Weekender: Aug. 22-23


•Sweet Heat Party

Saturday, Aug. 22

Fierce Studio
1806 Frankfort Ave.
Free; 9 p.m.

When Fleurdelez.com founder Scheri Smith sent out a call seeking names for the lesbian website’s summer party and benefit for the Fairness Campaign, I was quick to fire back a few suggestions, with the help of some coworkers. Apparently “Bitches in Heat” was a little too crass, but the Sweet Heat Party on Saturday promises to be all that and more. With a cash bar and a solid sound system, expect dancing, mingling, bonding and possibly even a few spontaneous Down Dogs in the space of Clifton’s newest yoga studio.

“Sweet Heat is a party designed to bring women in the community together,” Smith says. “We want folks to come out, make new friends, and maybe even cut a rug. We’re about family, community and fun.” —Sara Havens


•Ride for Awareness

Saturday, Aug. 22

Waterfront Park (Yellow Parking Lot)
Free; 8 a.m. (sign-in)

Earlier this month, while competing in a local triathlon, Louisville native John Carr was struck by a car and killed. In his honor, Republic Bank has established an education trust for the Carr children and is also sponsoring, along with the Louisville Bicycle Club and Commonwealth Bank of Lexington, “John’s Ride for Awareness,” a bicycle ride to promote a message of cycling safety in the Louisville area.

The event will be an expansion of the Louisville Bicycle Club’s weekly “Slow and Easy” ride, which takes cyclists on a 17-mile ride over relatively flat terrain through downtown Louisville. Those attending will also have a chance to donate to Teach Kentucky, a nonprofit organization that encourages top college graduates across the country to teach in the state. —Dennis O’Neil




•Ragin’ Cajun on the Bayou

Saturday, Aug. 22

Louisville Visual Art Association
3005 River Road
$35 (members), $45; 8 p.m.-midnight

The Louisville Visual Art Association is going south for its fundraiser on Saturday — conjuring up the spirits and traditions that make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind city. The ticket price includes Cajun food by J. Gumbo’s, beer by Bluegrass Brewing Company, wine, hurricanes, New Orleans pralines and live Zydeco music by Langiappe, which includes six members who sing in French.

All proceeds benefit LVAA’s community outreach and education programs, including Open Doors, children’s fine art classes and the micro-loan program for Jefferson County artists.  Sara Havens


•Steve Ferguson

Sunday, Aug. 23

Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar
230 E. Main St.
$5 suggested donation; 5 p.m.

This is what people talk about when they say the end of an era. In what will be most likely his last public performance, Steve Ferguson, founding member of NRBQ, will take the stage at Stevie Ray’s one last time with a few close friends and musicians who have known and respected him for decades.

Ferguson developed small cell lung cancer in 2008. Every time he picks up a guitar, he personifies the power of the human spirit. Though Ferguson has health insurance, it does not cover the cost of his myriad medical treatments, so the $5 you drop becomes that much more critical. —Mat Herron


•The History of the Future

Sunday, Aug. 23

Unity of Louisville
757 S. Brook St.
Free; 1 p.m.

A documentary film by Michael Kessler. Explore the new reality paradigm of Albert Einstein and Buckminster Fuller.


•‘Sanctuary’ by Carolyn Kallenborn

Aug. 23-Oct. 13.

Patio Gallery
Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane

Oaxaca, Mexico must be a beautiful, spiritual place. Fiber artist Carolyn Kallenborn certainly thinks so. The altars she visited there, composed of artifacts and mementos left by previous visitors, were the inspiration for her works in “Sanctuary.”

“The pieces in this show are infused with my own thoughts, sentiments and hopes,” she says. “Each of the small bits of glass, beads, metal or cloth are chosen and placed to reflect the specific emotion or desire expressed within the piece. The time and the attention in attaching each individual object becomes a meditation for me.”

The opening reception is on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 2-4 p.m. Kallenborn will give a gallery talk after the reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett   

One Comment

  1. Marion Hambrick
    Posted August 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting about John’s Ride for Awareness. We had 180 cyclists sign in, and others joined the ride along the way. The Carr family was touched by the outpouring of support from our community. Thanks for getting the word out there! Marion

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