Thursday, April 12
David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’
There are two types of David Lynch fans: people who don’t get his movies but love him anyway, and people who don’t get his movies but think they do. Lynch probably does have some sort of logic in his movies, and he probably has themes (if no overarching ones), but beyond that, it’s wide open. Even before he left Hollywood for independent filmmaking, his movies were like some cross between Yogi Berra and Andy Warhol.
Witness “Inland Empire,” his new and possibly most inscrutable film. Three hours long, shot on video, seemingly plotless and about an actress (Laura Dern) shooting a movie that’s been cursed by gypsies? Sounds like fewer and fewer people will be pretending to get his movies. Experience “Inland Empire” Thursday at U of L’s Floyd Theater. —Alan Abbott
U of L’s Floyd Theater
2100 S. Floyd St.
$2; 5 & 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, April 13-14
What do these women have in common with U2, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones? All have performed at the majestic Slane Castle in Ireland. The similarities may end there, but these ladies (and their male musical director) have a huge following, and they stop in Louisville as part of Celtic Woman’s fifth U.S. tour in two years. The group features an Irish national fiddle champion, a former law student, a horse enthusiast, a theatre star and a lunchroom janitor, all with accomplished singing voices. Their angelic, ethereal harmonies on traditional Celtic songs are eerie and tantalizing. They’ve appeared on PBS twice, “The Today Show” and “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and their self-titled album has gone platinum. —Mat Herron
625 S. Fourth St.
$55-$62; 8 p.m.
Friday, April 13
Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse is about to be bicoastal. He’s in the middle of finding an apartment in New York with his girlfriend after living in Spain for more than a year.
Luckily, Rouse’s career is less stressful than his search for new digs. He’s about to release a follow-up to last year’s Subtitulo, an album that coincided with his move to Valencia, Spain. He recorded the follow-up, his seventh studio album, in six days in the south of Spain, bucolic territory for the roots pop he’s known for.
“It’s a very analog sounding record,” Rouse told LEO. “It was kinda of spontaneous; it has a nice, live energy to it.”
Rouse recently opened a string of arena dates with guitar virtuoso John Mayer but prefers smaller venues because of their intimacy. “We sound better, and you’re reaching out to people a little bit more.”
Tickets are still available for Friday night’s show at Headliners. Badman recording artist Kyle Andrews opens. —Mat Herron
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
$13-$14; 9 p.m.
Friday, April 13
Roller Girls get scary
With their season opener imminent, the Derby City Roller Girls are ready to throw down — with full contact musical chairs! Another thing one may do with a Roller Girl during Friday’s party at the Monkey Wrench: arm wrestle. Indeed, it’s time to raise a little cash for a good thing again — the Roller Girls, who practice the ballet of contact sports at speed and on skates, kick off their inaugural season May 20 (the Cold War Clash between the Jackie O’Nasties and the Red Menace), and they need to pay for things like a practice space and a place for you to watch them bout. And there are drink specials. Dig it. —Stephen George
The Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Ave.
$5; 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Louisville Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’
It’s Princess Aurora vs. Caraboss, the witch. No, this is not any form of wrestle mania, but “The Sleeping Beauty,” the classic fairy tale with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Alun Jones and Helen Starr, based on the original by Marius Petipa. The Louisville Ballet ends it season with this story that dovetails with the current princess-mania among young girls. —Elizabeth Kramer
315 E. Main St.
$21-$76; 8 p.m. (Fri.), 2 & 8 p.m. (Sat.)
Saturday, April 14
Author F.E. Adkins’ book signing
When you think about what biblical symbolism may mean in contemporary terms, it gets pretty freaky. Not only Revelations but many other passages, read by people who can hack through the metaphors, paint a potentially sobering picture of the end times — and, of course, lots of folks who consider such things have been pretty tense since the advent of President George W. Bush, because they think he and his Middle Eastern war-mongering are harbingers of horrible things to come.
F.E. Adkins of Jeffersonville (www.feadkins.com) spent 10 years studying various religious texts, history, science and geography, searching for facts that correspond to religious prophecies found in the Bible. In his resulting book “Veritas de Temporis: Truth of Times” from Tate Publishing, the author makes several interesting connections, even to the lay reader, but avoids outright predictions. Things may not turn out so well, he admits, but then again, maybe we can still get things turned around. The author has had several local book signings of late, and he’s got another scheduled Saturday afternoon at Barnes & Noble/Summit. —Cary Stemle
Barnes & Noble Booksellers/Summit
4100 Summit Plaza Drive
Free; 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 14
Quentin Tarantino fans should get to Glassworks this Saturday for the Tarantino-inspired spectacle known as “Pulp Funktion.” Wild and Woolly Video, ear X-tacy and Nitty Gritty sponsor the event and encourage attendees to wear costumes (save a dollar at the door by entering the costume contest). If you need help finding pieces to wear, check out the Nitty Gritty at 996 Barret Ave.; the proprietors have accumulated several suitable wardrobes, and they have a photo album of Tarantino characters you can peruse.
HAY DJ, DJ Matt Anthony, Woodrow on the Radio and DJ Dwight Johnson will spin tunes inspired by soundtracks to the Tarantino flicks “Reservoir Dogs,” “Death Proof,” “Jackie Brown,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2.” After midnight, the Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest commences, with two-person teams dancing to two songs, including Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.” You can view artwork by Lebowski Fest poster designer Bill Green, movie clips and late-night fire spinning by the Phoenix Collective in the Glassworks hot shop. And hopefully, everyone will go home with both ears intact. —Claudia Olea
815 W. Market St.
$5 (adv), $6 (door); 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Through April 30
‘Portraits of Grace: Women Who Have Made a Difference’
The honoring of elders in the community is a time-honored tradition. This exhibit proves that it pays to be a female over 70 years old. Painter Joan Zehnder and writer Marian Call have illustrated both the faces and stories of 15 women. Zehnder was inspired a couple of years ago to document the lives of vibrant elderly women. “I was surrounded by many women of wisdom who needed to have an opportunity to voice their own inspiring life stories,” she says in her artist statement. “It was from this place that I literally felt the call to listen to these women, to record visually and verbally their being, who they are, and what they may be leaving in hope chests for the young women who walk their own pathways today. We have learned about the grace in aging and how even the seemingly insignificant events in life are important teachers.”
May these energetic and intelligent women live to be 100 — and may we get a chance to meet them all. —Jo Anne Triplett
Mary Craik Gallery
815 E. Market St.
Through May 12
‘New Sculpture from the Falls of the Ohio’
Al Gorman is a junk man in the best possible sense. After years of collecting trash from the river banks at the Falls of the Ohio, he has made festive art from litter. This is recycling at its most creative.
Gorman makes humorous animals and humans by combining Styrofoam and other trash with driftwood. After photographing them in their “natural habitat” at the Falls, Gorman occasionally leaves them there to engage future visitors. A few of the assemblages have migrated over to galerie hertz to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. —Jo Anne Triplett
711 S. Third St.