Things to do this week: Nov. 12-18

 Through Nov. 25

‘Cynthia Reynolds: small world’

Gallery NuLu is no more. It didn’t close; it just changed its name and moved down the street. The Green Building Gallery is presenting its inaugural show with works by Cynthia Reynolds. That’s fitting, as Reynolds was the first artist shown at Gallery NuLu when it opened. Reynolds examines the world in minute detail. As a recovering agoraphobic, she is familiar with the enclosed and tiny. The Green Building is the city’s first commercial structure set to receive LEED certification, the holy grail for sustainable architecture. The converted 110-year-old building houses the art gallery as well as office and event spaces. Keep your eyes — and mouth — open for the upcoming restaurant, 732 Social, on the first floor. —Jo Anne Triplett

Green Building Gallery
732 E. Market St.561-1162


Through Nov. 27

‘Brian Jones: Monoprints/New Work’

When artists experiment to learn new ways to create, sometimes the mistakes are as great as the intended results. Brian Jones is a printmaker who taught himself digital imagery. During this learning process, he had to reprint a photograph he had programmed incorrectly. Out came a multi-layered image he found fascinating. Once he figured out how to reproduce this “happy accident,” he dubbed it “digital monotype.” Exhibition wall text states that after he prints two different images, one atop the other, “I then print a monotype on top of the digital print, running that layered image through my hand press three to five times … The colors are very transparent, giving the final image a density of color, texture and layered meaning.” The landscapes on display have a slight 3-D effect because of this process. The new location of galerie hertz is coming along nicely. Some of the works from their inaugural show featuring Russ Vogt and Lisa Simon are still up. —Jo Anne Triplett

galerie hertz
1253 S. Preston St.

Thursday, Nov. 13

Chelsea revisited

For 12 years, Ed Hamilton lived in one of New York’s cultural fulcrums. Run by Stanley Bard, The Chelsea Hotel has served as a haven for writers, musicians and artists who often paid their rent through paintings. William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg lived there, as did Dee Dee Ramone and The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, who fatally shot his beloved Nancy in Room 100. Room 100 no longer exists. Bard was ousted by minority shareholders, who sued him for mismanagement, and the Chelsea’s storied identity has been transformed — and some say ruined — by the 800-pound gorilla called gentrification. But Hamilton, a Louisville native, has captured the hotel’s creative vibe in his 2007 novel “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca.” “It was kind of a wide open place. Everybody there was slightly wacky, some people were downright crazy,” says Hamilton, who lived next door to Dee Dee for about six months. “When we got here, there was still a lot of junkies and prostitutes living (in the hotel), but it never felt dangerous to me.” Hamilton reads from the novel Thursday. He’s joined by Brooklyn-based group The End of the World, which kicks off the event at 6 p.m., followed by Darren Rappa (VRKTM). —Mat Herron

ear X-tacy 
1534 Bardstown Road
Free; 6 p.m.

Nov. 13-23

A funny little Greek tragedy

Is the greatest tragedy in life to be forgotten after death? Imagine growing up surrounded by gods and epic heroes and not even rating a decent entry in “Bullfinch’s Mythology.” Ponder your own mortality this week with Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble as they stage another manic original production at The Rudyard Kipling. “The Lesser Tragedy of Pammon: A Comedy” delves into the man behind the myth, elevating a would-be footnote to an international figure, or at least a Louisville sensation, for a couple of weeks in November. Homer might not have had any time for poor Pammon, but middle children the world over agree it’s time he had his day. Pointy wooden spear props and fresh laurel wreaths don’t grow on trees, but Le Petomane wants to make sure these hard times won’t keep you away from live arts. Aeschylus and Sophocles didn’t create theater for you to sit at home watching “30 Rock.” Their sliding-scale admission lets you pay what you can, from $8-$20, so the laughs can be as cheap as you like. —Erin Keane

The Rudyard Kipling
422 W. Oak St.
$8-$20; 7:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Nov. 14)

Friday, Nov. 14

Cave Hill Cemetery Tour

Between 1880 and 1920, more than 200 children were buried at Cave Hill Cemetery, mostly in unmarked graves. Abandoned at the Home of the Innocents, most died from illnesses and natural causes. Sister Emily Cooper, who ran the Home for more than 25 years, spent her days tending to the hundreds of children the Home took in. She is buried at Cave Hill as well. On Friday, the Home of the Innocents is hosting a “story tour” at the cemetery, to explore the unmarked graves of the children and honor Sister Cooper’s work. There’s currently a movement to create a bronze statue to commemorate the lives of the 220 children. The free tour starts at the main office of Cave Hill at 10 a.m. —Sara Havens

Cave Hill Cemetery
701 Baxter Ave.
Free; 10 a.m.  


Friday, Nov. 14

The Moving Collective

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” —Anonymous

Contemporary dance with innovative design has a place in our city. The Moving Collective has made it to its sixth installation since beginning in January 2006. Founders Theresa Bautista and Tamara Begley have created a structure that has called upon area choreographers and professional dancers to create an environment for growth and promote the availability and appreciation of modern dance. In its third season, the Collective presents works mainly from local talent. What you can expect to see, according to Begley, is a “very diverse show that is different from our past performances. We are constantly evolving and offer a wide range of content.” Friday’s show includes 10 original pieces. —Amy Berg

Clifton Center
2117 Payne St.
$15 ($10 students); 8 p.m.  
Saturday, Nov. 15
Festival of Contemporary Writing

It’s the return of the most reliable of literary smorgasbords. Starting this evening, Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing is back for eight days. Alumni of Spalding’s MFA program will join a variety of professionals in everything from playwriting to poetry to creative nonfiction. Readings and signings are all free. All events are at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center, except for two at the 16th floor Gallery at the Brown Hotel: the Saturday kickoff and, on Tuesday, novelist Ann Patchett (“Bel Canto”). The full schedule is online at —T.E. Lyons

Spalding University

845 S. Third St.

585-9911     .


Saturday, Nov. 15

Mates of State

As one half of the husband-and-wife duo Mates of State, drummer and co-vocalist Jason Hammel knows what makes the band’s pure pop-via-indie-awkwardness motor run. That’s why it was important to change things up. “For 10 years now it’s been the two of us on stage, and we decided that we wanted to expand our sound live,” Hammel says. “We’ve made three albums of very stripped-down, piano-drums-organ music, and we decided to add things to it. What came from that were layers and layers of music.” Those layers of music resulted in Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk), an album that adds Phil Spector- and Wagner-like flourishes to the band’s music. The new sound is all bittersweet indie-pop with a ’60s sheen that makes the medicine go down easy. Mates of State’s newfound musical muscle and lyrical flourishes between Hammel and wife Kori Gardner have led to a new label: cute. Hammel takes it in stride. “It’s like when your grandmother pinches your cheeks, ‘Aww, you’re so cute,’” he says. “I don’t know, I guess there’s worse things we could be called, but I’d love to be called ‘tough.’” Brother Reade and The Fervor open. —Jason Bugg

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road


$12; 8 p.m.    


Saturday, Nov. 15

Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit

Want to get your shot in at Mayor Abramson for that slag heap Center City deal? Well, can it for now. The sixth annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit is a time to gather ’round and learn the system, so as to make your city work for your neighborhood as much as the other way around. Some of the workshops include how to “green” your lifestyle, what to do about vacant properties, tips for preventing foreclosure, learning alternative transportation and crime prevention. You must register, so head to and do so. —Stephen George
Kentucky International Convention Center
(Cascade Ballroom)
221 S. Fourth St.
$35/$100 for group of five; 7:30 a.m.