Staffpicks for 3-19-08

Friday, March 21
‘FLOW: For Love of Water’
     “FLOW: For Love of Water,” a new film executive-produced by Louisvillian Augusta Brown Holland and co-produced by her husband Gill Holland, will premiere in Kentucky this Friday at the Baxter Avenue Theaters. Afterward, attendees are invited to make their way to 21c Museum Hotel for a 10 p.m. until who-knows-when afterparty. All you need to get in is a ticket stub or a donation to the museum foundation. The party will have a cash bar and musical guest DJ Jesse Jamz, and guests will be able to meet French director Irena Salina and Mr. Holland. The film itself, according to, “deals with the inevitable clash with capitalism as water supplies become privatized by corporations around the world and the poor are literally charged for what falls out of the sky or what they take out of the ground.” Drink up. —Kevin Gibson
21c Museum Hotel
700 W. Main St.
10 p.m.

MARCH 21-22
Itchin’ to Pick returns
Last year at the first Itchin’ to Pick gathering, founder George Garrett had two friends with doctorates in physics estimate how many people attended. “The answer was 850 to 950 people,” Garrett recalled. “From my count, I would concur that they were right on. I was just dumbfounded.”
Through strictly word-of-mouth promotion — or “picker to picker,” as Garrett said — the second Itchin’ to Pick is shaping up to be the low maintenance dream Garrett always wanted it to be: a jam session, with donations. Minimal fuss. Minimal organization. That’s how pickers like it.
“Nobody’s making any money on this, I can tell you that,” said Garrett. The mandatory $5 donation is going to help Bluegrass Anonymous recoup some of the $10,000 debt it owes for staging BOTO Fest in 2006. Mike Cleveland, former Bill Monroe sideman Danny Jones and banjoist extraordinaire Mike Lily are expected to be there.
“I wanted to see something to continue at the Galt House in Kentucky,” said Garrett, referring to the departure of the IBMA convention several years back, “because there’s nothing else going on.” —Mat Herron
Galt House East
140 N. Fourth St.
$5 donation

March 21-22
Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun
    If you’re looking for something besides the Humana Festival, Finnigan Productions offers a lively and fresh alternative in its first festival of new plays by local playwrights. There are scripts from eight local authors, directed by six local directors, and performed by 11 local actors. Notice I keep saying “local.”
More fun is provided by The Indicators’ sketch comedy. The playwrights include Tad Chitwood, Mitch Fields, Brian Walker, Jared Schubert, Cisco Montgomery and Aaron Davis. The plays may be short, but they deal with hot topics that will make you think. The cast includes Leah Roberts, Kelly Kapp, Sarah East, Vanessa Ferguson, Delilah Smyth, Joseph Hatfield, Andy Pyle, Ben Owens, Jeremy Sapp, Eric Welch and Anthony Survance. —Sherry Deatrick
Rudyard Kipling
422 W. Oak St.
$10; 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 22
Derby City Rollergirls vs. Blue Ridge Rollergirls
    Here’s some real March Madness: The one, the only flat-track roller derby league in Louisville lumbers into its second match of the season this weekend, against Asheville, N.C.’s Blue Ridge Rollergirls. Our girls stomped their Southern Indiana counterparts in the season opener this year, thank you very much. And with DJ Kim Sorise spinning and the Phoenix Dance Collective filling the time between periods, it’ll be way more entertaining than second-round NCAA games. —Stephen George
KY Fair & Expo Center, West Hall
937 Phillips Lane
$10/$15 day of; 5:30 p.m. (match at 7)

Eric Sardinas & Big Motor
Shredders of the world, unite. It’s a bit tired to call Sardinas a virtuoso, but if the hammer-on fits …
Sardinas, a Delta blues guitarist who lives in California — hey, the left coast has ’em — has toured with Steve Vai and Johnny Winter, but on Saturday, the night belongs to him and backing band Big Motor.
The group celebrates the release of its new CD on Favored Nations, home to Vai and Tommy Emmanuel, on Saturday with Broken Vault and Waiting West. Adding to the blues dynamic is harmonica cat Jason Ricci, who makes a guest appearance. —Mat Herron
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
$10 (adv.), $13 (door); 7 p.m.
All ages

Saturday, March 22
RB Morris Band
    Knoxville, kids. Lots of good rock ’n’ roll comes from Knoxville, and the RB Morris Band is but one such representative. Morris’ blend of blues, rock and country (with a dash of soul) ought to be a natural fit for this here River City, given our collective love for John Prine and Lucinda Williams (with whom Morris has toured) plus a range of bluegrass and country music. But Morris’ act has a cool twist — he’s a poet, and his shows blend music with spoken-word performance art in a way that nearly defies classification. Morris offers wit and melancholy straight from the hills of East Tennessee to go along with his melodies, and he brings his act to the Rudyard Kipling on Saturday. Ron Whitehead and Southside open up with a bang or two. —Kevin Gibson
Rudyard Kipling
422 W. Oak St.
$10; 10 p.m.

Through April 5
Project Women’s ‘Women of Wisdom’
    Empowerment of women = powerful art.
    That’s the idea behind the “Women of Wisdom” art exhibition, the brainchild of Project Women. Its mission is to help keep single mothers from homelessness and poverty while on their road to a college degree.
    The show features 32 works in various media by Louisville and regional women artists, with an additional 56 pieces on Project Women’s website. Many relate to the theme of overcoming adversity. The years of support and counseling for the women in its program means Project Women needs money. All of the works are for sale, with a 50/50 split between the artists and Project Women.
    There’s a closing reception during the April 4 First Friday Gallery Trolley Hop from 5-7 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett
Mary Craik Gallery
815 E. Market St.

Through April 6
‘Locals Only: The Art of Skateculture’
    When art instructor Skylar Smith told her U of L and JCTC students about their next assignment, she was shocked but thrilled to see the excitement and anticipation spread throughout the classroom. Using blank skateboards as the canvas, the students were told to create original artwork that relates to the evolution of the skateboarding subculture, as depicted in the 2001 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys.”
    The 31 students — using a variety of media including sand, collage, spray paint and even a dog collar — came up with creative and impressive works of art, Smith says. The boards are currently on display, some for sale, at the Monkey Wrench. —Sara Havens
Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Ave.

Through April 7
Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists
    Louisville is fortunate to have an organization of artists who specialize in textile work. They illustrate that what is traditionally thought of as utilitarian, such as quilts to keep you warm, can be as creative as the other art forms.
    Yes, there are quilts, but they have made a transformation, from bed covers to wall hangings you’d admire much as you would a painting or photograph. There is so much more to the fiber arts than quilts, and this juried exhibition illustrates the wide range of what Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists can do. The show includes some of the area’s finest, such as Mary Craik, Bette Levy, Marti Plager, Felice Sachs, Debbie Shannon and Joanne Weis. —Jo Anne Triplett
Patio Gallery
Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane