Weekender: Aug. 25-26

Brew at the Zoo

Saturday, Aug. 25

Louisville Zoo
$45 adv., $55 door; 4-9 p.m.

Brew at the Zoo is back again Saturday with the usual fun — tons of breweries and wineries from around the region, plenty of food samples, games, music and plenty more. In fact, this year, the event is being dubbed Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too, so be prepared for double the fun. Food from local restaurants and vendors will be available for sampling, beer and wine continues until 8:30 p.m. (or until they run out), and each attendee will get a souvenir Brew at the Zoo mug from which to enjoy these tasty beverages. Of course, there will also be water and other non-alcoholic beverages provided, so be smart when you sample. Also, 100% Poly will provide musical entertainment, serving up their kitschy brand of disco and funk. The event is a zoo fundraiser, so make plans to attend and do your part. One request: Please don’t get the ostriches drunk — they’re ornery when they’re imbibing. —Kevin Gibson


•‘Beards of Prey’

Saturday, Aug. 25

Hilltop Tavern
1800 Frankfort Ave. • 593-3511
Free; 5 p.m.

There are so many visual artists who are friends with musicians that it’s almost a cliché. August Northcut and Josiah Kamer decided to put on an art exhibition, and their music friends asked if they could come along, too. “This show was initially sparked on a whim,” says Northcut. “We simply felt inspired to put on a duo exhibition and create all new pieces for it. Once the guys from Sea Hero agreed to play (beginning at 9 p.m.), the title ‘Beards of Prey’ was thrown out as a joking suggestion. But after a little consideration, it became clear that it provided a perfect mood for the event. The artworks and the music have a lot to do with each other, and … serve as appropriate representations of this city’s arts scene.” —Jo Anne Triplett


Catherine Irwin


Saturday, Aug. 25

Bernheim Arboretum
2499 Kentucky 245
$5; 6:22 p.m.

You may notice that “Connect” commences at a bizarre time. This is because it kicks off two hours before sunset and ends two hours after sunset (at 10:22). The event is a celebration of creativity along the trail around Lake Nevin at Bernheim. Visitors will have the chance to interact with art and sound installations, participate in science experiments, and view performance art. It has been compared to a miniature version of Nevada’s legendary Burning Man festival in that it challenges guests to consider more deeply how they can live in more perfect harmony with nature. In keeping with this goal, “Connect” is completely deconstructed afterward so that the landscape is returned to its natural state. Musical guests include Catherine Irwin and Johnny Berry & the Outliers. Food and drink will be available from local restaurants and breweries. —Simon Isham


•Shy Hunters

Sunday, Aug. 26

Haymarket Whiskey Bar
331 E. Market St.
$5; 9 p.m.

Shy Hunters are instant pop gratification without the fattening cheese. The duo, Sam Levin and Indigo Street, are no strangers to the studio (backing Yoko Ono, Jim White, Jolie Holland and more), but it was only recently that they dropped their first 7-inch. These two tracks provide the basis for Shy Hunters’ sound: dark corners often gone unnoticed. Street’s vocals remain beautiful without straining notes to extract the right emotion. Levin treads beside her with twinkles of somber riffs, culminating in dark, poignant pop ballads that sting like a windstorm of evaporated tears. Join Shy Hunters as they embark on tour. The heavy mood will surely lighten in a live setting. With R. Keenan Lawler and Mesiko. —Lara Kinne

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