Thursday, Sept. 20   
Graphic artist Gary Baseman

It’s not often we get a three-time Emmy winner in town. Thanks to the Louisville Graphic Design Association and the 21c Museum Foundation, illustrator and cartoonist Gary Baseman will be here to make a presentation on his own work. Baseman won his Best Daytime Animated Series Emmy as the creator and executive producer of “Teacher’s Pet,” which Buena Vista/Disney made into a feature film in 2004. He is also credited as the designer of the Cranium board game. Entertainment Weekly thinks so highly of him, they named him one of the “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment” in 2002.
Wait, there’s more! His work is part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art in Rome. His book “Dumb Luck — The Art of Gary Baseman” was published by Chronicle Books in 2004.
LGDA expects a crowd. Be one of the first 25 people, and you’ll receive a free Baseman poster. —Jo Anne Triplett
21c Museum Hotel
700 W. Main St.
Free; 6 p.m.

Tannahill Weavers

If your interpretation of Scotland is a tartan-sporting Mike Myers cavorting with hard, hardened harbingers of haggis, well … you might be exaggerating.
    The Tannahill Weavers, named after the 18th century underappreciated Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (who was a weaver), take the stage as part of Fifth Third Bank’s Clifton Center Concert Series, and their approach is decidedly more authentic, even if singer/guitarist Roy Gullane is known to crack a joke or three. But know this: The group merges Highlander’s Celtic music and Lowlander’s Anglo-Scots tunes, both of which are rooted in a time when the Brits bore down with an iron fist. That historical tidbit puts the Weavers’ seemingly carefree material in a poignant context. —Mat Herron
Clifton Center
2117 Payne St.
$17; 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21
Classical Mystery Tour

    One would have to think songs from the late Beatles catalog would be quite an experience when presented by a Beatles tribute band backed by a full orchestra. What would George Martin do with such an opportunity? (Wet himself?) This Friday, the Louisville Orchestra will make it come to life (the concert, not the wetting) with Classical Mystery Tour: A Symphonic Tribute to the Beatles. Conducted by Bob Bernhardt, classic songs like “Eleanor Rigby,” “Penny Lane,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “A Day in the Life” will get the full treatment. The Los Angeles Times wrote that this show has “a high goosebump quotient.” I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. —Kevin Gibson
Louisville Palace
625 S. Fourth St.
$22-$52; 8 p.m.

Sept. 21-23
6th Annual MidSouth Paranormal Convention

    The Louisville Ghost Hunters Society brings some of the biggest names in the paranormal business to town this week for the 6th Annual MidSouth Paranormal Convention. John Zaffis from the Discovery Channel, Patrick Burns of Court TV’s “Haunted Evidence,” Keith Age from the SciFi Channel’s “Spooked: the Ghosts of Waverly Hills” and authors Troy Taylor, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Stephen Lachance and Tim Yancy are all on the list. There will be a vendor area, too, for paranormal paraphernalia. Founded by Age, the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society investigates and researches suspected hauntings and paranormal activity in the Louisville area, finding scientific explanations for 99 percent of its cases. As for the other 1 percent, well … just let the mystery be. —Kevin Gibson
Clarion Hotel
9700 Bluegrass Pkwy.
$20 (packages available)

Saturday, Sept. 22
Women in the Field Fest

    Women. Music. Dancing. Ohio River. Sounds like a recipe for disaster from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” to me. But it’s 2007, and chicks can gather whenever they want, wherever they want and with whomever they want … and it’s even better when there is a good cause behind it, like this year’s Women in the Field, a music and art festival that raises funds for Hospice of Louisville’s Bridges Center. More than 10 female-fronted bands will take the stage Saturday, including Louisville’s coolest musically inclined daughters The Blue Umbrellas, Teneia Sanders, Most Wanted and Leigh Ann Yost, to name a few. The big draw of the evening is Sarah Bettens of K’s Choice fame, who will most likely hit us with material from her soon-to-be-released solo album. Female visual artists will also exhibit, and there’s lots of food and drink to pass time between sets. Dance on, good witches. —Sara Havens
Brown-Forman Amphitheater & Yellow Lawn
Waterfront Park
$15 ($1 for pet); noon-9:30 p.m.

Chuchito Valdez

Lineage is everything. When pianist Chuchito Valdez performs at the Jazz Factory Saturday night as part of the two-week Adelante Jazz Festival, you’ll see the fruits of a family tree. Valdez is the son of one of Cuba’s most famous pianists, Chucho Valdes, and the grandson of Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Bebo Valdes.
    At 13, Chuchito dropped piano for a brief diversion into baseball, but he snapped back to his senses and has spent a lifetime spicing up jazz with hip-shaking grooves and Latin sensibility.
    Chuchito headlines the first weekend of Adelante, with Omar Sosa headlining the second weekend on Sept. 29. Andale! —Mat Herron
The Jazz Factory
815 W. Market St.
$20; 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Slam poet Bridget Gray

    Take an open mic night and add to it competition, scores and judging, and you’ve got yourself a rough definition of slam poetry. Think Eminem in “8 Mile” but less underground and more literary. If it’s still kind of fuzzy, head over to U of L’s Red Barn Tuesday night to catch a glimpse one of the best slam poets in the country, Bridget Gray. Gray, who has numerous poetry slam awards under her belt, was featured on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” has two albums on her resume and once hosted a syndicated spoken-word radio show for Radio One. Gray is stopping through for U of L’s annual observance of Take Back the Night, which helps draw attention to violence against women. She’ll take the stage at 5:30, followed by a Zeta Phi Beta step show, a children’s art project, a concert by The Street Heat Band and a candlelight vigil and campus march at 6:40 p.m. It’s all free, so you really have no excuse. —Sara Havens
U of L’s Red Barn
Belknap Campus
Free; 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 26-30
‘Interrogating the Nude’

    When the Armory Show of 1913 exhibited in New York, the French-influenced avant-garde art on display shook Americans to the core; they expected realistic works. One in particular won the title of most shocking — Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending the Stairs No. 2.” It was a marriage of Cubism and an early debut of Futurist art; Duchamp was more concerned with documenting movement on a flat surface than indulging Cubism’s goal of viewing a subject’s myriad angles of perspective.
    U of L’s Theater Arts Program kicks off its 2007-2008 season with Doug Wright’s “Interrogating the Nude.” The setting revolves around a police station during the Armory Show when Duchamp and Man Ray, the Dada and avant-garde artist best known for his work with photography, show up at the same time. Wright is best known for his play “Quills” and “I Am My Own Wife,” the former adapted into a film version starring Geoffrey Rush. His play, “The Bone Violin,” was staged by Actors Theatre during the 1999 Humana Festival. —Claudia Olea
Thrust Theater
Cardinal & Third streets
$8-$12; 8 p.m. (w/ 3 p.m. matinee on Sept. 30)

Through Sept. 29
‘Z2O: 20th Anniversary Exhibit’

Congratulations to the peeps of Zephyr Gallery on this exhibition celebrating 20 years of existence. More than 65 artists have been a part of Zephyr since it opened in 1987, helping pursue the mission of showing a wide range of art in a variety of media. The cooperative gallery, run by the artists themselves, started with just 15 members, including Chris Radtke.
“You can map the growth of downtown Louisville with Zephyr’s relocation trail,” she says in the exhibition catalog. “We were committed to keeping the gallery downtown … In 1997, we bought the building at 610 E. Market St. … galerie hertz was already down the street, and we talked Swanson Cralle Gallery into moving into the same block. The gallery district was born.”
Here’s to Zephyr. —Jo Anne Triplett
Zephyr Gallery
610 E. Market St.