5 things to do in Louisville this weekend (2/19)


Floetic Friday Youth Poetry Slam
Local Speed
$5; 7 p.m.
If you have never witnessed poetry being read aloud, you haven’t experienced true poetry. Nothing captures raw human emotions quite like live poetry, which is why Local Speed is hosting a youth poetry slam with six of Louisville’s best up-and-coming poets. This is the last slam before these poets compete for the chance to perform at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival this summer.—Ethan Smith


Tailspin Ale Fest
Louisville Executive Aviation
$45; 3 p.m. [Sold Out]
This weekend, make sure to add “getting drunk in a WWII-era airplane hangar” to your to-do list. This beer festival at Bowman field boasts over 150 craft beers, local bands and food trucks. Best of all, this event also benefits Dare to Care so that thousands of Kentuckians won’t go hungry this year. Hooray, drinking for a cause! —Ethan Smith

$15; 9 p.m.
Authors of some of the finest alt-country songs, Freakwater just released their first album in a decade and it’s, unsurprisingly, really good. Jayle Jayle and Morgan Geer’s Drunken Prayer open.—Scott Recker


Nerd Louisville Presents Slur Your Role
Free; 4 p.m.
Before Monday hits and your weekly grind of work and bills starts all over again, live out your wildest fantasies deep in the belly of Kaiju (bar). There you will find a collection of the city’s nerdiest warriors clashing, as Nerd Louisville hosts a night of role-playing games that includes Call of Cthulhu, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Shadowrun and Eclipse Phase. Be there promptly at 4 p.m. if you want to grab a table, and be sure to grab a tankard of liquid courage. —Ethan Smith

Bruce Springsteen
KFC Yum! Center
Prices vary; 7:30 p.m.
Revolving his tour around the 35th anniversary of the record “The River,” which he’ll play in its entirety, Springsteen brings his highly-celebrated marathon-length live show to the Yum! Center. Personally, “The River” isn’t my favorite record of his, but it’s definitely a good one to hear live all the way through. It looks like seats are pretty sucked up, so, if you don’t have a ticket, you might have to resort to wheeling and dealing with the parasites in the parking lots.—Scott Recker