Earth Art Adventures presentations

Earth Art Adventures connects art, nature and digital photography with youths’ imagination. It’s great for youth groups, nature programs, kids camps, libraries, schools and more. Free introductory presentations are being offered on Friday, April 25 from 9-10 a.m. or Sunday, April 27 from 3-4 p.m. at 1741: A Collaboratory for Social Innovation, James Lees Presbyterian Church, 1741 Frankfort Ave. For more information, contact Mark Steiner, 897-2721,

Earth Art Adventures is a featured Community Art Experience at “The Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hootenanny” on Saturday, April 26 from 12-6 p.m. at Waterfront Park, Brown Forman Amphitheater.

Christen Boone named new Fund for the Arts president

The Fund for the Arts has announced that Christen Boone will be the new President & CEO. Current Fund President & CEO Barbara Sexton Smith will be retiring on Aug. 31, with Boone transitioning into the organization beginning on July 7.

Artist Ben Katchor exhibition, lecture and workshop

Registration is required.

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is showing “Ben Katchor: The Made World” from April 26-May 10 at the Cressman Center, 100 E. Main St. (the opening reception is from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26). Accompanying the exhibition are a lecture and workshop at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., 589-0102. Lecture: ”Halftone Printing in the Yiddish Press and Other Objects of Idol Worship” is on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. ( Workshop: Ben Katchor’s graphic narrative workshop on April 27 from 3-5 p.m. (

Weekend visual art events

The opening reception for “Demoiselle et Garcon” by Silvia Willkens and John Nation will be held on Sundnay, April 20 at Galerie Hertz, 1253 S. Preston St., 581-8277.

Wayside Expressions Gallery, Wayside Christian Mission, Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway, is having its 9th year Birthday Celebration on Sunday, April 20 from 2-4 p.m.

Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden in Utica, Indiana, is opening “Laundry Line” on Saturday, April 19. It will run through June 30.

C.J. Pressma will talk about his exhibition “Night Lights” at PYRO Gallery, 909 E. Market St., on Saturday, April 19 at noon.

Weekender: April 19


Saturday, April 19

‘Astro Block Party’

Astro Black / Fat Rabbit

1000 E. Oak St.

Free; 9 a.m.

Don’t let the weatherman fool you — spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to shake those frozen bones awake and take this party we call life to the streets. If your block isn’t popping off just yet, make your way to Astro Black/Fat Rabbit and Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge in Germantown for the Astro Block Party, which just happens to coincide with Record Store Day 2014. Peruse a bevy of new and used records and local wares while grooving to live sets (from 1 p.m. on) from Anwar Sadat, Wax Fang’s Scott Carney and Whistle Peak’s Billy Petot, along with a host of Sophomore Lounge out-of-towners. The Holy Mole food truck will be posted up there, too. Records, bands, beers, tacos — if you’ve got a better way to celebrate the season, we don’t wanna hear it. —Sam Benanti


Saturday, April 19

Greta Smith and the Egrets

New Vintage

2126 S. Preston St.

$5; 9 p.m.

You won’t have any regrets after seeing this great singer-songwriter and her backing band. Greta Smith, a fan of globe-trotting, eavesdropping and John Prine (though she happens to be younger, shorter and much more feminine), has performed for several years around town as Egret, but has lately taken the bolder step of putting her own name out front — it’s always been her with friends, and now it’s more official. Smith celebrates the release of her new album, Old Girls (the title has not been confirmed at press time as definitely referring to Dolly Parton’s chest) with compatible locals Quiet Hollers and Paso Robles’ finest, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray. It’s a smart and surprisingly sensitive night of fun for those in the early days of adulthood. —Peter Berkowitz

‘Party Animals’ @ Block Party Handmade Boutique


Through April 30

‘Party Animals’

Block Party Handmade Boutique

560 S. Fourth St.

Don’t let the name of Block Party Handmade Boutique’s latest exhibit fool you into a false sense of glitter and feeling like P. Diddy. “Party Animals” has nothing to do with the new, sans dollar sign sing-talker Kesha. It’s Old Louisville resident Amy Wiedl’s whimsical and tasteful exploration of the hidden life we all imagine animals to have. As the artist statement reads, “Behind their instinctual behavior and fight to survive, who’s to say animals aren’t planning to let loose and party a little?” There’s plenty of reason to party. The exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of Block Party Handmade Boutique, a collaborative community and retail space that currently features more than 60 local artists. —April Corbin

‘Give Peace a Chance’ @ The Muhammad Ali Center


Through May 26

‘Give Peace a Chance’

The Muhammad Ali Center

144 N. Sixth St.

Everybody’s talking about bagism, shagism, dragism, madism, ragism, tagism, this-ism, that-ism. All we are saying is give peace a chance … It may be 45 years old, but the words and message behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Give Peace a Chance” has never been more relevant. On a local level, we’ve got council members suggesting the city invest in drones. On a national level, we’ve been at war for more than a decade. Seems like we could all use a reminder about what’s best for humanity. The Muhammad Ali Center’s “Give Peace a Chance” exhibit gives us an opportunity to do so, by exploring through stories and photos the famous seven-day “bed-in” John and Yoko used to promote peace. The exhibit leads up to (and through) next month’s Abbey Road on the River festival. —April Corbin

Danica Novgorodoff @ 849 Gallery


Through May 2

Danica Novgorodoff

849 Gallery

849 S. Third St. • 618-4600

Here’s some good news for all you single people out there — apparently there’s no such thing as a lonely afterlife in China. If an unmarried person dies, it’s believed the deceased will be forlorn and possibly haunt its living family. So in a match made in heaven, two corpses get hitched so they can be, literally, together forever. This ancient tradition of “ghost marriage” has come to life in the graphic novel “The Undertaking of Lily Chen” by Danica Novgorodoff. The illustrations from the book are at the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University’s 849 Gallery. The novel tells the tale of Deshi, who, after accidentally killing his brother, must quickly find a “bride” for him. Novgorodoff traveled to the Shanxi province in 2009 and set the location of the book there. —Jo Anne Triplett

‘An Evening with Buster’ @ Frazier History Museum


April 17-18

‘An Evening with Buster’

Frazier History Museum

829 W. Main St.

$15; 7 p.m. 

Almost 153 years to the day after the Battle of Fort Sumter that kicked off the Civil War, the Frazier History Museum will hold two special screenings of the classic 1926 comedy-adventure silent film “The General,” starring the great Buster Keaton. An original score will be performed live by the local Tamerlane Ensemble, known for its fusion of bluegrass, jazz and chamber folk music. The event will have popcorn and a cash bar, and tickets will include admission to the Frazier’s special exhibition, “Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag.” Tying together these two features is Major Robert Anderson, the Louisville native and Civil War hero who fought for the Union against the Southern aggressors at Fort Sumter and helped give the American flag the meaning it holds today. Doors open at 6 p.m., so give the exhibit a look before you get your Buster on. —Joe Sonka

HNNY @ Zanzabar


Thursday, April 17



2100 S. Preston St.

$5-$7; 10 p.m.

It’s almost the weekend, honey, so let’s go shake it out with HNNY, who’s traveling all the way from Sweden just to see us (and several other American cities over the course of several weeks). Yes, Pooh, the Local Talk, Let’s Play House and Puss labels’ fav (aka Johan Cederberg) will be spinning some of the best old and new sounds he samples — you might hear something familiar or brand new, or both at once, from old instructional records to new house loops. He calls it all “soft and sweet and sexy,” so bring your girlfriends. And if you were wondering what honey he likes, he told, “There are a lot of good Swedish honey flavors, but the one I always eat is a very good one called ‘Natur Honung.’” JP Source and OK Deejays support. —Peter Berkowitz

David Grubbs @ Dreamland


Thursday, April 17

David Grubbs


810 E. Market St.

$10-$35; 7 p.m.

Is a recording of a musical performance an honest representation of the composer or performer’s intentions? Is the experience at all comparable to witnessing music’s creation in person? Did you think enjoying music would have a test? David Grubbs has written a book, “Records Ruin the Landscape,” about the conflict between music’s creators (especially from the avant-garde side) and the listeners who absorb their music, most likely these days in a different way than intended. For folks who don’t write simple pop songs, the live display of their expression can never truly be replicated (no record listener will ever see John Zorn frantically signaling his players on where to go next, for example). And now, more of it is available than ever before. Grubbs will discuss the thesis with Tim Barnes, and also play a solo set. —Peter Berkowitz

‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ @ Ekstrom Library


Thursday, April 17

‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’

Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

U of L • 2301 S. Third St.

Free; 6 p.m.

“I feel like I’m a war photographer and I’m photographing history. I’m photographing changes in history right now in terms of animal rights and where it’s going,” says photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur in the documentary “The Ghosts in Our Machine.” The film documents the plight of animals in captivity living within the “machine of our world.” Similar to “Blackfish,” which showed the awful conditions of captivated killer whales at Sea World, “Ghosts” examines the animals we often refer to as “property” — like dairy cows and captive foxes — through McArthur’s lens as part of the We Animals project. U of L’s ECOREPS, a sustainability outreach organization, and GRASS, an environmental group, hosts a screening Thursday night of “Ghosts,” followed by a panel discussion afterward. —Sara Havens

‘Surrender to Color’ @ Kore Art Gallery


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


Tuesday, April 15

Insect Factory


810 E. Market St.

$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 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


Saturday, April 12

Thunder at the Cressman’

Cressman Center

100 E. Main St. • 852-6794

$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


Saturday, April 12

Booker T. Jones

Mercury Ballroom

611 S. Fourth St. •

$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


Sunday, April 13

Lance Bangs


810 E. Market St.

$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.