Thursday, Jan. 18
‘Venezuela Rising’ fundraiser
In mid-February, a Witness for Peace delegation will travel to Venezuela to witness and support the economic transformation occurring there. To support this laudable effort, the Monkey Wrench is playing host to a film showing and music event on Thursday. The film is “Venezuela Rising,” a bracing take on the rise of Hugo Chavez and the impertinence shown by his country in insisting on using its OWN oil revenues to develop its OWN country. Imagine the nerve. The film is brand new and hasn’t yet been screened in Kentucky.
The Cubano-jazz hybrid band Appalatin starts at 8 p.m., and all proceeds go to the KITLAC/Witness for Peace delegation to Venezuela. —Paul Kopasz
The Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Ave.
$5 donation; 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18
Hip Hop Night
It used to happen every other week. Now, Hip Hop Night at Wick’s on Baxter has drawn crowds, rappers who’ve made it a time or two and burgeoning MCs.
“We’ve turned it into Louisville’s longest running hip hop night,” said Deuce Leader, who runs the show. “Almost every group in Louisville has performed there,” he said, including members of 502 Headz and Nappy Roots, among others. —Mat Herron
975 Baxter Ave.
Free; 10 p.m.
Jan. 18-20, 25-27
This 1664 favorite is back! What makes this satire by Molière, the French prominent and prolific playwright, enduring? Its themes: religious hypocrites are a real part of society and there is a sucker born every minute. (Ever noticed that?) In this narrative, the hypocrite is Tartuffe and the sucker is Orgon, a head of a prosperous household who becomes dependant on Tartuffe’s counsel, much to his family’s chagrin. This weekend, Walden Theatre delivers the play (translated by Richard Wilbur) with students from 10 local schools performing under the direction of Charlie Sexton. —Elizabeth Kramer
MeX Theater at Kentucky Center
$15; times vary
Jan. 18-Feb. 4
‘Chicago: The Musical’
Set in the Roaring Twenties, when people really knew how to have fun, Roxie Hart (a married woman) kills her lover man after he “done her wrong.” She lands in prison with Velma Kelly, a vaudevillian who shot the other half of her sister act after catching her husband with her. Cheaters didn’t fare too well in those days. Awaiting their respective trials, Roxie and Velma compete for publicity and the attentions of a “Razzle Dazzle” lawyer in hopes of gaining an acquittal. Fame is fleeting, as Roxie soon learns. But that’s no reason to stop enjoying life! The Jewish Community Center’s Centerstage production of this long-running Broadway show (originally choreographed by Bob Fosse) is sure to please. Songs include “All That Jazz,” “Funny Honey” and “When You’re Good to Mama.” —Sherry Deatrick
Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane
$18, $14 (members/seniors/students)
What began three years ago as a wild experimental journey has finally taken shape. Fusing funk, soul, progressive rock and African rhythms, Zongo is a cohesive musical unit that blows your mind wide open when you least expect it.
“We have a lot of wild musical ideas, but we keep each other in check,” said guitarist Dave Chandler.
“Funk was a common meeting point,” said keyboardist and singer Woody Woodmansee, but Zongo’s influences and abilities are far too advanced to peg it as a funk band.
Bassist Mike Dufresne recorded Zongo’s album at his home on Eastern Parkway. “It was really scary,” said Dufresne of engineering his own album, but he’s ecstatic about the results. “There are as many ways to produce an album as there are people in the world,” he said.
“We want to make people think, and we want to make people feel,” Woodmansee said. “We also want to confuse people.”
The triple-shot of Zongo begins Friday with a noon performance on WFPK’s Live Lunch (619 S. Fourth St., 814-6519), followed by an in-store performance at 6 p.m. at ear X-tacy (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799). The band’s official record release show is at 10 p.m. on Saturday at BBC in Theater Square (568-2224, $10 cover gets you the CD). —Mat Herron
‘Lord of the Rings’ Symphony
Remember that one scene in “Lord of the Rings” when the once-human ringwraiths almost discover Frodo and his friends in the forest? Well, if you’re a proper geek, you’ll also remember the music that was playing at the time, helping to build the suspense. You can hear that music and more from the “Rings” trilogy when the Louisville Orchestra performs selections from the unforgettable film score by Howard Shore at the Kentucky Center. The orchestra will be joined by the Louisville Collegiate Chorale and members of Voces Novae, featuring vocal solos sung in the “Rings”-universe languages, and video artist Davey Frankel has incorporated the imagery of J.R.R. Tolkien artists Alan Lee and John Howe into a storyboard projected above the stage. One other thing: A “Lord of the Rings” costume contest will be held prior to each of the two scheduled performances. Get ready, geeks. Bring your capes. But leave your golems at home, my precious. —Kevin Gibson
Kentucky Center for the Arts
$22-$67; 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20
GoodOil Open House
Fuel for thought: What if you found out there’s an oil out there that has a dual purpose of not only frying your food, but now running your car? You have probably heard by now that this is not some futuristic pipe dream — vegetable oil is now being used to help fuel American vehicles.
In December 2005, LEO ran a story by Jonathan Frank titled “Just a couple of GoodOil boys,” which profiled the men behind the company by that name. This weekend, you can check it out for yourself at the GoodOil Open House, Saturday at Grossman Tuning. This is an opportunity to investigate the benefits of upgrading a diesel vehicle to run on used vegetable oil, see “grease” cars and trucks and their owners, talk to the GoodOilBoys in person and pick up some GoodOil accessories for your car, such as oil, filters and funnels. —Claudia Olea
830 S. First St.
Free; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
It’s time to get fired up. The five artists/founders of The Ground Floor (Amanda Bishop, Cynda Bishop, Teresa Huarte, Jesse Levesque and Sara Robinette) have organized “Ignite,” their third art and music event. Saturday night is party time, with a request for attire with a little “heat” to it. Expect to see fire-themed work by emerging artists in such media as painting, performance art and installations, all to a musical beat. And since Glassworks, by the nature of its business, is already hot, it’s where you want to be to get out of the cold.
Sunday is for viewing and buying. Ohio Valley Creative Energy will receive a portion of all works sold. This soon-to-be-built arts facility across the river has plans to be powered by locally produced methane gas. And that’s not just hot air. —Jo Anne Triplett
815 W. Market St.
Sat.: $5; 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sun.: Free; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Through Jan. 27
LAFTA group show
In 1995, a handful of local artists created the organization Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists to promote the fiber arts. If membership is any indication, they have been successful in their mission — LAFTA now has more than 100 members.
Twenty-eight LAFTA members are displaying 75 works in the Gallery at Actors Theatre. If you think textiles are nothing more than embroidery or your grandmother’s quilts, the wide range of contemporary techniques may surprise you. Quilting has been taken off the bed, resulting in such variations as the memory quilts of Jan Malone Sowder and Gloria Kemper-O’Neil’s wall hangings. LAFTA also includes paper and book artists like Elizabeth Riggle, whose work “Flights of Fancy” is made of folded and cut paper. —Jo Anne Triplett
Gallery at Actors Theatre
316 W. Main St.
Free; 5:30-11 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 12:30-11 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.)