Weekend visual art events

The Patio Gallery at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, 459-0660, is having the opening of the Kentucky Watercolor Society Show on Sunday, July 20 from 2-4 p.m. The exhibition runs through Aug. 26.

‘Odd Corners in Louisville’ @ Hite Art Institute, U of L


Through July 20

‘Odd Corners in Louisville’

Hite Art Institute, U of L

104 Schneider Hall  • 540-5146


Preservation Louisville is treating us to an exhibition of the past and present. The two-part show features drawings by Alexander Van Leshout of 1920s Louisville alongside contemporary photographs by Dennis Crews. Van Leshout was a cartoonist for The Courier-Journal and taught drawing at the Louisville School of Art. Crew is a former Louisvillian SP_OddCorners_photo3whose “Louisville Then and Now” project was inspired by Van Leshout’s drawings. The differences in media (drawings vs. photographs) help place viewers in the respective time periods. Crews will be at the reception held on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Preservation Louisville is also launching their new fundraiser at the reception; they have partnered with Artedibles to create the facades of several local historic homes out of chocolate. —Jo Anne Triplett

Jane Austen Festival @ Locust Grove


July 18-20

Jane Austen Festival

Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane


$5-$20; various times

After a painful, treacherous year in AP English literature, it is difficult for me to even think of classic authors such as Jane Austen. Thankfully, there are several people who don’t have the same problem. The Jane Austen Festival is for those people. In its seventh year, the festival spends a weekend paying homage to the “Pride and Prejudice” author and the Regency SP_JaneAustenFestera. It prides itself on being the largest Jane Austen event in North America, which does not surprise me. This year will showcase daily afternoon teas, a marionette show and vendors specializing in Regency-era items. Make sure to come dressed in your Regency attire, as the event will try to break the Guinness World Record for most people dressed in, well, Regency attire. Two British authors will also make an appearance. —Olivia Krauth

“Part II: Analogy” at Zephyr Gallery

“Part II: Analogy” of “Project 3: Analog/Analogy” will be at Zephyr Gallery, 610 E. Market St., from July 17-Aug. 16. The reception is Friday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Kevin Talley @ Old 502 Winery


Thursday, July 17

Kevin Talley

Old 502 Winery

120 S. 10th St.


Free; 6-9:30 p.m.

Kevin Talley has a grab bag of a résumé: model, airline ramp worker, writer for his self-help blog, “Tall Guy with a Camera” and, most recently, photographer. The self-taught artist, SP_KevinTalley_0967who’s pretty tall and is often seen with a camera, found quick success with his series “Urban Ballet,” which exhibited at the Brown Hotel in his first year as a photographer. In what Talley describes as “something like French Vogue meets Equine,” his third series, “Equus Fem,” consists of portraits of racehorses and the families of horse professionals. The reception for the gallery will be held at Old 502 Winery, Kentucky’s only urban winery, where there will also be drinks, appetizers and entertainment. To quote my own self-improvement blog, “Average Guy with a MacBook,” “If there’s free food, go there.” —Matthew Adams

Hundred Waters @ Zanzabar


Wednesday, July 16

Hundred Waters


2100 S. Preston St.


$10-$12; 9 p.m.

When you first hear of a band called Hundred Waters, you might assume it will be simply a recording of a babbling brook. However, Hundred Waters is what a babbling brook would be if you added lyrics and changed the real brook to more of a techno-pop brook. Would you really expect a soundtrack of a river from a group signed to Skrillex’s recording label? I didn’t SP_HundredWaters_byTonjeThilesenthink so. The Gainesville, Fla., quartet all dabbled in music for years but maintained their independent projects until they noticed that the combination of their music seemed better together, thus creating Hundred Waters. Their latest, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, was released in May. Mas Ysa, aka Thomas Arsenault of Brooklyn via Oberlin and Montreal, will open with an indietronica set. —Olivia Krauth

Jason Lescalleet’s ‘Trophy Tape’ @ Dreamland


Wednesday, July 16

Jason Lescalleet’s ‘Trophy Tape’


810 E. Market St.


$10; 7 p.m.

Jason Lescalleet isn’t your typical musical artist. He records and performs his bizarre, experimental songs on equipment (lots of old tape decks) that most would call archaic at this point.SP_JasonLescalleet However, his sound is far ahead of that of his contemporaries, playing more like something people in a futuristic sci-fi movie would listen to in their hover cars. He has enlisted the help of 13 filmmakers to create videos for each of the tracks on the first disc and film, “Trophy Tape,” off his newest album, Songs About Nothing. The 36-minute ordeal will be followed by a performance by Lescalleet himself. His plan is to play at or near the hometowns of each of the videographers, one of them being Robert Beatty of Lexington. —Ian Ording

2014 Art Meets Activism grant recipients

The Kentucky Foundation for Women board has announced the 2014 Art Meets Activism grants. Louisville-area recipients are ArtThrust, Beaded Treasures Project, Boys and Girls Haven, Center for Women and Families, Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc., Linda Erzinger, Christine Haaga, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Louisville Visual Art Association, PEACC Program, and Sarah Reinhart and Shannon Stone.

Beer with a Scientist @ Against the Grain



Wednesday, July 16

Beer with a Scientist

Against the Grain

401 E. Main St.



Free admission; 8 p.m.

“No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it’s not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300.” If only these words from Ricky Bobby were true. Unfortunately, mountains of money (and healthy lifestyle choices) only delay (or hide) the inevitable. We are all aging. Even Pharrell. Fortunately, Leah Siskind is here to help us make sense of all this. The associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Louisville will speak at this month’s installment of Beer with a Scientist, a program designed to connect scientists with the general public. We had a blast at the inaugural Beer with a Scientist event, so we are looking forward to this one, even if we are afraid Siskind will inform us that the Fountain of Youth isn’t a real place. — April Corbin


Pottery Rowe closing

Ceramicist Melvin D. Rowe is closing his studio/gallery Pottery Rowe after 26 years at 2048 Frankfort Ave., 896-0877. The last day is Saturday, July 19. He will continue selling pottery at CRAFT(s) and A Taste of Kentucky as well as online at www.PotteryRowe.com.

Jon Mueller’s Death Blues @ Dreamland


Tuesday, July 15

Jon Mueller’s Death Blues


810 E. Market St.


$10; 7 p.m.

Death Blues is the side project of Jon Mueller, also known for Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees and the Bon Iver-associated Volcano Choir, and I could not think of a better name for the music he creates here. The music is SP_JonMuellerAndDeathBluespercussion-heavy with some acoustic guitar, and features no vocals. It is best described as a modern rock, trance-like form of music that only slightly reminds me of Gregorian chants I listened to in my Music in Western Civilization class. Past audiences have described Death Blues’ live trio performances as “resilient, intense and meditative.” The new LP Non-Fiction, released this month by Sige Records, will be on display in what is described as a “rare tour.” Louisville’s own Keenan Lawler kicks off the night. —Olivia Krauth

Me Jane @ The Rudyard Kipling


Tuesday, July 15

Me Jane

The Rudyard Kipling

422 W. Oak St.


$5; 8 p.m.

After recording an album in the “bleary winter of 2013” in Chicago, Me Jane is ready to tackle just about anything. The Windy City quartet released its debut record July 1 on vinyl and is touring through the region this month toSP_MeJane get folks hyped. Their album, ISON, is dedicated to a comet that fell apart after its trajectory took it too close to the sun a year after it was discovered in 2012. The four ladies from the shores of Lake Michigan jam some post-punk indie rock punctuated by frequent synth flairs and riffs that should both get the Rudyard Kipling crowd on its feet and adequately honor the flaming rock in space that is their album’s namesake. On tour with them is CITRIN3, who will put on a DJ set at the show. —Ian Ording

“Larry Beisler: Organics” at Art Council of Southern Indiana

“Organics” by Larry Beisler is at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, 812-949-4238, 1638 Market St. in New Albany, through Aug. 7.


Lemuria @ Zanzabar


Monday, July 14



2100 S. Preston St.


$10; 9 p.m.

Lemuria is the subject of a long-disproved scientific hypothesis stating that there used to be an extra continent between India and Madagascar, explaining why those are the only places on Earth with lemurs. Lemuria is also a SP_Lemuriadancey, not-exactly-pop-punk band from Buffalo, and, as far as we can tell, is not likely to be rendered erroneous by scientists. After years of near-constant touring, they are sure to put on a great show and send their unstoppably upbeat jams through the veins of the Zanzabar crowd. The Sheena Ozzella-led trio’s newest album, last year’s The Distance is So Big, has them at their best. Portland’s prolific Ben Barnett-led Kind of Like Spitting will perform opening duties for the sunken homeland of the Lemurians. Er, the indie band. Whichever. —Ian Ording

Weekender – July 12 & 13


Saturday, July 12

Rally for a PlantPure Nation

Iroquois Amphitheater

1080 Amphitheater Road



Free; 6:30-9:30 p.m.

In 2011, nutritional scientist and writer T. Colin Campbell came to Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner and together they created a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. After taking their insulin, lobbyists immediately fought to significantly dilute the bill. The documentary “PlantPure Nation” follows the story incited by this event and will be filming its final scenes at the celebratory rally for a PlantPure Nation. Campbell and his son, who directed the film, will be speaking, as will successful converts to plant-based diets. The rally will also feature sneak-peek clips from the film and offer various plant-based foods and beverages. Music will be provided by indie-folk band Driftwood, whom I could’ve sworn I saw at McDonald’s last week, but whatever. —Matthew Adams





Through July 28

‘Ballet & Botanica’ by Julius Friedman

CRAFT(s) Gallery

572 S. Fourth St. • 584-7636


SP_Crafts_JuliusFriedman_Peony          You can expect certain things when viewing a Julius Friedman photograph, such as a stratospheric skill level and an eye for minute detail. While the title of his latest exhibition “Ballet & Botanica” tells you what you will see, it’s the subtitle “A Show of Beauty, Grace and Form” that hints at what you will feel. Friedman’s iconic 1980 Louisville Ballet poster with a ballerina’s toe shoe gently perched atop an egg is a direct line to one of his favorite muses, the ballet dancer Erica De La O. Her twirling images are a highlight in the vast body of his work. His floral shots are practically botany lessons, zeroing in so close that the subject becomes an abstracted question mark. We are made privy to the beauty of details. —Jo Anne Triplett





Through July 31

‘Surf and Turf’ by Kathy Seelbach Hunter

Gallery 104

Arts Association of Oldham County

104 E. Main St., La Grange




There’s a lot to live up to when your name ties you to a place. Kathy Seelbach Hunter has the obvious connection to the Seelbach Hilton Hotel, founded by her great-grandfather in 1905. But it’s Hunter’s interest in photography that ties her to other Seelbachs, her grandfather and father, who were amateur photographers. Her favorite subjects are a family affair as well. Hunter’s interest in horses and the outdoors comes from uncles who own Hermitage Farms and Tabasco Cat. After a lifetime of experience, Hunter opened her photography business in 2007. She now has the time “to capture these subjects as poetry in motion and spirit or as a splendor in nature,” she says. Hunter’s reception will be part of Gallery 104’s “Meet the Artist” event on July 26 from 5-8 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett



Through Aug. 16

‘Mary Poppins’

Derby Dinner Playhouse

525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville


$37-$41; various times

SP_MaryPoppinsAfter spending five decades delighting movie-watchers and theater-goers, “Mary Poppins” has made its way to Derby Dinner Playhouse, one of the longest continually operated dinner theaters in the country. Unlike many, I take great pride in the fact that I do not watch Disney movies, listen to their soundtracks or quote famous lines from their screenplays like several of my friends. If you are like me and have never seen the famous movie, here’s the basic plot: Two children send several nannies packing before Mary Poppins arrives. Unlike those before her, Poppins sticks around, showing the family how to stick together with the help of a little magic. The Tony-nominated musical is the second in the playhouse’s 2014-15 season. —Olivia Krauth

“Touching Your Inner Peace” at Kore Gallery

“Touching Your Inner Peace” by Lisa Leigh Payne is at Kore Gallery in the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. through July 31. The reception is on Friday, July 11 from 6-8 p.m.

Copper & Kings


Friday, July 11

Copper & Kings

1111 E. Washington St.


$5 (tour); 5 p.m.

Still currently under construction, Copper & Kings will open its doors (softly and unofficially) to the public for one night. Louisville’s first brandy distillery will offer craft cocktails, burgers from Black Rock Grille Food Truck andSP_CopperAndKings local music by J.K. Mabry with no entrance fee. But what does pure-pot distillation and non-chill filtration mean? Cool it. Copper & Kings also offers a preview tour of their distillery, which will include meeting the distillers, learning about the process and, yes, a tasting room. Under-age crowds who enjoy looking at brandy are welcome on tours but aren’t invited to the tasting party. Tours run every half hour, but golden tickets are limited, so be sure to RSVP. Matthew Adams

Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest @ Louisville Water Tower Park


July 11-13

Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest

Louisville Water Tower Park

3005 River Road


$10-$14; various times

If there are five things I love in life, they’re blues, brew, barbecue, bourbon and alliteration. The Four Roses-backed festival is now in its 17th year, bringing together beers and brisket from some of the city’s best barbecue joints:SP_BluesFest_Carl_byDianeRichter Rob-a-Que, The Q and Adam’s Ribs. Brand new this year is the Brews Tasting Area, which boasts an array of craft beers for guests to buy. And, of course, there’s no better soundtrack for eating barbecue than blues, which will be brought in full by 10 local bands and headliner Mississippi Heat. Pets and outside food and drink are banned, but chairs and blankets are welcome. If you’re on a budget, be sure to come before 6 p.m., because prices go up afterward, and $4 can buy a beer barely (probably not, but I needed another “b”). —Matthew Adams

New Albany Public Art Project catalog

The Carnegie Center for Art & History, 812-944-7336, 201 E. Spring St. in New Albany, is presenting it New Albany Public Art Project catalog to the public on Friday, July 11 from 6-8 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Attendees to the event will also be the first to hear about the New Albany Public Art Project: Today and Tomorrow Series which will bring new public art to the community beginning in 2015.

“word. object” at Swanson Contemporary

“word. object” is a group show at Swanson Contemporary, 638 E. Market St. through July 28. It features work that deals with text and found art. The reception is Friday, July 11 from 6-9 p.m.