Staffpicks: GonzoFest Pre-Party, Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention and more…

Wednesday, March 30

GonzoFest Pre-Party
New Vintage
2126 S. Preston St., 749-4050
Donations accepted; 7 p.m.
It’s no secret that we here at LEO are gonzo for GonzoFest. This celebration of everything Hunter S. Thompson is a definite highlight every year, and now we can enjoy it twice! To help raise awareness of the festival as well as a little funding, GonzoFest and New Vintage are throwing a free (donations accepted) party with live music and plenty of drinks. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the festival at $10 (a 50 percent discount). —Ethan Smith

Friday, April 1

Block Party’s Third Anniversary Party
Block Party Handmade Boutique
560 S. Fourth St., 536-7728
6-9 p.m.
Block Party Handmade Boutique has had an amazing three years. It’s based on a unusual concept — a store with rental space for creatives to sell its handmade items. The store opened on South Fourth Street during the revitalization of that area, and then it added a second store on Frankfort Ave. They’re now carrying work by over 60 local artists. No wonder Block Party is celebrating. During the April 1 First Friday Trolley Hop, they’ll be showcasing Bethany Nixon from Reware Vintage. She specializes in T-shirts from the 1970s-‘90s as well as items crafted from vintage materials. And so it’s as festive as possible, there will also be a DJ dance party, balloons and cake. Gotta have cake.—Jo Anne Triplett

Friday, April 1

Kevin Oecjsli’s ‘On the Fence’ Pop-Up Art Show
Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E. Market St., 414-1278
Free; 7-10 p.m.
Kevin Oechsli’s paintings highlight the colorful excitement of horse racing and the pagentry of the Derby. Oechsli’s beautifully executed paintings are on distressed wood panels pulled from a Kentucky horse farm. The bright colors jump off the weathered wood with brilliant contrast. The perfect moment to kick-off the Derby Season. Stop by and meet the artist and take some Derby home with you. —J. Cobb


Gallery grand opening
AA Clay Studio & Gallery
2829 S. 4th St., 851-6549
First came the studio. In 2013, Alex Adams opened AA Clay Studio as a shared working space for clay artists that also offers private lessons, workshops and classes. Now comes the gallery. AA Clay Studio & Gallery is celebrating the addition of exhibition space with the show “Make Dishes Fun Again” featuring the work of local ceramicists. The grand opening of the gallery is Friday, April 1 at 6:30-10 p.m. with an artists’ reception and raku kiln firing event. The grand opening continues through Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The gallery will display work by Louisville-area clay artists with plans for an online store. The current exhibition runs through the end of April. —Jo Anne Triplett

April 1–3

Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention
Kentucky International Convention Center
221 S. 4th St., 595-4381
$20-$40; Times vary
Thinking about your next tat? Well make sure you explore the Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention for some inspiration. Tattoo artists including Alli Baker, Austin Timberlake and Sonya Grenell, along with other local and international artists will be there to showcase their stuff. Vendors will also be in attendance selling the latest gear. Just make sure to keep your wristband on so you can get cover-free entrance into the after parties at 3rd Street Dive on Friday, and Magnolia Bar on Saturday for free. —Ethan Smith

Saturday, April 2

Howell’s Hoot & Holler Karaoke
2100 S. Preston St.
Free; 8:30 p.m.
The concept of this monthly event — hosted by Alexander Smith, aka Howell Dawdy — is simple: spin the wheel, sing whatever song it lands on, and, afterwards, you get a free taco.—Scott Recker

Sunday, April 3

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
1386 Lexington Rd.
$15; 8 p.m.
Throwing together indie-pop’s welcoming weirdness into numerous smart directions, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down take electronics-soaked ideas from left field and smooth them out, forming catchy moments that still have some bite.—Scott Recker