‘Surrender to Color’ @ Kore Art Gallery

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Through April 30   

Surrender to Color’

Kore Art Gallery

Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center

1860 Mellwood Ave. • 333-4355

There’s many in Louisville and Southern Indiana who want to put their arms in the air, spin around and scream, “It’s finally spring!” While I’m not entirely convinced it will not snow tomorrow, I’m loving the pinks, whites and purples of the blooming trees that hover over the green grass. Meg Krakowiak’s solo exhibition, “Surrender to Color,” has that same feel to it. “Creating a unique expression of what I see and appreciate around me is a constant challenge with never-ending rewards,” she says. “I strive to get the colors, textures and movement I feel onto the canvas.” Her show is perfectly timed. So let’s follow her suggestion and surrender to her colors that remind us of the beauty of our surroundings. It’s long overdue. —Jo Anne Triplett


“Olmsted Parks Paintings II” at Jane Morgan Gallery

The Jane Morgan Gallery, 4838 Brownsboro Center, 592-7835, is showing “Olmsted Parks Paintings II” by the Kentucky Plein Air Painters from April 16-May 31. The reception is Thursday, April 24 from 5-8 p.m.


Call for art deadline extended

PYRO Gallery, 587-0106, has extended the deadline for photographers to submit work for a juried exhibition on the concept of “Transformations” through Thursday, April 24. There is no submission fee, and the show will run from May 15-June 28.  All photographic processes are accepted.

 


Insect Factory @ Dreamland

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Tuesday, April 15

Insect Factory

Dreamland

810 E. Market St.

dreamlandislouisville.org

$10; 7 p.m.

Straight outta Silver Spring, Md., guitarist Jeff Barsky is Insect Factory (and vice-versa). “Spider-Man” fans might be surprised by what happened when Barsky got bitten, though — as label Fabrica Records says, his six-string work focuses on “texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones.” In other words, this is a dude who puts out a record called Melodies from a Dead Radio; while you might think Demi Lovato sounds like death, this is a much different type of “melody.” He performed at Louisville’s Terrastock Festival in 2008, and tonight is joined by fellow sound explorers Public Speaking (Brooklyn’s Jason Anthony Harris, who sings on his knees while surrounded by manipulated sounds) and locals mAAs, the duo of Shedding’s Connor Bell and Dreamland artistic director Tim Barnes. —Peter Berkowitz


Call for art

The Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission is currently holding a call for entries for a variety of projects: Sculptural Benches for Chestnut Street, “On the Berm,” Wheely Artful Bicycle Racks and the Creative Crosswalk Project. For more information on any of these projects, go to http://www.jpac-art.com/. Arts Council of Southern Indiana, 820 E. Market St., in New Albany, 812-949-4238.


Weekend visual art events

C.J. Pressma’s talk on his show “Night Lights” at PYRO Gallery, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 12, has been moved to Saturday, April 19 at noon. PYRO Gallery will be closed on April 12 due to Thunder Over Louisville.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 589-0102, 715 W. Main St., is holding a exhibition tour for “Press: Artist & Machine” on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. There will also be a letterpress demo.


Weekender: April 11-12

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Saturday, April 12

Thunder at the Cressman’

Cressman Center

100 E. Main St. • 852-6794

louisville.edu/art

$30 ($10 kids); 3 p.m.

One of the things I like about all the activities that surround the Kentucky Derby is how they combine what we already love. Fashion? We got your Derby ties and socks right here. Food? Stuff your face with varieties of horseshoe-shaped candy and bourbon balls. Art is not left out of this Derby lovefest. The Cressman Center for the Visual Arts is again merging glass and fireworks with its latest “Fire & Art” event that benefits U of L’s Hite Art Institute. The attached parking garage is the perfect place to see Thunder Over Louisville. In the time before the explosions (the Cressman Center opens at 3 p.m.), you can watch student artists in the glass hot shop, see movies, eat and do family activities. Reservations are required; contact Linda Rowley at 852-8403. —Jo Anne Triplett

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Saturday, April 12

Booker T. Jones

Mercury Ballroom

611 S. Fourth St. • mercuryballroom.com

$28.50; 8 p.m.

Have you had many chances to see living legends up close? If so, were they in an airport, or in New York while on vacation — or were they playing some of the music that made them so … wait for it … legendary? The Mercury Ballroom has only been open (at press time) since today, and already they’ve got Booker T. uh, booked, for your Saturday night on the town. The Memphis native first achieved fame in the 1960s as the organist and bandleader of Booker T. & the MGs, the funky, soulful (and racially integrated) instrumental quartet who helped start the also-legendary Stax Records. Since then, he’s played with and/or produced Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bill Withers and many more. In 2009, Jones signed to Anti-Records and resumed his solo career. See him while you can! —Peter Berkowitz

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Sunday, April 13

Lance Bangs

Dreamland

810 E. Market St.

dreamlandislouisville.org

$10; 7 p.m.

In this week’s cover story, you read about filmmaker Lance Bangs’ latest project, a long-in-the-works documentary on the groundbreaking band Slint and the ’80s Louisville underground scene. Now, a night before that film’s Headliners screening, Bangs will be at Dreamland screening some of his other, shorter works: music videos, short films, live stuff and more from some fun names — R.E.M., Nirvana, The White Stripes, The RZA, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith and Earl Sweatshirt, for example. The man is a Zelig of the modern post-punk underground and on the cutting edge of hip-hop, and is ready for his half-career retrospective. The only question is, can you wait to see what his next 20 years bring? Sorry, you’ll have to. But this is a good way to check in, look back and see some great music. —Peter Berkowitz


KFW’s Judi Jennings discusses art and feminism

The Kentucky Foundation for Women Executive Director Judi Jennings is interviewed this week on Barry’s Blog, a national source for news, advice and opinion for the Arts Administrator. In it, Jennings discusses her views on social justice feminism, locally and nationally.

 

 


‘MASS’ @ Flame Run Gallery

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Through May 31

‘MASS’

Flame Run Gallery

815 W. Market St. • 584-5353

flamerun.com

The snow may glow white on the mountain tonight, but here on the banks of the Ohio, 17 artists are bringing to life glistening glass creations that would make Queen Elsa proud. In a departure from the blown or hot-sculpted glass usually showcased, “MASS” features cast glass pieces, a technique that has been used since Ancient Egypt and Rome to create captivating pieces whose shimmering forms look as if they could’ve sprung from a Disney princess’ fingertips. From a sunset-hued tablet to a swarm of crystalline bees baptizing a child’s brain with a drop of amber honey, the pieces are imaginative and mesmerizing. “There is something really beautiful about large chunks of glass existing like some sort of never-melting ice,” says gallery manager Tiffany Ackerman. “The thickness of the glass plays with light and seems to sum up the magic of the substance.” —Jennifer Harlan


Voices of Kentuckiana @ Clifton Center

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April 11 & 13

Voices of Kentuckiana

Clifton Center

2117 Payne St. • voicesky.org

$20 ($15 adv.); 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat.

When Voices of Kentuckiana calls itself “all inclusive,” it isn’t joking around. This community choir doesn’t hold auditions. Instead, it welcomes everyone, regardless of the person’s sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or musical ability. Don’t worry — this doesn’t mean the group sounds like a bunch of howler monkeys. Voices knows how to put on a great performance, and they truly embody a sense of community and celebration. For their 20th anniversary performance, “Voices Goes Platinum” at the Clifton Center, the group will showcase a variety of songs, from iconic anthems like “Imagine” by John Lennon and Broadway musicals like “Rent” to contemporary ditties like “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. —April Corbin


Hadley Prize for Visual Art

The Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art recognizes artists in the Louisville area who demonstrate a commitment to, and potential for, growth within their chosen medium in the visual arts. Rather than providing support for particular projects or capital equipment, this monetary prize is designated for enrichment experiences that will help the winning artists pursue their personal and professional ambitions, and achieve their full artistic potential. One prize of $5,000 will be awarded in June 2014. The deadline for entries is April 18.

The Hadley Prize for Visual Art is sponsored through the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Louisville Visual Art Association serves as administrative partner to the project and competition process.

 


‘Look at me!’ @ Garner Narrative

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Through May 30

‘Look at me!’

Garner Narrative

642 E. Market St.

garnernarrative.com

Edward Snowden’s stated motive for leaking thousands of classified documents was “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.” Local artist Keith Stone was inspired by this new information on our American surveillance state, and the result is his new “Look at me!” exhibit of digital images and interactive sculpture at the Garner Narrative gallery in NuLu. Stone’s digital art depicts electronic surveillance and privacy ethics as an Orwellian dystopia of Obama-faced drones and government propaganda, needling our new age of Patriot Act powers and NSA eavesdropping on our electronic communications. The exhibit runs through May, whether you love Big Brother or not. —Joe Sonka


Greyhounds @ Zanzabar

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Thursday, April 10

Greyhounds

Zanzabar

2100 S. Preston St.

zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com

$6; 9 p.m.

Remember the past? Greyhounds do, and they’re bringing it back today, à la Rock ’n’ Soul, Vol 1. But before you get your Hall in my Oates, think instead about the Black Keys and all them cats. Greyhounds is a duo, improbably “somewhere between Broken Bells and Sam Cooke … full of raw emotion and Southern grit,” according to some blogger who underestimates Sam Cooke. Their debut, Accumulator, is released by Ardent, a name familiar to fans of Memphis music long gone (The Austin Chronicle likes the band’s “blend (of) Memphis funk with a pleading falsetto”). Also old school, keyboardist/vocalist Anthony Farrell finds old keyboards and fixes them up (’80s Casios being a favorite, if less funky, brand). Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Trube collects old makes of his instrument, too, and he clearly knows how to make them sing. —Peter Berkowitz


KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 589-0102, is presenting “KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway” on Friday, April 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is a benefit for KMAC with tickets starting at $125.


Brent Estabrook @ Tom Faulkner Gallery

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Through May 1

Brent Estabrook

Tom Faulkner Gallery

1512 Portland Ave. • 389-0347


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I recently visited the Tim Faulkner Gallery at its new location. As we walked through the massive space, I was continually drawn to an assortment of paintings of rifles, money and skulls (not my normal areas of interest). Faulkner said they were created by Brent Estabrook, a U of L dental school student with a degree in art. These paintings had me puzzled. It turns out it’s not the subject matter but Estabrook’s technical skills and use of swirling color that had my attention. “This collection of artwork is intended to redefine social and cultural icons in modern-day society,” says Estabrook. “Color and texture manipulation are used to produce  familiar images that are uniquely my own. The broad variance in subject reflects the diversity of my personal interests, including anatomy and mechanics.” —Jo Anne Triplett


Revelry showing “The Crowns We Wear”

Revelry, 980 Barret Ave., 414-1ART, is showing “The Crowns We Wear” through Derby. The gallery will be moving to the NuLu area on April 25 and will continue the exhibition there.


‘Gem of the Ocean’ @ The Playhouse

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April 9-13

‘Gem of the Ocean’

The Playhouse

1911 S. Third St. • 852-6814

louisville.edu/theatrearts/box-office

$12-$15; 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.)

Playwright August Wilson’s 10-production “The Pittsburgh Cycle” chronicles the black experience in the 20th century and earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. This week, U of L’s Department of Theatre Arts and the African-American Theatre Program present “Gem of the Ocean,” the earliest-set play in Wilson’s important and moving epic. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, the play follows a “soul cleanser” believed to be nearly 300 years old and her efforts to help a young black man who seeks forgiveness for a crime he committed. The production is guest directed by Clinton Turner Davis, who last visited Louisville back in 2005 for an Actors Theatre production of “Pure Confidence” by Carlyle Brown. —April Corbin


Karen Barry at Gallery 104

Karen Barry is the artist of the month at Gallery 104, 502-222-3822, 104 E. Main St., La Grange.


Weekend visual art events

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., 589-0102, is hosting a free event on Sunday, April 6 from 2-4 p.m., “Kentoki: Kentucky through Jewish Eyes, 1925″ will be read. The Yiddish poem was written by I.J. Schwartz. The Louisville-based klezmer band Lost Tribe will also perform. This is in connection with KMAC’s “PRESS” exhibition as well as U of L’s Jewish Heritage Series.


‘January’ by Danielle Elise Bartley @ Day’s Espresso & Coffee

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April 5-30

‘January’ by Danielle Elise Bartley

Day’s Espresso & Coffee

1420 Bardstown Road

Opening Reception: April 5, 7 p.m.

Danielle Elise Bartley had a bad year. “I remember being barely three weeks into January, and 2013 already knocked me on my ass,” says the Western Kentucky photojournalism graduate. Her exhibit “January,” on display this month at Day’s, is all about her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. “Heartbreak and then a string of unhealthy manic relationships that always landed me in far worse situations, friends dying, so much debt, too much pride … I felt like I spent 2013 running from one bad thing and not noticing I was running right into another,” she explains. Bartley turned to her camera for comfort and began creating photos that helped her process her drama. For her, this exhibit is “like finally ending an awful chapter in a better book,” she says. “What I want people to take away from the show: Always stand back up.” —Sara Havens