Staff Picks

Thursday, March 15

The Colour

The Colour’s drummer Nathan Warkentin has an announcement to make: Singer Wyatt Hull can’t drive 55. “We pulled our singer off the driving rotation, because we call him lead foot,” said Warkentin. “He’s got shaky hands, too.”

The group can’t afford a wreck right now: It’s in the middle of a six-week U.S. tour touting its EMI release, Between Earth & Sky. “It’s been going great,” said Warkentin, a graphic designer and devotee of John Bonham and Keith Moon, who co-founded The Colour seven years ago with Hull while the two were attending Viola University in L.A.

When they’re not traveling, “we read books, go out, sleep. You don’t get any sleep on the road,” Warkentin said. “There’s been ups and downs, but we’ve somehow been able to survive.” —Mat Herron

Phoenix Hill Tavern

644 Baxter Ave.


$10; 8 p.m.

March 15-18

IU Southeast Film Festival

There’s a terrific lineup of films showing this week on the Indiana side of the river. Indiana University Southeast has scooped up four impressive titles, none of which (as far as I’ve been able to learn) has been previously shown in the Louisville area. The standout is the excellent “The Devil’s Backbone,” which is showing Sunday. Directed by the brilliant Guillermo Del Toro (a significant presence this year at the Oscars because of “Pan’s Labyrinth”), it is simply a masterpiece. Perhaps more enticing is the chance on Saturday to see the 2004 effort by German director Volker Schlondorff, the brilliant eye behind “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Palmetto.” His “The Ninth Day” is a searing essay on the political situation of Catholic priests during the Nazi occupation of Luxembourg. Thursday and Friday nights feature equally promising films from Japan and France, respectively. —Paul Kopasz

Ogle Cultural and Community Center

4201 Grant Line Road

(812) 941-2232

Free; 7 p.m. (all screenings)

March 16 & 18

St. Baldrick’s shave-off

Perhaps our little Britney Spears isn’t as misguided as she seems. Perhaps she was just a month early in celebrating St. Baldrick’s Day, an annual fundraiser where millions across the world shave their head in support of cancer survivors and to raise money for cancer research.

Whether you do it for the cause or do it because Britney did it, Louisvillians have two chances to shear their hair this week. On Friday, students at St. Albert the Great will line up for the ultimate shave. Last year, more than 120 children participated and raised nearly $56,000. This year, that number is already at $129,659! And on Sunday, the general public is invited to Fourth Street Live for its St. Baldrick’s celebration, starting at 2 p.m. Just think of how much extra time you’ll save getting ready in the morning. —Sara Havens

St. Albert the Great

1395 Girard Drive


Free; 8 a.m.


Fourth Street Live

Free; 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 17

Drag show benefit

Here’s your once chance, Fancy, don’t let us down. Reba, Dolly and Boy George will all be in attendance Saturday night at The Alternative’s benefit show for House of Ruth, a Louisville organization that provides care and assistance to families and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Leading drag queen Whitley Divine brings the above-mentioned personalities to life and even holds six drag titles, including Ms. Kentucky at Large, Ms. Missouri and Ms. Tennessee. She certainly gets around! Assisting Divine will be Kitty Carlisle, a.k.a. Rockin’ Diva. Eighty percent of ticket sales and 100 percent of tips and donations will go directly to the House of Ruth. Enjoy a night like no other for a good cause. —Sara Havens

The Alternative

1032 Story Ave.


$10; 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 18

Rumble In The Jungle redux

It was 1974 and Muhammad Ali was looking to become the second fighter to regain his heavyweight title. Champion George Foreman was considered unbeatable. Neophyte promoter Don King was looking for a country to underwrite the battle. Zaire became the place for what has come to epitomize all that was legendary about Ali as a boxer — The Rumble In The Jungle. Ali stole the African country’s heart and stunned Foreman and the sports world with an eighth round TKO.

Watch a full round-by-round replay with running commentary by Angelo Dundee, Ali’s longtime trainer. You can meet-and-greet the duo beforehand if willing to spring for the Gold level $1,000 charitable donation. For a $500 charitable contribution, you get brunch and the replay. If you’re an average Joe, go rent the DVD. —c d kaplan

Muhammad Ali Center

144 N. Sixth St.


$1,000 (Gold), $500 (Silver); 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 20

Wyatt Lecture with Bob Woodward

When New York Times columnist Frank Rich refers to Bob Woodward as a hagiographer, he’s not being nice. What Rich is saying, in reference to Woodward’s first book about President Bush, is that Woodward got too close, lost his objectivity and was fooled about Bush’s plans for taking the nation to war in Iraq. Woodward, of course, wasn’t always part of the establishment; he and Carl Bernstein were responsible for some of the most important journalism ever. Carping aside, Woodward’s been around a long time, and he occupies a rarified spot in American journalism today. And what a beautiful opportunity you have next week to go and put some tough questions to the man himself. Ask him what he thinks of Frank Rich (and Seymour Hersh, for that matter). It should be a good time. —Cary Stemle

Knights Hall, Bellarmine University

2001 Newburg Road

Free; 7 p.m. (doors at 6)

Tuesday, March 20

Apollo Sunshine

Hailing from New York, Boston and San Francisco, Apollo Sunshine has been picked to play this year’s massive Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn. If you want to avoid the festival crowd, here’s your chance. The group has shared the stage with such acts as Sonic Youth, The Walkmen, The Decemberists and The Roots. Apollo Sunshine was the first group to jam with Leon Redbone in more than 20 years, and it once got a Fox Morning News Anchor to dance to one of the band’s songs, “Phoney Maroney.” Need we say more? Let the Sunshine in. —Mat Herron

Uncle Pleasant’s

2126 S. Preston St.


$TBA; 10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

Serena Ryder

After self-releasing several independent albums and touring Australia with Steve Earle, Serena Ryder thought it was time to delve into the songs written by her favorite singers.

The seed of Ryder’s new album, If Your Memory Serves You Well, was planted after her performance at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Toronto. The founder approached her about making an album of classic rock and folk songs. She jumped at the chance.

“I wanted to do this for myself, and to honor the songs,” Ryder said by phone from Montreal’s airport. “I felt honored and blessed to be able to put myself in other’s shoes.”

Ryder, who has been writing songs since she was 13, is to play a solo acoustic set when she opens for James Hunter next Wednesday at Headliners. “His voice is insane, isn’t it?” —Mat Herron

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road


$12-$14; 9 p.m.

Through March 23

Winter Works’ by Michael Sebastian

Ah, another one to the dark side. I love it when the strong creative urge wins; someone working in an unrelated field can’t stand it any longer and has to make art, like a lawyer becoming a writer. Michael Sebastian is living that life, as an anesthesiologist who has returned to his childhood passion of photography.

He’s got a good eye, perhaps sharply tuned from his combination of medical skill and long-ago experimentation with an old Brownie camera. Since 2004, Sebastian has refocused — pun intended — on photography, resulting in his current exhibition of 36 black and white and color prints. The work consists largely of abstract, repeating geometric shapes, some gleaned from industrial construction sites, as well as intriguing shadow play and the occasional portrait.

I hope Sebastian still has that Brownie camera — it’s a valuable collector’s item now. —Jo Anne Triplett

Deven 7 Studios Custom Picture Framing

825 S. Floyd St.