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.

Lebowski Fest @ Executive Strike & Spare


July 10-13

Lebowski Fest

Executive Strike & Spare

911 Philips Lane


Various prices and times

Do you know what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps? It’s that time of year again in Louisville, for the 13th year in a row now, 60 fests and 30 cities later. You’d think so many stoners would forget to come, but SP_LebowskiFestLouisville’s finest gathering of characters keeps on chooglin’ like their beverages will never spill. Musical guests include Those Darlins, The Features and Bobby Bare Jr., and the ever-jovial Jim Hoosier (aka Liam) returns to greet his fans. And if you’ve somehow missed the action, here’s what else you get: bowling, costume and trivia contests, and a screening of “The Big Lebowski” on the big screen. Plus, a Bill Green poster show at WHY Lou Two celebrates his art on Sunday. How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen this? —Peter Berkowitz

“KMAC Couture: Highlights from 2014″

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., is showing “KMAC Couture: Highlights from 2014″ through Sept. 21. The show features 29 artists who created unique wearable art. These original hand-executed designs are constructed form both traditional fabrics and non-traditional materials.

“outside/in inside/out” at IDEAS 40203

Pre-registration required

“outside / in inside / out” by Letitia Quesenberry and Todd Smith will be at IDEAS 40203, 1217 S. Fourth St., on Friday, July 11 from 5-7 p.m. The camera obscura (Latin; camera for “vaulted chamber/room”, obscura for “dark”, together “darkened chamber/room”) is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen. It is used in drawing and for entertainment, and was one of the inventions that led to photography and the camera. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside, where it is reproduced, rotated 180 degrees (thus upside-down), but with color and perspective preserved. Visit the website www.ideaslouisville.com for reservations.

‘Gridiron Glory: Pro Football Hall of Fame’ @ Frazier History Museum


Through Aug. 1

‘Gridiron Glory: Pro Football Hall of Fame’

Frazier History Museum

829 W. Main St.


Forget the low scoring and constant back-and-forth running in the World Cup games; we have better things to do. For example, celebrating America’s most popular sport played predominantly with your hands. “Gridiron Glory”SP_FrazierMuseum_lombardi is the largest touring exhibition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. The exhibit covers 5,000 square feet with more than 200 objects on display. In addition to evolving gear, retired jerseys and historical documents of the sport, the Louisville Sports Commission is providing a special “Hometown Heroes” area dedicated to local football players who went on to have professional careers. “Gridiron Glory” also offers interactive activities, such as the Training Camp, where you can test your skills to see how you compare to the pros (you won’t). Frazier History Museum is open daily and is offering discounts to college students. —Matthew Adams

KMAC Couture exhibition

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., is showing “KMAC Couture” through Sept. 21. It’s an annual event which features emerging and established regional artists and fashion designers who create unique wearable art for a one-night runway show. This year’s event, held on April 11th, featured garments from 29 artists.

Functional Glass Show @ Flame Run at Glassworks


Through July 26

Functional Glass Show

Flame Run at Glassworks

815 W. Market St.584-5353


Functional glass is in everyone’s home, from the windows to souvenir Derby glasses. As wonderful as industrial glass is, it’s mass-produced and commonplace. We forget about it until something breaks. It’s possible to take SP_FlameRunglass up a notch by using pieces blown by artists. Dinner plates, cups, bowls, even coasters — all are on display in the Functional Glass Show at Flame Run. The objects by the in-house studio artists are displayed in table settings for inspiration. “(There’s) art in everyday objects,” says gallery manager Tiffany Ackerman. “It isn’t unattainable, doesn’t have to be so sacred.” Guest featured glass artists are Pat Frost and D.H. McNabb, who add a little out-of-town flair to the mix, as well as glassblowing process scenes by photographer/glassblower Bob Cox. —Jo Anne Triplett

‘Sacred Familiar’ by Wendi Smith @ Patio Gallery


Through July 15

‘Sacred Familiar’ by Wendi Smith

Patio Gallery

Jewish Community of Louisville

3600 Dutchmans Lane459-0660


What is the definition of sacred familiar? While it can have a metaphysical component, at its core it means appreciating the natural world to unlock the creativity within. Wendi Smith is an artist who is inspired by nature as SP_Patio_Carner-BluebyWendiSmithwell as humanity’s formalized rituals and has combined them in her exhibition “Sacred Familiar” at JCC’s Patio Gallery. All it took was a trip to Italy. “This body of work was inspired by illuminated manuscripts and altarpieces,” says the Corydon, Ind., artist. “I used the elaborate decorative style of these sacred objects, including gold-leaf and painted-on-wood panels and recycled cigar and cedar boxes. The images and theme are a fusion of the ritual style of illumination and the natural world.” —Jo Anne Triplett

Call for art

Entries are now being accepted for the Portland Art and Heritage Fair juried exhibition focusing on the Ohio River. Submissions must be 2D and will be reviewed on the basis of originality of the concept, expressive use of media, and artistic excellence. Up to 25 artists will be selected for entry. Works must be submitted via http://form.jotformpro.com/form/41476568606969.  The deadline for entries is Saturday, August 30.  For more information, contact Jessica Miller at lvaacommunications@gmail.com or 502-584-8166×109.

July 4 First Friday Trolley Hop

The First Friday Trolley Hop is on the first Friday of the month, July 4. Explore the art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants along East & Wet Main & Market Streets from 5-9 p.m. Hop on and off the free trolley.

Wayside Expressions Gallery, Wayside Christian Mission, Hotel Louisville, 2nd and Broadway, is showing “Ripple Effect” by Trish Korte and Kevin Rose Schultz from July 4-28. The opening reception is during the First Friday Trolley Hop from 5-8 p.m.

Julius Friedman is at CRAFT(s) Gallery, 572 S. 4th St., 584-7636, from July 4-28. The opening reception is during First Friday from 6-10 p.m.