Weekender: May 19-20

Kiki Petrosino

•KY Women’s Book Festival

Saturday, May 19

U of L’s Ekstrom Library
2301 S. Third St. • 852-8976
Free; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Ekstrom Library at U of L will be home to the sixth annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival. Spalding University president Tori Murden McClure is speaker for the opening session, and then the day opens with women whose literary accomplishments are all over the map. The only fee is if you get the lunch ($16) at the session featuring novelist Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, who’ll speak on “A Very Odd Way To Spend a Life.” But it’s the entirety of the eclectic participants that will make this a day well spent — such as Nancy Jensen, author of the 2011 best-seller “The Sisters”; Lambda Literary Award-winner Julie Wade; and poet Kiki Petrosino. Then there’s LEO’s own Sara Havens, who’s been having a ball spreading the word on her first compilation of the adventures of Louisville’s Bar Belle. —T.E. Lyons

•Flame Run Grand Opening

Saturday, May 19

Flame Run at Glassworks

815 W. Market St. • 584-5353


Free; 4-7 p.m.

Flame Run Studio and Gallery is up and running in its new location in the Louisville Glassworks building. To celebrate, it’s having a grand opening that includes a multi-artist glass art demonstration. Twelve artists will all work on one sculpture from 4-7 p.m. During the last hour, they will be “sticking them all together,” says gallery manager Tiffany Ackerman. “A big part of Flame Run is the energy and the sharing and the fun we have here with each other,” she says. “Everyone who will participate in this demo has helped Flame Run. So this piece is going to be a symbol of that collaboration, our history and our future.” The exhibition “50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement” is also on view; it runs through June 30. —Jo Anne Triplett


Pasta Bowl Fundraiser

Saturday, May 19

City Café

505 W. Broadway • 212-9474


$15 ($12 adv.); 4-9 p.m.

“A little charity and goodwill go a long way,” says Bronwen Harris, studio director of Creative Diversity. “All I want is for this to be successful, a little money made to help keep the ball rolling, and the artists to feel that their work is as important to the public as it is to them.” Art + food + helping others = recipe for success. Creative Diversity, an art studio for people with disabilities, is holding their Second Annual Pasta Bowl Fundraiser with food from City Café. “I just love the look on the artist’s face when asked to talk about their work,” Harris continues. “Our intentions (aside from raising funds) are to showcase the talents of the artists … and what new techniques they have picked up along their journey.” —Jo Anne Triplett


•‘Gilda’s Night of a Thousand Laughs’

Saturday, May 19

Actors Theatre

316 W. Main St. • 583-0075


$75+; 7 p.m.

Some people just aren’t funny. But are you going to tell them that? I sure as hell am not. Especially if they’re sticking their necks out for a good cause. On Saturday, Actors Theatre hosts “Gilda’s Night of a Thousand Laughs,” which takes local celebrities, chefs and media personalities and throws them on stage in front of a mic for a shot at standup. Hopefully you’ll laugh with them and not at them — but that’s all part of the risk. This year’s show features comedians Tim Northern, Ted Mitzlaff and Brad Lanning, chef Dean Corbett, former Miss America Heather French Henry and many more. All proceeds go to Gilda’s Club, which offers help to families dealing with cancer through support groups, workshops, education and social activities. —Sara Havens


•Kathy Griffin

Saturday, May 19

Horseshoe Southern Indiana


$45-$85; 7:30 p.m.

Have you checked out Kathy Griffin’s new talk show on Bravo (Thursdays, 10 p.m.)? It’s a highly entertaining weekly dose of celebrity trash talk by our favorite red-haired comedian (sorry, Conan). Chances are she’ll be working out new material for her show when she stops by the Horseshoe Casino Saturday night — from the Kardashians and the Housewives to Lindsay and Seacrest. And no doubt her mom Maggie — a regular on the show — will be a topic of discussion. Last time Kathy came to town, she said, “My mom is like the octogenarian Miley Cyrus before Miley got on the stripper pole. Remember when Miley was sweet and innocent and we didn’t know she was going to start stripping? That’s who my mom is right now.” —Sara Havens


•Buy Local First Fair

Sunday, May 20

Water Tower • 693-9898


Free; 2-6 p.m.

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance makes no bones about the fact that it wants you to buy local. The Buy Local First Fair is just an official celebration of that desire, and you can do your civic duty Sunday at the Water Tower when more than 100 local businesses — including everything from musicians to artists, breweries to coffee shops, chefs to retail, and homegrown agriculture to … well, pretty much anything you can imagine — set up shop with their unique wares. There will also be live music from members of Vessel and Your News Vehicles, an “Iron Chef” competition, an arts and crafts market, a ValuMarket craft beer tent, plenty of food, probably lots of hipsters, and all manner of entertainment and fun. This event is all part of the mission of LIBA, Grasshoppers Distribution and the Louisville Visual Arts Association, which aim to support the local food movement. —Kevin Gibson


•Make the Difference

Sunday, May 20

The Irish Rover

2319 Frankfort Ave. • 899-3544


Free; 3 p.m.

Make the Difference, a local suicide-prevention charity, is holding its third annual fundraising rally at the Irish Rover. There’s not a lot of net publicity on this event, so read carefully. Food, beer, a cake raffle, and a silent auction will be offered, with live music provided by The Rashers, The Juice Box Heroes, The Moon Dogs, and Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers. Admission to this event is free, but donations are recommended and appreciated. All profits will go to the Kentucky chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, whose motto is “Save Lives … Stop Suicide.” —Simon Isham

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