Weekender | May 10-11

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Saturday, May 10

How-To Festival

Louisville Free Public Library

301 York St. • 574-1611

lfpl.org/how-to

Free; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Let’s do all the things! Yodel! Belly dance! Barbeque! Magic! Juggle! Make rockets! Learn to fence! Use excessive amounts of exclamation points! OK, I made up that last activity, but all the rest are actual scheduled activities at this year’s How-To Festival at the Louisville Free Public Library. This fun, free and interactive festival offers more than 50 how-to sessions, which range from 15 to 45 minutes long. Topics will cover everything from children’s activities (like making ice cream in a bag!) to practical grown-up knowledge (like how to buy art when you’re on a budget!). The festival will utilize more than 20 areas throughout the downtown library building, and food trucks will be set up outside to sustain you through your five-hour rush to get to as many sessions as possible. —April Corbin

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Saturday, May 10

Marissa Nadler

Dreamland

810 E. Market St.

dreamlandislouisville.org

$10; 8 p.m.

Dreamy indie singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler returns to weird Louisville from her native New England for a show that promotes both her excellent new album, July, and this fall’s Louisville Outskirts Festival (See? It just got some publicity right there). The festival will support and promote women active in music, whether solo or in groupings with others — female, male or whatever anyone wants to call themselves. The first benefit, featuring Screaming Females, was a big success. This one is all-ages, offers another bake sale and includes Chicago artist TALsounds and local legend Dane Waters on the bill. Nadler has been on a roll lately, and the folk/doom/pop of July, her first for the Sacred Bones label, has been received well around the world. If you enjoy music and/or women, this is a pretty good place to be. —Peter Berkowitz

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Saturday, May 10

A Minor Forest

Zanzabar

2100 S. Preston St.

zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com

$10; 9 p.m.

It’s amazing that California indie stalwarts A Minor Forest are not from Louisville. A band since 1993, the trio makes music that is haunting, seething with an unforetold rage that plays out just under the surface. In doing so, they bear an uncanny resemblance to local legends like Slint or Crain, with more than a hint of Rodan. It makes sense, then, that they will be joined by Parlour, the long-running legacy of the aforementioned Crain, whose laid-back, krautrock-influenced instrumental jams make for an appropriate accompaniment. Silent since 1998, A Minor Forest took a 15-year hiatus, broken only upon playing on Nov. 9, 2013, at the famous Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Having embarked on a brief tour, the band is swinging by Louisville Saturday to play at Zanzabar. —Syd Bishop

One Comment

  1. Reeves
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Zanzabar are a great band – saw them at the San Fran gig and they were great!!

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