8 things you should know about this week

Jul 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm
Hitchcock Movie Series @ Louisville Palace

Thursday, July 18


Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road

$15; 9 p.m.

Matthew Houck is a true troubadour who follows his outlaw muse wherever it leads him. For his last two albums, the recent Muchacho and 2010’s Here’s to Taking It Easy, Houck (who is the sole permanent member of the band called Phosphorescent; though pronouncing or spelling the band’s name might be a challenge, the music itself is generally accessible and downright inspirational) has been riding a creative wave, marrying a vision of loose-but-literary lyrics and angelic sounds (mostly, if not entirely, created by Houck alone at home before he meets up with his chosen players in the studio). Phosphorescent’s music can gently sooth or get deep under your skin, depending on where you’re at and how closely you’re listening. We advise you lean in. —Peter Berkowitz

July 18-20

‘The Bear Loves Honey’

Baron’s Theater

131 W. Main St.

$15; 8 p.m.

For those of you still disappointed by this year’s Forecastle Bourbon Lodge ($6 for a raindrop-sized shot?), you can indulge to your heart’s content as Theatre [502] continues their Small Batch Series, this week featuring Baltimore-based guests White Flag Performance Group. Inspired by a true story that’s as grisly as it is gripping, “The Bear Loves Honey” dives into the world of a Russian grave-robber who unearths the corpses of girls and young women, dresses them up like dolls and has tea with them in his apartment. Told from the perspective of one of these unwitting tea party guests, the devised work pushes the boundaries of storytelling and furthers White Flag’s mission “to create deeply curious theatre that honors the complexities and difficulties of human experience. As a group, we relish discomfort, risk, extremity and the relentless pursuit of fun.” —Jennifer Harlan

July 19-21


Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel

830 Phillips Lane

$15-$35; 3 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 10 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.)

It’s like Christmas in July for anime fans. You still gotta catch ’em all at this convention celebrating everything Pokèmon. The three-day show features games, anime industry guests and voice actors from the English-dubbed “Pokémon” series including Veronica Taylor, who voiced Ash Ketchum, and Eric Stuart, who voiced James from Team Rocket. The event will also include dealers from the trading-card series and artists sharing their Pokémon-inspired work with attendees. There are now 649 Pokémon — a lot more than the 151 we had when I was younger — so it’s going to be a lot harder to catch ’em all. Let’s hope they’ll all be under one roof this weekend. —Charles Bowles

July 19-Aug. 31

Alfred Hitchcock Movie Series

Louisville Palace

625 S. Fourth St.

$5; 8 p.m.

To this day, it remains unjust that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for directing — perhaps proof that awards don’t mean squat. The infamous horror/thriller moviemaker never sat among the audience to watch his films. He was once asked, “Don’t you miss hearing them scream?” To which he replied, “No. I can hear them when I’m making the picture.” The Louisville Palace’s Summer Classic Movie Series celebrates Hitchcock’s notable works on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer. From “Rebecca” (July 19), “Rear Window” (Aug. 9) and “Vertigo” (Aug. 23) to the classics “Psycho” (Aug. 30) and “The Birds” (Aug. 31), 13 of the Master of Suspense’s films will be shown for the mere admission cost of $5. Experience scary without a single CGI monster or shaky handheld cam. —Sara Havens

Saturday, July 20

Mag Bar Benefit

Magnolia Bar

1398 S. Second St.

$10; 8 p.m.

Any Kentuckianan who reads LEO surely heard about the terrible incident last month at Old Louisville’s venerable Mag Bar, when a car drove into the front door, hurting some and requiring electricians, plumbers and the like by the dozens. Well, the good news is that the temporarily-derailed bar has many reliable and supportive patrons and isn’t going anywhere. Still, repair bills add up, and so here is a benefit put together by Keep Louisville Loud founder Nick Smith to replenish money spent restoring the relative splendor of the punky palace. Tonight’s $10 gets you six rad bands (including Trophy Wives and Neighbor), happy-hour prices (Is that right? Dang!) and the first 50 inside get special stickers and buttons, as well. —Peter Berkowitz

Saturday, July 20

Smith Westerns

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road

$12-$14; 9 p.m.

Be sure to bleach your hair blonde before getting dressed up to see garage-pop pretty boys Smith Westerns — that way, you won’t get any dye spots on your tightest pair of jeans. (No, wait, that might actually look pretty cool. Just call it an accident). After touring with the likes of Wilco and Arctic Monkeys in support of 2011’s Dye It Blonde, Smith Westerns now rank as headliners in their own right. Their latest album, Soft Will, released mere weeks ago, can attest to this. This time around they’ve got Portland’s Wampire in tow, whose catchy psych-rock should get the assuredly well-dressed crowd moving after Louisville’s own Nerves Junior tickle everyone’s insides with their eerie synth melodies. We know you’re still recovering from Forecastle, but hey, sometimes you have to suffer for music. —Sam Benanti

July 20-21

Jane Austen Festival

Historic Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane

$12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s best-known classic, was first published two centuries ago this year. In honor of this, Louisville’s Jane Austen Society is hosting its sixth annual Jane Austen Festival, this time with a separate hope: The festival is in the running to break the “Guinness Book of World Records” of number of people in Regency attire. Efforts to break the record will be entered into the Regency Promenade on Sunday — the number to beat is 409. When not participating in the Promenade, however, there are plenty of other things to do, such as eat and shop. An afternoon tea will be held each day, and the Shoppes of Meryton will host vendors specializing in Regency-era wares. A short play about Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is also scheduled. —Natalie French

Through July 31

‘AquaVenture 2013’

Tim Faulkner Gallery

943 Franklin St. • 851-2380

Watercolor, that translucent, luminous paint, is the chosen art medium of the logically named Kentucky Watercolor Society. Although it’s something introduced to kids as a messy toy, watercolor actually takes years to master. KWS has been dedicated to loving the paint for almost 40 years and features a popular annual juried exhibition, “AquaVenture.” This year’s show, with 42 paintings from 25 artists, is being held at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. There’s a special reception on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that will give the public a chance to mingle with living, breathing (adult) watercolorists. The Tim Faulkner Gallery, located in an industrial complex dubbed “Artplex,” is also showing new paintings by Gary Edward Jennings and new sculpture by Kerri Merringer this month. —Jo Anne Triplett