Weekender: July 30-31

•Teneia Sanders CD Release Show

Saturday, July 30

The Vernon Club
1575 Story Ave. • 584-8460
$10; 7 p.m.

She may live in Phoenix now, but Teneia Sanders will always be a Louisvillian. She single-handedly kept me in Stevie Ray’s with her gentle playing, soulful voice and perfectly positive disposition. Hosting all those open-mic nights could have left anyone jaded and sarcastic, but not Teneia. If a newbie got stuck on stage, she’d be right there to help push them along with a kind word or a background vocal. Her long-awaited sophomore album,Confessions of a Scorpio, is ready, and she’s back in town to celebrate the release the only way she knows how: guitar in hand. We’ve already gotten a taste in the form of first single “Love You Thru Words” and “Stand,” featured on HBO’s “Prom Night in Mississippi.” She’s backed by her longtime Louisville band the Hi-Jackers. —Damien McPherson

•The Undertow Art Show

Saturday, July 30

The Art Store
205 E. Market St., New Albany, Ind.
812-948-2088 • Free; 2-11 p.m.

The intent of this, the latest in a thankfully never-ending stream of art/bands/beer events, is to support Planned Parenthood of Indiana. If this doesn’t speak to your interests, move on, it’s a free country. The organizers state, “The goal of this group exhibit is to showcase artists with a message.” Such artists have been invited to participate by expressing their take on pressing issues of the day (just like the hippies did!), such as the economy, the wars and other “natural” disasters. “From the creation of art, we can open conversation and reach new depths of communication,” they pledge. And did I mention the beer? New Albanian Brewing Company will be selling their drinkable art, and bands like Shawn Sleeps Naked and Bunny Day and the Mercy Buckets will provide the aural art. —Peter Berkowitz

•Edward Mercer

Saturday, July 30

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950
Free; 4 p.m.

A lot of homicide procedurals — whether on page or screen — coast along on their gimmicks. But for 40 years, Edward Mercer solved crimes with neither 3-D glowing-screen technology nor assistants with dragon tattoos. And after serving as chief investigator for Kentucky’s attorney general and as our local chief of detectives, Mercer now makes use of a private-eye badge and a storyteller’s word processor. He’ll be reading from his novel “The Dead Stroll” at a signing event this weekend at Carmichael’s. The setting is Louisville in the late 1960s; the rapid social changes of those times didn’t help make homicide investigations any easier. The book benefits from Mercer’s observations on hundreds of cases — and a portion of the purchase of each copy will benefit the Metro Police Foundation. —T.E. Lyons

•Jesco White

Saturday, July 30

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088
$15; 9 p.m.

The man. The legend. Live and in your town. Jesco White, the subject of many a cult film (Dancing Outlaw, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia), is bringing his family’s tap-dancing style to the Headliners stage. A multi-media presentation will highlight his iconic life, with documentary and family footage intertwined with tap-dancing songs and live accompaniment from Dan Deel. Emceed by “Wonderful Whites” producer and family friend Storm Taylor, this hellbilly showcase also features Knoxville’s Pick Up the Snake and Roger Alan Wade, who penned songs for country legends from Cash to Jennings and has spread his name far thanks to his cousin Johnny Knoxville and their “Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee.” Rumor has it that the biggest and the baddest, Ms. Mamie White, will also be in attendance. —Tracy Heightchew


Saturday, July 30

Central Park
1340 S. Fourth St.
Free; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Looking to score karma points this weekend while enjoying some fun in the sun? Then head over to Central Park with your favorite four-legged friend. Local animal advocacy organization Saving Sunny Inc. is throwing an all-day, pet-friendly art and music fest to raise awareness for the pit bull rescue movement, which founder Kelsey Westbrook describes as “a civil rights movement for animals.” There will be fun and games for you and your pooch, including a puppy kissing booth and a costume contest (only for the dogs, sorry). Enjoy a slew of yummy local treats and hang out with celebrity guest of honor Shorty Rossi (Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss”), who will be there with his own pit bull, Hercules. Best of all, the proceeds benefit animals in need. Food, fun and helping out Fido. —Jennifer Harlan

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