Staffpicks

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Thursday, Jan. 15
Kentucky Prophet w/ New Shitbirds, First Haze
Magnolia Bar
1398 S. 2nd St.
Free; 9 p.m.
He’s funny, handsome and has the voice of an angel. He is the Kentucky Prophet. He’s also the voice and personality of Bowling Green’s weirdo-prog band Technology vs. Horse. Offstage he is Michael Farmer, a complex individual expressing himself in multiple variations of music and words. His last major appearance in Louisville found him opening for the Kyle Gass Band. On this particular night, Kentucky Prophet brings songs from his latest release, “Dolphin,” a humble EP displaying his resilient song craft across many genres. The lyrics are often humorous, sometimes sad, but in every angle there is an element of truth in everything he does. That inevitably ties to his performance. New Shitbirds and First Haze to open.
— Lara Kinne

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16
Bahamas / Field Report
Zanzabar
2100 S. Preston St., 635-9227
zanzabarlouisville.com
$13-$15; 9 p.m.
The music from Bahamas — the moniker of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen — has this incredible capability to be barebones and sad, yet explorational and just melodic enough to add some sunshine to the darkness in his voice. These juxtapositions have strengthened throughout time for Jurvanen, as his songwriting and vocal rhythms have become more clever, while the way he layers and arranges has become less structured. Chris Porterfield of Field Report — and a former member of DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) — has an intense sense of urgency in his voice that, hitting a nice place between direct and poetic, makes you feel like diving into a well of nostalgia.
— Scott Recker 

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Jan. 16 – 25
‘Unhindered and Ungendered Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs’
The Kentucky Center, MeX Theater
501 W Main Street, 584-7777
$18; 8 p.m. (Jan. 25, 2 p.m.)
A musical-revue-style salute to the many forms of love from the Great White Way’s greatest shows, completely without regard for gender, “Unhindered and Ungendered: Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs” is a follow-up to Wayward Actors Company’s successful musical review last season at the Bard’s Town (“An Evening With Broadway’s Greatest Villains”). “We had so much fun taking songs out of context in the form of a revue that we couldn’t wait to do it again,” said board member Craig Highley. “Director Valerie Canon lighted on the idea of Broadway Love Songs, but with a twist: most, if not all, of the numbers would be performed by the opposite gender they were composed for.”
—Laura Snyder

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16
The Wrists
(Record Release)
Haymarket Whiskey Bar
331 E. Market St., 442-0523
haymarketwhiskeybar.com
8 p.m.
How The Wrists manage to balance a sense of lumbering melancholy and an almost surf guitar charm is beyond me. With their self-titled debut, they sound more Polvo than Neil Young, but somehow bridge the two in a palatable way. There is a kind of playful wobble to the guitar that gives it an odd little twist, that tiny perversion that sets the band apart from just another alt-indie act. The songs seem perfectly intent on exploring 90’s tropes, doing so in a serviceable way that pays tribute while looking forward. Tracks like “Went West” have an edge not unlike oft-overlooked Canadian rockers Women — a kind of broken, but melodic take on the Velvet Underground. This is a solid start and one with a lot of promise. Cher Von and A74 open.
—Syd Bishop

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Saturday, Jan. 17
‘Show Me the MUNNY! 2’
Ultra Pop!
960 Barret Ave., 479-1035
ultra-pop.com
Free; 6:00 p.m.
Ultra Pop is hosting its second annual custom MUNNY show. “What is a MUNNY?” you may ask. A MUNNY is a blank white, vinyl toy-figure with an over-sized head. The blank MUNNY challenges artists of different media to show their skills on this unique 3D canvas. The MUNNY holds a key place in the pop-culture-inspired, customizable, designer-toy explosion. Usually sold at comic book stores and skate shops across the globe, they have also been sold in auctions at Christie’s and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Many famous artists have put their talent to the MUNNY including Gary Basemen, Frank Kozik and Shepard Fairy. Now see what happens when the weirdest Louisville artists get their hands on the MUNNY.
—J. Cobb

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Saturday, Jan. 17
The Midtown Men
Louisville Orchestra LG&E Pops
Whitney Hall, 502-584-7777
$40-69; 8 p.m.
louivilleorchestra.org
Don’t you think it’s interesting how the tight, short-cut jackets that dominate men’s fashion today look so much like the tight, short-cut jackets worn by the singing stars of half a century ago? And a lot like the snappy matching outfits of The Midtown Men – four singing stars from the original cast of the Broadway hit show “Jersey Boys,” who appear with the Louisville Orchestra Saturday night in Whitney Hall reprising the tuneful hits of the Top-40 rock ’n’ roll era of the early 1960s. The better the youthful Midtown Men sound reprising such songs as “Let’s Hang On” and “Up on the Roof,” the more other talented young groups might think about donning some decent threads to sing their own stylish songs.
— Bill Doolittle

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Sunday, Jan. 18
Vadym Kholodenko
Speed Art Museum Concert Series
U of L School of Music, Comstock Hall
2301 S. 3rd St., 624-2749
speedmuseum.org
$20, students $5; 3 p.m.
When young Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko took first prize in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, he not only earned a gold medal, a winner’s cup, $50,000 first prize money and $11,000 in additional awards, he also captured the devotion of a cadre of avid fans, high marks from critics, a recording contract, three years worth of artistic management … and a huge start to his career with a concert tour that brings him to Louisville Sunday for a performance in the Speed Art Museum Concert Series. In the Van Cliburn Competition, Kholodenko mesmerized listeners with Franz Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes.” Sunday at U of L’s Comstock Hall, he performs works by Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy.
— Bill Doolittle

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Monday, Jan. 19
Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM)
50K/50STATES Launch Party
Against the Grain Brewery
sharingamericasmarrow.com
6-9 p.m.
Thousands of people stricken with bone marrow diseases and blood cancers turn to the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry in hopes of finding a matching donor for a marrow transplant. Sam Kimura is one of the hopeful, after being diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia in 2010. In hopes of finding a match for herself, and thousands of others, Sam and her sister Alex are embarking on a year-long journey to all 50 states. Their goal is to raise awareness for the need for more donors to register with the national registry and quell any myths about the donation process. This is your opportunity to support two amazing young Louisville women and a great cause. Join for a happy hour send-off with raffle prizes, free appetizers, DJ Clay Baker spinning old school vinyl records and swabs to join the national registry.
—Aaron Yarmuth

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THROUGH FEB. 28
‘Yesterday, Today & …’
galerie hertz
1253 S. Preston St., 581-8277
galeriehertz.com
Gallerist Billy Hertz has so many good things to say about painter Ivan Schieferdecker that I’m letting him speak via this Staff Pick. According to Hertz, “Schieferdecker is a painter’s painter. From the subtle and delicate color and mark making to the … masterful manipulation of the paint, not to mention the joyous, fearless and unabashed love of rich pigment, [he] … has been delighting and enriching the arts for over five decades. As I have stated in the past, Schieferdecker should be considered a Kentucky treasure, not only for the pure majesty and grace of his body of work … but also for his career at WKU … How Schieferdecker continues to raise the bar on his own work is anybody’s guess.” The opening reception is Sunday, Jan. 18 from 1-4 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Through Feb. 5
‘Critters and Creatures’
Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E. Market St., 414-1278
revelrygallery.com
Revelry Boutique Gallery is known for its support of young emerging artists. They continue this mission with Harrison Fogle and his debut exhibit “Critters and Creatures,” which engages a remarkable range of media and materials, including paintings, sculpture and toys. With such diversity in a single show, Fogle is making quite a mark as an up-and-coming artist. This exhibit captures the animal world in a colorful, playful and goofy manner. Fogle exclaims this about his upcoming show: “Prepare for artistic fist lasers, shot directly into your mind balls!” Certainly, these lasers will open your eyes, not blind them.
—J. Cobb