Staff Picks

Aug 15, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Aug. 16, 22
ACLU Freedom Files
    Feminists looking for inspiration, anyone who needs proof we’re not living in a post-feminist world: attend a film screening and discussion hosted by the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. “Women’s Rights” features the stories of women — immigrants, women with low income and women seeking reproductive health services — who overcame violence, exploitation and discrimination and took action to change the world. The first showing and discussion is tonight at the Louisville Free Public Library, and the second is Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Monkey Wrench. Free admission; reservations requested: 581-9746. —Jessica Farquhar
Centennial Room (Aug. 16)
Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch
301 York St.
Free; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The Monkey Wrench (Aug. 22)
1025 Barret Ave.
6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. cocktails
7-8:30 p.m. film & discussion

Aug. 17-27
Kentucky State Fair
    Anything viewable, ridable, petable or potable you can imagine, it’s going to be at the Kentucky State Fair beginning tomorrow. This 11-day onslaught of fun has all different kinds of everything, with live music, children’s entertainment, carnival rides, various livestock (for petting, riding AND judging), food and locally brewed craft beer and wine, and myriad booths peddling any sort of trash or treasure imaginable. If you can’t tell, it’s a rather large-scale affair. There is a wide assortment of paid and free music shows in Freedom Hall, including Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, the American Idol Tour, Brad Paisley, Rick Springfield (!) and … the Ying Yang Twins (cheers for musical diversity) among many, many others (check out our Plugged-In section for all the details). In addition to the adjacent Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, patrons can purchase advance or day-of ticket bundles to spend at the Thrillway, an assortment of carnival-style rides. There will be an unhealthy assortment of food purveyors, most of them in the time-honored carnival fare tradition of deep-fried/grilled/pizza variety. There’s so much to do, and so much more to see, you really should have a look at the official Web site, to plan your visit to the Fair. —Nathan Thacher
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
937 Phillips Lane
$7 (adults), $3 (children), $5 (parking); 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18
The Yayhoos, Bodeco, The Roostars
he Yayhoos are one those fun bands that’s made up of musicians from other fun bands of days gone by. In this case, it’s former Georgia Satellite Dan Baird, former Del Lord Eric Ambel, Terry Anderson of The Woods and Keith Christopher, who has been a key part of Billy Joe Shaver’s outfit. The Yayhoos formed more than 10 years ago and played around to much acclaim, although the big record companies didn’t quite catch on. Now the four-piece has a new record on Lakeside Lounge Records, Put the Hammer Down, and it’s full of the sort of metallic, free-spirited barroom twang-rock you’d expect — think of Exile on Main Street-era Stones or The Faces when they were great, which is about the highest musical compliment you can pay. Friday night is shaping up as a good night to be at Headliners, where the Yayhoos perform with The Roostars (on at 9:30) and Bodeco (10:30). And people, don’t let them Yayhoos out of town till they play their excellent cover of “Love Train.” That’s what I’m saying. (Friday night’s show is presented by WFPK, and the Yayhoos also play Live Lunch at noon.) —Cary Stemle
1386 Lexington Road
$10; 8 p.m.

Live Lunch
HSA Broadband Building
651 S. Fourth St.
Free; noon

Saturday, Aug. 19
‘Cirque de Soiree’
    Art Sanctuary has planned its most ambitious quarterly art soiree to date and is doing it in the street. East Market Street, between Felice’s Vineyard and Flame Run Hotshop and Gallery, will be the place for street performers, eight musicians and bands, and work by 70 visual artists.
    Glass-blowing demonstrations will be going on inside Flame Run’s hotshop, which will also have a hypnotist and acoustic performers on hand. Felice’s houses the rock bands, including Rifle, who will play while The Derby City Roller Girls do their skatin’ thing.
    But wait, there’s more! Their “Decadence” soiree on Friday, Aug. 25, will feature the Grotesque Burlesque and controversial art, all held at the Main Street Lounge, 104 W. Main St., from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. The cost is $5. —Jo Anne Triplett
Felice’s Vineyard and Flame Run
800 block of East Market
$10; 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19
‘Painted Alive’
    It’s not every day you see someone get their paint on. The concept itself seems like something out of a dream. That dream will become a reality when more than eight artists will be airbrushing, painting and sculpting body art on live models as “Painted Alive!” takes place this Saturday at Jenicca’s Café and Wine Bar. And the best part about it: It’s free. There will also be live music. Stop in as Scott Kirkpatrick begins the music at 8 p.m., followed by The Hawk at 9:15. Then, folk, soul and blues singer Joanna James from Minnesota headlines at 10:30. Did I mention people will be wearing nothing but paint, and it’s free? I think I did. Should I mention it again? It’s free and people will be wearing only paint. —Michael Lichvar
636 E. Market St.
Free; 8 p.m.-midnight

Saturday, Aug. 19
Whatever Will reunion
    Whatever Will was one of the first bands I saw when I moved here seven years ago. They were huge then and played all over town several nights of the week (I remember because I had to constantly type them in our Plugged-In section). They played decent sets of new rock cover songs and, if I remember correctly, even had a few of their own to pop in here and there. Most of the members moved on to other bands, including End of Me, when Whatever Will disbanded a few years ago. That’s about as far as my knowledge goes. I know a lot of you out there remember who they are and might be interested in their reunion this Saturday at Phoenix Hill. Welcome back, boys. —Sara Havens
Phoenix Hill Tavern
644 Baxter Ave.
$6; 10:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 21
Four STAR Autism Dinner
    University of Louisville basketball legend Darrell Griffith and U of L football legend Lenny Lyles will not only be guests at the inaugural Four STAR Autism Dinner, they will also be raffled off as door prizes. Well, OK, what attendees actually can win is a dinner for four with Griffith or a golf outing for three with Lyles. Either way, it’s for a good cause: to benefit the Systematic Treatment of Autism and Related Disorders (STAR), which is an intervention program developed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families by the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center, a division of the University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Other prizes include a ladies night out at the Melting Pot restaurant, U of L football and basketball tickets, and an autographed U of L football and basketball. The dinner will be held at the Melting Pot, which is a fondue restaurant. —Kevin Gibson
Melting Pot
2045 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
$55; 5-8 p.m.

Through Aug. 31
Shannan Wells exhibit
    Shannan Wells, featured artist of the month in KMAC’s gallery shop, used to draw in graphite. Gradually she realized she needed big, bold color in her life, so she put down the pencil and headed for the pastels and acrylics.
    Her palette of pure primary and secondary colors is her “tour de force.” Her fantasy cityscapes, all brightly hued and oddly angled, would be at home in a world of Dr. Seuss. Here’s to finding a colorful life. —Jo Anne Triplett
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W. Main St.
Free; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.)