10 things to do under $5 this week in Louisville (1/2)

A still from the anime "Mushi-Shi."


Monday Anime: Japanese New Year Kaiju Free  |  7 p.m. Celebrate the new year with anime, Japanese food and “ancient Japanese folk lore.” There will be screenings of episodes of “Mushi-Shi” and “Noragami,” and, during intermissions, Japanese new year’s games, anime raffle prizes and grilled yakitori brought to you by Xander Stewart.


Fascinating (OH) + Stand Up Comedy after Trivia Cure Lounge Free  |  7 p.m. Cure Lounge is cramming a little fun into your Tuesday with Trivia by Thomas, music with the “fuzzed out garage rock tones” of the Cleveland band Fascinating and then, to cap it all off, stand-up comedy by JC Denison (of BRENDA) and Neil Lucas.

23rd African American Art Exhibition Actors Theatre Gallery Free  |  5 p.m. Actors Theatre Gallery showcases a diverse set of work by local and regional artists, and, until Feb. 12, the gallery will feature work by African American artists in various art forms. The gallery will be juried by Kevin Cole (who has created more than 30 public art works, including the Coca-Cola Centennial Olympic Mural for the 1996 Olympic Games).


Night Train Cinema Lounge: “Through a Glass Darkly” Kaiju Free  |  8 p.m. Brought to you by ARTxFM, Night Train Cinema Lounge presents cult, obscure, foreign and flat-out bizarre films on Kaiju’s 16-foot screen. In this edition, the featured film will be “Through a Glass Darkly,” which is “a beautiful study of bleakness” to start off the new year, which promises to be just as dark as was the last one. But in good news, at least there will be free popcorn.

Prohibition Parlour: Sequin Edition Taj Louisville Free  |  8 p.m. The new year may have rung in already, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Join Taj Louisville for a Prohibition-style party with era-specific cocktails, live music by Derby City Dandies and bartending by the Mysterious Rack gals, Olivia Rose and Miss Janet Weeden. Dress to impress for this party (sequin preferred!).


Frankie Leo Album Release Show Tim Faulkner Gallery Free  |  9:30 p.m. Local folk and bluegrass musician Frankie Leo is releasing his first album, “Then and Lately.” And to celebrate, he will play his new music at a show in Tim Faulkner Gallery this Thursday.


In Lightning Zanzabar $8  |  8 p.m. Louisville rock-symphony band, In Lightning, will be playing its unique brand of classic sound with “soaring melodies and rich harmonies,” infused with funk and hip-hop rhythms and energy this Friday. It may be $3 over our $5 limit, but screw it, this show is worth it!

Republic Bank First Friday Hop Downtown Free  |  5-11 p.m. It’s the first Friday of the month, which means the Zero Bus will run for extended hours so that you and your friends can explore over 40 boutiques, art galleries, shops, restaurants and entertainment hot spots on Main, Market and Fourth streets. Most of them will have specials, sales and/or live music to celebrate. To see all the stops and routes, check out the map here.

Debby Clinkenbeard Tim Faulkner Gallery $5  |  8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Debby Clinkenbeard started as “a dedicated dreamer performing for tourists on the streets of a California ghost town,” and now, two full-length albums later, she will perform her unique brand of folk and Americana with local singer-songwriter John Clay.

Kelly McCarthy Artist’s Reception Rainbow Blossom (Highlands) Free  |  5 p.m. Kelly McCarthy, a self-taught painter whose work “blends the essence of nature, feminine energy, vitality and life,” will have her work hanging on the Art Wall of Rainbow Blossom in The Highlands. And this weekend you can join her for refreshments and to discuss (and possibly buy or commission) her work.

Work by painter Kelly McCarthy.
Work by painter Kelly McCarthy.