Weekender: April 23-24

•Mighty Kindness Hootenanny

Saturday, April 23

Louisville Nature Center

3745 Illinois Ave.

www.mightykindness.org

Free; noon-5 p.m.

“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life,” wrote noted astronomer, writer and cannabis advocate Carl Sagan. “There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.” In this spirit of “loving the one (planet) you’re with,” the fourth annual Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hootenanny will celebrate our very own pale blue dot — complete with music, a plethora of local vendors and environmental justice groups and, if the weather permits, the simple pleasure of sunshine. —Jonathan Meador

•Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band

Saturday, April 23

VFW Post 2921

2902 S. Seventh St.

$5; 9 p.m.

Lord have mercy: The Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band is back at it again, and this time it is hell-bent on bringing us closer to God with an Easter Eve Extravaganza Saturday at VFW Post 2921 on South Seventh Street. The ensemble features a number of Louisville musicians collaborating to make a joyful noise, with members hailing from bands such as Gladstone, Fire the Saddle, Yardsale, The Smacks!, and more. There will be rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, some country twang and plenty of old-time gospel music for you and yours. By the way, the band can’t guarantee that attending the show will necessarily gain you entry through the pearly gates one day … but it sure can’t hurt. —Kevin Gibson

•Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade

Saturday, April 23

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

2822 Frankfort Ave.

Free; 11:45 a.m.

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) is pleased to host the 19th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade on Saturday, April 23. The parade begins at 11:45am in front of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue, and will travel from Kennedy to Haldeman Avenue bringing free candy and Easter cheer to thousands of onlookers. The parade includes the Shriner’s, antique cars, Hwang’s Martial Arts, the Black Cat Jazz Band, Talking Police Cars, the Bubble Truck, the Mounted Sherrif’s Posse, local dance teams and homemade floats of all kinds. This year’s Grand Marshal, long time volunteer and neighborhood comrade Gene Heustis, will be escorted through the parade in a carriage alongside the Easter Bunny. This event is free and welcomes families, children and pets to participate, and everyone is encouraged to dress in costume and bring their Easter baskets to be filled with free candy.

•Four Shillings Short

Saturday, April 23

The Bard’s Town

1801 Bardstown Road

749-5275

www.thebardstown.com

Donation; 7 p.m.

The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short return to Indiana after two years of touring the West Coast, Rockies & Ireland. Their 2011-12 tour will take the forever-traveling bards from California to Maine and from Florida to Minnesota. Described recently as “One of the most unique, eclectic and fascinating acts out there” by the New Times in San Luis Obispo, CA, they are a musical experience not to be missed.

•Fierce Fitness By Design Kosair Benefit

Saturday, April 23

Baxter Jacks

$5 donation

Saturday April 23rd, stop by Baxter Jacks located in the Highlands to have lots of fun and for great chances to win some great prizes! 4 hour event – the bar will be open for drinks – stop by to play in the sand or for your chance to win great prizes! Sponsored by Fierce Fitness By Design, Baxter Jacks, and other great sponsors! $5 suggested door donation, 100% of the proceeds go to Kosair Charities – With every $5 donation you recieve an entry for the door prize of a limited edition UK final four basketball! Also helping out, Make a Wish Foundation.

•Hip-Hop Dance Showcase

Saturday, April 23

Manuel High School Auditorium

120 W. Lee St. • 572-9169

$10 adv., $15 door; 3 p.m.

Fierce Ent./F3 Presents I am Hip Hop Dance Showcase – ”A show guaranteed to bring some of the hardest hitting moves and innovative Hip Hop Choreo.”

•Lightning Bolt

Sunday, April 24

Cahoots

1047 Bardstown Road • 454-6687

$5; 9 p.m.

Cahoots has seen its share of down, dirty and painfully real adventures throughout its many years and various identities. It hasn’t been known as an active concert venue for most of the recent past, but occasionally a bill will suddenly appear, as if squeezed out of the dampest used bathroom towels — and this might be the best one to date. Hide your kids, hide your wives — Lightning Bolt is not just a band, they’re a force of nature. The avant-punks from the artsy state of Rhode Island have been perfecting their act for almost as long as Wayne Newton — who’s harder to stomach is simply a matter of taste. Dress comfortably and be prepared to be a part of the show. It’s the type of music best seen live, in the moment, so take advantage of this surprising opportunity. Up-and-coming heavy hitters Straight A’s and Natives represent the locals. —Peter Berkowitz

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