Wednesday, April 25
Revolutionary But Sexy is the title of the new mixtape by Queendom Come, a.k.a. Afrykah WubSauda and Naima J. Released by Louisville hip-hop impresario Father Jah’s Unstoppable Sound Agency, Revolutionary came together thanks to the duo’s staggering freestyle abilities. The duo maintains it can flow for hours upon hours, and at one point kicked Father Jah out of the studio so they could finish the record (The Father didn’t mind though). Making an appearance are Cee Know the Doodlebug (Digable Planets), M1 of Dead Prez, Heaven and Earth, the Aalikes and more. An after-party features sets by Diva DNA. A dress code will be strictly enforced; that means no athletic gear, ballcaps or sweatsuits will be allowed. Check myspace.com/queendomcome, or www.petrusnightclub.com for further information. —Mat Herron
116 E. Main St.
$5; 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 26
What is performance art? Well, my personal definition is: You’ve got to get naked — and you’ve got to get arrested. Though grossly oversimplified, this description approaches one of the most transgressive and censored of visual art forms. In the tumultuous times of the early 1960s, artists began to use themselves (their own bodies) as a primary medium — in order to blur the lines between creator and creation, between performer and audience. (The material also has the advantage of being readily available and highly portable.) International Fluxus artists like Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Nam June Paik, Ben Vautier, George Maciunas and Yoko Ono sought to bring about a more direct and literal, open and liberated collective aesthetic experience.
Fluxus works — which will be re-created Thursday evening by the students of U of L professor Susan Jarosi’s History of Performance Art graduate seminar — gently mock the observer’s traditional solemnity in the face of art. As one collector of their scores remarks, “Fluxus will flux us.” The “Zen vaudeville” pieces deploy a minimalist, understated humor, often toying with the audience in confounding silence or thwarted expectation. For example, a score by Genpei Akasegawa entitled “KOMPO” simply reads: “Conductor wraps his baton with paper and string. Performers wrap their instruments.” —Leslie Millar
Speed Museum Auditorium
2035 S. Third St.
Free; 6-8 p.m.
Avishai Cohen & Buster Williams
The Jazz Factory opens Derby Week with concerts by the Buster Williams “Something More” Quartet, featuring the outstanding Stefon Harris on vibes (on Thursday), and the Avishai Cohen Trio, with drummer Mark Guiliana and new pianist Shai Maestro (Friday night). Williams is a bassist’s bassist, having played bass fiddle with Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock and Larry Coryell. Cohen is releasing As Is … Live At The Blue Note this week. This CD/DVD set was recorded Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2006 at the famed New York venue. As Is features current drummer Guiliana, and is Cohen’s final recording including Sam Barsh on piano and keyboards. The CD and DVD have mostly the same material, all Cohen compositions, save for a new arrangement of the Tizol/Ellington classic “Caravan.”
Both shows are further proof of the Jazz Factory’s ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with other world-renowned clubs. —Martin Kasdan Jr.
815 W. Market St.
(Williams, April 26) $25, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
(Cohen, April 27) $20, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 27
Comedian Mike Birbiglia
Friday night comedian Mike Birbiglia will grace us with his presence. His cross-country tour entitled “Sleepwalk With Me” is a one-man stand-up show that will touch on Birbiglia’s personal encounters with first loves, breakups and sleepwalking. Birbiglia, not new to public sharing, has his own popular blog called My Secret Public Journal (www.mysecretpublicjournal.com). The blog is sent to 30,000 recipients and has been featured on the “Bob and Tom Show.”
Birbiglia has appeared on “The David Letterman Show” and is also working with NBC on a possible sitcom deal. He’s released two earlier CDs Sleepwalk: Dog Years and Two Drink Mike. Catch him before he becomes the next “Seinfeld.” —Claudia Olea
Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St.
$24.50; 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27
The Late Seating
Actors Theatre continues its popular eclectic series, The Late Seating, a sampling of bold new works by local artists — just enough to whet your appetite. Theatrical works include “What Song the Syrens Sang” by Riverrun Theatre Company, “Fish News Episode 2: ‘Net’,” a video collaboration between Bart Galloway and the Squallis Puppeteers, and the Necessary Theatre’s “Bendy Straw,” written and directed by Tad Chitwood, with Leah Roberts and Travis Duvall. Indie-rock band One Small Step provides musical entertainment. Visual art offerings include sculpture by Shawn Marshall, paintings by David Scarborough, mixed media assemblages by SIOUXZIEY and photography by Rachel Seed. Kudos to Actors for inviting the little dogs to the banquet, and for giving audiences a smorgasbord of local performers they might otherwise miss. Stay tuned for the next Late Seating on May 18. —Sherry Deatrick
316 W. Main St.
$10 ($5 with a ticket stub from recent production); 10:30 p.m.
Festival of the Arts
“Art” and “festival” are two of my favorite words (add “beef barbeque” and I’m pretty well set). Apparently Louisville Metro Government and the Kentucky Arts Council think so, too, for they are two of the sponsors for the Arts Council of Louisville’s Festival of the Arts.
The two-day event has managed to squeeze in a number of activities, including visual arts, music, dance and poetry readings. Some 25 visual artists, including Wild Honeysuckle Studio and Gallery’s Amanda Matthew Fields and Gary Nelson Williams, are scheduled. John Gage, Gregory Acker, Flamenco Louisville Dancers and Crescent Moon Dance Company will perform, to name just a few of the multitude of musicians and dancers who will be there.
There are several children’s performances and activities, including the youth talent show “Stars on Stage” and a Jefferson County Public Schools Arts Education Showcase. We’re getting in to our multiple weeks of Derby events. While this is not an official happening, it certainly is held at that great time of year to be in Louisville. —Jo Anne Triplett
Jefferson Square Park
Sixth and Jefferson streets
Saturday, April 28
Brittany George fundraiser
One day you’re a typical 21-year-old planning your wedding to your high school sweetheart. Then you start having severe headaches, nausea and blackouts. Doctors diagnose a cyst on your pineal gland in the center of your brain. It’s 2 centimeters — 20 times larger than typically seen. That’s reality now for Brittany George, and her friends have put together a dinner, dance and auction Saturday at Joe Huber’s Barnyard Bash in Starlight. Lefty and the Lunatics, a great cover band, will entertain, and Patrick Hughes, the inspirational U of L marching band member (born without eyes and unable to walk), will speak. Auction items are plentiful and cool, including a trip in a UPS flight simulator. There’s no cover — donations are accepted at the door or via any National City Bank or New Washington (Indiana) State Bank, c/o Brittany George Fund. —Cary Stemle
Joe Huber’s Restaurant
2421 Scottsville Road, Starlight, Ind.
Donations; 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
‘Choose Your Own Punk Rock Doc’
Although a city known for its glitz, the late 1970s and early 1980s Los Angeles had a short burst of authentic rebellion. Punk worked in L.A., at least for a while, and it produced some great bands. X and Black Flag are names that survive. Savage Republic, less so. The Gun Club, whose blues/punk hybrid was so wildly influential in their day, are all but forgotten — except, of course, for the bands that are still ripping them off.
“Ghost on the Highway,” a documentary about The Gun Club and their late lead singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce, was supposed to be showing at Bearno’s in the Highlands on Saturday. However, due to an illness with Terry Graham, the original drummer for Gun Club, the night’s festivities will be titled “Pick Your Own Punk Rock Doc.” Send an e-mail to organizer Tracy Heightchew ([email protected]) with your favorite. And stay tuned for the premiere of “Ghost on the Highway.”—Alan Abbott
1318 Bardstown Road
Free; 9 p.m.
Through June 2
Artist John Haywood
There should be a formalized art subcategory in Kentucky and surrounding states — Hillbilly Art. Many artists come to the bright lights of the big city from rural communities (or as John Haywood says, “a holler in Eastern Kentucky”) to make their way but don’t — or can’t — leave behind their upbringing. His resulting artwork combines all aspects of his personality in true story-telling format.
Haywood’s alter ego “The Renegade Hillbilly” is on full view with this solo show in what the press release states is “a constant conflict between folk traditions and popular culture.” His formal training, knowledge from centuries of Western art learned at Morehead University and the University of Louisville, cancels out his being labeled a true folk artist, yet he has managed an untrained folkish look to his work.
The opening reception is F.A.T. Friday, from 6-9 p.m. Stop by and give Haywood a holler. —Jo Anne Triplett
Kaviar Forge & Gallery
1718 Frankfort Ave.