Staffpicks for 2-13-08

Feb. 13-17
Comedian J. Scott Homan

    Comedian J. Scott Homan, born in Muscle Shoals, Ala., is touted as “Andy Griffith with Internet access.” That’s assuming Griffith would make a compelling and hilarious argument for late-term abortion (“Sorry, little Billy, it didn’t work out. You need to go see the doctor.”). He’s joined by Dawna Kinne, a comic who lived 22 years in Alaska and is now a Yankee living in the South. Homan has performed on Comedy Central, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, and appeared in the television pilot for “Inside Out.” He’s also a resident Louisvillian who has a crazed obsession with collecting, a strong presence on eBay, and, in his free time, takes his Southern wit to comedy stages across the country. —Jason Sitzes
Comedy Caravan
1250 Bardstown Road
$8-$12; various times

Expression of Darnell Levine

    Valentine’s Day is a materialistic pheromone created by Hallmark in a lab, then foisted upon the masses to elicit irrational consumption of chocolates, ridiculous gift-giving and corny cards.
Darnell Levine’s soulful, jazzy presence is here to make that holiday easier to stomach. He covers “Just the Way You Are” in smooth, meticulous fashion, and on other numbers, occasionally puts his voice to work like Bobby McFerrin. Thursday he’ll show off material from his new Journal Entries EP due out in April. —Mat Herron
Expressions of You
1800 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
$5 (adv.), $10 (door); 7 p.m.
All ages

Cliff Snyder @ Jenicca’s

    There are two Cliff Snyders: the guy who sells textbooks for a living, and the guy who checks out Kerouac-style to chew up Route 66 with his Honda motorcycle en route to the Arizona desert. Introspection and emotion come easy when you’re out West, and those concepts show up on Snyder’s first ever foray into solo-dom, Fool’s Highway. “Initially, I didn’t have a concept,” says the Indianapolis singer-songwriter. That changed during the making of Fool’s in a friend’s home studio. “I’ve always had this fascination with the road and traveling, this notion of moving. The more the songs came together, the more it did end up becoming a road album: stories about characters on the road,” he says. “Sometimes they’re characters that I make up; why they’re on the road, why they’re leaving.”
    Snyder makes what he hopes will be a monthly return to Louisville Friday at Jenicca’s. Nick Peay joins him. —Mat Herron
Jenicca’s Café & Wine Bar
636 E. Market St.
Free; 9 p.m.

Feb. 15-17
‘The Vagina Monologues’

    Along the path to exposing and ending violence against women, there’s a little play that just might expedite the journey. Eve Ensler’s award-winning “Vagina Monologues” has the power to make you laugh, cry, get pissed and definitely squirm in your seat. This anatomically correct theatrical presentation, if you will, is brutally honest yet not without its tender moments. Be part of an audience that will recognize the 10th anniversary of the V-DAY Campaign. The stories have you hooked, from the first awkward giggle to the heated standing ovation. Don’t miss this play — become a part of women’s history.
    All proceeds from this Bellarmine production benefit The Center for Women and Families, as well as the National V-Day Campaign’s 2008 Spotlight: Eve Ensler’s Katrina Fund. —Cindy Lamb
Amy Cralle Theatre, Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
(812) 360-1466
$10 ($7 students); 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Langston Hughes poetry tribute

    Poet Lewis Colyar is leading a free poetry reading and workshop at the Fourth Street Live Borders on Saturday afternoon. Colyar founded the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to upholding the legacy and remembrance of literary artists who have contributed to the African-American experience in America. The society has been remarkably active since 2005, featuring celebrations of Hughes’ legacy and events to encourage positive changes via “communication through the arts.” —T.E. Lyons
400 S. Fourth St.
Free; 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Hospice Disco Ball

    For many, the 1970s represent a time to forget. Culturally, the decade was something of an abyss; disco ruled the airwaves for a few years, leisure suits were fashionable and platform shoes inexplicably seemed like a good idea. The Beatles were done, and the overall coolness of the 1960s gave way to “Three’s Company” and tiny little communists called Smurfs. Well, hold on to your “Keep on Truckin’” baseball cap, because the 2nd Annual Hospice Disco Ball will bring it all back in one fell swoop. Come in your best (worst?) ’70s garb and dance under the disco ball with none other than recording artist Randy Jones — better known as the dude who dressed up like a cowboy in the Village People. There will be an award for the best disco dresser, plus door prizes, and your VIP ticket gets you an autographed CD (signed by Mr. Jones, of course). It’s all for a good cause — Hosparus, The Community Hospices of Louisville, Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky — so come on out. And wear that mood ring. —Kevin Gibson
Kye’s II
500 Missouri Ave.
Jeffersonville, Ind.
$35, $50 for VIP; 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17
Author Chris Bohjalian

    Chris Bohjalian is a writer who carefully observes how people maneuver through their everyday stresses — and then he writes compelling novels where circumstances seriously up the ante. Witness his Oprah Book Club story of a decade ago, “Midwives.” Or his recent “The Double Bind,” which is closer to a thriller than Bohjalian’s usual and also includes some mind-candy lifts from “The Great Gatsby.” The Vermont author is renowned for going the extra mile to interact with readers and book clubs. Carmichael’s on Frankfort is hosting a reading while the author’s on tour for the first paperback printing of “The Double Bind.” —T.E. Lyons
Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Free; 4 p.m.

Through March 1
Christopher Hauck’s ‘Identity Crisis’

    “Who Are You?” is not just the title of a Who song for former Louisvillian Christopher Hauck. He has seen people having identity crises all around him, and as an artist, his job was to create images that express that dilemma. Combine that with the concept of branding, and the result is his “Identity Crisis” series.
    The person as product is not a new idea; just ask Paris Hilton. Hauck’s paintings, assemblage, video and installation focus on who we think we are and how we want to be perceived. Self-help books express these sentiments all the time. Artists also know it’s an area ripe for expression; just not many of them attach a bar code to drive the point home.
    “Identity Crisis” is not having a crisis of its own. It’s been shown in London, Berlin, Los Angeles and Hauck’s current home of Atlanta. The work will be shown in Chicago and Boston after it leaves here. Hauck returns to Louisville in September as part of the Idea Festival. —Jo Anne Triplett
Gallery NuLu
632 E. Market St.

Through March 21
‘Romancing the Flame’

    Nothin’ says lovin’ like fire. But then, glass artists are a different bunch, and many of them work with a team that can include their flame-worthy significant other. “Romancing the Flame: New Works in Glass Created by Couples” highlights that special teamwork, thus making it the perfect Valentine’s Day art exhibition.
    Brook White and Susie Slabaugh White, co-owners of Flame Run Gallery & Hotshop, are a great example of a couple drawn to heat. They met at Glassworks, then established Flame Run. Other couples in the show are Paul and Jeanne Nelson, Rick and Valerie Beck, Stephanie Trenchard and Jeremy Popelka, Anthony Schafermey and Claire Kelly, and Chadd Lacy and Aimee Skinner.
    If this exhibition doesn’t make you and your fiery loved one want to try glassworking, nothing will. Flame Run also offers classes — it’s “hot in herre” indeed. —Jo Anne Triplett
Flame Run Gallery & Hotshop
828 E. Market St.