.
Free; 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14-Jan. 13
Although it got rolling last month with the 10th anniversary celebration, the Baxter Avenue Theatre’s current midnight film series is worth checking out for its continued commitment to the best and most popular cult films available on a big screen. This fall-and-winter’s estimable lineup includes a few mainstream pics, a few oddball sci-fi entries and a healthy dollop of pure, nostalgic guilty pleasure. Scope the titles: Oct. 14 — “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; Oct. 28 — “From Dusk Till Dawn” (accompanied by a Halloween costume contest preshow with prizes from local sponsors); Nov. 11 — “The Goonies”; Nov. 25 — “12 Monkeys”; Dec. 16 — “Bad Santa”; Dec. 23 — “Office Space”; Dec. 30 — “Blue Velvet”; and Jan. 13 — “The Shining.”
Despite new trends in the ever-changing world of film exhibition, Baxter still lives up to the promise it made 10 years ago when it opened its doors: to serve as Louisville’s primary source for art, independent, foreign and retrospective fare. —Paul Kopasz
Baxter Avenue Theatres
1250 Baxter Ave.
Saturdays @ midnight
Monday, Oct. 16
Americana Caravan with Jim Lauderdale, Tim Krekel
Monday nights with Blue Sky prove to be one of the most intimate and powerful listening experiences in town with visiting music luminaries blending with local songcrafters. Early, smoke-free, affordable and hosted by WFPK-FM’s Michael (“Roots & Boots”) Young, this concert series is a hit. Touring in support of simultaneous releases, “Country Super Hits, Vol. 1” and “Bluegrass,” Lauderdale is a Grammy toting, A-list songwriter who has hosted the Americana Music Awards for the past three years. The multi-tasking twanger has 14 albums of his own, collaborations with Ralph Stanley and Donna the Buffalo. His pen also has blessed with recordings by such artists as Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks, Mark Chestnut and Vince Gill. This Carolina boy has been around a few blocks in his day — the deep stories and tall tales are real, if not real funny. Jim’s humor is as alt as his country. Tim Krekel heats the stage for a night that guarantees to break the autumn chill. Go early, stay late and jaw with two legendary performers. —Cindy Lamb
Comedy Caravan in the Mid-City Mall
1250 Bardstown Road
$8 in advance from ear X-tacy/$10 day of show; 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower”
Since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon a handful of journalists have rose to prominence for their dogged reporting on Al Qaeda and of the United States efforts — which were ultimately unsuccessful — to thwart their efforts. Two of those will be in town for the next Kentucky Author Forum. Peter Bergen, a journalist and senior fellow with the New America Foundation, will interview Lawrence Wright, a writer for The New Yorker and author of “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.” Bergen was the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden in 1997, which he did while working for CNN. Since the 2001 attacks Wright has written many articles in The New Yorker, compelling accounts of the people behind the 9/11 attacks, those who planned it, those who executed it and those who sensed the onslaught and tried to stop it. Much of that work is included in “The Looming Tower,” which tells the story of events that led to 9/11. The book’s title comes from the fourth sura of the Koran “Wherever you are, death will find you, Even in the looming tower.” Bin Laden repeated this three times in a speech videotaped just before the attacks. —Elizabeth Kramer
Kentucky Author Forum
The Kentucky Center
501 West Main Street
502-584-7777 or www.kentuckycenter.org
$17; 6 p.m.