Weekender: Jan. 29-30

•Guy Mendes & Ben Sollee

Saturday, Jan. 29

Carmichael’s Bookstore

2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950

Free; 4 p.m.

Photography is just one of Guy Mendes’ significant contributions to the arts. Witness his several Emmys. And look at his idea for a collection of portraiture: He offers them up in text as well as pictures. Over a long career, Mendes has been inspired by many characters, and his views of many notables are collected in the new book “40/40: 40 Years, 40 Portraits.” Among the honored subjects are some of our local heroes: Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, Ashley Judd. Also among the 40 is Ben Sollee — and he’s also going to appear at the Carmichael’s book signing on Saturday afternoon. A complimentary brace of tunes from Sollee’s cello, and the beauty of lives captured on the page by an appreciative man of vision — sounds like a great way to warm up the chill of midwinter. —T.E. Lyons

•Keep Louisville Symphonic

Saturday, Jan. 29

Ballard High School

6000 Brownboro Road

www.lomusicians.org

Free; 8 p.m.

Former Louisville Orchestra music director Uri Segal is in town Saturday night to conduct players from the symphony in a special “Keep Louisville Symphonic” concert at Ballard High. The free event, which includes such popular works as Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 5, From the New World,” Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” overture, and Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto No. 1,” is aimed at forging a community groundswell of support for a rebirth of the orchestra in Louisville. Mark Kaplan, a renowned soloist and Segal’s fellow faculty member at Indiana University, will perform the Mendelssohn violin concerto. —Bill Doolittle

•‘Gospel According to Harry Potter’

Jan. 29-30

Highland Baptist Church

1101 Cherokee Road • 451-3735

www.hbclouisville.org

Free; 7 p.m.

This might stir the cauldron for those who still think the Harry Potter series is of the devil and should be banned because it promotes witchcraft. Highland Baptist Church is hosting a weekend event that examines undercurrents in the popular novels that could be parallels of biblical themes. Professor of religious studies Edward Shirley, who teaches a course called “Christian Themes in Harry Potter” at St. Edward’s University, will be visiting from Texas and conducting lectures that explore the religious (though not exclusively Christian) themes that he argues are present in these texts. There will be community-wide lectures on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m., and Shirley will lead worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by a Harry Potter roundtable lunchtime discussion. —Jane Mattingly

10 Years of Kentucky Homefront

Sunday, Jan. 30

Clifton Center

2117 Payne St. • 896-8480

www.kentuckyhomefront.org

$10; 4 p.m.

The 10th anniversary of Kentucky Homefront’s musical radio hour takes on special meaning because the program’s most recognizable voice is fighting to stay out of the hospital gown. John Gage’s continued health issues were addressed with a benefit show last November that raised more than $10,000 for his treatment, so while he’s on the mend, the show’s throwing a party. Naturally, the live music lineup relies heavily on singer-songwriters Homefront has come to emphasize: Danny Flanigan, John Mann, Carter Wood, J.D. Shelburne, Alan Rhody, Johnny Berry and Steve Cooley (The Galoots, Hog Operation) are a few, but the celebration doubles as a tribute to Ken and Sheila Pyle, owners of Old Louisville’s alt-rock-theater-whatever headquarters Rudyard Kipling, interviewed by nu-grass pioneer Sam Bush. —Mat Herron

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