Weekender: July 17-18

Lebowski Fest

July 16-17
Executive Strike & Spare
911 Phillips Lane • 368-1651
$10-$20; various times

You said it, man: Robes, jellies and bowlers of the world are about to converge in Lebowski’s adopted hometown.

The bluesy stomp left over from last year’s Black Diamond Heavies show gives way to the alt-countrified Felice Brothers. BBC called The Felice Brothers’ Yonder is the Clock 2009’s best country album, and their show — part backwoods hoedown, part life reflection — pairs well with opener Thomas A. Minor & The Picket Line (Friday, 8 p.m.). The following day, bluegrassers Iron Horse do for Metallica and Black Sabbath what The Gourds did for Snoop Dogg (Saturday, 4 p.m.). For a full weekend of Dude, a limited number of passes to both the Garden Party and Bowling Party are $30 (cash-only) at WHY Louisville. —Mat Herron

Hitchcock Movie Series

July 16-Aug. 28
The Palace Theatre
625 S. Fourth St.
$5 (per film), $42 (pass); various times

Have you ever wanted to watch 14 of the best films in history, in the best room in the city? Good. You’ll be happy to know the Palace Theatre is launching its annual Classic Movie Series this weekend, the sole focus on Alfred Hitchcock. It starts Friday with a screening of “The 39 Steps” (1935), followed on Saturday by “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). The series will feature two classic Hitchcock films every weekend for the next seven weeks, wrapping up with “Psycho” (1960) on Aug. 27 and “The Birds” (1963) on Aug. 28. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are $5. Check out descriptions of all the films in this year’s series at www.leoweekly.com. —Brent Owen

5 Weeks for Freedom

Saturday, July 17
Muhammad Ali Center
144 N. Sixth St. • 992-5329
Free; 10:30 a.m.

For a crime that’s been outlawed in this country for more than 150 years, slavery is still a booming business. That’s why 15 intrepid cyclists are biking the 1,800-mile route forged by the original Underground Railroad to raise awareness of the plight of trafficked men, women and children who pass through Louisville, Cincinnati and beyond. The cyclists will arrive from Elizabethtown at 1 p.m. Saturday for an informative respite at the Ali Center, where you can learn more about modern-day slavery — and what you can do to help — from the event’s organizers, the International Justice Mission, and members of Louisville’s Catholic Charities. Also on hand will be recording artist Enric Sifa, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Free food will be provided at the event. —Jonathan Meador

Astronomy at the Falls

Saturday, July 17
Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville • 812-280-8689
$2; 7 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to really see what’s behind the clouds, here’s your chance. The Louisville Astronomical Society’s Sidewalk Astronomers will set up their telescopes at the Falls of the Ohio Saturday night to give visitors safe, filtered views of the setting sun, the stars and the planets.

This viewing will enable visitors to catch a glimpse of sunspots, craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn, an up-close look at Venus, and much more. Clear your calendar and hope for a clear sky (if it’s overcast, the event will be cancelled). —Whitney Spencer

Yardsale’s Final Show

Saturday, July 17
Vernon Club
1575 Story Ave. • 568-3280
$9; 9 p.m.

Yardsale, Louisville’s self-proclaimed “second most rootin’-est, tootin’-est band,” will be hanging up its boots and spurs following a final hurrah Saturday at the Vernon. Several of the band’s members will be moving on to other endeavors that will take them out of the area, bringing Yardsale’s seven-year run to a halt. The band’s most recent album, Knock Alley West, and its Exile-era Stones vibe got great press and actually found some fans in the U.K. and the Netherlands (huh?) this year, but the final roundup has unfortunately arrived. So expect a classic high-energy Yardsale show, along with sets by the Young Republic and the Avery Set, and possibly a surprise or two. Oh, and since it is Yardsale’s farewell show, naturally you get a discounted admission of just 6 bucks if you dress like a robot. That’s right, a robot. Why do you look so surprised? So long, Yardsale. Happy trails. You will be missed. —Kevin Gibson


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