Weekender: June 2-3

•Elizabeth Cook

Saturday, June 2

Uncle Slayton’s

1017 E. Broadway


$13; 8:30 p.m.

Florida-born singer-songwriter and Sirius XM radio host Elizabeth Cook will once again have the opportunity to provide a fortunate Kentucky audience with her unrivaled blend of country music tradition and outlaw spirit. Cook’s latest offering, Welder, successfully pays tribute to her father’s trade of choice while providing enough musical variety to appeal to both traditional country purists and pop music devotees. An artist with several hundred Grand Ole Opry performances under her belt, Elizabeth Cook has definitely become a recognizable figure in country music worth checking out. Tim Carroll, Cook’s husband and current touring partner, will also be featured, demonstrating his effective combination of country music songwriting sensibilities and punk rock attitude. —Jordan Bennett

•‘Along the Ohio River’

Through June 2

Jane Morgan Gallery

4838 Brownsboro Center • 592-7835


Most of us Louisville city folk view the Ohio River from that large patch of green grass known as Waterfront Park. Yet the mighty Ohio stretches 981 miles from Pennsylvania to Illinois. The Plein Air Painters of Kentucky, those artists who love to paint outdoors, stretched out from Louisville a bit. Although the 25 painters didn’t go out of our general region, the works include scenes from Madison, Ind., Otter Creek in Meade County, Ky., as well as throughout the Louisville area. “(It’s) probably one of the best exhibits yet of plein air work,” gallery owner and plein air painter Jane Morgan says, “because it is so strong and colorful and has wonderful compositions of the river and its surrounding.” —Jo Anne Triplett

Waggin’ Trail

Saturday, June 2

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park

3000 Freys Hill Road


Free; 8 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what breed that weird-looking mutt you brought home really was? You can get Fido DNA tested at the 18th annual Waggin’ Trail, a Kentucky Humane Society fundraiser. If you arrive by 8 a.m., you can register to run with him in a 5K (which kicks off at 9). If you’d rather move at a slower pace, there’s a 1-mile walk that begins at 10 a.m. After exercising with your buddy, you can get him micro-chipped for $25 and check out the tons of other animal merch offered. All animal-lovers are invited to this paw-ty (see what I did there?), so even if you don’t have a dog, you can join the fanfare. Of course, if you are on the market for a furry friend, there will be an Adoption Option Pet Parade at noon. —Simon Isham


•Americana World Fest

Saturday, June 2

Americana Community Center

4801 Southside Dr.


Free; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

If you’re not in the 1 percent, chances are your bank account won’t allow for a summer trot around the globe. Lucky for you, the 22nd annual Americana World Festival will once again bring worldly culture to the Beechmont neighborhood. The free, family-friendly event will feature Burundian drummers, a Bollywood dance troupe, face painting, and international food and crafts galore. The Americana Community Center, which hosts this event, is a nonprofit that works with individuals and families from nearly 90 countries. Not only does this day allow some of our neighbors to showcase their heritage, it gives us a chance to learn a thing or two. Win, win. Also, there’s a raffle with a $500 cash prize. Bonus win. —Anne Marshall

•Shadows Fall

Saturday, June 2

Phoenix Hill Tavern

644 Baxter Ave.


$15; 7 p.m.

Shadows Fall is probably the world’s best-known Rastafari-influenced metal band from Massachusetts we can think of right offhand; actually, they might be the best known in the world! Though singer Brian Fair’s swinging dreads might suggest otherwise, their progressive power metal isn’t very reggae-sounding at all. It’s lyrically where the inspiration comes. They’ve been rewarded with Grammy nominations and Billboard chart appearances for their ability to balance accessible melodies with more typically metallic anger and thrash, and their latest album, Fire from the Sky, is the seventh in 15 years for the mostly stable band. With the perhaps more interestingly named Trumpet the Harlot, Howitzer, and IIATTATIME. —Peter Berkowitz

•Butchertown Art Fair

Saturday, June 2

Butchertown — E. Washington St.

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

Each year, this event draws artists and crafters from around the region to one of the most diverse historic neighborhoods in Louisville. The event takes place along the tree-lined streets among historically rich architecture and features great art, music, food trucks, beer and wine and more.

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