The Baseball Project @ Zanzabar


Tuesday, Aug. 5

The Baseball Project


2100 S. Preston St.

$15; 9 p.m.

If you turn on any sports television news programming today, regardless of what time of year it is, odds are the topic will be football. But this nation’s current obsession with football is SP_TheBaseballProjectnot indicative of the United States’ history of baseball love. America’s pastime is ripe with characters and events that the Baseball Project wants to bring to music. The band, composed of members of R.E.M., The Minus 5, The Dream Syndicate and Young Fresh Fellows, doesn’t have some ironic hipster name; they write songs about baseball. Their new record, 3rd, includes songs about players ranging from Dock Ellis to Alex Rodriguez to Babe Ruth and is backed by music that feels like it wouldn’t sound out of place on a ’90s college radio station. New York’s Hollis Brown opens. —Ian Ording

The Casket Girls @ Zanzabar



Monday, Aug. 4

The Casket Girls


2100 S. Preston St.

$8-$10; 9 p.m.

While writing their sophomore album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, composer-producer Ryan Graveface dropped off music at the home of the Greene sisters. After failed attempts to SP_TheCasketGirlsphone, Graveface stumbled in on the girls’ interesting writing process: “I walked in and Elsa was sobbing and reciting poetry while Phaedra was just staring straight ahead writing it all down, like catatonic.” I know, Phaedra’s kind of a creepy name. The result was catchy, ethereal harmonies resting somewhere between sobbing and catatonic, backed by lush electronic pop. Opening for the Savannah, Ga., trio is label-mate Dreamend, whose newest release is the second in a series of concept albums chronicling the life of a serial killer. I know, Savannah surprised me, too. —Matthew Adams

Louisville Fresh Festival @ Belvedere


Sunday, Aug. 3

Louisville Fresh Festival


$30+; 6 p.m.

Dust off your fisherman’s hat and Adidas track suit (satin or velour, your choice), Fresh Fest is back for a second round. The shockingly ageless Big Daddy Kane headlines this go-round, with MC Lyte and EPMD filling out the card. For some reason, the Ying Yang Twins are also scheduled to appear, but don’t let that be a deterrent on what is otherwise a solid lineup of SP_FreshFest_MC_Lytegolden-era hip-hop. Again at the Belvedere, last year’s event had Naughty by Nature, Dana Dane and others; while this year’s Fest has fewer performers, the quality is a definite step up. Kane is a top-notch performer still, though his output of new material, like Lyte, has slowed to a trickle. His soul band Las Supper released its debut last year. EPMD, when they’re getting along, are still making quality releases, including 2008’s We Mean Business. —Damien McPherson

‘Reminiscence’ by Rita Cameron @ Hotel Louisville


Aug. 1-Sept. 2

‘Reminiscence’ by Rita Cameron

Hotel Louisville

120 W. Broadway

In Louisville, the word “Wayside” is tied with community service and support. The Wayside Expression Gallery, Wayside Christian Mission’s nonprofit gallery, is no different. Its give-SP_RitaCameron_Penningtonback mission is what drew in artist Rita Cameron, who will be exhibiting a line of Expressionistic and Romantic oil paintings this month. Cameron, who started making and exhibiting art in 1990, finds inspiration in things around her — experiences, landscapes, people and places. “This series of paintings is of places I’ve been, memories I’ve shared throughout the years that have remained with me, now coming to light in my paintings,” she says. The exhibition will be celebrated twice: first at the grand opening celebration Friday from 5-8 p.m., and again Aug. 17 from 2-4 p.m. As with all art shows at the gallery, 20 percent of each sale will go to Wayside Christian Mission. —Olivia Krauth

‘New Work’ by Shayne Hull @ Swanson Contemporary


Aug. 1-31

‘New Work’ by Shayne Hull

Swanson Contemporary

638 E. Market St. • 589-5466

Shayne Hull is an artistic treasure around these parts. After a career spanning 25+ years (“rarely slowing down or taking a break,” he says), he took a three-year sabbatical fromSP_ShayneHull_FrontierMedicine art. I’m happy to report his paintings and sculptures are back on display at Swanson Contemporary. Hull says he’s “returned to making small, humorous sculptural assemblages and figures … 60 of which are featured in the exhibit. (I’m) still doing what (I do), making somewhat exaggerated, odd images of faces, though a strain of dark humor may be playing an increased role with the new works. But (I) always maintain that (my) work is meant to be lighthearted and fun, simply something people might enjoy looking at.” The opening reception is Friday from 6-9 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett

‘Art Show from the Underbelly’ @ ART.FM


Aug. 1-31

‘Art Show from the Underbelly’


829 E. Market St.

Despite graffiti and street art being pastimes the majority of people aren’t associated with, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t at least somewhat familiar with the work of Banksy. Louisville hosts its own prolific tagger who couldn’t be identified until last year, when police say Philip Rodriguez admitted to being the man behind the bRRR tags across the SP_Brrr_Onecity. This came after he was arrested for stealing shirts from Regalo bearing images of the tag he sprayed on their building, claiming he had rights over that art. Starting Friday, bRRR will curate an art show featuring notable street and graffiti artists. The works of Dronex Inc., Hello Mona, Visual Crimes and Game will join pieces by bRRR himself. A reception will be hosted at the ART.FM studio on Aug. 1 from 6-11 p.m. —Ian Ording

‘Jawesome!’ @ Block Party Handmade Boutique


Aug. 1-31


Block Party Handmade Boutique

560 S. Fourth St.

Opening Reception: Aug. 1, 5:30 p.m.

When owner Mary Levinsky first opened Block Party last year, she was excited to plan specific themes for each month. For August, the gallery will celebrate the release of “Sharknado 2” SP_Jawsome_TigerSharksStorm_bySadlyHarmlesswith a shark-themed exhibition. In accordance, there will be a bartender and DJ offering tropical cocktails and music, respectively, I hope. Guests are also urged to wear Hawaiian shirts. The work will be provided by a lineup of local artists in an array of media. As if they didn’t even see the first movie, the artists seem to be keen on actually helping the sharks. “Sharks are our friends, and that’s why we will be donating a portion of our art sales to help shark conservation,” says Levinsky. The opening is part of the First Friday Trolley Hop. Hold on, the show is in celebration of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” That makes so much more sense. —Matthew Adams

‘Roast of Spider-Man’ @ The Bard’s Town



Aug. 1-2, 8-9

‘Roast of Spider-Man’

The Bard’s Town

1801 Bardstown Road

$10-$15; 10 p.m.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man … does whatever a spider can. That is, unless that radioactive spider can handle a roast from some of Louisville’s best and most vitriolic comedians. Peter Parker SP_RoastOfSpiderman_byMarkParrisand his superhero counterpart have been chosen as the target for the Young, Dumb and Full of Comedy troupe’s next show in their ongoing Celebrity Roast series. The shows are always so packed that, for the first time, they will be extending the run to two weeks. “The Roast of Spider-Man” will also run in conjunction with The Bard’s Town fourth anniversary celebration. Besides roasting Spider-Man, they will have Drunk & Sailor Pirate Sing-a-Long, a Damaged Goods Improv show, and Jake Parker Band all joining in the 11-day festivities. —Brent Owen

Jerry Douglas @ Kentucky Country Day Theater


Friday, Aug. 1

Jerry Douglas

Kentucky Country Day Theater

4100 Springdale Road

$25-$35; 8 p.m.

Louisville’s East End will welcome one of country and acoustic roots music’s most prolific and lauded musicians. Jerry Douglas, recipient of 13 Grammy awards and three-time CMA SP_JerryDouglas_byJimMcGuireMusician of the Year, will bring his plucking to the stage of the Kentucky Country Day Theater on Friday. Douglas has performed as a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, put out 13 solo albums, and also contributed to hundreds of records by the likes of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Dolly Parton, to name a scant few. The Warren, Ohio, native is famous for his use of the Dobro guitar, a style of guitar using a metal resonator on its face. Get out to KCD and see a living legend. —Ian Ording

AnimeCon @ Louisville Free Public Library


Friday, Aug. 1


Louisville Free Public Library

301 York St. • 574-1724

Free; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The end of summer is nigh, which means teenagers need to rake in those good times before they are consumed by mounds of algebra homework. One opportunity to do so happens this SP_AnimeFest_IMG0436weekend at AnimeCon, a daylong celebration of Asian culture and Japanese-style animation. The annual event is part of Louisville Free Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program and will feature a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, a Zen Garden and a Ramen Noodle eating contest. The Cardinal K-Pop Dance Team and Crescent Moon Dancers will also perform, with the latter showcasing traditional dances from Uzbekistan. Dress-up is encouraged but not required, as there will be a cosplay contest. —April Corbin

Aug. 1 First Friday Trolley Hop

The First Friday Trolley Hop is on the first Friday of the month, Aug. 1. Explore the art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants along East & West Main & Market Streets from 5-11 p.m. Hop on and off the free trolley.

Block Party Handmade Boutique, 560 S. Fourth St., 589-1133, is showing “Jawsone!” during the month of August. The opening is Friday, Aug. 1 from 5:30-10 p.m.

Mixed media glass by Michael Amis is showing at Flame Run, 584-5353, 815 W. Market St., from Aug. 1-Sept. 27. The opening reception is during First Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

“Preaching to the Converted,” photography by Bill Pusztai, is showing at garner narrative, 641-8086, 642 E. Market St., from Aug. 1-Sept. 26. The reception is Friday, Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m..

Call for art III

Sojourn Community Church, 1207 S. Shelby St., is hosting an Affordable Art Show during their 2014 Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12-4 p.m. It’s open to all artists and crafters. All art and crafts must be for sale and for $300 or less. Because this is part of a family-friendly event, some content may not be appropriate. 10×10′ outdoor booth spaces will be assigned based on the best entries. There is no entry fee. The selection process will be led by Sojourn Arts & Culture director Michael Winters. We won’t be accepting submissions for booths unrelated to art or craft.

Enter at Deadline: Aug. 24 at midnight. If your work is accepted, you will be emailed by Aug. 28 with full details. Artists must be present during the event to sell their own work. Artists are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, and tents.

Street Rod Nationals @ Kentucky Fair & Expo Center


July 31-Aug. 3

Street Rod Nationals

Kentucky Fair & Expo Center

937 Phillips Lane

$15; various times

They’re back! Thousands of vintage cars and pumped-up street rods will roam around Louisville this weekend. For the 17th year, the Derby City will host the National Street Rod SP_StreetRods_nsra02Association’s Street Rod Nationals Plus. An estimated 15,000 cars will be on display for car lovers to observe and enjoy. With some valued at around $150,000, nearly every kind of automobile — both new and old — will be on display. Car-related festivities include auto-parts swapping and a trade show. For those who are not car fans, there’s an arts and crafts fair, as well as live music Friday and Saturday. Can’t make it this year? That’s fine — Louisville will play host to the event through 2020. —Olivia Krauth

Little Tybee @ Zanzabar


Thursday, July 31

Little Tybee


2100 S. Preston St.

$5; 9 p.m.

It’s no wonder that Little Tybee takes its name from the island off the Georgia coast. Starting in Savannah, Ga., and now based out of Atlanta, the six-person band has been all over the SP_LittleTybeePeach State. Now touring areas outside of Georgia (you know, like the whole country), Little Tybee just released their third album, For Distant Viewing. Made up of five guys and one girl, the folk-rock group makes it seems as if “each member seem equally imperative to, and inseparable from, the music they create.” Using a mix of acoustic guitar, violin and slightly more techno elements, the band blends the heart of folk and the edge of rock. —Olivia Krauth

Sharon LaRue is the new director at KFW

The Board of the Kentucky Foundation for Women has named Sharon LaRue as the new Executive Director effective August 6, 2014.

‘KMAC Couture: Highlights from 2014′ @ Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft


Through Sept. 21

‘KMAC Couture: Highlights from 2014’

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

715 W. Main St. • 589-0102

A dress made out of bike tires and clasps? Cardboard craft paper fashioned into a Flamenco-style dress? A vest and skirt crafted out of rubber drawer liners and key rings? RecycledSP_KMAC_couture2014_Heinsohn3 items, made with an ingenuity that would make “Project Runway” proud, are on display in “KMAC Couture.” The mini-exhibition showcases some of the fashionable work by the 29 regional artists who walked the runway on April 11. The wearable art fundraiser features “clothes” based on originality, concept and creativity. Photographs of all the designs are included in the exhibition. One of the most wearable pieces on display is Megan Heinsohn’s “Bourbon Barrel Food Label” sleeveless dress. Above the full skirt is a waistband that reads, “Eat Your Bourbon.” I think it’s destined to become a Kentucky state costume. —Jo Anne Triplett

Call for art II

Kaviar Forge & Gallery is currently accepting submissions from Kentucky abstract artists for the upcoming exhibition “Abstract in Kentucky” which will run from Oct. 31-Jan. 3. Artists are welcome to submit up to three images (JPEGS preferred) at no cost by email to or by mail addressed to Kayla Bischoff, Kaviar Forge & Gallery, 1718 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY, 40206. Submission deadline is Sept. 13.

Please include the artist’s name, phone number, email address and physical address. Also include the title of each work along with the medium and technique and most importantly the retail price. Please keep in mind that the Kaviar Gallery takes a 50% commission.

Questions? Reach them Thursday & Friday 12-6, Saturday 12-4 at 502-561-0377 or by email at

News on the recent death of artist Eugene Thomas

Artist Eugene Thomas passed away on Monday, July 28. He is survived by his wife, artist C. J. Fletcher-Thomas. Visitation is on Thursday, July 31 at A. D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St. from 5-7 p.m.


“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” at Gallery 104

Gallery 104, 502-222-3822, 104 E. Main St. in La Grange, is showing “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” photography exhibition through Aug. 16.

Historical Dainty Contest @ Hauck’s Handy Store


Monday, July 28

Historical Dainty Contest

Hauck’s Handy Store

1000 Goss Ave.

Free; 5-10 p.m.

Before you go any further into this staffpick: This contest has nothing to do with being dainty like a handkerchief. Instead, it is a physical competition, and the “dainty” is a noun, not an adjective. Here’s what happens: A small stick lays on the ground and is hit by a longer stick held by the participant. The stick then bounces into the air, and the participant tries to hit SP_Dainty_DSC_0986it. The person who hits it the farthest wins. While it sounds confusing and looks difficult, the contest is popular enough to be returning for its 44th year. Participants must be at least 45, and winner gets bragging rights for the full calendar year. If you are too young or uncoordinated to participate, check out the inaugural Dainty Festival — food, vendors and live music that coincide with the competition. —Olivia Krauth