May 15, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Thursday, May 17
Ambroise Vollard and Paul Cezanne lecture
    “It is thanks to Vollard that I am able to live.” Sculptor Aristide Maillol said those words, but many other artists of the late 19th/early 20th centuries could have also voiced it.
    Ambroise Vollard was one of the most important Parisian art dealers of his time, specializing in the modern artists that the establishment wasn’t ready to embrace, such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne. He knew about the “care and feeding” of artists, giving them the money, publicity and emotional support they craved.
    There is renewed interest in Vollard after the recent exhibition, “Cezanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. University of Kentucky professor Robert Jensen will speak on Vollard’s relationship with Cezanne, who had his first one-person show in 1895 at Vollard’s gallery. Vollard later wrote a biography about him, which helped cement Cezanne’s position as one of the most important Post-Impressionist painters. —Jo Anne Triplett
Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St.
Free; 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 17
‘Pets on Parade!’
    Bring your pooches out to Barret Avenue Thursday evening to enjoy the Third Thursday Gallery Hop. This pet-friendly shindig will feature several events for man and his (or her) best friend, including a live art auction to benefit Louisville Metro Animal Services and the Shamrock Foundation.
    Many businesses on Barret will participate, including Chez Moi Gallery, Barkstown and the Monkey Wrench. Art will be showcased at these venues along with an open house at Vagabond Heart, the proceeds of which will also benefit Shamrock. Other activities include live entertainment, pet caricatures, gourmet pet food giveaways, pet adoptions and shopping throughout the gallery district. Most interesting: a doggy fashion show, just in case Fido still needs to pick up some summer gear. —Erin Clephas
Barret Avenue
561-6206 (Chez Moi)
Free; 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 17
    The trials and tribulations of Underoath have been many — including a sudden resignation from the lead singer a few years back. But these have only galvanized the remaining members, and contributed to their development as one of the most dynamic hardcore bands. The fact that they’re part of the Christian metal scene is beside the point — these guys deal in progressive cathartics that place faith as but one (albeit the most important) dimension. It’s a little crazy, though, that they’d refer to their latest set of gigs as the “Dirty South Tour.” I thought Dirty South was a flavor of hip-hop. But the dirt coming onstage at Headliners Thursday consists of four loud bands (including Norma Jean, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Glass Ocean) who each apply a unique tricked-out flava to their crunchy chords. —T.E. Lyons
1386 Lexington Road
$20; 7 p.m. (doors)

May 17-18
U of L Dance Theatre’s Spring Gala
    The U of L Dance Theatre will present an array of dance and musical styles at their Spring Gala this weekend. The gala, which is also the theater’s last show for the year, is a compilation performance of dancers ranging in age from 13 to 28 years old. Performances will vary in dancing styles, from ballet to modern, with each one choreographed specifically for that dancer by several academy instructors.
    An interesting element of the show will be the choreographers’ diverse choices in musical accompaniment including Tchaikovsky, Air, Gottschalk, Radiohead and Belinda Reynolds. Pairings of many of these selections with dance will surely make for an inspired, less-than-typical night at the theater. —Erin Clephas
U of L Dance Theatre
Comstock Concert Hall, Belknap Campus
$6-$8; 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Chefs create a stir about autism
    For the fifth year, Louisville chefs and celebrities will come together for a fundraiser to benefit FEAT of Louisville. FEAT — Families for Effective Autism Treatment — is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families deal with autism and helping people with autism reach their full potential. The fundraiser will feature cooking demonstrations by the chefs and celebrities, along with an open bar and live and silent auctions. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal, created by chefs Agostino Gabriele (Vincenzo’s), Anoosh Shariat (Park Place on Main), Dean Corbett (Equus), Clark Wade (Marriott), Josh Lococo (Tologono) and Coby Ming and PJ Knight (Wiltshire Pantry). Local celebs scheduled to participate include former U of L men’s basketball coach Denny Crum, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Ron and Mel Fisher of WHAS-AM, WAVE-TV’s Lori Lyle and more. The fundraiser will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. —Kevin Gibson
Marriott Downtown
280 W. Jefferson St.
$125; 7 p.m.

Friday, May 18
The Duhks
    Winnipeg, Canada’s rootsy, folk-rock band The Duhks visit the area this weekend for a special performance at the Ohio Valley River Folk Fest in Madison, Ind. The group is on a tour already fraught with highlights, not the least of which was its recent impromptu jam at MerleFest in North Carolina with none other than Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. Jones strapped on a mandolin and wailed away with The Duhks on the Zep classic, “Whole Lotta Love.”
    “It was inspiring,” Duhks’ banjo player Leonard Podolak said. “Our shows are just getting tighter and tighter. We certainly feel like we’re on the path that’s going to keep us going for a long time.”
    Podolak showered more raves on new singer Sarah Dugas, calling her “profound in every way,” he said. “She has such a wide range: low and high, deep and dark, and beautiful. She can get to those dark, spooky places. It’s amazing how many tones she can tap into and emotions, too, which, in my opinion, is the most important thing.” —Mat Herron
Riverfront Park (West Street and Vaughn Drive)
Madison, Ind.
$TBA, 8:30 p.m.
(812) 265.2956

May 18-20
Tattoo Expo
It’s time to get that tattoo.
I promise I will, if you do.

There’s no better place than at this Expo.
Ask me why, I’ll tell you what I know.

Live music and an artist’s competition to win.
What better time to ink your skin?

More than 16 vendors will be on standby.
To draw you that oh-so-perfect butterfly.

It’s time to get that tattoo.
I promise I will, if you do. —Sara Havens
Clarion Hotel and Suites Convention
9700 Bluegrass Parkway
$15 (door), $10 (adv. at Hornet’s Nest Tattoo Studio, 964 Baxter Ave.)

Sunday, May 20
‘Celtic Colors’
    The always-diverse Voces Novae infuses the final performance of its 14th season with the Celtic melodies and arrangements of Bill Douglas, a pianist, bassoonist and prolific composer. Probably best known for his work on the 1996 release “Deep Peace,” his output has ranged from Celtic to jazz to world music. Voces Novae artistic director Frank Heller has wanted to produce a Celtic-inspired program for many years, and his love of Douglas’ music prompted him to call the composer last summer. He said Douglas agreed immediately to work with Voces Novae, and Heller has been preparing the chorus with advice from Douglas, who comes to town on Friday for two days of rehearsal. “I think his music opens people up so that they are more able to go inside themselves … to meditate,” Heller said. “I think it settles the spirit most of the time, and is really needed because of the way that we live in this world.” Douglas has substantial experience working with choral music, having released eight recordings and performed with Ars Nova, a chorus in Boulder, Colo. —Elizabeth Kramer
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1840 E. Eighth St., Jeffersonville
$5-$12 (adv.), $8-$16 (door); 3 p.m.

Monday, May 21
Kings of Leon
    The Kings of Leon guys are all still young, but they’re showing what happens when a band turns its back on a Southern-boogie cash-cow career and takes some headlong risks. Mind, they never were simplistic souls. But the new CD Because of the Times is downright confrontational vs. their last disc, which had some brilliant tight miniatures that sounded like no one else. The new recorded set hangs together in a consistent gripping mood, which is something like driving post-midnight on a lonesome highway where you can’t trust the signs. Caleb Followill’s vocals scream innovatively to capture the double-edged sword of a young man’s rage. The other three members have also grown musically, so look forward to additional muscle and confidence when they perform at Headliners. The song hooks are subtle, but they’ve got me hooked nonetheless. Snowden and The Features are also on the bill. —T.E. Lyons
1386 Lexington Road
$25; 7 p.m. (doors)