Weekender: Oct. 20-21

Jessica Kirson

Beaux Arts Ball

Saturday, Oct. 20

Galt House
141 N. Fourth St.
$90; 6:30 p.m.

It’s time to put on your fancy pants and strut around the Galt House for a good cause. (That’s a typical Friday night for me.) The Beaux Arts Ball invites you to come out and play Saturday night in the name of supporting a couple nonprofits in town. The evening will feature drinks, dinner, a DJ and comedian Jessica Kirson, who has performed on “Last Comic Standing,” “The Tonight Show” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” to name a few. Host and emcee Bernie Lubbers will keep the party moving along in good fashion. And best of all, all proceeds go to Voices of Kentuckiana, an inclusive choir for LGBT folks and their allies, as well as Volunteers of America. Fabulous is mandatory, glitter is optional. —Sara Havens


•‘Thirty Three Quarters’

Saturday, Oct. 20

Art Sanctuary
1433 S. Shelby St.
$5; 7 p.m.

Sure, I agree the quintessential motorcycle movie is “Easy Rider,” but my favorite cool rider film will always be “Grease 2.” Yeah, I’ve never been cool, so why start now? You can guarantee, though, that all the cool kids will be at Art Sanctuary Saturday night for “Thirty Three Quarters,” an art show that features 30 contemporary Midwest artists’ take on the traditional three-quarter motorcycle helmet. There will also be custom bikes there, and live music by Ride to Ruin and The Hot Wires. This show is also the first at the newly relocated Art Sanctuary in Germantown, is curated by WhiteNoise and presented by Devils Mustache of Columbus, Ohio. Even if you’re far from hip, throw on some black, zip up those skinny jeans, and find yourself a devil in skin-tight leather who’s gonna be wild as the wind. —Sara Havens


•Dance Theatre of Harlem

Saturday, Oct. 20

Kentucky Center for the Arts
501 W. Main St. • 584-7777
$22.50+; 8 p.m.

Financial struggles forced the Dance Theatre of Harlem to go on hiatus in 2004, and as the years progressed with no news of a revival, the fate of the contemporary ballet company looked bleak. But it turns out it wasn’t the end, just a lengthy intermission. The resurrected troupe will make its first public appearance in Louisville with the world premiere of “Gloria,” a one-act ballet. Virginia Johnson, the company’s new artistic director, told The New York Times, “Ballet is a way of elevating the spirit. It’s about being the most that a human being can be.” Which is exactly what Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook had in mind when they founded DTH in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Today, the arts organization continues its mission to present culturally diverse dance and train young people in classical ballet. —Sarah Kelley


•‘Historic Black Neighborhoods’

Oct. 20, 27 & Nov. 3

Barnes and Noble (801 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.)
Walgreens (3421 W. Broadway, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.)
Books A Million (992 Breckenridge Lane, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.)

A blend of striking old photos and informative text, “Louisville’s Historic Black Neighborhoods” brings the people and places from another era back to life. Part of the “Images of America” series by Arcadia Publishing, this book details the rich legacy of Louisville’s historic black neighborhoods chapter by chapter: Russell, Smoketown, Portland, Old Louisville, just to name a few. The book even includes a chapter on the tradition of black jockeys at Churchill Downs in south Louisville. The author, Beatrice S. Brown, brings hometown knowledge to this project. Born in Smoketown and raised in Parkland, Brown will take part in three book signings over the next few weeks. This weekend she’ll be at Barnes & Noble, the following Saturday at Walgreens at 34th and Broadway, and Nov. 3 at Books-A-Million. —Anne Marshall


Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

Sunday, Oct. 21

Expo Five
2900 Seventh Street Road
$8; 5:30 p.m.

Despite inroads made in pop and hip-hop, women still linger in the background of some genres, including what Rose Ledet offers as hers: “Zydeco Creole Rock Blues Funk.” Lingual in both English and Creole French, the 40-year-old “Zydeco Sweetheart” has been honing her musical gumbo for almost 20 years, building a following in the Louisiana/Texas circuit before heading out to recruit non-Cajuns. The singer/accordionist and band have released nine albums of dirty blues, dance-crazy grooves, and authentic Louisiana roots. Of her 2011 album Come Get Some, New Orleans’ OffBeat magazine wrote, “Come Get Some what? It’s a Rosie Ledet CD, so what’d’ya think? Sex, of course. Or, more precisely, decidedly female zydeco soul filled with double entendres and lots of hip-shaking grooves, a sound at which Rosie Ledet typically excels, especially in live settings.” —Peter Berkowitz

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