Weekender: Sept. 22-23

•NuLu Festival

Saturday, Sept. 22

700 block of East Market
nulufest.com
Free; 2-11 p.m.

Whether you call it NuLu or — if that’s too cutesy for you — simply East Market Street, there’s no disputing this once-blighted stretch has become a bustling epicenter of upscale art galleries, specialty stores and delectable local cuisine. The fourth annual NuLu Fest celebrates the neighborhood’s revitalization and features all things local, including micro-brews from the Louisville Beer Store, food and retail vendors, and live music ranging from singer/songwriter Leigh Ann Yost to experimental pop band Nerves Junior, who are headlining the event. And don’t miss the crowd-chosen Jake Parker Band, an act that proclaims, “We do originals, we do covers, we do it pantsless, we do it all.” But don’t worry, this is a family-friendly event, replete with a Kids’ Corner, so don’t be deterred by the threats of rock ’n’ rollers. —Sarah Kelley

 

Tom Gibbs

•Poetry reading

Saturday, Sept. 22

A Reader’s Corner
2044 Frankfort Ave. • 897-5578
Free; 4 p.m.

This weekend is a fitting occasion to find fellow poetry lovers, or maybe even try on the guise for the first time — after all, it’s one of the rare occasions when poets are feted at the White House. That’s for the National Book Festival, but if you’re closer to home than to Washington, D.C., you should definitely look into the gathering of poets at A Reader’s Corner. It’s a varied lineup, including some engaging — even challenging — wildcards. Award-winner Jim McGarrah, author of “Running the Voodoo Down,” will be there, as will Tom Gibbs, Danny O’Bryan and Kathy Yocum. Two musical-minded figures round out the lineup: one is the always-interesting Ron Whitehead. But watch out for Brett Eugene Ralph, whose band plays this night at the Rudyard Kipling. —T.E. Lyons

 

•Mark Parris’ ‘Elephants’

Sept. 22-Oct. 17

Revelry Boutique Gallery
980 Barret Ave.
Opening Reception: Free; 7 p.m.

Mark Parris is one of the few artists who isn’t intimidated by a medium, and his new show “Elephants” proves that, as he displays everything from digital compositions to oil paintings — all depicting, yep … elephants. Why elephants? “I don’t know,” the artist says. “I just like them, but I was shocked by how excited everyone I told about it got. I guess everybody loves an elephant.” Much like other artists in this town, Parris wears many hats, working as a musician, visual designer, as well as in paint and print; but this show will be all about the elephants, none of his other interests. The pieces will be on display at Revelry starting Saturday, with a launch party at 7 p.m. (Parris is set to DJ) and continues through Oct. 17. —Brent Owen

 

•Nick Lowe

Sunday, Sept. 23

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
headlinerslouisville.com
$20 adv., $22 DOS; 8 p.m.

At 63, Englishman Nick Lowe has become many things: a highly influential songwriter/musician/producer, an accidental millionaire, a former member of Johnny Cash’s family, a dapper gent, and a righteous dude. Best known for his work with Elvis Costello (including writing “Peace, Love & Understanding”), Lowe has also written favorites like “When I Write the Book,” “Cruel to Be Kind,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” and “So It Goes.” A former member of Brinsley Schwartz and Little Village, Lowe opened for Wilco’s most recent tour as a solo acoustic act, a performance he’ll be repeating here (the band also joined him for a recent live record). His records over the past two decades have reflected his joys and struggles as he ages, moving forward and acknowledging the passing of time. The superb Eleni Mandell opens. —Peter Berkowitz

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