Saturday, Jan. 28
Louisville Free Public Library
301 York St. • 574-1611
These days, can you turn around without bumping into a celebrity chef? How about a celebrity memoirist? Gabrielle Hamilton is both: winner of the James Beard Award and of one of the most memorable “Iron Chef” contests, as well as a stunningly good writer. “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” is just out in paperback, and Hamilton is coming to town for a reading/signing. Though the event is sold out, we recommend you check out the book nonetheless. Her story turns from an idyllic upbringing among artisans into demeaning work and life conditions. She works throughout Europe to eventual major success in New York — but she also faces challenges in sorting out her personal identity. The book draws readers in with the way Hamilton shares how she’s found insights over many years and in many kitchens. The new edition adds to this with Hamilton viewing divorce through the eyes of her mother-in-law. —T.E. Lyons
Saturday, Jan. 28
Ogle Center at IUS
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany • 812-941-2525
$26.50 ($10 students); 7:30 p.m.
Touring to promote their latest album, The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, the popular and acclaimed bluegrass duo have found the unlikeliest (and yet most obvious) patron available to Americana fans outside of NASCAR. So, if for some horrible reason you’re not able to attend their concert at the beautiful Ogle Center, their sponsor — Cracker Barrel — will host a meet-and-greet for fans of the multiple Grammy-nominated and GMA and IBMA award-winning singers at noon this day at their Crittenden location. The new disc is their second with the company, and exclusively available at one of their 608 locations across the nation. “The success of their first album underscores the connection that our guests have with these talented artists,” says Cracker Barrel marketing manager Julie Craig. But they’ll be singing at the Ogle. —Peter Berkowitz
500 S. Fourth St. • 585-3200
Free; 8 p.m.
When a visitor comes through Louisville, or a new couple is looking for a fun date night, one of my first recommendations has always been for them to see Dick Sisto and his friends live in the Old Seelbach Bar. It’s a gorgeous room, classy and adult, and you never know who might drop in, from a Marsalis to the bandleader’s TV star son, Jeremy. So it’s far beyond awful that the hotel has decided to end the long, wonderful run of the great vibraphonist, bassist Tyrone Wheeler and drummer Jason Tiemann. The phone number of the facility is listed here, so feel free to tell the managers that you are also unhappy with this action. This is the last weekend scheduled for this treasure. Until then, Occupy Seelbach! —Peter Berkowitz
Sunday, Jan. 29
Louisville Slugger Field
212-2287 • batsbaseball.com
Free; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Take a break from a winter of Louisville basketball discontent to note that it is just a matter of weeks until the Boys of Summer report for spring training — including the Cincinnati Reds and Louisville Bats. The annual Reds Caravan publicity tour makes its stop in Louisville Sunday at Slugger Field, with Reds manager Dusty Baker, broadcasters Jim Kelch and Jeff Brantley, and various players on hand to meet with fans. The most interesting new face is Billy Hamilton, who stole 103 bases last season at Single A Dayton. New Bats manager David Bell said last week he will have his eye out for Hamilton as he comes up the Reds’ minor league ladder. Here’s that number again: Billy Hamilton, 103 steals in 135 games. —Bill Doolittle