Weekender – April 25-26

Scott Carney

Scott Carney

•Jamnesty @ The Lebanese Club

Saturday, April 25

The Lebanese Club
3020 River Road
$10 (suggested donation); 6 p.m.
All ages

Last year, DuPont Manual’s Jamnesty event raised $7,000 for the fight to end genocide in Darfur. Not bad for some high school kids. This year’s event will benefit Amnesty International’s “Fight Terror With Justice” campaign.

Seeing as how we’ve been saddled with Gitmo, and it’s pretty clear the world won’t forget our tortuous ways anytime soon, AI’s eye is even more relevant. Scott Carney, Dude Plays Saxophone, Grey Milk, Parents, A Mourning Rain, William Carpenter and Poetic Jay are scheduled to perform, with food provided by the Louisville Originals, a student art auction and henna tattoos, which are kinda like real tattoos, only less painful or permanent. —Mat Herron

•Fundraiser @ Jake’s Mr. G’s

Saturday, April 25

Jake’s Mr. G’s
10432 Shelbyville Road
Free; 7 p.m.

In partnership with the Wizdom Foundation, Jake’s Mr. G’s Lounge is hosting a benefit for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center Saturday night. Festivities will take place inside the East End bar and spill outside into the party tent, says Mr. G’s Tommy Craggs. Among the activities are a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and a hot-dog-eating contest. Apparently, Craggs tells me, 70 people will attempt to eat 1,000 hot dogs in three hours, and they’re collecting donations per dog. I think I’ll stick to the beer, thanks. Acoustic duo King Montague provide the soundtrack. —Sara Havens


•Lucero @ Headliners

Saturday, April 25

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
$13 (adv.); $15 (doors); 9 p.m.

By, from and for the city of Memphis, Lucero’s newest album, and first for Universal, is horny as hell and proud of it. Produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, Bouncing Souls), the as-yet-untitled follow-up to Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers found its gestation at Ardent Studios, an overflow studio for legendary Stax. “He’s a little English man — he makes fun of our accents, we make fun of his accent. It was exciting,” guitarist Brian Venable says of their fearless leader. Anticipate a fall release for this Memphis soul record, full of backup singers. “It’s kind of us, with a twist.” Titus Andronicus opens. —Mat Herron


•”A Sense of Wonder” @ Foxhollow

Saturday, April 25

Foxhollow Farm Center
8905 Hwy. 329, Crestwood, Ky.
Free (cash bar); 6:30-9 p.m.

“Silent Spring” is the environmentalist’s equivalent to “The Jungle,” Upton Sinclair’s classic indictment of the American meatpacking industry. Biologist and writer Rachel Carson’s 1962 book documented the deleterious effects of pesticides (especially DDT) on the environment — and shook the world by its collar in the process, prompting a torrent of criticism from the chemical industry, government officials and agribusiness. “A Sense of Wonder” is a 55-minute documentary-style film that purports to follow Carson through the last year of her life — which she lost to cancer in 1964. The film, currently on a 150-city tour, stops in Louisville courtesy of Slow Food Bluegrass and Foxhollow Farm. While a few might cringe from the film’s utter earnestness, Carson’s message still resonates. —Stephen George


•Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

April 25-26

Cherokee Parkway (b/t Willow Ave. & Cherokee Road)
Free; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.)

The weekend before Derby is upon us, which means it’s time to: a) stock the bar; b) shop for hats; and c) attend the annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. Now in its 38th year, the pre-Derby tradition features 220 artists, selling wares ranging from funky jewelry and hand-carved wooden walking sticks to modern sculptures and unconventional yard art that’s sure to peeve your uptight neighbors.

This intimate festival also offers a variety of food, adult beverages, a plant booth and ample entertainment including live music, dancing and a children’s activity tent. While the Cherokee Triangle Association wants to welcome everyone to the neighborhood, this year’s art fair will be a pet-free zone, so leave the mutts at home. —Sarah Kelley


•”Chronicles of a Dark Age” @ Quonset Hut

Sunday, April 26

Quonset Hut
599 Rubel Ave.
Free; 2-4 p.m.

Bruce Linn is not optimistic about our lives today. The Bush years practically did him in, and this exhibition “reflects the catastrophes of a new century,” he says.

“So far, many of the events of the 21st century have done little to inspire a sense of progress. From the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to the ‘long, hard slog’ in Iraq, the misery of Hurricane Katrina and, finally, the current financial collapse — the euphoria and optimism that followed the fall of the Soviet Union has all but evaporated.”

Most of these works have not been displayed in Louisville before. So for one day only, Linn is not holding back — he’s telling us what he’s really thinking. —Jo Anne Triplett  


•Emerson String Quartet @ Comstock Hall

Sunday, April 26

Comstock Hall, U of L
$25 ($5 students); 3 p.m.

First-time audiences of the Emerson String Quartet are immediately struck that the group plays standing up. At least violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, and violist Lawrence Dutton stand, while cellist David Finckel is seated on a riser at playing level with his fellows. But today, after a 30-year run to the very top of the world’s chamber music ensemble elite, critics seldom even mention the Emerson’s upright bowings. Yet the stand-up style certainly adds drama to the group’s sound. Check out the electricity in the YouTube video: “Emerson String Quartet Shostakovich Qtet No. 3, III.” You’ll see. Sunday the Emerson appears at Comstock Hall in the final concert of the 2009 Chamber Music Society series, performing the “Shostakovich Quartet No. 12,” a work by Webern, and quartets by Prokofiev and Dvorak. —Bill Doolittle


•Merle Bachman & more @ Carmichael’s

Sunday, April 26

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Free; 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Carmichael’s Bookstore will be celebrating recent publications of three local poets who have achieved national recognition. Merle Bachman, professor of English and director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in creative writing at Spalding University, has previously published works on the history of Yiddish literature. Her new collection of poems, from which she will be reading, is called “Diorama with Fleeing Figures.” Joining her for the reading and signing will be local poet and venerated teacher Maureen Moorehead, whose book “A Sense of Time Left” was published by The Larkspur Press in 2003, and Louisville native Regina Buccola, author of the just-published collection “Conjuring.” Regina is a professor of English at Roosevelt University outside Chicago. —Mary Welp


Front Porch Reunion @ The Vernon Club

Sunday, April 26

The Vernon Club
1575 Story Ave.
$10; 4 p.m.

 Support local musicians! The goal of the Kentucky Homefront “Front Porch Reunion” is to raise funds to ensure that the vital work of Kentucky Homefront continues, and that local artists benefit from exposure to a wider audience via radio. The show is broadcast on WFPK-FM Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. Johnny Berry, Brigid Kaelin, Leigh Ann Yost, Heidi Howe, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, The Stray Cat Blues Band and Another Mule will be contributing performances in support. In addition to the music, there’s a raffle for items donated by local businesses. All proceeds go to help cover the cost of operation for Kentucky Homefront. —Jonathan Ashley


•Daniel Higgs @ Lisa’s

Sunday, April 26

Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge
1004 E. Oak St.
$5; 10 p.m.

Daniel Higgs does not have a publicist, manager, booking agent, website, MySpace page or Facebook profile. He does have a singular approach to the song that is so unique and intensely beautiful that few musicians alive today can match its power. And he achieves this with only his voice, a long-necked banjo and, occasionally, a jaw harp. The Baltimore-based Higgs has been performing since his band Reptile House formed in the 1980s, and for the past two decades he’s been the frontman for Dischord recording artists Lungfish (currently on an unofficial hiatus). His solo material is similar to Lungfish in its locomotive strength of punk rock propulsion. —Joel Hunt







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