Weekender July 23-24

Saturday July 23


The Barrel Room @ Butchertown Pointe

1205 E. Washington St.


Free; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Digital design agency Forest Giant is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday with a one-day exhibit entitled “Giants.” Curator Ty Kreft explains: “The anniversary celebration is a way to sort of announce to the public who we are and what we’re doing, and to thank our clients and colleagues for being a part of it.” For the celebration, they asked 30 local artists to create original pieces expressing what they each think a “forest giant” is. “The work we do and the environment we work in is very collaborative, and we like to draw upon all the creative talent that exists in Louisville,” Kreft says. “We wanted to see what our artist friends and family would make of (the giant), what they see in their imaginations when they think of what a forest giant is.” And with works ranging from collages of 1950s advertisements to bold graphic prints and kooky illustrations, it promises to be a wonderfully eclectic showing. —Jennifer Harlan

Saturday, July 23

Fairness Over Louisville

The SkyLoft

888 W. Market St.


$20 suggested donation; 8 p.m.

With the mayor’s recent announcement that the city of Louisville is extending equal health-insurance benefits to Metro LGBT employees and their partners, there should be plenty to celebrate Saturday night at Fairness Over Louisville, an annual fundraiser for the Fairness Campaign. The cocktail party will feature a cash bar, music by DJ Fierce Tease, more than 50 Fairness leaders and community allies, and guest speaker Jonathan Capehart, an MSNBC political analyst and Washington Post editorial board member. Capehart will discuss his take on the LGBT civil rights movement in America. It all goes down at The SkyLoft (10th floor of the ZirMed Towers), so throw on a party dress and celebrate equality. —Sara Havens

Saturday, July 23

‘Trigun: Badlands Rumble’

Baxter Avenue Theatres

1250 Bardstown Road


$9; midnight

“Trigun” takes place on a planet called Gunsmoke, in a Wild West-style town surrounded by quicksand. It features a gun-slinging pacifist named Vash the Stampede who tries to outlast the bounty of 60,000,000,000 “double dollars” unfairly placed on his head. Anime fanboys and girls might be interested to know that the film is coming to the Baxter on Saturday for a one-night-only affair. “Badlands Rumble” represents a reprise for Vash and company, who first appeared in a 1996 manga series by writer/illustrator Yasuhiro Nightow. The books ran for 12 years, becoming the biggest-selling graphic novel of 2004, as well as a 26-episode Cartoon Network series in 2003. It’s notable that the anime version of the comic did better with U.S. late-night cable audiences than Japanese viewers, where reception was namanurui, or lukewarm. —J. Christian Walsh

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