Weekender: Aug. 28-29

Louisville Zombie Attack

Sunday, Aug. 29

Bearno’s Pizza

1318 Bardstown Road

Free; 8:29 p.m.

Beware Highlands residents and passers-by — the zombies are coming, and they’re hungry … for pizza. Zombie Attack 2010 is going down Sunday at 8:29 p.m., and Bearno’s Highlands is ground zero for the bloodied and butchered undead marchers. They’re trying to break a world record this year, so ditch your Sunday best and splash on some fake blood. Meet-ups are at the parking lots of the Back Door and Objects of Desire. Groups will then slither, stumble and moan their way to Bearno’s. There’ll be awards for best “king and queen zombie,” “hot zombie” and “gross zombie.” Also, check out the Zombie Attack Movie Night on Saturday at Bearno’s, which will feature “Dead Snow” and “Dawn of the Dead” (free, 8 p.m.). —Sara Havens

Grand opening party

Saturday, Aug. 28

Second Story Books/Bananas

2004/2002 Highland Ave. • 744-8812

Free; 3-6 p.m.

Books have always been a passion for Jon Ashley, former LEO columnist and a regular in the Louisville music scene. So it’s a natural step that he’s opening his own bookstore, Second Story Books, modeled closely on the defunct Twice Told Books. “Since the closing of Twice Told, there is no longer a bookstore in Louisville that offers both obscure and mainstream literature and nonfiction at reasonable prices or rare, first-editions,” he says. “The torch has now unofficially been passed on for us to fill those demands and give eccentrics and bibliophiles a place to come, meet and have profound discussions.” Saturday afternoon marks the official grand opening of Second Story; they’re partnering with next-door neighbor Bananas, a new vintage store, for the party. There’ll be drinks, music, art and lots of discussion. —Sara Havens

‘An Irresistible History’

Saturday, Aug. 28

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Springhurst Center

9430 Brownsboro Road • 327-0651

Free; 7 p.m.

After 140 years, Graeter’s still is making ice cream in those silly little French pots, two gallons at a time, day after day. Shouldn’t someone introduce them to the marvels of modern mass production? Well, it’s not going to be me. You can see why theirs is an admirable family business in History Press’ new volume “Graeter’s Ice Cream: An Irresistible History.” Author Robin Davis Heigel will be giving a weekend reading — not in a bookstore, but at the Graeter’s in Springhurst Center. Louis Graeter started the business in Cincinnati but then left it in a brother’s hands for decades. Louis’ much-younger widow eventually carried on, developing a legacy with generations of sibling entrepreneurs who maintain just the right amount of creative, productive friction. Purchase the book at the reading and you get a free cone. If you can’t make up your mind, allow me to recommend Chocolate Coconut Almond Fudge. —T.E. Lyons

•Jenn Franklin

Saturday, Aug. 28

Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Ave. • 582-2433


$5; 9 p.m.

By now, it seems like Jenn Franklin’s never left the stage. Growing up in rural Kansas, she was singing in cover bands at age 12. But it was her relocation to Nashville and collaboration with Berklee College of Music alum Peter Overton for the six-song EP Errors and Admissions that landed Franklin two placements on MTV’s “The Real World.” The right connections continued to fall in line, as Franklin met up with The New Dylans’ Jim Reilley and a backing band featuring ex-Wilco member Ken Coomer and Charlie Chadwick (of Steve Earle’s band). Her newest, Girl Invisible, puts Franklin’s voice front and center, behind tasteful rock accompaniment (see: Bareilles, McLachlan). Marie McGilvray, Justin Lewis and Alanna Fugate also perform. —Mat Herron

•‘Model Homes and Habitats’

Aug. 28-Oct. 18

Bernheim Forest

Clermont, Ky. • 955-8512


No, this isn’t about trailer parks. “Model Homes and Habitats” is an art exhibit that focuses on the welfare of our winged wildlife, with the purpose of encouraging “creative resettlement of species in neighborhoods that would otherwise be devoid of natural habitats or shelter,” as noted by exhibit curator Brad White. In this exhibit, a number of local contemporary artists have created “functional art for manicured suburban yards” — in other words, birdhouses. But they’re really cool birdhouses. The list of contributing artists includes Joe Autry, Thomas Wilson, Lewis Meyer, Billy Hertz and David Bibelhauser. The collection will be exhibited through Oct. 18 at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. On opening night, Aug. 28, there will be live music, food and beer from 6-10 p.m. at the Sunset Amphitheatre. —Kevin Gibson

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