Category Archives: film

“The Trick to Escape a Straitjacket” film screening

The Carnegie Center, 201 E. Spring St. in New Albany, 812-944-7336, is hosting a film screening of “The Trick to Escape a Straitjacket” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. It tells the story of Kenny Stewart, a charmingly eccentric, lifelong resident of New Albany. For as long as Kenny can remember, he has felt […]

‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ @ Village 8 Theaters

Oct. 16-17 Village 8 Theaters 4014 Dutchmans Lane $5; various times From the folks who brought you great films like “The Weather Underground” and “Hoop Dreams,” it’s another documentary about the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time, don’t you know). This one focuses on his literal and metaphorical trials — battles outside the ring dealing […]

‘Tracking Fire’ fundraiser @ Hillbilly Tea

Tuesday, Oct. 15 Hillbilly Tea 120 S. First St. $5; 7-9 p.m. Forty years ago, on Pride Weekend in 1973, a fire consumed a gay bar called The UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans. About half the patrons escaped; 32 perished, trapped by the flames, smoke and burglar bars over the windows. The incident, believed […]

International Festival of Film

Oct. 10-13 Various locations $10-$50 In a city as music-lovin’ as Louisville, movies often take a back seat. Thankfully, some have been working for years to bring the focus back to this essential and thoroughly influential medium. The International Festival of Film features 137 films showing over the course of four days — feature-lengths, […]

Weekender: Oct. 4-6

Charles Eisenstein Friday, Oct. 4 First Unitarian Church 809 S. Fourth St. $10-$50; 7 p.m. In the face of macro issues like global warming or economic collapse, do the everyday acts of kindness and care have any significant impact on the world at large? Charles Eisenstein, TED speaker and author of “Sacred Economics: Money, […]

‘BBOY for LIFE’ @ Baxter Avenue Theatres

Wednesday, Sept. 11 Baxter Avenue Theatres 1250 Bardstown Road $11; 7 p.m. Guatemalan street culture comes alive in “BBOY for LIFE,” a documentary about the thriving world of hip-hop dance in Central America and the violent gangs that surround and threaten them. Produced by Louisville-based production company Nadus Films and partially funded by a […]

Weekender: Sept. 7-8

•Downs After Dark: College Rivalry Night Saturday, Sept. 7 Churchill Downs • 636-4400 $10; 6 p.m. Saturday’s Downs After Dark: College Rivalry Night highlights opening weekend of the first-ever September race meeting (Sept. 6-29) at Churchill Downs. Fans are encouraged to don the colors of their favorite college team, and a total of $10,000 […]

‘The Invisible War’ @ Muhammad Ali Center

Thursday, Aug. 22 The Muhammad Ali Center 144 N. Sixth St. • 992-5240 Free (RSVP suggested); 6 p.m. The Pentagon estimates that in 2012, about 500 men and women in the military were sexually assaulted each week. Lawmakers and advocates are pushing for changes to military protocol that would better protect victims who speak […]

48-Hour Film Project @ Village 8 Theaters

July 31-Aug. 1 Village 8 Theaters 4014 Dutchmans Lane $9; 7 p.m. The 48-Hour Film Project is a relatively straightforward concept: Over the course of one weekend, each registered team must complete a short film — writing, shooting, editing and all. However, there is a twist. At the beginning of the weekend, each team […]

Alfred Hitchcock Movie Series @ Louisville Palace

July 19-Aug. 31 Louisville Palace 625 S. Fourth St. $5; 8 p.m. To this day, it remains unjust that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for directing — perhaps proof that awards don’t mean squat. The infamous horror/thriller moviemaker never sat among the audience to watch his films. He was once asked, “Don’t you […]

Monday Movie Nights @ Central Park

Monday, July 1 Central Park Fourth Street & Park Avenue Free; 9 p.m. Summer blockbusters are usually overrated, so skip the upcoming budget-busting new releases and get your fix of quality flicks elsewhere. Kentucky Shakespeare’s free Monday Movie Nights series is a good place to start. Held outdoors at Central Park in Old Louisville, […]

‘Wilderness of Mirrors’ @ Decca

Thursday, June 13 Decca 812 E. Market St. $7; 8 p.m. Whether writing songs or penning pieces for LEO Weekly (he was a frequent contributor during the 2000s), Paul Kopasz was never one to take a half swing, and his 1998 album A Wilderness of Mirrors is a case in point. The 17-track concept album […]

Weekender: June 8-9

•‘Metal Up Your Eye’ Saturday, June 8 Alley Theater 1210 Franklin St. Free; 7 p.m. For the latest installment of the annual exhibition of heavy metal music and metal-compatible art, founders, noisemakers and artists Dave Pollard and Eric “Rico” Rakutt are returning for a third year of loud art and visual music. Pollard recently […]

“El Campo de Manana” at LOT

Land of Tomorrow, 233 W. Broadway, is showing “El Campo de Manana” from June 7-July 27. The four exhibitions include work by Radford Brown, Bob Hower, Patrick Thompson and a punk rock fashion and memorabilia exhibition curated by Cesar Padilla. Coinciding events that will take place at Headliners Music Hall include a film screening with a Q&A session with […]

Weekender: May 18-19

•GARDENZART Saturday, May 18  Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden 1011 Utica-Charlestown Road, Utica, Ind. 812-282-0524 • Free; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. I’m stating the obvious when I say gardens consist of plants, flowers and shrubs. But any respectable garden should have a bit of stone, metal or glass for decoration … in addition to […]

Weekender: May 11-12

•Buy Local Fair Saturday, May 11 Louisville Water Tower 3005 River Road Free ($5 parking); 2-8 p.m. Louisville is lucky to have an impressive local arts scene and a thriving farm-fresh foods movement, two assets that will be celebrated Saturday at the fifth annual Buy Local Fair. Spearheaded by the Louisville Independent Business Association […]

‘Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte’ @ Baxter Avenue Theatres

Thursday, May 2 Baxter Avenue Theatres 1250 Bardstown Road $50-$100; 6:30 p.m. Secretariat is arguably the best racehorse of the 20th century and by far the most popular. Now, on the 40th anniversary of his Triple Crown win, the Kentucky Derby Museum and present a documentary about the other half of Secretariat’s team: […]

Found Footage Festival @ Clifton Center

Monday, April 22 Clifton Center 2117 Payne St. $10; 7:30 p.m. Ever wonder what became of that VHS tape of your second-grade talent show in which you dressed as a Smurf and sang “Walk the Dinosaur”? Let’s hope it won’t be on display Monday night at the Found Footage Festival, which showcases clips of […]

‘Girl Rising’ @ U of L’s Gheens Science Hall

March 21-24 U of L’s Gheens Science Hall 106 W. Brandeis Ave. • 852-8976 Free; 12:15 p.m. (March 21), 6 p.m. (March 22), 3 p.m. (March 24) “Girl Rising” is an independent film that tells the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Playing this weekend at U of L’s Gheens Science Hall and […]

Weekender: March 16-17

•Louisville Leopard Percussionists Saturday, March 16 Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway $15; 2 p.m. The annual beginning of spring is magnificent for oh-so-many reasons. For local lovers of music and/or education, it means it’s also time for the Louisville Leopard Percussionists’ annual “Big Gig” — and this year is an even bigger celebration, their […]