Weekender: Nov. 10-11

•‘Frida Kahlo: A Portrait’

Nov. 9-17

Wyatt Center at Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road • 272-8431
$10-$16; various times

Just reading her name instantly calls up a mental image of one of her surrealist self-portraits. We all know the face, but perhaps not as much about Frida herself, other than she had health problems and was married to muralist Diego Rivera. Bellarmine University theater program director Carlos Manuel is bringing the famous painter to the stage in a completely original theatrical piece based on research he conducted in his native country of Mexico. Manuel has collaborated with some Actors Theatre staff on set and costume design, and brought in some Bellarmine music and art students to help flesh out the production, which will combine theater, Mexican cultural traditions and magical realism. —Jane Mattingly

•Ellen Birkett Morris

Friday, Nov. 9

The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Road
Free; 7 p.m.

Ellen Birkett Morris has an eye for detail. From the “blush gold skin (and) ruby seeds” of a pomegranate to cans of shoe polish, Morris creates poetry from the minutiae of our world. Her poems explore themes of love and loss, what she calls “the small but transcendent moments that define our lives.” Morris’ latest collection, “Surrender,” confronts the loss of her father and the challenges of entering her 40s with poems such as “Louisville, KY, USA” and “Oxblood.” Sherry Chandler, author of “Weaving a New Eden,” describes Morris’ work: “These short poems sometimes seem deceptively quiet, but each shines as softly burnished as a pearl.” If you can’t make this week’s INKY Reading at Bard’s Town, you can catch these pearls of poetry at Carmichael’s next Friday (Nov. 16), or at The Bard’s Town’s Stone Soup Reading Series on Nov. 25. —Jennifer Harlan


•‘Hello Neighbor’

Saturday, Nov. 10

Muhammad Ali Center
144 N. Sixth St.
Free; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In this era of rising crime, virtual friendships and overbooked schedules, it’s common to come and go each day without ever really getting to know one’s neighbor. And that’s a damn shame, as human connections are what make life worth living. Thankfully, the good people at the Muhammad Ali Center are reminding us to embrace our interconnectedness during a celebration dubbed “Hello Neighbor: Day of Dignity, Day of Compassion,” featuring international food, community resources, family activities and live entertainment. All museum exhibits will be open to the public, and though admission is free, visitors are asked to bring a donated item for Kentucky Refugee Ministries, which is seeking blankets, shower curtains, alarm clocks, can openers, towels, and other basics for fellow Kentuckians in need. Donations are optional, but do the right thing … it’s what this day is all about. —Sarah Kelley


•Simon Joyner

Sunday, Nov. 11

Quills Coffee
930 Baxter Ave.
$6; 8 p.m.

When a young Conor Oberst was getting his braces removed in greater Omaha, Simon Joyner was singing the blues. From Joyner’s outspoken, slide guitar-embellished tunes emerged the defining sound of his hometown. A legend among the Omaha music scene, Joyner remains hidden in the underground, yet he was an inspiration for Oberst as the budding folk musician learned his chords. Joyner comes to Louisville to spread the message of Ghost, his new vinyl-only double album funded through a Kickstarter project. And he’s bringing a full band along with him. The Louisville folks of Bro. Stephen and Tender Mercy, who will also perform Sunday, must also owe their slow sailing sound to Joyner’s influence. There won’t be a more sincere show in Louisville than this. —Lara Kinne 

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