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July 30-31 

9th Annual Studio2000 art show

Every summer there’s a minor skirmish for art. People stand their ground, whimper or elbow their way (sometimes all three) to purchase items by the high school students of Studio2000. I imagine this year will be no exception.

The youth employment program pairs the student apprentices with professional artists. This year’s master artists are painter David Shiner, fiber artist Emily Howell and ceramicist Stephen Hammer.

The silent auction opens at 3 p.m. today and closes Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony is also on Thursday at 5 p.m., with the tagged items going on sale after the ceremony. The money received helps fund the year-round program, part of the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development. — CONTACT _Con-419CB26F17 c s l Jo Anne Triplett

Kentucky Center for the Arts 

501 W. Main St.

574-1365

www.louisvilleky.gov

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Thursday, July 31

Crazy Cooter!

“Redneck Boy in the Promised Land: The Confessions of ‘Crazy Cooter’” is a memoir from good ol’ boy Ben Jones that chronicles his experiences in the South — through the ’60s, alcoholism, show business and addiction. Jones regales readers with the story of his recovery from alcoholism and tales from his time as “Crazy Cooter,” sidekick to Bo and Luke Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” It’s not all goofball: As an early supporter of integration in the South, Jones faced some seriously nasty opposition. The book also profiles dirty politics and his two-term stint in Congress, after which he returned to acting. He’ll be at Borders on Thursday for a signin’, ya hear? —Caitlin Bowling

Borders Books

7900 Shelbyville Road

893-0133

Free; 7-8 p.m.

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July 31-Aug. 2

Kentucky Art Car Weekend

Don’t be alarmed if you spot something like an oversized telephone on wheels on a city street; you’re not hallucinating. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is holding the 7th annual Art Car Weekend, in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop. To kick things off Thursday, the Mellwood Arts Center parking lot will be turned into a drive-in movie theater, complete with audio and snacks, and some of the art cars will be on display. Beginning Friday morning, the cars will creep through the city and park at the 700 block of West Main, staying there until Trolley Hop time, when a block party will begin and artists will hold demonstrations and sales. At 8:30, the cars will embark on an illuminated voyage to Lynn’s Paradise Café, returning to Market Street the next morning.

The block party will resume at 9 on Saturday morning, complete with a children’s workshop and Art Car lecture. At 1 p.m., the Art Car parade will proceed down Bardstown Road, and wrap things up back at the Mellwood in the evening, with the Art Car Weekend Hoedown. Honk! —Jane Mattingly 

Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft

715 W. Main St.

589-0102

www.kentuckyartcarweekend.com

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FRIDAY, AUG. 1

William Sides Atari Party 

Don’t be fooled: “Chiptune” isn’t that over-played Mario theme music.

First, Billy Sides’ music can be experienced live in a club setting, instead of from your living room with glassy eyes in front of the tube. Next, Sides has been rocking out with his form of electronic/techno music, which he creates with video-game equipment, for about 10 years.

Sides isn’t just a gamer-gone-musician. He’s been surrounded by music his entire life and sees his Atari Sim Card medium as just one part of the strange puzzle. “I’m about the bigger picture of music,” he said.

William Sides Atari Party is touring with Game Boy musician Giveupnewyork this summer, and their stop here on Friday is one of many.

“It is crazy; this tour is like three steps up from anything I’ve ever done before,” Sides said. He encourages attendees to get out and dance instead of just staring at him. Giveupnewyork agrees: “If you’ve ever played any old video games, it’s going to make you nostalgic and make you wanna dance.” —Cassie Book 

The Rudyard Kipling 

416 W. Oak St.

www.rudyardkipling.com

$6; 10 p.m.

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Saturday, Aug. 2

Contemporary Dance Louisville

The recently formed Contemporary Dance Louisville ensemble is committed to having a positive effect on area audiences. Based in Louisville, the company has three choreographers: Kimberly Herndon (also the company’s founder and artistic director), Joyelle Fobbs and Meredith Simms, all of which have earned good reputations in prestigious dancing education facilities. Herndon, a YPAS dance instructor, started the group as an artistic outlet and a way to merge some of her favorite styles. “I recognize that dance is increasingly a hybrid of styles with blurred lines between modern, ballet, jazz, African and more,” she said.

The premiere project of CDL, titled “The Ripple Effect,” opens this weekend. The performance focuses on artistic and communicative movements and includes some of Herndon’s former students. —Jess Mahanes

University of Louisville

The Playhouse Theater

1911 S. Third St.

www.contemporarydancelouisville.org

$7 (adv.)/$10 (door); 8 p.m.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 2

Ten Out of Tenn.

Generally known for its country roots, the Music City presents a group of 10 rock, pop and indie artists who decided to bring Nashville to the people rather than the other way around. The Ten Out of Tenn. tour includes both independent and major-label artists, featuring Erin McCarley, Matthew Perryman Jones, Butterfly Boucher, Griffin House, Tyler James, K.S. Rhoads, Trent Dabbs, Katie Herzig, Andy Davis and Jeremy Lister. “A lot of these people just inspired each other in one way or another,” said Dabbs, who started the tour with his wife and nine other artists. 

The Ten Out of Tenn. Volume 2 compilation was released on July 22. —Caitlin Bowling

Headliners

1386 Lexington Road

584-8088

www.headlinerslouisville.com

$8 (adv.)/$10 (door); 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Aug. 2

2008 Poetry Slam

On Saturday evening, the Louisville-based non-profit organization Menswork and Expressions of You Coffee House and Gallery will be hosting the 2008 Poetry Slam, celebrating the work of the great African-American poet and novelist James Baldwin.

With his writing, Baldwin played a central role in helping dispel many of the myths about homosexuality and race in the 1950s and ’60s. Also a playwright and essayist, Baldwin lived most of his life in Paris because of the stigma that came with being black and a homosexual in America. His first novel, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” built a strong literary legacy for Baldwin because of its realistic depiction of the Christian church in the black community.

Baldwin was also a civil rights activist, and many of his causes were represented through his writing, one of those being women’s rights. Menswork, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating men about violence against women, found it fitting to celebrate Baldwin’s work. For this year’s Poetry Slam, local poets and writers will gather to read Baldwin’s work aloud and bask in the righteousness of the many causes he stood for. —Aaron Frank

Expressions of You

800 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

584-6886

$5; 5:30 p.m.

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Aug. 5-10

‘The Color Purple’

Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Good news is, my interview with Season 3 “American Idol” contestant LaToya London went swimmingly. I learned that she’s always wanted to make the leap from music to theater, and her starring role as Nettie in the touring production of the Broadway musical “The Color Purple” — you know, the one Oprah helped launch in 2006 that nabbed 11 Tony Awards — has been a dream come true. “This is something I’ve always, always, always wanted to do,” she told me from her hotel room in Atlanta. “It’s a great start for me as far as training goes — doing a live show every night is definitely a challenge.”

OK, so do you want the bad news now? LaToya will be on vacation while the production stops here next week. Found that out after the interview. But don’t let that stop you from seeing the play that’s based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg. —Sara Havens

Kentucky Center

584-7777

$22.65-$65.25; various times

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Through Aug. 15 

‘City of Angels and Devils’

Gena Neumann usually wears a happy demeanor and talks in exclamation points. Her art is a little darker, even when it’s coupled with humor. So it makes sense she would have an exhibition entitled “City of Angels and Devils” that shows both sides of her self-expression.

The show consists of 27 highly colorful, whimsical paintings plus seven mixed-media abstract sculptures. The centerpiece is “Family Tree — Shake It,” a large painted-floor canvas that is “a commentary on life and death, skeletons in our past and present, what might be found if you are brave enough to delve into your own roots,” Neumann told LEO Weekly.

“‘Gena is a dreamer’ was always written on my report card as far back as I can remember,” she said. “Even though it was meant as a derogatory comment, I viewed it with a sense of pride.” The little devil. — CONTACT _Con-419CB26F17 c s l Jo Anne Triplett

Kentucky Backroads Gifts & Gallery

602 S. Third St.

992-3167