Weekender: Jan. 21-22

•Beer Chili Cook-off

Saturday, Jan. 21

Flanagan’s Ale House
934 Baxter Ave.585-3700
$5; 1 p.m.

I would argue that the combination of chili and beer is one of the best in the world. It certainly gives peanut butter and chocolate a run for its money. Wine and cheese? Eh, maybe. Lucky for cheer fans (get it? Chili + Beer = Cheer … or should it be billy?) Flanagan’s is hosting a Beer Chili Cook-off Saturday afternoon where more than 20 participants serve up their best chili/beer masterpiece. Flanny’s Beer Goddess Ashley Isaacs says some contestants are using the likes of Dogfish 90 Minute, Falls City and even Brooklyn Black Chocolate. Yum. A $5 cover will get you samples of all the chili and live music from Tim Morrow. There will also be Falls City specials all day long. See you there! —Sara Havens

•Truck Stop tribute

Saturday, Jan. 21

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088

reverbnation.com/johnnyberryandtheoutliers

$12 adv., $15 DOS (general), $10 (with CDL); 9 p.m.

Big city Louisville has had an awkward relationship with some of the most fun rural music in the region. Our closed bridge isn’t doing much to help further relations with truckers and their songs, so Johnny Berry has brought together players, pickers and kickers to help solve this crisis. Berry tells LEO, “We’ll be doing nothing but truck driving songs and instrumentals. The show is going to be monumental, with nothing but the top honky-tonk talent in the area.” George Jones collaborator Ron Gaddis, fiddlers Michael Cleveland and Jeff Guernsey, guitarists Steve Cooley and Gary Stilwell, bassist Chris Douglas, drummer Bryan Aylor and vocalists Kricket Atwood, J. Glenn, Scott Mertz and Sarah Teeple Swain fill out the ’tributers. DJ Woodrow on the Radio spins honky-tonk tunes before, and truckers who show their CDLs will get a discount. —Peter Berkowitz

‘The Animals in Us’

Jan. 21-March 16

Arts Council of Southern Indiana

820 E. Market St., New Albany

812-949-4238

artscouncilsi.org

It has been said we’re all animals. That point is explored in a two-part exhibition at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana. “Animals represent much to us,” says executive director Julie Schweitzer. “They are used symbolically and metaphorically to help us explain and understand ourselves, the world we live in, and the values we live by.” Work by 16 Kentuckiana artists are featured, including Brian Somerville, Shawna Khalily and Ken Hayden, as well as nine Southern Indiana writers. The Saturday opening is from 4-8 p.m. The second part opens on Feb. 11 from 3-6 p.m. at the Resch Building, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. It’s in conjunction with “Passion for Pets,” a benefit supporting area no-kill organizations. —Jo Anne Triplett

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