12 things you should know about this week

Jun 6, 2012 at 5:00 am
Olivia Henken @ Pleasure Valley Lions Club

June 6-8

‘Crooked Arrows’

Cinemark Tinseltown

Various prices and times

Kentuckian Brad Riddell scored a writing credit for this new film out now at Tinseltown. “Crooked Arrows” follows the challenges of an American Indian boys lacrosse team as they compete in a prep school league in upstate New York. It stars Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) and Gil Birmingham (“Twilight”) and was directed by veteran Steve Rash (“The Buddy Holly Story”). Riddell, who teaches creative writing for Spalding University’s MFA program, was hired to rewrite the script, which makes it his fourth feature film to date. Riddell will be relocating to DePaul University in the fall, so check out his work while he’s still local. —Sara Havens

Thursday, June 7

Negative Approach


1047 Bardstown Road

$8; 9 p.m.

The old-school era of hardcore punk couldn’t contain the aggression of Negative Approach for long. Spawned by the incentive of Black Flag and the Necros, their three years together left behind a handful of brief, adverse punk songs and 1983’s Tied Down, their only full-length LP as the classic lineup. Frontman John Brannon eventually formed Laughing Hyenas and has reunited with drummer Opie Moore to perform with a revived Negative Approach. The tension hasn’t changed since, so this Thursday at Cahoots will prove to be memorable, and perhaps nostalgic for some. Black God and Damaged Goods will provide a slice of Louisville’s own hardcore, and a dose of old-school power metal from Holy Grail will complete this night you shouldn’t skip (or John Brannon will come scare your children). —Lara Kinne

June 7-10

Shawn & Marlon Wayans

Improv Louisville

Fourth Street Live

$40-$50; various times

While not known for standup, there’s no denying the Wayans brothers’ brand of funny. Though it’s been a second since the two have paired up for a film, and the world is shifting for a Wayans’ reboot (Damon Jr. as sitcom star, Keenan restarting “In Living Color” later this year), Shawn and Marlon have spent the last couple years on the club circuit. The forces behind “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie 1 & 2” and the classic (yeah, I said it) “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” haven’t given up on film, though they haven’t announced any new projects (a return to the “Scary” franchise is possible for 2013). Don’t expect a Smothers Brothers type show, though. Shawn typically opens with a short set, while Marlon closes out. —Damien McPherson

June 7-17

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

Kentucky Center • 584-7777

$16 ($11 students); 8 p.m. (June 7-9, 11, 14-16), 2 p.m. (June 17)

Tackling a Tennessee Williams play is no easy feat. But the members of the Louisville Repertory Company are ready to take on “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from 1947. Sex, drugs and mental illness are only a few of the complicated issues this play deals with, as it follows the culture clash between Southern belle Blanche DuBois and industrial worker Stanley Kowalski in a seedy New Orleans backdrop. The 1951 film adaptation starred Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando and is worth adding to your Netflix queue. —Sara Havens

June 7-July 26

‘Lost & Found’

Krantz Art Gallery

Jefferson Community and Technical College

110 W. Chestnut St. • 213-2393

Monica Stewart takes pride in her ability to find curiosities, but often, just owning them is not enough. Whenever she finds some small, mysterious and fascinating object, her impulse is to share it with others — but through her eyes. Her paintings turn tchotchkes into honorable icons by juxtaposing photorealistic images with swirling worlds of lurid color. In this way, she manages to redefine the purpose of subjects and give them the opportunity to live a life greater than what may have been afforded to them during their original use. The opening reception for “Lost & Found” will take place in the Krantz Art Gallery (Room 116 in the Vocational Technical Institute) on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. —Simon Isham

Friday, June 8

Olivia Henken

Pleasure Valley Lions Club

6000 Lions Arms Drive • 448-9941

$20; 7-11 p.m.

Olivia Henken is a busy young woman. As a senior at U of L, a contestant in this year’s Miss Kentucky pageant, and a country singer promoting her debut album, she has already surpassed the goals of most 23-year-olds. But Henken has taken it a step further. She has used her contacts, her voice and her glowing personality to organize a benefit for the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, a charity that allows public elementary school teachers to apply for grants by submitting their ideas about how they can incorporate music and the arts into classroom learning. All profits raised at Henken’s benefit will fund one such grant for a Kentucky teacher. The charity ball will feature a silent auction, a 50-50 draw, local music and food. The price of admission buys two complimentary drinks and a chance to win a flatscreen TV. Kudos, Olivia! —Simon Isham

Friday, June 8

Glen Campbell

Louisville Palace

625 S. Fourth St.

$19.50-$75; 8 p.m.

Though he’s best known for an impressive list of solo country hits that includes “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman,” Glen Campbell also contributed guitar parts to the Beach Boys’ studio masterwork Pet Sounds and participated in the making of many other early rock ’n’ roll classics. Campbell also hosted a popular, if short-lived, television program and starred opposite John Wayne in the film “True Grit.” So, after more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, it is nice to see that Campbell has arrived at his bittersweet farewell tour with much dignity and assurance. In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he returns to town this week in support of his latest album, Ghost on the Canvas, and to say goodbye one last time. —Kevin M. Wilson

June 8-10

Greek Festival


$2; 4-11 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.)

Craving authentic Greek food? Salivating for some souzoukakia? Got a boner for some baklava? Well, you’re in luck — Louisville’s Greek Festival is back for the seventh year, and boy, has it got your lamb shank. In fact, local Greek-Americans will spend this weekend on the Belvedere enjoying nonstop authentic Greek food, music, dance and culture, and we’re all invited. There will be plenty to eat, from veggie dishes to specialty desserts, and they won’t break your budget. All proceeds go to finishing the new Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and expanding the church campus. “For the Greek community, this festival really represents the joy and pride a Greek feels when hosting friends and family in their homes,” church president and Greek Fest spokeswoman Emily Digenis says. You heard her; and please, no “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” jokes. —Kevin Gibson

Sunday, June 10

Girls Guns & Glory

Uncle Slayton’s

1017 E. Broadway

$8; 8:30 p.m.

Here’s what our pal, WFPK publicity hound Charles Spivey, had to say about Girls Guns & Glory, trying to excite the LEO staff: “They are an Americana band out of Boston, of all places … I met Ward and the guys years ago when I first heard their album Inverted Valentine. I was going through yet another break-up at the time, so of course I loved it … plus, he says ‘your tits are in my face’ in the song, so I was forced to love it. Girls Guns & Glory is a bit of a misnomer. There are no girls in the band. None of them owns a gun … and there is nothing glorious about schlepping across the country in a beat-up old van.” Alanna Fugate opens. —Peter Berkowitz

Monday, June 11


Comedy Caravan

1250 Bardstown Road

$10; 9 p.m.

On Monday, The New Movement comedy-theater troupe will bring its ambitious “Tourceratops” through Louisville to Comedy Caravan. It’s ambitious because they have taken the best improvisers from their three theaters located in New Orleans, Austin and Houston, and put them on two separate tours that are traveling the South and Midwest simultaneously. This tour of long-form improv is aiming to build a cross-country community of performers and audience. And as with all shows of this nature, you never know who you might see on stage; one of these improvisers could be the next (insert your favorite “Saturday Night Live” cast member here). Alumni of The New Movement have gone on to appear on “Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central and countless other well-known credits. —Brent Owen

Through Aug. 31

‘With Child’

Paul Paletti Gallery

713 E. Market St. • 589-9254

Paul Paletti has something in common with Howard Schatz. Both men have dual top-of-the-line careers: Paletti is an attorney/photography historian, collector and gallerist, and Schatz a photographer/former ophthalmologist and surgeon. Makes me think I need to pick up the pace — I’m just not accomplishing enough. “Howard Schatz’s work spans more than two decades and focuses almost exclusively on the human body as a natural form of sculpture,” Paletti says. “It’s especially interesting that the portraits of pregnant nudes are presented with companion images that include their newborn infants, emphasizing the vulnerability of new life.” The “With Child” photographs (and book, his 18th) are a beautiful and creative homage to his medical school days when he examined pregnant women and witnessed births. —Jo Anne Triplett

Through July 14

‘Holy Moly and Other Horrors’

Firehouse Gallery

221 S. Hancock St. • 298-2110

Tad DeSanto is a political man, leaning the way that’s a good fit with this newspaper. His art is one of the ways he expresses his views. Originally sent to family and friends as “state-of-the-union” holiday cards, his “Holy Moly” collages are now on display at the Firehouse Gallery. “The series began as my personal response to 9/11,” DeSanto says. “Words can’t describe the horror of witnessing the collapse of the World Trade Center towers and the death and destruction inflicted on the Pentagon. But the ensuing ‘War on Terror’ brought new outrage as our (former) president, George W. Bush, pursued a murderous misadventure in Iraq. Deception, manipulation and a reckless disregard for the rule of law became all too common.” —Jo Anne Triplett