Staff Picks

Oct 17, 2006 at 4:29 pm

Thursday, Oct. 19
‘The Origins of Art’ lecture
    “The Camera Obscura and the Origin of Art: the Case for Image Projection in the Upper Paleolithic” — no, you have not stumbled onto a science lecture. That is the long title of artist Matt Gatton’s art historical theory on how early humans discovered two-dimensional art. This well-researched “Paleo-camera” idea has support from knowledgeable people around the globe who find it workable.
    Intrigued? Come to the Speed Art Museum to hear Gatton speak. For additional information on his theory, visit his Web site at —Jo Anne Triplett
Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St.
Free; 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20
The Tallest, J. Glenn, The Touched
    Imagine if all college-sort-of indie rock was like The Tallest’s last record, The Future Burns the Sun: People would, generally speaking, be happy but still thinking, awake but still dreaming, energetic but still lilting, dying slowly but still very much alive. The Chicago-based quartet, originally from Lexington, are stopping by the Rud this Friday with locals J. Glenn — a one-man band — and skuzzy rockers The Touched, for a festivity not soon to be forgotten. Trust us — you should go. —Stephen George
Rudyard Kipling
422 W. Oak St.
$5; 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20
The Ladybirds, Southern Culture on the Skids
    The Ladybirds make some of the most recognizable music of anyone in the city, and their brand of throwback rockabilly inspires fits of nostalgia for nothing more than to be nostalgic. It’s a fantastic, smiling feeling simply because they do it so well. “Whiskey and Wine,” the title track to the album they might have ready for sale this Friday, sounds like one of those slower Ramones tunes where Joey spilled a little of his soul: trimmed and inspired by music that’s no longer being made, only solidifying its essence. —Stephen George
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
$15; 9 p.m.

Oct. 21-22
National Jug Band Jubilee
    Where else but Louisville could a jug band jubilee really take place? Louisville is credited as the birthplace of jug music, and as such the National Jug Band Jubilee will entertain the city Saturday and Sunday. The promotions for this event call jug music “America’s happiest music,” and that’s difficult to dispute — it isn’t easy to be sad when there’s a banjo playing. And rest assured there will be plenty of banjos when the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, the Dirdy Birdies Jug Band, Washboard Slim & the Blue Lights and Louisville’s own Juggernaut Jug Band take the stage. It all takes place on the tree-lined campus of the St. Joseph Children’s Home in Crescent Hill. In addition, Bluegrass Brewing Company will sell its beers — including a specially-brewed JUBILEE! brew, plus there will be lots of arts and crafts, food from Irish Rover and Snappy Tomato pizza, and more. It’s family-friendly (how could jug music not be?), so bring everyone. And don’t forget your washboard and kazoo. —Kevin Gibson
St. Joseph Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Ave.
$10/day ($15 for two-day pass);
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.)

Sunday, Oct. 22
Breast Cancer Walk
    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk supporting the American Cancer Society’s mission to fight cancer on four fronts: research, education, advocacy and patient services. Now in its ninth year, the Louisville event is one of more than 90 Making Strides walks being held nationwide this year. More than 10,000 walkers are expected at Waterfront Park this Sunday. Walkers are not timed, and donations are not dependent on distance. To sign up for the walk, visit the American Cancer Society’s Web site, where you can register as an individual, join a team or start your own team. The site offers a helpful fundraising tool and makes donating money easy, whether or not you plan on participating. Come on, no one needs to be told what an important cause this is. —Jessica Farquhar
Waterfront Park
Noon registration, 1-3 p.m. walk

Sunday, Oct. 22
Hobnobber’s Ball
    Churchill Downs is the site of the 10th annual Hobnobber’s Ball, a popular social event that benefits CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates). The non-profit’s catch phrase is to “walk on the child’s side,” and its mission is to provide a volunteer to support every abused and neglected child in their care. As it stands now, CASA only takes care of a quarter of the court-appointed children in Jefferson County.
    The Ball is set for Sunday evening and features wine- and spirit-tastings, live music, dancing, raffles and food prepared by Levy’s Catering. All are invited and guests are encouraged to “Dress to Express.” If you attend, you will not only be wined and dined, but you will be exercising your Samaritan muscles as well. —Claudia Olea
Churchill Downs Paddock
Gate 17 off Central Avenue
$75 (1), $130 (2), $600 (10); 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Author Mitch Albom
    Some books can touch a lot of people spiritually while leaving the critical community perplexed. It’s also true that few authors can move beyond the phenomenon of a sentimental hit without the subsequent books turning into watered-down imitations. Mitch Albom stands as the exception: His novels may not have equaled the thoughtful power of his nonfiction debut “Tuesdays with Morrie,” but he stepped into fiction with some personal daring that adds to his emotional storytelling. The man knows a good deal about the positive potential of grieving and anticipating loss. Think of him as the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross of the “Chicken Soup” literary school. Carmichael’s Bookstore and the Center for Interfaith Relations (formerly the Cathedral Heritage Foundation) are hosting a talk by the author at Cathedral of the Assumption. The event is free to the public — however, a booksigning afterward requires tickets that Carmichael’s is giving out with purchase of Albom’s new “For One More Day.” —T.E. Lyons
Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S. Fifth St.
Free; 7:30 p.m.

Through Oct. 25
Artist Cynthia Kelly Overall
    “Old Masters” is a term for highly revered artists from the past. Cynthia Kelly Overall is a painter working in a Dutch old master style. But she’s not mimicking; while her love of Dutch still-lifes and pastoral scenes is apparent, it is her technically strong and elegant paintings that let the viewer know Overall has found her niche.
    Nor is her work time travel, as her paintings have a slight modern feel. It’s just that her respect for those who came before her is evident, and they have taught her a lot. The stillness is palpable and is as important to her work as the paint. She is indeed a “new master.” —Jo Anne Triplett
B. Deemer Gallery
2650 Frankfort Ave.
Free; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sat.)

Through Nov. 12
‘Smoke and Mirrors’
    You’ll be second-guessing while digesting during Derby Dinner Playhouse’s “Smoke and Mirrors,” a terrifically funny murder mystery by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera. A power-mad movie producer gets his timid screenwriter to help him axe their insufferable leading man so he can be replaced by an Oscar-worthy actor in their upcoming sequel. While rehearsing a suicide scene on an island off the coast of Mississippi, the actor “accidentally” shoots himself, and the writer is framed for the murder. The twists and turns keep coming as the good ol’ sheriff tries to figure out “whodunit.” Enjoy a chuckle along with the buffet. —Sherry Deatrick
Derby Dinner Playhouse
525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville

Thursday, Oct. 19
Jazz virtuoso Hiromi
    A London critic once described Hiromi, the Japanese-born jazz piano virtuoso who visits the Jazz Factory this Thursday, as a musician whose style blends elements of Ahmad Jamal and Jackie Chan.
    In a telephone interview from New York City, Hiromi said she’s perfectly comfortable with that comparison: “Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are two of my heroes,” she said. “Martial arts and music are very similar in that they require continuous effort and improvisation — because you never know when the person you’re fighting will kick. I think that’s the appeal of jazz — the improvisation and the focus that’s required to make it work.”
    At 27, Hiromi has already built an international reputation. She started playing and composing at 6, was lucky enough to have a jazz-loving teacher who introduced her to Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson at 8, and has the chops and temperament to blend classical techniques with a jazz sensibility — a sensibility that she honed in the United States, where she enrolled at Boston’s Berklee College of Music at age 20. 
    “I don’t really listen to music in categories. Whether it’s Bud Powell, Frank Zappa or Sly and the Family Stone, I like music with a very strong personality. If you listen to 10 seconds of Bud Powell, you know it’s Bud Powell. And the same thing with Frank Zappa.”
    Though she didn’t come from a musical family (her grandparents were green tea farmers in Japan; her father was a banker), these days Hiromi’s extended family includes mentor Ahmad Jamal: “Just being around him is very inspirational. I’ve learned a lot from him as a musician, but even more as a human being. The most important thing is to never stop creating new things — even when you’re 75 years old. When I see a person who is still as energetic and imaginative as he is now, I realize how much there is to do with this music.”     With three CDs already released, and another due out in the spring, Hiromi has plenty to say, and she’ll be saying it, along with her trio (Tony Grey, bass; Martin Valihora, drums; David Fiuczynski, guitar) in two shows Thursday night at the Jazz Factory. —Marty Rosen
Jazz Factory
815 W. Market St.
$20; 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.