Thursday, Feb. 8
Creed Mattingly benefit
Creed Mattingly needs your help.
Mattingly was born with cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that affects breathing and can result from lung infections that are treated, but not always cured.
Unless Mattingly gets a double lung transplant, he will die in less than a year. Bands Anvil Grey, Dye Hollow, Incursion, False, Echo’s Aim, See Emily Play, Anton Mink, Never The Man, 9VoltRevolt and D3G’s are scheduled to play this important benefit. —Mat Herron
116 E. Main St.
$10; 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8
The Apples in Stereo
They came out of hiding at last year’s Forecastle Festival. Now, the influential Apples in Stereo are heading out on a full-blown tour. Make the hour’s drive and check this band out, before they take another hiatus, or something. They’re playing with Casper & The Cookies. —Mat Herron
156 W. Main St., Lexington
$10; 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9
‘PAMA & Passion’
It’s almost that “show your love” time of year, and the Speed Art Museum is here to help set the mood. You can start off your evening with hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail made with the Heaven Hill pomegranate liqueur PAMA. Then head over to the coffee and sweets bar, all the while listening to the sounds of Tanita Gaines.
Are you going to have a lover’s spat that evening or be bound happily to each other for eternity? Only their fortune-teller can see what your future will bring. If you are still talking to each other, or can remove your lips from your sweetheart’s face, follow Cupid as he shows you the various lovers in art that the museum owns. Admission includes two drink vouchers and a chance to win a PAMA Lovers gift basket that includes a night at 21C Museum Hotel. —Jo Anne Triplett
Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St.
$7 (members), $15; 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10
Annual Edison Birthday Party
A man who had bright ideas — Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman — was born 160 years ago, and the House christened after him celebrates his birthday in concurrence with GE Employee Day and a new installment to the museum. The Thomas Edison House had recently received a grant from GE Consumer & Industrial, and put it to good use by mounting new state of the art museum lighting. The commemoration will feature tours and the famous light-bulb birthday cake. GE employees and their families get in for free with ID, but the event is open to the public for a small fee. —Claudia Olea
Thomas Edison House
729-731 E. Washington St.
$3-$5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 10 & 24
African Film Festival
Darfur remains in the headlines, as there has been little headway on the diplomatic fronts to halt the fighting and the violent attacks against civilians in the Sudanese province. Increasingly Americans are becoming aware of the situation and are urging leaders to do much more than just talk about it. Many have found motivation after hearing citizens from Darfur speak about the atrocities there. On Saturday, the Iroquois branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will show “On Our Watch,” a documentary about genocide in Darfur produced by Refugees International and excerpts of another documentary by Louisville filmmaker Andrew Thuita, who was born in Kenya. Thuita’s film recounts the lives of nine refugees from Darfur now living in Louisville.
At the end of the month, the branch will show a documentary of the award-wining documentary “The Lost Boys of Sudan” by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk. —Elizabeth Kramer
Louisville Free Public Library Iroquois branch
601 W. Woodlawn Ave.
Free; 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10
Louisville Chorus Valentine Dinner
The River Bend Winery will host the Louisville Chorus’ annual dinner show and silent auction, appropriately titled “If Music Be the Food of Love,” taken from a line in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The winery, known to crush its own grapes, will provide a dinner buffet. The wining and dining will also feature a cash bar and musical entertainment performed by the Louisville Chorus, soloists and guests Gary Falk (sax), Bob Docs (bass) and Mark Tate (percussion). The show of “Cherished Love Songs” includes “It Had to Be You,” “I Finally Found Someone” and “Save the Best For Last.” Groups of four or more are eligible for a 10-percent discount, so even if you aren’t part of a couple, maybe you and your close single friends can find the romance in each other’s company. —Claudia Olea
River Bend Winery
120 S. 10th St.
$100; 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10
More Midnight Madness at Baxter
Continuing its recently inaugurated midnight movie series, Baxter Avenue Theatres has put together a stellar lineup through March that includes a few of the finest films ever made. As before, many of these films were selected based on recommendations and voting on the part of the series’ customers.
That description is certainly merited by “Harold and Maude,” which runs this Friday. The story of a love affair between a damaged teenager and an elderly free-spirited woman is the very definition of a cult film. It’s also an offbeat but appropriate diversion for a chilly February week that includes St. Valentine’s Day. Other films in the series are equally compelling, especially Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” and Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” — two of the best-ever depictions of future Western civilization in utter dysfunction. Here is a complete schedule: “Harold and Maude” (Feb. 10), “Repo Man” (Feb. 24), “Ghostbusters” (March 10), “Brazil” (March 31), and “A Clockwork Orange” (April 14). —Paul Kopasz
Baxter Avenue Theatres
1250 Bardstown Road
Sunday, Feb. 11
Thelonius Monk needs no introduction. Rome Neal, who stars in the one-man production celebrating the magnificent jazz composer, does. He stars in “Monk,” the off-Broadway play that comes to Louisville thanks to the African-American Music Heritage Institute, on Sunday. Neal, an actor, director and jazz vocalist, bears an uncanny resemblance to the man himself. University of Louisville students and children under 10 get in free. Come and relive the magic. —Mat Herron
Margaret Comstock Concert Hall
U of L School of Music
$5 (free for students and children under 10); 7:30 p.m.
Through Feb. 28
Black History Month exhibits
In honor of Black History Month, several venues are hosting art shows (through February unless noted): The 13th Annual African-American Art Exhibition has 45 works by 17 artists on view at Actors Theatre (316 W. Main St., 584-1265) through Feb. 24 (for an online view, go to www.actorstheatre.org/visit_gallery.htm). “Heroes of the Past” is at E&S Gallery (108 S. 10th St., 568-2005). The U of L Photographic Archives (Ekstrom Library, 852-6752) is featuring “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” and publications by African-American faculty and staff through April 4. The Kentucky Alliance (3208 W. Broadway, 778-8130) is displaying the “Eye/I on Social Change” photography exhibit, with a reception on Feb. 10 from 3-7 p.m. The show focuses on photographs representing social justice and civil rights. —Jo Anne Triplett