WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
‘The Louisville Table’
610 E. Market St., 812-786-0026
As a foodie city, Louisville likes to eat and socialize. Those concepts, after passing through the creative mind of artist Jakub Szczesny, resulted in “The Louisville Table.” This “social” appliance is designed to facilitate collaborative cooking. It’s definitely not a case of too-many-cooks-spoil-the-broth; instead, it’s the-more-the-merrier. With its large size, induction cooktop, ceramic glass heat-resistant surface and stainless steel drawers for hot or cold storage, “The Louisville Table’ [is] … specifically created to embrace collaborative cooking, [reflecting] the emergent nature of contemporary kitchens as gathering and party spaces for friends and family,” explains Szczesny. Manufactured by GE’s FirstBuild, the first public viewing will be at Zephyr Gallery. Szczesny, an architect, engineer and designer, is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m.
—Jo Anne Triplett
Thursday, March 19
A Candlelight ‘Hamlet’
561 Blankenbaker Lane, 897-9845
$20, 7:00 p.m.
Shakespeare wrote his plays for performance, to be enjoyed — bawdy lines, creepy scenes and all — by the masses. This academic business of assigned readings that take place in isolation is a travesty. Kentucky Shakespeare is attempting to set that right with an expanded season that takes Shakespeare’s plays to the public in diverse formats. Thursday, it’s a 90-minute chamber theatre reading of “Hamlet” by candlelight in Locust Gove’s 18th century Great Parlor. Demand is likely to exceed the 60-person capacity, so call the number above to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. The drama ensues at 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Urban Matter, Inc. Artist Talk and Launch Party
610 E. Market St., (812) 786-0026
Urban Matter, Inc. is set to reveal AirBare, described as an “art project that visualizes data collected from air quality sensors deployed throughout the city of Louisville.” It’s a way to make the invisible visible, helping us to understand how our not-so-healthy air has made most of us have Ohio Valley allergies and asthma. It was Urban Matter’s job to take the science behind AirBare and design something we can interact with and learn from, all in a neat, understandable package. The event at Zephyr Gallery consists of a talk that will discuss how AirBare came to be as well as the unveiling of the project. It will be located at the intersection of South Fourth Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard for approximately three months.
—Jo Anne Triplett
Friday, March 20
‘Claw Aid’ & MERF Fundraiser
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
$7; 7 p.m.
Medical bills suck, especially for musicians. But luckily for Brett Holsclaw, a.k.a. DJ Claw Dada, he has some amazing friends to help him out. After a lymphoma scare, Holsclaw found himself buried in medical bills. So local band Juanita and a few others have decided to throw him a fundraiser. And Holsclaw, being the selfless sweetheart that he is, asked that the fundraiser also benefit M.E.R.F. (Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation). But with a line up that includes Junk Yard Dogs, Ass Haulers, Sweatermeat, Inertia and Juanita, this is less of a charity event and more of a kickass party for a good cause … which is something I think we can all get behind.
Saturday, March 21
Southwest Regional Library
9725 Dixie Highway
Free; 9 a.m.
Do you have a kid that likes to dress up like a bat and fight crime? Great! Bring them to Louisville Free Public Library’s first-ever Random Fandom. A day-long convention for teens (grades 6 to 12) that celebrates all areas of geekdom, including anime, video games, genre TV and movies and (of course) books. There will be workshops on writing fan fiction, making chain-mail jewelry and a cosplay contest. And for parents it will be a chance to visit the new Southwest Regional Library, which looks cool enough to be the Justice League’s headquarters (evildoers beware).
Saturday, March 21
#23 Trading Card & Memorabilia Show
2501 Millers Lane, 345-9501
$7; 10 a.m.
“Sports achieves peace, unity and harmony” according to the Vision of Hope Ministries, which is why their latest community solidarity rally is also a trading card and memorabilia show. Christopher 2X, Minister Joshua Smith and Ms. Khalilah Camacho-Ali (the former Mrs. Muhammad Ali) will be there to speak, with special guest athletes to autograph and shoot the breeze, including former Houston Oiler Solomon Freelon, who will also be the musical talent for the day. So no matter if you wear red or blue or think LeBron wears the number 23 better than Jordan, you are welcome to stop by.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
The New Vintage
2126 S. Preston St., 749-4050
A singer-songwriter, first and foremost, Shannon McNally stretches and bends her elegantly straightforward words across multiple genres, with clear influences from New Orleans jazz (in the vein of Dr. John), smokey bar blues (which she greatly constricts), plus a whirlwind of folk, country and gospel elements that she mixes in. It’s an interesting take on roots music, because she’s probably closer to PJ Harvey than she is to any sort of mainstream folk or alt-country. There’s a lot going on, but it’s the way she controls all of those big ideas that makes her special.
— Scott Recker
TUESDAY, MARCH 24
2100 S. Preston St., 635-9227
$15; 8 p.m.
With raspy, powerhouse vocals that sound as collected as they do dangerous, Emily Armstrong is a versatile singer that has both range and those abstract elements that seem to make you feel like you just took a shot of adrenaline. Dead Sara can quench your thirst for gloves-off, unfiltered rock ‘n’ roll that has the fire of the ‘80s and the punch of blues, without the cheesy aesthetics that sometimes come with those two things. Fun, without being frivolous, might be an adequate way to describe them. If you’re a fan of The Kills, buy some stock in Dead Sara.
Tuesday, March 24
David Boies & ‘The Case Against 8’
The Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St., (800)775-7777
$10+; 6 p.m.
David Boies delivered the compelling argument before the Supreme Court that led to the reversal of Proposition 8 and once again allowed for legal same sex marriage in California. Presented by the UofL Kentucky Author Forum, Boies will be at the Kentucky Center Tuesday. At 12:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., the Kentucky Center will hold free screenings of “The Case Against 8,” the one-hour documentary about that Supreme Court case. At 5 p.m., Carmichael’s will host a book sale featuring Boies’ new book “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality” with wine and cheese provided by Brown-Forman. At 6 p.m., journalist Jeffrey Toobin will interview Boies and lead a Q&A in the Bomhard Theater. Tickets for this event are in high demand!
<THROUGH MARCH 28>
‘Lustron Stories — Americans at Home’ by Charles Mintz
Louisville Visual Art Association
131 W. Main St., 235-3088
A metal home is a trailer, right? Nope, it could be a Lustron house, a baked porcelain enamel steel building manufactured by the Lustron Corporation of Columbus, Ohio, between 1948-50. Everything was metal, inside and out. Now a cult favorite, approximately two-thirds of the buildings still exist of the 2,500 sold. Photographer Charles Mintz fell under the Lustron charm, creating portraits of the people who call a Lustron their home. The houses are scattered over 15 states; Louisville does have a few, two of which are in the exhibition. To give viewers an understanding of what a Lustron house looks like, the photographs are framed in the same material. As Krislyn of St. Louis, Missouri, proudly says of her Lustron, “This is my ‘metal house.’” —Jo Anne Triplett
THROUGH MARCH 28
‘Enbu’ by Shohei Katayama
909 E. Market St., 587-0106
Multimedia artist Shohei Katayama is a people person. Not in the slap-you-on-the-back, how-ya-been kind of way (although he is a friendly chap), but in the study of how humanity relates to each other and the natural environment. “In an abstract way I’m talking about how cultures and people merge,” he says. “It is my desire for viewers to experience gestalt — to be reminded of the whole, embrace communities [and] enhance group-cohesiveness.” His creativity has traveled in a literal circle, using the shape to create his installations. “I consider myself a post-medium artist,” states Katayama. “There are a few drawings in the show, but I also employ water, magnets and optical illusions. I use whatever material that will help me to get my message across.”
—Jo Anne Triplett